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A community newsletter for the western Algarve

May 2016 | Edition 54

Community

Business

Celebrating a local legend

A thread in time

What's on

Food & Drink

Iron Age insights from Alentejo

Classic cod

Health

Outdoor

The true cost of a lovely tan

Bridging the gaps Plus much more...

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It’s a bumper edition this month – 64 pages and we are only in May! This is, as usual, packed with useful information and we hope articles that are relevant and include important information. The Luzdoc and Tomorrow initiative on free skin screening was way over subscribed and we are hoping that we can offer another day and hopefully further such events that heighten our awareness of medical concerns in the future. The Alvor ‘Soul in the Algarve’ Carnival is on May 8th from 3pm and we have arranged with ‘Days of Adventure’ water taxi trips all day for only €10 each way and the last one returns at 10.30pm so you can enjoy a full day of fun. Last year over 3000 people enjoyed the Brazilian-style event. The ‘Dress to Impress’ Summer Ball is on June 18th and it is now close to your last chance to grab your tickets. See the article in this issue for full details and how to ensure your place. We promise an event to remember at the Tivoli Dunas Beach Club. Amber and Tom are very pleased to announce that from July, Steven Sutton will be introducing the second Tomorrow community newsletter covering Alvor, Portimão and Ferragudo. Using exactly the same formula but very much with writers and contributors from the area under Amber’s watchful eye. Steven is now looking for writers and contributors as soon as possible so please call Steven on 919 185 677 or email steven@tomorrowalgarve.com to register your interest. Another exciting month ahead! Best wishes, Amber, Tom and the Tomorrow team Please call Tom on 919 918 733 and email Amber at amber@tomorrowalgarve.com

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A Way of Life: Nomadic Gypsies By Lena Strang

I have an impromptu encounter with some of the itinerant gypsies outside the Saturday market in Lagos. Sitting on the pavement just outside, a woman is breastfeeding her baby, while two toddlers run around, each clutching a deep fried pastry from a nearby stall. Tethered to a lamppost is a chubby little pony. I overhear a heated exchange between a foreign woman, insisting that the pony needs water urgently, and two nonplussed men guarding the animal. Outside Lagos Saturday market

Last month Lena considered the situation of resident gypsies in Lagos who during the last four decades have integrated into the life of the city. Here she deals with the question of nomadic gypsies and their regular appearance in the region.

the seeming lack of solidarity between two gypsy communities.

Horse drawn carts, often filled with gypsies of all ages, are a familiar sight on the streets of Lagos. Like me, many will have wondered where they come from and what’s brought them here.

I am in search of more answers and Maria Fernanda Afonso, Councillor for Culture at Lagos Câmara is at hand. “The nomadic gypsies we see in Lagos are members of an extended family from Beja in the Alentejo,” she confirms. “They come to the Algarve to do seasonal work such as catching snails or picking oranges and set up camp around the city.”

Romeo Duarte, the leader of the large extended resident family in Lagos provides some information. “They are not part of our group,” he explains. “They come from the Alentejo and only stay here for short periods of time – and don’t have a very good reputation.” I sense a divide even between gypsies themselves and wonder at

She goes on to say that there are some concerns regarding their animals as any accessible pastureland is used for grazing horses. There have been incidents involving animals escaping that may cause accidents on the roads. “In the Alentejo, a fatal accident happened some years ago,” she says, “We must confront this issue along with

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After the commotion I am able to have a chat. Yes, they are from Beja, they confirm and are staying at an encampment at Portelas, just outside Lagos. After I decline the offer to sell the pony to me, they enquire if I know of any work they could do, which unfortunately I don’t. While animal welfare is close to the heart of many people, on this occasion I think the attention is misplaced. Perhaps the focus should have been the small children and not the little pony. It made me wonder how the children fare in the encampment in terms of health and wellbeing? As a teacher of more than 30 years, and having taught many of the resident gypsy children in Lagos, Maria Fernanda Afonso is concerned: “The children of the nomadic gypsies don’t attend school as they’re not in one place long enough. When they arrive the Child Protection Agency visits the camp


Community... to ascertain the number and ages of the children. As the registration documents are held in Beja, the Agency liaises with the authorities there. I am not too sure at this point what concrete action is taken. She also tells me there are some concerns regarding hygiene, public health and welfare, as conditions in the encampments are basic. Water is accessed from local garages, cafes or restaurants.

The history of gypsies over the centuries is one of an enforced nomadic existence. They arrived in Europe from northwest India six centuries ago. Having no homeland of their own, millions of gypsies were dispersed in different European countries and suffered persecution and frequent expulsions, culminating in systematic extermination during the Second World War. Gypsies arrived in Portugal in the 16th century and fared no better. They had no civil rights and suffered constant harassment, enforced labour and deportations. Up until the Revolution of the 25th April 1974, itinerant gypsies were not allowed to remain in one place for more than 24 hours and had to be on the move constantly.

Inside a house courtesy Portugal News

But surely there are mechanisms to give assistance, I insist? “Yes, there are many associations and charities that can provide help, but the nomadic gypsies never ask, whether for food or nappies for babies,” Maria Fernanda Afonso stresses. She goes on to point out that they receive social benefits and family support, sometimes sell things and are still involved in trading horses. They don’t usually beg in the streets apart from outside some supermarkets and notably, don’t engage in crime, with Lagos having few reported incidents of burglary or theft involving gypsies. During my encounter at the Saturday market, I ask the two men why they come to Lagos on such a regular basis? “There is nothing for us in Beja,” one of them says. “There is no work and if we stay there we will starve.” I empathise with their predicament. The more I learn about the gypsies, the more I begin to appreciate the complexity of their situation and the fact that their way of life is deeply rooted in the past.

It is difficult to estimate the number of gypsies in Portugal, as the collection of statistics regarding race, ethnicity or creed is not allowed. The Constitution of 1974 considers all citizens to be Portuguese nationals. The situation pre 25th April with two classes of nationality was also abolished. Previously, mainland Portuguese were entitled to first class nationality while children born of Portuguese parents in Angola and Mozambique, were relegated to second class.

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A Way of Life: Nomadic Gypsies >> Continued from page 5

Social housing "Bairro das Pedreiras” in Beja [infamous as a one km long, 3 m high wall was built around it]

The constitution enshrines the civic principles of universal equal treatment. “In Portugal all gypsies have Portuguese nationality and we don’t distinguish anyone according to ethnicity,” Maria Fernanda Afonso explains. It is estimated by various bodies that the gypsy population in Portugal ranges from 40,000 to 60,000 and that only a small proportion are nomadic. I wonder if the lack of data hampers the monitoring of racism and xenophobia and the pursuit of specific anti discriminatory policies? 23-year-old Leonor Teles has recently struck gold at the Berlin Film Festival, only achieved once before by a Portuguese. Great. But why is it relevant in this context? She is of gypsy heritage and her film “Balada de um Batráqui” shows how

xenophobia is being directed at gypsies through the display in some shops, cafés and private houses, of models of frogs, signalling that gypsies are not welcome. To gypsies the frog is a figure of evil, associated with bad luck and unhappiness. “Gypsies are on the margin of society and perhaps that’s where they’ll stay… but I thought talking about this can help,” the young film maker said in an interview. While the resident gypsies are doing relatively well in Lagos, live in permanent housing within the city and ply their traditional trade - albeit seasonal - from the tents erected on the Avenida for this purpose, the situation in many parts of the country gives rise for concern. The European Committee of Social Rights ruled in 2011 that Portugal had violated the rights of gypsies to adequate housing, to acceptable social, legal and economic standards and to protection against poverty and social exclusion. A large number live in segregated social housing or unregulated encampments as a result of re-housing by authorities outside urban areas. Inadequate living conditions are compounded by high levels of illiteracy and a large proportion of youths not completing upper secondary education. Lack of professional skills prevents many from entering the regular job market. The ex-president of the Câmara of Torres Vedras, twinned with Lagos, feels strongly about the issue. Carlos Manuel Soares Miguel, of gypsy heritage and now

government minister, said in an interview that the allocation of large groups of gypsies to poor social housing is, in his own words, “péssimo” (dreadful) and does nothing to aid integration. He calls for national action. And what can be done? There are initiatives at both local and national level and since 2013 a national strategy is in place with an emphasis on education, employment and training, health, housing and integration. But can it address centuries-old issues? Some think it doesn’t go far enough. Dr José G. Pereira Bastos of Lisbon University who has done much research into the issues, stresses that gypsies, as an ethnic minority should be acknowledged at national level. He advocates the establishment of public facilities with adequate amenities such as running water and sanitation, allowing the movement of itinerant gypsies. He also proposes a programme of positive discrimination for the duration of two generations, guaranteeing jobs in the public sector along with incentives for study and training. Measures need to be taken to address the “historic trauma” suffered by gypsies, he maintains. Perhaps when we see the itinerant gypsies riding along the streets of Lagos in their horse carts, we need to appreciate the significance of their time-honoured ways of life. Integration is always a two-way process but should not necessarily have to preclude one’s heritage. Can we find ways to include all in a rich diversity of life in Portugal?

Come and have a free and healthy breakfast! By Steven Wakefield Maybe a ham, cheese or presunto roll with a yoghurt drink with a milky coffee or a choice of fruit? We only ask for a small favour in return - a pint of blood!

your plasma will help replace blood loss during heart surgery. Or perhaps your blood donation will be used to enhance the quality of life of someone with a chronic disease.

Do you realise that your ‘pint of blood’ can not only help save the life of more than one person, but giving blood can also improve your own health? Once your blood leaves the donation centre, it is rushed to a laboratory to be split into its main components in a completely sterile way. The result? A pack of red blood cells, a pack of platelets and a pack of plasma. These are stored in a fridge or freezer until required by a patient.

As for the positive effects on your body, giving blood regularly will:

Perhaps your red cells will be given to an accident victim, your platelets will help stem severe bleeding in a leukaemia patient, and

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• provide you with a fee health check because your blood pressure is taken and your blood is tested for any abnormalities • make your body replenish the blood it has lost which helps your body function effectively • reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly in men, by keeping the iron levels in the blood in check • lower the risk of some kinds of cancer

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The short 10 minutes you spend donating your blood will result in long lasting, positive effects for the different people who receive it and also for yourself! If you're not already a blood donor perhaps the time is ripe to become one! Anyone 18-65 years may donate. Men can give blood every three months and women every four months at Portimão Hospital between 8am-5pm Monday to Friday and every first Sunday of the month (just inform security). You can also give blood at Lagos hospital every last Thursday of the month between 9am-1pm. Parking spaces specially reserved for you by the main reception. The clinic “Imunohemoterapia” is on the first floor, squeezed in between the Intensive Care (CI) and the laboratorios. Go and be a hero soon!


What’s on in May at Quay Lagos Brand New Summer Menu Along with old favourites we have introduced new delicious dishes to our new menu ready for the summer.

New Cocktail Menu Sit in the marina sunshine and try our funky new cocktails.

Pie n Pud Night Every Thursday Try one of our delicious home made pies and a scrumptious dessert ONLY €13.95

Traditional Sunday Roasts Enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch with all the trimmings every Sunday. 2 courses only €16.95

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Celebrating a local legend By Ray Gillman fully qualified as a doctor in 1902. By this time he had already published magazine articles, a book of poetry and had the first of several plays staged - to great acclaim. He was acknowledged as one of the most renowned Portuguese intellectuals of the early twentieth century - and became a pillar of the Establishment. He was appointed to prestigious positions in Arts and Science institutions as well as twice becoming a government minister (for Public Information and for Foreign Affairs) in the turbulent times following the assassination of the king and Declaration of the Portuguese Republic.

Júlio Dantas, 1876 - 1962 Born in Lagos on May 19th, 1876, the son of a soldier who was also a writer and journalist, Júlio Dantas moved to Lisbon to be educated at the Military College at the age of eleven. He remained in the city to to study medicine, completing his studies in 1900 and becoming

Held to ridicule by the Modernist movement in Portuguese art and letters, during the years of the First World War (still only forty) he fought back and the ensuing controversy had the effect of diminishing his reputation, and establishing an image of pomposity and self-importance often caricatured in the journals of the time. This was no barrier to acceptance by the conservative, dictatorial regime implemented by Salazar after the military coup in 1926 which established order and fiscal probity at the price of freedom of expression and civil

rights. Dantas became a Cultural Envoy and then Ambassador to Brazil between 1941 and 1949 and remained President of the Academy of Science for almost the rest of his long lifetime. Many of his books and articles of this time were seen by critics as encomiums of praise and justification for the ‘New State’ but, inevitably, he was garlanded with decorations and honours. Dantas’s later career and life, coloured, as they are, by the population’s joy in the liberation following the Carnation revolution in 1974, and their rejection of Salazar’s values, has made the man an ambivalent figure for many Portuguese. But there can be no doubt of his remarkable achievements as a writer, creative artist and true ‘polymath’. The City of Lagos is, rightly, proud of its esteemed native son. A street is named after him in the old town, near the hospital, in which you’ll find the municipal library: Biblioteca Júlio Dantas. An imposing bust of him gazes over the Santa Amaro market, opposite the secondary school - also named Júlio Dantas.

Valiant volunteers This year’s Luz Triathlon took place on April 24th with more participants expected than ever before. Here, Tom Longhurst, who organises the event with his partner at Algarve Triathlons John Hill talks about the big day. It’s early morning, the day of the big race the 3rd Luz Triathlon, the organizers have been hard at work since before the sun came up and the athletes are excited and ready for a great day. Slowly but surely the unsung heroes of the day start to arrive. One by one the volunteers start turning up - the same faces as last year and the year before. They are all ages and from all walks of life, ready and willing to share their time to help athletes from all over the world. They have a long day ahead but come prepared with their chairs, packed lunches and plenty of enthusiasm to distribute evenly throughout the day. Jeff Hurst and Nick Rogers head up the team along with old faithful's Debbie, Craig Mackay, Carol Hyett and Tracey Duckworth

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- all old hands in helping make this great event run smoothly. The walking group, headed up by Ros (Surname?), is such a big part of the volunteer group and come out in numbers as usual. Newcomers to the volunteer clan are the Lagos Choir and they are are keen to help. The course is based in Praia da Luz and this is where the public enjoy the excitement of the day. But as the crowds soak up the amazing atmosphere; cheering on friends family and often total strangers these volunteers are spread over the often lonely 20km course of roads and paths stretching along the coast as far west as Cabanas Velhas beach. As the athletes collect their medals and congratulate themselves on their day's achievements the group of volunteers are on their way back from a tiring day and ready to enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the Ocean Club after the party, with no expectations of thanks or gratitude, just happy to be part of the day.

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Paulo from the Luz Beach Hut water sports run our water safety team and all his team do an amazing job, they donate their time boats, and expertise. I am sure John and I speak for every athlete when we say the largest thank you to everyone for their continuous support. We have said it from the beginning but the Luz Triathlon is bigger than just a race – it’s a coming together of a fantastic community. Next month we’ll have photos from the Luz Triathlon so don’t forget to pick up June’s newsletter.


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Do you know who's calling you? By David Thomas It seems obvious doesn’t it? You receive a telephone call from overseas by someone speaking English in a foreign accent saying they are from Microsoft. Without waiting further you slam the phone down, often preceded by a few choice words. End of problem – or is it? The sad fact is there are many people who fall victim to phone scams and this is why the problem not only continues, but appears to be increasing at an alarming rate. Typically, the fraudsters call members of the public pretending to be from a trusted organisation – like your bank, the police or a computer company – and once they have your trust, they will ask for your financial information, encourage you to hand over cards or cash to a courier, or get you to transfer money into accounts they control. The people behind these scams are organised and highly professional – so spotting whether the call is genuine, or fake, can be very difficult. Example of bank/police frauds The following was posted on a Facebook: “My 83 year old mother was called by a person claiming to be the fraud squad at Hammersmith police station. They told her that they had a person in custody who had taken money fraudulently out of her bank account. They told her call her bank immediately and confirm what had happened. When she put the phone down and called the bank, the scammers were in fact still on the line so as she called what she thought was her bank she was in fact speaking to the criminals. They then took all of the victim’s personal details."

