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Sas Engine

 Advanced Science and Technology Letters Vol.54 (Games and Graphics 2014), pp.65-68 http://dx.doi.org/10.14257/astl.2014.54.17

Design and Implementation of Casino Slot Machine Accounting Protocol Engine Sangmin Kim and Heejune Ahn*, 1

 Dept. Of Electrical and Information Engineering, SeoulTech, 232 Gongneung-ro, Nowongu, Seoul, 137-743, Rep. of Korea *[email protected]

Abstract. IGT’s SAS (Slot Accounting System) protocol is the de facto casino communications standards designed to automate slot machine meter reporting and event logging, player tracking, bonusing, ticketing and cashless gaming. By  presenting the design experience experience of SAS protocol, this paper unveils the technical details of SAS 6.0 standards, which is only exposed to the limited industry circle. The engine is integrated with engine test UI and tested and verified against the IGT EGM test software. Keywords: Slot Accounting System, communication protocol implementation, Casino Industry, and Slot Machine.

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Introduction

The casino industry keeps growing it size every years steadily, reaching to 159 billion dollars in 2014 world market at the increase rate of 9.3%. Among the casino games, the slot machine plays a key role to recruiting casual non -serious customer [1]. IGT’s SAS (Slot Accounting System) protocol is the de facto casino communications standards designed to automate slot machine meter reporting and event logging, player tracking, bonusing, ticketing and cashless gaming. Due to the unique requirement, poorly written specification, and the lack of experts, field and development engineers encounter several difficulties in working and developing systems. This paper presents the design example of SAS protocol engine, so that the reader can understand the key service and technical components and mitigate the development process.

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SAS Protocol Standards [2]

The Fig. 1 illustrates the network topology for slot machine accounting in today’s casino floor. The EGM and SMIB communicate each other in SAS protocol standards, whereas communication between the SMIB and host is not standardized, which interoperability and standards issue is resolved by new standards, G2S (Game to

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System) protocol. SMIB also provides touch screen and card readers for AFT and  player tracking service.

Fig. 1.  The System architecture of SAS Protocol: SAS protocol is used for communication  between EGM and SMIB.

SAS protocol consists of 3 layers of physical layer, link layer, and application layer. The physical layer leverages RS-232 at 9.2kbps of 1 start bit, 8 data bits, and 1wakeup bit and 1 stop bit. The wakeup bit is used for signaling the frame start byte and needs special care in implementation (described later). Master-slave polling mechanism is used for the medium access control similar to USB and traditional remote terminal system. Each EGM is assigned a link address of 1 to 127. ‘0’ is used for broadcasting. The polling rate ranges from 200ms to 5s but can be reduced to 40ms when EGM support RTE (real time event) mode. SMIB uses two different types of polls, GP (general poll) and LP (long poll). GP is one byte EGM address with wakeup bit set, and polls events generated in the receiving EGM system. The receiving EGM should respond with 1 byte event code, which is called ‘exception’ in the specification. The exceptions include non -priority exceptions such as no event, game start, game end, system tilt, and priority exceptions such as handpay condition, ticket out, ticket in, and fund-transfer request. LP is used for SMIB to send command to EGMs and classified into R(read)-type, S(set)-type, M(multi-game)-type, and G (global)-type. LP starts with 1 byte command value with wakeup bit set, and the lengths of LP are fixed or variable depending on the command. All LP except R-type contains CRC-16 (cyclic redundancy check) for bit error detection. The response frame uses the similar format but with wakeup bit off. SMIB use implied ACK mechanism for confirming the receipt. Table 1. SAS Protocol Application Functions. SAS Application Functions ROM signature request Metric Progressive broadcast Tournament operation RTE (real time event) Bonus Controller Jackpot hand-pay TITO(Ticket in/out) Multi-denomination AFT Component Authentication

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Description Jurisdiction for integrity of system memory Performance metrics for wagered game count, win amount, Progressive jackpot win amount for groups Tournament game start and end Event report more responsively Legacy bonus provisioning Handpay for large amount win or credit cancel Ticket to/from credit Multi-denom configurable system Automatic fund transfer Application component’s jurisdiction

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SAS Engine Design

The commercial success of engine software depends on not only the performance and reliability but also the flexibility and easiness for integration. For this purpose, we  benchmarked the commercial engine’s API interfaces  (Digital dynamic [3]). Fig. 2 illustrates the interface and API for the engine with an overall architecture of the engine.

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Engine Architecture

For thread architecture, a single-thread, event based architecture is used for simplicity for handling multithreading risks. One receiving thread waits for byte or event arrivals; collects a frame data; call the handler function for specific command. Each handler is defined for specific commands. Once called, it decodes the message using SAS message library, generated response message for the commands based on system state, and return the encoded message using SAS message library. Game

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Fig. 2. SAS Engine Architecture.

Message En/Decoding library is built for binary message to structured (precisely C++ class) mapping. Because normal PC hardware and OS does not support 9bit communication, which is used in SAS communication mechanism, the parity bit is used for the wakeup bit. Whereas normally the parity bit is set or reset based on the odd/even/space/mark parity setting, the sender has to toggle parity mode between mark mode if first byte and space mode otherwise. The receiver should set up with space parity and get the wakeup bit set using error detection. To handle both event 1  byte normal and RTE mode, multi-bytes EGM, RTE mode format is used for event queue and transmitted depending on the system mode.

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Application Message Handling

Due to the limit of space, only metering and handpay scenario are describe in the  paper. For Metering, over a hundred of meter codes are defined for accounting and gaming performance analysis (per-machine meters or per-game meters). The game ID 0 is used for reading the machine level meters and should be summed up for all corresponding per-game meters. Handpay condition occurs when the win level or credit cancel amount is too high  by jurisdiction. Main game software initiates the handpay transaction. The SAS engine should send 0x51 exception to the host. Typical resolution method is paid in a check by an attendant (0x3E exception) or ticket-out after validation of an attendant (0x3D exception). The host (SMIB) will query the handpay info by the ‘Send Handpay Info’ LP (0x1B), which is usually responded by Pending status response. When the handpay reset is done by an attendant, the SAS engine should sends the ‘Handpay Reset’ exception (0x52). Finally the host query with ‘Send Enhanced Validation’ LP (0x4D) and gets result information of the handpay. The engine should update the information in the persistent storage. The persistent storage management is the role of game part.

