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Nellie Bly: Around the World in 80 days!

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12 The Book Shelf: Spanish History 16

Code of a Killer: The DNA story

20 Wimbledon 22

N332: Traffic and road rules in Spain

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FA Cup: Shock results

34 QI: random facts 38 Lifestyle: Strawberries 43 New Feature: Photography hints & tips 44 50

Almeria City: A guide Come Wine With Me: Spanish Wine

55 Food Glorious Food: Baked Mussels

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History of Tapas

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Things to do: Science Park, Valencia

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Comedians: Barry Humphries

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A destination report: Pet holidays

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The Golf Pages: Club tips, Deals & Tournaments

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Worlds Most: Critically Endangered Species

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Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864] – January 27, 1922) was the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane. She was a ground-breaking reporter known for a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne’s fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism. In addition to her writing, she also was an industrialist, inventor, and charity worker.

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race. During these stops, she visited a leper colony in China, and in Singapore, she bought a monkey. As a result of rough weather on her Pacific crossing, she arrived in San Francisco on the White Star Line ship Oceanic on January 21, two days behind schedule, however, World owner Pulitzer chartered a private train to bring her home, and she arrived back in New Jersey on Jan 25th, 1890, at 3:51 p.m.

She brought with her the dress she was wearing, a sturdy overcoat, several changes of underwear, and a small travel bag carrying her toiletry essentials. She carried most of her money (£200 in English bank notes and gold in total, as well as, some American currency) in a bag tied around her neck.

Just over 72 days after her departure from Hoboken, Bly was back in New York. She had circumnavigated the globe, traveling alone for almost the entire journey. Bisland was, at the time, still crossing the Atlantic, only to arrive in New York four and a half days later. She also had missed a connection and had to board a slow, old ship (the Bothina) in the place of a fast ship (Etruria). Bly’s journey was a world During her travels around the world, record, although it was bettered a few Bly went through England, France months later by George Francis Train. (where she met Jules Verne in Amiens), Brindisi, the Suez Canal, Colombo (Ceylon), the Straits Settlements of Penang and Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. The development of efficient submarine cable networks and the electric telegraph allowed Bly to send short progress reports, although longer dispatches had to travel by regular post and thus, often were delayed by several weeks.

The New York newspaper Cosmopolitan sponsored its own reporter, Elizabeth Bisland, to beat the time of both Phileas Fogg and Bly.

Bly travelled using steamships and the existing railroad systems, which caused occasional setbacks, particularly on the Asian leg of her

She was a journalist at New York World in 1888 and she suggested to her editor that she take a trip around the world, attempting to turn the fictional Around the World in Eighty Days into fact for the first time. A year later, at 9:40 a.m. on November 14, 1889, and with two days’ notice, she boarded the Augusta Victoria, a steamer of the Hamburg America Line, and began her 24,899-mile journey.

Bisland would travel the opposite way around the world. To sustain interest in the story, the World organized a “Nellie Bly Guessing Match” in which readers were asked to estimate Bly’s arrival time to the second, with the Grand Prize consisting at first of a free trip to Europe and, later on, spending money for the trip.

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LYNX The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is a critically endangered species of felid living mainly in the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. They are categorized as critically endangered by many institutions, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The Iberian lynx is a rabbit specialist with a low ability to adapt its diet. A sharp drop in the population of its main food source, a result of two diseases, contributed to the feline’s decline. The lynx was also affected by the loss of scrubland, its main habitat, to human development, including changes in land use and the construction of roads and dams. According to the conservation group SOS Lynx, if the Iberian lynx died out, it would be the first feline species to become extinct since prehistoric times. Captive breeding and reintroduction programs have boosted their numbers. As of 2013, Andalusia has a population of 309 living in the wild. As an attempt to save this species from extinction, an EU LIFE Nature project is underway that includes habitat preservation, lynx population monitoring, and rabbit population management.

The Iberian lynx is a very specialized hunter that has certain adaptations that better their ability to skilfully catch and kill small prey. They have a foreshortened skull, which maximizes the bite force of the canines. Their muzzles are narrower, they have longer jaws and smaller canines than animals that feed on larger prey. POPULATION & DISTRIBUTION In the early 19th century the Iberian lynx was found in Spain, Portugal and Southern France. It has steadily declined since then, falling to the dangerously low levels today.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Spanish national and regional administrations, different NGOs (like WWF) and the European Union (via the Life projects), the total population is currently increasing. The 2009 census shows around 230 individuals, including 7 adults that have been introduced in the area of Guadalmellato (Córdoba, Spain), which should open up a third Lynx territory.

To this figures we have to add the 81 animals that are part of the Captive Breeding Programme. But altough Formerly considered a subspecies of there are signs of recovery, the species the Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), the Iberian future is still fragile. lynx is now classified as a separate species. Both species occurred WHAT ARE THE MAIN THREATS? together in central Europe in the The Iberian lynx was brought to Pleistocene epoch, being separated the brink of extinction because of a by habitat choice. The Iberian lynx is combination of threats: believed to have evolved from Lynx issiodorensis. • Decreasing food base • Habitat loss and degradation The Iberian lynx portrays many of the • Hunting typical characteristics of lynxes, such • Car hits as tufted ears, long legs, short tail, and a ruff of fur that resembles a “beard”. Unlike its Eurasian relatives, the Iberian lynx is tawny colored and spotted. The coat is also noticeably shorter than in other lynxes, which are typically adapted to colder environments. Some western populations were spotless but are believed to be extinct. Studies have been carried out on the configuration of spots and determining the degree of genetic diversity within the species. 10


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The DGT are in the process of sending environmental recognition badges to the 10,000 registered owners of zero emission vehicles in the country, in order for Completing the Incident Report Form. owners to identify their vehicles as being Do you know how to fill in a traffic accident environmentally friendly, and receive the rewards of lower tax, parking and priority report? movements through certain city areas. May be you have one in Spanish in the glove box of your car. Here you have the Spain has often been a pioneer in ecotranslation in your language, and the friendly vehicle use, and this latest explanation about how to fill it in , step by campaign is thought to be the first of its As well as benefits to the owners in terms kind in Europe. step. of fuel savings, the vehicles will also permitted to use dedicated lanes for highThe initial focus has been in the large occupancy circulation (VAO), even when ITV Question. cityscapes of Madrid and Barcelona, and only the driver is on board, whereas these Must I take the car for an ITV after an has been developed through agreements lanes are normally reserved for vehicles accident? with the major car brands that have with more than one occupant. There are Royal Decree 2042/1994, of 14th October, production plants in Spain, such as Renault dedicated parking areas being developed Technical Inspection of Vehicles (ITV) and Nissan, as well as manufacturers and in some cities, and other benefits in the companies committed to alternative fuel pipeline that will directly benefit owners of regulation. Article14... such as Ecooltra, Urbaser and BMW. certified environmentally friendly cars. 5. Any vehicle that has been in an accident or has gone through other issues that could The 10,000 registered vehicles with “zero You can find more info, associated files to affect the vehicle’s safety elements in any local emissions” in Spain are formed of a download and additional stories by visiting way must be taken to an ITV station to pass variety of different types, including pure their website wwwN332.es of liking their a technical inspection as soon as the car electric vehicles (BEV), extended-range page on Facebook/N332. electric vehicle (REEV), hydrogen vehicles has been repaired.