The Microsoft scam This has been around for a number of years but there appears recently to have been an upsurge. This has prompted the Judicial Police here in the Algarve to issue a recent alert to be aware of such scams. Basically the caller, usually speaking in English in an Indian accent, states there is something wrong with the operating system on your computer, such as infection by a virus or the system needs to be updated; and that solving them requires the implementation of a series of instructions and commands, for which the caller offers to help. This requires paying for alleged updates of the Windows system through purchasing support packages and other assistance. They ask details of victims’ credit cards and use these details to install malicious software, obtain confidential data, or even remotely access your computer and changing the settings or commit other fraud. Latest ploys Criminals are using a new scam to make people believe they are speaking to someone from their bank by fooling their phone handset into displaying the bank’s correct contact number. The scam, known as “number spoofing”, involves fraudsters cloning the telephone number of an organisation they want to impersonate and then making it appear on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them.

is to sound plausible, often preying on the vulnerable and this is why these scams continue. It is a lucrative business! If you have received a call like this it is best not to call out on the same phone again for at least 10 minutes. Banks or police will NEVER ring you and say that they are coming to your home to pick up your card, so never hand it over to anyone who comes to collect it. Your bank will NEVER ask you to authorise anything by entering your PIN into the telephone, or ask you to email or text any personal details. If you have passed any compromising information giving a clue to your passwords you should change all your passwords and usernames, starting with your main email account and any bank - and credit card logins. Use up-to-date security software to scan and cleanse your PC, and if the scammer did get you to do something to your PC using System Restore to roll back the settings is always a good idea. More information can be found at our websites: www.safecommunitiesalgarve.com and www.safecommunitiesportugal.com and our face book page www.facebook.com/scalgarve David Thomas President, Safe communities Algarve

Preventative action Of course the immediate action should be to TERMINATE THE CALL IMMEDIATELY AND NOT PASS ON ANY INFORMATION. However, this is easier said than done. The art of the scammer

Rice mountain By Tom Henshaw Ever wondered what to do with a tonne of rice? Well, we can tell you!

a week they provide hot food for the most in need in our community.

A certain philanthropic, Phil Bull of Eurostar Commodities, kindly gave a tonne of rice which was generously supplied to him by a Portuguese rice mill in Santiago de Cacém for the Western Algarve Soup Kitchen in Lagos.

It took a strong team of helpers to unload it at the International Community Church in Lagos. It really is fantastic that here in the western Algarve there are so many people willing to help those who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand.

The donation will make a huge difference to the Soup Kitchen and is a great boost to the team of volunteers who work so hard. Twice

Donations and food are always in short supply so if you have tins of any foodstuffs or money to offer to support this amazing centre

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then please help as we do have to remember they feed approximately 200 people per week so you can imagine how hard it is for the Soup Kitchen to maintain supplies. Tomorrow is aiming to raise more funds and more food supplies to enable the Soup Kitchen to open more days of the week and at our Summer Ball we will be having an auction and raffle to help to do just that. If you can help please call 960 450 750.


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A labour of love By Julie Battersby From the age of 18 he dreamt of having his own sports car but couldn’t afford one so he got the idea of using scrap parts of all sorts of cars to produce his own sports car. A unique design conjured up by Erwin himself. But as we know – life often doesn’t pan out the way we think it will and the dream car was never finished and ended up in a garage mezzanine floor space. Erwin never gave up on his dream. I love being involved with the "Tomorrow" Magazine because so many interesting people come across our paths each month. Not least Katinka who has a very remarkable story regarding her late father Erwin Van Snick. Erwin Van Snick was born in Antwerp in 1942 and died of Multiple Sclerosis in 2004. During his working life he was THE Citroen expert and people would travel across the country to see him. He had a passion for sports cars which started when he was a boy – he loved the speed of them and how they looked.

Erwin had met a man called Sven de Blick one day when he was out driving an old Bougie. He stopped and they chatted. It sparked a friendship that lasted until Erwin died. Sven from Antwerp who is a painter and restorer of monuments and buildings found out about the ‘scrap’ car lying on the garage floor and decided to track it down to fulfil Erwin’s lifetime dream. He then lovingly started to finish the restoration and promised that the first person to see the car would be Katinka and that’s exactly what happened!

A quicker way to fill a bottle for the Bombeiros? - Use a smaller one! to count all the coins! So keep filling the bottles - and keep helping the Bombeiros! The campaign to help buy a new ambulance for the Lagos Bombeiros is going well but in total campaigners need about €40,000.

A lot of people are busy filling 1.5 litre bottles but for some the process seems to be taking too long. So for those people the smaller bottle is the answer. And we’ve discovered that a small plastic bottle typically 33cl - can hold 200 euro coins! Remember the idea is you put a euro in the bottle when you’ve enjoyed a drink. Not every drink of course - some of us might fill a 5 litre bottle in a few months! But when you’ve had friends around or when you’ve had an especially enjoyable night out, or had a good time with visitors - then think to yourself - that deserves a euro for the Bombeiros!

f you are able to raise money please inform Pat Allen who manages this special fund account no: Credito Agricola IBAN (PT50) 0045 7191 4018 8770 5586 1 and she will certainly try to publicise it for you. We know that Portugal Property in Lagos and Boa Vista Golf Club are both doing things later in the year and details will follow but if any groups, individuals, golfers, walkers, musicians, artists, charity committees and donors can help in any way, however small, then the dream of a new ambulance before the end of the year could become reality.

You’ll be surprised how it will mount up and later in the year Pat Allen will call ‘Time’ on the appeal and start calling in all the bottles. We hope she’ll have plenty of helping hands

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The car was named in Dutch by Erwin ‘Mosselschuit’ because he thought his design looked like a mussel! ‘Mussel bark’ is currently in running condition, restored and properly used. It is in the South of France at Pierrelongue the Chapelle Notre Dame de Consolation and Katinka says at weekends "she takes me to Marseille, Nice or Saint Paul de Vence." I asked Katinka what would happen to the car. She said: “The future of the car? As long as there is air in my lungs flows the car will not change hands.” I caught up with them both behind the Marina in Lagos. I was so touched by this lovely story which showed human kindness as well as Sven and Erwin’s dedication to a bit of motoring history. Keep sending your interesting story ideas to amber@tomorrowalgarve.com

Spay campaign This May the Lagos Municipal Canil is holding another sterilisation campaign. It is a regular ‘spay campaign’ provided normally by funding from the Câmara This year it was with help from private donations that anaesthetic drugs etc were purchased for the procedures. Vets, nurses and assistants from the whole of the Lagos region volunteer their time (and surgical instruments) throughout the week. The aim is to help decrease the number of stray dogs and cats, which intact animals seem to propagate. Many impoverished pet owners don’t think about sterilising their pets because of money constraints. We would like people to encourage neighbours or friends on Portuguese benefits (or your good self) who have intact pets to contact the Câmara or the Municipal Canil. All sterilisations are free for people who qualify. The Sterilisation Campaign is in the second week of May (from the 5th-9th). Contact phone numbers are yet to be confirmed, but you can enquire through the Câmara or the Canil…which is just up behind the ALDI supermarket in Lagos. If you wish to volunteer your time, you can go through the same channels and see what you may be able to offer.


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Gearing up for golf and having learnt to play approximately 12 years ago now, playing with a single figure handicap is a challenge in itself to maintain. I have been very lucky to have travelled around many places in the world playing the wonderful game and hope to still visit and play many more in the future.

From rugby to real estate the new team captain of golf at the Boavista Golf and Spa Resort, Paul Cotterell (Top left in the picture), tells us more about his life in the Algarve. Please tell us about yourself? I have been living here in the Algarve for 15 years now. I’m married to Sarah and have three wonderful children aged from 6 to 16 years old. We are currently living in the lovely village of Espiche near Lagos and have done now for the last eight years and previously in Lagos. I’m the Sales Director for Casas do Barlavento and have been with the company for the last 12 years. How did you end up in the Algarve? I came to the Algarve to coach and train with the Portuguese Rugby Federation and after three years moving on to Carvoeiro and Lagos to where I began life in Property Real Estate. Tell us about your golfing life What can I say about golf! I wish I had learned to play as a boy instead of just rugby, rugby, rugby. Golf is an amazing sport

How were you selected as the team captain this year? The New Club Captain from Boavista this year, Graham Vince, approached me and asked as an existing team player, whether I would take up the reigns and lead the team this year. I was honoured and hope to do a good job. How significant is it to be team captain at a club like Boavista? Boavista is an amazing club and not just the course but the members and players that are associated with the club. It truly is a friendly and pleasurable club to play at. You are always made to feel welcome at the club and leading the team this year is an honour. Is it just about the golf or is there a fundraising element to the position? The Golf club is always fund raising and very successful at it too. My position on the committee and also the team captain is purely for that, taking charge of the team and trying our best.

What big events have you got coming up this year? The club is fortunate to have many events throughout the year, but for the team there are 12 fixtures to play home and away in the 2nd division of the Algarve Interclub League. Having to fit this in amongst all the other golf competitions makes a very busy agenda. What would you say to other people living in the area to encourage them to get into golf? You could not ask for a better club with all the facilities to match in the area. If it’s the golf you want there are two competitions a week for members and many other competitions throughout the year to join in with. If it’s the spa and gym facilities that you are after then again nothing is better in the area. What is the appeal for you? Having been in the Army at the age of 15 and being part of many rugby and football teams and any other sports I could play, just being part of Boavista is what appeals to me as its one BIG team there. What do you do when you are not playing golf? Apart from working many hours at the office of Casas do Barlavento I try to give my beautiful family as much time as possible.

Donations for dance appeal The Dance Association of Lagos (Associação de Dança de Lagos ADL) is a non-profit organisation that develops its activity in the field of dance with children, young adults and adults of both genders. The ADL has an average of 145 students that practice different sorts of dance, for example ballet, modern dance, hip hop, flamenco and more. Over the years many of our students have participated in dance competitions both national and international.

2014 (Lagoa, Portugal), winning 1st and 3rd place. This year, between June 25th and July 2nd a few of our students have been selected to represent the ADL at the DWC 2016 in Jersey, England. Those 15 of our students would love to go again and participate this year’s competition.

One of the international competitions that a few students participated was for the Dance World Cup (DWC).

For us nothing can be possible without donations, hard work and motivation, but most of all dreaming and believing that we can do it. To show you our dedication, we believe with your help we are able to make this dream come true.

The students were selected to present the competition in 2011 (Paris, France), 2012 (Villach, Austria), 2013 (Brighton, England),

The visit to Jersey, England with 15 students and two teachers will cost about 13,000 euros, this is impossible for our school to

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support us on their own. We would like to ask you if you could please support us with a donation to the school so we are able to participate in this year´s DWC in Jersey. We appreciate every little donation and we will be very thankful for your support. We are available to receive your donations by bank transfer: IBAN PT 50 0038 0062 0052 7210 7717 5 Please call Associação Dança Lagos on 915 812 055 for more information. We would like to show you what we can! Please come and see us perform at the Cultural Centre in Lagos, on the 12th of May at 7:30pm.


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TV fame for former Lagos veterinary team and entertaining. It’s all a far cry from the sun-kissed Algarve where Emma grew up and began her veterinary nursing training with Scott at VIP. When Scott and his new bride, Zo, eventually returned to England, he convinced Emma to join his burgeoning veterinary team.

Hit reality British TV series "Vet on the Hill" recently ended its run on More4. Following daily life at Australian veterinary surgeon Dr Scott Miller’s South West London practices, it also stars his Algarve-raised head nurse, Emma Townson. The dynamic duo began their working relationship at the former Lagos VIP Veterinary Clinic and are well known by many pet owners in the Western Algarve. In an exclusive interview with "Tomorrow", Scott and Emma reflect on life in the limelight and what they miss about Portugal. He’s been described as a “golden-haired dreamboat” and she’s been dubbed “the formidable Emma” – just some of the glowing press comments penned during series one of "Vet on the Hill". Viewers nationwide have been captivated by the heart-warming, tear-jerking stories of patients in the care of the charismatic Brisbane-born Scott, his fellow veterinary surgeons and the amazing support team at his three bustling small-animal practices in and around Richmond-upon-Thames. The pets’ colourful owners – including a few famous faces – have been equally endearing

Emma was proud to follow in the illustrious footsteps of her paternal grandparents, Bob and Jennifer Townson, who opened the first British veterinary clinic in the Algarve, near Alvor, in the early 1970s: “In Britain in the 1960s, veterinary nurses only had ‘auxiliary’ status. Grandma fought for their recognition, becoming the first chairwoman of the British Veterinary Nurses Association and helping develop a recognised training scheme.” "Vet on the Hill" took almost six months to film and it was vital not to interfere with the normal running of the clinics: “At first I was constantly tripping over cameras,” recalls Emma. “Then they just became part of the furniture.” “The crew were very respectful,” adds Scott. “We worked long hours, including Sundays, to make sure that our patients came first. It was probably harder for the crew – one of the cameramen actually fell asleep during a shoot!” Smitty, a Chihuahua needing knee surgery, was the first patient to be filmed. For Emma it was a nerve-wracking experience: “I suddenly became aware that the whole world would be watching me at work!” Scott, a seasoned TV presenter in Australia and Britain, was unphased by the cameras. However, operating on a tumour on the ear of 21-year-old cat Rudi, owned by Jesse Wood (son of Rolling Stones dad, Ronnie), was tough: “There are always risks operating on older patients – and he had a famous owner!

Plumrosa and Pinkin by a youth orchestra and the publishers - as you do! It really was a great event and the young orchestra made it even more memorable.

Rosamund Gale launched her very first children’s book at the ripe young age of 85 last month at Lagos Library accompanied

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Rosamund gave a brief history of her life and recounted how she came to publish this lovely poem, illustrated beautifully by Polish illustrator Malgorzata Wrona-Morawska and translated by Isabel Avo. We look forward to Rosamund’s next book.

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But working with Emma, who is so confident on the surgical side, made life easier.” The saddest and most trying moments of the series for Scott involved his own beloved Border Terrier, Betty, who had a major spinal injury. He had Betty before he met Zo, so emotions were running high: “I suddenly found myself in the position of an owner and not knowing the outcome. Putting your faith in others was a very humbling experience.” Emma remembers the funnier side of filming, especially the day she went on location to a donkey sanctuary: “I had to drive an automatic car for the first time, down a country lane, while talking to the camera – hilarious!” Scott’s three young children, Summer, Quinn and Jackson also feature in the series alongside their mum. He says Quinn’s school class was thrilled to see her on TV: “Next day, when Zo collected Quinn from school, she found out they had played "Vet on the Hill" seven times that day!” Is there anything Emma and Scott miss about Lagos? Topping Scott’s list is being able to walk just five minutes to the beach to take the dogs for a walk after work as well as the friends he and Zo made here, Sagres beer, piri-piri chicken and, last but not least, Ketchup-flavoured crisps! For Emma, apart from family and friends, it would have been her beautiful horse, VaVa-Voom, which had to stay on livery near Lagos when she first moved to England.But in Episode Five of "Vet on the Hill", there’s an emotional on-screen reunion when ‘V’ is shipped to England. Series One of "Vet on the Hill" will be airing soon on Portugal’s SIC network.

The rogues of ocean rowing Team Essence rowed its way into the World Book of Records last month as the first team ever to row from continent to continent. The team started in Portugal and finally made it to Venezuela on April 14th after 50 days, 10 hrs 36 mins whilst raising over £120k for the NSPCC. Team Captain Matt Bennett said: “I'd like to thank everyone for your support for our epic journey.”


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Fado that inspired film in Portugal By Ray Gillman The fado singer, the aristocrat, the writer from Lagos - and the foundation of the Portuguese film industry...

young son - and she died suddenly, semidestitute on the 30th November 1846, at only 26.

Maria Severa Honofriana was born in Lisbon in 1820 and died there just 26 years later. Daughter of a well-known prostitute who owned a tavern she appears to have been initiated into the same profession at an early age. She was a striking beauty and a marvellous singer and she, and her legacy had a profound effect in shaping the development of Lisboetan Fado and, as it turned out the Portuguese film industry.

The story was disseminated widely, some bore witness to actual episodes involving the lovers, others embellished the facts, and fadistas began to perform songs about their fellow artists and her tragic fate.

