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8 RAJOY WARNS SCOTLAND
The Very Best for 2014 2013 didn´t promise to be a particularly interesting year, but looking back it seems as though it may have been far more important than we suspected. On Lanzarote, and elsewhere in Spain, it was marked by record tourist numbers. However, it also seems clear that the money is increasingly spent with the big tour operators, and the “trickle down” benefits for local businesses remain slow to show themselves. Competition is fierce for the money that does come in, and a disappointing aspect of local politics has been the tendency to nobble the competition rather than innovate. Lanzarote, and the rest of the Canaries, remain slow to realize that tourism models have changed utterly, and protectionist policies are likely to hinder the islands as a destination in the long run. We´ve also seen that planning remains a serious problem. The “build now, get planning permission later” attitude that has prevailed in Spain for years is a can of worms that has now been knocked over, with all sorts of slimy results. There is, however, some cause for optimism. Privately, many politicians admit that things will have to change soon, and you don´t have to go
far to find bright, hard-working people on Lanzarote who represent the future of the island. In contrast to the year that has just gone by, 2014 is a fascinating prospect. There´ll be EU elections that may change the entire climate in Europe, tourism promises to remain strong and the showdown between the tourist sector and oil interests will only become more heated as drilling begins off our coasts. There´ll also be a World Cup, of course. As a football fan I seem to measure my life in World Cups, and Brazil promises to be an amazing prospect. It doesn’t seem like three and a half years since I queued to be photographed in Arrecife with an official replica of the 12 inch-high, solid gold trophy that Spain brought back from South Africa, but I can´t wait to get my hands on it again. However, the best new is that I, like many of you, will be waking up to another year on a beautiful, sun-kissed island that never fails to offer fascination and joy. All of us at the Gazette would like to wish our clients, our colleagues and, most of all, our readers a prosperous, rewarding New Year.
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10 A GUIDING LIGHT Victims of an atrocity over 30 years ago finally receive a fitting monument.
13 GATE 2 BOARDING FOR SPACE Zero gravity flights are planned from the Canaries. Mind your luggage!
15 NEW YEAR We look back at the year 2013 and forward to 2014.
20 SPANISH “DOWNTON ABBEY” A lavish romance heralds a new era for Spanish TV.
24 STANDING UP TO CANCER We speak to Jane Mitchell of the PerpetuArte charity.
26 THE SPIRIT OF MANRIQUE We interview The César Manrique Foundation’s spokesman.
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Electricity price fury The Spanish Government has called the decision by Spanish power companies to raise power bills by almost 11 per cent in the New Year as “unacceptable.” Industry Minister Jose Manuel Soria has pledged to investigate whether there has been “manipulation” in the process by which the new price rises have been decided.
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Property tax cuts Residents in five Lanzarote municipalities could see their property taxes cut in 2014. Tias, Yaiza, Arrecife, Tinajo and Haria have received permission from the Spanish government to re-adjust property tax rates in the coming year. Tias Ayuntamiento has announced that, in certain cases, this could mean a fall of up to 25 per cent in IBI (property tax) valuations. The change depends on when the municipalities last carried out valuations of property. If this took place from 2004-2005, it is deemed that there will be no “substantial differences” in valuations. This applies to Teguise and San Bartolomé. However, other municipalities were valued between 2006 and 2008, at the height of the bubble in property prices. This will allow Ayuntamientos to revise property tax levels. Yaiza´s last valuation took place in 1998, also allowing the council to revise due taxes.
Tahiche road “illegal” The new main road between Tahiche and Arrecife has been declared illegal by the Spanish Supreme Court after an appeal from the Canarian High Court. The court cited the fact that insufficient attention had been paid to the opinions of local residents and that obligatory environmental studies had not been carried out before the construction of the road. This latest development in the “build now. make it legal later” attitude to planning may mean that Lanzarote tax payers will ultimately have to foot the bill for heavy fines. However, the Cabildo´s Councillor for Public Works, José Antonio Gutiérrez, seemed unworried by the sentence. “It won´t have any practical effects,” he declared in a
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radio interview. Tearing up the road would be “impossible” and “difficult to understand”, added Sr. Gutierrez, who also pointed out that various hotels that have been declared illegal remain standing.
Tias Mayor Francisco Hernández visited the beaches and took the opportunity to remind the Spanish Coastal Department that he had already requested the chance to replenish sand on Puerto Del Carmen’s beaches from the dunes at Famara. Sand is blown to the southern beaches naturally from the north, and ocean currents and tidal action often replaces lost sand, but both processes take many years. December’s storms also caused problems at the island´s port, preventing various cruise ships and cargo vessels from docking. The Fuerteventura ferry service was suspended and a Belgian plane decided to land at Fuerteventura instead of Arrecife. Local schools were also closed due to the storms.
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Willkommen! Lanzarote will see a welcome boost to the German tourist market as Air Berlin has confirmed that it will be increasing its flights to the island by nearly 20 per cent in 2014. New flights will depart from Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Leipzig in Germany, and Zúrich in Switzerland. A new route with Munich will also be launched. The news follows the launch of six new routes by the German airline Sunexpress Deutschland, hugely increasing Lanzarote´s connections with Europe´s most populated country and a traditionally important market for Lanzarote tourism.
The Cabildo has removed 4.4 tonnes of an invasive cactus species from areas in the north of the island. The cactus Cylindropuntia prolífera is not native to Lanzarote, but has become endemic in the protected area of Tenegüime, between
Caught blue handed Police called to investigate a burglary at a butcher in San Bartolomé were surprised to find a thief hiding in the refrigerator. A suspected burglary was reported at 2 am, but the police arrived not expecting to find anyone in the store. However, a shivering suspect was discovered when agents searched the fridge. The suspect was removed from the fridge and almost certainly given a good grilling by the officers.
New earth tremor in oil zone A 2.7 degree earth tremor was registered in the offshore zone where Spanish and Moroccan oil companies intend to drill for oil off Canarian shores. The tremor follows earlier quakes in the zone in June, and will only increase fears that drilling in the area could have drastic effects on the environment of the islands.
Pirate caught A Chinese man was imprisoned for six months and fined €140,000 for selling pirated brands from a shop in Costa Teguise. The man was arrested in February 2013, after being discovered with significant amounts of fake bags, watches, sunglasses and other merchandise. He will have to compensate Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Playboy and Christian Dior with thousands of Euros.
Sand storm Puerto Del Carmen´s beaches lost a lot of their sand during the storm that hit the island in early December. The worst-affected beach was tiny Playa Chica, which was largely stripped of sand, revealing the dark volcanic rocks beneath.
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Yáll can now enjoy the best American style diner on the island as The Big Easy has opened its doors at CC Arena Dorada in Puerto Del Carmen. With a restaurant offering dozens of tempting southern-style meals and live music from the legendary Lanzarote rock group Question, The Big Easy is a slice of New Orleans on Lanzarote.
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Sara on the catwalk Melanie and Daryl of the newly-opened Tookey´s Bar in the CC Guanapay, Puerto Del Carmen (on Cardiac Hill) would just like to say a huge “Thank you” to all the companies, friends and family members who were involved in setting up their new business venture. Naturally Floors, Soecan (BT), Alex Control, Wicked Woods, Alley Shop, C&K Haulage, Geppetto, Hostelmec, RS Electrical, and a very big thanks to Peadar Brennan at Zips and Hems. See you there!
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Sara on the cat walk The Sara Fashion show proved to be a great success, and was enjoyed by everyone. Special thanks to all who supported the evening, enabling volunteers to raise €2, 285 for a very worthy cause.
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Muebles San Simón in San Bartolomé would like to wish all Gazette readers a happy and prosperous New Year and remind them that their January sale will feature huge discounts of between 20 and 50 %. Muebles San Simon speak English, offer free delivery and have a wide range of furniture, appliances, hotel equipment, decorating supplies and mattresses. Telephone 928 520 405, visit www.mueblessansimon.com or simply pop up to C/San Simón and take a look round.
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NEWS Mariano Rajoy and David Cameron are both facing up to independence campaigns from Catalonia and Scotland.
Rajoy warns Scotland The Spanish President warned Scotland that Spain may veto Scottish membership of the EU after a “ Yes” vote to independence. he Spanish President was speaking at a press conference in late November when he said “It seems to me that, if a region chooses to become independent from an EU member state, then that region is not automatically an EU member. It’s good that people in Scotland should know this.” However, Rajoy´s use of the word “region” may have given away the real target of his message, which has been interpreted as a warning to Catalonia – the Spanish region which is also demanding to vote on independence from Spain. Scotland is, of course, classed as a nation within the United Kingdom, but had Mr Rajoy used that word he would have left himself open to questions as to why his party does not recognize Catalonia as a nation. The difference between the two cases is that Spain´s constitution states that all of Spain must vote on whether Catalonia should be allowed to leave, whereas in the UK (which has no written constitution), Scotland´s right to vote on its own future is not a controversial issue, and is similar to the agreement by
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which Northern Ireland will remain within the United Kingdom as long as a majority of its voters elect to stay within the union. During his speech, Rajoy claimed that new EU members would have to seek membership, and that membership must be approved unanimously by all member states. While the veiled threat was made in reference to Scotland, few in Spain are in doubt as to who is really being threatened with a veto. Meanwhile, tensions in Gibraltar popped up again in November when a Gibraltar newspaper accused Spanish Guardia Civil officers of opening a diplomatic bag at the border. The Brtish Foreign Office made a formal complaint, to which the Spanish Foreign minister responded that the bag was “not a diplomatic bag under the Vienna Convention.” The incident caused plenty of controversy online, with some hotheads talking of an “act of war”, but both Spain and the UK now appear to have drawn a line under the affair. Gibraltar has also voted overwhelmingly to remain British in the face of Spanish claims to the territory. However, unlike Scotland or Northern Ireland, Gibraltar is classed as a British Overseas Territory and has no control over its national status or foreign relations, which are entirely decided by the British Government.
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to publicise their cause. As a result, Canarian fishing boats were fired at from the shore, and a number of Canarian fishermen were taken hostage for short periods. However, the worst event took place on the evening of November 28th 1978, as the Lanzarote-based fishing boat. Cruz Del Mar, was netting off the Saharan coast. An inflatable boat approached the fishermen, and a number of uniformed soldiers boarded the fishing boat. The fishermen greeted them and offered them coffee, but after a brief conversation, the soldiers forced the ten fishermen to kneel at gunpoint. Shortly afterwards, the soldiers opened fire with their machine guns. Seven of the ten fishermen, including a 14year old boy, were killed and three managed to escape from the boat, clinging to a raft and swimming away as they watched their boat being dynamited. The survivors managed to remain afloat until another boat picked them up. The authors of the massacre have never been identified. While Polisario admitted other attacks, it has always denied responsibility for the Cruz De Mar murders, blaming the incident on Moroccan secret services. For 35 years, the seven fishermen have been remembered by a simple cross overlooking the bay of Arrecife, but a long campaign has now resulted in the
Local officials and victims’ families attend the opening ceremony
LIGHT to remember
A monument to the seven Lanzarote fishermen who were murdered off the Saharan coast 35 years ago has been unveiled at Arrecife´ s Puerto Naos, finally giving the victims’ families a memorial
that will ensure they are not forgotten.
he horrific events behind the monument took place 35 years ago in 1978, at a time of high tension and occasional conflict between Spain, Morocco and the Western Sahara. In 1975, Spain withdrew from its former colonial territory in Spanish Western Sahara, leaving the territory with an
uncertain future. Morocco and Mauretania both claimed the land, but the Polisario Front was also ready to fight for the independence of their country. The result was the Western Sahara War, which would last for 16 years. Polisario felt betrayed by lack of Spanish support and undertook a campaign intended
current monument, which stands by the historical fishing harbour to which the fishermen would have returned. Designed by the folklorist Juan Brito, it takes the form of a 7-metre lighthouse, and is titled “The Light That Guides Us.” Inside the lighthouse is an image of the Virgin of Carmen and space for floral offerings. The monument finally provides a fitting memorial for seven innocent islanders, but their families are still campaigning for those responsible to be held to account. They accuse the Spanish government of failing to investigate the crime, which is officially recorded as a “work-related accident”.
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The Canaries may add an exciting new budget air destination to add to East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick and Hanover, as a Swiss company announces plans to operate space voyages from Gran Canaria.
wiss Space Systems (S3) has teamed up with other European companies with the aim of establishing a space centre near the tourist hotspot of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria. The centre will be the base of operations for various satellite launches, but is also planned to be the first European centre to offer “zero gravity” flights. The companies hope to be offering “space tourism” by 2020, and the technology used means that the experience of space travel will be relatively cheap compared to other projects. Last year it was announced that Bob Geldof would be “the first Irishman in space” after the rock star booked a €100,000 seat on a commercial space flight operating from the Caribbean. However, the Canarian operation promises to be far cheaper, meaning that the dream of space travel may be available to more than just astronauts and millionaires. Gregoire Loretan of Swiss Space Systems said that “The aim is to democratize access to space.”
A computer generated image of the Airbus carrying a space shuttle that S3 plan to launch from Gran Canaria.
The Canarian space flights will see an Airbus 300 aircraft carrying a space shuttle six miles above the earth´s surface. The shuttle will then detach, taking six passengers up to 60 kilometres away from Earth. The Canary Islands are the perfect destination for such an operation, according to the project leaders, given their distance from major centres of population and the climatic conditions in the area. The fact that Gran Canaria is already a premier tourist destination with air connections on three continents is also a strong factor. S3’s Spanish director Augusto Caramagno
said that Gran Canaria had been chosen due to “the maturity and quality of the Spanish aerospatial systems that have been developed.” However, there is still a long way to go before Flight S3 for space takes off. “It all depends on certification and many other factors that are currently beyond ourt control,” said Loretan. The “Spaceport” at Maspalomas will create 80 jobs by 2017, although earlier stages of the company´s operations will be focused more on satellite launches and other aspects of inner space technology. Space tourism will be a later phase in the project.
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STANDING ON THE THRESHOLD The New Year offers us the opportunity to look back at the twelve months that have departed; to anticipate the year to come and maybe to make a few changes in our own lives that will ensure a more enjoyable future.
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2013 was a year when tourists continued to pour into hotels and apartments, but Spain´ s rulers also had big plans for the island´ s economy. We look back over the main events of an eventful year for Lanzarote.
Environment Tourism Tourists flocked to Lanzarote over the Easter holidays, as the rest of Europe suffered from freezing weather and “White Easters.” The Canaries were the only part of Europe to enjoy perfect weather over the Easter break, and the crowds would continue to come throughout the summer However, in April, Puerto Del Carmen residents awoke to see a sight that had not been seen for decades –beaches without sun loungers or parasols. The company that operated the sun bed hire had been asked to pay a debt to the local council and, instead, decided to take their ball home. The sun bed saga would not be resolved for months, and later contractual problems threatened to see sun beds disappear from beaches in Playa Blanca In May the Jet2com Party Plane touched down on Lanzarote, officially opening a new route from Blackpool. Lanzarote´s Music Hall Tavern has filled a plane with friends and there was plenty of fun and glamour up in the clouds before the touchdown. Summer turned out to be one of Lanzarote´s biggest ever years for tourism, matching a record-breaking year in Spain as a whole. In October we visited the new Casa Museo de César Manrique in Haria, a brand new tourist attraction that shows the intimate daily lifeand creative process of the “Father of Lanzarote” for the first time. It´s a new cultural experience on Lanzarote and is definitely worth a visit.
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In January environmentalists celebrated as a plan to put sunloungers on Papagayo beach was abandoned by Yaiza Ayuntamiento. Yaiza had even claimed that the plan would have been approved by César Manrique until a local campaigner unearthed an interview in which Manrique expressed horror at the prospect of sunbeds on the famous beaches. The oil controversy continued as the Spanish Constitutional Court overturned appeals against Repsol´s plans to drill for oil off Canarian shores. In June, three earthquakes were registered in the area where oil drilling is scheduled to take place off Lanzarote´s coasts. The earth tremors were small, but similar tremors later caused the evacuation of a rig just off the coast of mainland Spain, One of the main opponents of the drilling, Fuerteventura President Mario Cabrera, declared poetically that “The sea bed has spoken, and the sea bed has said “No.” August brought shocking news as the Spanish government announced plans to monitor and charge those using solar and wind energy, a policy blatantly aimed at propping up the large power companies, and which has shocked environmentalists throughout the world. Renewable power is widely used by the island´s bodegas, and this year saw a bumper grape harvest, with early indications suggesting that this year´s vintage will be one of the finest ever.
Politics In March the popular seafront flea market at Playa Honda was closed by local officials as it was revealed that the sellers who made a few Euros selling old books and bric-a-brac were not fully tax registered. As a result, the tax office gained nothing and residents, tourists and bar owners along the Playa Honda seafront all lost out. Lanzarote´s politicians celebrated in springtime as they found a private buyer for the island´s water utility, Inalsa. However, the sale was criticized elsewhere, with supply of the island´s most precious commodity falling out of Lanzarote´s control for the first time since the desalination plant was acquired in the 1960s. Appallingly inept mismanagement by Lanzarote´s water consortium was blamed for the massive debts that prompted Inalsa´s sale. June saw more paperwork came into effect as every house sale and long-term rental in Spain needed to be backed up by an Energy Performance Certificate, as has been normal in the rest of Europe for years. In September there was anger as the Canarian Government allocated a mere 2.2 per cent of annual budget funds to Lanzarote. Less populated islands such as La Palma and Fuerteventura did better than Lanzarote in a budget that will
Maverick councillor Mónica Alverez surely weaken support for the ruling Coalicion Canaria party on the island. Two Cabildo councilors caused a ruckus in November as they went maverick, failing to guarantee a majority for the ruling group. The situation is still being sorted out, but while it exists there wuill remain instability and stagnation in local government.
Sport Rain and wind made this year´s Ironman race one of toughest ever, but it ended up with a German doppel-victory as Faris Al-Sultan and Kirsten Möller took the men’s and women’s titles respectively. However, one of the most special contestants was a 63-year-old American runner called Gordon Haller- the first ever Ironman in the legendary race that took place on Hawaii in 1978. Kirsten Möller
Other News Lanzarote had an eventful year elsewhere, as the fossil remains of ancient megalodon sharks and prehistoric emus were discovered on and around the island, and an escaped chimp caused a panic in the autumn. Concerns about water safety were raised after two drownings at Famara and a steady trickle of water-related deaths elsewhere aound the island, but better news could be found on the island´s roads, as traffic deaths once again remained low .
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The year ahead promises to be an eventful one, at a local level as well as globally, and
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Lanzarote tourism has reflected the recordbreaking year in Spain, and while Middle Eastern destinations such as Egypt and Turkey remain unstable, there’s little reason to be pessimistic for the year to come. Spain, of course, remains in dire economic straits, with promises of recovery by the government not being reflected in the daily lives of most people. However, the good news for Lanzarote comes from Germany and the UK, where things do appear to be perking up. As a result, more will be seeking a holiday in the sun, and that is something that no crisis in the world will take away from Lanzarote.
2014 will get underway with a bang, or at least thousands of drumbeats as the island celebrates an early carnival season, allowing islanders to hit the streets for a solid month of parades and partying. The first parades will take place in late February, and will stretch well into March. And if dancing and staying out late aren’t your thing, then you can always stay in and enjoy the Winter Olympics from Russia.
Lanzarote still faces problems – its institutions are too hidebound and local business interests are too fearful of competition to really allow the island’s entrepreneurs and small businesses to take flight, but with every passing month it seems more and more evident that the island’s outdated business model needs to be updated before it is left behind.
Spring will see European elections that may well change the face of a continent, as electorates throughout Europe may seize the opportunity to protest against the vice-like austerity policies that Brussels has imposed on member nations such as Greece, Portugal and Spain. EU grandees claim that the medicine is finally working, but with millions of young Europeans out of work and recovery slow or non-existent in many areas, whether enough people will believe that by the time May comes is highly debatable.
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In late May Lanzarote will host an event that is, without doubt, a glowing advertisement for international harmony. The Ironman competition, invented by Americans, promoted here by a Dane and featuring many hundreds of competitors from all over the world, remains one of the most important events of the year.
Summer will be enlivened by a World Cup competition in which England are the only British team competing. They’ll be lucky to qualify from a tough group containing Uruguay,
not only affect the future of the United Kingdom, but will also be watched very carefully in Spain, as Scottish voters go to the polls in September to decide whether they wish to remain British or to go it alone as an independent nation. In Spain, where the wealthy region of Catalonia is even keener on independence than Scotland, but has so far been denied the right to vote on its future, the result will be hugely significant for both one-nation Spaniards and Catalonian nationalists.
Costa Rica and Italy, although the azurri are no strangers to early exits recently either. Spain will do their best to defend their world title, but their worldbeating tiki-taka style seems to have lost some of its lustre recently, and the champions will also have to come up with an in-form striker. All eyes, of course, will be on hosts Brazil, whose pride as the greatest footballing nation in history will be at stake as never before.
The end of the year is also likely to see some political upsets in the Canaries, as those in power look towards the local elections that are scheduled for May 2015. These events often see the break-up of pacts as minority parties seek to distance themselves from ex-allies and present a purer, uncompromised message as they go into the final straight.
Whatever time of Centenaries come and go, but August will mark the hundredth anniversary of an event that is seared on the conscience of Britain. That’s because the 5th August 1914 was the date when Britain entered a war that would see the flower of its youth crushed in the mud of France. Remembrance of this cataclysmic war is likely to become a regular part of our lives over the next four years.
year it is, you’re sure to find something going on here on Lanzarote. 2014 is a year which will see a plethora of exciting events, the arrival of millions of returning guests and complete newcomers, and there is sure to be plenty of news, announcements and opportunities. And here at the Gazette, we’ll be there to cover it for you.
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also take place in Yaiza. He says “I´ve received positive responses from local politicians, and communication continues to take place.” The Modernisation and Dynamisation Plans are all about bringing Lanzarote´s resorts into the 21st century, and should reflect the radical changes that have taken place in tourist accommodation over recent years. It´s still a long way from the liberalization that many would have hoped for, but Kevin says “the wall will have to come
passed in May,” says Kevin, “So at least things are clear now. If you don´t have a tourist licence, you´ll be renting illegally.” Previously, the situation left owners in a grey area, but now “laws exist, and you will have to abide by them.” Kevin has campaigned to include key areas, such as Los Mojones and Risco Prieto in Puerto Del Carmen in the Plan for Modernisation and Dynamisation for Puerto Del Carmen, and is confidently awaiting a positive outcome of
“I am confident that we will get the answer we have been waiting for.”
