September 2016 | Edition 58 | 5,000 copies
A community newsletter for the western Algarve
Why an ambulance for the firefighters?
Get creative in Caldas de Monchique
Athletics for children
New novel for Algarve resident
Food & Drink
Recipe: Smoked sardines on toast with parsley salsa
Mad about chillies
Plus much more...
The AlgArve ProPerTy SPecialiSTS
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Welcome to Tomorrow September edition
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announce that Tomorrow will be providing at least another €2000 this month. The Tomorrow Christmas Ball takes place on December 9th at the Boavista Resort and at only €35 per person for a three course dinner with wine and the fabulous Tiago and the 5 EX band we are all assured of a superb evening. Please book early by emailing Steven at firstname.lastname@example.org Tomorrow is your magazine and we love to receive contributions of any kind. Perhaps you are opening a new business or providing an outstanding service you would like to shout about or maybe planning a charity event and want to rally support or you have expertise you could spin into one of our various sections. Please let us help you share it with our community. Best wishes for a great September, Amber and Tom and the Tomorrow team. Call Tom on 919 918 733 and email Amber at email@example.com
Community important day of my life, but also the most tragic. I was born on this day in my parents' house in Odeceixe. At that time the medical resources we now take for granted weren’t available and babies were born at home.
Carlos Silva: Overcoming the odds By Lena Strang
My mother had a difficult delivery. I was stuck and unable to breathe due to lack of oxygen to the brain. In my mother’s belly I was safe and sound but when I entered this world I was disabled with cerebral palsy. When I was six years old I joined the kindergarten in Odeceixe. From then on I was accompanied by a special needs teacher, Eduarda Santos. I had no difficulties on an intellectual level, but she needed to develop new ways of working with me because of my physical limitations. Carlos
Carlos Silva is a remarkable person. Suffering from cerebral palsy since birth, confined to a wheelchair and unable to communicate verbally, he has not allowed adversity to stand in his way. Eduarda Santos, co-founder of NECI (Centre for People with Physical and Learning Disabilities in Praia da Luz), has arranged a meeting for us. Carlos works at the centre as an administrator but today is his day off and it’s also his birthday. Nevertheless, he has driven from Aljezur in his specially adapted car along with his 80-year-old mother to meet me. He is keen to show me his car with a top box that houses his wheelchair, and ingenious buttons and levers that he can operate to manoeuvre in and out of the car independently. We go for a spin around the block – and I am impressed. I am also shown the office and the desk where he works on his computer.
He demonstrates the efficient way he can operate the mouse with his left hand. He has an expressive face that often breaks out in a broad smile but also contorts when he feels frustrated. I can sense that behind the exterior there is a person full of zest for life. I am not surprised when I am told that he loves dance, moving along to the rhythm with his arms and upper body. In July he participated in the Gala de Academia de Dança at Portmāo Arena. He has no problems understanding everything I say but unlike Eduarda and his mother, I can’t make out the sounds that he makes. However, he has written down his thoughts and experiences that he is keen to share with others: “22nd February 1975 was the most
After doing lots of painting and drawing, Eduarda began to teach me the alphabet and I learned very quickly. But when I was ready to start writing there were problems, as I could not use my hand. We tried so many different ways but it was no good. We just had to find a solution. Because of the lack of technological resources at that time Eduarda went to great lengths to acquire an electric typewriter. And there was light at the end of the tunnel. I was able to write - our first victory! In 1983 I joined the Primary School at Odeceixe. I was eight years old and could not walk unassisted. With enormous effort my mother carried me to school. When she made her way through the streets with me in her arms, people asked her: “Why do you carry the child to school when he can learn nothing. Shouldn’t he be in a special school or something?”
My mother ignored this and carried on regardless. Today I thank her for the sacrifices she made.
encouraged me to face the problems that life throws at us. In 1989 I concluded the 6th year of schooling. But then came a very serious obstacle as Odexeice only had educational provision up to this stage and students went on to Aljezur to continue their education. I couldn’t transfer because I had no means of transport.
Carlos with his mother and Eduarda
When I was 12 years old I attended the 5th year of Junior School. The year was 1987 and Eduarda managed to get a computer for me - a ZX Spectrum 128K. It was a great novelty at the time as hardly anyone had heard of computers. This one worked with cassettes and really, it was just a word processor that you could play games on. There was no hard drive or mouse and everything was recorded on tape. Floppy disks and CD-ROMs were unheard of.
Eduarda and I tried our outmost and pleaded with Aljezur Town Council for them to arrange transport so I could go to school. Despite all our efforts it came to nothing. Faced with this situation I had to quit school. I could not believe what was happening. I had been one of the best students at the school; I had huge willpower and an insatiable desire to study but unfortunately there was no way for me to continue. I felt great frustration, but I said to myself: “One day I will manage to do it. I will become someone. I will never, never give up...
At school there was a teacher, Carlos Margalhos, who began to work with me in order to teach me to use the computer. He had taken the computer to his house and brought me there every day for us to work together. My relationship with Carlos Margalhos was not that of teacher and student but of two great friends. At school we were on first name terms which some people thought odd but we simply ignored this and showed that we are all the same and there can be no place for prejudice or discrimination. Carlos is now one of my best friends and we see each other often. The person I am today is in part due to this great man through the knowledge he transmitted as a teacher and the way he
Carlos at work in the office
In 1996 I became acquainted with the type of computers that we have today. Together with my friend Carlos Margalhos I learned to use these machines. Two years later I did a Computer Operators’ course in Aljezur and in 2001 I completed a three-year computer course including a one-year internship in Santo Amaro House in Lagos. >> Continues on page 6
Carlos Silva: Overcoming the odds
presented my case to the IMTT, attaching my certificate of the 9th grade and finally I received permission. It seems ridiculous that situations like these can happen in Portugal.
>> Continued from page 5
Carlos taking Lena for a spin
And my education went on from there. In October 2005 I enrolled on an adult education course in the area of Educational Action with an equivalence of Grade 9, sponsored by NECI and lasting fifteen months. This course was very important for me because it addressed a theme that was close to my heart - learning to work with children. In fact, one of my biggest dreams is some day to work with children and young people. In 2006 I took another important step in my life. I decided to take my driving test. Some people did not believe that it was possible and thought that I could never drive a car but I went ahead regardless. I looked for a driving school that had a suitable car for me and fortunately I found one in Portimão.
In late 2006 I did an internship at the Municipality of Aljezur, and managed to secure a four-year employment contract as Administrative Assistant in the Department of Health and Social Welfare. This was very important to me because one of my dreams had always been to secure employment. I like to work and feel useful to others and to myself. Unfortunately, society still has a lot of prejudice against people with disabilities. We are equal to others and deserve to have the same opportunities and be respected just like any other citizen. In early 2008 I bought a car. I had never ever imagined that one day I would have a car specially adapted for me. But I have never given up on the things I wanted and have always strived to achieve my goals. In 2009 I fulfilled another dream – to get a degree. However, due to the issues of accessibility, mobility and employment, it became very difficult for me to attend a conventional university. Unfortunately, this is still extremely difficult for people with disabilities. We can attend and enjoy certain spaces and services but it is not easy to manoeuvre in a wheelchair on the streets of our cities. Suddenly there was an opening as I found the Open University. It was a great joy for me because I felt I had all the requirements necessary to realise my ambitions. I confess that at first I had many difficulties. The model of distance learning is different
However, I was faced with a real dilemma. The driving licence authority (IMTT) would not allow me to enrol on the grounds that I could not read as my identity card said I was not able sign my name. My instructor
from what we are used to. But with the resources that ICT provides it has becomes extremely pleasant to study using this method of learning. At a touch of a button there is a teacher, a set of documents and information at our disposal to help us. Despite being very satisfied with this learning model there were some initial problems in organisation and logistics. Because I can only write very slowly I couldn’t always meet deadlines. I am not one to give up so after numerous conversations with the course coordinator and Daniela Barros of the Accessibility project, I have been able to meet all the necessary requirements. I am still employed and currently work at NECI as an administrator. My dreams continue… I do not know the meaning of the word "quit". I yearn to have my own children but unfortunately this has not happened. In the meantime I give love and friendship that I have in my heart to others. And right now I feel very happy. I never stop and my ‘Duracell’ batteries work overtime! I discovered a taste for dance in 2014 and was lucky enough to get to know an extraordinary person, Fabio Duarte, who is now my dance teacher. I’d like to finish with a quote that sums up what life is all about for me: "Make the best of life and help each other. Appreciate every moment; give thanks and never leave anything unsaid or undone...” (António Feio)
The John Aldridge Classic The penultimate John Aldridge Golf Classic will take place at Boavista Golf Club on September 2nd and 3rd.
start) and on Saturday September 3rd it will be pairs with a shotgun start to determine the John Aldridge Classic winners 2016.
Over the last 13 years the Aldo Classic has raised in excess of 430,000 euros for various charities, and with the events this year and next they hope to break through the half million mark. numbers unfortunately are limited to a maximum of 96 golfers this year due to the fact they are having a shotgun start, so please book as soon as possible – if you haven’t already.
Golfers need to check in by 9am on the golf days. Shirts can be picked up from EDL on Thursday September 1st from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
On Friday September 2nd there will be a Texas Scramble (four man team with a shotgun
The proceeds raised will be shared this year between the Alder Hey Children’s Charity,
The Texas Scramble winners will get four vouchers to use in the resort golf shop and the pairs winners will be invited back to defend their title in 2017.
The Children’s Fund for Health, NECI and two other charities to be determined by John. The main charities over the years have been NECI, the Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, the Temple Street Children's Hospital in Ireland and more recently the Fire Brigade in Lagos and the Children's Orphanage CASLAS in LAGOS. John Aldridge known as Aldo is from Liverpool. He is a former Republic of Ireland international footballer and football manager. He was a prolific record-breaking striker best known for his productive time with Liverpool in the late 1980s.
Meet the parents
Children in the Algarve need your help
The Lagos Campus of Nobel International School Algarve is holding an open afternoon followed by a sunset BBQ on Saturday, September 17th. The event, which will take place from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, gives new parents the chance to meet and socialise with other parents and staff of the school. It will be a fun and relaxed “bring and share” BBQ for children, parents and staff to enjoy. Activities from 5pm will include a five-a-side football tournament for all different age groups involving the whole family and then lighting the BBQ at 6.30pm. All interested parties are invited to attend our “Back to school” event, share some fun, get-together moments, visit this wonderful campus and understand the special spirit of this unique primary-only school in Lagos. Please confirm your presence sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lions Clube de Lagos The recently chartered Lions Club in Lagos is looking for new members to join or rejoin its ranks. The Englishspeaking group works to support the local community. Its motto is Friendship - Fundraising – Fun, whilst organising events and other activities, raising funds for its local humanitarian projects. Please contact membership chairman Ted Hunter on: email@example.com 935 577 372 www.lionslagospt.club The Lions Club in Lagos holds monthly lunch meetings every second Wednesday. These are held from 12pm at Quinta dos Seromonhos, Luz/Espiche. For those wishing to support our clubs with donations and raffle presents, or know about an urgent case needing help, please contact the above address.
calculators, recorders, reams of paper, files and paper for files as well as protractors and compasses.
Children in the Algarve need your help Back to School Appeal 2016 Kids across the Algarve will be returning to school this September, but without the essentials to learn. Families on low or no income are entitled to subsidies for text books but the parents can still not afford to buy basics such as back packs, exercise books or decent pencil sharpeners. Can you imagine a child not being able to even begin to write because they have no paper?
We are suggesting that you might like to purchase these items yourselves and leave them at the drop-off points suggested below. Donations can be left at these places too, with security that the money will get back to the needy or you can make a bank transfer to ACCA Ass. Solid. Crianças Carenciadas Algarve IBAN PT50 0079 0000 4342641910 122.
ACCA (Associação de solidariedade com as Crianças Carenciadas do Algarve/ supporting underprivileged children in the Algarve) has teamed up with the Castelo do Sonhos Back Pack and Gym Bag Group and last year between us we provided over 600 back packs, some filled with essentials.
Your donations are vital (both monetary and material) to make this work and need to be with the drop-off points by September 6th. This way we can identify where the short falls lie and buy the rest of the equipment before term starts. These children will be given an extra chance to make the best of their education and find a brighter future with your generosity.
We need to break this record to keep up with the demand for kids really suffering. Our request, this year is for you to donate 5€ (or more if you possibly can, please) to buy either one good back pack (mochilas) and gym bag or 10 exercise books (cadernos). The back packs are purchased wholesale from a Portuguese supplier and the exercise books need to be the basic black covered ones available in the supermarkets for around 50 cents each.
DROP-OFF POINTS: • Castelo de Sonhos, Silves; • Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra; • The Golf Shack - on EN125 between Porches and Alcantarilha; • Casa Curiosa - on EN125 between Almancil and Faro; • Lewis Andrew - Opposite Apolonia, Almancil; • Farmacia Nobre Passo, Almancil • Elaine’s Card Shop, Lagos.
The kids are identified by community centres and schools that know which children are desperate, such as Castelo dos Sonhos in Silves, ASCA in Almancil or CASLAS in Lagos. Many orphanages are also assisted as you can imagine how high the bill to provide for up to 35 children must be. Each young child needs to put in their back pack, one A5 unlined exercise book, two A4 lined, one plain and one with squares.
If you need any further information:
They also need felt tipped pens, a set of colouring pencils, long rulers, pencil sharpeners, Pritt stick type glue, scissors, pencil cases and a folder with elastic. Older children need even more exercise book,
Pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners and rubbers are needed in abundance too but this campaign can buy these at the last moment if we are short! Although it is tempting to buy beautiful school goodies, please don’t as we need to help as many children as possible, so they can keep up their education - buy black covered exercise books and simple files.
Central Algarve : firstname.lastname@example.org 918376657 Western Algarve: email@example.com 282 098 040 If you wish to order back packs please contact Celia and David Mossman: firstname.lastname@example.org 282 332665 Written by: Back to School Algarve
Let’s get behind the ambulance appeal By Pat Allen Just to let you know that people are still helping to raise much-needed donations for the Lagos Ambulance Appeal. I do wish that the Portuguese Government funded this essential service but it is not so and I guess we all will just have to chip in and do our bit in any way that we can. Some people are doing just that and putting on events and these are the details that I know. Firstly, on Thursday September 8th there will be a quiz and supper from 7pm at Boavista. The teams can be up to six people and it is €12.50 per person. There will be an extra picture round quiz which is €5 per team, not per person. Booking is essential so they can cater for the food and you can book through me or directly with Graham Vince on grahamvince@icloud. com. We can put you into teams if you are single or a couple – you won’t be left to fend for yourself. Two days later on Saturday September 10th is the Magical Musical Walk 3 in the
forest of Barão São João. As you take an enchanting walk along the woodland tracks, musicians will serenade you and you can throw money into their busking bags as you stop to listen. Other surprises are also being planned and you can buy delicious food and drink from the pop-up café and bar. In the early evening various acts take to the stage for a concert. Entrance is free, just turn up any time between 2 and 10pm - it is your donations that count. Carole Henchy runs this and she would welcome any admin help, musical volunteers and raffle prizes. She can be contacted on: email@example.com. Carole organised her first Magical Musical Walk three years ago and has kindly donated the money to my various Bombeiros appeals – and indeed, it was last year's generous donation that spurred me on to go for the Lagos Ambulance Appeal this year so please go along if you can. It is a very pleasant and unusual way to spend your time.
Another concert being planned to make money for the appeal will be at the Lagos Cultural Centre on November 20th. This is in conjunction with Madrugada so two good causes are being helped. We have the green light from the Câmara for this so again, volunteers to help out, acts and raffle prizes would be all be very much appreciated. We are still very much in the early stages but your calendar can be filled in. And the Afpop Christmas Dinner Dance promises to be something different to the norm with a new venue – the highly acclaimed Belmar Hotel in Lagos - bringing you a new experience to the round of Xmas event. Booking essential and the date will be Friday 2nd December. Further details will follow in due course. You can contact Pat Allen: 282 697 548 969 81 789 firstname.lastname@example.org
Why an ambulance for the firefighters? By Pat Allen ‘Why do the Fire Brigade need an ambulance?’ - is the question asked. Well, it is because the services here in Portugal are run on different lines to the way they are run in Britain. The ideals here are enshrined in national law and the ‘Humanitarian Association of Voluntary Firemen shall, among other things, protect people and goods, fight fires, rescue in floods and other waters and shall provide rescue and transport of the injured and sick’ and therefore it encompasses both the fire and ambulance services. It is a matter of public and social interest within society.