Bullfighting was fantastically popular at the beginning of the nineteenth century young nobles took up the sport, thousands attended the tournaments. ‘A Severa’ was a popular entertainer at taverns near the ‘Campo de Toiros’, and became friendly with many of the young ‘fidalgos’ (aristocrats) and began a liaison with the 13th Count of Vimioso - Don Francisco - one of the most enthusiastic followers of the sport and a hedonistic bohemian (apparently). Unfortunately, he appears to have abandoned Severa - by then mother of a

It was this story that young Doctor Júlio Dantas, himself only 24 years old, turned into a novel and then a play in 1900. He gave A Severa gypsy origins rather than her actual background and he turned the young noble into Count Marialvas. He ‘upped the ante’ on their affair by making it a story of love across class barriers which had to be ended by the intervention of the king and prime minister! The play was a huge success and established Dantas as a major new talent on the literary scene. He went on to combine his creative output with positions of power and influence in artistic and scientific institutions, as government minister and as a diplomat. Then, in 1931, the success of A Severa was dramatically repeated when

the director José Leitão de Barros made a film version of the play. Dantas wrote the screenplay and also the lyrics for new songs featured. It was shot, sumptuously, mainly on location in gardens and palaces and, crucially, was the first Portuguese sound film, although no developed facilities existed and the sound services were supplied by a company from Paris. Opening at the Teatro Sāo Luiz in Lisbon on 18th June 1931 (just four years after the first synchronised sound film - The Jazz Singer - had been made in America) Dantas’ film played for six months and was seen by 200,000 people. Its phenomenal popularity gave a great boost to the young film industry and its financial success enabled the investment in enlarged studio facilities with the latest sound reproduction equipment. What an important figure this son of Lagos Júlio Dantas - turned out to be. ‘Tomorrow’ is indebted to Lagos Council leaflet about Dantas and A Severa from which the information in this article is drawn.

Walking football A new sporting phenomenon which is becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the UK is already here in the Algarve. Conceived in 2011 by the Chesterfield FC Community Trust, walking football aims to inspire the over 50s to get out of their armchairs and back into exercise. Strangely, it was a Barclays TV advert that brought it into the mainstream last year, the sport then seeing exponential growth after Steve Rich – an ex-Sunday League player who hung up his boots at 26 after a car accident - launched a website to help connect teams across Britain. It has since clocked 60,000 hits. With backing from the Football Association and an online hub for clubs, there are now over 400 clubs and there’s a genuine buzz about the sport’s future. Last year’s National Tournament took in 18 teams from around the UK; this year it grew to 82. There’s even talk of a Walking Football World Cup. The rules of walking football are much the

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same as its speedier cousin, however there are some differences. The squads are smaller (between five and seven-a-side), free kicks are indirect, kick-ins replace throws, there are no off-sides, the ball must be kept below head height and, of course, anything so much as a jog is prohibited. Still it’s a surprisingly competitive kickabout. A game as mental as it is physical, stifling the urge to run is an early challenge, whereas passes must be made with pinpoint accuracy to have any chance of success. Lofting a tentative through-ball is of no use here. Play the game you love but reduce the chances of injury. It's a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time! Thousands have rediscovered the joys of playing football again thanks to a slowed down version of the game with ages ranging from early 50s to mid-70s and in the Algarve there are a number of ex-pros who have taken up the sport with

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many nationalities represented including Portuguese, British, Swedish, Russian, German, French and Dutch. The weekly sessions in the area are as follows: Every Tuesday 9.30 Brown's Sports Club in Villamoura: 5 euros per session. Every Wednesday 9.30 Boavista Health Resort, Lagos/Luz 3 euros per person. If you want to find out more please email Nicholas Alvarez alvarezn738@gmail.com


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Paul McCartney Holidayed in Praia Da Luz By Matt D'Arcy during the car ride. Lennon later explained that the tune had been floating around for some time, but they couldn’t find the right lyrics or title. Their practice was to work with a substitute working title until they found the right one, and he recalled: “We called it "Scrambled Eggs/Oh, you have such lovely legs", and it became a joke between us. Paul McCartney Praia Da Luz December 1968

Paul McCartney and Portugal could be said to go together like…well, like “Ebony & Ivory”, in perfect harmony. In fact, it was in Portugal - during a 1965 car ride from Lisbon to the Algarve - that McCartney finished writing his iconic song “Yesterday”. And on another visit to spend some time in Praia da Luz he wrote the song “Penina” in the hotel on the first 18-hole championship golf course ever to be built in the Algarve. This was 1968, the year he first met Linda Eastman, the love of his life, the year Heather Mills was born, and the year “Hey Jude”, “Yellow Submarine” and “The White Album” were released. That first visit, in 1965, followed an invitation two years earlier from Bruce Welch of The Shadows to take a break away from the glare of publicity surrounding the Beatles and stay at his new villa in Albufeira. The Beatles’ schedule meant that Paul could not take him up on the offer right away. But early in 1965, when the Beatles were preparing for their second film "Help", Bruce met Paul again and told him he was planning a short vacation in Portugal and that the invitation is still standing. After shooting of the film in the Bahamas and Austria through February and March, Paul finally found some free time, and on May 27, 1965 flew to Lisbon with his girlfriend Jane Asher. Faro airport had not yet been opened as, at that time, the Algarve was a stylish but littleknown place for the British, and Albufeira was a quiet fishing village where some film and pop stars had bought houses to enjoy the privacy. After a 90-minute flight to Lisbon Paul and Jane then had to endure a 5-hour drive south to Albufeira. Paul, who hated being inactive, recalled a tune he had been working on which he and John Lennon had called “Scrambled Eggs”, and he decided to see if he could put words and a title to it

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“We made up our minds that only a oneword title would suit, we just couldn't find the right one. Then Paul came up with the song and the title completed. I was sorry in a way because we'd had so many laughs about it." McCartney said the breakthrough with the lyrics came during that trip to Portugal. "I remember mulling over the tune "Yesterday" on the drive down to the Algarve, and suddenly getting these little one-word openings to the verse. “I started to develop the idea ... da-da da, yes-ter-day, sud-den-ly, fun-il-ly, mer-il-ly and Yes-ter-day, that's good. All my troubles seemed so far away. It's easy to rhyme those a's: say, nay, today, away, play, stay, there's a lot of rhymes and those fall in quite easily, so I gradually pieced it together from that journey. “Sud-den-ly, and 'b' again, another easy rhyme: e, me, tree, flea, we, and I had the basis of it." On arrival in Albufeira McCartney borrowed a 1959 acoustic guitar from Welch, and completed the work on "Yesterday". He was keen to hear Welch’s thoughts on the song and Welch replied that he thought it beautiful, extremely simple and magical. Ironically, the song was offered as a demo to Chris Farlowe, who had a huge hit with “Out Of Time”, before the Beatles recorded it, but he turned it down as he considered it "too soft”. McCartney’s second song written in Portugal was not created to be a huge hit for him, or for the Beatles but it did put a Portuguese singer on the map in his own country. When journalist and writer Hunter Davies, the Beatles’ official biographer, finished writing the book in 1968 he rented a small villa in Praia da Luz to enjoy a winter break with his family. The villa was called "Quinta das Redes", and was formerly a little sardine factory right on the beach at Luz. “You walked through a little green door in a big stone arch and were on the sand,” recalled Davies. “There were no other houses in sight.”

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He sent a postcard to McCartney, who he had befriended during the two years spent researching and writing the biography of the group, thanking him for his co-operation and inviting to come over and spend a few days in the Algarve if he could spare the time. Davies takes up the story: “On the night of December 10, 1968, we were woken by a tremendous banging on the outside gate. 'Wake up, Hunter Davies, you b**ger', someone was shouting in a strong Liverpool accent. I thought at first it was John, it was so raucous. I got up, went across the garden, opened the gates and there was Paul and Linda. “A somewhat bemused taxi driver was waiting for his fare, so I paid him as Paul didn’t have any escudos”. (In July 1968 Jane Asher, Paul’s long-time girlfriend, had announced on the Simon Dee Show that she had split from McCartney. Two months later in September, McCartney phoned Linda in New York, after meeting her at Brian Epstein’s house the previous year for the “Sergeant Pepper” press party, and asks her to fly over to London). Davies continued: “That morning in London, Paul had decided he would like a holiday with us and someone was detailed to book plane tickets. But there was no plane. “Paul, like all the Beatles, couldn't wait, wanting it now, so Neil Aspinall (a school friend of McCartney and George Harrison who became their road manager and, earlier in 1968, head of Apple Corps) hired a private jet, for Paul's pleasure. “The decision had been so impulsive that they arrived with no foreign money. At Faro airport, which opened only the previous year and was still pretty primitive, Paul thrust £50 into someone's hands, asking for escudos, then forgot about it, jumping into a taxi and waving our address. “They stayed eight days and Paul, who had brought his guitar, messed about on it most days, even going to the lavatory with it. He started a novel but would never let us see it.”It only took a few hours for word to get around that one of the Beatles was staying in Luz, so Paul did a deal with the reporters and cameramen flocking to the villa that he would give a press conference on the beach if they would leave him in peace for the rest of their holiday. >> Continues on page 22


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Paul McCartney Holidayed in Praia Da Luz ‘Penina’ has been described as “a simple, even trite keyboard-based ballad that sounded more suited for the easy listening market than the rock one. Indeed, this is probably the most obscure composition written by a member of the Beatles, and recorded and released by someone else but not by the Beatles, while the Beatles were an active band.” The Davies Family Casa D'Aviz 197

During this holiday Paul asked Linda to marry him (they wed three months later, on March 12, 1969), and, it is believed, it was also in Luz that his first child was conceived - his daughter Mary, now a photographer and vegetarian cookery writer, who was born the following August. During this holiday Paul, needing to change some currency, found the only place with readily available funds, was the Penina Hotel, about 15 miles away. When he got there, the hotel’s resident band, Jotta Herre, was playing and invited the Beatle to join them for a few songs. Paul cheerfully agreed - but only so long as he could play the drums. The evening clearly made an impact on McCartney even though he later admitted to being “slightly the worse for a few drinks”, because he then sat down and quickly wrote the song “Penina”, which the Beatles later recorded at the Twickenham studios during rehearsals for the film “Let It Be”.

McCartney gave the hotel band permission to record the single, and later the singer Carlos Mendes, a member of the Portuguese group the Sheiks until 1967, recorded his own version of the McCartney composition with some limited success. Paul himself sang part of the song during the “Get Back” sessions (that bit has subsequently surfaced on bootlegs) and it also appears on the album "The Songs Lennon and McCartney Gave Away." A conceptual compilation album containing the original artist recordings of songs composed by Lennon and McCartney in the 1960s that they had elected not to release as Beatles songs.

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grown with the Beatles ever since. During 1967 and 1968 Hunter Davies spent eighteen months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only ever authorised biographer he had unparalleled access - not just to John, Paul, George and Ringo but to friends, family and colleagues. There when it mattered, he collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that still makes this the classic Beatles book - the one all other biographers look to. Hunter Davies remained close with the band and as such has had access to more information over the years. The latest edition contains new material which has never been revealed before, from the author's archives and from the Beatles themselves, including Paul's marriage to Heather Mills (who was born in 1968!), George's death, and their new books and records, that will bring new insights to their legend.

This album was released in the UK in 1979. Hunter Davies has regularly updated his authorised biography, "The Beatles", which is still available from Amazon and other outlets. There's only one book that ever truly got inside the Beatles and this is it. The landmark, worldwide bestseller that has

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Annual Art Exhibition held at local school The 5th edition of “Artist in the school” at the Escola Básica Tecnopolis, in Lagos, was held in April with Bernadete Bishop and Jorge Mealha as the two guest artists for 2016 who had been invited to display their work. The aim is to bring different art forms to the school each year, enabling students to meet the artists, interact with their art and help to bring stimulus to the school community. Both artists presented themselves before an audience of around 150 children and staff of the school and special guest, the Councilor for Culture at Lagos Câmara, Maria Fernanda Afonso. Bernadete Bishop, who has been a resident in Lagos for 26 years, commenced her presentation with a video animation to introduce herself including a short biography of her artistic life from when

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she began painting oils on canvas in her native Brazil at the age of twelve, going on to qualify as an architect at the University of Belo Horizonte in Brazil, and then moving to Europe in 1990. She later attained a Masters in Creative Art at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She surprised the children by dressing up as a medieval archeress, accompanied by her dragon pet, Ariano. Bernadete was a teacher at the Escola das Naus em Lagos for several years where she was teaching arts and drama. Her work can be found in private collections in Portugal, Brazil and the UK. Jorge Mealha, who was born in Mozambique in 1934, and has lived in Lagos since 1975 where he has dedicated his work on sculpture

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and ceramic art. Jorge has exhibited his work in Portugal and other countries, and has sculptures in public spaces in Portugal and abroad. One of his sculptures is on the Avenida dos Descobrimentos in Lagos, near the fort. He is well regarded in the art world. He gave a presentation to the packed auditorium about his life as an artist and he provided a question and answer session with the children.


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New beginnings Husband and wife team, Matt and Gill Clark, set up Alpha Painting Holidays after a string of bad luck. Now they offer painting holidays which they hope will inspire. Alpha Painting Holidays was the vision of Matt Clark, who 13 years ago would have never thought that he would be part of the art world, let alone running one of the UK’s leading painting holiday companies. He had worked in IT for all his career and was a techy through and through and never felt he had a creative bone in his body. However, life has a funny way of making you take a sudden change in direction. A series of events including foot and mouth in 2001 which affected his Livestock software business, some personal tragedies and then a serious illness that led to CFS/ME, left him unable to drive, work and even walk on bad days. As he recovered he started drawing and painting as he found it very therapeutic and it helped him on the road to recovery. A few years later when he improved significantly he was in the position where he didn’t want to go back to IT with the demands it would put on him but instead had a vision to promote “The Beauty of God’s Creation” through art and so he opened a Gallery in Cheddar. A year later the vision grew to include painting holidays, which started with 6 in

Cheddar. However, guests often said “we love what you do but we want to paint elsewhere” and so he started running holidays in other locations around the West Country and this idea has continued to grow such that they are now running over 20 holidays in 6 different locations in the UK and abroad including right here in the Algarve. At the same time that the holidays took off his wife, Gill, was made redundant from her job as a book-keeper and she took the opportunity to help Matt develop the business further. Again, she never thought she was creative in any way but like Matt, life took a turn to enable her to pursue what is now her passion…art. In 2010 they both came to the Algarve on a winter holiday and loved the place and when the opportunity for foreign holidays presented itself to them in 2014, they came straight to The Western Algarve to add it to the list. They are pleased to be teaming up with Villa Termal in Caldas de Monchique as this is their venue for the holidays that they run each October which is a complimentary partnership. Similar to Alpha they have a passion for art, running various art exhibitions and art and craft events throughout the year as well as there being a few art and craft shops around the place. Matt & Gill love it up at Caldas and

Inline speed skating in second place was Martyn Dias with 126 and Diogo Marreiros with 118 points from Roller Lagos/Team Bont Skates. The ladies winner was Juliette Pouydebat (French) from Pibrac Roller Skating with 110 points, in second place was Sheila Posada (Spanish) from Team Bont Skates with 110 points and Andreia Canha was in third place from APVA with 103 points. Lagos hosted a three day inline speed skating competition in March which drew a record number of skaters. The competition took place between March 18th and 20th with 358 competitors from 11 diferent countries and 49 different clubs. Elton de Sousa (French), European and World Champion in 2015 was the winner of XIII Terras do Infante 2016 with 128 points,

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One of the most exciting races was the 300m TT were Elton de Sousa and Sheila Posada were the winners braking the track record: Elton with 24,776 seconds and Sheila with 27,168 seconds. Next year’s competition has already been set for April 7th, 8th and 9th with a new race, a half marathon.