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THE SPANISH MOTORBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP (CEV) Over the last few years the Spanish have been occupying the top rostrums of Moto GP, this is down to many factors but a very important one that plays in this, is the Spanish Championship, where many, not to say 90% of the top riders today have raced in this competition. For the last 10 years this championship has been the stepping stone to the world championship, not just for the rider but many teams have been formed here and then gone onto being some of the most important teams in the paddocks in a lot of the competitions throughout out the world. We have been speaking to local rider David Slader who races for one of the local teams CRT Racing to ask him why the Spanish Championship is the doorstep to becoming a professional racer. David Slader starts “This is down to many factors, Spain has always had a very big following for its racing, before the explosion of Spanish riders over the last few years, they have had some very significant world champions such as Angel Nieto, Jorge Martinez Aspar, Sito Pons, and many more.” and goes on to add “I would personally say there has been a mix of benefits in racing in this championship, such as 3 of the race tracks are in the world championship, the two inferior categories are the same as the world championship (moto3 and moto2) and with Spain being sunny most of the year, this helps with being able to train most of the year round.” David continues “All these reasons are why most people want to take part in this championship, I remember about 7 years ago when I was racing in the lower category 125GP, it was normal for about 80 riders to turn up at the weekend, this means that with only 36 being able to race many people would go home without being able to take part, and this was hard especially as there were riders coming from all over the world (Japan, America, Europe, Africa, etc.)” He finishes up explaining “There were two groups and in qualifying they would take the 36 best times of these two groups. I remember sharing the grid then with many top riders today like Bradly Smith; the two Espargaro brothers, Tito Rabat, Jorge Lorenzo, Hector Barberá and many more but the main problem with this sport is the cost associated to it, as we all may know, any motorsport is not cheap and many teams depend on sponsorship, some of the big teams do not have any problems finding funding but this makes it difficult for some of the smaller teams such as CRT Racing. It’s hard to be competitive with these big teams due to the difference in budgets, this is why a lot of the riders are now moving to the superbike class where they are trying to make the category as equal as possible.” If you are looking for a fun day out we would invite anybody to attend to the races, this year to promote the attendance the entry to the paddock and stand is free, the races are televised on the national TDP (tododeporte) channel.

Here are the following race dates for this year: JEREZ: 31st May 2015 Alcarras: 28th June 2015 Motorland: 26th July 2015 Valencia: 13th September 2015 Navarra: 18th October 2015 David Slader

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Greatest FA Cup With Aston Villa playing Arsenal on May 30th this year, we decided to give some of the greatest shocks in the FA Cup since it started in 1871. The first FA Cup competition in season 1871-72 had fifteen entries. The present trophy, played for since 1992, is the competition’s fourth and an exact replica of the third. Manchester United have won the Cup the most times (11), followed by Arsenal (10) and Tottenham Hotspur (8). Forty-two different clubs have won it.

10. York 1 - Arsenal 0 Fourth Round, 1985

There was snow on the pitch but York fancied their chances because manager Denis Smith got a load of volunteers in on the morning of the game to clear it. It was goalless with five minutes left when York got a penalty and Keith Houchen put it away. 6. Burnley 0 - Wimbledon He then disappeared for a couple of Third Round, 1975 years before popping up and scoring This was the first time in 55 years for Coventry in the 87 Final. that a non-league team beat a First Division side on their own 9. Bournemouth 2 - Man U 0 ground. Dave Bassett played for Wimbledon and Dickie Guy Third Round, 1984 Ron Atkinson’s United were holders – who is club president to this but they got turned over good day – was in goal. and proper by Third Division Bournemouth, whose manager was a young Harry Redknapp. United even had England captain Bryan Robson in their side, but Redknapp’s team were deserved winners and scored twice in five minutes after half-time through Milton Graham and Ian Thompson.

8. Walsall 2 - Arsenal 0 Third Round, 1933

Herbert Chapman’s team were the outstanding side in the country and this is the greatest pre-war FA Cup upset. Arsenal were so humiliated by Third Division Walsall that, on the train home, Chapman sacked the defender Here are the ten who gave away one of the goals. most remarkable as picked by John Motson who has been commentating since 1971, so he should know what 7. Wrexham 2 - Arsenal 1 he´s talking about. One he didn´t Third Round, 1992 choose but must be in most peoples Arsenal were First Division champions memory is the “crazy Gang” of at the time and this game had Wimbledon beating Liverpool in the everything, brilliant goals, disallowed 1988 Final.

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goals and drama until the last. Micky Thomas scored that belter of a freekick into the top corner to equalise before Steve Watkin got the winner two minutes from the end – but there was still time for Arsenal to have a goal ruled out.

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Shock results 5. Sunderland 1 - Leeds 0 Final, 1973

Alec Stock was a real character, he 2. Sutton 2 - Coventry 1 scored for Yeovil and he went on to Third Round, 1989 I was at the Leeds hotel on the morning manage Fulham in the 1975 Cup Final. I did this game and I remember Sutton of the game and they were awfully had been practising corners all morning tense. Sunderland, on the other hand, 3. Chelsea 2 - Bradford 4 and hadn’t scored from one – then were relaxed and laughing and joking. Fourth Round, 2015 Tony Rains puts them ahead from a They were a Second Division side and Now this would have still been a corner and Matthew Hanlan scores the no-one gave them a chance. But they shock if Bradford had won at Valley winner from a corner. Their manager, gave Don Revie’s superstars a helluva Parade – but factor in Chelsea leading Barrie Williams, was a character, a game and, although Ian Porterfield got 2-0 at Stamford Bridge and it is quite pipe-smoking and poetry-quoting the goal, it’s Jim Montgomery’s double remarkable. Jose Mourinho had never old-school boss. And Coventry, don’t save which stands out in my memory. lost an FA cup match at home and, for forget, had won the cup just 19 months me, this ranks as one of the greatest earlier. upsets of all time. 4. Yeovil 2 - Sunderland 1 5

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1. Hereford 2 - Newcastle 1

Third Round, 1972

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veryberry... ADD MORE STRAWBERRIES TO YOUR DIET

If you’re not already a fan of strawberries, you should be. Not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they’re a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C), strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you. (Wrinkle-prevention? Yes please!). Here are some reasons you should add more strawberries to your diet. 38


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Vitamin C is a well-known immunity booster, as well as a powerful, fast-working antioxidant. A 2010 UCLA study discovered that the antioxidant power in strawberries becomes “bioavailable” or “ready to work in the blood” after eating the fruit for just a few weeks.

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Keep wrinkles at bay

Most mammals—except for humans—have the ability to produce vitamin C naturally, which is why it’s so important to get your daily requirement. “One serving of strawberries contains 51.5 mg of vitamin C—about half of your daily requirement,”

The power of vitamin C in strawberries continues, as it is vital to the production of collagen, which helps to improve skin’s elasticity and resilience. Since we lose collagen as we age, eating foods rich in vitamin C may result in healthier, youngerlooking skin. But vitamin C isn’t the only naturally-occuring wrinkle fighter found in strawberries. Researchers at Hallym University in the Republic of Korea concluded that ellagic acid visibly prevented collagen destruction and inflammatory response—two major factors in the development of wrinkles—in human skin cells, after continued exposure to skin-damaging UV-B rays.