Rentals Outlook As a New Year begins with hugely promising potential for tourism on Lanzarote and the Canaries, we spoke to Kevin Roper about the situation for those who wish to rent their Properties legally on the island. Based in Puerto Del Carmen, Kevin´s principal priorities have been in Tias, and while the situation for rental owners is still not ideal, he feels that he has achieved concrete results by working with local politicians and professionals. “The law governing rentals was
evin will be familiar to many who have been following the rentals saga as the initiator of the Lanzarote Property Owners project. Since then he has continued to fight for the rights of his clients to rent their properties.
down eventually.” “I was 100 per cent sure that I could achieve licencing laws for the owners of the properties I was representing when I took this project on,” says Kevin. “If something is just and fair, then I believe we´ll come through with a positive result.” “We can be proud of our efforts and I am confident that, in January, the Canarian Government will give us the answer we have been waiting for.”
this application in January. “If this goes through, it will allow owners to convert the classification of villas from residential to touristic, as long they fulfil the requirements for a licence.” Kevin believes that similar provisions could occur in Teguise, which also has a Modernisation and Dynamisation Plan that has already achieved legal status for property rentals on La Graciosa; and says a similar project may
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Spain will be glued to its TV sets in the New Year as one of the country´ s most ambitious, expensive TV productions of recent times comes to a grand finale. It seems only a matter of time before an English subtitled version or even an American remake are on the cards. arian Dueñas’ novel El Tiempo Entre Costuras came out in 2009 and immediately became a word-of-mouth best seller. To date it has sold more than two million copies, and became a New York Times bestseller when translated into English as The Time In Between. A British edition, titled The Seamstress, came out in 2012 and was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. A sweeping tale of romance and espionage spanning two continents, It was only a matter of time before the novel was adapted, but in cash-strapped Spain few expected the production that arrived on their screens last October. Boomerang TV, backed by the Antena 3 channel, spent an average of half a million Euros on each of the
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The guiding star that César Manrique left on Lanzarote is indelible. For the Foundation it is beyond doubt that the thought and the work that César Manrique brought to the island has marked the future of Lanzarote from the second half of the 1960s onwards. This is not an opinion – it’s a fact. Defending this legacy involves a commitment to culture in its most original form – the urge to think freely and openly, questioning and proposing solutions that are well argued and supported – and this has always been present in the projects we have undertaken. We have also shown commitment to the physical environment, the landscapes and the territory of Lanzarote. In this way we keep the the spirit of César Manrique alive – his light is and always will be our guide. Practically, this means that our fundamental aims are to preserve Manrique’s legacy, as well as the nature he loved, and as a result, to support sustainable development and well-ordered planning.
Whenever anyone proposes a change on Lanzarote, there’s always someone who says “What would César have thought?” Is it the role of the FCM to answer this question? If so. How can it be done? César Manrique always held a commitment to Lanzarote that was more than aesthetic – it was ethical, too. If you’ll forgive me the expression; Manrique not only dreamt of Utopia, but also made it real, bringing together conservation and development, tradition and modernity, art and nature. It’s undoubtedly true that Manrique, and the firm decisions made by the island’s authorities in those days,
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contributed decisively to the change in the island’s economic model and to the incipient development of the island’s tourist appeal. Today, with the perspective granted by hindsight, we can affirm that this was a touristic model based on sustainability, on the regulation of the land and on controlled growth, as opposed to alternatives that would have would have brought a touristic model that had little to do with the unique landscape, environment and culture of Lanzarote. Who, today, could doubt that this well-managed progress was fortunate for the island? Perhaps we should be asking what reasons exist for abandoning it.
I hope you’ll allow me to focus on a project that, as you know, has just been born and is still in a process of implantation. The Casa Museo de César Manrique in Haria is an asset of the highest order; a rich, wide-ranging legacy that, fortunately, has not been dispersed after 20 years. Its value, of course, exceeds its material nature. Aside from the exhibits within, the building itself is a heritage item to cherish. For the conversion of this museum, it has been necessary to undertake a series of works that have allowed the building to open as a tourist attraction without altering the building or having a visual impact. The natural state of the home and its decor has been maintained, allowing visitors to experience a direct, emotional response, brought to life by seeing and experiencing the objects and items that belonged to the private, intimate daily life and creative work of César Manrique. Right now this remains our main project.
We spoke to Alfredo Diaz, spokesman for the FCM (César Manrique Foundation) recently about the issues and challenges facing the defenders of Lanzarote’s founding father. What is the position of the Foundation on the planned oil drilling? Does the fact that Morocco is also drilling mean that the battle is lost? Ever since Repsol announced its intentions to extract oil from waters of the costs of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura over ten years ago, the FCM has roundly rejected the idea. A rejection that is based, among other reasons, on an unarguable fact: that the drilling which Repsol proposes is incompatible with, and puts at risk, the tourist economy which Lanzarote and Fuerteventura have chosen. Add to this the danger that an oil spill would mean for our valuable marine and coastal ecosystems, our desalination plants and our fishing industry, then our worries must be accompanied by a rotund rejection of this danger on behalf of those of us who support LIFE in this privileged part of the planet. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura’s “sun and sand” tourism brings four million visitors every year, which accounts for 75% of the gross domestic product
of the islands and 30,000 jobs – as many as Repsol provides in the whole world. In reference to Morocco’s decision; Spain should not double the existing risk, but instead should be directing resources to prevent the disasters that this activity could eventually bring to our islands. If the house next door is on fire, we try and stop the blaze spreading and affecting our property. As a simple principle of caution, the Canaries should be opposing the oil industry and supporting selfsufficiency in energy, based on renewable sources.
Do you think the island’s institutions have shown enough commitment to renewable energy in recent years? Obviously, more could have been done. Canarian institutions have, on many occasions, shown far less commitment than private companies and individuals when it comes to self-sufficiency in energy and cutting down contamination. There have been too many bureaucratic barriers to solar energy installations, for example, and the protection of the
landscape has been an argument used to put a brake on the development of clean energy sources. Sadly, current indications seem to show that the islands will continue their inertia and carry on relying on fossil fuels. Obviously, this is not the correct path we should be taking.
What would Manrique say if he could see Lanzarote today? In truth, I can’t say, but bearing in mind how much he loved the island, he would have been angered by the dangerous path that Lanzarote has taken in the last two decades. It’s important to remember that César Manrique, as a contemporary artist, transformed Lanzarote into an island where respect for and defence of the environment became. He recognised that tourism could bring the island out of its poverty and its backwardness: however, he made it clear that this did not come at any price. Manrique believed that Lanzarote must never lose its uniqueness, and so it was crucial to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. Progress and modernity, yes; uniformity, over-development and loss of identity, no.
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Winter breaks in Europe can’t be beaten. They combine culture and atmosphere with taste and a break from the norm, and there are many benefits to be had from the fact that it is considered ‘low season’. Take inspiration and plan yours now to give yourself something to look forward to.
f you only have a small budget but like the idea of taking a little break in the first few months of the year then Europe is for you. With a wealth of different countries all offering a wide range of accommodation, it is super easy to find somewhere that will be just right for you. Depending on how much cold weather you can take, you would do well to head east, as countries such as Poland provide the idea combination of cultural distraction with a little luxury and Polish tradition when you need it. This time of year there will be very little in the way of queues or mass tourism, prices will be lower and you will feel like you have the city to explore rather than feeling like a tourist. What’s more, the delicious cuisine of Poland simply must be enjoyed in the winter when the warming stews and soups take the edge off the cold. If you are a real culture vulture, you might want to first check out the schedule for all the concerts and exhibitions that will be taking place over the next few months. If it is opera that you love, then consider Italy, and tie your stay in with a visit to the opera. Museums and galleries will be empty, some even cheaper, and you will find that the guides have longer to spend showing your around places of interest. Of course if your idea of the perfect city break is strolling though parks and eating in street cafes, this kind of holiday might not appeal, but the difference between visiting many European cities in the Summer and Winter is huge. Cities that are inundated with visitors during the summer time, such as Paris, Rome and Amsterdam will be particularly quiet, and if you are happy to wrap up warm and retire to your hotel room where you will no doubt have a warming log fire and a glass of mulled wine waiting for you, you t fares wont be disappointed. our grea However if you do enjoy the café culture, there is much to be said for Amsterdam, even in the winter. There are so many little shops and cafes to be explored and the Dutch are so welcoming and friendly that it wont matter that it is cold outside. But if you want to see who does winter really very well then Stockholm is the city for you. Everything from the décor to the food to the wintry atmosphere and the way they deal with nightfall at 3pm in the afternoon makes it a very special place to be, Contact: Rick Ivanov especially if you are living in a hot country. Of course Phone: 928 516 930 other countries in Scandinavia will offer you a similar email: email@example.com experience, so it is worth checking out the deals that Facebook: Thomson Airways Lanzarote & Fuerteventura are around for Norway, Denmark, and Finland too.
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Jane Mitchell is the co-ordinator of the monthly cancer support group set up by Lanzarote charity Perpetuarte.
How did you get involved in PerpetuArte, Jane? I attended the first PerpetuArte fundraising lunch two years ago where I met founder Mercedes Crespo as well as other people at the event who had had cancer and treatment on the island. As a result, I offered to set up a support group along similar lines to the one I had attended in the UK.
In September 2010 I was diagnosed with breast cancer whilst living in the UK. I underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy and I really struggled for a year - not only with the treatment, which in itself is brutal - but also with the effect the diagnosis had on my emotions and quality of life. Hearing you have cancer and then facing the fears that this diagnosis can bring up can be overwhelming. I was in shock and found it hard to take in what was happening to me. It was difficult to talk to my family and friends who, understandably, wanted to focus on positive aspects while I needed to address my fears. This is where the Macmillan support group in my home town was of such value to me. Talking with other sufferers helped me to understand what was happening to me and put my fears and concerns into perspective. When I came to Lanzarote it seemed that setting up a group offering emotional support to anyone affected by cancer was the next step forward for me.
What particular problems does living on Lanzarote imply for expat cancer sufferers and their families?
The language barrier is one of the main challenges. You suddenly belong to a world of cancer which you have never wanted to join. You hear medical terms which you don't understand, even in your mother tongue. You will have many questions relating to your diagnosis, treatment and how you are feeling and it can all feel unreal and overwhelming. Hopefully this is where we can help. As well as the support group and information, we offer one-to-one emotional support sessions. We don't have all the answers but we are happy to offer a friendly ear!
Could you tell us about the support group meetings? The support group is for anyone affected by cancer - cancer patients, their friends and family. Our services are free and provided by volunteers who have all either undergone Macmillan training on running a support group or are doing so at the moment. Mostly we just offer a safe place to come and share experiences which help us to move forward and gives us back a feeling of control and confidence about the future. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 11am at Marilyns Bar in Playa Honda and anyone interested can either turn up at one of our meetings or contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What I hope to remember about 2013 is the tremendous kindness the people of Lanzarote showed in the midst of a bitter recession. There are too many to mention them all but these are some of those who, in difficult times, made real efforts to help those in need regardless, writes
Lanzarote vet Jane Burke.
shall not forget those who made time and took the trouble to talk with my father and try to make him feel at home here. From inspiring him to want to try some flower growing with an invitation to enjoy the loveliness of a local garden in Playa Quemada, to fetching cuttings for our flower beds, and the building of a pergola to provide some shade: all these helped to give some sense to a world without my mother. I shall remember forever a beautiful frail lass that cast no shadow arriving in the fading light with homemade soup when my father had been taken very ill . This last - a random act of kindness to a virtual stranger - was a special blessing from a very special lady. Jayne Clark will always be remembered, even by those whose lives she touched as briefly as mine. And again I remember how helpful everyone was in enabling her to seek special help when western medicine had failed. On a less personal but equally impressive front, I shall remember with real pride those who responded with time and money to the needs of a neglected donkey and many abandoned dogs. I shall boast of the girls who made their way into perreras and re-homed the desperate, abandoned dogs they rescued. I shall treasure my friend Judith, in bone-grating pain but still doggedly running the car
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boot at the Caballo every weekend, (and the rest) so that Original Pals had funds to help so many animals and people in need. Then there’s the Dutch couple who, having spent their holidays here helping with the really hard and difficult task that the 9lives people do collecting and neutering stray street cats, left a donation as well. When I opened my clinic and home for an afternoon to raise some money for some of our local charities my friends raised over €1000! Not a day I shall ever forget but my special memories include Janet and Jane arriving with a plastic bottle full of change worth over €50 (and I have not forgotten their promise to organise the next event!); Rosemary and Liz spending a fortune on the stalls and the Forever Living Team, who had set it all up, clearing and cleaning every last bit of the chaos left behind. Special thanks too to those, such as Mr and Mrs Lowe and Joanne Anderwert, who gave so generously even though they couldn't join us on the day. Becoming involved with ForeverLiving was definitely one of the best things that happened to me ever! Their forever freedom drink quite literally changed my quality of life. The pain from chronic backache and insidious arthritis of my right hand is now resolved without the complicated backlash involved in NSAID medication. I don't think unless you have lived with this sort of 'everyday/everynight pain' you can appreciate quite what a miracle it is to be freed from it! Furthermore signing up as a distributor has involved me with a truly wonderful bunch of people. Honest, hard working, generous and caring- it all felt a bit too good to be true. But a year down the line I am just as impressed and I thank God for putting these products and these people in my life: Stewart and Angie I salute you. My veterinary work remains a wonderful rewarding occupation. I am always so impressed by the cameraderie and kindness I receive from other local practices. They readily let me share access to their sophisticated diagnostic equipment and their
Life on this island gives me hope that miracles can and do happen
experience with local problems. I am so delighted and excited that my veterinary colleague Amelia Margarita Azcorra Solona has been voted on the committee of the Spanish Veterinary College, giving a real chance for Lanzarote veterinary surgeons to have a say in legislation and bring the concerns of local problems to the attention of our governing bodies. And I want to finish with a couple of little tails in my clinic tonight that represent the nub of my life, the troubles and the people and the joy of our magic Island. As I write this I have a splendid fluffy black and white kitten cat who, having gone into an outdoor kennel for a 'look see ' was lucky to get away with a few puncture holes and a fractured heel bone. Luckier still that the owner of said dog has paid for him to be mended. His long weeks of required cage rest and splinting are nearly over and I shall really
miss him. In another room I have one of the sweetest, most grateful little souls I have ever tried to save. A little ginger basura cat, she has broken off a third of her upper jaw with hideous consequences. I have no idea if I can make a repair work but her valiant determination and loud affectionate purring deserve every effort. So I am putting out a request tonight on facebook for all those who have a God to join with me in prayers for her to make a full recovery. Life on this island gives me hope that such miracles can and do happen. The strong, successful Spanish businesswoman paying for the kitten’s leg repair and the lovely, crazy, wonderful people who feed this particular basura bunch are typical of the very best of human beings that my brilliant job brings to my doors. With friends like these and those above how can I not have huge hopes for 2014? Get everyone a drink of cold clean water and raise a toast with me to 2014 being the year we work at spending as much time counting our blessings as we do complaining about the weather.
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crossword Welcome to the New Year with our first prize crossword of 2014, and appropriately, our loose theme this month is “Years which end in a 4”. Send your answers to the address on page 3, drop them in by hand or scan and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ACROSS 1. 1985 comedy horror film directed by Tom Holland, and starring Roddy McDowell (6,5) 8. Hopefully you´ve got two of these useful sight organs (7) 9. What you might do to music (5) 10. In 1984, Prince´s was Purple (4) 11. Made smooth and shiny by rubbing (8) 13. The top selling female singer in the UK in 2004, who sung The Closest Thing To Crazy (4,5) 17. Ali, who won the Rumble in the Jungle in 1974 (8) 19. In 1994 this artist first released A Kiss From A Rose (4) 21. Spanish word for “clear” (5) 22. South American country whose capital is Quito (7) 23. In 1964 this band achieved the feat of holding all five top selling singles in the USA (3,7)
DOWN 2. Cold weather tool which was used by the murderer of Leon Trotsky (7) 3. A fabrication or a practical joke (4) 4. Four years after being released from prison, he became the first black leader of his country in 1994 (6,7)
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11 12 13
21 Last months answers: Across: 1. Florida 4. Aces 7. Tea 9. Alcohol10. Raimi 11. Knee 12. Anti Tank 15. Clint Eastwood 18. Riddler 19. Drew 21. Idaho 22. Vermont 23. Awake 24. St Louis Down: 1. Frank 2. Rhode 3. Atlanta Braves 5. Chicago 6. Shirked 8. Artists 12. NFL 14. Stallone 15. Cortina 16. Indiana 17. One 19. Dumbo 20.Watts
5. This Japanese monster made his first screen appearance in 1954 (8) 6. British fish of the carp family, latin name TInca tinca (5) 7. “Der Bomber”, who scored the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup Final (4,6) 8. This band had a hit with 1984, from the film
1984 in 1984 (10) 12. WMD that was first tested and used in 1945 (4,4) 14. Lists of tasks or things to do (7) 18. British PM who lost two elections in 1974 (5) 20. Second largest island in the Scottish Inner Hebrides (4)
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Editorâ€™s postbag ď Ž Hotel hypocrisy Dear Editor My wife and I visit Lanzarote once or twice a year staying for one or two months at a time. We always rent privately now, although when we first came we always used hotels. We read with interest (in your online magazine) that the hotels are complaining about the fact that private renters are not paying tax and therefore not contributing to the island economy. Question 1 : where are the hotel chains registered and are they evading tax? Question 2: How much damage are the hotel chains doing by turning the islands into so called 4 star all inclusive resorts? They may employ a lot of locals I agree, but these people are probably the people who have lost their jobs in local shops and restaurants that have had to close due to the lack of trade caused by the inclusive regime. The food and drink served by the hotels and the like is certainly not 4 star and not very good. This is borne out by the number of people that have booked for more than one week in a hotel, going out for meals in restaurants during their second week and paying for a decent meal,
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bearing mind they have already paid for their hotel meal when they booked their holiday. These are the people we meet & speak to each evening giving us their views. Hotel groups are like all other businesses & can be aligned to supermarket chains, they try to drive all competition away in the name of profit. By all means make renters register so that tax can be collected, but also all hotels in the islands should be registered locally for tax purposes, they should not be allowed to register as part of a group domiciled elsewhere. On the last point; according to your magazine a lot of the hotels have been built illegally. This being so, they have no right to be there in the first place and certainly no right to complain about renters. These hotels should be demolished to help small business. This would be difficult to implement, but due to the fact that some government agents are now serving prison terms for fraud and bribery, we do wonder why the colluding hotel chain officials who have sanctioned these payments have got the gall to complain about private renters when in fact they should be in the prison cell next to the local mayors etc. One thing is for sure, when profits fall low enough for the hotel chains to consider it's not worth while, they will move on as they always do and leave a desolate, destroyed island, with nothing left at all for the locals. Local government should back local businesses and people as do 'renters' due to the fact that their clients spend their euros in
local shops , restaurants, bars etc, etc. We are in fact due to spend this December and January in Lanzarote and look forward to that and being able to read your excellent magazine in the 'flesh'! Vern Verrall
ď Ž Leave the cat houses Dear Editor, Playa Blanca has a large population of feral cats, especially along the promenade from Pechiguera to Papagayo. One man has made it his life's work to help these animals by providing food and shelter for them and, where necessary,having them spayed and neutered. He is known by many names Freddy Leon, Freddy Gato, Freddy the catman. He has built and installed no less than 22 feeding stations all along the promenade (little houses made from materials salvaged from wherever he can get them), in which he stores food and fresh water with which he feeds the animals twice a day, funded from a meagre pension and occasional donations from an appreciative public. Lately, some person or persons have embarked on a campaign of systematic vandalism and destruction of the cathouses, stealing the catfood and even the structures themselves! If these people are reading this, they know who they are! SHAME ON YOU! You might be be doing it for mischief, or out of a drunken sense of fun, but you are
eaders are reminded that views and comment expressed within the Postbag pages are those of the contributors and may not necessarily reflect the opinions or standpoint of Lanzarote Gazette staff. It should also be noted that the Lanzarote Gazette is an independent publication free from political persuasion or governmental censorship.
frustrating the work of a dedicated man. PLEASE STOP NOW! My gratitude to you, Mr Editor, for publishing this appeal. Many Thanks, Stela (catfriend)
Passport Control Arrecife Airport Dear Gazette I am writing following our second very bad experience when arriving at Arrecife airport. Both occasions were in the recent past and very similar. We have been coming to the island since 1984 and have had our own place for 12 years. As a consequence, we travel light, hand luggage only but, due to surgery, I am unable to carry my own 10kg bag. My husband therefore carries both and I handle the passports. On each of the 2 occasions, the officials (different guys), have taken exception to this. They have aggressively waved me through shouting “Go! go! go!” whilst scowling and
thrusting my own passport into my hand. My husband has then been obliged to struggle alone with the two bags and retrieve his own passport. Surely, even if the norm is for individuals to hold their own passport, there should be some flexibility? Particularly if there is a medical reason to do as we do? They can see quite clearly that we are a couple (same name) and travelling together. What a welcome for people not used to the otherwise friendly folk of the island! I know they have a job to do but are they so arrogant as to believe their badge of office lends them such a high authority that they can dispense with common courtesy and any responsibility to make visitors feel welcome? Tourism is the bedrock of the island's economy. Maybe a bit of training might not go amiss to educate them that the travel-weary 'punters' are actually their 'customers'? Jan Stewart Clarke Ed: Sorry to hear about your experience, Jan. Sadly, there is always the odd official who thinks their uniform means they can
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Painting quest Dear Gazette Some years ago we purchased two different prints of paintings by a local artist and for the life of us, we can't remember where! I wonder if any of your readers can solve the mystery and point us in the right direction as I want to buy two more copies. The signature has two paintbrushes forming an A in front of what appears to be “Manrique”... but it's not César. One of the paintings is titled...Las 'Olivino' Brenas and depicts the old fellow by the salt flats with a collage of surrounding art including the words of The Fool on The Hill by the Beatles. Kind regards Mick Gates Puerto del Carmen
Did you know that... • That the Lanzarote Business and Residents Association was formed in 2008 to offer help, assistance and guidance to business owners, residents and Visitors. • That the LBA have a property owners group specifically created to support rental property owners?
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We are nonproﬁt making and we are the only legally registered association that exists for foreigners on the island. Our members are our number one priority and we are here to take care of their interests. Whatever our members need they know that they can rely on us to offer concise, professional advice at all times. We have the experience, contacts and knowledge to provide the solutions to their problems. Why not visit our website and see what our members have to say about us?
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After the fireworks - Lanzarote traditionally sees the New Year in with fireworks bursting in the clear, starlit skies, but once the noise and smoke has faded away, it´s time to get down to another year. Fortunately, the Gazette is here to help you, with our New Year´s special. Over the next pages you´ll find suggestions for keeping to those healthy resolutions or, if you prefer, to carry on partying. We´ll bring you the best of island eating and drinking, the lowdown on island events and even some help if you´re suffering from the New Year blues. This is Living Lanzarote, guaranteed to make 2014 start with a bang!
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New Year, New You Body Blitz Revolutionise Your Life Horoscopes - Your Year Ahead ¿Hablas Español? Lasting Change Beat the New Year Blues The Best Life has to Offer Still Celebrating How Do You Eat Yours? Mamma Mia! Picante Art and Culture Spanish Style What's On
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What does 2014 have in store for you? Well, that´ s partly up to fate, so check our 2014 horoscopes to see what the stars say. But a good measure of it will also be up to you.
ou can make resolutions at any time of year, but January 1st is the landmark date we usually choose because it´s so simple to monitor our progress. Here on Lanzarote, there´s no excuse for not getting out and about and keeping fit, and the weather will be perfect for healthy exercise. But personal improvement isn´t just physical. New Year is also a great time to start learning the language or simply achieving a better state of mind; for treating your senses and discovering new, exciting ideas and sensations. Now´s the time to remake yourself!
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The last mince pie has been eaten and the turkey leftovers are well and truly finished. We’ ve all had our fill of wine and cheese and are slumped bleary-eyed in front of the sofa - the Christmas cheer has subsided somewhat and we are left feeling less than tip-top after one too many tipples.
e know what the answer is, get out there and get
active, but it just seems like too much hard graft after the weeks of relaxation and enjoyment. Don’t fear - the Gazette is here to motivate you into a body blitz for the new year.