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it is a cracking venue for their holidays. Not only does it have a painting at every turn and a variety of painting subjects but the hotel has all the facilities that painters going on a painting holiday would want. It is also well positioned to reach other painting locations along the Algarve coast. In October 2016 they will be running an open day in conjunction with Villa Termal where people will be able to see artwork exhibited from their tutors and other artists, will be able to watch tutors like Barry Herniman demonstrate various painting techniques and others can join in on workshops on how to paint. If you are interested in collecting art, watching artists or think you might like have a go at painting or paint regularly, why not pop up to see what’s going on. Keep your eyes open in future editions of the "Tomorrow" magazine as we will have more details nearer the time. Matt & Gill divide their time between running holidays in the UK (May-Sept) and being out in the Algarve the rest of the time and have a number of ideas both for their art business but also in relation to art in the community around Lagos as they are passionate about art. www.alphapaintingholidays.com

New GNR website

By Safe Communities Algarve The GNR have replaced their old website with a new one. The site is a vast improvement, far more eye catching and easier to navigate. There is plenty of information on the work that they do, their history, responsibilities, special programmes and up to date news concerning operations and arrests. As before there is a direct link from their website to that of Safe Communities Portugal. A new area of interest is their responsibilities in respect of cybersecurity As with any new website there are still items that need to be added. The email for reports is sepna@gnr.pt or call 800200520 www.gnr.pt


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Diplomatic ramblings (Part 14) By Doug McAdam So after three overseas postings (6 months in Ulan Bator, 3 years in Rio and four in Vienna) Sue and I were again London-bound. I was posted to our Counter Terrorism Department and Sue to Royal Matters Section dealing with some of our Royal households. My next three years were fascinating, if stressful. As I was one of the two operational officers in the department I carried a bleeper throughout this posting and was on standby to travel immediately to any country in the world if one of our diplomatic missions became involved in a hostage situation. My colleague dealt with the Middle East and I with the rest of the world though we quickly combined forces during serious incidents. Clearly, we worked closely with all the agencies in this field and joined in regular police force and other counter terrorist exercises around the country. We could either join in exercise control drawing up the international scenario and running the exercise or else we could be called in cold as participants to advise on the foreign issues as they developed. These exercises inevitably ended with the Special Forces intervening as their reaction was also being tested cold to a whole variety of stronghold situations. Since the use of stun grenades and other pyrotechnics was standard, public reaction was always interesting. I recall public outrage in the

press after an abandoned factory in southern England was stormed. On the other hand when a moored ship in a northern port was stormed from both the water, using rigid raiders and from the air with helicopters, we could clearly see drinkers outside a pub across the harbour. But there was no public reaction. Maybe what was happening at the port was nothing unusual for a Saturday night! We had to leap into action in April 1988 when a Kuwait Airlines 747 whose passengers included over 20 Britons was hijacked to Mashhad in norther Iran. This involved opening our brand new crisis management suite in the Foreign Office (it had been planned to test this during a forthcoming NATO exercise but we were testing it live and it worked well). After a couple of days the hijackers released a number of foreign hostages, including all the Brits (no surprise here since terrorists worldwide were only too aware of our capabilities following the SAS relief of the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980). But our interest in the incident continued when the hijacked plane landed in Cyprus after being denied landing in Beirut and Damascus. And it was here that two Kuwaiti hostages sadly were killed. A few days later the plane flew to Algiers where the hijackers surrendered having achieved nothing. The horrific episode with Panam 103 being blown up over Lockerbie occurred

during this tour. Since it was in the UK our involvement was marginal. But I recall being amazed with how quickly the forensic teams had discovered the parts of the Toshiba cassette player which had concealed the bomb given that the wreckage was spread over hundreds of square miles. Throughout my tour the two British hostages Terry Waite and John McCarthy and Irishman Brian Keegan were held in the Lebanon. We had no idea if they were alive since nothing had been heard from the hostage takers. It was a great relief to hear afterwards that all three had been released. Sue’s working life was altogether more orthodox and involved coordinating the overseas travel arrangements of her Households. That is not to say that some of their foibles, notably their dietary requirements, were straightforward to arrange in less sophisticated countries. But I was certainly very happy accompany her as her spouse when she was invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party. With the other members of her Department she was also involved in helping organise the overseas element of larger London events such as the Trooping of the Colour and Remembrance Sunday in Whitehall. Doug McAdam retired to the Algarve in 2004 after 43 years in the Foreign Office

Billions on illicit drugs By David Thomas Europeans spend at least €24 billion on illicit drugs each year according to a new report. The 2016 EU Drugs Marketing Report was published last month by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol. Its estimate that Europeans spend billions on illicit drugs each year makes it one of the main profit-generating activities for organised criminals in Europe. The report provides a state-of-the-art analysis of the EU illicit drug market, covering the trends along the supply chain from production and trafficking to marketing, distribution and consumption. It also analyses the considerable costs of these markets for society including their impact on businesses, government institutions, neighbourhoods, families, individuals and the environment.

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Three main themes emerge from the analysis in the report: • Increasing links between drug trafficking and other forms of crime: organised crime groups involved in the drug market are diversifying across multiple drugs, engaging in other forms of criminality including terrorism, forming alliances across ethnic and geographical borders and harnessing specialist expertise. • Accelerated rate of change in the drug market due to globalisation and technology: criminal groups are quick to exploit opportunities provided by easier access to information, the internet and the growth in international trade. • Geographical concentration of groups specialised in drug related crimes: drug production or trafficking are concentrated in specific geographical locations, within

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Europe and elsewhere; some are long established, while new zones are also emerging (e.g. heroin trafficking through the Southern Caucasus). The report highlights how coordinated action at EU level can make a difference in tackling the illicit drugs trade, and outlines a comprehensive range of recommendations and action points in key areas to inform future policies and initiatives. The EU Drugs Strategy (2013-20) and Action Plan (201316) provide a framework for addressing illicit drugs in the EU, complementing Member States' national strategies. You can read the full report at www.emcdda.europa.eu or find out more from Safe Communities Algarve www.safecommunitiesalgarve.com


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What’s On... Celebrate at the Alvor Carnival people took part last year and this year promises to be even bigger and even better. This month "Tomorrow" and the "Sita 2016" will be working together to bring this unique Brazil-style event to Alvor. This is the second Alvor Carnival and promises to draw crowds from across the Algarve.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in the second Alvor Carnival which takes place on May 8th from 3pm until late. The Soul in the Algarve Festival is likely to be bright, bold and lots of fun. More than 3000

To help carnival-goers get to and from the event Days of Adventure will be putting on its bigger boat taxi service on the day from Lagos Marina which will cost 10 euros each way. The last return from Alvor will be at 10.30pm so people can make the most of the carnival.

This water taxis is a fabulous boat trip in its own right. It goes along the coast opposite Meia Praia Beach into the Alvor inlet and along the nature reserve finally disembarking on the pontoon in the centre of Alvor. Bookings are via any of the Days of Adventure outlets or agents, by telephone 282181282 or online at www.daysofadventure.com. Please call Tom from Tomorrow if you have any questions 919 918 733.

Algarve artists and artisans back in Aljezur The Algarve’s artists and artisans are going back to Aljezur.

Restaurante Vale Da Telha on Sunday May 29th between 11am and 5pm.

Following the enormous success of the first major Arts & Crafts Show to be held in this fast-growing west coast community last September, the organisers are planning a repeat performance this month.

Organiser, Susan Puttick, has sent out an invitation to the Algarve’s artists and artisans, offering them table space at the fair. She said: “Tables will be allocated at a cost of €10 each and we are hoping this will be an excellent opportunity for these talented people to once again market their products, in what until recently, has been a largely untapped area. “We have opened this event to a number of exhibitors, giving

Some of the Algarve’s finest painters, fabric and jewellery designers, glassmakers and woodturners are expected to be exhibiting their wares in the fair back at the

everyone the opportunity to show the variety of crafts and wares available. We are hoping the vendors will focus on their main craft in order that we can offer a good variety to buyers.” The event will raise money for local animal charity the Aljezur Environment and Animal Shelter (AEZA). Any artists, designers and artisans wishing to reserve a stall should contact Susan at: susanalice757@gmail.com

Portugal Property for the Bombeiros Everybody knows them, the firefighters in Lagos, the Bombeiros. Volunteering to help the community, the Bombeiros are ready day and night to save lives. Portugal Property’s Lagos office, felt it is time to give something back. It started a few years ago when the Bombeiros were raising funds to buy cleaning gloves to protect their hands from fire. Somebody got the ball rolling and arranged fireproof gloves for them, as she felt the Bombeiros should be protected, protecting our community. With the funds in the service sector stretched, they are now in need of a new ambulance at the cost of 40.000 euro’s. Being grateful to be part of this community, the

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Lagos staff members of Portugal Property are stepping up and organizing a Charity Event to support the Bombeiros in funding this necessary and important expense.

Tickets are for sale at the Tivoli Lagos, Quay Lagos, and the Portugal Property Lagos office, or online: www. bombeiros-charity-event.yapsody.com

Portugal Property is organizing an international wine tasting with an auction at the Tivoli Lagos on Saturday the 28th of May at 15.30, with donations from local companies in and around Lagos.

Limited number of tickets available.

The ticket price for the wine tasting and auction is €8,50 and includes the wine tasting of eight different wines and a quiz. The auction includes an air balloon flight, a horse riding experience, a skydive, numerous dinners, a night for two at a Tivoli hotel and much more. All money raised will go to the Bombeiros.

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Iron Age insights from Alentejo

On Tuesday 3rd May the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will be presenting two lectures in English, by archaeologists Samuel Melro and Prof. Pedro Barros, titled "New insights into the Iron Age necropolises in southern Alentejo and the Algarve". The first lecture will be at 2.30pm in the Museu do Trajo in Sāo Brás, the second lecture will be at 5.45pm in the Library at Lagoa. The contribution of the archaeologist Caetano Mello Beirão during the end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980's

represented a crucial moment in the archaeological investigation of the Iron Age communities in the Alentejo and the Algarve.

form of the Iberian Peninsula (and one of the oldest of Europe), little being known about the society and culture behind it.

However, some of the models then conceived have been altered in recent years. This occurred as a result of new discoveries, new interpretations and new lines of investigation of the archaeological remains, including an interdisciplinary approach between archaeology and other sciences.

Geographically set in an area in the South of Portugal, the main concentration of stelae (engraved stone tablets) seems to be located away from the direct influences of the Eastern Mediterranean cultural centres of the first millennium BC.

In the lecture Samuel and Pedro will talk about this new course of research and the new findings, as well as about the contribution of the ESTELA project. The ESTELA Project, established in 2008, aims to catalogue the archaeological data associated with the South-Western (or sometimes also called Tartessian) Script. This is considered by linguistic researchers to be the oldest (and still not deciphered) written

Activities at Quinta de Vale da Lama During the month of May a variety of courses and workshops will be organised at Quinta de Vale da Lama near Odiáxere. Yoga Retreat from May 1st to 8th, led by Kevin Beavers.

to healers, massage therapists, yoga and dhamma teachers, nurses and doctors but to all those who are interested in a holistic approach to healing through touch and who see relationships as a fundamental part of their spiritual practice.

Daily yoga practice from Monday to Saturday. In the morning dynamic practice will take place and in late afternoon there will be a combination of workshops, meditation and restorative yoga practice. During the day, there is ample time to relax and do other activities. Suitable for all levels. Accommodation and food provided.

“Dragon Dreaming” workshop with José Soutelinho May 28th to 29th

Nature based Coaching Course “Innersteps” May 8th to 16th

Projecto Novas Descobertas (PND) Summer Camps 2016 are open for registration

Schooling and support for life coaches and therapists who would like to incorporate nature in their work. There is also individual life coaching and the opportunity to take part in nature retreats in beautiful locations in the south of Portugal.

This is an opportunity for children and young people, from ages 8 to 16, to live and work collaboratively, through explorations, personal growth and community life.

The weekend course (in Portuguese) is for dreamers, planners and those who perform and those who celebrate. Dragon Dreaming is a tool that aims to turn dreams into reality through active learning.

Yoga and Massage Retreat “The Jewel of Yoga” May 22nd to 28th

Again this summer, the camp space is turned into a place of recreational learning, closely connected with the environment.

Incorporating the teachings of yoga into bodywork, this retreat is oriented not only

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The ESTELA Project is aiming to reach a better understanding of the relationship between the South-Western Script stelae, the world of the living (settlements) and the "cities of the dead" (necropolises). This project was supported by the AAA in 2012. Lunch in Sāo Brás can be arranged in advance – please call Maxine on 917267948. For more information contact algarvearchass@gmail.com or visit arquealgarve.weebly.com

Music by a maestro British maestro Peter Fudge is holding a five day musical extravaganza in September. The Anglo-Portuguese workshop is open to all levels of musicians from beginners to more advanced. This workshop will be attended by many musicians from the UK and is open to all ages. The workshop will consist of two sessions per day and will finish with the spectacular Grand Finale Concert. The final concert will be on September 16th at 8.30 pm. The workshop will take place from September 12th to 16th so if you play strings, brass, percussion or woodwind instruments this could be the course for you. To find out more about the fees for the workshop or the concert please get in touch with Peter Fudge. You can either email him at pdfudge@live.co.uk or you can call his UK number which is +44 7775725758 and his number in Portugal is 910 640 763.


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Sports Fun Tennis Doubles Men & Women | 17.00 - 19.00 Thurs | €6

Mat Classes with Lisa | 9.15 - 10.30, Mon, Wed (10.30am only) & Fri (1h) | €10 Equipment Classes | 8.30 - 16.00, Tues & Thurs Pilates Room, Lagos | 926 514 613 | www.pilatesroomlagos.com Pilates with Lucienne | 11.00 - 12.00 Wed | €6.50 | Hotel Belavista, Luz 968288258 | www.facebook.com/dancebodymind Pilates with Monica | 11.00 - 12.00 Tues & Thurs | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282690086 | www.facebook.com/SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Pilates with Indah | 18.00 Mon & Thurs at Escola E.B. 2, 3 Vila do Bispo & 10.30 Thurs at Centro Cultural, Barão de S. João | €5 | 911754890 Pilates | 9.30 Thurs | Private class 25€, Boavista Members 8€, Non-mem. 10€ | Boavista | essential.reception@boavistaresort.pt | 282 790 930

Childrens Football Skills | 16.30 - 17.30 Fri | €4 Burgau Sports Centre | 282 697 350 Netball in Lagos | 19.00 Wed All ages & abilities | First session free 'Netball in Lagos' on Facebook | steffie_wood@yahoo.co.uk Walking Football Team | 9.30 - Wed Boavista Golf Club Football Pitch | 50+ years of age | €3 Nick - 910 751 615 | alvarezn738@gmail.com ROLL UP for experienced bowlers | 10.00 Mon & Fri | €10 (non-members) Bowls for Beginners | 11.00 Tue | 1st lesson free €10 (non members) Floresta Bowls Club, Rua Direita, Praia da Luz | 919707635

Yoga Gentle Hatha Yoga with Meg | 18.30 - 20.00 Mon - The Yoga Place, Burgau & 12.15 - 14.00 Wed - Hotel Belavista, Luz | €8 | 965 201 477 Hatha Yoga with Diana | 10.00 - 12.00 Tue | €7 (regulars) | €10 (drop-ins) Monterosa, Barão de São João | 962 492 607 Yoga Classes with Ann | 10.30 - 12.00 Tue & Thurs | for all levels Yin Yoga Class with Ann | 18.30 Wed €10 (residents pay €60 for 8 classes) | Burgau | 913 202 621 Yoga Classes for Children | Sat 9.15 (4-7yrs) & 10.30 (8-12 yrs) | 9€ (Visitors), 7€ (Members/guests) | Boavista | essential.reception@boavistaresort.pt | 282 790 930 Lunch Yoga Stretch, Flow & Classic6 | 12:30 - 13:30 Mon - Fri Yoga Flow 6 | 19.15 Thurs €5.30 - 9 | InLight Lagos | www.inlightlagos.wix.com Yoga & De-stress with Lucienne | 11.00 - 12.00 Fri | €6.50 | Hotel Belavista, Luz | 968 288 258 | www.facebook.com/dancebodymind

9 Holes of Social Golf | 15.30 Mon | 22€ pp “Roll Up” Golf Lessons | 15.00 Wed | 10€ pp Espiche Golf “Roll Up” | 8.00 Thurs | Reduced Green Fee Ladies Beginners Golf Lessons | Fri 14.00 | 10€ pp Kids Golf School | 10 Sun | €20 p.m Espiche Golf | 282 688 250 Football Academy (5 - 10yrs) | 16.15 17.45 Mon | €5 | Burgau Sports Centre Tel: 282 697 350

Classes | Lessons Life drawing classes with Kasia | 11.00 - 13.00 Mon Beginners & Professionals | €10 per session Marina de Lagos | 916 035 308 Stain Glass Classes with Dianne | 10.30 12.30 | Tues &Thurs