Another huge difference is funding. Whereas the UK Government supplies what is necessary – although it does have to come from a budget – here the Portuguese Government and Câmaras supply some funding but it is by no means enough to keep the organisation afloat and when the money runs out, then all supplies have to be made up by donation. This also includes essentials.
One of the differences is the staffing of the association. There are only 32 men and women who are permanent full-time members of staff, bombeiros (firefighters) and admin– the other 87 are volunteers working alongside the regulars on an 8 hour shift after their normal day job. In summertime, the shifts can be 24-hour stretches and they only receive wages then.
Indeed, the reason I started to help them 14 years ago was because a bombeiro told me he was trying to save for some real leather gloves to help fight fires. I was astounded that they had to supply their own but the fact that they did not have fireproof gloves was shocking and I vowed to raise enough to buy each man some fireproof gloves. That was my first initiative and not only did I succeed but with the help of a friend in the Fire brigade in England, were able to supply flash hoods, helmets, boots, coats and trousers as well.
Otherwise their time and dedication are without reward. All personnel are trained in both disciplines and they go wherever they are needed, either to a fire or to a road traffic accident or to a home for medical emergencies.
From there it continued and since then various things have been bought with donations going through the fund from a Lucas Automatic CPR machine, defibrillator, clothing for the special Forest Fire team, even such things as bandages,
slings and other first aid equipment. Historically these would have been replaced from the hospital when handing the patient over – you use five bandages and you receive five in return but with austerity, the hospitals no longer have the funds to do this. So now an ambulance is needed for Lagos. They have four and the newest is 15 years old. It costs about €20k in maintenance payments alone for this aged fleet – and a new ambulance, fully kitted out, would cost about €40-€50k – just two years of costings. The most ambitious project to date has been this Ambulance Appeal which has been helped tremendously by individuals organising events such as Magical Musical Walk (September 12th) and the Boa Vista Golf Quiz Night (September 8th). Other events have been an Auction run by Portugal Property, various coffee mornings, a ‘Tip a Tipple’ where you put aside €1 for each day you have any alcohol, saving your small change, and straight-forward generous donations. >> Continues on page 12
Why an ambulance for the firefighters? >> Continues on page 10 With €16,000 in the account there is still a lot more needed so can your workplace, your sports group or you individually do anything to help raise funds? All of it will help – however small the amount. Together, we can make a difference - I cannot do it alone. The campaign will continue until the end of 2016. Even as I type this, the sky is filled with smoke from a forest fire. As yet, we do not know where although we know it is a big one, reminding me yet again of the need to keep this vital service operational, and I can only hope that our brave bombeiros as well as the people, animals and property involved all manage to remain safe. If you would like to make a direct contribution to the fund, details are: Patricia Allen (Fundo de Bombeiros) at Credito Agricola account no: IBAN (PT50) 0045 7191 4018 8770 5586 1 For any further information or to tell me about events you have planned, contact me on: email@example.com 282 697 548
Church donates wheelchairs Mobility is something we all take for granted but later in life sometimes we have to face physical limitations. In an attempt to make a difference to the lives of elderly residents at Espiche Home for the elderly, St Vincent’s Anglican Church was delighted to present the home with bathing rail aids and eight wheelchairs. These were funded by an independent charitable trust administered by the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe. St Vincent’s Praia da Luz congregation has been supporting the home for three years with donations and regular visits. Through fundraising the church has provided the home with: Christmas presents for the residents, heaters and radiators, blankets and a large television.
Help sought to conserve Lagoa coast A group of Lagoa homeowners is seeking expert advice and support in a campaign to conserve the spectacular stretch of coastal habitat between Benagil and Nossa Senhora da Rocha as a nature reserve rather than see it developed as luxury tourist resorts. Academics and naturalists have long recognised this area to be of special geological and archaeological importance as well as of considerable significance in terms of flora and fauna. The area lends itself perfectly to ecotourism, say those hoping to save it, but they are concerned it may be too late. Plans have long been approved for two adjoining projects code-named UP11 and UP12 that would replace large tracts of natural habitat rich in biodiversity with hotels, villas, apartments and a golf course. The coastal stretch runs to the east and west of Praia da Marinha, considered by the Michelin Guide and other international travel entities to be one of the top ten beaches in Europe and among the most beautiful coastal settings in the world. Despite being the biggest private development programme ever proposed in the Lagoa municipality’s history, little has been divulged publicly since the projects were first approved more than eight years ago. A small group of homeowners in one of the most directly affected communities has recently been told by officials that it could be years, perhaps decades, before sufficient funds are available to allow detailed infrastructure planning and construction to proceed. It is thought to be only a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ construction goes ahead. The promoters are thought to be seeking investors overseas, most likely in China and the United States. One of the project-approved sites, comprising 230 hectares, is currently being offered for sale at €115 million. Meanwhile, it has escaped no one’s notice that Lagoa and other Algarve municipalities feature half-built, multi-storey blocks long abandoned due to the lack of sustainable guarantees for the planning and approval of project funding.
By Len Port
Despite previous claims to the contrary, it seems that no environmental impact studies have ever been carried out on the proposed development sites - or perhaps were even required - not that environmental impact studies are ever entirely independent and impartial anyway. Concerned local residents say it should be of the utmost importance that a proper impartial environmental assessment be sought by the government before irreparable damage is done. It is understood that construction has been approved to within a few hundred metres of the shoreline, considerably less in parts than the normally legislated 500 metres, it seems. The PIN projects were accepted by the relevant authorities in Lisbon and Faro, as well as Lagoa, in the belief that they would create jobs and be of considerable economic benefit. Although it has never been explicitly explained who would benefit, the projects could be expected to generate profits for outside investors, national or international construction companies and resort operators. Those suggesting that the area be turned into a nature reserve point to the evergrowing, sustainable profitability of ecotourism. It has proved so in many parts of the world in recent decades. Ecotourism, they say, is more adept than foreign investors at providing incomes for local communities and would represent an overall more sustainable long-term investment for the area. It has the advantage of attracting visitors all year round, not just during high summer or the golf season. Those contemplating such a nature reserve have no illusions it will be easy to establish. They realise too it may be a race against time. “Our research so far, however, indicates that the area may qualify for backing from the UNESCO World Heritage organisation, hence we are seeking help from experts in the field and supporters alike,” said a spokesperson for the group.
Geocaching in the sunshine By David F In the last issue of Tomorrow we talked about geocaching, the outdoor treasure hunting game using a smartphone with GPS or a similar device. You can use the official geocaching app (Android or iPhone) or access geocaching.com using your PC or laptop and browser...
in sequence, often collecting a code from each to reveal a bonus cache. I recommend you type GC1HV0D into the geocaching.com search function using your browser to access an easy cliff top circular walk starting and ending at Porto de Mós.
It has been described as using billions of pounds worth of hi-tech satellite technology in the pursuit of pieces of Tupperware. But it's fun and very addictive. For me it is about great walks, often in the countryside or along the coast, with a purpose – namely tracking down “treasure” that other geocachers have hidden. It's also a great diversion when you are on holiday or visiting another area, and kids love it.
Lagos-based geocachers Team Caracache created this walk of 5 caches and a bonus, and it includes some spectacular views. The web page for the above cache lists the codes for the others and you can click on "View Larger Map" to access a map of them all. A great walk with a plus.
Sometimes geocaching involves solving puzzles or doing research either on the Internet or in the area where the cache is hidden. When you find a cache it is normal to sign a log book and also log your find on the geocaching.com website which can be done later. Circular walks are a feature of geocaching, involving finding a number of caches
Caches take many forms such as fake rocks or wooden logs, but all caches are categorised on the geocaching.com website and the app. It can be Large (shoebox size or bigger), Small (a small lunch box for example), Micro (like a 35mm film pod), or unclassified (which usually means it could be as small as half the filter tip on a cigarette). They can be hanging in trees, under rocks or stuck to street furniture by a magnet. Difficulty and terrain are rated from 1 to 5 on the website so you can get an idea of what you are in for - you will need to be fit
to find a terrain 4 or 5, but 1 and 2 caches are a doddle, if you can find them. As well as being categorised by size, difficulty and terrain there are several cache types. Traditional caches give you the coordinates for the location of the cache. These are the easiest unless they are well camouflaged. At least you know where to look within a couple of metres. Multi-caches require you to visit more than one place, picking up clues for the location of the cache. Mystery Caches present you with a puzzle or code to break. More about them in the next issue, along with ‘Travel Bugs’ and ‘Geocoins’.
An example cache box
Boavista Charity Walk and Open Day A halfway easier route is also available (suitable footwear is essential). The charity walk was the inspiration of Noeline who teaches yoga at Boavista. Ros and Laurie of Boavista Ramblers have used their expertise to design this particular walk. As they can’t be present for the charity walk itself they are appealing to regular members of the walking group to assist Noeline and act as stewards. Make a date in your diary for the 5th October. On this day Essential Fitness & Spa at Boavista Golf Resort in Lagos is inviting everyone to take part in an exciting Open Day for charity. All money raised will go to Make-A-Wish Portugal, a foundation whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
In the afternoon there is something for everyone. Why not try your hand at archery, take part in a relaxing yoga session or a trial massage? There are bouncy castles, raffles, stalls and delicious food to savour while enjoying performances by local schools.
There will be plenty of activities for everyone, including a 6.7 km charity walk starting at 9am from the 13th hole at Boavista to Luz, Porto de Mós and back.
Entry fees: €5 for the walk, €7 for afternoon activities and €10 for both. Free admission for children under 12. All entry fees will be donated to Make-A-Wish Portugal in order
The health club facilities will be available for use from 8am onwards.
to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Join us on this magical journey. A day not to be missed. Booking is recommended at Boavista reception, call: 282 790 930. Participants can also turn up on the day. The full programme is available on: www.boavistaresort.pt firstname.lastname@example.org
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Women and Alcohol By the Nova Vida Recovery Centre Inevitably, for many of us who live in Portugal, alcohol plays an important and for some an increasing role in our lives. Whether you are a housewife left at home while your husband is on the golf course drinking through boredom, a professional woman drinking to cope with a stressful environment, young free and single enjoying the Portuguese life style or just fond of a few drinks on a regular basis there is a lot you need to know about alcohol and how it can affect you as a woman. In this era of equal opportunity it is important that we recognise that there remain differences between men and women with the use of alcohol. It is sad to see on our TV news or to read in our newspaper instances of young women binge drinking, tales of women ‘drinking the men under the table’ and women trying to equal the men when it comes to alcohol. The fact is, alcohol affects women more than men. They get intoxicated more quickly, appear drunk and remain drunk longer. There are three main reasons why this is: • The first relates to body weight. Women tend to weigh less than men. Alcohol is diluted by water in the body and because they weigh less there is less water in the female body to dilute the alcohol • The second lies with body fat. Women have more body fat than men. Alcohol is absorbed by body fat and therefore women absorb more alcohol, less is lost through other channels. • The third relates to enzymes in the liver. Alcohol is broken down and removed by enzymes in the liver but women produce fewer of these enzymes, contributing to a greater risk of physical consequences from excessive use of alcohol.
Alcohol is relatively safe to use in moderation for most people. It permeates all aspects of our society and there is nothing wrong in enjoying a glass of your favourite tipple in the convivial company of a few close friends, over dinner with friends and family or even to celebrate an anniversary. But outside of these tight parameters the use of alcohol becomes inappropriate. It is particularly inappropriate to drink alone, to change the way you feel or to unwind or to help you sleep. Alcohol’s addictive qualities will begin to take control and that innocent drink will soon lead to two or three.
or shakes. An early drink revitalises you and you get on with your day. You have become dependent on alcohol and to continue is inviting a premature death.
Women can safely drink 21 units of alcohol a week. That is 3 units a day although two days alcohol free a week is the ideal. It is dangerous to associate 1 unit of alcohol as being the equivalent to a glass of wine or a half pint of beer. Because wine and beer vary so greatly in strength and glass sizes do too. It is easy to calculate how much you can drink by using the simple formula:
• Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking?
The number of units of alcohol in 1 litre of wine, spirits or beer equals the % proof/ strength... so a litre of 40% proof Gin contains 40 units of alcohol; a litre of wine with strength of 13% contains 13 units and 1 litre of beer with strength of 5% contains 5 units. Women can, therefore, drink approximately 2 normal size (0.7 litres) bottles of wine a week, spread evenly over the week with 2 days off. Although alcohol is not a particularly addictive drug, but over time physical and/or psychological dependency can creep in. You cannot live without it, your consumption rises to a degree in which it interferes with your life, there may be withdrawal symptoms and you may wake up in the morning with the sweats and/
A simple questionnaire you can complete which gives you an indication of where you are with your drinking is CAGE. Ask yourself the following questions: • Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking? • Have people Annoyed you by criticising your drinking?
• Have you ever had an ‘Eye opener’ – a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover? If you answer ‘Yes’ to two or more questions, you may be experiencing problems with drinking too much alcohol and you should seek professional help from your doctor or a qualified addictions therapist. Alcohol dependency is a disease. It has an identifiable cause and symptoms and is progressive and chronic if left untreated. It leads to a premature death and is the third highest killer in the UK behind heart disease and cancer. The above article has been written by the clinical team at Nova Vida Recovery Centre, Tunes, Algarve. If you, or someone you know is struggling to control alcohol or drugs call Sally now on: 282 570 020 All calls are treated confidentially. Your anonymity is assured.
Dialect Corner In Sheffield someone who is sulking is called a ‘mardy bum’, and you might deride someone who is being wimpy or complaining about the cold with “Tha nesh!” - so Mick Furlong tells us. Jane Pye reminds us that ‘ken’ means to know and to understand in the Scottish dialect, and they often say ‘outwith’, meaning ‘besides’. Vi Gillman tells us that on Tyneside
‘wor’ means ‘our’ or ‘my’ with particular reference to family members. As in: “Wor Beryl” or “Wor lass” (my wife). Soda bread (made with extra bi-carb) is “Stotty cake”.
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‘Bitter’ and ‘mild’ (beers) are called ‘Special’ and ‘Ordinary’ in Newcastle, as in “Give is two pints of Special, hinny”.
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Ray Gillman recalls that his head would often be ‘louping’ on Saturday morning after a Friday night out with the lads in ‘toon’.
Palaces of Portugal Ray Gillman has started a new series of tile panel pictures featuring some of the most important palaces to be found in Portugal. Here he describes the history of the longest-established one:
enlargement of the palace was Dom João I (reign 1385 - 1433). This eminent king had defeated the much larger Castilian forces who were invading Portugal at the Battle of Aljubarotta in 1385. (Resulting in his making good his pre-battle vow to build the magnificent monastery at Batalha). A small force of English bowmen had been sent by King Richard II to aid the Portuguese forces and this began the longstanding alliance between the two countries. One outcome was that Dom João married Philippa of Lancaster, the granddaughter of King Edward III of England.