Reduce inflamation Help Cancer prevention Vitamin C is one of the antioxidants that can help with cancer prevention, since a healthy immune system is the body’s best defense. A phytochemical called ellagic acid—also found in strawberries—is another. “Ellagic acid has been shown to yield anti-cancer properties like suppressing cancer cell growth,” “Strawberries [also] contain antioxidants lutein and zeathancins. Antioxidants are scavengers to free-radicals and neutralize the potentially negative effect they can have on our cells,”

Fight bad Cholesterol Strawberries also contain powerful heart-health boosters. “Ellagic acid and flavonoids— or phytochemicals—can provide an antioxidant effect that can benefit heart health in various ways,” “One way includes counteracting the effect of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL—bad cholesterol in the blood—which causes plaque to build up in arteries. A second way is that they provide an anti-inflammatory effect, which is also good for the heart.” Researchers at the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center in Toronto studied the effect of strawberries on a cholesterol-lowering diet and concluded that adding strawberries to the diet reduced oxidative damage, as well as blood lipids—both of which play a role in heart disease and diabetes.

To help eye health The antioxidant properties in strawberries may also help to prevent cataracts—the clouding over of the eye lens—which can lead to blindness in older age. Our eyes require vitamin C to protect them from exposure to free-radicals from the sun’s harsh UV rays, which can damage the protein in the lens. Vitamin C also plays an important role in strengthening the eye’s cornea and retina. While high doses of vitamin C have been found to increase the risk of cataracts in women over 65, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm note that the risk pertains to vitamin C obtained from supplements, not the vitamin C from fruits and vegetables.

The antioxidants and phytochemicals found in strawberries may also help to reduce inflammation of the joints, which may cause arthritis and can also lead to heart disease. A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health shows that women who eat 16 or more strawberries per week are 14 percent less likely to have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—an indication of inflammation in the body.

Regulate blood pressure Potassium is yet another heart healthy nutrient, and with 134 mg per serving, strawberries are considered a “medium source,” according to Alberta Health Services. Potassium can help regulate blood pressure and may even help to lower high blood pressure by acting as a buffer against the negative effects of sodium. With their impact on the reduction of LDL, inflammation and high blood pressure, strawberries have earned the title of one of the most heart-healthy fruits you can eat.

Boost Fibre Fibre is a necessity for healthy digestion, and strawberries naturally contain about 2 g per serving. Problems that can arise from lack of fibre include constipation and diverticulitis— an inflammation of the intestines—which affects approximately 50 percent of people over 60. Fibre can also aid in fighting type 2 diabetes. “Fibre helps slow the absorption of sugars (i.e. glucose) in the blood,” says Edwards. “As a result, adults who are managing diabetes can enjoy strawberries—in moderation—in their diet.”

Aid weight management Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best defenses against type 2 diabetes and heart disease, not to mention just plain good for your overall well-being. “Strawberries are naturally low calorie (around 28 kCal per serving), fat-free and low in both sodium and sugar,” says Edwards. “Strawberries do contain natural sugars—though total sugars are fairly low with 4 grams per serving—and the total carbohydrate content is equivalent to less than a half slice of bread. Triple your serving to 1.5 cups and you’ll have a snack that’s less than 100 calories—and much healthier than those pre-packaged 100-calorie snacks!” 39


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1 PHOTOGRAPHYHINTS&TIPS Each edition, local professional photographer, Dean Baker, will be supplying a few tips and guides to help us with our photography skills. Whether you’re a total beginner, enthusiast or keen amateur, we hope there is always something for you to take from this.

equipment

camera types... Let me start by explaining a little about the different cameras we have and the results you can expect from each of them. I’m going to categorize these into 4 groups and it is good to understand & identify the category you fall into: • Smart Phone cameras. These cameras are getting increasingly better in quality and ability so taking a great shot is not too hard with some basic guides but you can be limited as to what you can achieve. • Compact digital cameras. These “Pocket” cameras are small, lightweight and inexpensive which is why many people have one of these in their handbag, jacket pocket or for your holiday. They have a range of settings that cover the most common shooting conditions. • Advanced digital cameras. Pretty much as the “Pocket” cameras but often with better optics (lenses) that can be interchangeable, higher pixel count (higher quality photos) and usually some more pre-set modes and manual modes too. • SLR or DSLR (Digital) Single Lens Reflex Cameras. These are the cameras used by professionals and enthusiasts alike. There are many options for lenses for example: wide angle, zooming in on your subject or low light photography. It can become very expensive though but there are many entry level options to consider if you are upgrading or getting into photography a little more seriously. For each of these groups, although settings will differ between cameras, there are still some fundamental practices to understand and follow if you want to maximise the quality of the photos you take so in this section in each issue of Ultimate Magazine, I will try keep you all in mind!

cleaning & maintenance... I always start my teachings with the fundamental practice of keeping your cameras and equipment clean, protected and maintained to ensure you get the most of it. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your camera at its best. • ALWAYS keep you camera in a case or bag to protect it from dust, scratching or general bumps and dents when it is in your handbag, pocket or rucksack. If you can prevent dust getting to your camera, then cleaning will be easier. • ALWAYS use a strap when carrying or using your camera. Even if it is just a small wrist strap. Getting into this habit will prevent dropping and costly repairs or replacement!. CHECK your strap regularly. Tighten ends and ensure there is no wear and tear. If so, replace it asap. Better that than replace you camera. I recommend a sealed case or bag with a zip as Velcro doesn’t offer the best seal to keep out the dust!. Also think about padding for protection too. I generally say spend what you can here, the more you’ll spend the better you’ll generally get and it’s better to spend 20 euros on a bag than 120 euros on a new camera if you damage it.

• KEEP it clean. Get yourself a soft, lint free cloth (like the type you get with glasses) to keep all glass elements, lenses and eyepieces clean and dust free. Never use liquids to clean your camera, instead get yourself a small air blower or a can of compressed air that is designed to be used with electronics. NEXT ISSUE: I will go into more depth about extra equipment you can utilize to help you take better photos and some of the thinking behind taking a photo as it’s not all about the subject! Happy snapping! 43


ALME SUMMER

...in the city

The city of Almeria is Andalucia’s most eastern capital. Years ago, it was not as well known by tourists as other capitals like Malaga, Sevillle, or Granada. However, that has changed drastically in the last while with its growth as a major holiday area. Almeria holds a great deal of charm and is steeped in history. It is located at the foot of a mountain range which is crowned by the magnificent Alcazaba, an Arab fortress built by the Caliph of Cordoba, Abd-erRahman with three huge walled enclosures (in the second of which are remains of a mosque, converted to a chapel by the Catholic kings). The Alcazaba is the second largest Muslim fortress in Andalucia behind the Alhambra in Granada.