Cut it Out ........................................................... The season of overindulgence has probably meant that you have got used to the finer things in life. Alcohol, chocolate and the like are consumed on a regular basis without thinking. And whilst it is fine for us to do this for a couple of weeks a year, over a longer period of time you will start to find that it not only affects your health but also your fitness levels. It’s no good embarking on any kind of regime if you don’t pay attention to your diet at the same time. You’ll need to cut out the obvious things, such as alcohol and sugar, as these will play havoc with your blood sugar level meaning that you will not be using
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your energy levels efficiently. It’s a time to really listen to your body, in order to try to understand the foods that enable to it to works most efficiently.
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However some of you might have more ambitious targets for your body in 2014. Maybe you want to tone your tummy or develop certain muscles in your body. Perhaps you have designs on running a marathon or even competing in the Ironman contest or just don´t have the impetus to do it alone. If this is the case then you will need to enlist the help of a professional. A personal trainer or your local gym will have a selection of fitness professionals whose job it is to understand your needs and then tailor make a regime to suit. Start with talking to them about your fitness levels up until this point. Be absolutely honest, if you haven’t done much exercise in the past six months they
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s anyone who’s spent time around a couch potato or a listless teenager will know, inertia is addictive. There is a sense of security in doing the same old thing day-in day-out and if it has worked up to now, why change? The answer is simple: because the world is changing. Unless you change with it you run the risk of becoming irrelevant, outmoded and, worst of all, not living your life to its fullest capacity. So what would you change? there is all the help available on the island that can that give you the impetus to change your life, but at the end of the day the real decision will come from within yourself, and depend on your determination.
Appearance It’s amazing how some of us can go for years without changing our appearance. We find a look we like and feel comfortable with and stick to it rigidly. But as anyone who’s had a real makeover knows, a new look can instill you with confidence and a real zest for life. Luckily, Lanzarote is full of dedicated professionals who are probably better experienced in changing their customers than back home. There’s a fresh, lively daring in the island’s holiday atmosphere which means that customers take risks they probably wouldn’t back home. Find a hairdresser or beauty therapist and make a date. But don’t simply sit there like a lump letting yourself be transformed – make sure that you make it clear exactly what sort of effect you want to give, and go for it. When it comes to losing weight and getting fit, personal trainers are used to being asked to work miracles, and in many cases they achieve them, but it’s far from being a one way street. At the end of the day, you get out what you put in, and should be prepared for the commitment you’re going to make. The reward is the prospect of new, more vital, energetic and satisfied you.
Long-lasting change Modern techniques now permit us to make permanent changes to our bodies easier than ever before. If you feel that your face or body has let you down in other ways, why not at least look into the possibilities of cosmetic surgery. Nowadays it’s an ever-more realistic option for thousands of people, and covers all types of body problems. You don’t have to end up walk out with boobs like Jordan or a trout pout – techniques have improved immensely, and far more subtle work can be undertaken.
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Discover what the coming year has in store for YOU... 21 March to 19 April Money and Work You may stand to gain from a property transaction in or around June this year, and serious investments of this kind are well starred for 2014. In the second half of the year, you should be careful about wasteful expenses and unnecessary overheads.
Love and Family
21 May to 20 June Money and Work Finances will finally turn around after mid-June and substantial gains will start coming in for you in the second half of the year. The last two months of the year will be very good, very positive and bring you excellent returns in finance as well as professional matters
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This year will see pressures on account of partnerships and spouses. You´ll have to remain calm and objective, but by the autumn you´ll know exactly where you stand. You´ll find extra strength in old family ties.
Family matters will be stable and happy, and will be closely tied to your own sense of fulfillment. However, romance will be less stable, with ups and downs that will bring you joy as well as sadness. Romantically, 2014 will be exhausting, but a year you´ll never forget.
Body and Soul
Body and Soul
23 July to 22 August Money and Work New areas will open up for you. Travel will bring in a lot of progress and growth. Your income will increase and, there will be substantial gains from various projects. A brand new source of income could also develop after July.
Love and Family Family politics may cause some amount of hurt after June, but celebrations are well starred, whether they are within your immediate family or your very own. Rise above the petty and make the most of the party.
Body and Soul Your mind will not feel as active as it has over the last year. You´ll feel less creative than before, but more grounded. This realism will be important as you may have to face up to a long-running health issue in the summer.
Your personal outlook and temperament may undergo a lot of changes between March and May, and you should take special care of your physical health during this time. All being well, you´ll emerge not only fitter, but with a more fulfilling outlook on life.
You will feel younger than ever in 2014, and your reserves of energy will seem limitless. But make sure that you keep those doctors appointments, as preventive health measures are more important than ever this year.
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23 August to 22 September Money and Work
Chances of a property deal will be high in the first five months of the year. Professionally, there will be high pressures until the springtime. Some financial improvement due to your own efforts, positive thinking and hard work will change your life after July.
Income will jump up substantially after June, as recent negativity will give way to hard work and a determination to fix the problems that you are facing in life. New projects should be avoided, instead, consolidate on existing foundations.
Love and Family
Love and Family
Romance and relationships may turn negative in the second half of the year, but new opportunities will also arise. There will also be family changes which may take up more time than you had bargained for.
There may be bad news regarding your family at the start of the year, but you will be important in pulling your loved ones through. Romantically, it’s a year to build on existing relationships and take them to newer, more fulfilling depths
There will be a celebration in the family after June and it may open your eyes to a new way of going about your own personal affairs. Talking of affairs, if you’re single you´ll have plenty of temptation this spring. Enjoy, but with caution.
Body and Soul
Body and Soul
Body and Soul
Your personal outlook and method of thinking may become volatile from January, and unless you attend to personal matters, some negativity and pessimism may emerge in summer. A new physical regime will help you overcome the worst of this.
Your mind, which has been distant and not very positive will improve after early summer, bringing a revival in thinking and better confidence in the second half of the year. Healthwise. you remain vulnerable to everyday aches and pains, but nothing too serious.
Things will get easier for you and, from the summer onwards your mind will open up and your problems of the past will go away due to your efforts. This is also a year in which you should celebrate your body, in all its magnificent aspects.
Financial gains will continue to be very good till the middle of the year, but a certain amount of pressure and a possible loss of position is possible after June. Be careful and avoid any major work or financial decisions until February. Stability will arrive by autumn.
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23 September to 22 October Money and Work There´ll be a lot of hard work, and you may feel you´re getting nowhere, but eventually new opportunities and avenues will open up for you. Be very careful with spending in the summer and take a long, hard look at your overall financial situation
Love and Family Family matters may become a bit challenging. You’ll need to be very careful about how you speak, because you might lose people around you due to unguarded comments. The end of the year heralds a new phase where your charm wins you many admirers. .
Body and Soul This is an area where you can really progress in 2014. Whatever measures you take will pay off, whether it’s a diet, an exercise regime or a course of study. By the year´s end you should be feeling better than you have for years.
23 October to 21 November Money and Work 2014 will start with challenges and certain difficulties, but after March your problems of financial liquidity should give way to a better period. From June on your luck will increase bringing work opportunities and financial gains in equal measure.
Love and Family Friends will be as important as family or lovers this year. Finding and spending quality time with good friends will be an important part of the summer. This will lead to a fulfilling second half of the year, with romantic opportunities and family celebrations.
22 November to 21 December Money and work Your career will see a sudden vibrancy, with new opportunities after July. In fact, there may be too many choices causing confusion and perhaps a bad choice of direction. Nevertheless, there will be growth, gains and progress all over.
Love and Family You´ll feel in control of most personal matters this year, and the early part of 2014 will be marked by joyful feelings. Romantic opportunities increase as the year goes on, but as in work, there´s the chance you may make a bad decision.
Body and Soul Your luck will hold until summer at least. Afterwards, health could be a little difficult at times and you might feel the weight of challenges in life. Fortunately, you´ll be in a perfect mental state to tackle anything that is thrown at you and come out smiling.
22 December to 19 January Money and Work Pressure will be very high, and you´ll have to work hard, but this will give you good growth and returns eventually. Later in the year, your income will rise substantially and all the hard work of the past should pay off. .
Love and Family There will be chances of marriage or a new partnership after June. New opportunities and friendships from foreign lands may also come about in the second half of the year. Don´t take your eye off family responsibilities earlier in the year.
Body and Soul
Body and Soul
Health could be problematic around springtime, so make sure you approach that season in the best possible shape. Mentally, you´ll be feeling increasingly creative, almost genius-like, and the rewards will soon start coming in.
Your thinking and outlook could become more cynical in the second half of the year. Be careful to avoid getting mired down in negative thoughts and make an effort to get out and about and enjoy your life. You´ll feel the benefits physically as well as mentally.
20 January to 18 February Money and Work Creative work and a bit of elbow grease will bring returns. There could be success from foreign lands. Avoid major decisions in the first half of the year. Vibrancy in career and new growth in new areas will come after midsummer, when income and gains could be exceptional.
Love and Family Past issues, whether in the family or in a relationship, will rise to the fore in springtime, but this isn´t necessarily a bad thing. After summer, you´ll be in the mood for love and in a situation to find it should you wish.
Body and Soul Your temperament and thinking may be disturbed and a little fuzzy until springtime. After that you´ll be more focused, which will be an advantage considering that there may be some health issues and hurdles over the summer.
19 February to 20 March Money and Work You may find yourself fire-fighting at work, trying to keep the lid on various difficult situations. With caution and calmness you´ll pull through. Your own finances will continue stably, and although there´ll be few real gains, you should come out winning.
Love and Family Children are starred for you in 2014, whether they´re yours or those of family members. The responsibilities and consequences of relationships will be very much on your mind this year, and decisions taken in this respect will be fortunate.
Body and Soul Health could become a cause of concern until springtime, but will improve substantially after July achieving stability later in the year. This will be accompanied by an increasingly positive outlook and a new spiritual phase in your mental development.
Why not resolve to learn the local language in 2014.
This is a great time to
knuckle down to some serious study, and on Lanzarote - one of the most impor tant and vital skills is learning the language that is spoken here. Every little bit of Spanish you learn will make your life on Lanzarote easier and more fulfilling.
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or an English speaker, Spanish is one of the easier languages to learn, with simple and consistent rules of pronunciation, a relatively easy grammar and, thanks to the latin influence on Spanish and English, many words that are similar in both languages. However, many Brits and Irish find it more difficult than most Europeans, for whom language learning is something almost everyone has done years of in school. A grasp of basic grammar is very helpful for starters, but is something that many from the British Isles are not equipped with – a shame, because it helps you to learn more about your own language as well as the one you’re learning. Take, for example, a simple rule about Spanish – that most
adjectives (describing words) follow the thing they’re describing and also take plural forms. For an English-speaking starter, talking about “a flower white” or “the flowers whites” is very difficult at first. However, a good teacher is prepared for this and will explain, drill and keep you at it until it becomes second nature. Learning any language takes time, study and a lot of character, and those books that promise to teach you a language in a month simply aren’t telling the whole truth. That may be long enough to grasp the absolute basics, but –to put it simply – even if you learn Spanish well, you’ll still be learning more in 10 years time. Without Spanish, you’ll be at a distinct disadvantage on
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One of the most important and vital skills is learning the language that is spoken here.
Lanzarote, and will have to rely on more-fluent friends or even hire professionals to do translations for you. It’s a shame, because Spanish is one of the easier languages to learn. So come on what are you waiting for? If you’re really serious about learning Spanish, you should consider taking
classes. On Lanzarote, there are many Academias de Idiomas, give them a call and enquire about courses. It’ll probably turn out cheaper if you can gather a few friends together to learn alongside you, although individual classes offer an intensity that groups cannot match.
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Spanish classes are a great idea as they’ll allow you to interact with other students in Spanish and offer a social aspect that provides support and assistance between lessons. And make no mistake, the time between lessons is just as important as the classes you’ll be taking.
¿HABLAS ESPAÑOL? orking at home, or with classmates out of hours, is the time when you should use and practice what you’ve learnt in class. If you’re serious about learning Spanish, you’ll need a real commitment. The good news is that language learning can be fun, challenging and socially rewarding. It’s a great improver of your sticking power, organisational capacities and memory, and, of course, it will give extra bonus results here on Lanzarote. The support of a teacher or classmate will also help on those inevitable days when you feel you simply aren’t progressing. Every language learner has been there, and knows that they are more than balanced by those thrilling
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occasions when you suddenly realize you understand what the old ladies at the shop are talking about, when you carry out a transaction in Spanish or simply when all the words and voices around you start to take a recognizable shape. For less formal learning look for an Intercambio –a meeting where Spanish and English speakers get
You’re a part of the community, and speaking the language is one of the biggest steps you can take to feel part of that.
together to practice their languages. There is a regular free intercambio in Playa Blanca/Puerto Calero (call Dee on 616878760), or you may be able to organise your own via social networking sites or by leaving an advert at places like the Escuela Oficial de Idiomas in Arrecife, where young locals are always looking to practice English in return for a spot of Spanish chat. Most of all, don’t ever give up. Language learning is always
disheartening at times – there’ll be days when you feel you haven’t progressed at all – but these are more than made up for by the times when you realise you understand a conversation in a shop, a signpost or any of the other examples of the varied, beautiful and
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Lasting 2014 could be the opportunity to change your appearance and your style for a fresh new start to the New Year. A smile, clearer
vision or a nip and a tuc k here or there could see you oozing confidence this year. The options now for a permanent change are greater than they have ever been, and it’s by no means all cosmetic.
Teeth are one of the body parts that are immediately on display when we meet other people. A smile is the fastest, most efficient way of gaining the trust and good will of anyone we
deal with, and seeing as it’s hardwired into us from the cradle, that’s not likely to change. But far too many of us are still unhappy and self-conscious about the state of our teeth. For older people, the limited options in orthodontics available during their childhood may have resulted
in a lifetime of shyness and self-consciousness over a less than perfect set of teeth. For others, smoking, endless cups of coffee and tea and just natural wear and tear may have caused our smile to be far less dazzling than we would wish. The good news is that dentistry has changed,
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and cosmetic dentistry has experienced breathtaking leaps in technology and materials in the last few years. This means that, whatever the state of your teeth, there’s probably something that can be done – and it may not be anywhere near as expensive or painful as you thought. Your first stop should be an appointment with a qualified dentist – and those who specialize in
disappear for a month or two before popping up looking slimmer, younger or with completely different nose, while still insisting that no work had been done are long gone. Nowadays cosmetic surgery is no longer a cause for shame or secrecy and most of us are aware that the correction of certain facial features or body parts can result in a more confident
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Glasses and contact lenses have become a way of life for many of us, but have you ever stopped to think how much the cost adds up over a lifetime. Contacts need to be replaced regularly, while glasses seldom last more than few years and require a hefty outlay every time we buy a new pair. As we get older, the requirement for bifocals and graded lenses makes buying glasses ever more complicated. Nowadays, however, corrective laser surgery can give you perfect vision and mean that you’ll never have to worry about specs again. The operation is rapid and painless, and will require just a few days recovery, probably no worse than the eye-watering days after you started wearing contacts. Surgery will allow you to enjoy your Lanzarote life in 20/20 clarity from the moment you wake up to the moment you fall asleep, and you’ll be able to spend your money on classy sunglasses rather than clip-ons or expensive tinted lenses. Best of all, the initial outlay will more than pay for itself over the years. If, however, you’re not ready for surgery, it’s still worth getting your eyes tested, If you’re not wearing the correct prescription you can be subjecting your eyes to strain, which will tire out not only your eyes.
person, with a far better body image, and can also have a transformational effect on certain physical problems. If you’re considering cosmetic surgery, the important thing is to get expert advice. And the internet is probably not the ideal place to find it. Instead, if you are interested in a cosmetic procedure, make sure you consult closely with both your normal doctor and the surgeon who will be carrying out the operation. Standards and regulation are extremely rigorous in this field nowadays, and the chances of you being pushed into an unnecessary operation are minimal. The most popular procedures include liposuction, various lifting procedures tucks, laser treatments to remove blemishes, breast augmentation or reduction and hair transplants.
cosmetic treatments are probably the best place to start. At this meeting you’ll get a realistic and practical assessment of what can actually be done with your teeth, how long it will take, how much it will cost and what it will involve in terms of inconvenience. In many cases, the news may be surprisingly good. What happens next is, of course, up to you. But the advantages of being able to dazzle friends and strangers with as close as perfect a smile as you can get is a hugely attractive prospect for many people.
The ability to smile confidently will make you feel better as well as look better.
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We´ re supposed to take on the New Year with verve and gusto, full of determination and high hopes, but for many people, the prospect of another twelve months of struggle is daunting. New Year blues are nothing new, so how can you beat them? he New Year Blues are a recognized phenomenon. New Year is when the Samaritans get the highest number of calls and marriage guidance counsellors deal with the most fallouts. Many of us will be faced with maxed out credit cards after the Christmas break, and a return to work where inboxes will be overflowing. Resolutions have often fallen by the wayside, and many of us will be feeling bloated, unfit and bleary after two weeks of celebrations. The weeks following New Year arrive like a bucket of cold water in many households, and it is not for nothing that a Cardiff University researcher has named January 21st as “the most depressing day of the year.” New Year is also a time to take stock – fine, if you´re riding high, but not so good if you have a backlog of problems that need addressing. In fact, this taking stock can be part of the problem. If you find yourself assessing and reassessing the year, becoming more and more depressed, you
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that, if you´ re feeling blue on Lanzarote, there are
millions back home who have it even worse
you don´t normally frequent. “The change will do you good” may be a cliché, but like many clichés, it´s based in fact. More to the point, organizing and anticipating a break will allow you to focus on other things, and keep your mind off the blues.
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may be a ruminator. Women are more likely than men to be ruminators, Research classes these as people who go over and over their problems, either in their own mind or by discussing them with others, but who have no clear plan to solve the issues. Ruminators tend to have negative coping styles, criticize themselves unduly and be pessimistic. Ruminating and depression often go hand-inhand, and indeed feed off each other causing a downward spiral. The important thing is to know when to stop, to realize the time when all the thinking and rethinking about a problem or issue is doing you no good at all. Still, that´s easier said than done, but there are a few tips to get out of the worrying rut and try to move forward more positively.
Take a Trip Many people who have lived on Lanzarote for a while will recognize “island fever.” Lanzarote is a beautiful island, but it´s also a very small one where it´s easy to fall into a daily routine. The best cure is a quick break, and there is no lack of opportunity here. Pop over to one of the other Canary islands for a weekend or longer, maybe take a big city break to Madrid or Barcelona or just book into a hotel in a resort you on the island
Saving money, losing weight, giving up smoking and drinking – they´re all admirable goals, but they´re hardly fun. So set yourself some resolutions that you know you´ll enjoy keeping. Dining out once a fortnight, for example; spending more time with your family or loved ones or simply getting out and exploring the island.
memories with those closest to you.
Enjoy the Weather Remember that, if you´re feeling blue on Lanzarote, there are millions back home who have it even worse. At least you´re not getting up in darkness, coming home in darkness, trudging through sleet and biting winds, scraping the frost off your windscreen, worrying about your central heating and juggling coats, umbrellas, scarves, gloves and woolly hats.
Get a Hobby Many of us make big, ambitious resolutions like “this will be the year I write a book “ or “I’m finally going to learn how to sew!” But, it’s much less daunting (not to mention more fun) if you ditch the resolution idea, and make whatever it is you want to do a “January hobby” instead. Even if you never knit, pick up a paintbrush, or cook Indian food again after the 31st, who cares? It’ll get you through January. And if it sticks, great—you´ll have an interest and maybe a skill for life.
Make an Album The past is important to each of us, but sometimes it feels as if we´re losing all those valuable memories. As a solution, why not spend the day compiling all of your photos from the past year and making them into a photo book. You can print and paste them into a real scrapbook, or put them up on an internet site such as Shutterfly, Pinterest or Flickr, where you´ll be able to share your
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Eating out on Lanzarote is a pleasure at all times of year, it´ s about the ambience of the island, something that is best enjoyed at a bar or alfresco restaurant, where you can drop in at any time of the day, and take anything from tapas to a full meal. How long you linger is entirely up to you.
he island has, over the years, positioned itself to offer pretty
much anything that a hungry passer-by could want, from a good old English breakfast to a plate of piping hot octopus slices. And the competitiveness of the catering sector here means that restaurant and bars can rarely rest on their laurels. On an island that is surrounded by fish,; whose markets display the surprising variety of fresh fruit and vegetables that are grown here, and which has
made its living from its home-produced wine for decades, it’s hardly surprising that Lanzarote has plenty to offer, but there’s far more to it than that. Lanzarote has also welcomed other cultures and other cuisines, meaning that you can find food from China, Italy, India, Greece and plenty of other countries – and that includes good old British or Irish cooking, too. But the secret to Lanzarote dining isn’t just what you’ll find on your plate – it’s the whole experience – a sunny terrace, a friendly waiter, and the prospect of an unhurried hour or two of enjoying the very best that life has to offer.
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................................................................................... Here in Spain the Christmas holidays last well into January, with the main gift-giving date still occurring on the night of January 5th. So while everyone else back home is getting back to work and facing up to (literally) cold reality, here on Lanzarote you´ ve still got plenty of reasons to keep on celebrating!
he Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has often proved a little confusing for British children, who have been brought up to believe that there was only one day of Christmas, sandwiched between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. But elsewhere, the Twelve Days are taken far more seriously. In Christian tradition, the twelve days of Christmas are the days leading from Christ´s day of birth (Christmas Day) until the feast of
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................................................................................... Epiphany on January 6th. Epiphany is the day when Jesus was recognized as the Son of God, and in Spain and other western countries, this recognition was made by the Three Wise Men, who arrived with their gifts twelve days after the birth. As a result, Spanish children generally receive their presents on the night of January 5th or the morning after. However, the arrival of western traditions mean a good many of them will also get gifts from Papa Noel on Christmas morning. Good news if you´re under 15, not so good if you´re a parent. The main effect of the celebration of epiphany is to make the Christmas holiday far longer in Spain. Although many will return to work on the 26th or 27th, many more will make a fortnight´s holiday of it. And, of course, there´ll be thousands of holiday makers all enjoying a holiday that may well take in Christmas, the New Year and even Twelfth night, too. As a result, Lanzarote will remain buzzing well into the New Year, so you´ve only yourself to blame if you don´t make the most of it.
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The best way to celebrate is to take things a little easier following the main feasts at Christmas and the almost inevitable excesses of New Years’ Eve. There is no call for huge feasts, drinking binges or wild partying after January 1st, and it´s a time when you can relax and really enjoy what Lanzarote has to offer. You´ll probably be fed up of dirty dishes and messy kitchens after the Christmas holidays, so New Year is a great time to let someone else take care of the dirty work while you take a table and enjoy a sit-down meal in the restaurant or bar of
your choice. And there are endless opportunities throughout Lanzarote´s resorts, all of which will be competing for customers before the leaner weeks of late January and February arrive. If you´ve made resolutions to lose weight or eat healthier food, then many of the restaurants on the island will be perfect for you. Lanzarote´s warm climate means that light, fresh dishes are always on offer, with far less emphasis on the stodgy winter warmers you´ll find back home. Fresh vegetables and fruit arrive from the fields of Lanzarote or nearby islands, allowing you to enjoy in-season delicacies that would be unthinkable back home, unless they are tasteless produce imported from a polythene tunnel in Holland. And while most fruit and veg remain in season all year round, winter is when you´ll find special treats such as juicy mandarin oranges and custard apples alongside the sweet little Canarian bananas, delicious papayas and other year-round favourites. Fish is also brought in every day of the year, with species such as the large besugo sea bream and grouper being at its very best at this time of year. Winter is also the best time to find imported fish such as cod and hake that are hugely popular in Spain, and the mussels that come from the icy waters of Galicia in north-eastern Spain are at their best as well. To add to the pleasure, the products of last year´s wine harvest should be hitting the shops any time soon, and 2013 has already been classed as an excellent year for the island´s wines. Lanzarote specializes in the type of young, fresh whites and rosés that are simply perfect for enjoying outdoors on a sunny January day. The New Year will start soon, of course, but while you´ve got as few days of grace, why not make the most of Lanzarote´s extended Christmas holiday?