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Evaluation and Conclusion

The engine’s functional and performance verification is done with IGT EGM test t ool and our SMIB implementation, except bonus, progressive, RTE, and multi-denom features (due to the limit of understanding of service scenarios). The performance is tested sending upto 40 ms, and the CPU utilization is less than 5 % in the typical slot machine hardware environments. We are developing SAS to G2S protocol [4, 5] converter so that existing EGMs can be used together with new standard based host systems in the transition periods, which is expected at least 10 to 15 years, considering the normal lifetime of EGMs in the field.

Acknowledgments. This study was supported by the Korea Healthcare Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Republic of Korea (A120157) and Technology Development Support Project, SMBA (Small and Medium Business Administration), Republic of Korea (S2100260).

References 1. Kilby, J., Fox, J., Lucas, A. F.: Casino Operations Management 2 nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons Inc. (2005) 2. IGT: Slot Accounting System version 6.01 (2003) 3. Digital Dyamics SAS Engine, online: http://www.digdyn.com/sas-engine.html (2014) 4. GSA: G2S Message Protocol v2.0.3, Game to System (2009) 5. GSA: GSA SAS 6.02 Interoperability Requirements: Rev. B (2006)

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ALFA ROMEO 4C SPORTS COUPÉ Alfa Romeo’s new 4C is the latest in a long line of sports cars that goes all the way back to 1910, when the company was just plain ‘A.L.F.A’ and entered into a partnership with the French car builder Darracq. So although the cars have always been regarded as quintessentially Italian, they actually have their roots in France. Alfa Romeo’s racing history began in Italy in 1911 when two of its cars competed in the legendary Targa Florio race in Sicily. The company became Alfa Romeo in 1920 when Nicola Romeo took charge of A.L.F.A. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALFA ROMEO

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here have been some iconic cars built by Alfa Romeo over the years, most of them with a sporting flavour. Highly successful in the world of motor racing, Alfa Romeo cars have competed in just about every formula worth the name and the accolades they’ve garnered makes for a very long list. Unknown even to many Formula One fans, Enzo Ferrari raced Alfa Romeos before he decided to build racers of his own. Classic Alfa

Romeos are highly prized by collectors and fetch very high prices at auction around the world. With a history like that, buyers always expect a lot from Alfa Romeo products and the company usually delivers. Although today, Alfa Romeo is part of the giant Fiat empire and builds some fairly mundane family cars, it’s never quite let go of its performance background and an envied reputation for technical innovation. Even the

nomenclature of the 4C has a historic element to it since, over the decades, there have been 6Cs and 8Cs of various configurations. The number refers to the number of cylinders and thus the 4C has four pistons toiling away inside the engine block. Don’t be put off by the fact that this car has ‘just’ four cylinders. Todays four-bangers can be highly sophisticated from an engineering standpoint and amazingly powerful.

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Z ENGINE: 1.75-litre all-aluminum four cylinder turbo.

Z TRANSMISSION: 6-speed dual clutch automatic with steering wheel shifters.

Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 4.5-seconds.

Z TOP SPEED: 300 km/h, estimated. Z I LIKED: Great looks, which, though very Although many Alfas over the years have been styled by big name Italian designers like Pininfarina and Giugiaro, the 4C was an in-house exercise. It certainly looks as good as anything the big design houses could have come up with and has very fluid lines and a combination of traditional and contemporary elements. It’s a wonderful looking sports car from just about every angle and perhaps many years from now, it will attain the fame and collectability of more historic models from the marque. Naturally, the 4C boasts the highly distinctive nose job which might be among the most recognised in the industry. In recent years, Alfa Romeo has returned to a more traditional look for its grilles, after a period when they almost disappeared after bouts of ‘modernisation’. Atop the central grille sits the wonderful Alfa Romeo badge, again, one of the best-known car identity features anywhere. The badge is related to the arms of the city of Milan, spiritual home of the company. The symbolism of the badge goes all the way back to the Crusades of the Middle Ages. It’s quite a small car and uses a lot of carbon fibre and aluminium to keep the weight down. Built at the Maserati plant in Modena, the 4C was originally intended to be a limited production model, but strong European sales and a launch in the North American market have prompted Alfa Romeo to look more towards volume production. Recently, a 4C Spider was added to please buyers who prefer open cars. This is more a ‘Targa’ than a full open car as it just involves a detachable roof panel.

The engine, which drives the rear wheels in classic form, is a 1.75-litre unit developing an impressive 240-horsepower. Given this car’s lightweight, those horses are more than adequate in getting the 4C off the mark very quickly indeed and the top speed is exhilarating too. The power is easy to control with the 4C’s set of dynamic vented disc brakes, produced, of course, by Brembo, which has a storied background almost as fascinating as Alfa Romeo’s. Brembo builds brakes for F-1 cars and even for the big NASCAR series in the US. The transmission is one of the increasingly common semi-automatics which you can either leave in auto mode or shift with steering wheel mounted paddles. The cockpit is one you ‘wear’ rather than sit in. Once in the driver’s seat, it’s snug and comfortable and you feel part of the car. The layout is pretty businesslike and the steering wheel, with its big Milanese crest at centre, is flattened at the bottom to create more thigh space. It also looks super-cool! The fit and finish is excellent and there’s certainly a luxurious feel about this Alfa. Of course, the fun starts when you drive off and experience the car’s agility and response. It was good to find a proper centrally located handbrake and not one of those indecisive electronic buttons so many upscale sports cars have these days. Cockpit oddment space is fair, though not too generous. The 4C is bound to attract large numbers of buyers over the years and its styling promises to stand the test of time. For a sports car with such an illustrious name, it’s one of the most affordable out there and very few buyers will be disappointed.

modernistic, still draw something from Alfas of the past. Very light and responsive and certainly follows the company’s tradition of nimble handling and responsive acceleration. Nicely done interior which, while not quite in the luxury class of a Ferrari or Jaguar, is nonetheless practical, reasonably roomy and easy on the eye. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Not much not to like here, but the car’s small dimensions mean that two people getting away for a few days will have to be creative when it comes to packing their gear. Some prospective buyers may consider the 2-seat layout to be restrictive. It’s a little costly for a 4-cylinder sporty car, but carbon fibre and sophisticated drivetrain technology doesn’t come cheaply. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: The 4C sits in an interesting market niche and most of the models people will compare it with are more expensive. Possibly 6-cylinder models of the Jaguar F-Type will contend, plus products like the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Lotus Evora and BMW Z4. The Mazda Miata (MX-5) is a tempting lower cost solution. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Drivers who love the panache of Alfa Romeo and have long been waiting for a new sports car. Enthusiasts who perhaps own more mundane Alfas and are ready to move up to something more interesting. Buyers who like the idea of a classic badge Italian sportster but find most of the others far too expensive. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now starting from €53.990.