In the centre of the city is La Rambla, Avenide de Frederico Garcia Lorca, a long tree lined avenue that leads down to the port and beaches, it has a vibrant and modern feel with bustling street cafes, tempting shops, feature water fountains, and play areas for children. With easy access from the motorway there is plenty of underground parking. Close by is Paseo de Almeria, the main road for serious shoppers, with its neighbouring streets packed with appealing little boutiques. Avenida del Mediterraneo, runs right through the city centre and is home to the Mediterraneo shopping complex. Hotels are readily signposted, as are the convenient train and bus stations. Not without its traditional bullring, the Plaza de Toros de Almeria dates back to 1888 and has a capacity for over 9,000 spectators.

AlmerĂ­a as one of the eight provincial capitals of Andalucia, houses various museums. True historians will appreciate the Almeria Museum which contains numerous objects discovered by the well-known Belgian mining engineer, Louis Siret. The contemporary art museum is well worth visiting. Take a stroll around Almeria and discover for yourself numerous examples of beautiful street art. A huge iron railway bridge, Cables Ingles, constructed by a British mining company in the early 20th century, dominates the landscape at one end of the port, part of the industrial heritage of the city, from the mining era of Almeria, it is now being restored to be promoted as a tourist attraction. The ferry terminal by the port offers trips across the Mediterranean sea to North Africa, and the Parque de Nicolas Salmeron, a narrow strip of approximately one kilometre in length, 44


ERIA situated between the port and the city streets, provides green areas and shaded seating.

La Alcazaba

The Barrio de la Chanca, the cave quarter, is part of the old town, and has been depicted in many artistic impressions. There are still some families living in the colourful cave like dwellings which are part built into the rocks of the hillside on which the Alcazaba stands. The tourist train, which runs at the weekend, takes a route through the old quarter and port area, offering a relaxing way to see the city sights. The starting point for the train is at Plaza de Emilio Perez and the timetable is available from the Almeria Turismo website. Located in the heart of the Old Quarter, on the site of a former Arabic souk, the Aire de Almeria has recovered an ancient Arabic baths and restored an ancient tradition. A testimony to the Muslim presence that enriched the cultural and social heritage of Almeria city, here, in luxurious surroundings it is possible to indulge ones self in the custom of Arabic bathing, incorporating the ritual of moderate, warm and cold immersions to cleanse the mind and body.

Puerta de Purchena

A trip to the city would not be complete without experiencing its nightlife and local cuisine. The restaurants and bars in the centre of town are located between Paseo de Almeria and La Rambla and the area is noted for it excellent seafood and tapas. Almeria City commemorates many fiestas, having religious or historical connotations they are celebrated round the clock with passion and enthusiasm, such momentous local occasions where everyone is made welcome. The Almeria Turismo website provides details and dates of the Almeria city fiestas. 45


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Breakfasts

Lunches

Dinners

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A new concept Cafe, Restaurant & Bar located in the old Restaurante Isabel on Red Cross roundabout

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Mesón EL QUE FALTABA Traditional Spanish Food in a warm friendly atmosphere

open 7 days a week from 8.30am call to reserve a table 950 478 8 846 There are many restaurants in Mojácar with menu del dias but here at Mesón El Que Faltaba (Thomas’s) we only use all fresh, natural and local ingredients. We also have many seasonal offers and dishes to offer regularly.

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Part of Tomas’s small complex next to the supermarket. El Gaucho has beautiful terrace looking to the sea and a small intimate restaurant inside. This is the place for great Argentinian steaks, salads and pizzas on Mojacar Playa. With its barbecue grill, for that great tasting flavour, on the enclosed terrace the winter months are a great time to come along and sample our wonderful cuisine.

There are many Argentinian Restaurants in this area but if you eat here you will save at least 30%!

LIVE FLAMENCO EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT

950 478 846


La Candela Restaurante - Pintxoteca Mojรกcar pueblo

Creative Cuisine & Tapas

Take a look at the most creative restaurant in Mojรกcar. We work hard so you can feel comfortable & enjoy our incredible modern dishes and unique atmosphere.

La Candela Mojรกcar

647 724 367

Plaza Nueva, Multicentro Mojรกcar pueblo

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come

Wine

with me

Victorious vino... Once the butt of jokes of wine connoisseurs, Spanish wine has come a long way since the 1970s when it was renowned for its headacheinducing qualities, served up in copious amounts at package holiday night-time excursions. These days, Spanish wine is recognised across the globe as a real player in the viticulture industry and boasts a wide variety of grapes from north to south of the country.

various regions including La Mancha and in Catalonia, Cava is available in white Valdepeñas and is made using a faster or rosé varieties and was once known as Spanish Champagne until European process than Rioja. laws dictated this could not be used. Garnacha, known as Grenache in France, is another popular Spanish Like Champagne, Cava is popular for grape variety, mainly grown in warmer, celebratory occasions such as weddings drier regions and is often used in the and parties or as a refreshing summer drink. Also similar to Champagne, the Rioja blends. Although better known for its Sherry, sparkling wine comes in dry (Brut), semisouthern Spain also produces wine dry or sweet. which is growing in popularity. Sherry is probably Spain’s second most The Alpujarra hills in Almería are home well known alcoholic drink after Sangria. to the award winning Bodega de Produced in Jerez in the south, sherry, Alboloduy vineyard and the Bodegas like port is a fortified wine with an alcohol Alto Almanzora which produce wines content of around 16 per cent. using a blend of Cabernet, Tempranillo and Merlot. These local vineyards offer Like wine, sherry comes in different enjoyable tours where you can taste the varieties, the most popular being ‘cream’, different varieties and see how the wine favoured by northern Europeans and the crisp dry ‘fino’ enjoyed by Spanish with is made. tapas or cuts of cured meats. Although less popular, Spain also produces some delightful white wines, Manzanilla is particularly dry and many are exported to the USA where is the top selling variety of sherry in the they are enjoyed for their fresh, floral domestic market. bouquet. Pedro Ximenez is produced Verdejo, produced in the flat plains throughout Andalucía and if made north of Madrid has a citrus tang and properly has a rich velvety taste whereas goes perfectly with white meats such as a lower-end example can be sicklysuckling pig or roasted chicken. sweet and cloying.

Rioja is probably the best known of Spanish wines, made from the Tempranillo grape grown in the region of the same name. Earthy and fruity, the wines of Rioja are a pleasant combination of old world and new world flavours usually aged in French or American oak barrels. Rioja comes in different varieties, Crianza being the younger wine (at least two years old) and Reserva, which must Albarino, a crisp blend from the be aged for at least three years. wetter Galicia region goes well with seafood and fish dishes. Another wine made with the Tempranillo grape is Ribera del Duero with When talking about Spanish wine, its vanilla taste coming from the use of one can’t forget the popular sparkling French oak barrels. This wine is grown in wines such as Cava. Mostly produced 50

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Whichever is your preference, Spanish wine confidently competes with the more traditional wines of France and Italy and is no longer the poor relation of the wine world.


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Avda Mediterráneo 449, Mojacar Playa

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Glorious food food

BAKED MUSSELS with breadcrumbs, herbs & parmesan cheese.

Here is a fab recipe for Mussels. Ideal for a starter, party bite or a light supper dish. Serving them in half shells adds a wow factor. Keep the other halves of the shells to use as ´spoons´to scoop out and eat the mussels.

Ingredients: Serves four people, just multiply ingredients for additional servings.