Palácio Nacional de Sintra The completed panel - painted with metallic oxide pigments on powder-glazed tiles. At this point the tiles have not been fired in a kiln. This will be done at a temperature of around 1000 degrees for six hours. The glaze and the colours are vitrified into glossy ceramic tiles, becoming more vivid. In 1529 Portuguese playwright Gil Vicente hailed Sintra as ‘a garden of earthly paradise’. Byron lauded it in his ‘Childe Harold’: “Lo! Sintra’s glorious Eden intervenes in variegated maze of mount and glen”. There is even a Spanish saying which translates as ‘to see the world and yet leave Sintra out is verily to go blindfold about.’ The Moors had a keen eye for natural beauty (and strategically-sited, defendable locations) and an Arab geographer of the 11th century noted two ‘extremely solidlooking’ castles in Sintra. One of these is the Moorish castle on the top of a hill which still exists. The other was built in the old medina as the home of Moorish governors. After the Moors were vanquished at Santarém and Lisbon by Afonso Henrique the first king of the new country of Portugal - this castle became the National Palace of Sintra and the town developed around it. Development of the palace King Dinis (reign 1279-1325) was the first king to renovate the palace. He used ‘free’ Moors from the neighbouring town of Colares as an important part of the workforce. However, the king most responsible for the development and
The couple set about developing the Royal Palace, centred on the stately ‘Swans’ Hall’ (Sala dos Cisnes) with a number of grand ante-chambers including the Magpies’ Room (Sala das Pegas) and the Sala do Árabe. Each room has (apocryphal) tales attached. For example, the Magpies’ Room ceiling was said to be decorated thus at the order of the King as a rebuke to the ladies of the court whose idle chatter was like that of the birds (particularly when the chatter concerned his habit of amorous encounters with some of them!). Dom João and Queen Philippa were the parents of that renowned hero of our area: the Infante de Sagres - Prince Henry the Navigator. Henry the Navigator’s legacy It was Prince Henry’s role in promulgating the amazing success of the Portuguese Discoveries which ushered in a long age of immense wealth and international influence. The monarch who is most identified with the manifestation of this wealth in architecture and art is Manuel I. He built the fabulously decorated Jerónimos Monastery and the Torre de Bélem in Lisbon and gave his name to the distinctive, maritime-influenced ‘Manueline’ style. He embellished and improved the Palace at Sintra, creating a new set of royal apartments and, notably, a huge tower crowned by the Coat of Arms Room (Sala dos Brasões). This latter was a crafty piece of power politics featuring the individually
emblazoned coats of arms of the 72 noble families of Portugal - designed to reinforce their loyalty to the Crown. * The Spanish had other things on their mind The disastrous invasion of Morocco launched by the boy king Sebastião (from the bay of Lagos) resulted in him being missing, presumed dead, along with huge numbers of the Portuguese nobility. Although his uncle a cardinal - Henrique became regent he died two years later in 1580. The Hapsburg king Philip II of Spain saw the chance to annexe Portugal and became King Philip I of Portugal. For 60 years Spain ruled (part of the time distracted no doubt by their war against England and the defeat of their Armada). Sintra did not become central to court life again until the restoration of the Portuguese monarchy with the accession of João IV, the Duke of Bragança, who led a successful uprising against Spanish rule. He was succeeded by the tragic Afonso VI. Childless, forced to surrender his power, and later the throne, to his brother Pedro II, Afonso was held prisoner in the palace for nine years until his death from an apopleptic stroke while taking Mass in the chapel. Royal hubris Later, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Portuguese monarchs spent the dwindling resources from the colonies on a succession of elaborate alternatives to Sintra - Mafra, Queluz, and the Pena Palace. However, the National Palace has been preserved as a marvellous testament to its service as the central residence, and recreational centre, for Portuguese monarchs from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. *The ceiling decoration was altered in one detail in the reign of Dom José I (175077 - the turbulent period of the Lisbon earthquake and tsunami and the rise of the Marques de Pombal as master builder and power behind the throne). A member of the noble Távora family had attempted to assassinate the king. He paid for his crime by being executed by the Marques. (The excruciating method was that of having his bones systematically broken). Pombal subsequently erased the offending coat of arms from the Palace ceiling (as you would).
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The sound of Anglo-Portuguese music in Lagos By Lena Strang 2. Tell me something about the workshop and what you hope to achieve. I hope that the UK musicians experience the quality of life in Portugal and also get to know the Portuguese people on a more personal level. My Portuguese friends are looking forward to welcoming the UK visitors, some of whom they already know from the previous workshop. A number of musicians from the UK and the Algarve will come together for a series of workshops (September 12th to 16th), culminating in a Grande Finale Concert at Lagos Cultural Centre on September 16th.
I think the Portuguese musicians will also benefit from observing and playing alongside their British counterparts. I have selected a more classical program with some very English themes, for example Crown Imperial and Amazing Grace and Light Cavalry but also a piece featuring Portuguese folk songs, composed by the Portuguese composer, Jorge Salgueiro.
This is the brainchild of Maestro Peter Fudge, Musical Director of Poole Symphonic Concert Band, who also has a soft spot for the Algarve. Lena Strang met up with Peter to find out more about the venture and the man behind the music.
3. What has your involvement with music been over the years? I started playing music when I was 12. I was in the school and local Brass bands and I also played the cello. When I was 16 I joined the Army as a musician. Whilst in the Army I played at all the major Royal engagements, Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards, Trooping of the Colour etc.
1. How did the idea for an AngloPortuguese Music workshop in Lagos come about? I had the idea a couple of years ago. I run an annual Music Workshop in Poole open to anyone who can play an ensemble instrument and can read music. In 2014 I invited a number Portuguese musicians to the workshop and we decided to have a reciprocal one in Portugal. We have 31 UK musicians travelling to Lagos and about 30 Portuguese musicians provisionally booked for the week’s event.
4. And what’s your own role at present as far as music goes? I am the Musical Director of Poole Symphonic Concert Band and a music teacher, composer and arranger. 5. And your favourite kind of music? I am open to any kind of music from
classical to pop, although I would not listen to rap or heavy metal out of choice! I particularly like listening to classical music which is both relaxing and inspiring. A particular favourite is Tchaikovsky. 6. What are your links with Lagos? I spend five of six months of the year in a villa in Lagos and have many friends here. Many of my friendships have developed from music. I play regularly with the local Philharmonic and I am also a member of a local cycling team. 7. What is it that attracts you to the Algarve? It’s the weather, which is warm all year round, the people who are some of the most friendly and hospitable I have come across and the wealth of culture. 8. The Music Workshop and the Music Grand Finale on the 16th September is a first for Lagos? Will there be some followup in the future? Yes, this is a first for Lagos and has been welcomed by the Mayor of the city. We hope that this Workshop and Grand Finale Concert on 16th is a success. Hopefully, we will be able to hold other workshops, probably bi-annually, in the future. Tickets for the concert cost €8.00. For more information about the workshop or concert please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 910640763
Christians and conservation Algarve schools are set to benefit after a 2,000€ cheque was presented by Paul Bechgaard, chaplaincy warden, on behalf of St Vincent’s Anglican Church to A Rocha Portugal in support of their work with local school children. A Rocha, a Christian conservation organisation, the inspiration of a Church of England priest in the 1990s, began in Cruzinha in the beautiful Alvor Estuary and is now represented in 20 organisations throughout the world. In Portugal they, together with other agencies, are the guardians of the salt water marshes along the Southern Algarve coast. The A Rocha Portugal team, led by Marcial Felgueiras and his wife Paula Banza, scientifically monitors the bird life and migration
patterns of birds and the health of the Alvor Lagoon, opposes development which threatens the environment and also runs educational activities working with children. The environmental educational programme, run by Isabel Soares, aims to train young minds in environmental awareness and give them an appreciation of their heritage and the importance of conservation for future generations. A Rocha is a non-profit making association and charges a nominal 2.50€ per child for the session. Isabel says that in today’s economic climate parents often struggle to meet this nominal charge and transport isn’t always available. This donation will enable them to expand the number of places accessible so that more school children can benefit.
The Church of England’s Diocese in Europe is the administrator of an independent charitable trust and each year is able to make donations to local charities. A current aims is to support environmental projects and St Vincent’s, a long time supporter of A Rocha (some church members belong to a prayer support group), is delighted to contribute to A Rocha’s important work in conservation and education. One student said: “For us the beach is just a leisure site and we forget that there are animals that live there that can be disturbed by our presence. We now understand the need to protect these habitats and the species that make it their home.” www.stvincentsalgarve.org and www.arocha.pt
Tough love turning round young lives By Amber Henshaw with extreme behavioural problems out of their ‘normal’ environments they could “strip them back to basics” and help them to rebuild their lives. Their philosophy can be summed up by German ethnologist and writer Hans-Jurgen Heinrichs who said: “Everything that you experience somewhere else can, in principle, also can be experienced at home; or to put it differently: in a foreign environment humans will only experience what they are willing to experience.
At the age of just 13, Pia Gdaniec from Schwelm in Germany was on the edge of self-destruction. Her life was in tatters. She was on drugs, she had problems at home, she was hanging out with a bad crowd, she was in and out of institutions – often running away.
“However in their own culture, the wellrehearsed nature of their day-to-day lives all too often prevents them from opening up to anything different. They cannot access many experiences due to obstacles.” So these damaged children are taken out of their native environments to a foreign land where they undergo a four stage programme. Not only do they have to cope with a complete change to their lives they also have to cope with learning and speaking in English – sometimes for the first time.
“I really don’t know if I would be alive if I hadn’t come here,” she tells me when we meet at an isolated farmhouse deep in the rugged but beautiful Alentejo region of Portugal. They had run out of options in Germany about how to deal with Pia so she was sent to the Progresso Institute in Portugal. It really was her last chance to get her life back on track.
Dorit tells me that one of the first things they have to do is write their own life story – they have the chance to explain why and how they ended up in the situation they find themselves in.
As we sit round the kitchen table in the farmhouse drinking tea with Pia and her mother, Progresso's Managing Director Dorit Brandauer tells Pia what she remembers about her when she collected her at the airport. “Your face was different,” she tells Pia, “It was closed, angry and revolting. You were an angry little girl.” There’s no disagreement from Pia – that is exactly how she felt. When you look at her open happy face now it’s quite hard to imagine that she was ever in such a dark place. She has a calmness and peace about her. The Progresso Institute takes young people referred from Holland and Germany (although they would like to broaden this to the UK) and gives them ‘intensive pedagogical care’. The institute was set up by Dutch-born Dorit and two others, Tanja and Mark. Jan, Dorit’s partner, is also involved. They had a vision that by taking on young people
The first phase that young people experience with the institute is the ‘authority phase’. It can last for seven weeks or so (which is down to how the individual develops – it can be longer). During this phase all connections to the outside world are taken away - computers, games, mobile phones. They are not allowed to wear jewellery or wear make-up. They are not allowed telephone or internet contact but have to write two letters a week. Dorit explains that they are stripped of any responsibility. She says that they even have to ask to go to the loo. They are not allowed to go to school because that is often what young people with problems rail against - instead they have jobs around the institute that they have to do – mucking out the stables, gardening or painting and maintenance for example. “It’s communal living and working as a team,” says Dorit,
adding that they have an awful lot of counselling and support from the institute’s team of professionals every day. “Personal responsibility – ‘I am responsible for my life and my actions’ – and making independent decisions are the fundamental principles that govern this phase of the process,” it says in the institute’s concept document. When we were at the farmhouse we were invited to go into one of the group therapy sessions. The atmosphere was intense and we quickly retreated as one boy started jumping up and down and growling. Dorit told me afterwards that they weren’t sure what had happened to him but thought perhaps he had been caged and treated like a dog with aggressive behaviour when he was at home. The next stage of the programme tends to last about 16 weeks. This phase is about regaining some rewards having shown a change in behaviour. They can earn the right to go to school – that starts to be seen by some of the young people as a privilege. “A lot of them still want the adult to take all the responsibility at this stage,” Dorit explains. But this is the phase where they have to start applying the behaviour patterns that they’ve learnt from their day-to-day life within a controlled environment.
Counsellors with the children
The third part of the programme usually lasts for about 16 weeks. It’s the part where they start to move towards independence. They might live more independently in one of the local towns and have to start thinking about how they will deal with the reality of finances, school, jobs when they return to their home countries. >> Continues on page 24
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She tells me what their relationship was like before Pia came to Portugal.
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They also have to start living around some of their old temptations like alcohol and drugs. The counsellors are still on hand every day to provide support and catch them when they perhaps fall.
“It was a bad relationship. She hated me. She wanted to live under a bridge. It was a heart stabbing time. There was lots of arguing and I was very sad because I thought I had lost my daughter forever.” It took a long time for them to start rebuilding their relationship and for them to start communicating properly again. The institute staff and psychologist were fundamental in this process, Tanya says. She had a therapist in Germany alongside Pia’s counselling in Portugal. Tanya also visited Pia during the two years she was away which helped them both. Another key lesson for Pia was a very different experience when her father visited. He had introduced her to drugs and while she was trying to break her habit, he was breaking all of the institute’s rules and taking drugs while he was there. Pia was able to see his behaviour clearly for the first time and she says that it helped her to move on.
The final phase of the programme – the phase which Pia has reached – is about saying goodbye. Dorit says this phase can usually last between two and four weeks. The young people have to start organising themselves to leave and they have to start thinking about the reality of returning home and planning what they will do.
There’s no doubt that Pia’s life has been completely turned around by her two years at the institute but Dorit admits that on the odd occasion they have had to admit defeat. “We had to send a child back recently. He just destroyed everything.
Pia’s mother, 44-year-old Tanya, is in the Alentejo to take her daughter home.
He was in an island and we couldn’t reach him. At the end, we needed two counsellors for him day and night,” Dorit says. But this child had had problems since birth. His mother was a heroin addict and he was immediately in detox when he was born. Dorit says his mother didn’t give him food so he had to live in a state of shock to stay alive. “He had to be in control and destroyed every relationship he had,” she says sadly. “This was the most hopeless case we have ever had.” In the main the young people do seem to leave the institute completely changed. Pia says: “I don’t really believe what I was in the past. I am calm, I can reflect, I am happy and I have self-confidence. I can control my feelings now.” “I am happy to go back to Germany and to go back and live with my mother but I am also sad to leave here.” I left the farmhouse feeling awe inspired by the work the institute and its team of professionals do. They have given Pia her life back and given mother and daughter a second chance.
Donkey Sanctuary in desperate need of volunteers can you help? Refúgios dos Burros - also known as the Donkey Sanctuary - is appealing for volunteers to help the long-running animal charity continue its good work. Established 17 years ago by Nan Richardson and Peter Lee lander, the charity’s priority is to help animals who have no-one. Originally founded to provide a much-needed home for donkeys, today the refuge also houses dogs ,cats, goats, pigs and any other animal that is in need of rescuing, and the grounds of the organisation’s farm in Estômbar is now bursting at the seams. The aim is to sterilise, vaccinate and rehabilitate the animals, with the ultimate hope of finding a good, permanent home for them. However, if the animal is too old, has an illness or is not sociable enough to be re-homed, then it will live out its days in the safety and comfort of the farm.
Help is most needed in the charity’s three shops, located in Lagoa, Carvoeiro and Ferragudo. Currently staffed by a very loyal band of volunteers, the stores desperately need more helpers, and the charity’s Vice President, Christina Cottas, kindly asks anyone who can spare four hours a week to get in touch. In return for your help, Christina promises an enjoyable time will be had. “Working in our shops is great fun and very sociable,” she says. In addition to volunteers, the shops are always very happy to receive any donations of clothes, furniture, books, bric-a-bric and other items. “There is not much we haven't sold over the years, from commodes to cuddly toys,” Christina says. The locations of the three Refúgios dos Burros charity shops are Rua Francisco Sá Carneiro in Lagoa (next to Pastelaria Helydoce), Rua do Barranco in Carvoeiro
(next to Motorent), and Rua Infante Dom Henrique (just down from the dentist) in Ferragudo. The shops are open Monday to Friday from 10am - 6pm (except the Ferragudo store, which closes at 4pm), and Saturdays from 10am - 1pm. The Ferragudo store also opens every second Sunday of the month to coincide with the town’s car-boot sale. Fundraising also plays a part, and the organisation’s annual Golf Day is scheduled to take place on 2nd September. Fashion shows, dances and quizzes have also been held in the past, and the charity would be very grateful to anyone keen to organise a fundraiser on its behalf. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Christina on: +351 966 033 127
Connecting people and places Conexao is a drop-in centre based in Lagos which aims to connect people to people and people to places. It opened its doors a few months ago with the idea of bringing people together.