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We preview one of the most exciting events of the year, commencing this month: the World Expo in Milan, learn all about what made Leonardo Da Vinci tick and enjoy a slice of the Dolce Vita. You may be surprised to learn that our featured top stars all have Italian ancestry. We also offer an exclusive interview with Dario Poli, the multi-faceted artist who is on the brink of taking his brand new musical about Marbella to Amsterdam

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THE FOCUS expo

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s it possible to ensure sufficient, good, healthy and sustainable food for all mankind?’ This is the question which thousands of participants from all over the world will attempt to answer in a matter of six months. As the force behind the transformation of the natural world, we are the problem but also the only solution. Is it too late to nourish ourselves and planet Earth, by amending our ways and embracing more equitable, sustainable solutions to find the right equilibrium between the world’s resources and our consumption? The Rio+20 event and the United Nations Millenium Declaration set out a series of objectives and guidelines that Expo Milan seeks to uphold and develop. Some 900 million people suffer from malnutrition, while an equal number display the effects of overeating and obesity. Therefore, the theme of safe, healthy eating is one that affects practically the totality of the world’s population.

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The United Arab Emirates Pavilion

WORLD EXPO MILAN 2015 WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF WORLD EXPO MILAN 2015

Every year or two, citizens of the World are asked to pause, ponder and identify the pressing issues that preoccupy the human species. Thus far, some of the most fascinating expos have focused on ‘Leisure in the Age of Technology’ (Brisbane, 1988), ‘Dwellings and Surroundings’ (Japan, 1985) and ‘The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future’ (Portugal, 1998). This Milan World Expo 2015, however, focuses on the two most crucial themes facing humanity and the Planet as a whole: how to solve the food crisis and how to ensure the survival of Planet Earth. In essence, the themes are intertwined: the future availability of food is threatened by human actions and to ensure the continued supply of food, we need to give top priority to nurturing our Planet.

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Expo Milan seeks to achieve a series of concrete aims, including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; the reduction by 50 per cent of people who suffer owing to hunger; the reduction by two thirds of deaths owing to hunger of children aged under five; the improvement of maternal health and the reduction in the maternal mortality rate by three quarters; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development. The event will also invite each nation to present the very best of their gastronomy, utilising the most sustainable methods possible to source and prepare their delicacies. The aim is for the 140 countries taking part in the Expo, to work together to actively find the answers to some of these questions; to share experiences, technologies and

practices so that we can avail, on a global scale, of new discoveries in the spheres of health, technology, gastronomy, etc. The event looks to the future for inspiration, without forgetting the importance of the past: visitors will be invited to reflect on the history of food production and to see how time-honoured traditions can be used to make the best use of the Planet’s resources. By turning to the past, we can also identify the problems our ancestors faced, and see if the solutions they utilised can be of use in this present age. Interestingly, it is very much our need to source food that has led to some of the biggest changes we have imposed on our Planet: ‘We are both a part of Nature and also its willing or unwitting transformer,’ so goes the saying. The World may be facing some of the

most pressing issues in its history, but the organisers of the Expo remind us that “Expo Milan also aims to uphold the positive spirit of the faith in human progress that has characterised Universal Expositions throughout their history.” The event will be highlighting some of the most amazing things that food has brought to our lives. Culinary traditions form an important role in our grandest celebrations; they represent our interest in rituals and allow us to share the very best things we have with others. The Expo will also be celebrating the wide variety of foods and traditions that make up life in the different corners of the globe. It will provide a rich opportunity to learn from each other, sample each other’s best products and learn culinary techniques that can change the way families around the world enjoy food.

The Future Food District

SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS EXPO MILAN WILL BE ADDRESSING INCLUDE:

Green is the colour of Expo Milan 2015

Z How can we ensure that all of us have an awareness of (and access to) a healthy diet? Z What is the relationship between food and exercise, lifestyle and general wellbeing? Z How can we utilise resources in an environmentally sustainable way? Z How can our need for healthy food influence the choices we make regarding energy production? Z Do we need to redefine our idea of nutrition, associating it not only with healthy food intake, but also with historical, cultural and ethno-social aspects? Z Can healthy eating promote sustainable development?

SOME OF THE OVERRIDING THEMES, MEANWHILE, INCLUDE: Z Best practices in agriculture Z Livestock farming Z GMOS Z The conservation of biodiversity Z The conservation of natural sources, especially water

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Highlights to Watch Out for Include: Pavilion Zero This is the starting point for a visit to the Expo; it delves into the history of mankind through food, provoking questions and leading visitors to the areas that can answer them.

The Biodiversity Park This is a huge garden spread out over 14,000m2 and reproducing the variety of life in a wide range of habitats, each of which represents the numerous processes of natural selection which have taken place over the centuries. The Park will focus our interest on three areas in particular: Agriculture and Nutrition in Arid Zones – the Challenge of Water Scarcity and Climate Change; Islands, Sea and Food; and a ‘Bio-Mediterraneum’, displaying how health, beauty and harmony can work together.

This area will give visitors an idea of how the food chain will operate in the future, the evolution of traditional cuisine, and interesting inventions such as vertical farms, algae urban farms, etc. People will also see what it will be like to shop in a supermarket of the future, where store layouts will change depending on how customers move through them, and where products will be traceable and contain a host of information which can be accessed with new technology.

The Future Food District

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United Arab Emirates Austria

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Top Pavilions

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Some of the most eye-catching pavilions this year include the Chinese pavilion, which bears a stunning undulating roof, representing a cloud hovering over golden hued crops. The United Arab Emirates pavilion, meanwhile, evokes the experience of strolling through a contemporary desert. Elongated and curvy in structure, it includes features such as rainwater harvesting and the integration of photovoltaic cells. There are also a plethora of dining areas, to enlighten visitors on the wonders of UAE cuisine. The French pavilion is inspired by a covered market (central to the French foodie culture) and will contain land management and agricultural features, to show how technology and tradition go hand in hand during the production of some of the world’s most renowned delicacies. The Austrian pavilion is uniquely inspired on air, an essential requirement for the health of human beings and an indicator of ecological equilibrium. The pavilion recreates a small-scale Austrian forest, which produces 62.5 kilograms of fresh Oxygen every hour, which is enough to satisfy the needs of 1,800 people.

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Children’s Park Kids learn so much through play and this area will invite them to give in to their wildest, most imaginative side through various features and activities that will keep them entertained for hours.