• 50g Butter softened. • 1 Tablespoon chopped thyme, parsley or coriander. • 1 Small clove of garlic, crushed. • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice • 25g Breadcrumbs • 15g Parmesan cheese or Cheddar. • 900g Mussels.

Method:

1. Mix butter, herb, garlic and lemon juice and cheese together. Set aside. 2. Wash mussels under cold running water, discarding any that are open or cracked. 3. Pull and scrape off the beards (tough fibres), barnacles and rinse.

4. Place mussels into saucepan with 100ml of water, season with a little salt & pepper. 5. Cover, heat until simmering, reduce heat to low, leave to cook in the steam for 4mins, shaking occasionally until the shells open. 6. Drain the mussels and discard any that have not opened. 7. Remove top shell off each mussel and put to one side for use as spoons. Place the other part of the mussel onto the baking tray/tin. Sit them close together so they do not tip over. 8. Pre heat grill. Put a little of the butter mixture on top of each one, sprinkle on the breadcrumbs and cook under the grill until golden and bubbling.

Enjoy!

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With this food and gourmet section we hope to bring you all the best of the local restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes to make the decision of where to eat and drink a much easier task. Presented by location in alphabetical order it should be a breeze to find the establishment you are looking for . If your establishment is not listed please e-mail: info@ultimatemagazine.es to be included in the next edition.

Aguilas:

Agua Amarga

Café Bar Aranda 630535836 Comic Café-Pub 968448199 Hotel Cala Real 968414562 Hotel Carlos lll 968411650 Hotel & Spa Don Juan 968493493 Hotel El Paso 968447125 La Vía 646430496

Hotel & Restaurant Family 950138014 Albox Jacks 950120718 La Cena 950430930 Mesón de Irene 647730130 / 950430145 The New Dehli 950431705 / 639231507

this Spring... ...enjoy the warm and cosy atmosphere of Hola-Ola. What better way to enjoy a lazy afternoon or evening either sitting in the warmth from our new log burner or sitting in the Spring sun drinking a bottle of our house wine and a great selection of freshly prepared tapas for only €10. try our Menu del Dia for only 10€ too!

Bar - Restaurant

664 097 279

We also have a full and varied menu which includes: Pig Cheeks, Oxtail Stew, Mussels, Seabass & Seabream, not forgetting our comprehensive House Specials available everyday. Hola-Ola is situated right on the beach, just after the tourist office and has a fully stocked bar with a great selection of beers, wines & spirits.

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TAPAS, PASTA, RICE, MEAT & FISH DISHES


Antas

Bedar

Garrucha

El Milindurrio 950453345 Asador Gloria 950453150 / 625668613 Cortijo Carlotta 950619226 / 638549646 El Fogon, Asador Argentino 950459081 Mi Casa 950453007 / 950453048

El Cortijo 950398108 La Fuente 950469185 Miramar 950469308 La Montaña 950398856 Bar El Pinar (El Pinar) 634363834

Arboleas

Cabrera

El Mirador 687160806 Hotel Rural Azabache 615654093 Humbugs 676604008 Hostal Meson 950430137 / 635612738

Los Pastores 950468002

Angus & Hereford 950460588 El Almejero 950460405 Meson Del Mar 950460675 Hotel Tikar 950617131 Casa Adriana 950133154 Escanez 950460278 Gondola 950133928 La Parada 950133569 Little Italy 950133802 Restaurante Andalucia 950460604 Rincón del Puerto 950133042 / 950133043 Tela Marinera 950460882

Desert Springs Resort El Chiringuito Pool Bar 678746706 El Torrente Restaurant 637861590 The Crocodile Club 678746706

la bonne pÂte Pizzeria - restaurant

FREE

MOJACAR PLAYA

Breakfast served every day

CLOS THUR ED SDAY S

Menu del Dia - 15€ p.p 3 courses inc. bottle of wine per couple Monday nights - 8pm

Fun Quiz • FREE Entry • Prize for winners

Tuesdays - all day

Homemade Pie & Currys - 8€

Wednesdays - evenings

Thai Menu Specials inc. Tom Yum

Friday - Traditional Fish & Chips Battered, Baked or Poached - 7.25€

Saturdays - all day Pasta & Fish Specials

pizzas • FRESH pasta FRENCH CUISINE

Traditional Sunday Roast Menu from 9€

t. 663 492 472

A la Carte & Snack Menu available each day 10.00am - 10.00pm

paseo del mediterraneo 131

Sundays - all day

mention ultimatealmeria magazine for a free drink 950 478 525 or 686 038 259

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Zaks Plaice Fish & Chips 950133193 Los Castaños Cortijo Las Piezas 950951498 / 634780943 Los Gallardos Apolo 600495182 El Naranjo 950398799 La Cumbre 950888126 / 629030438 Miraflores 679970933 / 609506869 Mojácar: Cafes, Bars,Restaurants & Beach Bars. Aku Aku 950478981 Al Punto 950475899 Ankara 950473042 Antonella 950450215 Arriba 950615591 Asiatico 950472570

Azeefa 950475899 Badgers 950478525 Bar Esencial 618826092 Bar Med 666140901 Bodega Mi Cortijo 950889023 Beachcomber 950473099 Bellagio 950472145 Bonta 950472939 Bowen 666406203 Burladero 950615041 Cafeteria Dolce 950475178 Casablanca 950472474 Casa Egea 950472190 Captains Bar 617477797 Cortijo Media Luna 950478813 Cowboy Cocina 950472924 Cave Bar 950478799 Capri 950615067

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D’Angelo 950478517 Delfin Dorado 950475212 Dolcevita 950472001 Don Pancho 950472543 El Cid 950472063 El Corralejo 950615537 El Deseo 670018035 El Flamenco 664051713 El Gaucho 950478846 El Lance 950478812 El Patio 670018035 El Sitio 950615411 El Vasco 950472649 Enrico 950472995 Eudoxia 663314445 Fanys 634312820 Fusion Beach Cocktail Bar 950615224 Hola Ola 664097279


Natural Ice Cream Parlour & Café

NEW

LASAGNE • CANELLONI • CARPACCIO OF BEEF CARPACCIO OF TUNA • PIZZA SLICES • CREPES

Afternoon Pot of Tea or cup of Coffee, 2 rounds of Tea - 6.50€ sandwiches, 1 cream scone & 1 piece of cake 30% DISCOUNT ON ENGLISH BREAKFASTS EVERY THURSDAY

Open All Day 8:00 am – 1:00 am

Imperial 950478098 Koi 950615452 La Bola 950478408 La Cometa 950615209 La Catina 950478841 La Cabana 950615179 La Cava 661985270 La Lupe 950475980 La Parata 950478186 La Posada 950472670 La Peseta 9504722 Levante 950615224 Los Amigos 950478489

Paseo Mediterráneo, 333, Mojácar Playa T. 950 472 939

Lolas 950478451 Lua Chillout Lounge 950472643 Maui 950478722 Mandala Beach Club 950437131 Mana del Cielo 950472154 / 697225625 Mediterraneo 950472268 Meme 674141159 Meson El que Faltaba 950478846 Meson San Bernabe 950475966 Mimis 664103611 Mojos 950615230 Moma Beach Cocktail Bar 950473020 Mountains of the Moon 950472002