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? s r u Yo Food is a very personal thing - one person’s preference is another’s nightmare, which is why it’s so great to find somewhere that cooks food just the way they like it. Whether that is because it is their house speciality, or because you are a loyal customer, we look at the specifics of eating on the island and help you make the right choices so you’ll be delighted, rather than disappointed when your meal hits the table.
e’ve all had that sinking feeling, when you are on a night out, at one of your favourite eateries, and there’s that awful sense of disappointment when you’re dining partner’s meal arrives and it’s - you’ve guessed it - far more appealing than yours. Yes you did deliberate over the menu for more than half an hour, carefully considering what it was you actually fancied eating, and came to a decision that you thought was the right one - and yet, now it has arrived, you can’t help but want the plate that is sat right next to you.
However there is a strategy for honing your decision skills when it comes to eating out. To understand it you have to really know how you like your dishes cooked, but we are hear to give you a helping hand. Take meat for instance, you may love your steak, but there is a world of difference from one cut to another. Whilst fillet it thought to be the conoussiers choice, in reality there are more flavoursome cuts, and this is largely because fillet steak is a lean cut, it doesn’t have much fat in it. This means it is very tender, but if
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you like your steaks juicy you might be better off going for a rib-eye or a T-bone. Next comes the all important question of how it is cooked. It’s no good requesting simply ‘medium’, if you are serious about your steak, you need to be more specific than that. Medium rare will still be very pink in the middle, whilst medium to well done suits those who don’t like their meat raw. Other meats, such as lamb, and duck, tend to be served ‘rose’ which means they are pink in the middle, with a soft texture. If you don’t enjoy these meat served like this, it’s best to inform the waiter when you order.
With fish, on the other hand, it is much easier to ascertain what you are getting, as fish is generally cooked to the same ‘level’ however, whether you like it grilled, fried or steamed, is very personal. Some people are lovers of seafood, whilst others really don’t enjoy the unique texture of calamari and octopus or ‘pulpo’ as it is called here. The traditional way to cook seafood on the island is to grill it and this is a wonderful way to enjoy the freshness of the fish. However if you are not naturally a lover of seafood, then you may prefer to eat it in a stew or soup, both of which are very popular on the island. In fact one of Lanzarote delicacies is three different kinds of fish, prawns, squid and a white fish, served with potatoes and onions in a delicious tomato and garlic stew. It’s called Zuazula, and it is absolutely delicious. When it comes to white fish, you will usually have the option of enjoying it a la romana (fried), or a la plancha (grilled).
When it comes to other foods and cuisines you probably dont realise how much opportunity there is for making a few adjustments here and there to the menu. Love pesto sauce but don’t want it served with spaghetti? Ask for the penne. Looking forward to a pizza but want them to go easy on the chilli? Just ask. If you are polite and a regular customer, normally they will be happy to oblige. The language barrier is often the main thing that prevents people from asking for what they want, or always selecting a safe option, but the Spanish
tradition of tapas makes it really easy for you to try smaller plates of things, rather than order a larger portion and be disappointed. It means you can opt for the most exciting and appealing things on the menu, and enjoy a combination of flavours and tastes. You will often be overwhelmed by the vast choice that you are met with on a blackboard displaying so many different dishes. This way you can work your way through each one, in your own time. Also remember, there is no pressure to order everything at once, rather, you can take it all in your stride, order a few things at a time, see how you get on, and request more, if and when needed.
Azure Restaurant, Puerto Calero would like to wish all a Happy New Year Come & join us for traditional Sunday roasts, our delicious a la carte menu & homemade daily specials. Also our cocktail oﬀer of 2 for 1 is on daily, 4-7pm & tea, coﬀee or cava with homemade cakes & scones is only €3.50 served all day every day. Champagne breakfasts available by request. Excellent location for private parties & intimate wedding receptions.
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Italian food seems to have taken over the world, but when other countries offer equally tempting cuisines, why should that be? We look at how Italian verve, flair and enterprise took the country’s food to every corner of the world. o why does Italy get all the glory? The first and most obvious answer is the ebullient and passionate Italian character. Italians simply love their food, and are happy to talk about it, sing its praises or even argue in its defence.The Italian gift for art, design and presentation could also have a lot to do with it. Just look at the multitudinous varieties of pasta available; shaped like quills, spirals, seashells, birds nests, tubes, sheets, and countless other designs and colours; no other country has even come close to making a staple food an art form. These elements have been aided by Italian emigration, which has created an unintentional, but truly global marketing campaign for well over a century. From Scottish ice cream parlours to New York pizzerias; from the coffee shops of Soho to the high streets of Melbourne, Italians have taken their food all over the world and found an eager market for it. Yet, despite all the commercialism, Italian food never lost its contact with the simple, yet exhilaratingly varied peasant food that it derived from. Italians, in fact, were among the first to welcome American style pizzas as one of the first global fast foods and even instant coffee. A trip to Italy, where good food is celebrated on every street corner in every town; where supermarkets spill over with tempting displays of fresh produce, and where even a truckers motorway café will offer porcini mushrooms, marinaded anchovies and plenty of other delights; and it’s easy to see why Italian food has taken over the world. It’s because, whichever Italian restaurant you find yourself in, wherever in the world, there is almost certain to be a direct link straight back to the old country, a place where food is valued, celebrated and enjoyed.
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Lanzarote is famed for good food and good living, but the arrival of the new company brings an exciting new concept of dining to the island – an intimate, innovative experience that has never been seen before on the island.
offers an exciting new development for catering, with an acclaimed British chef and his team preparing magnificent dishes before your eyes. idine can adapt to events ranging from parties and barbecues to cookery workshops and pop-up restaurants. The one thing in common with all of them is that you´re event will be in the hands of one of the most accomplished British chefs on Lanzarote. His name is Nathan Holmes, idine´ s Executive Chef and a young man who lives for food. Some readers may remember enjoying Nathan´s creations when he started out on Lanzarote ten years ago. Since then Nathan has worked with some of the finest restaurants
in Britain, acting as point chef at Michelin-starred eateries such as Pennyhill Park in Surrey and John Salt in London. It was there that Nathan shaped his style and learnt the concept of visionary dining - a process that takes elements of the highly popular Japanese teppanyaki style, allowing diners to see the production of their dishes from beginning to end. It´s an innovative new concept in dining, reflecting exciting new trends in the world of cuisine. Now, Nathan has returned to the island he loves with the desire to share his skills and passion for cookery with islanders. A brief look at idine Lanzarote´s Facebook page will give you an idea of how successful the idea is proving, with rave reviews from diners who have been astonished and delighted by the idine experience. Like any serious chef, Nathan takes the sourcing of ingredients very seriously, and his experience on the island means that he knows exactly where to go for the freshest, most authentic products. Nathan has even adapted aspects of foraging to his cuisine, searching out ingredients such as fresh samphire, fig leaves and
wild fennel in the beautiful landscapes of Lanzarote. “The key” says Nathan “is that diners enjoy themselves first and foremost.” With that aim in mind, Nathan will consult with clients to find out exactly what they want. It´s a bespoke attitude to dining, and reflects the more intimate, communicative and exciting currents in modern cookery. But above all it´s fun, fascinating and most importantly, absolutely delicious. For a Lanzarote dining experience you´ll never forget, contact idine Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.idineeurope.eu
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The Spanish word picante means hot and spicy, but here on Lanzarote it´ s taken incomers from all nations to really bring the burn to the island.
onsidering Spain is the nation that first colonized Mexico, the home of
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the chilli, Spanish cuisine is mysteriously short on genuinely hot dishes. You´ll find spicy tripe (callos) in Madrid, Canarian mojos often have a bit of heat and the main Spanish spice, pimento (paprika) is available in hot or sweet versions, but there´s nothing in Spain that really compares with the mouth-scorching moles of Mexico, the hotter Indian curries, and spice mixes from North Africa such as harissa. Which explains why your Spanish friends might get a bit of a surprise when you take them out for a curry. And although the island was originally developed as a tourist destination by Scandinavian and German incomers, neither of these countries really seem to relish the hot stuff either. It was the British fondness for Indian and Chinese food that led to the first restaurants representing those cuisines on the island, and they have thrived ever since, while locals and other nationalities have also learnt to love the burn and tell the difference between a Korma and a Vindaloo, or a peppery Chinese Szechuan chicken from a mild Lemon chicken. Mexican food arrived even later, as a result of the popularity of Tex Mex food in the USA and, later, Europe. But now you´ll find representatives of most spicy cuisines on the island, allowing you to sample fiery and fragrant Thai dishes, the sneezy heat of Japanese wasabi. Italian puttanesca sauce or middle Eastern and Lebanese dishes in which spices are an essential element. Why do we love it? One theory is that Indian cooks used spices to cover up the taste of meat that had gone off, but one look at the fresh food that is valued throughout India, shows that this is untrue. The real reason is that spice is variety - it has always been popular in cuisines where peasants have often had to use what was available to make the food more interesting. That explains its popularity in Britain, whose famously bland and stodgy cooking has been enlivened by spices for centuries. Spice makes our food more interesting, and applied by a master, can transform a meal into something transcendently delicious. It´s not only good for our health, it´s good for our tastebuds and our soul, too. The phrase “the spice of life” sums it up perfectly. The fragrance, sensation and sheer appeal of spice is what makes food worth eating and life worth living.
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Fantasia s the next Gazette will probably not be hitting the streets until the 3rd of February, we´ve decided to give you plenty of time to plan for a unique event that will take place on Sunday 2nd February. Camilla Paullson, a professionally trained Swedish soprano opera singer who spent ten years with the Copenhagen Royal Opera, will
already be familiar to many friends of music on Lanzarote since her decision to move to Lanzarote and bring her gift to as many people as possible. Camilla has teamed up with dancer Marlene Pierce, a dancer and choreographer who spent 22 years performing and teaching on the island to present a special musical extravaganza at the harbour in Puerto Calero on 2nd February. The Lanzarote Fantasia Musical Extravaganza will take place in the Plaza de Carpas – the open space covered with awnings that has already been the scene of a number of memorable musical events – in Puerto Calero, and the show will begin at 4 pm in the afternoon. Camilla and Marlene will be presenting a varied programme featuring music ranging from opera to pop and dance styles from tap to flamenco. This year they will also be joined by three professional dancers, ensuring an unforgettable show. Tickets are €15 and are available at the Puerto Calero offices.
We Three Kings f you´re under the age of 16, the biggest event of January will surely be the Three Kings Parades that will take place around the island on the 5th January (although some parades will take place a day early.) Unlike northern Europeans, whose gifts are brought by a bearded Turkish saint called St Nicholas on December 24th, Spanish children have traditionally had to wait for three distinguished gentlemen to follow yonder star to a stable, where they presented the infant Jesus with gold, Frankenstein, sorry, frankincense, and myrrh. The anniversary of the Three Kings arrival traditionally takes place on 5th January, sometime in the evening, and throughout Lanzarote their Royal Highnesses Baltasar, Melchior and Caspar will be riding on their stately camels, receiving the present lists of eager children and distributing sweeties to the excited crowds. Precise times for the parades vary around the island, so contact your local Ayuntamiento for more details as to when the Royal threesome will make their appearances nearest to you.
Music, Maestro Please! T he New Year is always a special time for classical music lovers on Lanzarote, as usual events are supplemented by concerts staged as part of the annual Canarian Music Festival.This year is no exception, and January offers two fascinating concerts to be held on the island. On 25th January at 9pm the Kremerata Baltica, a chamber orchestra composed of talented musicians from the Baltic countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, will perform at the Teatro Insular in Arrecife (opposite the library and football stadium). Tickets are €25 – a small price to pay to see one of the most crticially acclaimed chamber orchestras in Europe, who have released 19 albums and won a Grammy award in 2002. The programme will include works by Bach and the evocative Argentinian composer Astor Piazolla. Two days earlier, on ther 23rd, the Kremerata Baltica will also be giving a free performance at the Iglesia del Virgen Del Carmen in La Graciosa, although visitors will have to book an overnight stay on the island to enjoy it. The 30th of January at 9pm will see a performance by the soprano Manuel Gó mez Föllmer, accompanied by classical guitarist RuizJurek at the Casa Benito Pérez Armas in Yaiza. The duo will perform works by Schubert and Piazolla, among others, and tickets are €15. Further concerts are planned for February. More info and tickets at www.festivaldecanarias.com, or ask at your nearest Tourist Information office.
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ou may not have heard of Wolfgang Deisig, but there´s a good chance you´ve once sat on one of his chairs. The German designer , who works frequently from his office and studio in Lanzarote, has enjoyed a long and successful car eer designing some of the world´s most popular office and home fur niture, bathroom and health care products. January 10th at 8.30 pm will see the launch of his exhibition Lanzarote- Berlin- Chicago, where visitors can see Wolfgang Deisig´s design process from start to finish. The title of the exhibition r eflects the three hubs of Wolfgang´s work: Lanzarote is the creative source where the seeds of many of his designs ar e sown; Berlin is where his company works on the 3D computer realization of the designs and Chicago is wher e much of the engineering and production of the designs take place. W olfgang has won prestigious design awards and one of his chair designs has gone on to become the best-selling office chair in the world. The exhibition will be held at the Casa De Los Arr oyo, one of the most beautifully preserved traditional buildings in Arrecife, situated on the seafront next to the Hotel Miramar. Vistors will be able to see the design pr ocess from start to finish, beginning with sketches, then moving thr ough 2D and 3D realization before the engineering and manufacture of the final product. Wolfgang Deisig´s commitment to Lanzarote is also shown by the fact that his studio is offering a traineeship in Berlin for young Lanzar ote-based designers. The exhibition has been supported by the Cabildo de Lanzarote. Lanzarote-Berlin- Chicago: Routes of Design. Casa De Los Arroyo, Arrecife, from 10th January.
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Spanish Style Britain and Spain are two very different countries, and nowhere is that more evident than in their attitude to nightlife. The key here is that there’s no hurry at all… 70 | January 2014 | The Gazette
ost of us will have experienced the normal night out in a British city centre. First there’s the meeting at a pub, with the bar becoming increasingly crowded until last orders is called long before midnight. Afterwards, pretty much everyone hits the streets, either making their way home or moving on to a club, where they’ll probably stay until two or three in the morning. There are exceptions, but the basic pattern is based on drinking and getting your fun in as fast as possible. In Spain the pace is much more relaxed, but it lasts all night. Most serious clubbers will get a bit of a siesta the afternoon before hitting the town in order to keep fresh. Preparation will start in the evening and there’s usually time for a light restaurant meal before the dancing starts. Most Spanish night owls don’t even think of starting until around 11 pm or midnight, and will then flit form bar to bar, soaking up the atmosphere (and a drink or two) at each one and looking for ‘la marcha’ (a word that roughly means the same as the Irish word ‘crack’). The serious clubbing doesn’t really get underway until well after midnight and can often go on until daybreak, at which point exhausted clubbers trail home for a well earned rest, or even carry on at a private house. Importantly, there’s no hurry, and while some clubs will charge an entrance fee that will probably make it worthwhile staying to get your money’s worth, many bars are free and offer just as much entertainment.
Important things to remember before you spend a nights clubbing on Lanzarote are as follows:
l Get some rest first for the long night ahead, nothing starts early on the island. l Pace your drinking: There’s no prize for the first to fall over. l Dress to kill: In Spain it’s important to look good when you go out. If you do, it’ll be worth the effort. l Keep a taxi number handy or make sure you’ve got a designated driver in your group. l Make sure you don’t have any pressing appointments the following morning!
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New Years Concert
Arrecife, El Almacen car park. Stalwarts of Lanzarote´s live music scene play in the old town of Teguise, Plaza de San Miguel
MalabHaria 2014 VII Festival of circus and street theatre Haria, Plaza
Pto. Del Carmen January
Playa Honda January
Three Kings Parade Playa Honda 7pm
Musical for children Teguise, Carpa Municipal. 6pm Entry: 4 Euros
Until 4th January Sculptures by Jorge Isaac Medina Tías, Sala Ermita
Three Kings Parade In nearly every village, Their Royal Highnesses Caspar. Balthasar and Melchior parade on camels, distributing sweeties and collecting the wish lists of the childr en. 6:30pm: Tias 7pm: Teguise, San Bartolomé 8:30pm: Puerto del Carmen January
With Said Muti (Gran Canaria), Bazooka and Doctor Ye-ye Arrecife, Charco de San Gines
Car Boot Sale in aid of SARA Animal Centre
9.30 am – 12.30 pm, TahicheGarden Centre. Call 646838749 for info.
Festival de Música de Canarias Chamber Orchestra Kremerata Baltica
Chamber Orchestra Kremerata Baltica Works by Pärt, Weinberg, Britten and Piazolla.Arrecife, Teatro Insular Entry: 15 Euro
Until 11th January Exhibition Tomás Aguilar Sala de Arte Charco de San Ginés
Puerto del Carmen, Plaza del Varadero (Harbour)
El Jorobado del Castillo
Folklore, 8.30pm Tias Theatre
Until 11th January
Exhibition Almas Isleñas (Island Souls)
Canarian Latin Concert
Paintings by Christian Honerkamp and sculptur es by Sandra Silbernagel Yaiza, Casa de Cultura Benito Pér ez Armas
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Tenor Blas Martinez is joined by timple giants Domingo El Colorao, Antonio Corujo and others. Teatro Insular, Tickets €10 - 9pm.
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Plaza de Carpas, Puerto Calero. A musical extravaganza hosted by soprano Camilla Paullsen and choreographer Marlene Pierce. Tickets €15
Bienal Lanzarote Until April 2014 Paradise, by Thomas Struth Discussion, by Tony Cragg MIAC - Museo Inter nacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Arrecife
Malerstamm Michael, by Jörg Immendorff Mirador del Río & Monumento al Campesino
Centro Cívico de Playa Honda
Conversation piece, by Juan Muñoz Artlántida, by Jason deCaires Taylor Without title, de Tony Cragg Puerto Deportivo Marina Rubicón, Playa Blanca
Huellas en el paisaje (Footprints in the Landscape) (Agustín Bethencourt, Alberto Lasso, Diana Soriano, José Manuel Clar, Alfonso Valls y José Parrilla)
Insel Aquarelle (Island Watercolours)
Centro de Arte Convento Santo Domingo
Little Gallery – Contradictions and Appearances Arrecife, Hotel Miramar
Crea en miniature/ Creating in Miniature
Bars/Restaurants in Arrecife, Teguise, Tías and San Bartolomé A gastronomy Project that accompanies the art exhibitons. The participating bars and restaurants prepare special “tapas” during the months of the Bienial.
Lanzarote and its transition to the modern day
Sala Municipal de Arte "Charco de San Ginés"
Cinema in original version: Don´t forget: every Thursday the cinemas in Deiland (Playa Honda) and Atlantida (Arrecife) show films in their original language, with Spanish subtitles, giving you the chance to see US and British films often before they arrive in the UK.
10 -2: Art and Souvenir Market, Puerto Calero
9-2 pm: Market, Playa Blanca, Marina Rubicón
Susi & Gopar, Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas
6-10 pm: Craft and Souvenir Market, Costa Teguise, Pueblo Marinero
10 pm: Mauricio & Angy, Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas
5pm - 7pm: Sun Rockers Tea Party, Sun Park Living, Playa Blanca FRIDAY Regulars
10 -2: Art and Souvenir Market, Puerto Calero 10:30 - 14:00: Social Fridays / Expat Community Sun Park Living 5-10 pm: Market, Costa Teguise, Pueblo Marinero 9 pm: Cuban Music, Teguise, El Patio Creperie 10 pm: Jam Sessions, Teguise, Bar La Galeria New! Summer concerts: in the winter! Live Concerts with different groups (call 928-826789 to confirm) Costa Teguise, Terraza Zen (Campo de Golf)
Competitive prices, quality & speed • Litho Printing • Personalised Stationery & Office Supplies • Graphic Design
9-2 pm: Market, Playa Blanca, Marina Rubicón
9-2 pm: Market, Teguise
9-2 pm: Market, Arrecife, Plaza Iglesia de San Ginés
9-2 pm: Farmer’s Market, Mancha Blanca
9-14:30 pm: Market, Haría, Plaza 10-2 pm: Traditional Market, Uga 10-2 pm: Market at La Recova, Tias, Plaza Anfiteatro El Pavón 10 pm: Cuban Music, Playa Blanca, Cuatro Lunas
10- 2 pm Original PALS Car Boot Sale, Lanzarote A Caballo. Call 928830298 for info. 10-2 pm: Market, Uga
Other Services: • Personalised print & Embroidery: caps, T-shirts, pens, diaries… • Design and hosting of web pages • Gift promotions • Rubber/data stamps
• Photocopying, Binding, Laminating etc.
Industrial Zone Playa Honda Road Arrecife-Yaiza, 3.6km Tel. 928 823400/01 Fax 928 821501 firstname.lastname@example.org www.impentaminerva.com
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Call us on: 928 524 956
Prices from â‚Ź9 Free transport for groups.
Karts of all categories Internationally-ratified circuit (2,346 metres) Junior Circuit - Senior Circuit Infant's Circuit Authorised circuit for remote control cars
CafĂŠteria and snack bar Timekeeping by transponders Racers for groups, with trophies and champagne podium celebration.
LANZAROTE Map Pages
LA GRACIOSA ORZOLA PLAYA DE LA COCINA
MIRADOR DEL RIO MALPAIS DE LA CORONA
CALETA DEL CABALLO
LA CALETA DE FAMARA SOO
TAJASTE CASAS DE GUIGUAN N A LC O V EL
NAZARET TAHICHE GOLF
SAN BARTOLOMÉ MASDACHE GUIME
COSTA DE TEGUISE LASPLAYA CUCHARAS PLAYA BASTIAN
CASTILLO DE SAN JOSE MUELLE DE LOS MARMOLES
CASTILLO DE SAN GABRIEL
AIRPORT PLAYA DE MATAGORDA
PUERTO DEL MATAGORDA CARMEN PLAYA DE LOS POCILLOS PUERTO CALERO PLAYA BLANCA FEMMES PLAYA QUEMADA
MONUMENTO AL CAMPESINO
CASTILLO DE GUANAPY
LA GERIA TÍAS LOS HERVIDEROS UGA SALINA DE JANUBIO YAIZA MACHER PLAYA DE JANUBIO
MONTAÑAS DEL FUEGO
TIÑGUATÓN Art Trail
PARQUE NACIONAL DE TIMANFAYA
PLAYA DE LA GARITA
JARDIN DE CACTUS
TIAGUA LA VEGETA TAO
JAMEOS DEL AGUA PUNTA DE MUJERES
MIRADOR TABAYESCO DE HARIA
PLAYA DE SAN JUAN LA SANTA SPORT
CUEVAS DE LOS VERDES
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Business - Tías
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• Everything you need for school • Visit us and find out our great prices • Tabacco - Newsagent - and Much more
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Calle Las Tabaibas 24, Tias Tel: 648 778 417 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lykkelhasa.com Lykke Lhasa
ITV (MOT test) due? Simple. Just bring us your car, and we´ll take care of the lot. All you have to do is come and fetch your car with it´s brand new ITV!