Food and Art: This thematic area focuses on how food has shaped our imagination, spirituality and artistic vision. Food has symbolic importance and has been an important subject in some of the world’s most iconic works of art.

Food and Art

The Mascot Visitors will delight in the colours of Expo Milan 2015’s mascot, Foody, comprising 11 different fruits and vegetables which combine to form a single face, representing the beautiful synergy between different countries. Ultimately, this connection is what World Expos are all about. e

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e think of Italy as a land of hedonists capable of appreciating and creating the beautiful things in life. Connoisseurs of art, beauty, fashion and fine cars, it is a nation where the inquisitive mind of the engineer melds into the intuitive passion of the artist. But for all this Italy has also produced its fair share of great thinkers. People like Dante, Guglielmo Marconi, Alessandro Volta and Galileo Galilei, not to mention all those great architects, painters and mathematicians. Even among such famed personages, however, there is one man who stands head and shoulders above the rest; one man who embodies the saying ‘Renaissance Man’, describing a person whose mental and creative abilities combined with an insatiable quest for knowledge are such that he is a master of many disciplines at once. To define such a person would be to conjure the name Leonardo da Vinci, an inventor, artist, mathematician, architect, engineer, anatomist, botanist and geologist who, for good measure, also wrote and played music. Both intellectually and creatively he was a true genius, and one of the greatest minds of all time. But da Vinci wasn’t only a thinker, he was also a doer. His ability to connect the theoretical with the practical has left us with a rich catalogue of inventions, mathematical models, scientific observations and artwork.

The Renaissance Man

RENAISSANCE GENIUS

LEONARDO

DA VINCI

One of the greatest minds of all time, Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius whose proficiency and output in many fields made him one of the engines of the Renaissance. The results of his uniquely creative mind are still felt to this day. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

To delve into the life story of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is to come away with the impression of a superhuman being. Imagine if Stephen Hawking could paint like Picasso, design buildings like Mies van der Rohe, understand nature like David Attenborough and create amazing new inventions that were far ahead of their time. Oh yes, and write like a novelist while reciting classical concertos. It seems too much for one person to be capable of and yet this is what the Renaissance ideal was all about – and when it is comes to the multidisciplinary Renaissance Man, the ultimate incarnation is Leonardo da Vinci. Born the illegitimate son of a reasonably prominent man in 1452, the young Florentine had access to a good, and diverse, education. Though officially trained as a painter who worked for noblemen, kings and popes, his hunger for knowledge was such that he studied everything from mathematical problems and scientific questions to biology, botany and anatomy. Added to his rational, logical mind was the unusual abundance of creative and artistic talent, and this was again given yet another dimension by the inventive drive of the engineer, the problem-solving artistry of the architect and the humanistic pondering of a man who also wished to understand the world of people and their society.

Leonardo da Vinci Self-Portrait, 1512

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The Last Supper, one of his most inspired works

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It seems hard to imagine that the man we know as the creator of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper would also be solving complex numerical problems and designing machines of war, lenses and anything from an early glider and helicopter to a mechanical calculator and the theoretical basis for the harnessing of solar power. Indeed, many of his inventions were theoretical – destined never to be made or seen by him because they were too far ahead of their time. How else could it be for someone who spoke of hydrodynamics and plate tectonics in the 15th century, at a time when the western world was only just emerging from the darkness of the Middle Ages? During peacetime he painted works commissioned by the rich and powerful of the day, while pondering – and uncovering – the mysteries of the world. In times of war, meanwhile, he turned his hand to bolstering defences and creating new types of weaponry, giving little insight into a brain capable both of conjuring

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, La Gioconda

A futuristic concept for a 15th century helicopter

beauty and designing destruction. Actually, apart from the fact that he was brilliant and inquisitive we don’t know a lot about the famous Leonardo da Vinci. His relationship with the also famous Michelangelo was known to be tense at times, probably as a result of professional pride and competition. And yet, beyond the realm of art Michelangelo was not his equal. They both worked for kings, princes, noblemen and popes – among them the De Medicis and the Borgias – and were privy to many of the era’s momentous occasions and intrigues, but while Michelangelo was also a Renaissance Man (a skilled engineer and architect as well as an artist), his range of abilities did not stretch anywhere near as wide as that of the incomparable Leonardo da Vinci. After meanderings through Florence, Milan, Bologna and Rome, it was in France that da Vinci spent his final years. Having entered the service of King Francis I in 1516, he was given a lavish pension and

the run of the Clos Lucé manor house near the king’s royal Château d’Amboise. It was here that he was buried and remains to this day, beloved by a king who regarded him as the most knowledgeable person in the world, a superlative artist and a great philosopher. As a man he is marked forever by his intellect and the creations that sprang forth from it, but as a person we are told in subsequent writing that he was handsome, a vegetarian, a humanist and very popular among the rich crop of academics and creative minds of his time. There has been much speculation about the possibility that he was gay, but for someone who left 13,000 pages of drawings and writing, we know precious little about the nature of the man himself. Most attempts to describe him date from well after his death, so it is to his work that we look to understand this unique genius a little better. The huge body of work he left behind covering everything from

anatomically correct depictions of people, animals and internal organs, to detailed and functional plans for advanced buildings, flying machines, parachutes, dams, hydraulic pumps and entire towns. In fact, a bridge built in Norway in 2001 was based on a hypothetical design by da Vinci for the spanning of the Bosporus in Constantinople. What began with the illustration of De divina proportione, a seminal book on mathematics and the golden ratio, led to the creation of the Vitruvian Man, a combined work of art, maths and science that sums up – and symbolises – this unique individual more than even the Mona Lisa. In the words of his 16th century biographer, Giorgio Vasari: “In the normal course of events many men and women are born with remarkable talents; but occasionally, in a way that transcends nature, a single person is marvellously endowed by Heaven with beauty, grace and talent in such abundance that he leaves other men far behind…” e

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THE FOCUS dolce vita

Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita captured an era

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e strive for permanence in everything we do, from installing new regimes to chasing the ultimate form of style, not realising that success, happiness and ideals are but fleeting moments. With the horrors of the Second World War and the sparseness of the immediate post war years behind it, Europe awoke like a flower in spring to a whole new world of possibilities. With Marshall Aid, the continent was rebuilding itself upon the pillars of prosperity and democracy as a tide of youthful liberalism and creativity swept through the once dusty streets. Bright colours invaded those spaces, driving out dark shadows amid new sights and sounds. It is at the confluence of these two worlds, old and new, that a very special moment in time was created. Of course, an era whose spirit was born of innocence and purity could never survive.