Zumba Zumba with Linda | 9.30 -10.30 Mon & Fri | €6 | Alma Verde | 918 461 840 www.almaverde.com Zumba with Monica | 9.30 - 10.30 Wed | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens 282 690 086 | www.facebook.com/SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Zumba with Lucienne | 10.00 - 11.00 Wed & Fri Zumba Step! with Lucienne | 10.00 - 11.00 Thurs €6.50 | Hotel Belavista, Luz | 968288258 | www.facebook.com/dancebodymind Zumba with Gi & Vitor | 19.50 - Thurs | €5 | Magnolia Apts, overlooking Praia do Porto de Mós, Lagos | 912 417 994 Other Tai Ji Quan with Carl | Beginners at 22.00 - 23.30 Mon & Advanced at 17.30 19.00 Thurs | €8 | Barão São João | 919 718 955 Body Fit Classes | 9.30 - 10.30 Tue & Thurs | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens 282 690 086 | www.facebook.com/SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa

€10 | Espiche 919 117 108 Practical Portuguese Lessons | 10.30 - 12.00 Fri | €5 Lounge bar, Marina Club Hotel | 964 696 345 susana968lucia@gmail.com Portuguese Lessons with Gi (beginners) | 9.30 Sat | €5 Portuguese Speaking & Listening Workshop | 10.30 Sat | €5 Magnolia Apts, overlooking Praia do Porto de Mós, Lagos | 912 417 994 Dog Training & Agility with Albertina | 11.00 - 12.00 Fri & 16.00- 17.00 Sat €25 x 4 sessions | Espiche | 968 086 320 Teresas Computer Classes | 10.00 Sat | All levels | €10 | Lagos | 918764613 Swimming Lessons with Yvonne | 14.30 Mon, Thurs, Sat & 9.00 Sat | €9 Holiday Courses with Yvonne | 3x per Week | €20 Members €25 non members Boavista Golf Resort | 917 953 914

Gymnastik with Irmela | 18.15 - 19.15 Mon | €7 | Hotel Belavista, Praia da Luz | 965 211 996 Fitness Circuit for Men & Women | 10.00 - 11.00 Wed | €5 | Burgau Sports Centre | 282 697 350 Aqua Aerobics | 16.00 Tues, 9.30 Wed & 9.30 & 16.00 Fri | 1 or 2 x week – 16€/23€ (Owners & Guests), 18€/28€(Visitors) | Boavista essential.reception@boavistaresort.pt | 282 790 930

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Capoeira Classes (Mestre Betāo) | 18.30 (kids) & 19.30 Mon | €7/9 Rhythm & Dance Classes (Tessa Sander) | 18:30 (basics) & 19:30 Tue | €7/9 Creative Yoga Class (Richard Brook) | 19:30 Wed Rhythm Class - Cajon (Walé Bakare) | 18:30 Fri | €9 Urban Kids Dance Class (Tessa) | 11.00 Sat Kapa Dois Center, R. da Canal 23, Lagos | 282 764 224


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Entertainment & Events Fundraising Coffee Morning | 10.30 6th May | Fortaleza (opp. Church) | 282 788 104 | joyce_daffey@hotmail.com | www.stvincentsalgarve.org Jazz Concert | 16.00 7th May | Hugo Alves, Trumpet & João Frade, Accordeon | Reservation only: 18€ pp inc. refreshment buffet (wine, cheese & homemade products) 'Organic Materials and Slurry to protect your Biological Garden'| 21st May - 9.30 - 17.30 | presented by Eng. Raquel Sousa from the Portuguese Association for Biological Agriculture | By Reservation: €45,00; lunch €7.50 Quinta das Alagoas, nr Almadena | 924 204 343 | geral@quintadasalagoas. com Fado Night | 14 May | 15€pp ex Drinks | Clubhouse Restaurant Boavista Resort | eventos@boavistaresort.pt | 282 000 114 Concert by Lagos 'Sociedade Filarmónica' (Concert Band) | inc. Themes from 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' & 'Carmina Burana' | 21.30, 21st May | Tickets 4€ | Centro Cultural de Lagos | 282 770 450

Activities Bridge | 1.30pm Tues & Fri | Marina Hotel Bar, Lagos | 964188319 Dr. Why Quiz | Fri 20.00 | ( except the 20th of May) | Clubhouse Restaurant Boavista Resort | eventos@boavistaresort.pt | 282 000 114

Charity | Volunteering | Support Groups Riding for Disabled | 10.30 Mon, Wed, Fri | Volunteers welcome, weather permitting | Bensafrim | 912967870 | www.riding4disabled.com AA International English Speaking Meeting | AA hotline: 919 005 590 19.30 - 21h00 Wed | Lagos Freguesia, Rua Da Freguesia Lote 12 c 18.00 - 19.00 Sun | 5 Travessa de Santo Amaro, Lagos 964201904 or 282760506

Faith | Spiritual Healing Worship, Praise & Teaching | 10.30 Sun | International Community Church (Newfrontiers), Lagos | 960450750 | www.icc-lagos.org Satsang & Group Meditation | 10:30 - 11:30 Sun | FREE | InLight Lagos 913.127.421 | www.inlightlagos.wix.com Meditation group with Marion | 19.00 Tue | Figueira | 914523636 Life Journal Bible Study | 19:30 Tue Lively Worship and Biblical Teaching | 11.00 - 13.00 Sun Oasis Christian Fellowship 936 358 553 | rolland@rollandwright.com 964 285 351 | michael@oasis-christian-fellowship.com Mantra Chanting Circle | 19.15 Tue | Inlight, Lagos | 914523636 Communion Services | 10.00 Thurs (followed by coffee and Bible Study/ discussion) | 8.00 (said) & 11.30 (choral) Sun | Church of England, St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Praia da Luz (church by the sea) | 282 788 104 | joyce_daffey@hotmail.com | www.stvincentsalgarve.org

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Wine tours

"Rota do Petisco" is coming to Lagos

Why not discover the best ‘terroirs’ in Portugal under the expert guidance of sommelier Miguel Martins? Miguel is offering private tailored wine tours to suit your requirements and interests.

This month you are in for a veritable foodie feast as you can discover the real flavours of the Algarve and help local charities!

You will visit the best wine producers in Portugal with plenty of wine tastings and food on location. Accommodation will be in some of Portugal’s most charming quintas. For more details, please email Miguel on sommelier.wineshop@gmail.com, pop into his shop on the Avenida in Lagos or call him on 927 309 103.

Organised by the Teia D’Impulsos Association in association with Beat, Social Engagement this year’s Rota do Petisco will be coming to Lagos! Created in 2011 in Portimão, the goal of Rota do Petisco is to put the region’s cuisine in the spotlight with all kinds of eateries offering special dishes at accessible prices. This is the sixth time that the festival has taken place and this year’s route starts on May 1st in Lagos and Aljezur. In June it will then pass through Lagoa, Silves and Monchique, ending in Portimão in September. A ‘petisco’ costs €3, and includes a small meal and a drink (wine, beer or juice), while desserts and sweets are sold for €2. The idea is that you buy your own “passport” for €1.50 and select a route to try several "petiscos" in one day.

Have some fun at Brodie’s Bar The Royal British Legion is holding a fun pub evening with good pub grub. The event is being held at Brodie’s Bar and Restaurant which is just off the 125, Almadena. There will be Karaoke, fun bingo, a pub quiz and a raffle. There will be fun for everyone to join in and enjoy.

For the starter there is a choice of vegetable soup or buschette or paté. The choice of mains includes fresh fish (in beer batter), chips and peas or homemade Steak and Ale Pie or Chicken Provencal or vegetable kebabs. For pudding there is a choice of homemade Pavlova or Millionaire’s Dessert. House wine and water is included but any other drinks will need to be paid for separately.

This often leads to whoever I am talking to insisting that they really are the exception and that they have never, and will never, be able to sing.

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This year we are still accepting inscriptions from restaurants in Lagos, Luz, Barão and Odiáxere , and the route’s full programme, including all venues and entertainment will be released in April, just before the event is launched. Ceviche seafood, braised mackerel with Algarvian salad and a shot of gazpacho, sardines, croquettes, tuna tartar, purple paw stew and sausage balls are just some of the delights you will find on offer. For more details and information please go to the Rota do Petisco page on Facebook.

Tune up By Liz Roberts Those of you who have read this column in the past, or have ever spoken with me on the subject, will know that I firmly believe that everybody can sing.

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The event has been a huge success in Portimão over the last five years.

You collect stamps from the restaurants you visit to be in with a chance of winning prizes from local businesses. And the best part is that you have a whole month to get

The event is taking place on June 25th at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. The cost is €20 per head and that includes a three-course dinner.

Open to members & non-members – everyone is welcome! To book a place and give your choice of menu; please contact James or Sue on 967116188/969324117 or by email on casahobo@sapo.pt. Closing date for bookings is 18th June. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

to know the best eateries around. And cheap.

Well - the science says that if you can talk, then you can sing. It's true that we are not all able to completely control the pitch of our voices naturally but this can be taught and therefore learned (and, as with everything, this is easier for us to learn the younger we are when we begin). Our ability to sing is also affected by our state of mind, so nerves can prevent us from hitting the notes (or even getting the air out in the first place). Of course, there are always going to be

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those very gifted people who are simply born with wonderful pitch-perfect voices but even these lucky few (much like sports athletes) have to work and practice to develop and maintain their natural skills. The good news is that for the rest of us a bit of guidance, some confidence (gained through singing in a group), and regular weekly practice will make all the difference between 'not being able to sing' and enjoying the great feeling of singing out loud! The Western Algarve Community Choir is for people who want to sing for fun - there are no auditions and everybody is very welcome regardless of experience. For more information on joining, or for future bookings, please contact choir leader Elizabeth Roberts at elizabeth_roberts15@hotmail.com


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Fine dining & beautiful surroundings Vivendo Restaurant & Bistro set in the Vila Palmeira resort. Outstanding Mediterranean cuisine & excellent Portuguese wines offered at attractive prices. The Wine & Dine four-course gourmet menu changes weekly. Reservations: 282 770 902 | Email: geral@vila-palmeira.com | www.vila-palmeira.com

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s support The next Alzheimer/Dementia monthly support group meeting will take place on May 25th at 11am. The meeting will be at Restaurant Pirilampo in Rua do Moinho do Azeite in Lagos.

What is Dementia? Dementia is an umbrella term for a set of symptoms including impaired thinking and memory. It is a term that is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging.

What's the difference between Alzheimer and Dementia? Alzheimer Disease and Dementia are often used interchangeably as many people believe that one means the other. In fact, the distinction between the two diseases often causes confusion on behalf of families plus patients and caregivers. While related, they are remarkably different.

However, issues other than Alzheimer's can cause dementia. Other common causes are Huntingtons Disease, Parkinsons Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

Alzheimer and Dementia are still a mystery in many ways, hence why the two diseases are often mixed up in everyday conversation and understanding. According to the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) Dementia is a brain disorder that affects communication and performance in daily activities and Alzheimer's Disease is a form of dementia that specifically affects part of the brain that controls thought, memory and language.

What is Alzheimer’s? According to the Centre for disease control, Alzheimer’s Disease is a common cause of dementia causing as many as 50 - 70 percent of all cases. In fact, Alzheimer's is a very specific form of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer's include impaired thought, impaired speech and confusion. Screening to determine the cause of dementia include blood tests, mental state evaluation and brain scans. Everyone is welcome at the monthly meeting. Please contact Carol Evans 926975527 (English) or Kirsteen Landert 968084946 (English, German and Portuguese).

Music in sand The International Festival of Sand Sculptures reopened in March and will remain open until October. It’s in Pera, in the Algarve, displaying one of the largest collections of sculptures in sand that has ever built.

more about musical expression in its various forms from across the continents. You will see carved a series of musical idols that have marked the music scene for the last 50 years.

This exhibition shows 40,000 tonnes of sand transformed into imposing, intricate sculptures.

This event is for all ages, including children who have a space to play with sand and a part of the exhibition in which are carved some of the most popular characters in children's entertainment.

The theme this year is music and this time a group of sculptors of various nationalities, has restored a hundred sculptures, but also carved new figures such as David Bowie. Although it was planned to close this exhibition to the public, as the organization is preparing a new draft sand sculpture, it was decided to reopen it until October because the FIESA continues to attract the interest of the public. This year school parties and tourists from across Europe are already booked to visit.. This sand sculpture is both fun and educational for visitors who want to learn

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The FIESA the closing times change according to time of year, the following: • From 20 March to 1 June: from 10h to 20h00 • Between June 2 to July 14: from 10h00 to 22h00 • Between 15 July and 15 September: from 10h00 to 24h00 • Between 16 September and 30 October: from 10h00 to 20h00

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Quiz nights with Dr Why All through May, Boavista will be hosting a weekly quiz night on Fridays at 7.30pm. Great staff, as we all know, in the perfect setting of either the eighteenth hole or their great sea view and a delicious specials including a glass of wine or beer and a choice of two desserts - what more could one ask - maybe to win?? All this for €10.80 including the two courses and a glass of wine or beer. Please book your place by calling 282 000 114.

Get fit The Cascade Gym by AXN Club 100 is starting to offer various membership options for all residents in and around Lagos. The four membership concepts are designed to appeal to those who are passionate about their total health, athletic performance and fitness goals. Attaining your personal best will come easy because this exclusive fitness club guarantees personal attention on every level. Furthermore, they offer luxurious environments where access is limited and everything is top notch. Under the guidance of Michele Mellone, expert in body transformation and personal trainer, the Cascade Gym by AXN Club 100 presents a unique fitness concept. Featuring a 1000m2 outdoor gym, a gym equipped by Technogym®, football pitches and a studio for yoga and pilates, this fitness venue is in high demand amongst all that seek exclusive fitness and health support. In addition to the regular gym use, a personalized concept of fitness based on three pillars: physiotherapy, nutrition and fitness workouts – with pre-assessment, fitness evaluation and personalized support will be offered. Please call 282 782 707 or 915 183 888 for more information or email info@axnwellnesscompany.com axnbootcampalgarve@gmail.com. Facebook: axnwellnesscompany/ www.axnwellnesscompany.com


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What's On...

Charity Tea Dance for Madrugada

The Algarveans to fulfil 25-year-old dream!

Dust off your dancing shoes for the Madrugada Charity Tea Dance which is happening on May 22nd. The event will take place at the Penina Hotel, Portimāo where a 50s Vintage Tea Dance will help to raise funds for the wonderful Madrugada Association. It starts at 2.30pm and finishes at about 5.30pm. Discerning shufflers can show off their best moves to the sound of an excellent jazz band and a tasty afternoon tea is included along with prizes for the best dancers and 50s-style costumes.

The Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group has unveiled the production to mark their 25th anniversary of providing culture and entertainment to the Algarve. As the ‘experimental’ part of their name suggests they have not chosen a nice safe show to perform, instead, “Pollen: The Musical” will have its European premiere, and be only the second time it has been performed, later this year. The show was conceived over 25 years ago by long-time Algarve musician and entertainer Ian Carfrae, who has been a member of the Algarveans for over five years.

A plethora of tea-themed side shows will be on offer to whet your appetite for even more swing and jive, all in aid of Madrugada’s marvellous work to provide care and support for people facing life limiting illness. Why not book your tickets now and enjoy an energetic and memorable afternoon at the delightful 5* Penina Hotel & Golf Resort on the N125

Ian was part of the New Vaudeville Band, who had many hits in the 1960s including the USA number one Winchester Cathedral and will be the musical director of the show. “I had a pocketful of really good songs which I just felt deserved to be part of a musical so, in the 1990s, myself and an old band member took time out to write “Pollen: The Musical,” explained Ian, continuing, “and ever since it has been my dream to see the

Tickets at €15 each are available from Madrugada Centre, 282 761 375.

Church by the sea St Vincent’s Anglican Church in Luz invites you to communion services every Sunday at 8am and 11.30am. There is also a service at 10am on Thursday followed by coffee and Bible Study/discussion. There will be a fundraising coffee morning on May 6th between 10.30am and 1pm at the Fortaleza Restaurant – opposite to the church. For more information please call 282 788 104 or email joyce_daffey@hotmail.com

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The show will be performed at Lagoa Auditorium on October 20, 21 and 22 this autumn, with performances starting at 7.45pm. The Algarveans are on the look out for new talent, young and old, to join the cast onstage or work backstage. The show calls for a big cast and the Algarveans want to have as many people on stage as possible to create a show to remember. Rehearsals will start in early May. “We want to welcome young people from the age of 10 to 18 to join the cast, we currently have four former young members of the group who are studying music and drama in Lisbon or the UK, and they all say that their love of the theatre was nurtured from being members of the group,” said Algarveans’ chairperson Melanie Winstanley. If you are interested in getting involved in "Pollen: The Musical" please call Chris Winstanley on 919 198 840 or Ian Carfrae on 964 707 084 and they will be pleased to answer your questions and invite you along.