We carry out all mechanical services including: • Pre - ITV • Air conditioning refills • Diagnosis • Car wash • Fast service
Find us in Tias opposite the Ally shop. C/ Matorral Nº 5. Mobile: 659 88 54 51
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PARTY EQUIPMENT, BALLOONS,
Gift/Favours, Baby Shower, Decorations for Weddings, Calle Libertad, 19 – Loc. 3 Christenings, Birthdays, Stag/Hen Nights. Find us in Facebook
(at the corner of Avda. Central) Tel. 928 832 065 – 653 537 243
YOUR DECORATION & GIFT SHOP IN TÍAS
• Visit us and discover our Aladdin's cave with quality household, garden items, Hilario, 6 basketry, jewellery, fireworks…at prices you can afford. Tias. (Opposite 5 Hiperdino supermarket) We are open Monday to Friday from 9,30hrs till 13,00hrs and Tel./Fax: 928-524317 from 17,00hrs till 20,00hrs Sa turday from 10,00hrs till 13,30hrs.
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Business - Puerto del Carmen
• Credit Cards Accepted
BOTH ENDS OF PUERTO DEL CARMEN
Hotel San Antonio end, C.C Costa Luz - A6 Tel: 928 513 563
• 1000´s of Books, New & Second Hand • Up to 50% trade-in on our returns • Greeting Cards, Party Goods • Stationery, Kids Books • Fax & Photocopying Service BS II.
Fariones Hotel end, corner of C/Timanfaya 1st floor Tel: 928 514 931
Great atmosphere, good music and the latest videoclips. Only a few meters from the beach. The best fun to be had - day and night in Puerto del Carmen
Both shops are open Mon - Fri 9.30 - 17.00 & Sat 9.30 - 14.00 - Closed Sundays
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Open Mon-Fri 8.30 to 3pm Burki´s / El Toro Roundabout • Brakes and Brake Balance • Handbrake • Tyres • Exhaust System Calle Reina Sofia 70 • Emission Check • Check all Levels • Check Battery Secured Puerto Del Carmen • Check all Seatbelts • There is NO re-test fee in the unlikely Email: email@example.com event that your vehicle does not pass.
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FREE PICK UP & DELIVERY TO ALL RESORTS 0 Curtains 0 Carpets 0 Sofa Covers 0 Blankets 0 1 day Turnaround 0 Duvets - Vac Packed & fresh for next season 0 Take all your holiday clothes home clean. 3€ per kilo - Washed - Dried - Folded 0 Contract work for villas and apartments
9 Calle Los Sabandeños, 47 - Puerto Del Carmen Tel: 928 512 440 firstname.lastname@example.org
Puerto del Carmen - Business THE ZAFFRAN GROUP OF INDIAN RESTAURANTS Authentic
Indian Cuisine I Indian Z Zaffran ff T Ta Tandoori specialties Indian ndian dian A Aroma rom Over 200 dishes ro We cook to Bollywood Children Menus your taste,
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mild or hot Gluten-free dishes also available
Indian Zaffran Pto. del Carmen – C/Juan Carlos I, 25 – C.C. Olivin – Tel. 928 512 747. Near the Biosfera Commercial Center
The British Surgery of Lanzarote offers a 24 hour medical service. If you need to see a doctor , you can come to any of our surgeries in Puerto del Carmen or simply call our FREEPHONE 900 811 555 number and ask for a home visit.
Indian Aroma Pto. Del Carmen – Avenida de las Playas 14 – C.C. Las Tabaibas – Tel. 928 528 405 Near Tito’s Bar
General Practitioner 24 hr Ambulance E.C.G Pediatrician Orthopedic Surgeon Laboratory
Bollywood Pto. Del Carmen – Avenida de las Playas 67 – Tel. 928 511 532 Near Café del Carmen
Avda. de Las Playas 67, Bungalow 1 (opp. S. Antonio Hotel) Pto. Del Carmen Tel: 928 5142 74
C./Plutón 6, Matagorda (opp. Jameos Playa), Tel: 9285 1 68 10 SU
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Chevere Gift Items & High Fashion Jewellery Canalejas, 4 - Arrecife - Telephone : 928 80 88 44
Avenida de las Playas, 111. C.C. Maritimo - Unit 3-4. Puerto del Carmen
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Business - Puerto Calero
Enjoy our new menu
Bookings: Maxi Vidal - 928 513 181 Groups: Mariluz Pérez Fajardo - 928 513 243
1 Puerto Calero Reservations 928 849 525
Enjoy the gastronomic experience we can offer you. It’s unique, it’s special. email@example.com New and ample dining rooms where you can celebrate with your family, friends www.restauranteamura.com or business colleagues. Magnificent views to the Puerto Caler o Superyacht area from our splendid terrace. Now try our Chef ’s menu, a delicious off-menu Tel: 928 513 181 2 creation that we change every week, for only €32. Open Everyday Fax. 928 511 462
Co Hot sta el Ca lero
A lively venue open 7 days a week fr om 9am where you can enjoy a delicious br eakfast, lunch or dinner in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the beautiful Pto. Caler o Marina. Come and watch the sport on the big scr eens. Try the homemade steak & Guinness pie, Homemade Burgers or the famous Fish & Chips, and don’ t miss the traditional roast on Sunday.
Hotel Hesperia Lanzarote
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Welcoming and friendly restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine. Only a few meters fr om the sea. Tel: 928 51 29 11
BEST ATMOSPHERE Right on the Harbour
5 Marina Puerto Calero Buda Tlf. 928 849 631 Puerto Calero - Lanzarote
Puerto Calero - Business
LANZAROTE'S UNIQUE ALADDIN'S CAVE Discover the treasure in Puerto calero
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Business - Playa Blanca
NOS MOVEMOS POR TÍ - WE ARE THERE FOR YOU
24 h phone: 649 973 366
902 300 400
We are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable making any visit to the practice comfortable and ef ficient. We offer a comprehensive range of services and medical facilities. All our team members ar e very experienced and highly qualified in their respective fields.
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Fenauso 3 35500 Arrecife Tel: 928 806 480 Fax: 928 806 480
Open Monday to Friday 08.00-20.00. Saturday 09.00-13.00. Email: email@example.com www.mrw.es
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Playa Blanca - Business
Natural Medicine Consultation with Dr. Valeriano M. Torres CALL
Mon - Fri 9.30 - 19.00 - Sat 9.30 - 14.00 Closed Sunday
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3 C. la Corvina Rd. opp. Church Tel/Fax: 928 349 420
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Business - Costa Teguise
C/ Adefas s/n 35508 Costa Teguise Telephone: +0034 928 59 2006 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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5 Hotel Coronas Playa
Hotel Teguise Playa
Hotel Blue Bay
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902 300 400 Open Monday to Friday 08.00-20.00. Saturday 09.00-13.00. Email: email@example.com www.mrw.es
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Fenauso 3 35500 Arrecife Tel: 928 806 480 Fax: 928 806 480
Club 55 Open every day from 10pm. Special erotic show. Stag night. Budget prices. V isit us also at our new club Afrodita in Puerto del Carmen. Tel: 928 346 045
Club 55 Costa Teguise Club 55 Puerto del Carmen
Afrodita Puerto del Carmen
Costa Teguise - Business
inter - denominational
Sunday Worship 11am 11am at at the the Barceló Barceló Lanzarote Lanzarote Resort Resort -- Costa Costa Teguise Teguise www.sundayworshiplanzarote.com www.sundayworshiplanzarote.com
Hotel Barceló Avda de Mar ( for more information Tel: 928 833 382)
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Hotel Teguise Playa
Hotel Puerto Tahiche
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Map: E6 Avda. Islas Canarias No 1 Tel: 928 59 04 16 Tel: 928 59 08 01 3 Fax: 928 59 08 66
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A relaxing stay with the opportunity of sampling a little of the cultures of Lanzarote mixed with warm hospitality and friendliness. www.mansionnazaret.com. email: firstname.lastname@example.org LE
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Come as you are, bring the kids. Wheel chair access (chairs from reception) and free shuttle bus at 10.45am, opposite Las Cucharas beach car park, close to Lanzarote Gardens (Map E7).
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Ref. 246 - PLAYA BLANCA
Ref. 491 - PLAYA BLANCA
EXTENDED, STYLISH LIVING Beautifully presented 2 bed 2 bath in Faro Park. With large, flexible living space and well maintained gardens .
SEA VIEWS FROM BALCONY Large 4 bed property with stunning pool area and established gardens. 15 mins walk to town centre.
Ref 499 - PLAYA BLANCA MODERN AND SPACIOUS 4 bed villa with possibilities for 2 separate accommodations: 2 floors, 2 kitchens, 2 living areas. Private heated pool.
PRICE 349,500 €.
PRICE 258.000 €
PRICE 269.000 €
PRICE 348,000 €
Ref. 244 - PLAYA BLANCA PRICED TO SELL 2 bed 2 bath house in Alegranza. Large front garden with driveway and a walled and private rear garden.
SPACE AND STYLE Detached 5 bed 3 bath property within 15 mins walk of town centre. 1.000 m2 plot, large private pool.
Ref. 340 - PUERTO DEL CARMEN IMMACULATE Detached 3 bed 2 bath villa with garage, private heated pool and many extras.
PRICE 148.500 €
Ref. 303 - PLAYA BLANCA PROJECT 2 houses needing completion, located in Costa Papagayo. Great potential. PRICE 189.000€ and 199.000 €
Ref. 504 - PLAYA BLANCA
PRICE: 375.000 €
Ref. 281 - PLAYA BLANCA 5 MINS TO SEA Semi-detached 2 bed 2 bath property tucked away at the end of a cul de sac. Private pool and sea views
PRICE: 252.000 €
Ref. 393 - PLAYA BLANCA MARINA RUBICON Detached 3 bed 2 bath villa within a short stroll to the Marina. Beautifully presented inside and out. PRICE 380.000 €.
Ref 392 - PLAYA BLANCA DETACHED Spacious 3 bed 3 bath property on large plot of 1.000 m2 plus. Private pool, roof terrace, many features.
PRICE 385.000 €
Ref. 275 - PLAYA BLANCA HOLIDAY RENTAL 2 bed bungalow in Casas del Sol. Healthy forward bookings, tourist licence, great investment opportunity.
PRICE 149,000 €
Ref 214 - PLAYA BLANCA GREAT PRICE 2 bed 2 bath semi-detached house with sea views from terrace and from master bedroom balcony. PRICE 145.000 €
my home All change! Out with the old and in with the new!
That´s the general motto at this time of year, and it means there´s no better time to think about giving your home a new look, a fresh lick of paint or a total makeover. It´s time to look forward and think about all the pleasure you and your guests plan to get out of your property in the 12 months to come. That´s why this month, we focus on the main trends that will be influencing interiors and exteriors in 2014. Influences that, here on Lanzarote, are not only more relevant than ever, but easier to take advantage of.
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Property Shorts Finding your Home Abroad Property Buyers Guide Focus on your USP New Year, New Rooms Interior Trends 2014 Alluring Lounges New Kitchens The Magic of Hot Tubs All Year Enjoyment The Smart Outdoors Gardening into 2014
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Buy-To-Let Boost roperty in Spain has seen prices plummet in the years since the ﬁnancial crash, making holiday homes more affordable for lifestyle buyers – and more proﬁtable for investors. Foreclosed homes, though, provide an even bigger margin, with values up to 71.6 per cent below their original market value, according to Fitch Ratings. Being a landlord in Spain is also more attractive than it used to be thanks to new laws allowing rental rates to operate independently of inﬂation and increased by the property owner more often. The length of time that must elapse before a non-paying tenant can be evicted has also been reduced. “Foreign owners renting out their property to working people under 30 years of age can even, under the new law, claim tax relief ranging from 60 per cent to 100 per cent on the rental income,” notes Global Property Guide. Individual buyers, meanwhile, have seen their tax breaks removed, making home ownership less affordable. Much like in the UK, the unfavourable conditions have pushed many hopeful home buyers into the rented sector instead. With Spain’s economy ofﬁcially out of recession in the third quarter of 2013, enjoying a growth of 0.1 per cent, and tenant demand set to increase, the country’s property may be distressed, but the buy-to-let market is far from it.
downmarket image in the UK during the package holiday decades of the 80´s and 90´s has long since been laid to rest. Budget operators such as easyJet and Ryanair and the ready availability of privately owned, high quality rental properties mean the island now attracts well- heeled independent travellers in their droves. Last year alone Lanzarote welcomed over 2 million tourists – an amazing ﬁgure for such a small island – the bulk of them ﬂying in from the UK or Eire, who together account for well over half of all
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my home Established Since 1984 foreign holidaymakers. This buoyant tourist market also attracts scores of overseas investors who are able to enjoy year-round rental returns thanks to Lanzarote´s mild, warm climate. Property on Lanzarote can also be surprisingly upscale, as is evidenced by the appearance on the market of a huge six bedroom villa located right on the frontline in the exclusive Risco Prieto area of Puerto del Carmen, boasting uninterrupted views down to the Old Town Harbour. Properties in this zone rarely make it onto the
market and this particular slice of luxury carries a near €3 million price tag - hardly a surprise given its amazing cliff top location, its stunning gardens and a breathtaking swimming pool area. The property also comes with a separate one bedroom guest apartment that is just ideal for renting out to holidaymakers – a vital consideration for any potential buyer seeking help covering the mammoth mortgage repayments on this magniﬁcent villa.
ccording to the monthly analysis carried out by
European holiday rental specialists, Homelidays.es, holiday rentals in Spain achieved an increase in enquiries of 7% during the month of October, due to demand from the UK, Italy and Spain. Their analysis shows that the increase is mainly due to the interest shown by British holidaymakers in booking accommodation in Spain, which registered 42% more requests for information than in the same month of last year. Tourists from Italy and Spain also contributed to the good results for October with increases in enquiries of 15% and 5% respectively, while enquiries from French tourists grew by just 1%. Laura Rivera-Casares, sales manager for Homelidays in Spain, said: “Both foreign and local tourists continue to think that Spain is a perfect destination for a holiday”. She then explained that the focus of the demand at this time is on a combination of “good climate, wide range of offers and affordable prices”, and that therefore the islands and the coastal areas of Spain are “the destinations that are generating more interest, as they combine these requirements.” The Canaries feature among the most popular areas for rental enquiries, alongside the Balearics and Murcia. In contrast, Madrid, Seville and Barcelona, traditionally popular tourist destinations at this time of year, have experienced declines in the volume of enquiries of 17%, 7% and 4%, respectively, according to the monthly data.
Canaries Stable While Spain Shrinks ecent data from the National Statistics Institute shows that Spain´s population dropped for the ﬁrst time in 2012. This trend will continue in 2013 and in future years. Indeed, Spain is expected to see its population shrink from 46.8 million to 46.7million this year, a fall of 0.5 per cent. The fall has been partly attributed to a decreasing number of births in the country, which from 2017 will be overtaken by the number of deaths for the ﬁrst time. But the amount of new immigrants has also fallen, as Spain’s struggling economy sees more people leave the country in search of employment. Net migration in Spain now sees two people leaving for every one person arriving. As a result, Spain is forecast to lose 2.6 million of its population in the next 10 years, a decrease of 5.4 per cent between 2013 and 2023. The only regions that will not see their population shrink will be the Canary Islands and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla.
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PUERTO DEL CARMEN PLAYA VOLCANO Ref No : 1336 Large modern two bedroom apartment with own parking and private terrace. In ideal position – top ﬂoor, overlooking gardens and in a quiet central area. Close to beach and restaurants. Beautiful furnishings. Residential or holiday home. Very low community and running costs.
Price: 135.000 €
PUERTO DEL CARMEN LAS VILLAS Ref No : 1649 Detached two ﬂoor villa, completely refurbished. First class position, just minutes to the beach and shops. Close to the San Antonio Hotel. Heated private swimming pool. Top quality property. Must be seen to truly appreciate. Viewing strongly recommended.
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Your Home Abroad Finding & buying...
Buying property abroad is more popular than ever, with increasing numbers of people following their dream.
ith so many things to consider when looking for a pr operty, it pays do as much r esearch as possible beforehand, consulting local media,web forums and social networks. Decide before you venture forward what is a must for it to become your home. Remember there will always be a need for compr omises, but by knowing more or less exactly what you can live with and what you can´t live without before you start, you could avoid your heart ruling your head when it comes to the final decision.
It is often said that ther e is only one main thing to consider when buying property –location. Property should be an investment which will continue to grow in value in the years to come, and it´s situation has a very str ong bearing on this. Always research an area thoroughly, ask for other opinions and consider the following when pur chasing property: Always look at the surrounding areas – what sort of infrastructur e exists, will you find it easy to get to work, visit the beach or the shops or attract paying guests. Although Lanzarote is generally safe, it´s worth asking how good or bad is the security of the ar ea? Mosat of all, does it ‘feel’ right to you – these intuitive impressions can be more important than you might think. If you have children or pets think of nearby facilities such as playgr ounds or areas to walk dogs. Think about the school your childr en will attend – is there a local state school, or will you be considering one of the private schools on the island.
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Use qualified professionals to protect your interests and make the purchase of your new home a str ess-free experience. Estate agents are an excellent source of advice, but only negotiate with ones that are officially registered and hold a licence, and don´t be afraid to get a second, thir d or fourth opinion. Ensure you have a good lawyer with an excellent command of English and Spanish, to deal with the endless stream of local rules and regulations, and to keep you in the pictur e.
Always be on the lookout for elements that can create unwanted noise or disturbances in the area, such as nightclubs, karaoke bars or industrial buildings Go at separate times of the day and night to see if there are major changes. Is there parking for your car? If you´r e buying on a complex, is the community of owners well-run? W ill you be able to get planning permission to build extensions or outhouses? Ar e outlying properties supplied with water, light, and broadband? Your list of questions should be as ling as possible – that way you´r e less likely to miss out on something important. Check the ticks and make your choice. Now you've found the place of your dr eams, your offer has been accepted and you're waiting for the legal paperwork to be clear ed. Although most of the work is carried out by solicitors and estate agents, it pays to keep a track of each stage of the pur chase.
Research all legal issues and costs involved. Y our solicitor/lawyer will advise and assist you. Before you have decided on a pr operty it's important to be fully aware of the legal process and costs involved in your pur chase. Obtain professional advice and check your finances, taking account of these additional costs. Be well prepared with your finances; taxes can be high when buying. Set up a direct debit from a native bank account to pay for bills. Be car eful not to miss payments and read those red letters; Spanish banks are increasingly less lenient with those who don't pay up in time.
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my home This article is intended as a general guide to buying real estate in The Canary Islands. It has been compiled from the knowledge and experience of a number of professionals involved in the selling, buying and conveyancing of property in Spain, but it should not be taken as a substitute for proper legal advice. It is intended only as an explanation of the system, customs and practice which you will come across, should you be interested in buying a home on the islands.
DECIDING THE LOCATION You need to decide whether your property is intended for holiday use, longer term visits, or whether you intend to live here year round. Y our choice of location should take your needs into account, such as schools, medical services and recreational outlets. CHOOSING THE PROPERTY You need to know a great deal more about your property than you would if you were just spending a couple of weeks there. If there is a community association, ask your neighbours if it is well run. Ask about the community fees - don’ t forget that if you are in a Community you are legally obliged to pay them or you could lose the property. BUYING THE PROPERTY The first essential thing before you part with a penny is to make sure that the person selling you the property is entitled to do so. Any agent worth his salt will have carried out a basic search and will be able to show you that this is correct. Y our agent will be able to supply you with a list of suitable Lawyers to act on your behalf, the British Consulate in Las Palmas will provide a suitable list on request, if required. Your lawyer needs to check out your intended property thoroughly. The process is not dissimilar from the UK and a check of legal title will be made through a search in the local Land Registry Office which will also indicate if there are any mortgages or charges against the property. If
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you are buying a plot of land, the lawyer will also check if you can obtain permission to build on the land and what size and type of property you can build; there are zoning controls on this island as well as anywhere else and an old document presented to you pertaining to be planning permission may well have changed in the interim period. Once you have been assured by your lawyer that all is in order , you will need to sign a Contract of Purchase raised by a lawyer, and pay a deposit which is usually 10% of the intended purchase price; this deposit is normally held by the lawyer who has been appointed to arrange the signing of the Title Deed. The contract will state the terms and conditions of the sale and will state a specific time for completion of the transaction when you must produce the balance of the price. If for any reason you decide, up to this completion time that you cannot proceed with the purchase, you will forfeit the deposit paid, but if the seller changes his mind, he must return the deposit to you in full, plus a compensation payment for damages. Obviously if a lawyer is holding these funds, there’s no problem in the purchaser’s deposit being refunded. The next step is to complete the transaction by making the outstanding balance of payment and signing the title deed, which is known in Spain as the Escritura; this must be done in the Notary’ s Office. The Notary’s task is to ensure that all of the legal documentation is correct, he will also carry out a search in the Land Registry Office on the day of signing to check the current status of the property or land, (and will require the last annual rates receipt from the council in which the property is situated), that this is up to date as well. It is essential to ensure that your lawyer has current receipts for all other payments such as water, electric and community charges, as debts such as these in Spain are levied against the property and not the owner. When in the Notary’s Office, you will be asked to produce your passport as evidence of
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identification. You will also be advised to obtain a NIF number, Numero Identificación Fiscal, which your lawyer can arrange for you. PAYING THE PRICE If you are not a resident in Spain and are buying property or land it is advisable to bring your money from abroad to complete the purchase, it is simple to open a non-resident account in a local bank, and your estate agent will normally help you with this. You can then transfer your funds from your own bank in the UK, to this new account. On the signing of the new Title Deed your cheques for payment will be shown to the Notary and included as part of the documentation of the deed. They must be inscripted with details of the property of land to be purchased, or have an investment certificate from the issuing bank attached. The Notary will also require you to sign a Spanish ministry form, declaring that the investment has been made. It is also possible when purchasing from a non-Spanish resident, to pay the completion funds abroad in any currency. In this case, the deed will state an equivalent amount in Euros as this gives the value in which the transmission tax (stamp duty) is calculated. You will have to produce more than one cheque as you will be liable for capital gains tax. In this situation a sum of 3% calculated against the value declared in the title deed will need to be retained and paid to the Spanish T ax Authorities. The Estate Agents fees are normally paid by the vendor and the details of the specific percentage to be paid will normally be noted in the Purchase Contract. Beware, some unscrupulous illegal agents have been known to charge the purchaser as well as the vendor for their fees. You may well also find that the price of your title deed is not exactly the same as the cost of the purchase, as some sellers prefer to treat the furnishings and fittings, if they are included, as a separate item.
Signing the escritura in the Notary office does not yet mean that you officially own the property . For the transaction to be complete you must register the deeds in the Registro de la Propiedad (Property Registry). When the deeds are taken to the Registro, the purchase tax of 6.5% of the value of the property must be paid. Later the Registro will write to whoever presented the documents and ask for a second payment to cover their charges. In addition, a tax to the Local Authority, based on the increase of values of land in their area since the property last changed hands (known as ‘Plus Valia’) is payable. This is subject to negotiation between the vender and purchaser. Your Lawyer can get an estimate in advance of the purchase, so that you have the funds ready. At the same time, a form should be entered to the local authority, advising them of the change of ownership. You should remind whoever is doing your paperwork about this, as it is often forgotten.
and www.spainlawyer.com. Information about your Association has to be freely available to you, as do the accounts which have to be published to the members every year . Belonging to a Community Association brings many advantages to the owner who does not intend to live in the property year round, as you can be sure that someone will be keeping an eye on things when you are away. Should you be buying a property on an ‘Urbanisation’ you will find that there is a Community Association, of which you must become a member. Each property owner on the site owns a percentage of the communal areas, and is responsible for making a payment to the Association for their upkeep. You should check before you buy that your Community Association is functioning well, how much the monthly payment is, and whether the payments for your intended property are up to date. If these payments are not made the Association can eventually seize your property, so be careful.
