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That’s it! Summer is over and so is the parking nightmare. Residents to the Costa are back and schools start. This seems to be a frightening thought for some businesses who believe that the end of summer means though times ahead and start cutting down on advertising and other costs. I suppose this is when the employment figures take a downturn. But the change in season does not have to be so drastic. The tourists may have gone after their short holiday but the residents live here for most of the year and will continue to have consumer needs. The main difference is that this time round they will be looking for a professional service at a price that reflects the level of service and quality. Overprice is out but so is cheap, because cheaper than the right price must reflect the lack of something, usually quality, service or other. Nothing is free and giveaway prices make you give away what you think you are buying. ¡Se acabó! El verano ha terminado así como lo es la pesadilla de aparcamientos. Los residentes en la Costa están de vuelta y los colegios comienzan la temporada. Esto parece ser un pensamiento aterrador para algunos negocios que creen que el final del verano significa los tiempos duros por delante y empiezan reducir la publicidad y otros gastos. Supongo que esto es cuando los números de desempleo aumentan. Pero el cambio de estación no tiene que ser tan drástico. Los turistas pueden haber ido tras su corta vacaciones, pero los residentes viven aquí durante casi todo el año y seguirán teniendo las necesidades de consumidor. La principal diferencia es que esta vez irán buscando un servicio profesional a un precio que refleje el nivel de servicio y calidad. Sobreprecio está fuera de moda, pero así es el barato, porque al ser más barato que el precio justo debe reflejar la falta de algo, por lo general de calidad, de servicio u otro. Nada es gratis y los precios de regalados hacen que regaláis lo que usted piensa que está comprando.


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The facts speak for themselves This month we are particularly pleased to welcome Russian Radio Marbella as a new advertiser. What is also relevant is that while some of our advertisers have dropped out because “the tourists have gone”, particularly restaurants, those who have noticed the difference when advertising in Web Express Guide have reenforced their advertising campaign with us.

the Manilva Road to open a better and larger restaurant with a more extended cuisine from Cordoba at super good prices.

This autumn, we are pleased to promote the Parapiro Italian Restaurant as well as Shazna and Taj Mahal Indian restaurants in the Puerto de la Duquesa and La Casita in Sabinillas. The Raspita too has had a very good season with us and they have moved out of the Paseo Maritimo to half way up

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The season for Mycophiles The mushroom hunters

A Mycophile is a devotee of mushrooms, especially one whose hobby is hunting and foraging for wild edible mushrooms. Well, it is that time of year again and the Mycophiles are getting ready to pounce! People will be trudging the woods and forests to find the best fungi the world has to offer. Every autumn, collecting mushrooms is a must for the enthusiast especially in the Northern regions of Spain. In fact it can be a jolly good jaunt for amateurs as well because there are specialist tour companies offering short breaks designed for people looking for that interesting holiday. There are usually Chefs and experts on hand to advise you with culinary skills to produce mouth watering dishes from your picking during a healthy day of foraging. Collecting mushrooms in the woods in the north of Spain is a very autumnal thing and apparently the Basque Country, Catalonia and even the Balearic Islands are some of the best hunting grounds. For the keen enthusiast the crack of dawn is the time to start and knowing just what to look for is really the key to a good bounty. It is important of course, to be able to distinguish between the edible and non edible types. An important 10

rule of thumb to see if it is a mushroom or a toadstool is: if in doubt, leave it out. The only sure way is to take a book with pictures with you and learn what you can eat and what will make you very ill. Being able to distinguish the edible from the dangerous is the key. In Spain wild mushroom hunting is exceptionally popular all over the country but generally the province of Girona in the Catalan area of Spain is considered to be one of the best areas which is about an hour and a half from Barcelona. Mushrooms are amazingly varied in Spain, with some extremely big mushrooms growing in forest areas. Apparently this is because the weather is well disposed to mushroom propagation with hot summers and plenty of rain and a very humid and damp climate in the forests. So be prepared to find some giant fungi. The main mushroom season tends to be around September to October time, but it may be slightly earlier or later, depending on the weather. The rain usually arrives by August, but if it is slightly late, then the mushroom season will also be later. There are lots of resources and field guides to help the average person hunt edible mushrooms,

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but to be honest “mushrooming” as it is called is best done with an expert or at least an experienced forager. You can often find towns and villages offering a range of Mycological options, from specific routes and activities, to associated establishments such as bars, restaurants and country house lodges. Go to the local Tourist Offices or Mycological Societies for more information on the options available.