Neo Beach Club 950473006 Neptuno beach Club 616005387 Omega 950475317 Osteria 950615151 Ottocento 950615100 Pastis 950091827 Playa Blanca 950473001 Portofino 950472809 Pura Vida 950472164 Pulcinella (Beach) 950109652 Rusty Nail 950472786 Torre Bahia 950478651 Trufi Bar 664103611 59


The Emerald Isle 673104250 The Irish Rover 950473135 The Lemon Lounge 950472659 The New Kimrick 950475198 Titos 950615030 Trufibar 646515708 Valerys Cocktail Bar & Music 950615537 Viva 637270594 San Pedro 722485340 Mojacar Hotels Bed & Breakfast Casa Los Arcos 950473165 Hotel Puntazo 950478265 / 950478229 Hotel Virgen del Mar 902472222 Parador 950478250 Sal Marina 950472405 Mojácar Pueblo Arlequino 950478037 / 649337781 Casa Minguito 950478614 El Bocata 626165107 El Palacio 950472846 Jazz Life Café 647724367 La Muralla 950472928 Napoli 950472976 Pulcinella 950478401 Restaurante Aires del Sur 606061811 / 950478014

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Palomares Bar restaurant Monikas 950467474 Bar Oasis 950888476 Centro Plaza 950618614 La Dulce Casa 950467768 Turre Café Royal, English Tavern 950468481 Bar Vinilo 634309540 Gregs 950617698 Alice’s Sports Bar TBC Chili 950468425 Hostal Rural Tio Tomas 950478806 La Estancia 654562449 / 695167831 Meson del Pobre 950468321 Pizzeria-Restaurante Mari Cruz 950479646 Taj 950479607 Valle de Este Hole In One Venues Bar 950461068 / 647424279 Hotel Valle del Este 950398743 Casa de La Vega 950391208 Villaricos Goah (Groupo Lua) 950467030 La Esperanza 625737025 Los Angeles 699010705 Bar Genesis 647073598

Jets Bar La Plaza 950467590 Los Conteros 950618629 Vera Carmona 950390760 Casa de La Vega 950391208 Cortijo Albari 950391706 Dragon Chinese 950133226 Gran Muralla Wok Buffet 950391691 La Peperina 678642856 Vera Playa Angus & Hereford 950460588 B2 Mohana 678642856 Bar Restaurant Laguna 950132566 El Balconito 635589909 En Fu 950467839 La Buena Mesa 950467222 / 610356387 La Pampa 950397702 / 671653116 Lua 950478202 Wok Buffet Asiático de Fa 677778587 Corner Bar 950618209 Frankies Bar 662474861 If your establishment is not listed please e-mail: info@ultimatemagazine.es to be included in the next edition.


SUMMER 2015 • OPEN EVERY DAY

TAPAS - RACIONES - BOCADILLOS - MENUS

MOJITOS • COCKTAILS • LARGE TERRACE • BEST ATMOSPHERE

MUSIC EVERY NIGHT FROM 6PM Shambala Beach Mojacar ................................................................................................ INFO AND RESERVATIONS ON +34 950 399 728 MOJACAR PLAYA NEXT TO THE RED CROSS

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GRUPO LUA

RESTAURANT • PIZZERÍA • APERITIVOS • COCKTAILS • GINTONERÍA

For Reservations Call: 950 467 030 • Urbanizacíon Los Conteros, Ctr. Villaricos Nº49

Every Wednesday Flamenco Show from 20:00

www.grupolua.com

Every Friday Piano Dinner enliven your dinner with music by Antonio Gallardo from 20:00

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fresh fish & seafood• full menu • tapas • beach front terrace ice cream • cocktails • evening entertainment

Nautico lounge bar & restaurant.

Tel: 622 451 935 64

paseo del malecon 17, 04630 La Garrucha.


“THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC CHIRINGUITO SINCE 1968” OPEN EVERYDAY FROM 10.00am

BAR RESTAURANT

670 018 035

Paseo del Mediterraneo 265

With an international kitchen, our chef produces a different special dish each day and a new menu each week using only fresh, natural and seasonal ingredients.

LIVE MUSIC EVERY SUNDAY FRO

M 6PM

FANTASTIC DAILY MENU

MONDAY TO FRIDAY

12.30 – 20.00

Special Tostadas • Baguettes Kebab Skewers German Sausages • Salads Pork or Chicken Schnitzels Various Meats • Roast Lamb Various Fish Dishes Home Made Desserts Kitchen open daily from 1pm

MENU DEL DIA - ONLY 10€

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The History of...

Upon researching this for this article, we stumbled across 3 variations of the history of the “Tapas” so here are all three for you to decide which sounds most plausible...

VERSION 1.

VERSION 3.

The word “tapas” is derived from the Spanish verb tapar, “to cover”.

According to The Joy of Cooking, the original tapas were the slices of bread or meat which sherry drinkers in Andalusian taverns used to cover their glasses between sips. This was a practical measure meant to prevent fruit flies from hovering over the sweet sherry.

Tapas traditionally may have been a complementary piece of sliced ham served on top of a glass of wine, but we know them today as small portions of food commonly served as a snack with drinks in bars. Tapas can be as simple as a bowl of olives or more hearty, such as slices of Serrano ham. The tapa was born when, due to an illness, the Spanish king Alfonso the 10th, the Wise, had to take small bites of food with some wine between meals. Once recovered from the disease, the wise king decreed that no wine was to be served in any of the inns in the land of Castile , unless accompanied by something to eat. This was a wise precaution to counteract the adverse effects of alcohol on those people who, through lack of money to buy a nourishing meal drank alcohol on an empty stomach.

VERSION 2.

The meat used to cover the sherry was normally ham or chorizo, which are both very salty and activate thirst. Because of this, bartenders and restaurant owners began creating a variety of snacks to serve with sherry, thus increasing their alcohol sales. The tapas eventually became as important as the sherry.

We should also consider the theory that the tapa first appeared because of the need of farmers and workers of other unions to take a small amount of food during their working time, which allowed them to carry on working until time for the main meal. This main meal, rich in fat, was so heavy to digest that a “siesta” had to be taken for a couple of hours before going back to the fields or to the workshop. Longer working hours in the morning meant an easier workload after the meal. Wine was the natural accompaniment to this snack, as it induced a mellow mood and increased strength, while in winter it warmed the body as protection against very cold days in the fields and in the workshops of the Middle Ages. In summer, the drink taken in the South was “gazpacho” (cold tomato soup), instead of wine, which increased body heat rather than providing the necessary cold refreshment. 67


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For people with pets, choosing a holiday can be a tricky procedure. The choices can be to leave Fido in kennels, beg a relative or friend to look after the pets while you go off enjoying yourselves or you could take them with you.

Of course we are talking about domestic animals here, no matter how much you may love your pet goat, I am not sure fellow hotel guests will be quite so enamoured! Pet friendly hotels are surprisingly easy to find with more establishments appreciating the fact that leaving man’s best friend at home isn’t always an option. Travelling by air throughout Europe throws up all sorts of legal questions so here we will concentrate closer to home and stick to travelling around Spain with your pet. There are a number of websites which have lists of pet-friendly hotels and apartments such as www.pet-friendly-hotels.net or www.bringfido.com. Here I have selected a few, all within easy reach throughout Andalucía.