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Other bills which will have to be paid include the Transmission Tax, the Plus Valia, the Notary’s bill, the fees from the Registro and the bill from your Lawyer, will probably come to about 10% of the purchase price. Your Lawyer will ask for these funds to be placed with him before the work is done, as too many times clients disappeared leaving these bills unpaid. However, it cannot be stressed enough, though, that you should deal in these matters with a professional person who is well established.
When you buy a property you become liable for any outstanding bills for water, electricity, local rates and community fees. Both the Electricity Board (UNELCO) and the Water Company (INALSA) have forms which you and the seller must sign, to transfer the bills into your name. When you go to do this you should check that all payments are up to date. Local rates are payable at the Town Hall. You or your representative needs to visit the ‘Oficina de Recaudacion ’ at the Town Hall to give them the form changing the rates into your name, and again, checking that all payments are up to date. As bills are not sent out for the rates, property owners often forget to pay them, and they can soon mount up.
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Focus On Your nyone marketing a business will know all about the USP concept. It´s the factor that sets one product apart from all the competition, and it´s the one that marketing will focus on. It´s important to distinguish the USP from sales slogans and advertising hype, however. “Diamonds are forever” or Gillette´s “The best a man can get” aren´t USP´s in themselves, just catchy advertising slogans. If you´re a fan of Wilkinson Sword, Gillette´s promise isn´t going to change your mind, because it isn´t offering anything new. USPs apply not only to products but to property, and anyone involved in rerntals on Lanzarote will know the advantages of offering something that the competition cannot match. In fact, if you´re thinking of selling your property, a good way to identify your USP is to pretend you´re renting ﬁrst. What aspects of the property will you highlight ﬁrst? Why should guests choose you over other offers?” In some cases, the answer will be blindingly obvious. If you have a magniﬁcent swimming pool, for example; or a sweeping view of the ocean or the volcanoes, then you know exactly what to focus on. Location is obviously a key factor, and whether you have a cosy apartment just ﬁve minutes from the beach or a villa in the rural heartland of the island will be important to the buyers you wish to appeal to. But sometimes the USP of your property is a little more difﬁcult to put your ﬁnger on. This is where friends and guests you´ve invited in the past can help you out. Get in touch and ask them to tell you, honestly, what it is that appealed to them about your property. Those who have rented will have a head start here, of course, as they will probably have received plenty of feedback from guests in the past. It may turn out that your USP is something you have taken for granted, or something distinct from the reasons for your purchases in the ﬁrst place. If you´ve taken care of your property, carried out extensions and improvements, it may even be that you have created your own USP. And it´s never too late to start creating a USP. If there´s something that you´ve always felt your property has lacked, now may be the time to invest.
The unique selling proposition (USP) is what makes your property stand out from all the others. And, as all properties are different, each one will have its own USP.
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Make a list of every beneﬁt your property provides. Write down everything about your property that provides the buyer with a tangible beneﬁt. And that means absolutely everything. If you´re close to a tennis court, put it down, even if you´ve never lifted a racket in your life. Once you have a list, you´ll know your strengths and which ones to highlight as USPs.
Know Your Weaknesses:
You also need to know what your weaknesses are for two reasons. Firstly, so that you can improve them and secondly, so that you can focus your message on something else.
Ask professionals, friends, previous guests and anyone you know for an honest opinion of your property. The more information you have, the better, and the wiser you will ﬁnd it to isolate those really strong points that will be your USP.
Study the Competition: It´s not a
USP if everyone else has one. Having said that, looking at what other sellers are highlighting will give
you a pretty good idea of what you´re up against, what is in demand and how you can stand out from the crowd. If there are basic elements that others offer and you lack, such as disabled access, then you may want to think about improvements, but remember that mimicry will get you nowhere. You need to offer what everyone else in your immediate vicinity is offering, and then that little bit more.
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Once you’ve identiﬁed your unique selling point, preach it. Don’t hide it. Focus your publicity around that thing that makes you different. and hammer this point home. The unique selling point is what your sale will be based on, so make sure it´s broadcast loud and clear.
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There is something about the New Year that makes us all want to wipe the slate clean and start again. Like resolutions, it's a time to start afresh, no matter what has gone before.
hatâ€™s why this is a gr eat time to reconsider the rooms in your home. You might have got used to having them function in a certain way, but now is the perfect time to reconsider this - both what's in them, and what they ar e used for. Look at the up and coming tr ends for homes in 2014, so you can be on the button when it comes to r edoing yours. T he New Year is a chance to breathe new life into your home. To look at what you have got and see how it can be impr oved upon. Take time to spend a few moments in each r oom in the house and notice how it makes you feel. Ask yourself the questions, do I feel comfortable and warm, or a little chilly? W ould I like to stay her e for a while, or am I keen to get out and to go somewher e else? In order for a room to serve its purpose, you need to feel comfortable and at home, in it. If the answer is no, then you need to get back to the drawing boar d and get to work on what improvements can be made. 96 | January 2014 | The Gazette
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The interior trends in 2014 are all about lightening up. It's time to say goodbye to dark wood and mahogany and embrace a much paler palette, one that is characterised by hues of soft pink, lilac, apricot and pistachio. It's giving a nod to the fifties, a la Mad Men - we've all gone mad for the candy colours on the catwalk and now it's time to embrace them in our homes. But, we hear you cry , surely this is the sort of look that is best suited to little girl's bedr ooms, all pretty in pink and sugar coated fairytales? Actually no, with a bit of thought you can cr eate a softly hued look that is subtle and sophisticated. Sky blue and duck egg ar e colours that bring real charm to a kitchen, units painted in this tone are undeniably chic. Combine with a rustic slate stone floor and you'll have the kind of country kitchen that you r ead about in magazines. Light and airy, its the perfect feel-good tone for a family kitchen and living space.
The year to come will be one of contrast, texture and an increasing trend to personalize your home to reflect your personality. And the new trends also fit perfectly with the Lanzarote lifestyle.
2014 is all about balance and surprising colours
The key to 2014 is bold colours carefully blended with organic colours and pastels to create a harmonious whole. During 2013 bright pinks and oranges have been popping up everywhere, but as appealing as those colours can be, many homeowners have found it a little difﬁcult to decorate with orange and pink. These colours may still linger over the next several months but the colour yellow will deﬁnitely be taking their place as the next uplifting colour. To tone down these bright colours, smart decorators will be using softer shades of natural, organic colours as background, and also to increase the “pop” effect that vivid shades have. Pastels will also be coming back in a big way in 2014, but still with that emphasis on pop-out colour contrast. The eagerly-awaited Pantone report reﬂects the general idea, with pastels and cool organics teamed with vivid reds and oranges. Pantone have chosen Dazzling Blue as their “colour of 2014,” a choice that will be especially welcome on Lanzarote, where it is the perfect shade for bathroom or pool
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my home decoration, as well as traditional shutters and doors. Nevertheless, it´s another Canarian colour that is set to rule in 2014. Yellow is clearly the trending leader for the New Year, and Pantone´s Freesia is exactly the type of bold vibrant yellow that will echo Lanzarote sunshine, both indoors and out. Yellow can be overwhelming, so consider pairing it with grey, taupe and sand to get the perfect accents in your indoor space.
Strong geometric patterns have been seen on fabric and furniture over the last three years, but in 2014 we will see those dominating lines gradually softened and classic, ﬂoral patterns replacing the angles. Try updating your current look by introducing ﬂoral cushions or throws to your existing decor. Pairing geometric patterns with soft ﬂoral s also works well. It´s worth bearing in mind that some of the stronger ﬂoral patterns can be overwhelming for some. Ease into the bolder ﬂoral prints by combining them with a white or neutral background. Consider a solid white sofa with ﬂoral pillows or a ﬂoral inspired rug if you’re a bit faint of heart with the ﬂorals.
Designers have increasingly become very particular about what touches our skin. Our interiors now need to feel good as well as look good. and we want to be as pleased as much by the touch and texture as the color. Natural elements such as warm woods, soft comfortable fabrics, textured tiles that bring dimension and smooth sleek surfaces will be one of the main focuses for 2014’s home décor. And texture is something you can really take advantage of on Lanzarote, with its abundance of natural lava, wood and woven palm handicrafts.
Trends are an illustration of what is occurring in various aspects of our society. As men are spending more time in the home they are becoming more interested and involved in decorating their home. Although they still lean towards comfort rather than appearance, the good news is that many are ﬁnally beginning to understand there is more to a beautifully designed home than a comfy sofa and a gigantic TV. A male’s decorating style is similar to a well tailored wardrobe. It is strong, sturdy, and robust in deep colour tones. A style both woman and man can embrace equally.
Social media mean that, nowadays, we try to express our personality more and more, with online photos, quotes, links and thoughts. But your Facebook page is not your home, and it is your home that really reﬂects your self. Accessories tell a story about the people who live in the home. They should reﬂect your true personality, whatever that may be, eclectic, quirky or traditional. The most intriguing homes are the ones that are decorated with objects that inspire and provoke conversations. Now is the time to pull out your travel memorabilia and collections to display and tell a story to all that enter your home. What is your story?
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As the New Year stretches before us, we can but wonder what trends it might be characterised by. Colour, space and light will continue to dominate the way we choose to decorate our homes. For sure, the living area will always be the real hub of the family home, as we invest more time in designing, decorating and living in it.
ainly, this is because of our preference for more open-plan living. We have been inspired by the urban lofts of London and New York, where people can cook, work and play in the same area. With more and more people having offices in the home there is less of a distinction between work time and play time. Years ago an evening was spent in the living
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practical considerations of space and positioning must be balanced with aesthetic concepts of beauty and cleanliness. And, if you´ve got an old kitchen, the bad news is that you´re probably wasting a lot of time and energy that has since been rendered unnecessary through new technologies and materials. What you need from your kitchen will dictate the kitchen you install. If you cook regularly, feed hungry children on the go and use the kitchen as dining area you will have more demanding criteria than someone who merely uses it to warm up food or prepare the odd stove-top meal. If you´re renting, your guests will need all the basics, but can probably do without an asparagus kettle or gigantic dishwasher. For a working kitchen, the triangle between the cooker, the sink and the fridge should be the key consideration, with plenty of elbow room and enough work space to allow you to do exactly what you need. In Spain, double sinks are standard, but you can reassess that space if you need to.
In larger kitchens, this triangle can be broken up with design elements that improve the overall feel of the kitchen, but they should never be too far apart. In smaller kitchens, space is the problem, and in the galley or corridor-style kitchen. It´s the work space that will need most planning. If your kitchen is larger, and well-used, consider zoning it with different design elements to create spaces for dining, preparation and just relaxation (the kitchen is an under-appreciated leisure zone in many households). Storage and lighting are also of paramount importance. You need enough storage space for all your crockery, cutlery, unused appliances, pots, pans etc, and it needs to be organised so that everything is as easy to locate as possible. Lighting needs to be strong in preparation areas, with spots at the sink and cooker, but not so harsh overall as to make the kitchen look like an operating theatre. Even if you are an experienced amateur decorator, the special demands of a kitchen mean that professional advice is nearly always needed. Fortunately, Lanzarote is an island where companies have been ﬁtting kitchens for satisﬁed clients for decades – all you have to do is hunt them down.
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There´s no doubt that a hot tub spa is a desirable addition to any outdoor living space, but it’s not just the obvious pleasure having your own Spa brings; it is also very good for your health.
ot tub spas consist of three main healing ingredients, heat, buoyancy, and massage. Together, they create an experience that is both relaxing and healthy and which used on a regular basis provides physical health beneﬁts that go much deeper than just relaxation and pleasure. Water is so pure and simple, yet it can do the most amazing things. Whether you are experiencing joint or muscle pain, having trouble sleeping, or are just rather stressed out, spending time in hot tub spas can provide therapeutic beneﬁts for just about everyone. It’s a little like that feeling you get when
you have had a sauna or spent time in a steam room. Your muscles have been encouraged to relax under the heat, and you get a lovely warm sleepy feeling for a good few hours after. Hot tubs are great for relieving stress and anxiety, and research has shown that hot tubs owners experienced a 70% reduction in their stress levels with regular hot tub usage. What’s more, a hot tub in Lanzarote is worth it’s weight in gold, as we see so little rain and we have such long and beautiful summer evenings, not to mention sunsets, that you really will get a signiﬁcant amount of usage out of it. Depending
on how much you are looking to invest in a hot tub, high pressure jet nozzles can now be incorporated into your tub, which have a magical effect on muscles and joints. These are positioned in speciﬁc places in order that they stimulate your neck and shoulder muscles simultaneously. Taking all this into account, you can start to see why a hot tub is so much more than a hot outdoor bath. It’s a lifestyle choice that when used regularly can really make a difference to your life. Add to that the social aspect and what it brings to outdoor living, eating, and relaxing, and you might just ﬁnd it impossible to resist.
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It´s the New Year and all you pool owners will be looking forward to getting as much use out of your pool or hot tub as possible. It is, after all, your own personal oasis under the sunny skies of arid Lanzarote. But if you’re thinking of adapting your pool area, or even installing a fresh one, what should you be looking at?
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he swimming pools that were in fashion in recent years tended to include steps and grade simply fr om a shallow end to a deep end. The pool designs that ar e now starting to dominate are far more abstract and interesting, providing all sorts of different characteristics to increase
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variety and augment your pleasure, Exit and entry to the pool will be mor e exciting, with beach-style entries allowing easy access for young ones as well the elderly . In fact, a sloped beach entry can pr ovide the perfect place for very little ones to get used to the water , as long as the deeper water is barr ed from them. These lightly sloping entry points also of fer a great opportunity for eye-catching and beautiful pool designs. If you’re thinking of an impressive
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my home mosaic effect, this is one of the key ar eas in which to situate it. Throughout pools there’ll be more of an emphasis on variety and inter est, although for safety’s sake it’s probably a good idea to r etain some kind of clearly understandable indication of depth – the whole point of having shallow ends and deep ends is to cater for everyone. In fact, aside from design considerations, safety is going to become an ever-increasing consideration in your Lanzarote pool. Rules for safety specifications in all pools, whether private or public, look like being mor e strongly enforced, so make sure your pool abides by the legal safety standards. The alternative could be too horrible to consider. For the more avant garde pool, innovative ideas will include infinity edges,
coming in, not just out of the cold, but the warmth of the Lanzar ote sunshine. An interior pool, or a partly interior one, can of fer far more privacy and practicality than the normal backyard pool. Being indoors means you can team your pool facilities with other entertainment facilities allowing to r elax and do exactly what you want to do in the comfort of your pool. The same, of course, goes for hot tubs and Jacuzzis, and these installations are likely to be far mor e affordable than a pool. Other ideas borrowed from spa systems include saunas – even in Lanzar ote, a steamy sauna can do wonders for your complexion and overall health, detoxing your system on a r egular basis and leaving you r ejuvenated and raring to go. With saunas go powerful, relaxing and massaging shower systems and perhaps even an icy plunge pool – a wake-up call that is sur e to kickstart
which are particularly apt for those swimming pools that possess a view . Acrylic viewing panels installed in elevated swimming pools ar e another development that offers a huge amount of fun, as well as being bang up to date in terms of pool style. New pool lining materials now of fer the perfect combination of attractiveness, grip and watertightness, allowing your pool to be easy maintenance and as safe as houses. Green considerations are also worth taking into account. Ther e are probably few places on the earth wher e eco friendly swimming pools ar e so suitable as Lanzarote, and it’s simple good economic sense for owners to develop pools that will use much less water and consume less power on an island wher e both commodities are almost certain to be getting mor e expensive. Another hugely popular trend in pools derives from spas, and involves pools
towards whatever the day has in stor e. But steam and ice aside, the most attractive pr ospect for you in still going to be immersing yourself in warm water. However, remember that the cooler months of the winter in Lanzar ote will very soon be a long distant memory , as the sun starts to heat up for another unavoidable long. scor ching summer. In those balmy summer days you’ll be looking for simple coolness and fr eshness, combined with active fun and a life lived in a swimming costume, and the appeal of an outdoor pool can be har dly matched. It’s only when the sun goes down that you may feel like r etiring to a warmer tub, perhaps with a few essential ar omatic oils, a glass of wine and a loved one. Again, we’re talking about the height of living but this time we’ll leave the details up to you…
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Outdoor furnishing and decor used to move far more slowly than interior decor, but now that has all changed. New materials, new ideas and new lifestyles have revolutionized the outdoor space, and there´s no better place than Lanzarote to keep up to date. Here´s what will be hot in the coming months.
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Stackable Furniture Lightweight stackable patio chairs and table sets offer versatile solutions for small patios. They can be repositioned to maximize space and accommodate guests during outdoor gatherings; then stacked and stored away when not in use. On Lanzarote it’s an idea that makes perfect sense, whether you live in a smaller apartment with limited outdoor space, or a larger villa. In either case, stackable items mean that you can quickly create space. If you´re away from the island for extended periods, it´s also a no –brainer. But don’t confuse stackable patio furniture with the outdated plastic white lawn chairs you probably have hiding away somewhere. Today’s outdoor stackable furniture is crafted from durable, high-quality materials like weatherresistant aluminum and synthetic rattan and is designed with a modern style to look great in any setting
Outdoor Rugs Outdoor rugs are a top trend this year as the desire to bring the look and comfort of the indoors out remains in high demand among homeowners. Just like an interior rug, an outdoor rug can pull your entire outdoor space together, as well as deﬁne seating areas and add a warm and
welcoming feel to your patio, porch, or deck. Outdoor rugs are available in all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns to match any décor theme and can even be used to extend the look of your home’s interior. Most outdoor rugs are made from polypropylene for water, mold, and mildew prevention and are treated to resist fading from UV exposure.
Deep Seating Deep seating outdoor furniture, which includes upholstered chairs, sofas, loveseats, chaise longues, and ottomans, continues to grow in popularity. Like the cosy furnishings that make a living room the most relaxing place to chill out inside the home, deep seating outdoor furniture features large, wide seating areas and soft, oversized cushions to create an equally enticing nook outdoors. Deep seating patio furniture comes in a variety of durable, weather-resistant materials, including synthetic wicker, cast aluminum, wrought iron, and wood. Design styles range from traditional to contemporary to rural chic and can either extend the look of your interiors or create a new décor theme outdoors.
Outdoor Fabrics Outdoor furniture fabrics continue to improve in performance, design, and texture. Outdoor cushions made from acrylic, polyester, and oleﬁn fabrics feel just as comfortable and soft as their indoor counterparts and are resistant to water, stains, and fading from UV exposure, so there’s no need to bring them inside after every use. Cleaning is also simple: just wipe them down with soap and a little warm water. Along with enhanced durability, outdoor fabrics are now being produced in wider ranges of colours, patterns, and prints and offer unlimited design
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possibilities for outdoor spaces. Everything from outdoor furniture cushions to patio umbrellas and awnings to accent pillows, outdoor curtains and rugs can be mixed and matched to add depth and personality to your space. The latest design trends call for eye-catching combinations such as mixing contrasting prints such as stripes and ﬂoral or mingling vivid shades like poppy red and zesty yellow with neutrals like gray and tan.
Motion Seating In keeping with the notion toward indoor comfort, motion seating such as swivel chairs, gliders, and rockers are making a bigger presence in outdoor furniture collections this year. Though they’re not a new trend, outdoor rocking chairs, swivel seats, gliders, and swings are now being designed in a wider array of materials and styles, including deep-seating designs with plush cushions and contoured seats for maximum comfort and relaxation outdoors.
Transitional Design Overall, the biggest trend in outdoor furniture this year is the move toward transitional design. A mix between classic and contemporary styles, transitional outdoor furniture blends the clean lines of modern furniture with the curves and comfort of traditional designs for a look that is simple, yet inviting. The popularity of transitional style furniture stems from its design versatility: Transitional outdoor furniture can easily be mixed and matched with more modern or traditional pieces and works well in any backyard setting.
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Gardening on Lanzarote is such a specialized activity that it often seems that we are well out of the loop when it comes to current gardening trends. But in truth, the opposite may apply – the special environmental situation of this island may mean that we are right at the cutting edge. Here are some of the current gardening trends that you can really make the most of on Lanzarote. Gardening for the Greater Good
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This widespread trend shows that we’re all getting a little more eco-conscious. Gardeners now feel that they are not only planting a tree, but are helping to ﬁlter the air for future generations. Sustainable gardening has also led to rise in activities such as composting and organic gardening. But let´s not kid ourselves too much – gardeners garden because they enjoy it. They enjoy being outdoors, getting their hands dirty and watching things grow. What they learn along the way can, of course, be fascinating and ecologically improving, but gardening is a pleasure rather than a duty, even though it´s a pleasure you can easily mix with a higher sensibility to the world around you. Just ask any cyclist if they´re doing it to save the world and they´ll probably laugh. They do it because they love it, too, but the fact that the activity is green adds an even warmer glow to the activity.
Local Is In This is a two-prong trend. We’re seeing and thinking more about using native plants, which is good for the environment and for the gardener. Plants that are already adapted to your area will grow well there and look good in your garden – especially the often starange and striking local plant life of Lanzarote . But there is also a trend back towards vegetable gardening. The easiest, least expensive way to go organic and ensure you know what you’re feeding your family is to grow it yourself. It´s hardly a new idea, but it´s always been a great one, and there´s no better time to try it than now.
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2014 Wildlife Gardening Is In Pesticides and aggressive fertislisers may guarantee good crops, but they can also have a serious effect on local wildlife. Lanzarote may seem arid and lifeless, but a lcoser look will reveal a fascinating eco-system at work, ranging from beetles to lizards and geckos to various birds. Many of these can be managed non-aggressively to make your garden a living nature reserve.
Water Conservation Is In A more important issue on Lanzarote than any other, you´ll need to plan your water usage well from the very start. Fortunatley, the world is full of great new ideas for irrigation, water conservation and other wyas of keeping your garden happy and well watered. Go and seek them out!
Colour Changing Is Out In more fertile climes, changing your garden to reﬂect current colour trends may be doable. Here on Lanzarote, it´s out of the question. By all means, choose the colours you love in your Lanzarote garden ( and if those colours happen to be pale greens, yellows or whites then you´re in luck), but if anyone is thinking of ripping out their border to replace it with this seasons Pantone recommendation, they need to get a life.
Smart & Easy Is In The tendency towards low maintenance gardening responds to our increasingly
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busy lifestyles, and on Lanzarote, where maintenance is so much more labour intensive, it makes perfect sense. The ideal is a garden that, more or less, looks after itself. This requires planning more than anything, and Lanzarote´s aridity means that it is unlikely that you´ll never need to get the hosepipe out. In the case of certain “prima donna” plants, you may ﬁnd that highmaintenance is, in fact, a pleasure, and in Lanzarote´s harsh conditions only real pampering will help certain plants thrive. The choice is entirely up to you, but remember that if you´ve got the money to invest in a high maintenance garden, you´ve probably got the money to hire someone to maintain it too!
Curves Are In This trend is worth bearing in mind on Lanzarote, where outdoors spaces can often be deﬁned by angular, blank white buildings, geometric pools and straight lines. If you´re garden is looking a little too minimal and austere, it may be worth thinking about softening some of those straight edges, with climbing plants, renovated borders and complementary furniture
Lighting Is In The rise of cheap LED has caused a revolution in garden illumination, and one that´s even more important on Lanzarote, where you can comfortably stay outdoors at all hours, but where the sun also sets earlier than it ever will in a northern summer. If you haven´t looked into the lighting possibilities for your garden yet, nows thew time.