Here are a few facts about mushrooms. Believe it or not, Mushrooms are actually the fruit of a much larger being. Mushrooms are neither plant nor are they animal, they are classified as fungi. The main body is subterranean or thriving on dead trees. It can also thrive on living tree roots and it can vary in size from a few inches to several miles wide. When they are able to absorb a large amount of water, they can grow amazingly fast. Their fruits sprout out of the ground overnight.


only 2 ½ - 5 % are edible Beware though that although there are over two thousand types of mushrooms, only 2½ - 5 % are edible. The rest are highly poisonous and can masquerade as the edible ones, so do be extremely careful when foraging for mushrooms as it can be a risky business. The toxic effects of mushrooms are also elusive. Some contain enough toxins to immediately kill the person who eats them, like the Amanitas strain. Other mushroom toxins poison people with a cumulative effect, basically building up in a person’s system over time. In other words, a person could eat a certain mushroom fifty times with no reaction, and then die from the fifty-first taste because the overall poison levels become overwhelming to the body.

Connoisseur’s treasure The forests of Girona in northern Catalonia hide a culinary connoisseur’s treasure that the untrained amateur may never chance upon. To find the world famous black truffles takes real expert knowledge and do not forget the smart dog. Every winter, some 500 huntergatherers comb the most promising copses and groves of north-east Spain in search of a delicacy that can sell for over 1,000 Euros a kilo in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market. The truffle is a subterranean edible fungus that requires special conditions for its spores to take and reproduce. It needs good moisture but also warmth, and the right kind of tree – Hazel, Oak and Holm Oak (Mediterranean oak) – with which it forms a symbiotic relationship. The fungus synthesizes minerals for the tree and the tree releases sugar to the truffle. There are 70 types of truffle worldwide; interestingly enough relatively few have the desired gastronomical excellence required by the top Chefs. The black Périgord variety is one of the most highly valued, second only in value to the famous Italian white Piedmont truffle, which is not found in Spain. If you do decide to dabble in the mycophile world then remember to double check what you find. Enjoy but be careful.



Looking back, what’s ahead? What does the future hold in Spain. By Chevalier de Fleuri The mild Mediterranean climate of the Costa del Sol and its proximity to the Atlantic have always had an attraction that created a history spanning about 2,800 years, starting with the Visigots and other similar tribes. One of the first civilisations to leave their mark were the Phoenicians, followed by the Romans and then the Moors who made a permanent mark that is still noticed, particularly in the architecture. In more recent times, in the 40’s, Marbella was a small fishing village with only 900 inhabitants, the new era started with Ricardo Soriano, Marquis of Ivanrey, followed by his nephew Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe, who attracted and popularized the area with their rich and famous friends. As an extension of this, the 50’s developed into an attraction for the most famous actors known at the time, the likes of Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Orson 12

Wells, Frank Sinatra and many others were regular visitors. Naturally all these famous people coming to the area, centred in Marbella, made news all over the world with the ensuing boom in tourism. In the 60’s and 70’s the name “Costa del Sol” was a brand created specifically to market the Mediterranean coastline of Málaga province to foreign holiday makers. Torremolinos’ popularity as a tourist destination had a domino effect, and in the late 1960s and early 1970s, nearby municipalities such as Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Mijas, also saw a growth in the number of tourists as well as the number of permanent, resident retired couples with a U.K. pension to support them. Between 1978 and 1985, there was a brief window when extradition agreements between Spain and the UK broke down and a number of ‘wanted’


persons moved to the Costa del Sol which was then nick-named “Costa del crime”. Unfortunately, the reputation created by this window, added to the general relaxed, apathetic attitude of the police served to give the area definite popularity with people who would rather keep a low profile. The climate, the beaches, the Mediterranean food and the relaxed, often festive customs of the local population, mainly villagers with villagers’ mentality, certainly presented an appeal to the majorities, especially British who gradually began to even exceed the number of Spaniards in some villages.

experienced before; the changes were, and still are to some extent, too fast and dramatic, not just for the village mentality of the Costa del Sol but for the rest of Spain that had not long ago come out of an oppressive dictatorship which slowed its development vis-a-vis the rest of Europe. Money became a major motivating factor that gradually brought out the true nature and mentality of the powers to be, practically all over Spain.

Not everyone’s reason for moving to the Costa was based on keeping a low profile. Many retired persons found the climate and the short distance from their country an attractive proposition. Others just had had enough of their own country and moved to seek a better life in a better climate.