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La Dolce Vita SPIRIT OF AN ER A

While Britain and America were in the grip of the Swinging Sixties, Italy made its own unique contribution – La Dolce Vita. Literally translated as ‘the sweet life’, it embodies the sense of freedom, open possibilities and joie de vivre of the post war era. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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An icon of sixties Italy: the Fiat 500

Eternal Spring The spirit of youth is embodied in spring, that time of birth and rejuvenation but, like spring, youth can only flower thanks to the seasons that came before. The young generations who saw the world through different eyes could only do so because of the prosperity and order created by their elders, who had worked and suffered to create the conditions that led directly to the Dolce Vita. Their humanistic rebellion resonated well within a gentle post war period in which many of the elements of the ancien régime were still in place. By the time these new generations had replaced the old system with their own, it no longer looked anywhere near as appealing. But in the period between the late 1950s and 60s it seemed that the western world had found Nirvana, an era of eternal spring in which each year would be better than the one before. A fresh breeze blew old cobwebs away and invaded the world with colour and bright, sunny light. Fashions grew lighter, music tingled on the senses, art in all its forms entered a phase of intense creativity and experimentation, cinema was transformed and the world of design discovered a new language of geometry and form. The world became lighter, literally. Instead of being built inwardly, to keep everything out, homes were now designed to let in light and views, while the dark fabrics and tones that

once covered almost the whole body grew thinner, lighter, more colourful and, gradually, downright skimpy. The bikini, maxi and mini followed one another in quick succession as women were liberated and young people broke down old social barriers, aided in this by the technological advances of their parents’ generation. Music became the voice of this new movement, cinema a means through which to express itself, and in so doing we see a rapid succession from the quaint through the euphoric to the destructivist era that followed the Dolce Vita – and was ultimately its product. Though leading on from it, this negative, anti-aesthetic vision of the world seems so wholly opposite to the life-loving expression of just ten years earlier. It is within the positivist environment where people believed as never before in the future that we see not only the futuristic architecture of Eero Saarinen and a veritable explosion of industrial design, but also the popularity of television programmes like The Jetsons and Thunderbirds.

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Back to the future: Eero Saarinen’s Egg Chair

Made famous by The Graduate: The Alfa Romeo Spider

A New Expression of Style From Scandinavia and Italy burst forth a cascade of new looks, materials and shapes, be it the latest Olivetti calculator, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair or any of the other wonders visible at the hugely popular World Fairs. But perhaps cars embody the era best of all, creating a sense of palpable nostalgia that transmits one back to a time of soft pastel colours and creamily rounded bonnets, boots and roof panels. Iconic in this regard was the Fiat 500, the little bubble car that motorised Italy – and as the Seat 600, Spain. Entire families squeezed into this quaint little sweetheart of a car, or its Multipla derivative. The latter also dominated the street scene of Rome, Naples and Milan as the taxi of choice, bustling through the, shall we say, lively Italian traffic with typical aplomb. To alight from one of these and find yourself in the Rome of the early sixties would be to inhale the essence of an epoch that has gone in history as one of the most special flights of moment. Darting around the Cinquecentos would be the evergreen Vespa scooters, symbol of the era. Indeed, with all the honking in the air blending with the sounds of Perez Prado’s Patricia and the fragrance of Italian cuisine drifting along, you could find yourself in a scene from La Dolce Vita. But this cinematic masterpiece, while visually embodying the era, also lays bare the underlying currents of a modern, consumerist world that would eventually lead to our own. In

it, the freshness of the age is already tainted with jaded hedonism, lack of purpose and a sense of lost opportunities. The period that started with the gentle glamour of an older era – as represented by the beautiful Aquariva speedboats – would close with the sporty, youthful chic of the Alfa Romeo Spider, another icon of this bohemian time. Already iconic in Italy and large parts of Europe, the Spider was introduced to a global audience through the film, The Graduate. In an unwitting American sequel, The Graduate picks up the theme as the decade nears its end. Yet much of the aura remains, and the scenes once again provide iconic mementos of a period that is lost to us now, but which continues to return in retro-filled slices. In it, the Alfa Romeo Spider epitomises the leisurely abandon of the Dolce Vita, a time that may not have been quite as idyllic and carefree as we now perceive it to have been, but still one that we look back upon with nostalgia and yearning as we head into the future. Today, it is still possible to recapture fleeting moments of this youthful age; by driving through Rome in an original Fiat 500, dodging along its narrow streets on a Vespa or rolling through the hills of Tuscany with the Spider’s top down, it is possible to be Marcello Mastroianni or Anita Ekberg for a while. Get retro stylish, with the wind in your hair, and let the spirit and positive energy of those times fill you with Dolce Vita. e The Aquariva on Lake Como

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THE FOCUS celebrities

The Italian Connection

It’s not obvious at first glance but these 10 Hollywood celebrities all have Italian blood flowing through their veins. And whether it’s just a drop or a whole gene pool, it could explain a lot, as Belinda Beckett reports.

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LIV TYLER

With her father, Steve Tyler

She looked every inch la bella Italiana as she floated through the fields of Tuscany in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, the movie that shot her to stardom. Working with the revered Italian director was an early career highlight. “I went to Italy to film one day after graduating from high school, and turned 18 while I was there, so it was a very special time in my life.” Liv had no inkling of her own Italian heritage until she was eight, when she learned that

Aerosmith front man Steve Tyler, and not musician Todd Rundgren, was her biological father. Her mother, ex-Playboy bunny Bebe Buell, had never been sure, although with Liv’s dark lashes and mane of ebony hair, few could doubt her Latino connection now. Tyler, aka The Demon of Screamin’, changed his name from Tallarico. His grandfather hailed from Cantabria. Liv has become an icon of Italian style, with a huge following on Facebook sites like Liv Tyler Italian Fan Club and Italian Team Liv Tyler. A model at 14 and an actress at 16 without ever taking a lesson, her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy brought her international stardom – press headlines too, when her prosthetic elf ears melted on her car dashboard! With a son from a previous relationship and a baby with sports and entertainment manager David Gardner, she’s currently furnishing their country home outside New York and bemoaning her extravagant Italian taste. “Always the light fixtures I love are Italian,” she says. “I’m like, ‘What’s that? I want it!’ And it’s always $40,000 vintage Italian.”