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Weathering the Storm I left the island to travel a little in the Far East in mid October just after Lanzarote had moved up to 5th spot just one place off the play offs and returned five weeks later with the Conejeros (locals) losing their next four out of five games and stuck in 13th position. writes Ian Lane
his run of games always looked likely to be difﬁcult especially as they were against the top four teams and three of those were away games. Since this horrible run the Rojillos ended their three-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw against Gran Canaria side Uníon Viera though they had to come from behind to do so. The visitor’s number nine Peraza was easily the man of the match and scored an instinctive goal to put his side 0-1 up in the 16th minute. Rojillos (Reds) striker Rosmen evened up the score after his penalty kick was saved but the rebound fell kindly back to him where he made no mistake on his second attempt. Late on in the match Peraza was subbed through injury and was surprised to be greeted by a huge round of applause from all local and expat Lanzarote fans. Lanzarote´s next home game saw them claim their ﬁrst win in six matches but again had to come back from 0-1 down. CD El Cotillo went into the break a goal to the good but on the hour mark British boy Louis Kennedy levelled the score with a 114 | January 2014 | The Gazette
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neat header following a free kick by captain Jotha. Only three minutes later central defender Raúl put his laces through the ball from 25 yards and hit a free kick as sweetly as you could possibly strike a ball. When the ball hit the roof of the net it was travelling at the speed of light and Lanzarote were 2-1 up. Late on winger Toñito sealed the win with a penalty as the Rojillos ran out 3-1 winners against the Fuerteventura side. This ﬁve week disaster run of matches has seriously put a huge dent into Lanzarote´s promotion ambitions. They currently are exactly mid table, eight points adrift of the play offs and nine points safe from relegation in Spain’s fourth tier of football. For more info contact Ian on 928 843332 or 649963943, firstname.lastname@example.org or on www.lanzarotefootball.com as well as Facebook : Lanzarote football club. Official Club shirts and merchandise are on sale with Ian at the Club’s stall every Sunday at the Teguise market (near the public toilets)
CRICKET Our good friends from Thames trains came back for their annual end of season tour in mid November. As usual they wanted to play four games against us throughout the week with the big game being on Sunday against the Lanzarote Select XI.
n Wednesday a Lanzarote team played a 30 over game against the tourists. Batting ﬁrst Thames scored at 7 an over and made 215 for 8, Amir with 43 and Ziggy with 49. Chasing a reachable target Lanzarote started well but once opener Justin Hay went for 48 the tourists got on top and dismissed the home side for just 138, Abib with a quick bowling spell of 3 for 29. Thames won by 77 runs. Fridays game saw a similar result ! Thames batted ﬁrst and made 257 for 4, Amir with 67 and Nitin with 54
not out the main contributors. Chasing an improbable 258 to win Lanzarote subsided again to 171 all out. Thames won by 86 runs. Thames went into the big game of the tour on in conﬁdent mood. The Lanzarote Select XI were also conﬁdent having beaten the tourists on each of their three previous visits. Once again batting ﬁrst Thames found it harder to
score runs against the Select XI but a ﬁne 61 from Amir and a big hitting 39 from Abib helped them to 170 for 8 off their 30 overs. Pete Starmers 1 for 27 including the important dismissal of Amir helped slow the run rate and then Neil Frenchs 3 for 33 helped restrict the tourists to a score well within Lanzarotes reach. Chasing 171 to win a ﬁne second wicket partnership
between David Smith ( 36 ) and Frankie Kishnani ( 54 ) put Lanzarote in control and a belligerent 47 not out from Man of the Match Jamie Rogerson saw them reach 174 for 4, winning by 6 wickets. The ﬁnal match of the tour was a 20 over affair on Monday. Thames again won the toss and batted ﬁrst. Some brutal six hitting from all the top order batsmen saw them reach 218 for 7. Lanzarotes attack going for almost 11 runs an over ! Abib top scoring with 60. Having to score at such a high rate from the start Lanzarote were under immediate pressure and despite maintaining the run rate for the opening overs the inevitable loss of wickets chasing such a big total began to tell. Ziggy took 4 for 27 as the tourists bowled Lanzarote out for 178 and won by 40 runs. It is always a pleasure playing Thames and we look forward to their return next November.
he Conejeros started quickly, standing up to the heavier Fuerte pack, and it wasn’t long before Raul Nadadebici converted two penalties and then added a try to give Lanza a good early lead. However, some poor defending and a lack of concentration allowed Fuerteventura back into the contest with a close range try of their own. A well worked score in midﬁeld involving nice running lines allowed Diego Meganariz to score before half time to keep Lanza out in front. The second half saw more urgency from the Conejeros and, as the game began to break up and the Fuerte pack tired, Lanzarote were able to extend their lead through two tries from the powerful Luis Turrion, one scored after excellent team play and a powerfull charge from Maki (son of Mono Gimme Gimme). Fuerte continued to ﬁght, however, and hit back with a converted try,
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Lanzarote continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought but ultimately comfortable victory over long-time rivals Fuerteventura, who were welcomed back into the league after a one year absence.
but Lanzarote ﬁnally killed off the game through a planned move down the right which gave Lucas the space and momentum to slide over. 37-13 the ﬁnal score, and a satisfying away derby win. STOP PRESS: Lanzarote RC thrashed La Laguna 52-0 on Saturday 14th December. Next home game will be on 1st February. For more info calls Rens on 620022948. The Gazette | January 2014 | 115
Lanzarote doesn´t get too much rain, but if it does, this is the time of year when it´s likely to happen. So it´s a good idea to have your car in the best possible condition to deal with a downpour.
hen the rains come on Lanzarote, you´ll know about it. Although storms are rare, when they do occur they can be torrential deluges that cause drains to overﬂow, turn dry barrancos (gullies) into roaring cascades, and make driving a genuinely risky prospect. One of the main dangers is the slipperiness that is suddenly caused by the rain. For many months, the island´s roads will have built up a coating of rubber, oil, and exhaust fumes, and all it needs is a little water to turn this into a genuinely skiddy experience. For that reason, you´ll often ﬁnd trafﬁc slows right down during or after a rainstorm on Lanzarote. Three things are necessary to get your car into shape for Lanzarote´s rains. First, make sure your tyres are in good condition. Ideally, they should be changed every year, but if you´re going to choose a time of year to do it, then that time is now, allowing you to make
the most of the grip on your new tyres. The law says that all tyres must match the speciﬁcations in the car’s documents, and the minimum tread is 1.6 millimetres. However, motoring associations in Spain recommend keeping tyres at 3 mms at least to ensure the best driving capacity and safety. Keep tyres topped up to the correct pressure, and if you are suffering slow punctures, get them changed again. The hot weather here can cause tyres to crystallize and crack, increasing the chances of a blow out. Make sure your windscreen wipers are functioning, and are new enough to give you a decent ﬁeld of vision when the rain is pelting down. Now, more than ever, is also a good time to keep your car clean, as dust and dirt can cause lack of visibility when the rain starts to come down. Check that your air con/heating system can eliminate condensation inside the car rapidly. Lights are also important, and you´ll see many drivers lighting up at whatever time of day it starts raining. You´ll only need fog lights in the heaviest downpours, but putting your normal lights on when visibility is reduced by rainfall (or dust storms) is increasingly becoming standard practice.
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CIVIC MINDED The Honda Civic
is already a very practical car but the company’s European arm has spotted a trend in the market for compact, spacious estates that sit just below cars like the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia estates in terms of price but offer more room inside. o do this, Honda has had to heavily reengineer its ﬁve-door hatch, as well as totally redesigning the rear of the car to make it more practical while keeping the same futuristic design. There will be two engines to choose from, petrol and diesel, and four trim levels. Top spec ‘SR’ and ‘EX’ models also beneﬁt from a new adaptive reardamping system that makes the Civic Tourer more comfortable and adjusts the handling when carrying heavy loads in the back.
Although the protruding rear lights and wide rear spoiler take some getting used to, the Civic Tourer keeps the sleek looks from the hatch largely intact. The futuristic design will not suit everybody, but the gloss black grille, wraparound glass rear screen and sharply deﬁned wheel arches mean it
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avoids the boxy looks that are so common in this class. All versions get alloy wheels as standard, while inside Honda has added some nice details like metal effect trim on the dash and steering wheel, and white stitching on the leather to help make it feel like a more premium product.
Driving Honda does not offer the same level of choice when it comes to engines as big-hitting rivals like Volkswagen. The best car in the range is the diesel, which is the familiar 1.6 i-DTEC unit from the CR-V. It offers decent performance, but still manages to be just as economical as less powerful rivals like the Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon ST estates. The six-speed gearbox has an easy, short throw and means you can make the most of the engine’s power, and the new steering setup has more
consistent weighting, which means the Civic Tourer feels very planted and stable at motorway speeds. The petrol option is a 1.8-litre i-VTEC unit that feels a lot slower than its diesel counterpart, but does come with a choice of either manual or automatic gearbox. It struggles up steep hills though, and would not cope well once it has been fully loaded up with passengers and luggage.
Reliability Honda has a very strong reputation for mechanical reliability, and the 1.6-litre diesel and 1.8-litre petrol have both been tried and tested before in other models in the range. The gearbox is also tried and tested technology, while the ADS dampers have a failsafe mode in case they malfunction while you are on the move. Optional safety equipment includes a Driver assistance pack that features gadgets like automatic city braking, Blind-spot monitoring, a forward collision
warning, and trafﬁc sign recognition, and is available from SE trim upwards.
Practicality Honda wanted the Civic Tourer to be the most practical car in its class, and have hit that target, with a loading bay bigger than even a BMW 5 Series or Audi A6 Avant. It is split into two sections, with a deep stowage area below the boot ﬂoor that can take two cabin bags, and a ﬂat section above that can swallow four bigger suitcases with ease. Total boot space is 624 litres – slightly more than an Octavia Estate – and with the rear seats folded down ﬂat that ﬁgure rises to 1,668 litres to the roof. The longer roof of the Tourer means rear headroom is better than on the hatch back, and the only irritation is the awkwardly high driving position, which makes it hard to get comfortable at the wheel.
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The opening up of ITV (MOT) services to prívate operators in Spain has already taken effect on Lanzarote, with the opening of a brand new ITV centre in Playa Honda. Situated in the Playa Honda Industrial Zone, just behind MegaCentro and the cash & carries, Lanzarote ITV can renew or undertake ITV tests for any vehicle. We´ve already heard good reports from satisﬁed customers so, to ﬁnd out more and book an appointment, go to the English language website at www.lanzaroteitv.com
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Petrol prices have gone down again, reaching an average of €1.383 a litre – a fall of 1.2 per cent since January and 6.3 per cent below the maximum price seen this year, which was in mid-September. Diesel has also fallen by 0.6 per cent in price to €1.338 per litre – compared to this year's high of €1.40 in mid-September – having dropped by 0.8 per cent from its price during the ﬁrst half of November 2012. Petrol and diesel prices have been falling consistently for the last eight weeks due to a three-dollar reduction in the cost of Brent crude oil per barrel, the type which is most used in Europe.
A Spanish driver who did not return his hired car has been sentenced to two years in prison. Police caught the offender when stopping him for a driving offence and found that he was long overdue for returning the vehicle to the unnamed company. He had been due to return it ﬁve months previously, and had cost the ﬁrm at least €2,400 by the time he was caught in Granada. The accused said he had been unaware of the fact that the car-rental ﬁrm in the south-eastern city had reported him to the police for theft and that, as he did not have the money to pay them in full – which he would be required to do upon returning the vehicle – he had agreed with them that he would settle the bill a month later..
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Marketplace MOBILITY AIDS
Mobility Aids Lanzarote S.L.
SCOOTERS, WHEELCHAIRS powered or self propelled, HYDROLIC HOISTS, BATH & TOILET AIDS.
For further information or to hire any of these appliances.
DELIVERY & COLLECTION INCLUDED PLEASE CONTACT ROY on
Professional Building Services
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.q1bs.com
ENG - 606 75 43 42 / ESP - 650 257 097
Tel: 630 738 202
WINDOWS - DOORS - CONSERVATORIES
Island Joinery Services Playa Blanca
For all you aspects of joinery manufacture and installation including; Kitchens and Pergolas, many styles and finishes to suit your budget.
Please call Gary to discuss +34 667 412 165 Email: email@example.com Web: www.islandjoineryservices.com BUILDING SERVICES
WINDOWS - DOORS - CONSERVATORIES
Qualified Painter & Decorator
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
Property Sales, Rentals, Commercials & Relocation
WINDOW & CONSERVATORY SPECIALISTS ALL ASPECTS COVERED
Call us now: Playa Blanca: 928 519 153 Puerto Del Carmen: 928 512 394 Costa Teguise: 928 346 105
Lee Womersley 655 781 735 firstname.lastname@example.org
www.grupoestupendo.com email: email@example.com
Fully qualified NVQ level 1,2,3 painter and decorator
Installers of UPVC / ALUMINIUM windows, doors, conservatories, atrium roofs, patio & French doors. Complete with toughened DG units. All colours available.
TEL/FAX: 928 518 663
The Complete Coverage for all new construction & refurbishments & renovations • Rendering, plaster ﬁnishing • Tiling • Internal, external decorating • Cut piedra installations • Patios, BBQs • Swimming pool, ﬁbre painting & tiling
28 years experience Call Julian +34 637 832 982 www.lanzarote-builders.com
B.E. Welding Services (Formerly S.M.W Welding Services)
IS YOUR HOME SECURE?
UK professional trained engineers
• Customized window grills • Security door grills • Iron gates & railings • All made to your design
Auto solar valves - Solar panels - Heatpumps - Pool fibreglassing & painting Ceramic pool tiling - Pool leak detection - Pool construction & installation Plant room fitting & maintenance - Domestic hot water solar installation General plumbing services
Tel/Fax 928 822 694 Sean 669 399 403
Tel.: 639 916 557
Pool maintenance and cleaning to your own requirements
Phone Billy for a free quote. Prompt reliable service
NEW AND REPLACEMENT LOCKS
The Lock People
YOUR 1 STOP LOCK SHOP
Want 1 key for all your locks? Lock systems with non copiable keys
Need a safe for your valuables? Call us - we can supply and fit Digital locks, window locks, door locks, patio door locks, padlocks -
LANZ LOCKS for anything lock related Locked out? - Call us!
Over 30 years experience
Normal Hours Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
For a professional locksmith service contact Brian on 620 896 185 or 928 845 886 www.lanzlocks.com firstname.lastname@example.org | April 2011 | The Gazette 120 | November December 2013 | The Gazette
GRILLS AND GATES
Lanzarote Living Real Estate
Save time and avoid frustration with Lanzarote Living there’s no need to hop from agent to agent We find the perfect property and look after you at every stage of the buying and aftersales process.
0034 928 819 794 0034 610 361 663
RED ROSE RENOVATIONS EXTENSIONS & NEW BUILDS, TILING, KITCHENS & BATHROOMS, ELECTRICS, PLUMBING
Property of the Month GREAT PRICE
Also Landscaping (hard & soft), patios, paths, drives, walls and all aspects of groundwork undertaken. We also offer a garden maintenance service. One bedroom semi-detached bungalow on a popular complex in Playa Blanca, just minutes from the beach.
35 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN LANZAROTE
TEL: COLIN 669661282 & LINDSAY 646889595 BUILDING SERVICES
Enjoy all your favourite UK television channels
THE COMPLETE BUILDING & MAINTENANCE SERVICE
PEBBLE TEC POOL FINISHES
including BBC 1,2,3 and 4, ITV 1,2,3 and 4, channel 4, channel 5’s, BBC News, Sky News. Sky packages also available including Entertainment and Sport packages plus all your favourite British radio stations. All available on our dedicated, NO DISH REQUIRED, internet box. All you need is a minimum of 3meg internet. Also available on satellite is Spanish, German, French, Italian and Nilesat TV.
Professional Specialised Trades with 25 yrs experience. The Islands Premiere finishers “See what we´ve done for others ask what we can do for you”
• • • •
Call Paul Daly :
For more information please call Rossi on 679316036 or email on email@example.com
678 802 666 Email:
Range of colours Stain resistant Non slip texture Over 160 completed pools in Lanzarote & Fuerteventura Skilled installers with 10 yrs experience
667 906 214
CARPENTRY AND JOINERY
Lanzarote Drain Services Carpentry & Joinery
• Drains Unblocked • High Pressure Water Jetting • Camera Surveys & Reports • Sonar Drain Tracing • Excavations & Repairs • New Installations
Kitchen design and installation Over 28 years experience in DesignManufacture-Installation of all Bespoke carpentry and joinery including: • Pergolas • Internal/external doors • Windows/shutters/Gates • Wardrobes/Bespoke furniture • Laminate flooring
Please visit our website
628 104 752
www.geminiserviceslanzarote.com - Contact Adam on 0034 689775058 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org SECURITY SERVICES
Protect your home with an Alarm System.
SUN & SHADE BLINDS
For complete peace of mind
• • • • • •
We are your specialists in awnings and windbreaks Strong and decorative systems to suit your needs
Sun & Shade Blinds
Each System tailor made for your property/needs. Discrete Wireless Installations. Smoke and Fire Detection. Remote Monitoring Options. Your Home Pet Friendly Sensors also available! protected Fitted same day, with full Warranty. from just
Call or write today for a free quotation
626 492 701 - 928 524 013 www.lanzaroteblinds.com email@example.com
• Refurbishment • Property maintenance
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone us : 677 428 919
€285 No monthly fees to pay once installed
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616 254 762
NEW AND USED WINDOWS and doors and more for sale at Tahiche Garden Centre. Open between 10am - 4 pm Mon-Sat B-RN
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5 years. 1.20m. 12€. Arnold:
YOUR LOCAL DEALER OF: HOTSPRING SPAS & HOT TUBS We have the largest range of spas & hot tubs to suit every budget.
Contact us for details:
928 518 980
689 693 728 L-10.13
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Sky UKTV/ through your WIFI Nilesat/German/European TV through satellite Spanish TV, re alignments TV sales and repairs Call Freesat on
928 845 522 679 316 036 PIC-R.N.
WINDOW FITTER NEEDED
Contact with Mick at The Ally Shop on
679 568 700 L-V.A
LIBERTY IN PLAYA BLANCA
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928 822 057 Mob: 661 960 307 PIC-RN
THE DULUX SHOP
Weathershield, Trade and Retail paints mixed in store from a choice of 1200 colours. Matt, silk, gloss and undercoats. Also Thomson waterseal and Ronseal products. Summer shop hours Mon-Fri from 9am-12pm Winter shop hours OctMay/Mon-Fri 9am-1pm
669 399 458
email@example.com Pool covers and Aljibe/pool liners also made to measure PIC-V.A.
+34 649 157 725
Tuition & Translation CAN’T SPEAK SPANISH?
Englishman resident in the Canaries for 39 years and teaching Spanish for 10 years gives private Spanish lessons in the comfort of your own home, at times to suit yourself. 20€ per hour. Extra pupils in the same class only 5€. All levels. No books required. First introductory lesson free of charge. Advance-payment discount rates available. Phone Cliff on
629 108 681 L-.01.14
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628 000 884
for information L-R.N.
Qualified native teacher. Also translations, paperwork etc. Telephone:
639 362 531 L-SA
Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation, Exercise programmes, Stretching, Acupuncture. Massages: Deep tissue + triggerpoints, Relaxing, Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage. Half hour 20€ Full hour 40€ Gift vouchers available For appointment call
928 515 836
Are you a freemason or ever thought of being one? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone
649 817 197
Health & Beauty
NEED HELP WITH TRANSLATIONS
FOR ALL YOUR POOL & SPA NEEDS
healing the physical and emotional Reiki, Aura & Chakra Cleansing, Clairvoyant Readings, Reflexology
Any condition. MOT failers. Cash paid. Tel Alan:
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696 125 597
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www.TantraLanzarote.es Tantra-Massage is: sensual, tender, charming, relaxing, incl. Body2Body, Lingam and prostate massage (no extra services) Only with appointment: Mo-Sa 10am - 6pm
646 583 371
(Puerto del Carmen) PIC-12.14
Extensions - Gel or acrylic 35€. Also Manicures 15€ & Pedicures 20€. Done in comfort of your own home. SPECIAL OFFER: Nail extensions 25€ Ring Dorothy
660 188 128
BRANDNEWTOLANZAROTE TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM Piloxing - Pilates combined with Boxing - The new rage in the fitness world. Fully Certified instructor Wanda Melody Knight Fully qualified as a Personal Trainer / Aerobics Master / Nutritionist & in Sports & Holistic Therapies. Also Fully Certified Zumba instructor Call Wanda:
653 239 145
Facebook: Wanda’s Zumba Lanzarote
Puerto del Carmen: Mondays and Wednesdays 7am to 8.30am Tuesdays and Thursdays 7pm to 8.30pm Playa Blanca: Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm to 7.30pm Ana Garmendia:
657 170 844 L-R.N.
THE ART OF HAIR, NAILS, TANNING & BEAUTY & MASSAGE+ SOLUTIONS ALTERNATIVE THERAPY CENTRE
STARLIGHT CARE & BABY SITTING SERVICES
C.C. Matagorda, Pto del Carmen. Professional qualified first class service in all aspects of hairdressing, nails, acrylic gel & geleration, non-chip polish, Chiropody, Luxury Pedicures, SemiPermanent Eyelashes, Airbrush Tanning, Holistic & Non- Surgical Facial & Bodylift procedures. STOP SMOKING NOW Clinical Hypnotherapy NO MORE PAIN!!! Sports Remedial, Deep Tissue & Holistic Massage
636 582 076
928 511 460 653 239 145
All prices plus 5€ travel for Costa Teguise/Playa Blanca L-01.14
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Classifieds HATHA YOGA CLASSES
Also pregnancy class. In Macher Telephone:
928 512 773 L-R.N.
AFFECTED BY CANCER? Come to our informal support group to chat and make new friends. 11 am 2nd Tuesday of each month at Marilyn’s Bar - Playa Honda. Contact:
QUALIFIED PAINTER & DECORATOR
Playa Blanca All aspects covered. Fully qualified NVQ level 1, 2, 3 painter and decorator Lee Womersley
655 781 735
928 513 152
Dawn (Perpetuarte) L-10.13
Carpentry, building & maintenance.
616 254 762
Music & Entertainment MUSICIANS AND ENTERTAINERS!
690 964 520
Man with Van. Collections Deliveries - Removals Tip Runs. House clearances. From 25€. Telephone:
You need a Spanish contract now! Call Lez:
* A bespoke, complete villa management package, tailored to your needs. * A.T.I certified pool and spa technician Email:
+34 928 387 854 +34 697 330 412 (Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm)
WASHING MACHINE Cookers, M/Waves. Water heater repairs. Qualified engineer. All work guaranteed. Call Alan on:
699 708 238 L-02.14
BEST POSSIBLE PRICES FOR SKY!
Call is for all your satellite needs. Installations. HD Boxes, Freeview cards, Internet systems. We offer a quick, reliable, guaranteed service.
928 845 522 679 316 036 PIC-R.N.