We sold up and moved to Lagos in December 1999 just before the New Year. It has now been over 16 wonderful years. We love Portugal and the Portuguese people and being in the Algarve gives us the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
This month Tomorrow spoke to the husband and wife team, Michael and Yoka Findlay, behind the centre to find out what makes them tick and why they thought Conexao would be important in Lagos. 1. Tell us about yourself please My wife, Yoka, is Dutch and I am Englishborn and raised in the south-west. We have been together for 26 years - 19 of those years as a married couple - we have five children between us and five grandchildren. We are now in our 60s but I feel like a 40-something until I look in the mirror. We love life and love people. We love to watch people when we have the opportunity - at an airport, train station or at a cafe in town. We are all so unique with so many different features and personalities, sometimes it makes me feel sad when I see people carrying their pain on their faces, people with so much potential yet they have been crushed or never had the chance to walk in their Godgiven destiny. 2. What is your professional background? I was a self-employed renovation builder in the UK and enjoyed transforming barns into exciting homes to live in. Yoka had numerous skills as a hairdresser, cook, violin teacher, cabinet maker and she also helped me as a builder’s labourer. We had four acres of land and we formed a smallholding keeping sheep, pigs, chickens, and rearing bottle fed lambs for other farmers. It was a haven for the local kids who used to stay overnight in the unconverted barns.
4. Tell us about Conexao. What's the point of it? So what is the point of it? We hope to encourage people to communicate, to have a place that feels like home in town, a place where they can arrange to meet with others and explore ideas, I guess we could call it a community centre. 5. What do you hope it brings to Lagos? Hope! I like to think of the word hope as expectancy - an expectancy of greater things to come. Conexao to be a place where new ideas are birthed and set in motion, a place where people are encouraged to take on new adventures. I like to think of Lagos being a city of refuge - a shelter from the storm, a place where people are refreshed and revived and replenished with new ideas for the future – yes, Lagos a place of the future. 6. Who is it aimed at? I have always liked the words ‘every tribe and tongue’. I believe Conexao can be a place that serves young and old alike, a place of mutual respect for one another irrespective of race, creed or culture. A place that crosses the divides of society, Conexao is open to all who are in need or have something to offer. Here are a few of the things going on at Conexao:
3. How did you end up in Lagos and how long have you been here for? I guess I always liked the warmer climates and so it was a desire of my heart to live in a Mediterranean climate. I had spent so much time in the Western Algarve in the early 80s hoping to buy a piece of land to build on and have a swimming pool but alas it did not work out for me at that time. It was in September 1998 while at a Christian conference in the UK that we felt called to go to the Algarve, we were still
in the process of converting a barn near Minehead at the time but we took a trip to the Algarve to scout the land and realized there was a call on our lives.
Computer for beginners Tuesdays Sept 13/20/27 and Oct 5/12/19. 1-2pm. 2-2.30pm - troubleshooting sessions. Steve 936 387 512. Survival Portuguese Sept 26/28/30 5.30-7.30pm. To book in advance contact Maria 936 358 553 Knit and natter Thursdays Sept 8/15/29. 11-3pm. Drop in any time. Bring your own or knit for charity. Lois 914 381 598
Filling shoeboxes for CASLAS Tuesdays Nov15/22/29 1.30-2.30pm. Lois 914 381 598 Film nights Fridays Sept 23/Oct 21/Nov18 - 8pm. Michael 964 285 351 Music nights - Come all ye! Fridays Sept 30/Oct 28/Nov 25 - 8pm. John 913 940 698 Michael 964 285 351 Travels in Africa (an illustrated talk) Wednesday Oct 26 - 8pn. John 913 940 698 The situation in the Middle East Wednesday Sept 28 - 8pm. Lois 914 381 598 AA meetings Sundays 7.30-8.30pm Jo 964 201 904 Christmas Day lunch for those living alone. Pre-booking only. Lois 914 381 598 Michael 964 285 351 Art lessons - watercolour or acrylic Yoka 962 069 825 Investment Advice Matt 960 091 382 Cookery for Men Michael 964 285 351 Space for business meetings - for rates Use of kitchen available. Michael 964 285 351 Guitar lessons - €10 for one hour Feliepe 920 286 994 Keyboard lessons - €25 per hour. Jo 964 201 904 Apart from those listed, all classes and events are free but donations are always welcome. You can get free coffee, tea and Wi-Fi at Conexao. Aside from the events listed above the centre is open three days a week on Tuesday from 12pm to 3pm and on Wednesday and Thursday from 11am until 3pm. Conexao is in Rua Dr. Joaquim Tello 32A.
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Community - West Coast
British vice-consul visits west coast Family Fun Day By Matt D’Arcy There was plenty of fun at the west coast’s Family Fun Day—but probably a bit too much sun! It was advertised as a ‘family funin-the-sun’ day and that’s the way it turned out. But the blistering 30-plus degree heat on this exposed plateau on the Atlantic cliffs outside Aljezur kept the numbers down, as families tended to stay on the beach, cooling down in the chillier waters of the Atlantic. But those that did brave the heat on Saturday, August 13th enjoyed another memorable afternoon and evening that included a visit from Clive Jewell, the British Vice-Consul in Portimão. Later, he posted pictures of the event on the British Embassy’s ‘Brits in Portugal’ Facebook page, saying: “Today I joined Amovate President, John Bergstrom-Potter and Councillor António Carvalho from the Câmara Municipal de Aljezur, at the Amovate Family Fun Day at Vale da Telha near Praia da Arrifana. “Local residents and visitors enjoyed a range of activities and entertainment, as well as the regular car boot sale. It was an opportunity to contribute to some splendid charity fundraising projects.” John, the Amovate President, said later: “We were absolutely delighted that Clive travelled up here to visit us on the west coast and enjoy the day with us. “He enjoyed himself and thanked myself and our secretary Ian Bedford, and also congratulated Ian on his burgers—Ian was one of several volunteers cooking and serving the burgers, hot dogs and bifanas.” John went on: “These events do not just happen; every member of the Amovate Committee had a task to do, and did it well. We were let down by some stall holders not turning up but the 'booters' certainly did turn up in force. Singer Emma Louise from her first song to the last captured the audience with some great songs. In the words of Simon Cowell 'she owned that stage."
Calling car booters The next car boot sale will be at the Old School House in Aljezur on Sunday September 4th 2016, the gates opening at 9am for stall holders. There are new requirements to comply with latest Portuguese legislation which everyone will need to follow.
“Last year we had too much sea breeze but this year, when we could have done with a cooling breeze, there was none!” John added that the organisers had sought feedback from people attending and will consider suggestions that in future Amovate’s Family Fun Day should be held on a Sunday, with a later start. And he concluded: “Thanks to all the performing artists, the stall holders, the car booters, and all those who helped organise and worked on the day - not to mention all the families who came along to enjoy themselves - to make the Fun Day such a great success.” Sharon-Jane Lambert, a stallholder for Avalon, one of Europe's leading providers of pre-paid funeral plans - their Algarve HQ is in Portimão - said afterwards: “I had forgotten how beautiful the West coast is. I’ve been working in Vale de Telha, catching up with old friends and making new ones they’re a great bunch of people up there. “I took the wrong turning coming home and ended up at Arrifana. Wow! The views there are just wonderful. I had to stop for a cold drink and take in the scenes”. The Family Fun Day spanned six hours, with face-painting, a bouncy castle, Sofia Britto’s balloon sculpting and fire dancing from 'Portugal’s Got Talent' for the kids. And for the parents there was vocalist/guitarist/ drummer TGV, two spots from singer Emma Louise, and a beer tent selling draught Guinness and John Smith’s bitter! This year’s beneficiary from the event is the Conferencia de Nossa Senhora D'Alva, the compassionate children’s charity in Aljezur. The final amount raised will be announced when Amovate presents their cheque to the organisation’s administrators. Please turn to page 46 to see a photos from the event.
These mean that we can no longer allow professional traders to pitch their stalls and sell their wares on Amovate property. That means we can only permit access to those people selling their own unwanted goods in the original spirit of the car boot sale; i.e. (as the article above stipulates) unwanted domestic items that might previously have been thrown away but
Welcome to Aljezur Archaeological sites confirm man's presence in the area since prehistoric times, most notably for a period around 4,000 BC and during the Bronze Age. We can be sure that the Romans and Berbers had other reasons to come to Aljezur than surfing or to try the sweet potato. The name Aljezur comes from Aljuzur, the Arabic meaning of Islands. Overlooking the town is a ruin of a Moorish fortress. A visit on the hill and learning about the function and history of this historic monument can be combined with a visit to one of the local museums. Aljezur has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Stunning coastlines with cliffs appearing in front of the observer like masterpieces placed in the Louvre of Paris. Waves, that want every surfer in the world to forget about a daytime job. And unspoiled terrain; these are the ingredients that make this area unforgettable, placing it forever in the mind of the visitor. A paradise for bird watchers, this part of Southwest Europe offers the stage for numerous birds. Horseback riding, donkey tours, mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, or, just relaxing in the southern sun, either on one of the many beautiful beaches or just at a peaceful spot you discovered for yourself while exploring the countryside. The Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina is the guarantor for preservation of this genuine part of the West Algarve. One will not find hotel or apartment buildings lined up along the coast of Aljezur, or having to fight for a nice spot on the beach. 'Rota Vicentina' is a long distance path along the south west coast of Portugal, between the city of Santiago do Cacém and the Cape of St. Vincent, more than 340 km to walk along one of the most beautiful and best preserved coast lines of southern Europe.
are now being sold for less than the price originally paid for them. Nor can we allow access to anyone selling foodstuffs or fruit and vegetables as these almost certainly require separate licences and are subject to health and safety issues. So, if you are planning a stall at Amovate, please make sure you comply with these requirements.
Community - West Coast
Charity Bar Walk 2016 By Matt D’Arcy it best to work on the time-honoured principle of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.”
We all know a good walk raises a good thirst. So why not do the obvious—and turn a walk for charity into a Charity Bar Walk! Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? But, even better, why not do the whole thing in fancy dress? That’s what they’ll be doing out on the Algarve’s west coast on September 4th in a repeat of last year’s hugely successful event, which raised a fantastic €2,905.63 to donate 26 wheelchairs and other equipment to Portimão Hospital.
And that’s hardly surprising, as each of the walkers also had to sing a karaoke song at Hugo’s Bar, one of the “aid stations”— something they are expected to do again this year!
This year the organisers will be raising funds for children’s charities in the Aljezur area of the western Algarve, and they are hoping local surf schools will join in the fun along the 3.54km route (or 2.2 miles of smiles in real money). Cath Baker, who inspired last year’s walk after her late husband Peter was a patient at the hospital—she is once again supported this year by co-organisers Brian Jutsum and Steve Scott—told us: “The walk last year was always supposed to be a one-off event. But it was such a success and so many people had such a good time in a day full of laughter and camaraderie, that as the anniversary grew closer I felt, emotionally, that it was worth repeating.
The walk begins at 2pm from Restaurante O Paulo on the clifftop promontory at Arrifana and ends at the Restaurante Vale da Telha on the Pines roundabout. And in between the walkers will visit a number of bars (aka “aid stations”) along the way. Last year with the majority of the walkers in fancy dress and nine bars selected along the route for their “pit stops” in 29 degrees of sweltering heat, the trek of only three-and-a-half kilometres took the best part of four and a half hours to complete!
Participants who feel they cannot walk the entire distance from Restaurante O Paulo at Arrifana can start their own particular— and much shorter—walk from the second starting point at Hugo’s Bar at 4.30pm. The bar walk (OK, let’s call it what it is; a charity pub crawl!) is scheduled to finish at the Restaurante Vale da Telha at 6.30 pm, which will then trigger a Disco Party hosted by DJ Rockindad at which hot dogs and snacks will be available to buy. (Last year’s party created such a special atmosphere that one of the walkers took to the microphone to propose to her partner. Luckily, he said “yes”!) There will also be prizes for the best male and female fancy dress outfits, and a brief charity auction.
“In fact, we will now make it an annual event because it combines the serious intent of raising money for a good cause with the fun element of dropping off at selected bars, having a sup or two and enjoying a little craic and banter.
Cath, who was inspired to stage the walk by recalling the charity pub crawls so popular back in her native Lancashire, went on: “I was overwhelmed with the generosity not just of friends and the bar owners but also of complete strangers and motorists who stopped to ask what we were doing, taking pictures and giving us money.
“It will follow exactly the same formula as the inaugural walk because we thought
“There was loads of enthusiasm from the public, with the car drivers tooting horns
and waving, actually stopping their cars to see what it was all about. “There were a lot of laughs and a few tears because of the sheer generosity of people, particularly from customers in O Paulo’s where we began the walk. “Paulo Silva, the owner, also generously gave us €100 himself and provided a free buffet to see everyone off on their way. “Also, all the bars and restaurants where we stopped along the route were very generous and welcoming with owner José Orelha at the final stop, the Restaurante Vale Da Telha, kindly opening up on his day off specially for the walk, as he is doing again this year. “The bar owners taking part along the route all happily joined in, agreeing to make donations for each drink sold.” Cath, who is once again backed by local community association AMOVATE (the Association of Residents and Friends of Vale da Telha) which, in 2011, helped her to raise the funds to buy nine new wheelchairs for Portimão Hospital’s orthopedic department added with a smile: “One or two of the walkers last year, having taken on a little too much liquid refreshment along the way, were perhaps staggering a little at the finish. “But at least they did so knowing that the money they helped to raise has seen some of Portimão Hospital’s infirm patients walk a little steadier thanks to the wheelchairs and walking aids we were able to supply as a result of their efforts. “That was well worth all the sore heads the following morning, and hopefully we will raise another big total from this year’s walk.” Entry fee for each walker this year is again just 2 euros, and sponsorship forms are available from Restaurante O Paulo at Arrifana and José's Restaurante Vale Da Telha, or you can find one to print off on the walk’s Facebook page at: VDT Charity Walk 2016 Or contact Cath on: 964 721 842 email@example.com
What's On Get creative in Caldas de Monchique
of Barry’s work on display and some art materials to buy if you catch the bug. The demonstration is completely free and the workshop costs just €35, which includes all art materials and hands-on tuition from Barry throughout. The day is being hosted by Villa Termal and will take place at the resort’s exhibition centre next to the ‘Terrace of Elms’ square on October 15th between 10.30am and 5.30pm. Why not make a day of it, taking lunch at the tapas bar or restaurant where you will be well looked after and enjoying a day of creativity?
Have you ever wondered how artists produce such creative works of art? Maybe you fancy creating your own art but have never been sure where to start, or you’re looking for a new pastime and love the idea of getting creative. If this sounds like you, why not join top UK art tutor and
demonstrator, Barry Herniman in Caldas de Monchique for a ‘Let’s Get Creative Day’? In the morning Barry will demonstrate how to produce a painting, explaining what he is doing each step of the way, with a two-hour watercolour workshop following in the afternoon. There will also be some
The event is sponsored by Alpha Painting Holidays, who will be running a sevenday painting holiday with Barry the week prior to the Let’s Get Creative Day. Alpha’s owners, Matt and Gill Clark, have more art initiatives planned in Caldas this winter, as well as in and around Lagos and Luz. For more information contact Matt & Gill using the contact details below. firstname.lastname@example.org 911068062
A Magical Musical Walk finale celebration. This is the third year that community members have organised this popular event, and with free admission and drinks and snacks available it’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in the forest. The attraction is suitable for families young and old, and all the money raised will help provide essential life-saving equipment for the bombeiros of Lagos and Vila do Bispo.
On Saturday September 10th, musicians from around the world will be gathering in the forest for the Magical Musical Walk to raise money for the Lagos and Vila do Bispo Bombeiros. This special event runs from 2pm-10pm and takes place in Parque de Merendas (picnic and BBQ site) in the Mata Nacional above Barão de São João.
The Mata Nacional is signposted from the village of Barão de São João. There is ample parking, plenty of shade, toilets and a children’s play area.
As visitors stroll around the marked forest trail, musicians and entertainers sing, play and dance in return for donations to the bombeiros. At dusk the talented performers congregate at the main stage for a grand
“Previous years have proven very successful, raising thousands of euros for our local heroes,” said event organiser Carole Henchy. “It’s an enchanting event that has something for everyone and we do hope people will join us for the next Magical Musical Walk.”
Feedback from previous years has been overwhelmingly positive, with visitors and musicians enjoying the atmosphere and entertainment.
Local musician Caroline Snelling said, “It’s really nice to spend time in the woods – it’s like relaxing in the garden while sharing our music with people walking by.” Highlights include the cappella choir Cantarola, as well as well-known local and visiting musicians serenading guests with the guitar, accordion, ukulele, flute, and lots more! The organisers are also hoping to attract people who can share woodland skills and other crafts, all adding to a fun day for everyone to take part in. Carole added, “Please visit the Facebook page and share it with your friends. It’s a special day and an ideal opportunity to show our thanks to the bombeiros who keep us safe throughout the year.” Any musicians, performers or crafters who would like to participate are invited to contact Carole via the Facebook page: A Magical Musical Walk.