A journey through mythology Patricia Pinna Bernardo, art therapist and psychologist and Bernadete Bishop, local artist and facilitator, will host a workshop with a difference on May 22nd from 10.00am to 19.00 at Quinta do Vale da Lama, near Odiáxere. This is a chance to explore the significance of facemasks, their roots and utilisation throughout history – from their shamanic, ancestral and ritual origins, their role in Greek mythology to theatre and drama. Participants are invited to make their own masks based on archetypes of the warrior,

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The Pollen Creative Team - left to right Karen Barroso (Choreographer), Chris Winstanley (Director), Ian Carfrae (Musical Director) and Karen Carfrae (Vocal Coach).

show performed live.” Pollen tells the story of an enchanted garden, in an old house, where the flowers allow themselves to be able to talk to the gardener Ben, who looks after them. The story tells of their battle against the new owner of the house, who intends to destroy the beautiful garden that has been created. This is a story which will touch your heart whether you are 8 or 80 years old.

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the teacher, the visionary or the healer and share with others the messages transmitted. The workshop will involve participants embarking on their own personal journeys in an appreciation of the greatness of the human soul. Cost of the workshop is €50 to include all materials and refreshments. For more information please contact Bernadete on 969774570 or email bishpop@gmail.com


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The Tomorrow 2016 Summer Ball There are less than 7 weeks until our second Summer Ball which promises to be, if possible, Bigger, Better and More Memorable than last year. This year, we are pleased to offer you the chance to send in your bids, prior to the Summer Ball, for the amazing prizes below: • A Manchester United Football Shirt signed by Bryan Robson • A World Atlas signed by Andy Ritchie, Dwight Yorke, Denis Irwin, Quinton Fortune, Bryan Robson, Gary Pallister, Lou Macari, Arthur Albiston, Paddy Crerand, Wilf McGuinness and Mickey Thomas • A week’s Stay for 4 in a luxury Apartment in Praia da Luz • A week’ stay for 8 in a luxury Vila in Alcalar • A Family Photographic for up to 5 session with Dan Burch To have a chance of successfully bidding for one of these fabulous prizes just send your bids, plus your name and telephone number to stevensuttonportugal@gmail.com. On the evening, it will be revealed who has submitted the highest bid and won the prize. Good luck to you all. The evening will start at 7.00pm at the Tivoli Dunas Beach Club Meia Praia and will rock

on until the early hours. The setting could not be more seductive, situated on the beach at Meia Praia with all the facilities the Beach Club has to offer. Those of you who attended last summer’s ball will remember how brilliant the service, provided by the Tivoli, was. There will be an amazing Adele tribute singer and the fabulous 5EX will be rocking the rafters with their particular brand of music which is guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing the night away. The price for this summer’s hottest ticket is 35euros, this includes a welcome drink, a buffet style meal and full evening’s entertainment. The dress code is ‘Dress to Impress’ but the overriding rule is ………….. prepare to enjoy yourself and have fun. Lest we forget why we are holding this event a proportion of the ticket sales goes to the following charities: Madrugada, The Soup Kitchen and Conexao all very worthy organisations and we are proud to be able to donate money raised which will make such a difference to each one of them. There are still a few tickets and a few tables left (a table is for 10), so if you want to be part of this amazing event, please email stevensuttonportugal@gmail.com for your tickets.

Lagos marks Dantas anniversary On May 19th 1876 Júlio Dantas was born in Lagos. He went on to become one of the most famous Portuguese of the early twentieth century.

animated film about Dantas and his times made by Lagos students of the Visual Arts.

Events have been organised to mark the anniversary of his birth. Last month there was an exhibition of caricatures of Dantas and these are likely to form part of the Centre’s major exhibition´: Júlio Dantas 140 Anos de Nascimento.

On May 27th, in the Praça do Infante (the main square on the Avenida with the statue of Henry the Navigator) is a Fashion Show featuring an evocation of the glamour of the "Belle Epoque" turn of the century times that Dantas lived in. This will feature costume, music and dance. It starts at 2130.

This runs from Dantas’s birthdate on May 19th until the end of October and shows his achievements through documents, books, contemporary commentary and memorabilia. The exhibition is started on May 19th at 5pm by the ‘premiére’ of an

These celebrations have been organised by the Câmara, the Municipal Library, the Centro Cultural, the Teatro Experimental de Lagos, and the Fashion and Visual Arts students from secondary school Júlio Dantas.

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Tantalise your taste buds

You are invited to a taster event at Restaurant Fontenario on May 7th from 5.30-9pm. You will get the chance to join Ginny and sample the dishes from her new menu. All taster dishes are free of charge and drinks will be charged separately. Guests are limited so please book in advance. Restaurante Fontenario offers a selection of sharing platters, homemade bread and seasonal dishes. Using fresh ingredients, a creative flair and international culinary experience, Ginny’s eclectic menu is sure to whet any appetite. So whether you’re in the mood for traditional Portuguese dishes or craving something totally different, why not take a night off and enjoy some authentic home cooking? Please call 282 789 953 or email ginnyatfontenario@gmail.com

Tapestry Exhibition This month a high-warp tapestry exhibition is taking place in Almancil. High-warp tapestry artist Françoise Devroede will be exhibiting her wall tapestries in the Algarve this May. The event is taking place between May 6th and May 31st between 10am and 6.30pm. Françoise Devroede has been creating high-warp tapestries for over 30 years. All her tapestries are unique works of art, conceived and created by her. For more information visit the website or contact Aderita Artistic Space.


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Readers' Letters

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

Superb Shalimar

that are coming almost every week. We are a fun group of girls aged between 28 and 50(ish) that are not only there to get fit but most of the time to have a good laugh.

Dear Editor, Well! What can you say! After a drought of a year or more (?) it has now reopened at a new, better and bigger location. We were all meeting at the Bora Bar and noticed that Shalimar had reopened (it was their fourth night). Not quite knowing where we were going after the bar, seven of us were excited to visit the restaurant as we loved it before. The manager remembered us and we were met with smiles and kisses. Settling in to the usual menu (with a few additions and our old favourites) poppadums and pickles arrived. What a night! Brilliant food and excellent service. Get there when you can and it'll really take off (as before). There’s a comfy lounge area which looked very inviting - just in case you (unfortunately) have to wait, and a bar which I could have easily sat waiting for my table or takeaway. Back in business and back on the Lagos map! Excellent!

Burgau Lycra girls Dear Editor,

For a couple of years there has been ladies' sports on a Friday afternoon. But since last year we now have a regular group of 15 girls

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A couple of years ago Andy was thinking of retiring but after a few months he decided he loves his sports and teaching too much to stop and do nothing. He is so dedicated to his sports that even with his knee injury, he is always willing to play with us when we have uneven numbers. But there is more on offer to keep us all fit. Tennis lessons on Monday mornings 9:30 - 11.00. Cross training on Wednesday mornings 10:00 – 11:00. Fun mixed tennis on a Thursday afternoon 16:00 – 18:00.

Thank you Andy and family.

It’s was Andy Robinson's birthday in April, so we, his Friday Lycra Girls want to tell you a bit about what we do in the BURGAU sports centre to make our mummy tummies tighter and us all fitter.

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None of us are any good but the funny thing is we think we are! We can see that Andy likes that we are so motivated and dedicated.

You not only get fitter but you also have fun, meet new people, learn or get better at sports but also you will meet a family that put their heart and soul in a business for over 30 years and will never give up trying to pass their knowledge , skills and love for the sport to other people.

Yours faithfully, Ian Wiseman and friends

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What we do is all round sports, Andy always start with a bit of of basketball and after that we do hockey and touch rugby and finish it off with football skills and a game itself and Andy referees and points out the rules! You might now understand why we laugh all the time.

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Love from, the Lycra Girls There is also plenty to do for the kids, for more information see their website www.burgausportscentre.pt or FB www.facebook.com/groups/ burgausportscentre

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Casa de Santo Amaro Dear Editor, I have just returned from a stay in UK, and visited Casa de Santo Amaro on Friday. I took with me five tablet cases for the tablets they had been given by Lee earlier this year. They have not used them as they were frightened of damage if they fell onto the floor. (As we all have learnt, if it's breakable and falls onto the floor out here, that's the end!). The staff were overjoyed and the tablets were in their cases in five minutes! Talking with Marlene, (the boss) I learnt that they are thrilled with the amount of towels and bedlinen that they have received and asked me to pass on their thanks to the "Tomorrow" readers. It makes a huge difference and allows them to use the money that they receive from the authorities on things that take priority, such as assessment, which has to be done in Faro. It used to be done locally but now not only is each patient charged for the assessment by the health authority but the cost of travelling to and from Faro has to be met as well. A very kind couple in Almadena are trying to obtain some bench seats that can be used outside during the summer, so those who cannot walk far can at least sit outside in the sun. They will still be glad of any towels, bed linen, anything that can be used in the arts and crafts department, in fact if anyone has anything that they think might be useful to the home, please go there and ask! The no entrance sign and barrier (which lifts when you approach) are not to prevent people who wish to help! To recap, the home is next to the Centro de Saude in Lagos, down the hill. The patients are always pleased to be wished, "Bom dia" and if they can they will reciprocate. Thanks and best wishes, Jennifer Herrtage jennifergrahame1@yahoo.com


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Readers' Letters Dealing with death

helped turn such a tragic event into an extremely respectful time.

Dear Editor, We love the Algarve. We holiday here with our children, we decide to buy a holiday home for the family to enjoy, the children grow up, we reach retirement and we decide to sell up in England and move to our beloved holiday home with its happy memories. Enjoying our time together, no ties, no worries. We start to plan those trips we promised ourselves, weekends in Seville, wine tasting in the Alentejo, river trips in Porto - sound familiar? Life can’t get any better then suddenly and unexpectedly one of us dies. This recently happened to very good friends of mine, Phil and Gill. Phil died suddenly whilst at home watching the television one evening in January this year. It was a shock and totally devastating for Gill, then she was faced with making arrangement. Where do you start to plan a funeral in a country in which you are unfamiliar with its language and the law? The service and respect from the Funeral Directors here was excellent, they did everything and more and the funeral arrangements were first class. It is easier for the family to fly to Portugal than to repatriate a body to the UK. Phil was cremated in Portugal and an Anglican memorial service took place in St Vincent’s Church in Luz. Close family attended the cremation and their family and friends attended the memorial service the following day at the church, afterward refreshments were provided at Golfe Santo Antonia where they both played golf. From the initial 112 call, I know Gill would like to thank the Villa do Bispo Bombeiros, paramedics and GNR for the help and efficiency in dealing with such a tragic and stressful time. Alex the contact at Guerreiro and Guerreiro, Lda – the funeral directors in Lagos - who took care of the funeral arrangement and the legalities involved. Patrick Springfield the Anglican priest at St Vincent’s church, for a beautiful memorial service, the ladies at the florist in Pingo Doce who produced a magnificent spray for the coffin and Mario the Restaurant Manager at Golfe Santo Antiono for providing refreshments - all of whom

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Yours sincerely, Name and address withheld. You can read more about what to do in case of a sudden tragedy later in the magazine.

Madrugada

smiling faces greeting me. I was the first visitor. Introductions were made and there was much European kissing (which side do you kiss first?). Coffee and tea were offered, as well as biscuits. This was the friendliest gang I had encountered in ages. The room itself is a huge, airy space with high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows. Many cushy dark red upholstered chairs and sofas are near the front, and the rest of the room is filled with tables and chairs used for computer work, meals, coffee and a chat.

Dear Editor, We have received reports about a man collecting door-to-door on behalf of Madrugada. He is reported to be scruffy looking and in possession of a bogus letter from Madrugada authorising his collection. Last sighting was Palm Bay Apartments, Rua Direita, Luz. Madrugada has never authorised a door-to-door collection. If you have any information that would help us to identify this man please contact our office. Thank you, Alison Blair, Madrugada. Phone: 282 761 375 Email: admin@madrugada-portugal.com

Congratulations Conexao Dear Editor, Finally. After much planning and agonizing, driving, flying and a train ride, my little dog and I waved bye-bye to the US and hit the ground in Lagos, Portugal, settling into the an apartment near the Marina. Now what? I knew not one person, had never been to Lagos (or even Portugal). But I knew the drill in a new place and considered this move to be long-term, so I started to research the English-speaking papers and magazines. One newly forming group caught my eye, Conexao, which I couldn't pronounce. But it was in walking distance and seemed very diverse in its offerings... massages, a handyman, wifi, counselling, coffee and tea plus friends and Pilates! Who could resist. After several tries I found them at 32 Rua Dr Joaquim Tello. As I approached the building, in front were at least a half-dozen happy,

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Pretty warm grey curtains are on the windows, and original white sculpture is on the sills. Oil paintings done by many of the group are hung here and there. In the rear is a smallish, fully equipped kitchen. Through the miracle of good cooks, I have since seen a magnificent dinner for 20 emerge on Christmas Day. This community has been a touchstone for me these five months I have lived in Lagos. I call many of the attendees my friends. Elizabeth has helped me with translations from Portuguese and assistance with paperwork I found incomprehensible. Larissa and her daughters babysat my dog June when I went to Seville. Patricia loaned me books about Seville and Portuguese artists. And every single one has offered their friendship and good will. I have participated in the already mentioned Christmas Day dinner, and an evening of music provided by talented locals. And somebody is always making soup which is fine with me. People have come into my life from the UK, US, Austria, Zimbabwe, Holland and Norway. Something has developed since I have been in Portugal. When I experience something very special or unexpected, like an expert flamenco guitar player in the Old Town Square, what runs through my mind is – this is why I came here. My new friendships with this especially warm international group in the comfortable space they have created brings this to my mind: This is why I've come here... Stop by and see us. Paula Vaicunas Email conexao-lagos@outlook.com or go to web site www.conexao-lagos.com


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Health... Perimenopause - what is it? Ann de Jongh We are all familiar with the term menopause, but not so perimenopause. This is something that will affect us all, females will experience it and males may well be aware of some of the symptoms! Perimenopause commonly starts in early 40s and goes through to early 50s or 60s. Perimenopause is used to describe the time when hormonal changes are starting before we reach menopause. They can happen slowly, often getting ignored or brushed aside as they can seem trivial or “not serious”. Symptoms include: - Hot flushes, night sweats - Irritability, mood swings, depression - Trouble sleeping - Irregular periods - Anxiety, apprehension - Memory lapses, increased forgetfulness - Weight gain - Dizziness, vertigo, light headedness There are steps that can be taken to help ease the onset of perimenopause. If you suffer from a lot of night sweats, flushes and trouble sleeping then cutting out caffeine and alcohol is the best ways to reduce this.