LOCKSMITH UK REGISTERED O
THE COMPLETE GLAZING SERVICE
UPVC, Aluminium & wood frames catered for. Broken glass replaced. Frames repaired or renewed. Locks and handles replaced. 24 Hr Glazing / Boarding service. Telephone:
928 518 663 PIC-RN
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Bargain prices. Top quality. 14 yrs experience on Lanzarote For free friendly advice or free quote. Phone Derek
678 007 244
Facebook: Delpools L.-02.14
GENERAL PLUMBING SERVICES Hot water thermos, pumps repaired & replaced. All your plumbing requirements catered for. SPECIALIST IN Swimming pool maintenance & cleaning. Tel Sean:
DOULTON WATER FILTER 928 822 AllTel/Fax: the fresh water you694 need 669 403 forSean drinking and399 cooking for Español 626 271 461 only 3 cents a litre. Domestic and commercial. www.aguaclara.eu
661 041 155 L-01.14
PAINTING Wood staining + roof repairs. Call Peter
669 911 844 L-02.14
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ELECTRICIAN English-born Spanish qualified No job too small. Fault finding, extra sockets to full rewire. Bulletins. Free quotations Sean
615 179 233 L-01.14
Protect your home with an Alarm System. (Discrete Wireless Installations). firstname.lastname@example.org Phone us:
677 428 919 See main advert.
928 517 709 678 451 168 PIC-R.N.
professional cleaning services using injection/extraction machine - perfect for upholstery, sofas, rugs, car interiors, bar stools, etc. Call Crystal Clear on:
628 835 174
Affordable for any home
RENT IT QUICK
Lanzarote Drain Services BLOCKED?
Toilets, baths/showers, sinks, drains, etc. Unblocked Fast Call Nobby:
628 104 752 PIC-02.14
ALEX PEST CONTROL
Offers professional services from residential and commercial pest control. All work is guaranteed Call Alex on
689 085 508
CURTAINS & SOFT FURNISHINGS
Professionally made to measure. Tel Sue:
609 917 068 L-01.14
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696 569 818
inandoutdecoratingservices@ yahoo.com L-12.13
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636 611 408
689 694 299 928 511 507
TROUSERS AND CURTAINS SHORTENED
609 917 068
928 518 825
& zips replaced Tel Sue
IN AND OUT DECORATING SERVICES
669 399 403 B-V.A
636 611 408
638 734 491
669 986 259
POOL CLEANING PERFECTION
Locks opened, windows & doors repaired. + property maintenance. Call Peter:
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NEED A RELIABLE ASESORIA
To navigate you through the minefield of paperwork for Businesses here in Lanzarote then contact us
NICEIC + 17th Edition Installation & repairs, heaters & pumps repaired. No job too small. Call Peter:
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696 861 436 658 231 342 L-12.13
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Best prices ever for your car, house, health & commercial insurance. No claims bonus respected. Veronica on
928 801 985 928 801 929 676 217 329 After 2.00 pm 928 845 348 B-02.14
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669 663 602 928 520 640 L-12.13
Classifieds PLUMBING PROJECT?
Bathrooms, Solar water heating, electric, water heater, swimming pool plumbing, Storage tanks, Aljibe, Airconditioning, New Pump
630 738 202 L-J.F.
INTERNET TV Easy Plug ‘n’ systems (Internet Router Connection) All UK channels BBC1, ITV, Ch4, Ch5, etc. plus all Sport Channels and Free Movie Package Call Roy on:
650 475 259
STEAM CLEANING of carpets, upholstery, mattresses. Over 20 years on the island, 34 years in the business. Telephone Deet:
928 806 295 606 237 296
CORGI GAS / PLUMBER WE CAN FIND A SOLUTION
to get rid of your tax and paperwork headaches for residents & non-residents. A professional service from a simple NIF application to setting up a company with tax declarations. Telephone: www.ebfconsulting.com PIC-R.N
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928 823 593 630 335 073 L-12.13
680 317 766 L-01.14
still available from C&K Haulage Service. Order placed via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Brand names you can trust! Enquiries:
928 524 190 PIC-V.A.
Expatriate insurance underwritten by Lloyds in London IBEX the largest expatriate insurance provider. 24hrs/365 days emergency clains assistance. Tel/Fax:
928 833 581 L-N.K.
FOR ALL YOUR SWIMMING POOL NEEDS INCL CHEMICALS Piscinas Direct have over 12 years experience and were the first to manufacture pool covers, install solar systems and heat pump systems. The only Company with Professional Engineering qualifications. They have now reduced their major overheads so are better value than ever and they cover all of Lanzarote. ALJIBE AND POOL LINING SPECIALISTS.... Telephone:
928 833 338
email@example.com Dulux and Ronseal paints in stock
928 513 311 928 513 300
Best prices for domestic and commercial premises. Fully experienced. Quick, clean and reliable. References available. For a free quote Phone:
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Professional property management services by Spectra. email@example.com Tel: 928 944 789
THE MULTI REPAIR AND ENGRAVING CENTRE
in Tias. Shoe repairs, keycutting, engraving, watch repairs, clothing repairs & alterations. Computer repairs, knife sharpening, engraveable gifts & signs, passport photos. Pick up/drop off points for shoe repairs: Playa Blanca - Popeyes Sports Bar Costa Teguise - Brown Deli PDC - Raffles Bar PDC Old Town - Kazbar www.geppettolanzarote.co m Telephone:
676 670 786
PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT MVP Playa Blanca’s most recommended property managers - for the highest standard of villa pool & guest care. Call Angela on:
928 518 980
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PLUMBER UK REGISTERED All plumbing works Heaters & pumps repaired. + property maintenance. No job too small Call Peter:
636 611 408 P-12.13
When transporting personal possessions choose a company that is correctly licensed and insured to ensure your goods will arrive and not be impounded. We can offer you both the security and peace of mind from a long established legal company, plus a guarantee of the safe delivery of your possessions. Contact C & K Haulage Services. A Professional Haulage Company. Telephone:
0034 928 524 190 The cheapest option is not always the best option. L-V.A
polycarbonate to your existing pergola. No painting or refelting ever again. No maintenance required and comes with a 10 year guarantee. Telephone for quotation:
928 518 663
DIY handyman Telephone:
669 986 259
UK TV LANZAROTE
661 041 155
Pool covers, sun blinds & windbreaks Specialists. Over ten years experience. Superb materials and prices. Tel: 928
Please contact us for details.
WHO MANAGES YOUR PROPERTY?
WE SUPPLY AND FIT SOLAR
Building Allied Trades
CAN’T GET YOUR POOL OR SPA
to balance? Visit our showroom for free computerised pool & spa water analysis.
928 822 057 Mob: 661 960 307
Carpentry, building & maintenance.
616 254 762
LOW COST SATELLITE SOLUTIONS
NS CARPENTRY JOINERY A professional and reliable service for ALL your carpentry needs. www.nscarpentryjoinery.com
Satellite packages/IPtv for BBC, Sky Sports news, etc / UK IP address smart tv, Sky go, etc / UK telephone lines. For info call:
673 665 589
680 882 863
TILING & SCREEDING
Balaustrade + Blockwork + Render. Call Billy:
ROOFING SYSTEMS The Rooflex system from MP will go on any roof surface, even pergolas and comes with a 12 year guarantee! Also great for roof terraces and balconies! Contact us for details:
928 518 980
for 20 years. Repair service, ITV for all makes, used cars bought & sold, vehicle transfers & imports, car storage, prompt & efficient service. Tel/Fax:
928 833 581 PIC-N.K
WE MANUFACTURE, SUPPLY & INSTALL
ENGLISH OWNED AND STAFFED
606 419 334 928 524 406
powder coated aluminium windows, doors, pergolas, shutters and mosquito nets. Fast - Efficient & Reliable Service. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone:
928 524 597 928 833 378 Mob: 679 568 700 Fax:
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Classifieds B.E WELDING
Is your home secure? *Customized window grills *Security door grills *Iron gates & railings *All made to your design
639 916 557
2 bedroom 2 bathroom house Offstreet parking. Part furnished. Long let. Option to buy. 650€ per month including bills Telephone:
619 813 903 L-01.14
Home & Garden
Garden centre. Healthy plants, Professional advice in English, Picon, Soil Landscaping
928 510 562 Mon-Fri 10.00-18.30 Sat 10.00-13.30 PIC-V.A.
PROFESSIONAL PALM TREE MAINTENANCE.
Certified with licence Nº 1004. For free advice and quotations call Darren, Mon - Fri on
928 827 133 686 846 958
or visit my website www.palmtreespecialist.com L-01.14
To Let COSTA TEGUISE LONG LET
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609 146 133 L-V.A.
Property for Sale DUPLEX IN PLAYA HONDA
Large lounge, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate kitchen. Fully furnished. Reduced to 149,000€ Call:
928 823 906 678 478 387 L-04.14
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1 bedroomed apartment. Sea views, swimming pools and tennis courts. 450€ including bills. Tel: 928 848 078 L-01.14
Villa with sea views. Heated pool. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, terrace Telephone:
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Purchase price €325,000 Will consider exchange for a house or a commercial property in the UK. Preferably in the Midlands. To arrange a viewing contact the owner at email@example.com Full details available at www.sternpark.co.uk PIC-01.14
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Internet Cafe in Playa Blanca. Fully working. Computers and printers used for less than one year. Owner moving off island. For more information call
671 219 466 L-N.K.
Express door to door service, all customs formalities adhered to contact Woodside Trading on
928 869 036
639 242 370
LARGE VAN AND DRIVER
PUERTO DEL CARMEN Playa Volcano, Calle Bocaina. Large modern 2 bedroom apt with own parking and private terrace. Ideal position - top floor, overlooking gardens and quiet central area. Close to beach and restaurants. Beautiful furnishings. Residential or holiday home. Very low community and running costs. Before: 195,000€ Reduced to 135,000€. Info and viewings:
609 146 133 L-V.A.
Collections and Deliveries Also large storage available. Tel Alan:
689 693 728
Secure accommodation provide to look after your cats while you are away.
928 520 781 PIC-01.14
KENNELS NOW IN GUIME English owned. Large,clean and cool pens in a secure run area. Dog walked daily. www.thekennelslanzarote.com
629 604 459
Repairs, upgrades, maintenance, internet connections, virus removal. No call out charge. Where possible same day service.
696 473 446
help@compdoctor. org L-09.13
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Grand duplex. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, separate fully fitted kitchen, lounge, separate dining room. Garden, terrace and parking. Fully furnished. Close to C.C. Deiland. 198,000€. Private sale.
+34 620 172 318 +44(0)1614083360
Studio & 3 bedrooms apartments with sea views. Telephone:
Self-contained, in delightful country house near Puerto Calero.
928 512 773
Business Opportunity EARN UPTO 100€ PER HOUR
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928 592 063 B-02.14
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928 514 497 606 823 718
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Man with a very big van for removals of anything, any shape or size. Near or far. No job too small. Telephone:
928 823 045 628 474 534 L-12.13
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Also fly screen doors C/ Matorral, 6–Tias. Tel: 928 524 597 Fax: 928 833 378 Mobile: 679 568 700 email : email@example.com
Please dial 928 before all local (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria) numbers, unless specified.
Tide Tables for Arrecife, Lanzarote. Units are in metres. (Times may vary by a few minutes around the island).
AIRPORT Iberia General Info. . . . . . . . . . 902 400500 Aena General Info . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .846000 Flight Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .846001
Monthly Tide tip: Tides are highest and lowest during the full moon and new moon.
Day New moon
H: L: H: L:
0:34 6:53 13:00 19:08
3.0 0.2 2.9 0.2
H: L: H: L:
1:20 7:40 13:47 19:54
H: L: H: L:
AYUNTAMIENTOS Arrecife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .812750 Haria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .835300 San Bartolome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .520657 Teguise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845001 Tias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .833619 Tinajo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .840237 Yaiza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .836220
H: L: H: L:
1:39 7:56 13:58 20:01
2.7 0.5 2.5 0.5
3.1 0.1 2.9 0.2
H: L: H: L:
2:11 8:28 14:30 20:33
2.8 0.5 2.5 0.5
2:06 8:26 14:34 20:40
3.2 0.1 2.9 0.2
H: L: H: L:
2:43 8:59 15:02 21:06
2.7 0.5 2.5 0.6
H: L: H: L:
2:52 9:13 15:21 21:27
3.1 0.1 2.8 0.4
H: L: H: L:
3:16 9:32 15:36 21:40
2.7 0.6 2.4 0.7
H: L: H: L:
3:39 10:02 16:10 22:16
3.0 0.3 2.6 0.5
H: L: H: L:
3:50 10:08 16:12 22:18
2.6 0.6 2.3 0.8
H: L: H: L:
4:29 10:53 17:02 23:09
2.8 0.5 2.5 0.7
H: L: H: L:
4:29 10:48 16:55 23:03
2.4 0.8 2.2 0.9
CHEMIST Puerto del Carmen (Aquarium) . . .513207 Puerto del Carmen (Fariones) . . . .515588 Teguise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845284
H: 5:23 L: 11:49 H: 18:01
2.6 0.7 2.3
H: 5:16 L: 11:37 H: 17:49
2.3 0.9 2.2
First quarter moon
L: H: L: H:
1:16 7:32 13:56 20:17
1.0 2.1 1.0 2.1
Pastor Victor Hardwick . . . . . .620 309 684 Sunday Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .833382
L: H: L: H:
2:40 8:55 15:14 21:34
1.0 2.1 0.9 2.3
CONSULATES Britain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .902 109 356 Ireland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .922 . . 245671 Germany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .491880
TELEFONICA Faults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1002 Directory Enquiries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11811 International Directories . . . . . . . . . . .11825
L: H: L: H:
3:57 10:08 16:22 22:38
0.8 2.3 0.7 2.5
L: H: L: H:
4:59 11:09 17:19 23:33
0.6 2.5 0.5 2.8
CREDIT CARDS - LOST OR STOLEN? 4B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .902 114400 Visa/Mastercard . . . . . . . . . . . . . .915 . . 196000 . . 375637 AMEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .902 Visa International . . . . . . . . . . . .900 . . 991124
TOURIST INFORMATION Arrecife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .801517 Tias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .515337 Yaiza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .517794
L: 5:53 H: 12:01 L: 18:10
0.3 2.7 0.3
H: L: H: L:
0:22 6:41 12:49 18:56
3.0 0.1 2.8 0.2
H: L: H: L:
1:08 7:27 13:34 19:41
3.1 0.0 2.9 0.1
1:21 7:36 14:02 20:22
1.0 2.2 1.0 2.1
L: H: L: H:
2:40 8:52 15:13 21:32
1.1 2.1 1.0 2.2
L: H: L: H:
3:51 10:00 16:14 22:30
1.0 2.1 1.0 2.3
L: H: L: H:
4:49 10:55 17:04 23:17
0.9 2.2 0.9 2.4
L: H: L: H:
5:36 11:40 17:46 23:57
0.8 2.3 0.8 2.5
L: 6:15 H: 12:19 L: 18:23
0.7 2.4 0.7
H: L: H: L:
0:33 6:50 12:53 18:57
2.6 0.6 2.5 0.6
H: L: H: L:
1:07 7:23 13:26 19:30
2.7 0.5 2.5 0.5
15 Full moon
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SPORT ORGANIZATIONS Club La Santa Events Office . . . . . . .599995 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ext: . 4451
1.0 2.2 1.0 2.1
L: H: L: H:
POST OFFICES Arrecife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800673 Puerto del Carmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .510381
0:01 6:15 12:40 18:57
0.9 2.3 0.9 2.2
CANARY ISLAND PUBLICATIONS Telephone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .902 250750 Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .524066
PORTS AND FERRIES Arrecife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .812534 Playa Blanca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .517266 Cesar 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 813608
L: H: L: H:
Last quarter moon
0:09 6:24 12:52 19:08
TRI-LINGUAL SCHOOL Colegio Daos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .515818
POLICE Arrecife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .811317 Haria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .835252 Yaiza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .830107 San Bartolome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .520712 Teguise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .845252 Tias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .834101
TAXI RANKS Arrecife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803104 Teguise / Costa Teguise . . . . . . . . . . .524223 Puerto del Carmen / Tías . . . . . . . . .524220 Yaiza / Tinajo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .524222 San Bartolomé . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .524220 Haria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .835031 Tinajo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .840049
L: H: L: H:
BRITISH SCHOOLS British School of Lanzarote . . . . . . .810085 Colegio Hispano Britanico . . . . . . . .173066
Dra. Elisabeth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .522 665 Alcoholics Anonymous . . . . . . . . . . .511846, 832633 or . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173525 Pain & Injury Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . .510829 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .659 . . 944133 Dr. Magers Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .512611 Hospiten Lanzarote . . . . . . . . . . . . . .596100 Urgencias 24 horas . . . . . . . 6 . 69 452248
Anglican Chaplain Rev Tom Barnfather 514241
H = High L = Low
Family Church Pastor Chris Herman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 618186755 Cristian Worship Centre, Playa Blanca
EMERGENCY SERVICES Police, Fire, Red Cross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24hrs 365days (Ambulances) . . . . . . . . .112 Spanish Emergengy Services . . . . . . . . .061 Cruz Roja (Ambulance) . . . . . . . . . . .812222 Cabildo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .810100 MEDICAL SERVICES British Surgery Lanzarote . . . . . . . . .514274 OR FREEPHONE . . . . . . . . . . . .900 . . 811555 Hospital Arrecife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .595000 Deutsch Britische Klinic . . . . . . . . . . .592125 Natural Therapy Centre . . . . . . .609 . . 010231
TRANSPORT I.T.V. Station (MOT) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 902 . . . .300374 Arrecife Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .811522 Lanzarote Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .811546 UTILITIES Unelco (Electricity) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800135 Unelco emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . .800384 Inalsa (Water) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .814400 VETS Jane Burke 513895 . .or 649 910784 Pet Veterinary Surgery . . . . . . . . . . .346207
horoscopes By Clairvoyant Patrick Keaton
ARIES 21 March to 19 April
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it´s back to work you go, Aries. You may have taken your eye off the ball over the Christmas break, and now you´ve got what the football commentators call “a mountain to climb.” It will need resolution, yes, but you can do it. Just remember to take a rest once you get back ahead of the game, and enjoy the care and attention of loved ones.
TAURUS 20 April to 20 May
You´ll start 2014 in a sentimental mood, as auld acquaintance is brought to mind by a message from times gone by. Revel in it, and make a resolution to rekindle other old friendships throughout 2014 for no other reason that they may come in handy later on in the year. You should make sure you’re a more sociable animal than ever in the months to come.
even that special someone who´ll help you remove that thorn and really get into the feel of the New Year. At work, things will start quickly and threaten to get out of hand, so don´t be afraid to ask for help there as well.
VIRGO 23 August to 22 September
Money matters will raise their heads in the New Year, so make sure you sit down and get your budget in order before planning anything big for 2014. You´ll also need to apply yourself at work, but this should pay off fairly soon. Keep romantic entanglements at arms length until you feel you have the time and energy to deal with them.
21 June to 22 July
You can´t wait to get at the New Year, having suffered a setback that makes you glad to put the Christmas period behind you. But take care that you don´t take on too much in the ﬁrst couple of weeks only to burn out later in the month. Slow and steady wins the race. There may be a surprising romantic development mid-month that will add spice to the start of the year.
LEO 23 July to 22 August
You´ll start the year as if you have a thorn in your paw, Leo, but make sure that grumpiness doesn´t scare off those who are closest to you, or
SCORPIO 23 October to 21 November
It´s all been getting a little out of control recently, Scorpio, but at last you´ll have the time and concentration to get things back on track again. The New Year will start with an exciting ﬁnancial opportunity that will ﬁll you with conﬁdence, and although loved ones may make demands on you, you´ll be in the perfect mood to help them out.
SAGITTARIUS A New Year is a time to look ahead, and that´s what you should be doing, Sagittarius. It´s time to set plans in motion that will have consequences years into the future. These may mean a break or a change of scene further down the road, but if you don´t get started now, you´ll never have the opportunity again.
21 May to 20 June
22 November to 21 December
GEMINI You might be better postponing the New Year´s resolutions until March, Gemini, as you´ll be at your most susceptible to temptation as the New Year starts. You’ll be lured by all sorts of distractions, and for once, you can indulge without worrying. Open your mind, be a little daring and broaden your outlook. There´s no hurry to get down to earth just yet.
AQUARIUS 20 January to 18 February
You could use a little glamour and sparkle in your life right now, Aquarius, and you´ll have the time and money to splash out a little. This will be important, as your recent blues will shortly be replaced by a crisis that will change things completely, and you´ll need all your good humour to see things through and emerge triumphant at the other end.
22 December to 19 January
If you´re feeling tired and exhausted, it´s little surprise, and the bad news is the hard work doesn´t look like stopping soon. But you will ﬁnd that you thrive on the pressure, and that what you are doing will have important long-term effects. Don´t forget to give yourself a break, get away for a weekend or just enjoy good company or family. Then get back to it.
PISCES LIBRA 23 September to 22 October
You´re in a practical mood, Libra, ready to roll your sleeves up and do it yourself and ﬁlled with the urge to change your surroundings and your situation for the better. Make sure you pay attention to details, and don´t take it all on yourself. Others may surprise you with their response to your
19 February to 20 March
Things may seem as if they´re running like clockwork, but remember that everything clockwork, whether it’s your job, your health or a relationship, needs winding up before it starts to run ﬂat. A little extra effort and imagination now will go a long way this year, Pisces , so don´t fall into complacency.
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Lanzarote People Christiane Goeldner 35-year old Christiane Goeldner rebuilt her life after becoming severely disabled in a climbing accident. Now she’s attempting to share her optimistic, active philosophy of life with others. Shaun Addison spoke to her recently at her Yaiza home.
1 Christiane, tell us a little about your background. I´m from Frankfurt (Oder) in eastern Germany. I’ve worked in Moscow and studied in Potsdam – I was a gym teacher and a dancer, so I lived an extremely active life. That was before the accident.
1 What happened? I was rock climbing in Berlin when a knot gave way. I fell six metres and broke my spinal chord, which left me paralysed from the waist down. I spent a year and a half in hospital.
1 How did you get through that? I very quickly made up my mind that I had to keep going forward, or I´d fall into depression. I also had strong support from family and friends – without them I would have been lost. But there were still many things I had to do myself. The world was the same, but my life had been utterly changed.
1 What brought you to Lanzarote? I had my baby boy two years ago, and in 2011 we all came here and decided to stay, I´m much freer here to do
what I want – the snow and rain in Germany can be very difﬁcult when you´re in a wheelchair and it sometimes used to take me four hours to warm up. The sun is very important to me, as is living in the centre of nature.
1 Do you have a favourite place on Lanzarote? I love El Golfo, the restaurants and the landscape. It´s sad that they´ve closed the road, though; as it means I can´t see it now.
1 Is Lanzarote well adapted for the disabled? Well there are still many improvements to make in streets and shops, etc. But the most important thing for me is the people. They´re more open and helpful here, and are willing to lend a hand if you ask – and often if you don´t. It means that I don´t feel disabled here.
1 And now you´re offering activities for other disabled people. Disabled and non-disabled. I wanted to give people new possibilities for their bodies, whatever those bodies are. Our company, Campo Phoenix, offers activity holidays with handbike excursions and training and we´ll also soon be getting specially adapted motor buggies. I also offer upper body gym classes. It´s good Satisfying work, and it´s good to share the feelings I get from Lanzarote with other people.
1 Any hobbies?
(Laughs) I´m too busy for hobbies! Using a wheelchair all day is very tiring for the arms, and I´ve also got a child to raise and a business to run.
Thanks for your time, Christiane, and good luck!
Christiane in a buggy, a handb ike and her wh (photo: Jan Sie eelchair wert)
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