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Jack Nicholson

With his trademark shades and wolfish grin, bad boy Jack Nicholson could easily be mistaken for a member of the Cosa Nostra. Francis Ford Coppola thought so too, offering him the lead in The Godfather before it went to Marlon Brando. Nicholson played a Mafia hitman in Prizzi’s Honor, although he plays psychopaths more often! But whether his true biological father was his showgirl Mum’s Latvian manager or her ItalianAmerican husband, Donald Furcillo (more likely, as Jack shares his serial killer looks), history does not reveal. Nicholson has chosen not to dig any deeper. Perhaps he’s still reeling from the discovery that the ‘parents’ who brought him up were his grandparents, while the girl he called his sister was really his young mother. By the time he found out, none of them were alive to tell the tale. Nicholson was raised in New Jersey, which has America’s 3rd-highest Italian immigrant population. His idol was the baseball player Joe DiMaggio and Danny DeVito has been a friend since boyhood, when their families ran a hair salon together. The pair have appeared together in numerous movies, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, for which Nicholson won the first of three Oscars. With 12 Academy Award nods, he’s the most nominated male actor in Oscar history. Nicholson acknowledges five children, including one from his only marriage. His longest relationship was the 16 years he spent with actress Anjelica Huston, although their mutual Italian blood chemistry ensured it was a rollercoaster ride. Nicholson inherited Irish ancestry from his mother but, as for that manic laugh and maniac stare, we have no idea where that comes from!

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BR ADLEY COOPER

You can tell ‘Coop’ has Italian blood because, at 40, he still lives with his mum and she’s been his Oscar date twice! He brought girlfriend Suki Waterhouse along to this year’s Academy Awards, where he was twicenominated for starring in and producing American Sniper. However the couple have since split and despite rumours, the eligible bachelor has no plans to fly the nest yet. “I don’t think it’s weird,” he’s said of living at home. “You know my dad died, and I come from an Italian neighbourhood, and I couldn’t do it any other way.” His mother’s family are from Abruzzo and one of his favourite childhood memories was helping his grandma make pasta. “She was an amazing cook,” he says. “As a kid I used to help her make hand-made pasta, cavatelli and ravioli. It was one of my favourite things to do.” Before his career breakthrough in The Hangover trilogy of road trip comedies, Bradley taped an audition for a role as the son of Robert De Niro and, once again, Mum stepped in and read De Niro’s part! Unsurprisingly, he didn’t get the role but went on to make three consecutive movies with his fellow ItalianAmerican, two of which (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) won Oscar nominations for Bradley. His favourite mode of travel is the Italian Vespa given to him and all the cast of The Hangover Part II. “I thought, ‘a Vespa? What the heck kind of gift is that? I mean, it’s nice, but I’ll never drive it.’ But I tell you, I cannot stop riding that Vespa. I dream about it when I’m away.”

ANJELICA HUSTON Her surname gives none of her heritage away but the daughter of all-American movie director John Huston inherited much from the Italian side of her family. She has the same Christian name as her Italian immigrant grandmother and the Latin looks of her mother, the Italian–American prima ballerina and model Enrica Soma. Anjelica was less overjoyed to inherit the family’s Roman nose, commenting, “There were times when I hated it. But you grow up and you start to recognise that maybe it wasn’t a bad thing that you weren’t born Barbie.” A photo shoot with her mother for American Vogue launched her modelling career at 17. That same year she was seduced by actor Edward Fox, 11 years her senior, a liaison the actress/director only recently revealed in her controversial autobiography, Watch Me.

Angelica grew up in Ireland but perhaps it was her Italian roots that drew her to settle among the canals of Venice, California. Best known for her matriarchal roles as Morticia in The Addams Family and Etheline in the Royal Tenenbaums, she won her only Oscar playing the daughter of a mafia don with the hots for Jack Nicholson in Prizzi’s Honour, directed by her father. As well as their mutual Italian heritage she shared a relationship on and off screen with Nicholson for 16 years. The Hustons are national treasures in America, the first family to produce three generations of Academy Award winners. Uniquely, John Huston won both his statuettes directing his family in Oscar-winning performances – Anjelica in Prizzi’s Honour and his father Walter in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

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had teeth pulled and endured water-boarding to add authenticity to his roles, once commenting, “There’s a fine line between the method actor and the schizophrenic.” He famously introduced Johnny Depp to movies, sending the musician to see his agent after sensing his talent over a game of Monopoly! At one time Cage had a property ‘monopoly’ himself, buying up castles and an island (and losing millions in the property crash). One of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, and one of the most philanthropic, at 51 he has two children, a grandson and two divorces (from actress Patricia Arquette and Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie). A sucker for Italian cars, he once bought the Shah of Iran’s Lamborghini Miura in a telephone auction for a whopping $450,000, mama mia!

She traced her roots for the TV genealogy show, Who Do You Think You Are? and discovered an Italian soap opera! Her Tuscan grandmother was a New York nightclub dancer who gave birth to her mother at 13, then abandoned the child to the nuns. “From the first time I came to Italy, I felt inexplicably at home. Now I know why. My gene pool is crying out!” said Sarandon, an honorary citizen of Ragusa in Sicily, where she also has ancestral connections. It would make a great movie but Sarandon, still sought-after for sexy female leads at 68, is way too busy. From 1975’s outrageous Rocky Horror Picture Show to her Oscar-winning lead in

With Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie

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La Bella Italia doesn’t instantly spring to mind when thinking of Cage, a name he adopted from one of his favourite comic book heroes to avoid accusations of nepotism. But he comes from a long line of extraordinary Italian talent. It began with his greatgrandfather, a composer who emigrated from Naples to America where he opened a cinema. It continued through his Italian grandparents, his father and his paternal uncle, who is none other than Italian film director Francis Ford Coppola. His gifted family (including actress Talia Shire and directors Roman and Sofia Coppola), has produced three generations of Oscar winners, racking up nine gold statuettes and 23 nominations! Cage made a name playing flamboyant and eccentric characters, winning an Oscar for his alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas. He has eaten a live cockroach,

NICOLAS CAGE Dead Man Walking and her feisty alter ego, Louise, in Ridley Scott’s iconic modern western, Thelma & Louise, Sarandon has been making quality movies for over four decades. The work hasn’t stopped since 1969, when she attended an audition with her then-husband and landed a part instead of him! She once quipped: “Directors cast the men they want to be and the women they want to have.” Told she could never have children, she became pregnant with her daughter Eva after a summer fling in Italy with director Franco Amurri. In a continuation of that Italian

connection, Eva made Mom a grandma last year. Sarandon has two other children from her marriage to director Tim Robbins. In her spare time she runs a ping-pong lounge business with toy-boy lover Jonathan Bricklin, 37. Known for her social and political activism, she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