Reducing our stress levels are essential to keep our hormones balanced. Yoga and meditation is great for this. Keeping active is a key to helping to ease symptoms. It is also key to ensure our diet is full of natural non-processed food. Eating lots of different veggies at every meal, having great sources of protein (fish, meat, eggs, nuts, pulses) and ensuring we eat enough good fats (avocado, olive oil, nuts) and include some carbohydrates as our hormones need them. Instead of looking back mournfully, physician-author Christiane Northrup recommends using it as a time to redefine yourself with positive thoughts, love yourself, explore what brings you pleasure, and to celebrate this new phase of life. Ann is a Trainer, Yoga teacher and Nutritionist. If you are suffering with perimenoapuse symptoms Ann can help to create you a personalised nutrition and exercise plan to help ease the symptoms. Please call 913202621 or go to www.fit2lovelife.com

The basics of spinal anatomy… and why you get back pain! By Dr Wen Oates DC MChiro Your spine is an intricate structure of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and highly sensitive nerve roots that provide you with: • Protection - for the spinal cord and nerve roots to safely relay messages between your brain and the rest of your body. • Shock Absorption - accepting jolts and stresses as you move about. • Flexibility - especially in the lower back and neck, allowing you to bend and twist. • Strength - provided by the bones, discs, muscles and connective tissue that allow you to stand upright and move about with precision. Let’s start at the top - the cervical spine supports the weight of your head and protects the nerves that run between your brain and the rest of your body. Your neck has seven vertebral bones that get smaller

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- and provide more rotation - as they get closer to the base of the skull. The vertebrae in the upper back are attached to the rib cage and make up the thoracic spine, providing stability, structural support and protection for the heart and lungs. Moving down to the lower back, the lumbar spine carries the most load with the least structural support, so this is the most likely area of the spine to wear out or sustain an injury. Remember, if you are suffering with any kind of neck or back pain, get it correctly evaluated by a trained and qualified Doctor of Chiropractic. Call Dr Wen on 282 768 044 or check our www.lagos-health.com website. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Do I need emergency contraception? (Morning after pill) By Christine Heshon Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, which is why it is sometimes called ‘the morning after pill’, ‘the day after pill’ or ‘morning after contraception’. You can use emergency contraception right away - or up to five days after sex - if you think your birth control failed, you didn't use contraception, or you were made to have sex against your will. Emergency contraception makes it much less likely you will get pregnant. But emergency contraceptives are not as effective as birth control that's used before or during sex, like the pill or condoms. When should I get it? The sooner the better as it is more effective. However, you can take it up to 72 hours afterwards (3 days). Where can I get it? You can get emergency contraception at any pharmacy for around €15. The pharmacist has to ask a few basic questions before prescribing. Do I need to do anything afterwards? It is advisable to do a pregnancy test 3 weeks afterwards to make sure the pill worked. It would be worth considering doing a Chlamydia test 2 weeks after as this is one of the most common Sexually Transmitted Infections. It is easily treated with antibiotics. Remember to always use condoms in any new relationship even if you are using another method of contraception. Keep safe. Christine Heshon is a retired Specialist Nurse Practitioner in Contraception and Sexual Health.


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Health...

Controlling your child’s myopia By João Albano (BSc Hons)

The true cost of a lovely tan By Niki Medlock Ultraviolet radiation, part of the electromagnetic (light) energy that comes from our sun as invisible rays, is made up of three types UVA, UVB and UVC (which is the most dangerous, but does not penetrate the ozone layer). UVA and UVB do reach the surface of the planet and have an effect on human, animal and plant life.

Myopia, also known as near-sightedness and short-sightedness, is a condition of the eye where the light that comes in does not directly focus on the retina but in front of it. This causes the image that one sees when looking at a distant object to be out of focus. It does not affect focus when looking at a close object. Its main cause is the eye being slightly longer than it should be. When not fully corrected it can increase in almost half a dioptre per year. Recent studies show there’s been a dramatic increase around the world – in some parts of Asia around 80 per cent of children are affected. In the United States alone, studies indicate an increase of 66% in the last thirty years. Some specialists already say myopia has become an epidemic. The reason why it has increased so much might have to do with our lifestyle but our genetics also have a big role in it. The latest research shows that it’s possible to slow down myopia in children to almost 55% but treatment has to be applied at an early age because once it increases it becomes permanent. Examinations should start around five years of age. There are no guarantees that when its treated its progression will completely stop, but it will certainly help. Keep your eyes healthy and protected!

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UVA penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB and is more dominant than UVA in giving you that lovely tan – which is actually the body’s defence mechanism against the harm

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It also causes wrinkling, leathering, sagging and other light induced effects of ageing (photoaging), by damaging the elastin and collagen fibres in the skin. UVB is mainly responsible for skin reddening and sunburn, tending to damage the skin’s more superficial layers and although it was thought to play the key role in the development of cancer through this cellular damage, recent studies are now showing that UVA also enhances this. NEXT MONTH: Protection, protection, protection!!!!! Niki Medlock is head nurse at www.luzdoc.com

Transform your child’s behaviour

By Laura Newman

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed or frustrated with your child's behaviour? Maybe you want to scream when your children are defiant or aggressive.

3. Children need warm, consistent connections throughout the day. The worse their behaviour, the more connection they need!

The real problems are: - dealing with their "behaviour" without making things worse - dealing with their "emotions" in a healthy way - understanding they "feel disconnected" from you

4. Children understand the language of play. Turn your requests into playful instructions or games.

The real solutions are: - daily connections - building a strong relationship - taking your emotions out of the equation - helping them with their frustrations - creating a healthy daily structure & routines - de-scheduling and providing opportunities for connection and play

Join in their activity or ask them a question.

5. Children are not always ready to listen. Make sure they are connected with you before you give them an instruction.

"Parenting is the hardest job in the world. It is not meant to be done alone." "There's is no way to be a perfect parent but a million ways to be a good one.” Laura Newman BSc BSc MSc is a speech therapist and parent consultant.

Some things to consider: 1. 90% of behaviour problems are due to immaturity. It's not their fault. Change what you see and you'll change what you get.

João Albano (BSc Hons) is Head of optometry at Optician Algarvisão, Professional Eye Care.

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On the plus side they maintain and improve life by triggering the production of Vitamin D when they hit the skin. 80 -90 % of what the body gets is from the sun, as there are very few Vitamin D rich food sources which is needed for maintaining proper bone structure.

that can be inflicted. Your skin makes more melanin pigment and due to the increased cell turnover there is a higher chance of cellular damage and ultimately cancer.

2. In the incident, keep children safe and keep the connection. Don't teach them a lesson at that point!

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Pets Mate By Lars Rahmquist They include: anorexia, lethargy, fever, swollen glands, diarrhoea and malaise. Any permutation of these signs can be found with 'tick fever'.

And now: The final instalment of the enthralling trilogy of infectious diseases of the Algarve. We have ticked off Leihmaniasis and heartworm. Now to finish with TICK FEVER (again). Tick fever is an umbrella term that we use to describe the various infectious organisms that can be spread from tick to dog or cat... or horse. Yes, cats get a mention this month... Infected blood cells circulate around the body. Thus clinical signs are non-specific.

At the time of writing we have been diagnosing our first influx of tick fever cases this year...in both cats and dogs. The warm spring weather, followed by heavy rains has beckoned our arachnid blood-suckers back to the fray. If you are concerned about any of these signs being present in your pet, do take it to your vet for examination and possibly specific blood tests. A diagnosis of 'tick fever' is not a complete diagnosis. Blood tests will differentiate which of the organisms is causing the signs. Some organisms require a 10-day course of antibiotics, some a 28-day course and

others a course of injections to remedy the infection. So it is relevant and advisable to investigate which is the causative organism. In closing, please be vigilant with ticks. ‘Spot-ons’ and collars work well. Before lastyears tick-season we received a new tablet to kill ticks called BRAVECTO. This works and against ticks (and fleas) for 10-12 weeks. Last year we saw less tick fever than previous years and we thank the new BRAVECTO tablets for this and are recommending it as our preferred tick prevention. But remember that nothing is 100% against ticks. Daily tick checks (ie rubbing their neck, etc) is still recommended. www.lagosvet.com

Why Pilates leads to a happier, healthier life By Lisa Longhurst shown it can even aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s.

1. You can do it at any time of the day. Even though it works you hard, it does not leave you exhausted and sweaty, so you can easily fit it into a busy lifestyle. Once you know a couple of exercises from your class you can fit 10 minutes of movement into your every day routine at the end of a cardio workout or before you start your day! 2. A flat tummy. Most abdominal exercises focus on the superficial abdominals that won’t give you a flat stomach. Pilates targets the deep core, which leads to a flat tummy, a narrow waist, and a healthy spine. And remember you are only as young as your spine! 3. It makes you think. Pilates is a surprisingly intellectual method of exercise. It requires concentration on how your body is moving. This keeps the mind engaged and challenged. Studies have

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4. It’s a pain killer. Pilates is great for injury prevention and rehabilitation because it focuses on the muscles that support and protect your joints and the spine. It restores proper body mechanics. It supports and balances those imbalanced movements you do through sports such as golf or tennis or repetitive movements you do through normal everyday life. 5. You’ll stand up straighter. Great posture makes us look younger and more attractive, and it actually keeps us balanced and youthful. Check yourself out in a shop window as you walk past and hold your shoulders back and just see the difference yourself! 6. You don’t have to be an expert! A Pilates routine can be modified to accommodate injuries or can be amped up for the serious athlete and everyone in between. 7. You can do it on the go, any time, any place. Many Pilates exercises can be done with just body weight and no props. It also works the muscles that we might not target in other

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activities, making it an ideal complement to running, tennis, biking, and other athletic pursuits. 8. It’s a lifelong practice. Pilates is so safe and balancing for the body that you can begin at any age and continue into your later decades. It won’t wear down the body, and you don’t have to give it up as you age. I am in awe as I watch the ladies and gents in my classes that have developed so much in a relatively short period of times! 9. It builds strength and flexibility in an efficient and effective way. Each Pilates exercise both stretches and strengthens through moves that work the muscles while they are lengthening. 10. You get in touch. Pilates can deepen the mind-body connection, which can improve many other facets of our lives such as interpersonal relationships, stress management, and eating habits. Awareness and mindfulness are such an important part of our lives at any age. Feel free to get in touch for a chat about your individual requirements. The Pilates Room Lagos offers equipment and mat classes for all ages and all abilities. Contact: 926 514 613 or email info@pilatesroomlagos.com.


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Business I.T. can be easy By Steven Dunwell Part two of the occasional series of computer terminology and slang, this month: C to D Caps Lock – when turned on it capitalizes each letter typed on the keyboard. The caps lock key is a "toggle key" which means it’s either on or off. When off the letters typed are in lower case, but when turned on each letter typed appears as UPPER-CASE. Most keyboards have a light on the caps lock key that turns on when active, indicating caps lock is on. Best not to use caps lock when typing e-mails because IT MAKES IT SEEM LIKE YOU ARE YELLING when you type in all caps. Clipboard - the clipboard is a section of computer memory where your computer stores copied data. This can be an image, some text or even a document. It is placed on the clipboard whenever you use the "Copy" command, usually located on the Edit menu of most programs. This can then be pasted into a document or program using the "Paste" command, again usually located on a programs Edit menu. Cold Boot - to perform a cold boot (also called

a "hard boot") means to start up a computer that is turned off. A cold boot is typically performed by pressing the power button on the computer. Not to be confused with “warm boot”, which refers to restarting a computer once it has been turned on.

the mouse button to "drop" the object in its new location.

DPI - (Dots per Inch) is used to measure the resolution of an image both on screen and in print. The higher the DPI, the more detail can be shown in an image. It should be noted that DPI is not dots per square inch.

Drivers are required for internal computer components such as video cards or DVD drives. Some external peripherals such as printers, keyboards or monitors sometimes require a driver. Most modern hardware is "plug and play" meaning the devices will work without requiring driver installation.

Since a 600 dpi printer can print 600 dots both horizontally and vertically per inch, it actually prints 360,000 (600 x 600) dots per square inch. Drag and drop - use the mouse to select an object and then moving it to a new location. With a mouse, you can drag and drop an object by clicking the (usually left) mouse button to select an object, then moving the mouse while keeping the mouse button pushed down. This is called "dragging" the object, move the object where you want to place it, then lift up

Batata Beach and SUP By Sebastian Wolf Literally anyone can paddle even dogs (with help of course). It’s a great alternative to see our beautiful coastline and it's fun without you realising you’re exercising almost every muscle in your body.

Myself and my business partner Randy bought the concession at Batata Beach last year and have greatly improved the look and feel of the beach. We brought SUP (Stand up paddle boarding) to Lagos around five years ago and through a stroke of good fortune we acquired the beach concession at Batata Beach last year. Batata Beach is absolutely perfect for starting your SUP trip. We’re super fortunate to live in Lagos with its famous grottos and it's rated as the best place to SUP in Portugal and one of the top spots in Europe.

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SUP has a number of disciplines, touring, fishing, SUP yoga is now becoming more popular, wave riding and racing to name a few. I myself compete in race on the national (Portuguese) circuit and my partner, Randy and I are both avid wave SUPpers. It’s a great way to burn some calories whilst enjoying the outdoors and of course plunging from time to time into the Atlantic Ocean as you hone your skills. Batata Beach concession will be open this season from May to October, so come down and visit us and give it a try. We offer guided tours as well as lessons and rentals. Please call Sebastian on 918 674 079 or email at info@extremealgarve.com or Randy at rd.kainuisup@gmail.com

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Driver – (Device Driver) is a small software program that enables a specific hardware device to work with your computer.

However, don’t throw away that CD that came with your new mouse as it may contain extra software that allows you to customize the function of each button and adjust the mouse sensitivity. If you have any questions, suggestions for future tips or require assistance with any I.T. challenges, I am very happy help. Please contact me via email: sdunwell@sky. com or call me on: 00351 936 387 512

Create a network Why not join the next Women and Success networking session on May 5th at Cocina Natural in Almancil. During these lunches you can meet new clients, discuss solutions to your challenges and close deals. There is the chance for an interesting discussion about the meaning of success and how to grow professionally. The lunch event, which costs 25 euros per person, starts at 12 noon and ends at 3pm. Tables are available for all your promotional material, so bring your banners, flyers, cards or products to promote your services. To reserve a table, please contact us: riavandoorn@mac.com. Women & Success is an initiative of Ria van Doorn that started in Portugal in 2012. As a business and life coach, she empowers women to become successful in any area of their life. Read more on www.riavandoorn.com or facebook: facebook.com/womenandsuccess.


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Be prepared By Cardine Martins Nobody plans on getting sick, but that doesn't mean it has to take you by surprise. Imagine that you fall ill or worse. What do you do? Prepare yourself with a few pre-emptive tips. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where medical attention is necessary, stay calm and seek help. The emergency number for medical help and or an ambulance is 112(speaks English). This is obviously a Portuguese number so you may need to ring off a Portuguese phone. It is also wise to make a note of the best hospitals or medical centres in your region. This information is something that you can prepare as soon as possible and make sure you have the contacts to hand. Carry a copy of your medical information and take all medication when visiting the doctor or hospital. Many hospitals may have someone who speaks English but is better to have at least some basic medical vocabulary written down somewhere. Being sick can affect your attention or decision-making, so try to have someone you trust nearby, for advice or even just support. If a loved one or friend is seriously ill and expected to die in a matter of days or weeks, you may want to make funeral arrangements in advance. The following steps will take you through arranging a funeral from making the first call when someone dies to the various matters to be handled following the funeral. First Call Firstly, if the deceased died at home, you will need to call the emergency number above to ensure that the correct emergency services arrive. It may be that the death is confirmed and they allow you to call a funeral agency. Or they may take the deceased away to the hospital where an autopsy may be needed before the body is released for burial. If the death happens in the hospital, a funeral agency is usually called and they will meet you there. Once the body is released, usually the funeral is done within 2-3 days. This can be delayed slightly if waiting on people to arrive from abroad.

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Funeral Services Planning a funeral involves making many decisions concerning funeral ceremonies, funeral products and final disposition of the body. For assistance in arranging funerals people usually turn to funeral directors or an agency as they are called here. Your funeral agency will guide you through a religious or church service as required.. Cemetery Arrangements You will need to meet a cemetery representative to purchase a burial or entombment space. This is usually done in the “Junta de Freguesia”. In most cases, the funeral agency can help you make these arrangements on behalf of a family. The other option is the person can lay in a “rented” plot for 5 years and at the end of this period the bones are removed and available for family members to collect. The funeral agency will guide you through purchasing caskets, grave markers and other funeral merchandise. Cremation At the moment the nearest facility for cremation is in the Alentejo in Beja and there are a number of helpful funeral agencies in the Lagos area. A basic funeral package starts at €780. Estate, Financial and Administrative Matters Then the affairs of the deceased must be put in order. These range from filing death benefit claims to changing title of the deceased’s assets. It is always a good choice to consult a legal professional like a solicitor. A will means that your wishes will be carried out and your family is not left with any added problems, stress or costs and it ensure that assets are passed on quickly and efficiently and stress free. A death certificate is fundamental in order to deal with the estate. If a will was made, a copy of that is also needed to start the inheritance process. So the first step is to ensure that the inheritance process can be opened by registering the death. This needs to be done in the Civil Registry and the Notary / Registry where the last will was signed. You also have to inform the finance department and a list of assets and their respective values must be presented. This is mainly property but can also include bank accounts, cars, shares, etc... At this point we must also identify who all the heirs are. There may be stamp duty to pay. There is

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no inheritance tax for spouses, descendants and ascendants. After this step comes the notarial deed, a “habilitação de herdeiros”. This is done for the property and confirms who the legal heirs are. A number of documents are needed to do this process, such as death certificate, marriage certificate, birth certificates, wills etc... If there are various properties and / or various heirs, a “Partilha” will need to be done. This is where a particular asset is put into the name of a particular heir. If all heirs are receiving the same assets, then this part is not needed. If you work in Portugal, Social Security will help cover the funeral costs up to €1257.66 The objective of this article is not to upset people and make them think about death but to help when the time comes and they feel alone. There are also various legal professionals in the area that would be more than happy to help you with the above. Contact solicitor Cardine Martins on 967550485 or by email info@cardinemartins.com Include Contacts for: Hospital Particular S. Gonçalo 800 201 000 Hospital Particular do Algarve Alvor 00 351 282 420 400 Centro Hospitalar do Barlavento Algarvio – Lagos 00351 282 770 100 Centro de Saude de Lagos 00 351 282 780 000 Agência Funerária Guerreiro & Guerreiro 00 351 282 769 827 24hrs Alex 00 351 925 913 100 or 00 351 919 459 004 CHECK LIST #Call 112-Emergency Number #Call Funeral agency 00 351 282 769 827 (24 hours) #Call your doctor. #Put an emergency number in your phone so anyone can find the contact you would want to know immediately ie EMERGENCY 00 351 XXX XXX XXX KEEP THIS ISSUE OF ‘TOMORROW’ FOR THIS INFORMATION AND ALL PHARMACY NUMBERS ON PAGE 3


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Exciting times ahead By Judith Sullivan equally amazed and overwhelmingly grateful to the volunteers who give their precious time to help Madrugada help others. The last six months have been a learning curve and not without challenges but with wonderful support the shops saw a successful end to 2015.