Pollen: The Musical…..a dream come true!
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“I cannot believe this is happening. October 20th cannot come quickly enough,” said Ian Carfrae, musical director and writer of ‘Pollen: the Musical’ which is the next production by the Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group.
Marina de Lagos has great pleasure to invite Tomorrow readers to the open air cultural event ‘Art in the Marina de Lagos’ on September 10th.
Ian, who has been involved with music all his life, has been developing the music and story of this show for many years and in his words, “it will be a dream come true” to see it performed finally. The show opens on October 20th and will be the European Premiere. It was first staged in the USA in 2004 but sadly Ian was unable to see it.
The large cast has been rehearsing since May and all have been working hard to bring Ian’s show to life. Ray Dillon, who plays Ben and is making his first appearance with the Algarveans, commented, “It has been amazing to see Ian’s face during rehearsals and often there has been a tear rolling down his cheek as he hears his music coming to life.” Choreographer, Karen Barroso, has worked hard teaching both dancers and people who have never danced on stage before complicated routines.
The musical tells the story of a very special garden which is looked after by a very special gardener called Ben Blenkinsop. It follows the life of the garden when the house is sold and thus has a very uncertainlooking future. The fantasy story will appeal to all ages. The show’s director Chris Winstanley said, “When Ian first showed me the script of the show I was blown away as it has everything you would expect. A love story, peril, intrigue, great comedy, big dance numbers and colourful costumes. In fact, all you need for a brilliant night out”.
“The rehearsals have been hard work but enormous fun. People who said at the start of the project ‘I can’t dance…..’ suddenly realise they can!” The show is being staged at the Lagoa Auditorium from October 20th to 22nd starting at 7.45pm. Tickets are available on: email@example.com 913 723 611 282 496 635 966 211 634.
Casa Vale da Lama Events in September There are plenty of things happening at Casa Vale da Lama, near Odiáxere this month. There are still places available for the international Permaculture Design Course from September 18th to October 1st. It is a two-week course that will give participants the tools and design skills to create lush and resilient habitats, homes and communities - be it your balcony or your entire home, a village, community garden or a company. Most participants find the course life changing, and they form powerful new viewpoints and enhanced social networks. The course is in English and the coordinator is Andrea Rodrigues. For more information contact: 967 620 397 282 697 862 firstname.lastname@example.org
Juice and Detox Cleanse on September 4th
Surf Retreat on September 11th to 17th The Jewel of Yoga Classic Retreat on September 18th to 24th For more information contact: email@example.com The annual Autumn Gathering - Festa das Colheitas (Harvest Celebration) will take place on the 17th September.
There are also a number of retreats organised:
to 10th. This is for anyone with unresolved health issues, lacking in energy or wanting to lose weight. It’s a wonderful rest for the digestive system and a chance for the body to rest and heal. This, together with daily yoga, meditation and being in a healing environment is the perfect retreat for body, mind and spirit.
The full programme will be online soon. If true to form it will be a memorable occasion with the last Pizza Night of the season and a concert with the amazing World Music local band POUCA TERRA.
The event, which is being sponsored by Marina de Lagos, Marcela Properties and the Caís J Café, will take place between 4pm and 9pm. There will be live music from the band Nightshift, playing covers of rock and pop songs from the 60s and more. The gallery Marina de Lagos will show an exhibition of works by several international artists and will be open week days from 11am to 7pm until September 30th.
Street music Tomorrow is planning to arrange a weekend of street music for the Lagos area on October 14th and 15th. We are in talks with some of the best street musicians in the area with the idea that we could make this an annual event which, like the Food Fest which could bring extra life to the city in a quieter tourist period. The plan is to have seven or eight acts over the two evenings. We are looking for a sound engineer and the loan or hire of a sound system. Any help would be very welcomed. Please call Tom on 919 918 733
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Tennis Clinics for children | Mon & Wed | 09.30 | 10€ Tennis Courts | Equipment inc. | Booking required Soccer School Children – from 5 years old | Thurs & Fri – 16.00; Weekends 09.00 | €30 p/day | Football Pitch | Booking required Football Summer Camp | Thurs & Fri 16.00 - 19.00 & Weekend 9.00 -12.00 282 790 930 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fisiopilates | Mon & Wed 09.00 | Non-Members €12.50 Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Lagos | 282782707 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 | 11.00 - 12.00 Wed | €6.50 Hotel Belavista, Luz | 968288258 Pilates with Monica | 11.00 - 12.00 Tues & Thurs | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282690086 | 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
Fun Tennis Doubles Men & Women | 17.00 - 19.00 Thurs | €6 Childrens Football Skills | 16.30 - 17.30 Fri | €4 Football Academy (5 - 10yrs) | 16.15 17.45 Mon | €5 Burgau Sports Centre | 282 697 350 Netball in Lagos | 19.00 Wed | All ages & abilities | Netball in Lagos email@example.com
Pilates | 9.30 Thurs | Boavista Mem. €8, Non-mem. 10€ Essential Fitness & Spa – Boavista Golf & Spa Resort | 282 790 930
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
Mat classes with Andrea | Mon 9:30,18:00/Tue 8:30,10:30/Wed 10:30/ Thurs 18:00/Fri 8:30,10:30 | 966784280 | AR Pilates Studio - Lagos
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 | 282 790 930
Yoga Yoga | Mon & Wed 09.00 | Non-Members €12.50 Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Lagos | 282782707 Hatha Yoga | Tue 10.00 & Thurs 09.30 | €7-8 | Alma Verde | 919 297 638 Yoga | Mon - Fri 10.00 & 12.30 & Mon - Thurs 18.00 | €5 - €10 Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation w/ Life Gongs) | 1st & 3rd Thurs 19.30 - 20.15 | €5 Basic Hatha Yoga | Wed 10.00 - 11.00 Integral Yoga | Sat 09.30 Drop-in €10, various packs & Prices | Inlight Lagos | 913127421 Hatha Yoga | 9.45am Mon, Wed & Fri | €10 | Yoga Classes for Children | Sat 09.15 & 10.30 | 9€ (Visitors), 7€ (Members) Boavista | 282 790 930 Gentle Hatha Yoga with Meg | 18.30 - 20.00 Mon - The Yoga Place, Burgau & 12.15 - 14.00 Wed - Hotel Belavista, Luz | €8 | 965 201 477
Tennis Doubles Afternoon – Round Robin | 15:30-17:30 Mondays | €7.50 Tennis Clinics | Teens 16:30, Kids 17:30 & Adults 18:30 | Tues | €15 Football Academy | 4-9 yrs 09:00 & 10-15 yrs 11:00 Thurs | €18 Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282 690 008 | SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Golf Clinics for Children | Mon - Fri 11.00 Boavista | 282 000 111 | firstname.lastname@example.org Ethan’s FUN 9 Hole Social Golf Competition | Wed from 15.30 Espiche Golf “Roll Up” Lesson | Wed 14.00 | €10pp Espiche Golf “Roll Up” 18h Social Golf | Thurs 08.00 | Reduced Green Fee Women’s Beginners Group Golf Lessons | Fri 09.30 | 10€ pp Women’s Intermediate Group Golf Lesson | Fri 14.00 | €10 pp Summer School “Holiday” Junior Classes | Contact us for details Espiche Golf | 282 688 250 Kids Golf Lesson (4-16 yrs) | 09:30-10:30 Tues & Fri | €12 Adults Try Golf Lesson | 12:00-13:00 Tues | €15 Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282 690 054 | SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa
Hatha Yoga with Diana | 10.00 - 12.00 Tue | €7 (regulars) | €10 (drop-ins) Monterosa, Barão de São João | 962 492 607 Yoga Classes with Ann | 10.30 - 12.00 Tue & Thurs | for all levels Yin Yoga Class with Ann | 18.30 Wed €10 (residents pay €60 for 8 classes) | Burgau | 913 202 621 Yoga & De-stress | 11.00 - 12.00 Fri | €6.50 | Hotel Belavista | 968 288 258 Zumba
Classes | Lessons Life drawing with Kasia | 11.00 - 13.00 Mon | Beginners & Professionals | €10 per session | Marina de Lagos | 916 035 308 Stain Glass with Dianne | 10.30 Tues &Thurs | €10 | Espiche | 919 117 108
Zumba | Tues | 18.30 | €6 | 282 000 100 | Essential Fitness & Spa, Boavista Zumba with Linda | 9.30 -10.30 Mon & Fri | €6 | Alma Verde | 918 461 840 Zumba | 9.30 - 10.30 Wed | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio | 282 690 086 Zumba | 10.00 - 11.00 Wed & Fri | Zumba Step! | 10.00 - 11.00 Thurs €6.50 | Hotel Belavista, Luz | 968288258 | dancebodymind Zumba | 19.15 - Thurs |€5 | Magnólia Beach Club, Lagos | 912 417 994 Other Bootcamp | Mon - Fri 10.00 & Mon 19.00 & Fri 18.30 | Non-Members €12.50 Personal Trainer | Members €40, Non-Members €45.00 Cascade Wellness & Lifestyle Resort, Lagos | 282782707 Tabata Training | Tue, Thurs & Fri 10.00 | €5 | All levels | Jardim da Meia Praia Tai Ji with Carl | Mon 10.00 (beginners) & Thurs 17.00 (advanced) | €8 | Barão S. João | 919 718 955 Body Fit Classes | 9.30 - 10.30 Tue & Thurs | €5 | Golf Santo Antonio, Budens 282 690 086 | SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa Gymnastik | 18.15 - 19.15 Mon | €7 | Hotel Belavista | 965 211 996 Fitness Circuit | 10.00 - 11.00 Wed | €5 | Burgau Sports Centre | 282 697 350
Portuguese Language Workshop | 10.30 Sat | €5 | Magnólia Beach Club, Lagos | 912 417 994 Teresa Computer Classes | 10.00 Sat | All levels | €10 | Lagos | 918764613 Swimming Lessons | 14.30 Mon, Thurs, Sat & 9.00 Sat | €20 Mem. €25 non Mem. Holiday Courses with Yvonne | 3x per Week Boavista Golf Resort | 917 953 914 Capoeira (Mestre Betāo) | 18.30 (kids) & 19.30 Mon | €7/9 Rhythm & Dance (Tessa Sander) | 18:30 (basics) & 19:30 Tue | €7/9 Creative Yoga (Richard Brook) | 19:30 Wed Rhythm - Cajon (Walé Bakare) | 18:30 Fri | €9 Urban Kids Dance (Tessa) | 11.00 Sat | €7 Kapa Dois Center, R. da Canal 23, Lagos | 282 764 224 Fitness & Zumba Camp | 1st - 7th October | €5 | Outdoor classes | Reservation Recommend | Jardim da Meia Praia Resort | 932586921 Starting 21st September: Hatha Yoga Course with Puck Arula | 10 weeks| €85 New to Yoga Weds 19.30 -20.45 & Some experience Weds 08.30 - 09.45 Explore Yoga, building strength, awareness & ability to relax Inlight Yoga Studio, Lagos | 963879679
Entertainment & Events Saxophone Live Music | Tues 19.00 - 22.00 | Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda, Porto de Mós, Lagos| | Booking recommended 282 763 222 Open Mic / Jam Session | 1st Fri & every fortnight 18.00 - 22.00 | All artists welcome Swimming pool, food & excellent drinks & ambience | Bar Carib, Montinho da Luz Bridge | 1.30pm Tues & Fri | Marina Hotel Bar, Lagos | 964188319 Dr. Why Quiz | Thurs 20.30 | Clubhouse Restaurant Boavista Resort | email@example.com | 282 000 114 Open Mic Night | Fri 18.00 - 22.00 | Bar Carib, Luz | 964 201 904 Live Sunset Music | 9th & 23rd with Lex & 16th &30th with Peyoti | FREE entrance | 18.00 - 20.00 Espiche Golf Clubhouse, Espiche | 282 688 250 Country, Pop & Soul Music Night | Wed 20.30 Live Music with BBQ | Fri 19h30 | €17 PP/10€ children (- 11 yrs) Clubhouse Restaurant - Boavista Golf & Spa Resort Lagos | 282 000 114
Activities Kids Club - Fun Club for 3 to 12 year olds | 14:00-18:00 Mon-Fri | €15 Golf Santo Antonio, Budens | 282 690 086 | SantoAntonioVillasGolfSpa
Charity | Volunteering | Support Groups Nandi Animal Charity - Volunteers needed | 3 hour shifts: am or pm | Make some new friends while helping animals | 913 659 675 Riding for Disabled | 10.30 Mon, Wed, Fri | Volunteers welcome, weather permitting | Bensafrim | 912967870 | www.riding4disabled.com Cadela Carlota Animal Charity | Three hour shifts am or pm | Almadena or Lagos | 912 444 666 Trudy firstname.lastname@example.org AA International English Speaking Meeting in Lagos | AA hotline: 917 005 590 19.30 - 21h00 Wed | Rua Da Freguesia Lote 12 c 19.30 - 20.30 Sun | 5 Travessa de Santo Amaro 964201904 | 282760506
Faith | Spiritual Healing Worship, Praise & Teaching | 10.30 Sun | International Community Church (Newfrontiers), Lagos | 960450750 | www.icc-lagos.org Meditation group with Marion | 19.00 Tue | Figueira | 914523636 Power House of Prayer | 11.00 Tue Praise, Worship & Holy communion | 11.00 Sun Oasis Christian Fellowship | 936 358 553 | 964 285 351 Silent Group Meditation | 8:30 - 9:30am Sun | InLight Lagos | 913127421 Communion Services | 10.00 Thurs & 8.00 (oral) & 11.30 (choral) Sun | CoE, St Vincent’s Anglican Church, Praia da Luz | 282 788 104
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Do you have a passion for dance?
This month kicks off a new dance year for Nicola’s Move-Ment Dance Academy. The academy finished last year on a high note, representing Portugal at the Dance World Cup in Jersey.
to build on its success and spread their love of dance further into the community. Many new classes will be offered from September, which will ensure they get everyone moving.
The next meeting of the Alzheimer/ Dementia support group will be on September 21st at 11am. The monthly meetings take place at Restaurant Pirilampo in Rua do Moinho do Azeite in Lagos. Everyone is welcome.
Competing for Move-Ment was Alexandra Broomfield, Lily Longhurst, Nicole Fagan, Laura Botterman, Jasmine Ambler, Niamh Broomfield, Annika Thomas and Nicola Thomas, (unfortunately Siena Westcott-Toi was injured).
The main teacher is Nicola Thomas, who is full of passion, energy and motivation to get the baby ballet classes bopping, the children hip-hop classes grooving and all adult classes sweating.