What really made an irreparable impact to the changes was the property boom, a mix of British estate agents’ greed exploiting gullible investors and the authorities’ greed. There is nothing wrong with progression and creation of wealth, but when the common denominator is greed and money at any cost, irrespective of the people’s best interest, whether Spanish or foreign, that’s when it starts to go wrong. Have we ever seen such a large number of Spanish mayors and councillors and... prosecuted for alleged fraud? Has this served as a lesson? It does not seem like it, does it? In most cases we are still waiting to see what their real punishment is going to be. And when will it ever happen or will it all be swept away into oblivion? We seem to have gone back to the times of the Sheriff of Nottingham and his people; unfortunately there is no Robin Hood.

As the number of foreign visitors increased, the Spanish started to see a way of life they had never seen or

They now seem to make rules to suit themselves simply to get money out of everyone’s pockets.

As a matter of fact the growing number of British residents and visitors to the Costa resulted in a market, an island within the Costa del Sol, where there was no necessity to speak any language other than English. It all snowballed adding to the attraction.



I am not happy to be made to pay the electric company when I do not use their supply? Especially after all the unjustified increases we have had recently by so called “Royal Decree”. I am not happy to have to pay for emergency treatment as an E.U. citizen who is entitled to free health care. I am not happy to pay for a license to carry out repairs or just decorating my own home. Not when other E.U. countries even give grants for renovations, probably now financed by Brussels. I am not happy to pay for exorbitant parking fines when it seems obvious that parking spaces are deliberately reduced to procure parking fines. I am not happy to be excluded from bank and certain other facilities generally available to local nationals just because of my different nationality, even though I pay my taxes and social security contributions. Are we really going to have to pay €50 to get in and also out of Gibraltar?


These are just but a few examples of a growing number of legalized scams which to my mind are entirely counterproductive and will only serve to achieve a substantial reduction in the number of foreign nationals to the area, one of the main sources of income that Spain really needs. “If I am earning less I shall charge more”. Well I have news for you Mr Spain, it does not work like this, what school and what planet do you come from? It is not just the crisis; it is a combination of all these factors that have contributed to the reduction of foreign residents. Even the Spanish themselves are leaving Spain to find jobs elsewhere and get away from the oppressive climate There seems to be a belief that people must do as they are told Spanish or not and if they happen not to communicate well in Spanish they must be retarded or gullible, this might be the reason why this summer has not been so profitable for a number of businesses compared to even last year. If this is the way forward, I imagine that at the end of the day Spain will be left to the authorities to fend for themselves and unfortunately there is not enough fish left in the sea to support a living.

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Falling Prices and Golden Opportunities Perhaps it is time to think again about that holiday home in the sun. By Count de la Perrelle. Sun, sea and sangria have long tempted people from all over the world to dream about that holiday home in the sun and live out a life in the warmer climes of Spain either for vacations or for more of a long term investment. We are all fully aware though that, during recent years, the property market soured somewhat and crashed. With property prices dropping by around 30% – 50%, now could well be a good time to find that holiday home investment in the sun. According to Standard and Poor, prices in Spain have fallen by an average of 28% since 2008 and in some cases asking prices have fallen as much as 70%. There are other buying hotspots of course including France, Italy, Portugal and Greece, where there have been significant falls. According to S&P, France saw house prices fall 2% last year and 4% the year before. Meanwhile Italy fell 5% last year and 3% the year earlier, Portugal was down 3% last year and apparently Greece prices fell 12% in the last 12 months and 10% the year earlier, but Spain would seem to be the best investment bet. 20

Spain is a good choice Spain has much to offer anyone who decides to settle or have the personal use of a holiday home here. Of course the crisis is aggravated by a surplus stock of new properties, having said that, some very good deals can be had with the banks with regard to mortgages. It is certainly the right time to consider buying for relocation or for a lifestyle reasons. Spain is renowned for its relaxed way of life and the healthy Mediterranean climate which has attracted people from all over the world for many years and will continue to do so after the crisis. Marbella and the Costa del Sol offer so much to the discerning

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visitor giving the feeling of being in some quality international resort set all on its own. There is so much to see and do all along the Costa del Sol and so much to explore, with a cornucopia of different villages, cultures and lifestyles offering endless ideas to enhance your holiday entertainment. Casares and Manilva areas are just two excellent examples of this. We are all aware that during the real-estate boom, Spanish house prices rocketed, rising by an incredible 200 per cent from 1996 to 2007, before plunging back down to earth when the bubble burst. Major banks, including UBS and BBVA, estimate that house prices may have bottomed out, so there are many good deals to be had right now. Of course, when it comes to properties in ever-popular, reputable areas, some buyers are grabbing the best deals while they can. There is still a lot of uncertainty all over Spain, but it is possible to buy a twobed apartment in southern Costa del Sol for substantial reductions. I do wonder just how low some of these property prices will go? Generally, most of the people buying at this time are semi-retirees who want a second home to move into in perhaps five, or 10 years time when they intend to be financially selfsufficient, living off their pension and savings�.