If you are on a budget, the El Faro apartments in Benidorm offer a lowpriced option from 33 euros per night. Set just one block back from the beach the location is excellent for walking your dog along the seafront. With privately owned accommodation www.hotelesrumbo.es such as villas and apartments the owner will often state in the terms and conditions If your pet is a bit of a city slicker, a if pets are welcome or not, rentals portals number of good hotels in Malaga will such as www.holidaylettings.co.uk welcome him/her with open paws. The give the advertiser an option to state if NH chain of hotels, Novotel and a number they accept pets, otherwise a friendly of independent city hotels accept pets, email to the property owner or manager the NH is located near the old rambla, a perfect place for morning ‘walkies’. usually does the trick. If you a travelling with a larger dog it may Even exclusive hotels often accept pets be prudent to choose somewhere more and there is no need to scrimp on luxury rural where you can take longer walks... if you are taking your four-legged member of the family with you. The stunning Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza, in the heart of Seville is a boutique hotel with contemporary accommodation and top class restaurant, pets are welcome at no extra charge. If you prefer a wider choice of hotel or apartment complex then www.booking. com has an option to select pet-friendly hotels as part of your criteria, as does www.hotels.com

The Accor group of hotels has a petfriendly policy in its Ibis chain throughout Europe, the modern, simply styled rooms are perfect for pets and there are no In the historical centre of Cordoba, the Palacio del Bailio welcomes animals and restrictions on sizes. the hotel is in a perfect central location. www.ibis.com Visit www.mrandmrssmith.com 74


The beautiful Finca La Bobadilla, in Loja, just north of Antequera is a 350 hectare estate with luxurious rooms and spa facilities, the wonderful countryside is perfect for long walks with your dogs and the hotel facilities are top notch. Price start at 150 euros per night www.barcelo.com

Finally, when travelling by car with your pet, ensure they are properly secured in a crate or by harness to avoid any possible injury to them, you or other road users and take frequent, drink and toilet stops to make everyone’s journey more comfortable. So if you can’t bear to be parted from your fur-baby or kennels simply aren’t an option, there are lots of options for every member of the family to enjoy a happy holiday.

The Almunia de Valle in Monachil just outside Granada is set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and offer petfriendly rooms with mountain views from 100 euros per night. A little closer to home in Agua Amarga is the hotel Cortijo Los Malenos on the edge of the Cabo de Gata, rooms from 120 euros per night, no charge for dogs. For the hotels above visit www.escapio.com If you prefer to get back to nature, most camping and caravan sites in Spain allow dogs as long as they are kept on a lead. If you want to stay in one of the chalets on-site however, pets are usually not allowed. When you are travelling with your pet you have to be more organised than usual, make sure you pack all the food they need as well as food and water bowls. Your pet will need its own bed as although the establishments mentioned may be pet friendly it would be frowned upon to allow animals on the bed or other furniture, just remember a non-pet person may be staying in the room after you leave. For smaller pets which may be used to sleeping on the furniture in your own home, it would be wise to bring a travel crate/basket so your pet can make itself comfortable. If your dog is unused to elevator travel, it would make sense to book a lower floor room and if possible one with a terrace or balcony if available. Remember, you pet is in strange surroundings and it is not usually recommended to go out and leave your pet inside the room alone, even the best behaved animal can freak out when left along in an unfamiliar environment. Most importantly, respect other guests, you may find a noisy game, squeaky toy and barking tricks hilarious but that business traveller in the adjoining room may object to having his beauty sleep disturbed.

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May & June tournaments

We’ve had the Masters, now we are getting set for The Open in July but firstly...

May: 21st - 24th European Tour: BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey, England. Wentworth once again plays host to the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. This

June: 18th - 21st US Open, Chambers Bay GC, Chambers Bay, Washington, USA. On June 18th, 2015, Chambers Bay will welcome the U.S. Open and its defending champion Martin Kaymer, as it comes to the Pacific Northwest for the very first time in its history. 78

year, we can look forward to watching defending champion Rory Mcllroy. Rory will be joined by a stellar field showcasing many of the biggest names in golf including Europe’s victorious Ryder Cup Team who, last Autumn, defended the trophy in such inimitable style. Watch the finest

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SWING SPEED AND SWING TEMPO/SHAFT FLEX TABLE The swing speed and swing tempo table below should give you an indication of the shaft flex that you should be using in your clubs. Driver Swing Speed (MPH) less than 60 less than 60 less than 60 60 - 70 60 - 70

Swing Tempo fast medium slow fast medium

Shaft Flex L L L A L

5 Iron Swing Speed (MPH) less than 50 less than 50 less than 50 50 - 55 50 - 55

Swing Tempo fast medium slow fast medium

Shaft Flex L L L L L

60 70 70 70 80 80 80

slow fast medium slow fast medium slow

L R A A R R A

50 55 55 55 60 60 60

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55 60 60 60 65 65 65

slow fast medium slow fast medium slow

L A L L A A L

90 - 100 90 - 100 90 - 100 100 - 110 100 - 110 100 - 110 more than 110

fast medium slow fast medium slow fast

S R R X S S X

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70 70 70 75 75 75 80

fast medium slow fast medium slow fast

R R A R R R S

more than 110 more than 110

medium slow

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75 - 80 75 - 80 80 - 85

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70 80 80 80 90 90 90

80 80 85 85 85

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85 85 90 90 90

more than 90 more than 90 more than 90

As I have said before, by far the best and most accurate way of finding your medium R swing speed is to have it tested with slow R fast S a Swing Speed Meter. Most teaching medium S pros and competent club makers slow R will have one and it only takes a few fast X medium S minutes to Estimated check your swing speed Clubs needed to carry 150yds swing speed (MPH) slow S but the results will be well worth it. fast 4 iron X 60 – 65 medium 5 slow

iron X X 6 iron 7 iron 8 iron 9 iron in your clubs

ESTIMATE YOUR SWING SPEED WITH IRONS Another method of determining what shaft flex you should have fitted is to estimate your swing speed. This can be easily done. To find you swing speed with irons all you have to do is answer the following question honestly. What club would I have to use to carry the ball 150 yards? Clubs needed to carry 150yds 4 iron 5 iron 6 iron 7 iron 8 iron 9 iron

Estimated swing speed (MPH) 60 – 65 65 – 70 70 – 75 75 - 80 80 - 85 85 - 90

ESTIMATE YOUR SWING SPEED WITH WOODS

3 Wood (yards) swing speed the (MPH) Tocarry finddistance your swing speedEstimated with woods answer following less than 85 50 - 55 question honestly. 85 – 100 55 -the 60 fly do I hit my 3 wood? How far on 100 – 120 60 - 65 120 – 140 65 - 70 140 – 160 70 - 75 160 – 175 75 - 80 175 – 190 80 - 85 190 – 205 85 - 90 205 – 217 90 - 95 218 -230 95 - 100 230 – 237 100 - 105

65 – 70

In the next I will explain 70 edition – 75 how to 75calculate the right - 80 length for clubs so that 80 -your 85 85 - 90fit you. they actually Enjoy your golf.