While they may not have walked away with medals, they definitely made an impact and the high scores reflected this. Many of their dancers had only been dancing less than five months, so just to be against dancers that have been training for many years was a huge achievement. The school would like to thank their sponsors Algarve Marquees, Kojo Boutique, Chestertons Portugal, Jardimvista, Credential Partners International, Como Novo, Barroca, Mirtilo Gift Shop, A Fábrica and Baptista for helping them get there, as well as Vale Verde International School and Nobel International School Algarve for providing the team kit. This next year is sure to be a huge year for the dance school. The team is looking
The school will be opening in a new premise September 7th and the opening night will be September 16th. Enrolment for next year has started so please get in touch should you want to get your dancing shoes on. They offer classes in ballet, modern, jazz, street/hip-hop, floor barre and tap for all ages and abilities. Also opening with the school will be their new shop ‘Portugal Discount Dance and Fitness Wear’. There will be monthly sales on trendy and comfortable dancewear, fitness wear and dance shoes and accessories. Keep up to date by liking their Facebook page. For more details contact Vanessa: 913832335 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone for tennis? Founded in 1987 the club is in the process of a complete refurbishment and Jose and his son Ricardo are really driving the club forward. This clearly shows in the fact that 90 children, boys and girls ages between six years and sixteen are training regularly under the watchful eye of head coach Ricardo, Jose’s son and his team. One boy is now training in Lisbon at a special coaching centre as the coaches here have assessed this boy has a real tennis future. The club also has a great social scene and it is open to all ages and nationalities with Mondays for ladies doubles and Wednesdays for men’s doubles and every two weeks there is a BBQ after the fortnightly tournament for only €10 for members and €12.50 for guest and that all you can drink and eat!
ever growing interest in this new form of tennis. It would seem that there are over 35000 players now in Portugal and this is the first in the western Algarve. There is a really friendly welcome awaiting guests and potential new members with a lovely snack bar with favourable prices. For more information: 00 351 282 086 485 www.ctlagos.com Clube de Tenis de Lagos
The big news is that the club has recently completed two new paddle courts for the
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Sign up to sing this autumn After a two week break to rest our voices, the choir is now back and busily rehearsing for our autumn/winter programme - and what a programme it is proving to be! Along with our always-popular Christmas songs and carol performances later in the year, we are also excited to be welcoming the Kammerkoret (chamber choir) over from Norway in November. We will be staging a joint performance on Friday 11th. Tickets will go on sale in October and all proceeds will go towards local charities. There will be more information about the Kammerkoret and their choir leader, as well as the joint performance, in next month's choir article. As always at the start of a new season, we suggest that this is a great time to join the choir as we are beginning to learn new materials together (although new starters are welcome anytime throughout the year). The Western Algarve Community Choir is for people who love singing there are no auditions and anyone of any age, nationality and singing ability is most welcome. For more information about joining or bookings (dates are now available to book for Christmas performances) please contact the choir leader Elizabeth Roberts: email@example.com
What's On - Silves Medievel Fair
Medieval madness and magic This year’s Silves Medieval Fair transported thousands and thousands of visitors back in time to experience how people lived in the Middle Ages. It was the 13th year that the event had taken place in Silves which used to be the capital of the Algarve. The 9-day fair gave people chance to see jousting, drink from a tankard and get dressed in their finest tunics. The annual fair takes place within and around Silves Castle in the historic
centre. It provides a chance for people to celebrate the town’s Moorish and Christian heritage. The Royal Banquet recreated a hearty and exquisite medieval meal with Arabian dishes such as couscous, harira and tagine. There was also a wide array of entertainers from dancers, snake charmers, jugglers, acrobats, musicians and more. It’s a great event for young and old alike. Don't worry if you didn’t make it this year you will have your chance to see a liveaction history lesson with processions of noblemen, jousting tournaments,
merchants and artisans next year too. We will let you know the dates for next year as soon as we can. Watch this space for more medieval magic in the future. Thanks very much to Dan and Natasha Birch for these photographs. To see more examples of their work or to hire them to cover your wedding or any other event please contact them on: www.birchphotography.com 965 770 093. firstname.lastname@example.org
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What's On - Boavista Summer Fest
The rhythm of summer rocks at Boavista The first ever Summer Fest which was held at Boavista Golf and Spa Resort last month was a huge success. Locals and holiday makers alike enjoyed an afternoon and evening of fun. There was a string of sporting activities to try, great music and an array of fabulous food. Music was provided by DJ Soul Beat, DJ Just and the sound of reggae by JahLita Friends.
Zumba, and aqua-football were amongst several activities on offer and when it was time to chill out and cool down guests were able to make the most of Boavista’s inflatable pools. At the end of the afternoon there was the chance to feast on paella, spit-roast pork or a hamburger. www.boavistaresort.pt
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What's On - Espiche Golf 3rd Anniversary
An exemplary evening Espiche Golf celebrated its third anniversary in July with a party for just over 220 guests and colleagues. It was an occasion for Espiche to show its appreciation to its partners in the tourism business, its clients, club members, service providers and supplier for the continuous support it has received since the early days. It was an evening to celebrate all that has been accomplished over the past couple of years: a unique golfing experience that is based on a forward thinking vision and a mission as well as a deep commitment to the local
environment and community. The golf course at Espiche was designed to preserve and enhance the landscape of the Western Algarve. Espiche also boasts an award winning clubhouse. Some of those that attended included Dora Coelho, Managing Director at ATA (the Algarve Tourism Association), Philip Pope, General Manager at Boavista Golf Resort, Sofia Ribeiro - General Manager at Hotel Vila Galé Lagos and Alexandra Almeida from the Portuguese Golf Federation.
What's On - Family Fun Day
Family fun for all The annual Family Fun Day at Vale da Telha near Praia da Arrifana went down a real treat again this year. The event, which took place on August 13th, was attended by people from across the community including the British Vice-Consul in Portimão, Clive Jewell. The Family Fun Day spanned six hours, with face-painting, a bouncy castle, Sofia Britto’s balloon sculpting and fire dancing from “Portugal’s Got Talent” for the kids.
guitarist/drummer TGV, two spots from singer Emma Louise, and a beer tent selling draught Guinness and John Smith’s bitter! This year’s beneficiary from the event will be the Conferencia de Nossa Senhora D'Alva, the children’s charity in Aljezur. You can read a full report on page 28. Thanks very much to Sue Bedford for the photographs.
And for the parents there was vocalist/
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produced and never get to see things like raw carrots or vegetables. They absolutely love the freedom, fun and the change from their usual environment while they are away.
Dear Editor, A little story for you about the importance of donating blood. My daughter-in-law was taken to the maternity ward recently and gave birth to my second grandson after 12 hours. He was a big baby at 9lbs3oz but perfect in every way. His mother, Sally, unfortunately had problems after giving birth and after checks needed to receive a blood transfusion as her iron levels were extremely low. After two days in hospital both are fine. I just wanted to say thank you to the blood bank and the donors who helped her with their donations of blood. In the old days she could have died.
Other projects will be their own Christmas Party, trips to Slide & Splash and trips around Portugal and a pool party at Bar Caribe on September 9th. We aim to provide things that children in ‘normal’ families might expect and which could not be possible without your marvellous support.
Ongoing, we buy all the children a birthday present. Thank you again from The Lagos Orphans Fund.
Joyce Nevinson, Richard Stead and Jeanette Griffin (August 9th 2016)
As you can imagine we have lost a few friends over the years which is why - as well as this being a celebration - we will also be remembering those who can't be with us.
On this occasion we will be having a bowls tournament for the Macmillan Cup (in aid of Macmillan, a charity dear to many of our members and their families) and an auction, a raffle and tombola.
Tomorrow Magazine donation Dear Editor, On behalf of the children at the Lar (otherwise known as CASLAS), thank you very much for stunning donation of €2,500.00.
Bowls club celebrates 20-year anniversary
Some of this money has already been spent, sending the children on summer camps. Seven of them are currently at Vinha Velha. Yesterday they were so very excited and looking forward to milking cows and making their own dairy products! They will also learnt how to cook in the kitchen there. This is such a useful activity for these children. Often they don’t get to see food being
The club was originally started by John and Sheila Watts in September 1996, the baton was then passed to Janice Clarke and finally six years ago to ourselves. Sheila is still a very active member but unfortunately John passed away last year.
We have over the years and continue to raise lots of money for local charities including Lagos orphanage, Nandi and Riding for the Disabled.
We spent many happy years at Parque da Floresta and still have some of the original members.
We will keep you informed.
Yours faithfully, Please don’t forget that you can give blood at Lagos Hospital on the last Thursday of every month between 9am and 1pm.
When the resort changed so did our name and last year we had to leave our original home when the green subsided. Leaving was quite a wrench for our members and all the holiday makers and their families who learnt to play bowls at the Parque not to mention those who enjoyed our English breakfasts and bacon sandwiches in the club house.
We are still a very active club with three teams in the Bowls Algarve League and a large membership. The club is very friendly and welcomes beginners and people of all ages including families and children in the holidays.
Dear Editor, The Floresta Bowls club will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on September 22nd. For most of those years the club was based at what is now Santo Antonio Golf Resort near Budens and was originally called Parque da Floresta Clube da Bowling.
If you are around on the 22nd please call in and help us celebrate. Yours sincerely, Lynne Riddle email@example.com
Health Athletics for children
Getting back into a routine By Ann de Jongh During the summer holidays fitness routines tend to go out of the window, because we are super busy working or enjoying holidays but September is when life returns to normal. Sometimes it can be hard to kickstart our fitness habits again. This is when we need a challenge or goal to aim for. For some this is easy - the next triathlon, half marathon etc. but for others who have no desire to do a race it can be hard to find a challenge.
Since time immemorial children have been interested in competing with each other and in seeking comparison with others. Athletics, with its variety of events, provides an excellent opportunity for this type of peer interaction.
These components will help an athlete become less susceptible to injuries, improve an athlete’s ability to perform technical and tactical skills more effectively, and assist the athlete to cope with the demands of the sport in the future.
Unfortunately, most of the time, children’s competitions in this captivating sport are scale models of adults’ competitions.
Without these components of training, individuals might never reach their full athletic potential. In addition to the long term plan adapted to the needs of each athlete our athletics school headquartered at Cascade Resort provides the opportunity to train at the same place and be inspired by the elite and world famous athletes that regularly attend our training centre.
This inadequate standardisation often leads to early specialisation which is clearly against children’s needs for harmonious development. In this context, the challenge for the Associação Desportiva Royal AXN Lagos has been to implement a different concept of athletics that is uniquely tailored to the developmental needs of children.
Join us in the next season! Places are limited so please sign up as soon as you can.
I recently got nominated on Facebook to take part in the 22 press ups for 22 days to raise awareness for PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), but it also got me thinking about what a great way to get back into doing something and also having some accountability to complete it. During the summer my own training slips by the wayside due to work and visitors, so now I know I have to do 22 press ups a day for 22 days. That is a great way to get back into training. So why don’t you give it a go, or if press ups are not your thing (even though they can be modified for all levels from doing wall press ups, kneeling press ups or one arm!) find something and then commit to doing it every day for 22 days. Once you get going then it is easier to do some more – who knows maybe the next target may be the Luz Triathlon in April. Contact Ann on: 913 202 621 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fit2lovelife.com fit2lovelife anndejongh
Our main concern with young athletes is teaching proper physical literacy and improvement of athleticism through proper skilled movements learned through a properly designed programme.
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Choking By John Clifford
shoulder blades followed by five abdominal thrusts.
If the person becomes unconscious, start CPR and ring 112.
Children: Give five back slaps followed by five abdominal thrusts using appropriate force.
Choking is just one of the many topics which will be covered in the certified Cardiac First Response course being run in Lagos in October 2016.
It’s everyone’s nightmare – seeing someone choke and not being able to help. Would you know how to do abdominal thrusts on an adult? Treating infants and children is different. Do you know the difference? If the person is conscious do the following: Adult: Give five back slaps between the
Infants (less than one year): Give five back slaps with the infant being held with head and shoulders facing downwards at 45 degree angle followed by five chest thrusts using two fingers only.
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Easing children back to school By Laura Newman As the holidays end, challenges emerge as families transition from Summer relaxation into the fast-pace, demanding school routine, with perhaps a new school, new teachers, and new friends.
Also the effect of a night’s sleep is to dry out so children need water first thing every morning. REST Children need enough sleep and time during the day to relax and play imaginatively.
What do parents need to know and what do children's brains need to function at their best?
Sleep is essential for a healthy nervous system. Ideally 3-5 yr olds get 10 to 13 hours sleep; 6-13 yr olds get 9 to11 hours. Would your child benefit from an extra hours sleep?
Let’s consider the following lesser known factors:
manifestations of frustration, cannot function well academically and are difficult to parent. Frustration is a necessary part of growing up and understandably present when adjusting to changes like new schools and new routines but when it builds up it can make children emotionally constipated. Listening attentively to children’s expressive outbursts and connecting more deeply with them, helps release emotional blocks and promotes emotional and intellectual development. They are also easier to parent.
HYDRATION Brain cells require a delicate balance of water and various elements. When that balance is disrupted, brain cells lose their efficiency; it becomes harder to concentrate and impairs mental activities. So children need to drink water throughout the day.
Avoid over-scheduling with classes and playdates. Children generally need more parent connection and relaxation time with opportunities for spontaneous creativity. FRUSTRATION Children who are bursting with upset, boredom, complaints and different
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Arthritis By Niki Medlock
being female (60% of people are women!) and specific genes associated with a higher risk of certain types of arthritis such as RA.
joints and helps them move smoothly.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) vs Osteoarthritis (OA). A common question I am asked is the difference between these two diseases – so here goes! The word arthritis literally means ‘joint inflammation’, a term used to describe a complex family of musculoskeletal disorders of which RA and OA are just two examples. When we think of arthritis we think of it affecting older adults but approximately two thirds of cases are under 65 and it has been estimated that one in every 250 children, under the age of 18, are also affected. Certain risk factors are associated with arthritis: • Non-modifiable - such as the risk of developing this disease increasing with age,
• Modifiable - such as being overweight and obese with excess weight contributing to both the onset and progression of OA (especially in the knees). Joint damage through injury and certain jobs or activities can also cause the development of OA. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system – which normally protects it by attacking foreign substances such bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks the joints. This creates inflammation causing the tissue lining the inside of joints (synovium) to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints. The synovium makes a fluid that lubricates
Laura Newman is a Speech Therapist and Parent Consultant.
OA happens when the firm, rubbery material, called cartilage, covering the end of each bone, providing a smooth, gliding surface for joint motion and acting as a cushion between the bones, breaks down. This causes pain, swelling and problems moving the joint. Over time, bones may break down and develop growths called spurs, bits of bone or cartilage may chip off and float around in the joint and eventually the cartilage wears away with bone rubbing against bone leading to even more joint damage. Next month: Symptoms and treatment! Niki Medlock is head nurse at www.luzdoc.com
A right pain in the neck! By Dr Wen Oates DC MChiro A stiff neck is typically characterized by a degree of pain and difficulty in turning your head to the side. Movement may be so restricted that you have to turn your entire body when trying to look left, right or backwards. The most common causes of a stiff neck are muscle strain or soft tissue sprains caused by: • Sleeping with the neck in an awkward position that strains the neck muscles; • Poor posture, such as slouching while viewing the computer screen or looking
downwards at a mobile phone for prolonged periods; • Holding the neck in an abnormal position for a long period, such as cradling a phone between the neck and shoulder. Symptoms usually last for a week and may be helped by applying an ice pack at regular intervals to reduce inflammation. However, it’s advisable to get a diagnosis from your doctor of chiropractic if the symptoms do not subside after a week, or if the stiffness occurs with other symptoms, such as
tingling or numbness in the arms, as there may be an underlying condition that needs treatment. If you’d like to know more about chiropractic care, please get in touch with us at Lagos Health. We can advise you on neck stretches and strengthening exercises, as well as posture and ergonomics, which will help prevent or minimize future episodes of stiffness or pain. Pop in for an informal chat (we’re in the big pink building by the Lidl supermarket) or 282 768 044 to make an appointment.