A word of caution Do make a point of checking all of the costs and the details associated with buying abroad. Exchange rates can make a big difference and do make sure you understand all the local taxes and fees that will apply. A local Gestor (financial manager) and a good independent lawyer will advise you on such matters as transfer tax, IVA and stamp duty on new builds, legal fees, registry costs, yearly costs and taxes. Such professional advisers will help you keep on top of all the new legislation regarding renting out your property if you so wish when you are not using it. One last recommendation, if you are not buying for cash and if you are not financially independent avoid over borrowing, remember that Spanish banks are still very fragile while unemployment is high.

However many are seizing this as an opportunity to invest in the future, because eventually prices will move up again. Meanwhile such investment properties can be used for renting or as holiday homes.


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Did you know that..? A collection of useless but interesting facts for after dinner conversation in Andalucia

Google is catching up with Apple in terms of downloads of software applications. Last month, Apple announced its 50 billionth download on the same day as Google hit 48 billion. The data do not differentiate between paid-for and free apps The Observer Net migration to Britain has fallen almost a quarter, from 242,000 in the 12 months to March 2011, to 183,000 in the year to March 2012. The main factors behind the fall were stricter rules on student visas, and more people leaving the country to work abroad. Independent

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(August 23-September 22)

This month gifts and rewards come to you, as well as opportunities to expand your horizon through travel, a broadening of your “audience” if you have one, or higher studies. It’s very important to pace yourself and avoid succumbing to a feeling that you’re running out of time.


(September 23-October 22)

This may be the time when you become clearer and more demonstrative about your feelings or a love relationship. This is also a time to attract positive attention. However, there can be some challenges balancing partnership needs, career matters, and the demands of home and family.


(October 23-November 21)

A golden opportunity might present itself around the New Moon, when something pleasantly surprising can occur in relation to work and career. Be cautious, however, as you could experience resistance from others, or gossip could be part of the picture.


(November 22 - December 21)

Domestic matters demand sensitive attention around the Full Moon and responsibilities on the job increase. Guard against risky financial moves, gambling, and the like. You might experience some conflict involving your pursuit of pleasure.


(December 22 - January 19)

The New Moon can bring a pleasant surprise involving money, support, family, and home. Some conflict between domestic demands, personal goals, and partnerships can be experienced. A partner may be more concerned with freedom than with pairing, or could be acting extravagantly.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)

Some level of overload or the magnification of problems surrounding work or your daily schedule can be experienced as you can feel pulled in different directions due to a chaotic schedule or possibly circumstances that prevent you from fulfilling your responsibilities.



(February 19 – March 20)

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(March 21-April 19)

An old interest might be renewed. Focus is on romance and pleasure, nevertheless both are complicated. New beginnings are in store, whether this means a fresh start in existing relationships or a new one altogether. Partnering comes into focus, and you’ll be busy balancing your own needs with those of a significant other.


(April 20-May 20)

The Full Moon may spark some confusion as it highlights your dreams and ideals regarding your career. Give yourself time to digest everything before making a move. Jupiter’s presence in your communications sector has been expanding your connections and interests, and any excesses or difficulties in these areas can be magnified.


(May 21-June 21)

It’s a great month for making friends through institutes of learning. Progressive outside-of-the-box thinking is important now, as it opens up more opportunities. Venus’ presence in your romance and play sector can bring a lighthearted, positive energy to your love life. Personal appeal increases.


(June 22-July 22)

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SL 500 AMG 435 BHP Max Speed 255 kph – 0 to 100 in 4.3 secs. Front V8 engine Mercedes’s new SL is a car that immediately feels right; they had plenty of time to get it all right in the SL lifespan. Rigorous attention to fat-free detail pays dividends. Even though there’s generally more kit, the 435bhp, V8 SL500 is 125kg lighter than the previous version. The roof stows in a slick 14secs. and looks fabulous up or down. The ergonomics are relaxed and spacious for two, with plenty of storage.


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