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J E N N I F E R ANNISTON Our ‘friend’ Jen has such a high-profile Greek background, through her actor father John and godfather Telly Savalas, that people often overlook her Latin roots. Her mother is one quarter Italian through her immigrant grandfather and has a ‘Latin temper’ to match, according to Jennifer. She didn’t speak to her for 10 years after she published a kiss-and-tell book, From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir. Almost as famous for her divorce from Brad Pitt as for playing Rachel in the longrunning TV sit com Friends, which spawned ‘the Rachel’ haircut in salons worldwide, Jennifer is a big fan of Italian designer clothes and jewellery. However she and Brad famously sued Damiani when the prestige Italian jewellers made a killing turning out cheap copies of their wedding rings. Jennifer learned her trade at New York’s ‘Fame Academy’, founded by New York’s Italian Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, and is

known as ‘the queen of rom com’ for her lightweight movies. This year marked a turning point when she won critical acclaim for her first serious role in Cake, playing a woman suffering from chronic pain. Often topping World’s Sexiest lists, Aniston is 46 and childless but 2015 is rumoured to be the year she’ll wed her fiancé of three years, actor Justin Theroux. She appeared on his arm at this year’s Oscars, looking fab in a figurehugging Versace gown. Although frequently on a diet, she once said in an interview that she might give up acting and move to Italy to “open up a little antique store, eat pasta and get fat”. She was joking, of course!

M A R K RUFFA LO

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He’s considered one of the most ‘normal’ and likeable actors in Hollywood, and Mark reckons that his big Italian family kept him level-headed. His father is of Calabrian descent and his mother is halfItalian too. “There was a lot of family around, a lot of love. My parents were together until I was in my mid-20s. They were really open parents, sweet, and not really strict with us.” He’s idolised by kids worldwide for his portrayal of Bruce Banner The Hulk in The Avenger, which he will reprise in a sequel this year. He was bar tending for nearly a decade until he was ‘discovered’ in his early 30s, while struggling to fund his own theatre company in L.A., a period he found “humiliating”. Since 2004, he has appeared in high-profile films like Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and The Kids

Are All Right, earning an Oscar nomination for his role as the sperm-donor father to lesbian couple Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. He directed his first indie movie, Sympathy for Delicious, which won th Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last year, and also devotes much of his time to environmental causes and the anti-fracking lobby. Now 45, with his own big family – a French-Canadian wife, son and two daughters, one unusually named Bella Noche in tribute to his Italian ancestry – he enjoys tending his kitchen garden, as his grandfather did, and cooking up Italian recipes learned from his mother. ”I make a pretty mean eggplant parmigiana,” he says. “I have six eggplants I’m looking forward to harvesting. It’s my wife’s favourite thing.”

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John T r avolta She once joked, “I’m Irish-Italian so I’ve got a really bad temper,” and maybe it’s an explosive combination, as her parents are now divorced. If her own career has been a car crash (and she’s wrecked several of her own), her turbulent home life did nothing to deter her from that collision course. The actress who also famously said: “Life is full of risks anyway; why not take them?” has certainly walked her talk, morphing from teen queen toast of Hollywood to celebrity jailbird with a well-publicised drink and drugs habit. Ironically, she had ‘la bella vita’ (beautiful life) tattooed on her lower back in tribute to her Italian heritage. Her ancestors must be turning in their urns! A case of too much too young, she was a model almost as soon as she could walk,

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He feels more Irish (like his actress mother) than Sicilian (like his father) and all six Travolta siblings followed Mum into showbusiness. But one of his earliest memories, aged five, was watching Fellini’s La Strada, in which the heroine dies of a broken heart. “I didn’t think you could and it changed my whole life.” The actor who sparked the 1970s disco-dancing craze and a trend for white polyester suits was virtually typecast as an Italian-American after Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Staying Alive. It may be why his career stalled in the Eighties, despite that famous dance with Princess Diana at the White House. Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction put him back in the A-list running with films like Face Off and Wild Hogs. But Sicilian heritage will out, and he’s been slated to play the ‘godfather’ of them all, New York’s late ‘Teflon don’, John Gotti. Travolta controversially sought approval from the mobster’s family over a cosy dinner at their home. His Italian connections also came to his aid in 2009 when his 16-year-old son Jet died from a seizure. The late James Gandolfini of TV’s The Sopranos helped Travolto come to terms with the tragedy. “My father sold tyres to his father and I was his inspiration to get into show business, he was a beautiful man,” Travolta said. He and wife Kelly Preston have two other children and dual membership to the controversial Church of Scientology. These days Travolta’s more focused on his highflying hobby. He owns five jets, has a runway in his garden and flew his Boeing 707 on humanitarian missions to New Orleans, after the hurricane, and Haiti after the earthquake.

appearing in more than 60 commercials from the age of three. At 11, she beat 4,000 other girls for the lead in Disney’s The Parent Trap and had three other major box office hits under her belt before she was 20: Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: Fully Loaded – a title that’s come back to haunt her in tabloid newspaper headlines. She’s also released three pop albums and has been in rehab three times. Last year, La Lohan flew to Italy to receive a Biggest Comeback Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. Although the very idea was ridiculed in the press, she seems to be attempting to turn over that new leaf, with a stage debut in London’s West End last year and, now, a new tonguein-cheek Superbowl commercial selling, believe it or not, car insurance! e

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Dario Poli: “If you don’t fight for what you want, you don’t deserve to have it”

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s a keen cinephile, I was particularly impressed this year by a film called Whiplash: the story of a young musician fighting to become the best drummer in the world, spurred on (or, some might say, pushed to madness) by a brutal teacher, for whom, “There are no two words more damaging in the English language than ‘Good Job’.” The film poses many philosophical questions, including whether or not true genius can be ‘created by force’; the answer is elusive but leans heavily towards the following: genius cannot be pushed (in fact, it can be destroyed this way) but, sometimes, it can arise through sheer desire, determination, and hard work… I am reminded of this thought on the day I meet Dario Poli. The composer is here to discuss his newest work: Amsterdam, the musical that came to him in a dream: the story of a lost work of art in the city of canals, which is found by a group of street musicians from Marbella. The project is ambitious; Dario is currently working on uniting the Mayors of Marbella and of Amsterdam, who are now lending their support to what is undoubtedly the project of a lifetime. For the musical, Dario and co-writer David Mairs, have teamed up with Mugge Fischer and Ose del Sol (the latter has painted the elusive work, which represents a beautiful lady wearing a bracelet with three crosses – the symbol of Amsterdam, whose origin is unknown and which the musical dares to explain). Dario is also working on finding a publisher for his new book, The Boatkeeper’s Daughter, a novel based on the life of his father, a Tuscan