3 Wood carry distance (yards) less than 85 85 – 100 100 – 120 120 – 140 140 – 160 160 – 175 175 – 190 190 – 205 205 – 217 218 -230 230 – 237 238 – 245 246 – 252 253 – 260

Estimated swing speed (MPH) 50 - 55 55 - 60 60 - 65 65 - 70 70 - 75 75 - 80 80 - 85 85 - 90 90 - 95 95 - 100 100 - 105 105 - 110 110 - 115 115 - 120

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Show me the money! By Tony Myles

Golf sponsorship.

There is an old adage that you can judge a person by the company they keep and that is probably equally true in business. Today the world of sport needs sponsorship in order to survive and the mega deals are very well publicised. Two years ago we marvelled at the value of the contract offered to Rory McIlroy as he signed an agreement with NIKE for £150m.

It is a huge business. Multinationals are willing to invest hundreds of millions of Dollars or Pounds or Euros into endorsing clubs, leagues, events and athletes in order to ensure that their brand is associated with success. Sportswear companies supply kit or equipment to a sportsperson, so that their supporters or fans will try to emulate their heroes by buying the same items. In many cases, athletes and teams, can gain most of their income from endorsements rather than from prize money and salaries, making them vitally important to the overall running of sports around the world. One of the most prestigious deals in recent history was the $100m paid by Coca-Cola for its close association with the 2012 London Olympic Games. With this level of investment and commitment it is of paramount importance that both parties are comfortable with the relationship and equally important that they are perceived as suitable and appropriate partners. This is equally true when viewed from a local standpoint and in a country where golf is major leisure activity and a creator of significant tourist Euros it is no better demonstrated than in the major sponsors who have secure Campbell Lamont in their portfolio. Today Campbell is in his fourth year of sponsorship with the FORD Motor Company and in his own words Campbell explains “We have been delighted with the support from Ford over the last four years. There is no bigger name in the Motoring world and so my company is proud of this association and not only from the perspective of the prestige but also because they included a significant incentive for our members who decided to purchase a new Ford car.” More recently Campbell has concluded an agreement with Continental Wealth Management (CWM). When asked about this choice Campbell was equally effusive: “The financial marketplace is crowded and because so many of our regular clients are those who have either retired or can enjoy long vacations they represent a very important segment of the market for Financial Services. For

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this reason we were very cautious in our dealings. As the leading supplier of services and support to the golfer on the Costa Blanca we have a reputation which is truly enviable. We enjoy a level of trust which is unmatched in any other sphere. So when Campbell Lamont forges a relationship with a company, our clients know that this company shares our values. Continental Wealth Management have a corporate ethos this is comparable to our own and so we happily recommend them to our community safe in the knowledge that their dealings will be valued and relevant. We also applaud the support that they provide to their charitable arm Grant-a-Wish which supplies such excellent support for underprivileged people in the local community.” This is why you will find a representative of CWM at all of Campbell’s events and though there is never a hard sell they are always on hand to answer any questions on personal finance issues. Without expert advice this can be a minefield and with the endorsement of Campbell Lamont anyone consulting CWM will feel that added level of comfort.


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If there is one thing we should all care about in this world, it is the preservation of our wildlife. As humans, the most intelligent animal on earth, we have a responsibility to protect our endangered species. According to care2world.com, approximately 100 species go extinct every single day. A large majority of these species are victims of deforestation, where 38 million acres of forest is projected to be destroyed this year. Putting that into perspective, 38 million acres is roughly the size of Algeria, or a slightly larger than Alaska! The amount of habitat lost for some of these endangered species is unprecedented.

1. Ivory Billed Woodpecker

The Ivory Billed Woodpecker is currently having dismal information on their numbers. It is at the top of the critically endangered list. Critically endangered means that a species is dangerously near to becoming extinct. The population numbers of this woodpecker were whittled down by hunters and deforestation, in the 19th century. As a result, the woodpecker’s numbers dropped too low to sustain their own population. The only reason why this bird hasn’t been deemed extinct by the masses, is because of supposed recent sightings in the past decade. A video back in 2007 shot a glimpse of a bird that looked very similar to the Ivory Billed profile, but it was too blurry to be conclusive. However, there is still hope to find this bird flying about in the swampy areas of North & South America. There exists organizations devoted to the rediscovery of this beautiful bird, but again no sightings have been confirmed.

2. Amur Leopard

There now exists only about 55 of them in northern part of Russia’s eastern tundra. Considered to be the rarest cat in the world, they prefer the cold temperatures of the tundra forest lands and are the only Leopard in the world adapted to cold weather. Several factors are responsible for their endangered status. Poaching, deforestation, development are the main human factors. These activities have drastically dropped their population numbers, creating another factor: inbreeding. Inbreeding is a serious setback for the species, because of the rise of recessive genes becoming dominant. Thus, giving birth to offspring with genetic defects and infertility. These factors are unfortunately brought upon by mostly humans. The Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance is spearheading the efforts with 15 international members, to save this beautiful animal.

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Also known as the Sudna Rhinoceros, was the most prominent rhino species in south east Asia. Their range extended from North Vietnam, to East India and parts of China, and clear down to the islands of Java and Sundara. They are now confined to a small piece of land located on the western tip of Java island in Indonesia. This particular species is considered to be the rarest mammal on earth with an estimation of only 40 members. Similar to our leopard friends. Much of their numbers dropped with the aftermath of the Vietnam war. The numerous battles left the land in desolation and after the war was over, the poaching of these animals skyrocketed. Reason being: the same weapons used to kill humans, became the same ones to kill nearly every rhino in southeast Asia. nkfully, before anymore damage could be done, governments in the orient began making the hunting of these animals illegal.

4. Northern Sportive Lemur

There are numerous species of lemurs on island of Madagascar, but none as endangered as the Northern Sportive Lemur. These 2 lb. animals reside on the northern tip of Madagascar, with an estimated 20 members left of their species. Nearly all of the species of Lemurs on the island are under threat of extinction. Poaching and major deforestation are the primary factors contributing to their massive decline. The biggest obstacle preventing the protecting these animals is they aren’t officially protected at all. The forests that these Lemurs live in are too small to be declared as protected by the government. So the strategies have had to change. Instead of relying on government help, they must reach out to the community first. Currently, there are efforts to educate the local population on the issues and give them alternatives to slash and burning the forests.

5. Northern Pacific Right Whale

Northern right whales have been under the gun for more than a century. They are the most endangered species of whale with only around 50 members of their species left. Before the massive whaling endemic of the 19th century, it is estimated that more than 30,000 right whales were alive in the Pacific Ocean. Between 1840 and 1849, the massive poaching of these whales began with the killing of at least 25,000. In the mid 20th century, Asian pacific whaling activities increased, including the notable Soviet whale excursion, illegally killing thousands of whales in the Pacific including right whales. With the combination of whaling and increased industrialization of the high seas, their numbers have suffered tremendously.The industrialization of the high seas pertains to the amount of commercial fishing and shipping of goods. Reports have found right whales being tangled and killed by giant fishnets by commercial fisherman. 85


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