Looking back to June 2015 when I joined Madrugada I have to admit that I didn’t fully realise what was coming my way! With an extensive background in retail operations and multi-site management I imagined that taking ownership of three charity shops; two in the beautiful sleepy town of Praia da Luz and one in the more upbeat town of Almancil would be a ‘walk in the park’ ….Hmmm, think again, Judith! I have been constantly amazed and humbled by the generosity of people who donate items to Madrugada charity shops. I am

A bright future Growing a business is not easy, but I am on a mission! My vision is to see our shops become the hub of our local communities where we can address our customers by name, encouraging repeat visits, offering value for money, customer satisfaction, loyalty and trust in our product. Down the line I see coffee, tea and cake mornings, monthly book club meetings, art auctions and much more. I am committed to pushing Madrugada charity shops forward and I am totally excited to see what 2016 brings…I hope you are too!

So who is buying property in Portugal this year...? By David Westmoreland Once again we are seeing a wind change in the property market. Over the last couple of years the French market has been dominating not only the space in magazines but also keeping most of the estate agents busy, however, we are starting to see a step change this year. Here at B&P we are currently running at over 30% up on 2015 so what is driving this increase? In a normal year we sell to an average of around 15 different nationalities but the new rush is coming from Scandinavia. The Scandinavians have been buying for a few years but it is only this year, 2016, that we have started to see a definite consistency to their buying patterns. Swedish buyers in particular have been looking for a few years. Their buying style is different to that of the French. The Swedes prefer to do a lot more homework, make several visits and rarely make a quick decision. They also appear to have higher budgets and are looking for penthouses and sea view apartments as well as three and four bedroom villas. Don’t expect to get an offer within hours of viewing your property. It can take several

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weeks and in some instances a month or so before you hear back from them. The Scandinavian market was running at around 15% of our business over the last 2-3 years however we have seen this grow to around 25% in the last 6 months. I see this market being a little longer than the French rush of 2014. Swedish clients in particular tend to follow each other. So the increase we are seeing is just the beginning. For sure the Swedish clients are more demanding than the French and most certainly take longer to decide but this market is here to stay. So expect to see a few more Volvo’s driving around the western Algarve this winter. This increase in sales we are experiencing means we need new properties to sell. There is a shortage of top floor apartments, sea view apartments and mid-range villas on the market. If you have been thinking about selling your property now is the time. Please contact me at the B&P office on the Avenida or email mail@bpaproperty.com

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A thread in time By Ana Campino

As the story line goes ... once upon a time there was piece of thread, a needle and a person who liked to create. The story demonstrates the passion for creativity and the Portuguese soul unequivocally linked to travel, dreams, longing, other cultures and to what’s different . Come and visit my store. It’s a different kind of shop with Portuguese and home made creations, together with with crafts and regional products - many of them unique. It all started with once upon a time there was my my doll, but this was only the story line. It was the beginning of the story; a thread that will unravel with you and for you. I hope to amaze you with the beautiful things that are done here in Lagos, in the Algarve, and in Portugal – done with with our soul ... and this is our Portuguese soul, of course! The rigorous selection of all the items displayed in the store, based on an authentic and unique know-how, will offer you a genuine bit of Portugal. Ana’s shop is in R. dos Moleiros, lote 157, Lagos. Please call on 917376676 or email anacampino@sapo.pt


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Food & Drink... A Hidden Treasure By our sommelier Miguel Martins consumed. We were taken back in time to an incredible 1985 then a 1988 and finished with a special commemorative edition of the 95-year history of the wine cellars. It was a young wine of 2014 but after having drunk the older ones we realised the potential that this wine has for aging.

At a wine tasting in the store in April, I had the pleasure of presenting the wines of Caves São João da Bairrada, approaching their hundredth anniversary. We are probably talking about the Portuguese producer with the greatest record of old wines, a veritable hidden treasure! I have already talked about the amazing aging ability of Bairrada wines, but this time I wanted to challenge my friends and customers to taste some of the oldest wines of this region. Therefore, I invited Caves of Sāo João to bring some rarities of both white and red. The age-old wines that this house has in its cellars are really amazing. As regards white wines it is best to begin with a 1974. Obviously, we have to understand the context. In other words they are wines with evolution and a touch of oxidation, wines to be enjoyed with food if possible but are wines with balance and some freshness and perfectly fit to be

There was yet another fascinating discovery to be made with the red wines. This began with a 1974, followed by 1980 that seduced me with its elegance, freshness and tannis. A great wine! Without disparaging all the other wines we tasted from different years, without a doubt the highlight was an unexpected Cabernet Sauvignon of 1996. While tasting the wine we soon realised it was a really great wine but what made the difference was the price. It’s certainly a wine that is worth much more than the retail price of € 17.00. Of course, it turned out to be the wine of the evening and one that is the best value for money. It was a fantastic afternoon when we once again were pleased to present a great Portuguese producer and an opportunity to challenge the ideas that wines in Portugal are not suitable for ageing. Stay tuned for the next wine tasting that will be held in the store. Just check my Facebook page for details: www.facebook.com/sommelier.garrafeira

Marina Bar celebrates home cooked and freshly prepared. Lots of exciting changes this year including a new seating arrangement for May so all will be revealed soon!

It’s hard to believe that Derry and Ana have just celebrated the fact that they have been on the Marina scene for five years - it just does not seem that long! They have had some great years and it looks very much like 2016 will be even better especially now that they have a superb team in the kitchen where everything is all

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Friday is music night with the very popular Ephy Clarke from 7pm to 9pm. There are always specials for example fish and chips and a free drink for only €6.00 and there is always a Portuguese special of the day at around €10.00 which changes every week. Happy hour every day from 5pm to 7pm. Lots of great reasons to help Ana and Derry celebrate their fifth year and of course, there is the superb spot by the water’s edge Call 282 789 701 or email: info@marinabarlagos.com

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Classic cod By Chef Dario Santos

This recipe was created by Memmo Baleeira Chef Dario Santos and is one of the specialties that you can find in the hotel’s Fornaria. Ingredients: Codfish – 4 loins, around 200g each Sweet potatoes – 1kg Spinach – 200g Mayonnaise Salt Olive oil Butter Garlic Onion – 200g Red pepper – 200g Method: Wash the sweet potatoes and wrap each one in aluminium foil. Put them in the oven for 30-45 minutes (depending on the size of the sweet potatoes) at 180º. Take them out of the foil, peel them and mash them until it has a consistency of a purée. Season it with salt and butter. Put the spinach in a pan with olive oil and chopped garlic, sautéed until the leaves are tender. Season with salt. Cut the onions and peppers in slices, put it in a pan with olive oil and cook until golden. Season with salt. In an oven tray put the mashed sweet potatoes, with the onions and peppers on top then make a bed with the spinach and put the codfish loin on top. Cover the loins with mayonnaise and put the tray in the oven at 180º for 30 minutes, until the mayonnaise is au gratin. Put a dash of olive oil in the end.


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Café Inglês By M.A.Devoy Café Inglês has been in Silves since 1983 so I am sure many of you will have been there, if not for lunch/dinner then for their wonderful cakes. Situated halfway up the steps to Silves Castle and next to the Church it offers wonderful views over Silves. For those of you that haven’t tried it, please do as you are in for a treat. Their menu is varied, something for everyone, and the place has a fantastic ‘vibe’ and great ambience. You can sit outside and enjoy the view, inside and enjoy the artwork and the quirky decor or sit up on the roof terrace from where the views are breathtaking. The staff are all friendly, courteous and efficient, they really seem to enjoy their

work. To sit and enjoy a coffee or a glass of something with a slice of apple and walnut cake, carob cake, chocolate cake or any of the other fabulous cakes is a real indulgence, so go on….treat yourself…you're worth it. They also do a Sunday Roast which is, probably, one of the best I have had (apart from Mothers, of course), very generous serving of meat plus vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. If you don’t fancy the roast they have a good choice of alternatives which are just as delicious. The food is very reasonably priced and I would say very good value for money. On Saturdays they have a jazz band playing and on Sundays various bands play. I was there on Sunday April 3rd when 5EX played and they were superb. We were treated to some fantastic music performed with such energy.

I would defy anybody to remain seated whilst they ran through their repertoire of hits from Bowie, Queen, Take That, Springsteen and everyone in-between. We were also treated to a beguiling performance on the drums by Rafael, only 12-years-old, who put in a performance of such professionalism and talent that there are no prizes for guessing where his future lies. 5EX play there again the first Sunday in May but are also playing at the Tomorrow Summer Beach Party. I would definitely give it 4 ‘yums’ out of 5………….yum, yum, yum, yum! The Café Inglês is on Rua do Castelo, tel: 282 442 585 If you would like to send us a restaurant review please email our editor at amber@tomorrowalgarve.com

Goan Pork Vindaloo By Simon @littlekitchenportual.com This curry is not just my favourite, but also holds a connection with Portugal. Most Indian's don't eat pork, and this recipe hales from Indian Christians originating in Goa, as a result of the Portuguese occupation. The Portuguese brought with them wine and vinegar, combining these ingredients with Indian spices to create the Vindaloo, deriving from the Portuguese 'carne de vinha d'alhos'. This curry is infamous for being spicy, but I prefer to use less heat focusing more on the sweet and sour flavours. Ingredients: (Checkout Koh-i-Noor Indian corner shop near Intermarché) 2 tsp cumin seeds 2-3 dried chillies (less for more subtle heat) 1 tsp black peppercorns 0.5 tsp cardamon seeds 7.5 cm stick of cinnamon 1 tsp fenugreek 5 tbsp white wine vinegar 1-2 tsp salt 2 tsp light brown sugar 2 medium onions (sliced fine rings) 4-6 tbsp plus 250 ml water 900 g pork fillet cut into 2.5cm cubes (I like lombinho, the tail of the fillet ) 2.5 cm cube of fresh ginger

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0.5 tsp turmeric Method 1. Grind the cumin, chillies, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, mustard seeds and fenugreek using a herb/coffee grinder. If you don't have a grinder buy spices pre ground (fresh ground tastes more authentic) 2. Put your spice mix in a bowl, and stir in the vinegar, salt and sugar, then set aside. 3. Add the oil to a wide, heavy pot and set over a medium heat. Fry the onions, stirring frequently until brown and crisp. Remove to a food processer using a slotted spoon.

5. Now add the ginger and the garlic to the food processor, alongside 2-3 tsp of water, blend to a smooth paste and set aside.

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7. Now heat remaining oil in the pot on a medium heat and brown off the pork cubes a handful at a time. Remove each batch with a slotted spoon and put aside. 8. Keep the pot on the hob, and add the ginger and garlic paste stirring for a few seconds before adding the ground coriander and turmeric, and stir again for a few seconds. Now add back the meat, with any accumulated juices, the Vindaloo paste and 250 ml of water. 9. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for a least an hour, until the pork is tender and sauce thick and rich. (stir a few times during the cooking period) I like to serve this curry alongside Bombay potatoes, spiced cabbage and saffron basmati rice. I hope you enjoy!


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Outdoor... Bridging the gaps

Although not strictly grasses, papyrus are grass-like in appearance and can form large graceful clumps several metres in height. They are seldom rampant because of their need for rich moist soil or partial immersion in water.

By Clive Goodacre

They make elegant architectural plants and bring a tropical feel to pool sides whether pond or swimming. Of the many varieties, Cyperus alternifolius is widely grown here for its attractive umbrella-like leaves borne on long angular stems. For such a large plant it is remarkably easy to keep in shape and looks good when planted in a large pot standing in a saucer of water.

Pennisetum alopecuroides

As we move through spring into early summer it is easy to become preoccupied with small stuff in the garden – filling gaps with bedding, primping and pruning small shrubs, cutting back dead growth and so on. But what about bridging the big gaps?

withstand considerable drought and full sun. Golden bamboo spreads by sending out rhizomes in a linear fashion so is good for creating shaded avenues and screening. It also makes a great backdrop for a pond where it seldom grows into the water, but benefits from any overspill.

For example, try some bamboo to give an excellent contrast for a shrubby area of garden. Don’t reject it on account of its reputation for rampant growth. Contrary to widely held belief, establishing a concentrated bamboo grove takes patience because low summer humidity and poor soil tends to keep it in check. Many agaves and aloes are far more invasive yet receive pride of place in Mediterranean gardens.

Rhizomes can be easily transplanted or potted up although they take several years to become established so do not give up on them too soon. Tatty clumps that have remained dormant for some time may suddenly start sending up shoots growing at a rate of 30cm or more a week. The long mature stems of P. aurea make excellent plant supports.

Bamboos fall into two main groups – clump forming and those expanding in a linear manner. Although there are around 1000 species of bamboo very few of these are available from general garden centres or suitable for decorative purposes. Do not be confused by the unrelated twisted stemmed ‘Lucky bamboo’ (Dracaena sanderiana) which is a novelty house plant. The very attractive ‘Sacred bamboo’ (Nandina domestica) is another unrelated species, but great for a sheltered spot.

Consider orrnamental grasses which are great for filling open areas contrasting superbly with large fleshy succulents like Agaves and Aloes and the stems of mature palms. Elegant and bold in equal measures, fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) is a brilliant choice bearing arching flower plumes a metre or more in height for the latter part of each year. It tolerates full sun or partial shade and needs little maintenance apart from cutting back from time to time.

Bamboos are grasses and the ones most widely grown, Phyllostachys aurea (golden bamboo) and P. nigra (black bamboo), need similar conditions. Initially they require rich damp soil, but after a few years can

Some grasses like Cortadeiria selloana – commonly known as pampas grass – may look beautiful with their long pink or cream fluffy plumes but should be sited carefully as it quickly turns into a monster.

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Now is a good time to look for ornamental trees in your local garden centre as you can easily see which ones are bursting with life. For pure indulgence one to consider is Bauhinia purpurea which is evergreen in the tropics, but drops its light green shapely leaves once night temperatures fall much below 10°C. Give it the hottest spot in your garden, fertile soil and regular water and you will discover why it is commonly If you are looking for an easy to grow evergreen small tree with a beautifully symmetrical pyramid shape Lagunaria patersonni is a good choice. Originating from the South Pacific it has open pink flowers and felted green/grey leaves. It can cope with strong salt-laden winds, full sun, needs little water and requires little pruning. Common names include the Norfolk Island hibiscus (where it originates) and Primrose tree. Another easy evergreen flowering tree – albeit grown more for its foliage and attractive shaped trunk is Brachychiton populneus, originating from Australia and otherwise known as the Kurrajong or bottle tree. It is easy to ignore these trees because of their passing resemblance to poplars, however while their three-lobed shiny leaves may be similar, that’s about as far as it goes. Brachychitons develop into large single stemmed trees with an attractive smooth green/grey fattish trunk that flare out at the base in a bottle shape.


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