Pets mate By Lars Rahmquist Your dog pants? For those of you blushing right now, I am not referring to your favourite undies with holes in them that you only wear on comfy Sunday afternoons. Certainly dogs have had every right to hang their tongues out and drool on your patio this summer…she’s been a scorcher. However, some owners may have noticed unusual lack of tolerance to the summer temperatures this year. Airway disease and cardiovascular disease appear in dogs and cats with regularity. Early signs can be subtle but are often exacerbated by high ambient temperatures. Heart disease often first rears its head with exercise intolerance. In older (and fatter!) dogs this can be hard to notice. Dyspnoea is when the breathing pattern changes (more shallow, more laboured, faster or irregular). It is common with lower respiratory problems and can be subtle to notice. My dog, Norm, was recently diagnosed with a pulmonary adenocarcinoma (that’s
lung cancer in English). At 15-years-old it was a swaying decision about whether or not to operate. But we did and he is now back on the beach chasing my favourite frisbee. He still has those dastardly cancer cells sneaking around inside him, so we’ll see where they pop up next … but so far, so good (that’s life in general, isn’t it?!). Upper respiratory signs are more obvious. Brachycephalic breeds (great word!), with stubby snouts, are compromised from the start. The noise they make when breathing is them struggling to oxygenate. If this gets worse in hot weather, please take it to the vet to discuss surgical options to help it breath properly. The same goes for larger dogs with laryngeal paralysis. With surgical correction of these upper respiratory diseases we see an immediate ease of breathing, even on recovery from the anaesthetic. So if you are worried that your dog has suffered more than normal this summer, bring him along
to your vet and get him a once over. The earlier you detect problems, the better they respond to treatment. Lastly… cats. Cats do NOT deal with respiratory distress well at all. The lung is referred to as the ‘shock organ’ of the cat. You may be able to detect subtle changes in the breathing pattern of your cat. This subtle sign may underlie a serious disease process in the chest. AND… if you see your cat panting, you know something is wrong. Do NOT race your cat to the vet like Ayrton Senna, because this extra stress can be just enough to tip him from respiratory compromise into respiratory failure (a bad thing). Please do speak to your vet if you are worried about any noises, changes in breathing or exercise intolerance in your pet, and enjoy a sundowner together on that patio. www.lagosvet.com
Travelling with pets: part one By Stephanie Ginger Many Algarve residents and visitors have faced the thorny problem of how to transport their furry friends to and from Portugal on a regular basis. After all, cats and dogs (or even ferrets!) share some of the best moments of your life – why not your holiday or second home? It’s been a number of years since we brought Flossie, our retriever, to Portugal for the summer. Under the EU Pet Travel Scheme – introduced in 2001 – if you had documentation in the form of a Pet Passport proving that the animal had been microchipped, its vaccinations were up-todate (specifically rabies) and it had been treated for tapeworm and ticks, you could take your pet out of and (possibly more importantly) back into the UK. But when we last brought Flossie to Portugal for the summer in 2008 it certainly wasn’t plain sailing, with reams of extra rules and regulations. At that time the whole rabies procedure could typically take six months to sort out, and on the return journey the narrow window for the tapeworm treatment was difficult to manage. The good news is that in 2012 the Pet Passport rules were relaxed and it’s now
simpler than ever to bring your pet to Portugal and back. Provided your dog or cat is over three months old and the other requirements are fulfilled, owners now need wait only three weeks for the rabies vaccine to take effect before travelling and it lasts three years. You now also have between 24 hours and 120 hours (5 days) before entering the UK to get the tapeworm treatment (for dogs) administered by a vet. Outside of the UK, you need a Pet Passport for travel with pets between EU countries, but the restrictions (practically speaking) are much less onerous and once you have the passport there is freedom of movement. And for those concerned about the future, according to the Animal and Plant Health Agency website there is no change envisaged following Brexit. But, as a responsible pet owner, before you rush off to get your pet a passport and book your ‘pet-friendly’ passage, there are some practical issues to consider. Is your pet a homebody who gets nervy at the prospect of a five-minute trip in the car? Or does your pet prefer to be with you wherever you are? How do they cope with strangers, strange places, the heat? Be
honest with yourself, however much you’d like them along - otherwise you could be asking for trouble. If you do decide that a holiday is not a holiday without Fido or Felix, you’ll need to get them microchipped by your vet (if you haven’t done so already) before getting the rabies jab, or it won’t count. When the vet administers the jab, also make sure he or she records your pet’s microchip number on the vaccination record. Once you have both identity and vaccination records plus the rabies vaccination (or blood test results if you already have them) you can obtain a Pet Passport. If your vet doesn’t issue them, ask them for the nearest vet that does. One last thing on the paperwork front is to check your pet insurance covers travel abroad and if not, find a policy that does. Things to look out for are cover for vet’s expenses and the loss of your dog’s pet passport, for example. So Fido and Felix have their very own passports and are tooled up to tango! Now comes the fun bit. How to get them there – and back? This will be covered in next month’s instalment. www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad
Business Algarve Business Directory
businesses to connect, via desktop or portable devices. Launched in March 2016, after extensive research, the directory provides a one-stop shop where you can find local businesses and contact them via social media, their website, email or telephone, or navigate to them via GPS. With map pointers and easy to search categories, it’s something the Algarve has needed for a long time. The directory is growing every day, with the addition of new businesses, and also offers users the chance to suggest business listings.
Putting the Algarve and its residents first. The idea for the Algarve Business Directory was originally formed in 2015 by Matt Love. Having been working here since 2013, in both the information technology and service industries, Matt was surprised to see how many residents struggled
to find reliable products and services, choosing to ship items from abroad as their easiest solution. After much thought about how to resolve this situation to benefit both local businesses and residents, he came up with the idea to create an online portal for residents and
Algarve Business Directory aims to have 2000 listings by the end of 2017, with at least 3000 by the end of 2018. It’s free to use and offers free listing for businesses, with upgrade options for any business who wishes to increase their online visibility and achieve higher ranking on search engine results - not just within the directory. Add your business to the Algarve Business Directory now and help your customers find you - it’s free! www.algarvebusinessdirectory.pt
I.T. can be easy By Steven Dunwell Part three of the occasional series of computer terminology and slang, this month: E and F Emoji – the name ‘emoji’ comes from the Japanese phrase ‘e’ (絵) and ‘moji’ (文字), which translates to ‘picture character’. They are commonly used in text messaging, social media, and in apps like Instagram and Snapchat. While smiley faces are the most commonly used ‘emojis’, they can also represent people, places, animals, objects, flags, and symbols. E-reader - An e-reader, or ‘e-book reader’, is a portable device designed for reading digital publications. These include e-books, electronic magazines, and digital versions of newspapers. Since electronic books do not require a lot of storage space, most e-readers can store thousands of books and other publications. Just like an iPod can store an entire music library, a single e-reader can store a large collection of books. Many e-readers have a monochrome display,
often called ‘electronic paper’, while this electronic paper displays do not provide colour images, the screen appears more like a paper page from a book, and it can be easily viewed in bright sunlight. Flash Drive - Flash drives have many names — jump drives, thumb drives and pen drives. These are all small data storage devices that uses a certain kind of memory called “flash memory” and has a built-in USB connection. Flash drives are typically no more than two to three inches in length and less than an inch in width. Early flash drives could store only a few megabytes of data, but modern flash drives can store several gigabytes of information. Because they have a built-in USB connection they can be used on any computer with a USB port, which nearly all modern computers have. Frozen - When a computer does not respond to any user input, it is said to be frozen. When a computer system freezes, or ‘locks
up’, the screen stays the same and does not change no matter what buttons you press on your mouse or keyboard. You can tell if your computer has frozen if the cursor will not move when you move the mouse. Since computers are not supposed to freeze, a software crash is often due to a software programming error. If your computer does freeze, you will need to restart the computer to make it function again. You can typically force your computer to shut down by holding the power button for several seconds. And remember - since most computer freezes happen unexpectedly, it is a good idea to save your work frequently! 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 on: firstname.lastname@example.org 936 387 512 Have a great month, see you for another tip in the October issue.
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A changing market.... once again By David Westmoreland So just when we thought it was safe to go back in the water, the British public decided to mix things up again. The last 2-3 years in the overseas property market have for sure been very good all round. NHR, Golden Visa and an improving economy have resulted in huge growths in overseas purchases. New markets for Portugal have included French, Belgian and Scandinavian buyers coming here in their droves buying up property at levels unseen since the early 2000s. B&P have enjoyed 4 years of +30% growth per annum. This climaxed in 2015 with around 150 sales and approx. 35m€ of sales. So what is happening post-Brexit? Well, for starters the change in our business did not start post-Brexit. It started midMay 2016 where we saw a sudden loss of appetite in property purchases from UK clients. Following the announcement on 23rd June, 2016 that the UK would be leaving the EU we saw a complete drying
up of not only sales but also enquiries from UK clients. The UK represents around 38% of our total business, so clearly this was of huge concern. However, what we did see was the European markets of Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany and even Ireland increased giving some balance to this turbulent market. These increases have continued through July and now into August with sales running just shy of a record breaking 2015, level but with a different mix. What I do believe is the UK buyers will be back. Currently the exchange rate is not in favour of these buyers but we are used to volatility from this area. As the exchange rate improves, post-Brexit reaction I am sure will soften and UK buyers will be back. Already in July and August we are seeing a steady trickle of UK buyers returning. I believe it is inconceivable that the UK and Europe will not be able to agree to cross bordering, especially for tourism and overseas retirement and living. I also
Vagrants Golf Pairs competition winners A beautiful day of golf was had by all 48 players in the competition at the end of July at Victoria Golf in Vilamoura.
From L to R: Pairs winner, Tony Concannon and CDB Sales Director Paul Cotterell, Pairs winner. Roger Brandão, Luis Carvalho captain of the Vagrants Golf Club.
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2016 started off where our record breaking 2015 had left off. We saw strong sales all round and consistent sales from all countries. A slight blip in quarter 2 has seen a levelling off of sales but only to bring us back to level versus 2015; therefore 2016 is still looking to be a strong year. So if you are considering selling, now is a great time to do so. Prices are strengthening and the market is still buoyant. If you are thinking of buying again I do not see anything to put you off other than normal fluctuations in exchange rate. I am totally convinced the UK will sort themselves out and Portugal will continue to be as popular destination for second home owners as it has always been. If you are considering buying or selling do not hesitate in contacting me on firstname.lastname@example.org
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A new service has arrived in the Lagos area providing transfers from the Algarve to each city in Portugal and Spain. We tried out the service to visit the Silves Mediaeval Festival and were extremely happy to be escorted there and back in a brand new eight seater taxi by Pedro from SA transfers and bang on the times agreed. They advertise ‘best price guaranteed’ and they proved to be €30 less than we expected! Very good service, courteous driver and tip-top vehicles with WIFI service too! Well done to you at SA transfers. To book please contact: 00 351 282 087 509 00 351 926 118 739 firstname.lastname@example.org
Striving for excellence at Espiche Frederico Fonseca – otherwise known as Fred - has been the restaurant manager at the Gecko Restaurant at Espiche Golf since it opened in 2014. The 39-year-old was born in Lagos but went on a gastronomic tour before returning to the Algarve. Here he tells us about his passion for food. Please tell us about your professional background. I left the Algarve at 23-years-old with some experience at local restaurants and bars and I started working in London at one of the Conran Restaurants in St. James called ‘Quaglino’s’. I moved from there to the Bank Restaurants Group Plc (where I stayed for the rest of my time in England). I worked at the Bank Aldwych and Zander Bar in Westminster and then moved to one of the group’s restaurants in Birmingham. I left England in 2006 and went to Brazil where I opened a restaurant and bar before moving back to Portugal in 2010. Why did you want to become a restaurant manager?
After many years working in all departments - kitchen, bar and front of house – I discovered that is what I liked the most. I enjoy being able to put together my own ideas and flavours to dishes and enjoy the positive feedback from clients. It’s just really rewarding for me and for my team. What atmosphere are you trying to create? We want to give our clients a fine dining experience but in a relaxed atmosphere. We offer Mediterranean and traditional regional food with my own twist and flavours. Just five minutes from Lagos, Gecko Restaurant is unlike any other place in the Western Algarve. We are set in Espiche Golf Clubhouse with amazing views of the golf course and Monchique hills. It’s something that we can’t find anywhere else. What do you like about being a restaurant manager? Food is my passion. Ever since I can remember I have always loved fish and seafood. Being a restaurant manager, I believe, is all the above and customer service. What’s really rewarding about our work is the feedback we get from our
clients, friends and colleagues, specially coming from other chefs. What do you like about working at Espiche? I think the most important thing is the location. Espiche is a unique place with a unique identity – it’s also a sustainable and ecological resort. The team at Espiche is also an important element. Without them none of this is possible. I enjoy the laid back golfer's feeling here. It can be hard to find a connection with every client that comes through the door if you’re in a beach resort or restaurant. In the golf industry I personally feel people are more relaxed. Maybe the golf helps as a therapy....I am not sure!! Can you tell us your top three favourites please. My favourite restaurant (that is not Espiche) is ‘A Tasca’ in Sagres, my favourite beach is Meia Praia and my favourite day out Monchique (Foia) passing through for lunch at the very nice Restaurant ‘Luar da Foia’.
New novel for Algarve resident The novel ‘Two Months in Summer’ by Eleanor Michael, long-time resident of the Algarve and known locally as Elly Clayman, blurs fiction around the historic and political events that prevailed during the summer of 1974 on the paradise island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Now, 40 year later, it is a paradise for international tourists. In addition to its attractions of bygone years it now boasts modern roads and facilities, golf courses shops to appeal to everyone’s taste and luxury hotels and apartments - a perfect holiday destination.
During these two months, the population both Greek and Turkish Cypriots were subjected to a foiled assassination attempts on the President, an Athens-backed military coup and the invasion by mainland Turkish forces who eventually captured, and still retain, the whole of the north of the island.
But between these two periods, the island endured a catastrophic upheaval with tens of thousands of the population becoming displaced refugees in their own country.
Eleanor lived through and was an integral part of these events in her 10 years in Cyprus. The island of Cyprus was the perfect place for many expats who, one time or another, visited Cyprus while living and working for international companies on the oilfields in the Middle East during the 60s and 70s. With its friendly people, delicious food, wine and unlimited alcohol, its sandy beaches and snowy mountains and a cultural history going back thousands of years. It was the perfect paradise for rest and recreation.
This catastrophe started one quiet Monday afternoon in June 1974. An accidental discovery of the headquarters of a terrorist group by Eleanor was the catalyst. The story ‘Two Months in Summer’ opens when Sally, a young English woman, discovers the HQ of the terrorist group, putting her life in danger as the political consequences lead to a military coup. Her husband is unlawfully imprisoned and the President escapes out of the country. The new leader is a known criminal and is hated by the Turkish Cypriot community for having massacred whole villages in the past.
On the pretext of protecting the Turkish Cypriot community, the Turkish government sent a highly equipped invasion force to Cyprus. They rampaged across the north coast of the island displacing tens of thousands of Greek Cypriots living there and thwarting Sally time and again to get to her husband imprisoned in the north, leaving her in a state of fear and panic as she tries to reach him. Eleanor Michael was born during the war years in London to an Austrian mother and a Greek Cypriot father. She was educated and worked in England until 1967 when she moved to Cyprus and subsequently married a Greek Cypriot businessman. After her husband died Eleanor remarried and moved to the Algarve in Portugal where she has now lived for over 30 years. ‘Two Months in Summer’ is listed on Amazon as a Paperback at £7.99 and a Kindle eBook £2.99 on www.amazon.co.uk. To contact Eleanor please email@example.com www.eleanormichael.com Two-Months-in-Summer
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6. What kind of food and drinks will you serve? We will have some savoury hot products in the evening, but our menu will predominantly be coffee and cake. The muffins and scones are homemade and the large cakes are from Sweet Marilyn in Alvor. We will also have lots of cold drinks: Frappés, Milkshakes, iced coffee, iced chocolate, smoothies, and of course, the alcoholic versions of all these. The smoothies with a shot still count as 2.5 of your 5 a day. For the traditionalists we have beer, wine and diet Irn Bru. 7. What will set your cafe apart from the others out there? It's very pretty; the cakes are all artisan; we will attempt any reasonable beverage request and we have a stuffed (or is he?) tiger.
Teresa Lynch was sick of the 9 to 5 so decided to ditch London for life in Lagos. She moved over here with the idea of setting up a coffee shop that brought a little bit of Shoreditch and Hoxton to Lagos. Now she’s running the London Tiger Coffee! Teresa says she takes coffee ‘very seriously’ and also serves a variety of delicious cakes. We caught up with Teresa to find out more. 1. Tell us about yourself please I'm from Paisley in Scotland originally, but have lived over 30 years in London. I'm 59 and just got tired of fighting my way to work every morning. I thought I would put my 'Dough School' training to good use instead.
4. Tell us about the idea behind the cafe I'm a bit of a coffee addict and, like a lot of Londoners I love the specialist coffee shops which are opening around Shoreditch and Hoxton. I wanted to do something in that line in my (semi) retirement. I've also seen the huge queues in Faro airport at the Costa's outlets and thought there might be a market for 'London' coffee. My original idea was to have a coffee cart (like a street food cart) and just sell coffee and the odd biscotti off the back; maybe on the esplanade next to the market stalls.
2. What is your professional background? Although I am a zoologist by training I have spent all my adult life as a data analyst. I have worked with computers since they filled whole rooms, were water cooled and needed plumbers more often than technologists. My last post was in data security with a Soho-based marketing communications company. 3. How did you end up in Lagos and how long have you been here for? My family started coming to the Western Algarve while I was still at high school (40 years ago). We stayed mostly in villas in Burgau and Luz. Sometimes there were hoards of us. We once put together a
football team to challenge locals in a small tournament. We were (deservedly) soundly thrashed. My mother and father loved the Algarve and I never thought of retiring anywhere but here.
However, it was impossible to get approval in either Lagos or Portimão for that. My lawyer and I were just running out of ideas when she saw the ad for the Rua Marreiros shop. 5. What kind of an atmosphere would you like to create? A coffee shop, not a snack bar; Lagos has some great snack bars and I am not setting up in competition with them. We want it to be comfortable and relaxed. We have WiFi, but I don't think we will have the TV on till Portugal are defending the European Cup in 4 years.
8. Please tell us something quirky or funny about yourself. When I was looking for an apartment here in 2012, my sister and I appeared on 'A Place in the Sun'. We looked at places in Burgau, Luz and Lagos. I didn't buy any of them but I got in touch with a couple of agents in Lagos and that's how I got my apartment on the Avenida. I could fill a page with stories of our week's filming; don't get me started on the Russian, clad only in Speedos, who accused us of shooting a porn film in his apartment. Rua Marreiros Netto, 14, Lagos 8600-754 London Tiger Coffee @londontigercafe www.londontigercoffee.com.
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Falafel By Simon Davies • 1 1/2 tbsp flour • 2 tsp salt • 2 tsp cumin • 1 tsp ground coriander • 1/4 tsp black pepper • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper • pinch of ground cardamom • veg oil for frying Directions: Falafel is a tasty, versatile staple in many Middle Eastern and North African countries. As a result recipes vary, in Egypt where it's said to originate they like to use Fava beans, and roll in sesame seeds for a better crunch, whilst in Israel they might use chickpeas, adding lots of fresh herbs like coriander or parsley. The recipe below is good starter Falafel, it works well if catering to a large groups. I serve it alongside Middle Eastern style accompaniments like pita bread, Israeli salad, humous, Tahini sauce and a mint yogurt coleslaw.
1. Pour the dried chickpeas into a large bowl and cover with about 3 inches of cold water. Let them soak overnight, they will double in size. 2.Drain and rinse the chickpeas well, then place them in a food processor, along with the chopped onion, garlic cloves, parsley, flour, salt, cumin, coriander, black pepper, cayenne pepper and cardamom. 3. Pulse all the ingredients until a rough coarse meal forms, as you pulse scrape processor sides periodically pushing the mixture down. Stop when the mix is between the texture of couscous and a paste. You want the mixture to hold together, don't over process, you don't want humous.
Ingredients: • 1 pound of dried chickpeas (do not use canned, it will not work) • 1 onion • 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley • 3-5 garlic cloves (I prefer to roast them first )
with clingfilm and leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours. 5. After 1-2 hrs, fill a frying pan with veg oil to a depth of 1.5 inches, heat the oil slowly over a medium heat. 6. Meanwhile, form the falafel mixture into little balls or small burger shaped patties, about 2 tbsp of mixture per ball. It's best to do this with wet hands to stop the mixture sticking to you. The balls will stick loosely at first, but bind nicely once you fry. 7. Before starting my first batch, I like to test one in the centre of the pan. If the oil is the right temperature, it will take 2-3 minutes per side to brown. If it browns faster than that, the oil is too hot and your falafels will not cook in the middle, so just cool down the oil and try again. 8. Cook them in batches of 5-6 at a time, so as not to overcrowd the pan. 9. Once the falafels are fried, remove with a slotted spoon and leave to drain on a paper towel. (They're best served hot) I hope you enjoy!
4. Once the mixture has reached the desired consistency, place in a bowl and give a quick stir with a fork. Cover the bowl
Mare By Steven Sutton Bar/café/restaurant
of beers and wines. The menu is simple but has something for everyone with portions that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Tucked away through a grand but unimposing set of doors in one of Lagos's most famous buildings, ‘The Mercado Municipal’ was built in 1924 and now the fish market. Mare is a new kind of experience.
You can watch your food being prepared in the kitchen by the chefs which is always a good sign that the food is of good quality. Nothing to hide.
Simon Davies @littlekitchenportugal.com www.littlekitchenportugal.com/
Borsalino Restaurant, Lagos 'Not just great pizzas and pasta - you just never know who you might meet in the Borsalino Restaurant in Lagos. There’s also a great take-away service.
There’s an amazing roof terrace for open air dining and a bar that offers the first time visitors a fantastic view with a definite ‘WOW’ factor.
The staff are eager to please and very attentive, I only hope that this level of attention can be sustained as it gets busier. I found this elevated experience a 9 out of 10 and suggest you try this new eatery before everyone finds out about it and you can't get a table.
This new trendy and forward thinking cafe bar and restaurant has some of the most spectacular views across the Avenida towards the old town and the Marina. With its open top terrace and enclosed areas it has the feel or a New York meets Lisbon with ties to the trendy London South Bank.
Please call to make a reservation: (00351) 932 842 983
The bar is a delicious experience of not too expensive cocktails and a great selection
Mercado Municipal 2nd Floor Avenida dos Descobrimentos, 8600-668 in Lagos.
Please call Borsalino on: 282 417 782
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Recipe: Smoked sardines on toast with parsley salsa For the salsa 2 small red onions 3 lemons Bunch of parsley Good olive oil Method Firstly, descale the sardines. The easiest way is to rub your thumb along the fish and the scales come off easily. When you have completed this, rinse the sardines to remove any final scales and wash your hands to get rid of any remaining scales.
This tasty recipe was submitted by Chris Winstanley, owner of Moveison Outdoor Living Store. I was reading in the newspaper the other day that the Portuguese sardine fleet has been allowed back out to sea as fishing quotas have been changed.
With a sharp knife cut along the bottom of the fish, from head to tail, and remove any guts you find and discard. Then ‘butterfly’ the sardine by gently separating the flesh you have cut, gently pressing down the back of the fish from the head to the tail – this will help to separate the flesh from the bone.
So as we are fast approaching sardine season, I thought it was a good time to share an amazing recipe that will give you awesome smoked sardines like you have never tasted! You can also try it with mackerel, should you wish. It is a bit fiddly but well worth it, as it makes a lovely starter or lunchtime snack. The recipe serves four.
Turn the fish over and gradually detach the head from the fish and pull away, from head to tail, the attached bones. This should remove 95% of the bones. Do not worry, the sardine that is left will look a mess, but this is about flavour! Repeat for each fish. The fiddly bit is now over!
Ingredients 12 good-sized sardines Sea salt Thick-cut caseiro bread Ground black pepper
Sprinkle some good sea salt on a clean, dry chopping board, then give the sardine fillets a quick cure. Place them on top of the salt and sprinkle more salt and also some black pepper on top. You should allow this to cure for about 6-7 minutes.
Whilst the fish is curing, you can make the dressing to go over the fish. Chop the red onions finely and place them in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lemons over the top. Finally, break off the stems of the parsley, but leave about 2-3cm of stem, which you should chop up and put into the bowl. Then rough-chop the leaves and put them into the bowl too. Add the olive oil and mix this great little parsley salsa together. Set aside ready to pour over the smoked sardines. Back to the sardines. Place them in a bowl of water to rinse off the excess salt, but do not leave in too long as you don’t want them absorbing water again; you should notice that the fillets have firmed up. Pat the fillets dry with some kitchen roll. Whilst all this has been going on, you should have your smoker or barbecue set at a temperature of between 95-1150C. Sprinkle your wood chips on the charcoal if you are using a smoker, or place them in the smoker box if you are using a gas or charcoal barbecue. As they start to smoke, lay your sardine fillets on the grill and bring your lid down. The fish will hot-smoke very quickly and should be ready to serve in 5-7 minutes. Thick-cut the bread and toast. When the fish is cooked, place the bread on the plate and the smoked sardines on top, and finally drizzle the fish and bread with your parsley salsa. And there you have it! Sardines – the staple diet of Algarveans – smoked and delicious.
‘Vivino’ By Tomorrow’s sommelier, Miguel Martins Many people may already have heard this word because as the name indicates it is an application for mobile phones on wines.
that a Sommelier should have and we could even question whether anyone who uses this app should be a Sommelier.
I was aware of this app but had never been curious enough to use it. I know that one of the features of this app is to give instructions on the kinds of wines that should be served with certain types of food.
Leaving this aside and returning to Vivino, it’s actually a very good tool! I confess that after much insistence by my clients, I recently started to use it, especially when an update was available that after identifying a wine allows people to find the places where it’s sold. I also realised that this may also be a means for my clients to find my store on line.
There are 10 million people who share this app. Just imagine the potential of the knowledge and information that we get by sharing our wine tastes. It’s free and easy to get. I have been convinced!
This is obviously an advantage ... but the capabilities of this tool don’t end there. The concept is simple. Take a picture of the wine label and from there organise
I dare you to use it and if you are interested in checking my likes and comments on wines you can follow me by searching for Miguel Martins Sommelier.
It’s all well and good when we consider that not everyone has knowledge about wines but when I hear some of my Sommelier colleagues saying that they themselves use it in their day-to-day work, I am completely against it. I think this detracts from the knowledge
a database with all the wines you have tasted; you can classify them, get to know the opinion of other people about the same wine and buy online. And even before the purchase you could have access to all kinds of information about the producer, the caste etc.
Outdoor Sagres Birdwatching Festival 2016
I Spy Algarve: local birds The Algarve is one of Portugal’s most interesting birdwatching regions with more than 300 species calling this sunny spot home. Sagres Birdwatching Festival celebrates this fact but if you don’t want to take a the trip to the west coast, here’s a guide to some of the birds you can spot in the local area. Grab those binoculars!
Foto by: Vanessa Oliveira
Take a trip down to Sagres at the end of the month for the seventh annual Birdwatching Festival, which will see 300 activities take place between September 30th and October 5th. These will include short courses, bird ringing and monitoring, boat trips, stand-up paddleboarding, children's activities and more. This year’s festival celebrates the Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), which was chosen by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) as its Bird of the Year 2016. Just one of the soaring birds to pass by Sagres every year during September and early October, its population has declined in Portugal and Spain by about
30% in the past three decades due to habitat degradation, human disturbance and persecution, currently lying in danger of extinction. Advance booking is advisable as spaces are limited and usually fill up quickly. Register for activities on the event’s website and keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates. Don’t fancy trekking to Sagres? Then to the right of this page you can see some of the birds in our local area! www.birdwatchingsagres.com Bird watching festival of sagres
Water Kings success The competition is a test of endurance, know-how and team work. In total this year 17 teams took part and each was made up of four athletes making the most of the conditions using, SUP (stand up paddle), windsurf, sail and kitesurf. 1st place went to Core kiteboarding team from Lisbon Meia Praia hosted the first Water Kings 12hour competition at the end of July. It’s set to become an annual event in Lagos. It was organised by Guinness Book of Records kite surfer Francisco Lufinha who is Portuguese.
2nd place to local boys Lagos Kings including Martinho Fortunato, Simao Villas Boas, Sebastian Wolff and Miguel Martinho 3rd place went to Team DMC with one member also from Lagos, Oleksandr Olefirenko.
Sardinian Warbler One of the region’s most common species, the warbler appears in a wide variety of habitats year-round, from the coastal wetlands to the inland cork oak forests. Griffon Vulture Found in the Monchique mountains, the griffon vulture is relatively common in the region in the autumn during migration. Flamingo A common species in the Algarve wetlands, such as the Salgados lagoon. A year-round resident although more abundant in winter. Azure-Winged Magpie A fairly common bird in the Algarve which is present in nearly all types of habitats. It is particularly abundant in coastal pine forests. Kentish Plover A fairly common, yearround shorebird. It nests on salt flats and sand dunes. Large numbers can usually be seen at the Alvor estuary. Spoonbill Most abundant in winter, the best places to spot them are the Salgados lagoon and Alvor estuary. With thanks to Algarve Tourism Bureau.
Gardening Mad about chillies By Jeanette Fahlbusch
It was a couple of years ago in September, on my birthday, that my love affair with chillies began. My husband had treated me to a wonderful lunch in Odeceixe. Sitting outside the restaurant, watching our fish being grilled, I noticed this huge ´piri piri´ chilli plant outside the restaurant entrance. It measured a good 1.5 metres high and was covered in masses of shiny red chillies. A gardener was just tending to it, so I went over and told him that I had never seen such a fantastic specimen. He smiled proudly and carried on, lovingly snipping bits off here and there. Later, my husband happened to mention to the waiter that it was my birthday lunch. Within minutes, the gardener appeared at our table and, with a smiling “parabéns!” handed me a bag containing 5 large chilli cuttings, nestling in moist compost, and giving me strict advice how to plant them. The main photo shows the plants a year later. To me, chillies are simply amazing – they are not only highly interesting ornamental plants which come in all colours, shapes and sizes – they are of course a fantastic spice. The origin of chillies has been traced to Mexico, where they were cultivated from about 3500 BC. Thanks to Christopher Columbus they spread, but it was the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama in 1498, who brought the chilli to Portugal. “But what have chillies ever done for us?” Apart from being a visually stunning, they are a must in any kitchen and have fantastic
health benefits. Containing 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges; they are powerful antioxidants; reduce cholesterol; detoxify our gastrointestinal systems; contain cancer preventing lycopene; are antibiotic and help in relieving arthritic pains – to mention a few. People can be addicted to chilli because they stimulate the brain to excrete endorphins and give a sense of pleasure when ingested! Grow your own! There are more than 400 different varieties of chillies, ranging from the world's hottest chilli “Carolina Reaper”, to the gentle bell pepper. Trying to get any apart from the ubiquitous green and red in supermarkets, or the “piri piri” in the farmers' markets – impossible! Growing your own is not only fun, but you will discover a whole new world of flavours. Most chilli plants, whatever their size, can easily be grown in pots, and provided they get full sun, regular watering (let them dry out a little in between) a regular feed of potassium or diluted tomato feed, your chillies should thrive. So which to chose? Cherry Bomb – little red mini “bombs” indeed! Heavy crop, great flavour and great for stuffing (try herbed goats cheese); Trinity Habanero, starts lime green to bright red, producing masses of interestingly shaped delicious fruit which are perfect for lifting sauces; Bishop's Crown, unique shape, bright red, sweet subdued flavour. One plant will produce between 3-4 kg of chillies during the season! Serve those little 'mitres' roasted and stuffed with
feta, garlic and basil - fabulous! Aji Orange is a brilliant deep orange chilli, long and pendulous. Make your own hot sauce, mixing it with lime, lemon, pineapple or mango; Peruvian Purple, a striking 70 cm plant with purple/green leaves, lilac/purple flowers, deep purple chillies, turning red as they mature; Padrón: my all time favourite, first encountered in San Sebastian: divine fat little mild chillies fried in olive oil until slightly charred, sprinkled lightly with crunchy sea salt. The plant provides a perpetual crop in the summer, provided you keep picking; Lombardo - a 'Padrón' type but long and thin and so mild it can be sliced into salads. It's high in Vitamin C and delicious pickled, serve with seafood and fried chouriço. And do melt some 80% cocoa chocolate on to a baking tray, sprinkle with sea salt and finely chopped red chilli, cool, break into bite sizes - heaven! Companion planting But if chillies are not “your thing” for eating, they are a gardener's delight! In flower (ranging from white to cream to lilac/purple) from early June, in our Algarvian climate they will produce their ornamental fruits from about August right into November. Consider companion planting – imagine Peruvian Purple next to the dazzling orange of a Crocosmia, against a backdrop of flame orange Miscanthus purpurascens. Or Aji Orange with exotic and pungent purple Thai Basil (Ocimum basilicum) and late flowering deep orange Oriental Lilium maculatum? Cherry Bomb chilli looks fabulous grown amongst deep red Rhubarb Chard – the list is endless. Western Algarve/Lagos Branch of the Mediterranean Garden Association: firstname.lastname@example.org Algarve Chilli supplies: www.algarvespice.com Our regular gardening correspondent, Clive Goodacre, is currently away. Thanks very much therefore for the September contribution by our guest gardening contributor, Jeanette Fahlbusch. Peruvian Purple
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