Painter, writer, poet, composer… Dario Poli, self-confessed ‘intellectual anarchist’ and Renaissance Man of the new millennium, shares his views on art and music and delights us with anecdotes about his fascinating life. He also presents two of his latest projects: the musical, Amsterdam, and his new book, based on the life of his father: The Boatkeeper’s Daughter. WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS Photography Courtesy of Dario Poli

opera singer raised in Scotland and arrested after a concert at the start of the Anglo-Italian War. Dario says that the war changed his father, “turned him into a hard man.” The book is inspired by a young girl living near the internment camp his father was held in, ensconced on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence river in Montreal, Canada. “My father’s army commander found out he was a known opera singer and asked him to perform for important dignitaries at a party. One day, he walked up to the wired fence that separated his camp from a beautiful boat house; he began to practise his singing, when he saw a curtain move in a window above.” It was the young girl who, enamoured by Dario’s father yet unable to communicate with him, would leave him love notes beneath a rock on the other side of the fence; notes Dario’s father would collect religiously. They never met, for one day “the girl disappeared” yet years after his father’s passing, Dario would find these letters, innocent yet desperate in their worry for the girl’s “little nightingale”. Amsterdam and The Boatkeeper’s Daughter are simply the tip of the iceberg for Dario, who

is prolific and indubitably multi-faceted, despite receiving very little support for his artistic and intellectual abilities. “When my father came back from the war, he started up a business and from a very young age, he put me to work.” A little known fact is that Dario’s father was involved with the early manufacture of potato crisps; “At the age of five, my job was to fill the little blue bags with salt.” Dario also had very little formal schooling; at the age of eight and a half, “the hard work was affecting my health, so my father sent me to the live with Tuscan farmers near the Carrara Mountains.” Dario got lost in Paris on his way there, a fortuitous occurrence, since the train he was meant to be on derailed, killing many passengers. It was not the first time he would strike it lucky: “In numerology, my number is 19, a very lucky number and luck has always accompanied me.” Tuscany would make a man out of the boy, boosting Dario’s selfconfidence and sense of invincibility. He says, “I lived like Huckleberry Finn, with no shoes… I learned to fight, ride horses and handle tough mules and reptiles. I grew strong and when I came back home, my father didn’t recognise me!”

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In addition to owing a food wholesale business, his hardworking father set up a restaurant. In between serving customers, Dario gave in to his greatest passion aside from art: reading. “Perhaps because I was not allowed to study, I was obsessed with learning. I would read morning, noon and night and by the time I was 14 I had read the complete works of Tolstoy. To this day, I haven’t stopped studying.” The hours of reading paid off: Dario has written illustrated books and articles for prestigious magazines, mostly centred around enigmatic figures of literature and history: Nostradamus, Mark Twain, and Mozart are just a few subjects of his writings. He says that if he could have met one historical figure, it would probably be Leonardo Da Vinci: “Like me, he was very comfortable functioning in a multi-faceted frame of mind. Like this artist, I am a humanist. I like to stand up against all forms of bullying: of the physical, mental and even commercial kind. I consider myself an anarchist because I have studied most kinds of political systems, art and philosophy and I never stop analysing what is going on in the world from a practical and spiritual point of view.” The young artist also learned music, thanks to the grace of his neighbour: “Maestro Gasparini was one of the most famous celloists of the time; he used to play music to me when I was sick and when I improved, he taught me the basics of music.” Dario tells me of one work he has kept, to this day, preserved in a perfect state: a mural representing the Apocalypse, painted during quiet times at his father’s restaurant over a formica wall. “Formica is a difficult surface because it is so slippery, but I was determined to complete that painting. It was as if I was rebelling against my father, by showing him that despite his failure to support my education or interest in the arts, I

The Apocalypse, painted by Dario Poli at the age of 15

would not succumb.” The painting is impressive in its scope and technique, far beyond the abilities of a 15-year-old, completely self-taught artist working with the wrong materials. A renowned painter from Florence, intrigued by what he identified as genius in this young man, offered him the chance to study art with him in Florence, though once again, Dario’s father put a stop to this ambitious plan. When Dario was 17, he opened his own restaurant in Leicester with all the money he had saved over the years; its walls were graced with guitars and Dario would play the guitar for guests, many of whom walked over from across the road, where the Haymarket Theatre stood. One visitor would change the course of his life: Engelbert Humperdinck’s brother, who invited Dario to play music with him in the Isle of Man. Eventually, Dario and his sister Delia formed the duo Two of a Kind, jointly winning a prestigious competition held by ATV televison and performing alongside a plethora of international stars, including Buddy Greco, Olivia Newton-John, Julie Felix, Bruce

Forsythe, Dave Allen and Engelbert Humperdinck. Dario has also co-written the musical Lady X and The Power of Destiny (based on the life of Princess Diana) and he was the brainchild of Marbella, Marbella, the anthem of the recent campaign to boost Marbella’s image and to counter the bad press the Coast had received during the height of the crisis. Dario has been described by award-winning Photographer, Paul Chave, as “a combination of Edvard Munch, Dali and William Blake,” and although there is something ethereal in his art, he is above all a humanist, fuelled by the unrelenting need to fight against injustice. Riding high with his plans for his latest musical, he says, “I can feel the excitement soaring within me and every day, I get one step closer to getting it produced.” For Dario, the most harmful words in the English language would have to be “Seeing is believing,” for the essence of magic resides precisely in what we cannot see. “People may say that I cannot achieve the dream of producing a musical in Holland and I say, ‘Just watch me’!” e

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hen you think of Italy the visions that come to mind are of its delicious food, its passionate people, a love of football, or ‘calcio’ as it known there, and a sense of style and design that transcends the centuries and encapsulates both classical and modern genres. From fashion to cars, furniture and industrial design, Italy perhaps more than any other country is synonymous with the creation of marvellous shapes, textures and tones crafted

into exquisite luxury items. The French have their fashion and cosmetic expertise, the Germans are renowned for their engineering, the British for their creativity and traditions, and the Americans for their commercial aptitude, but the Italians are the ones who most play on our senses, producing cars, clothes, kitchens and even storage systems that please the eye with their gracious lines. Given shape with the knowing eye of a creative mind, even everyday items such as

cutlery sets can add a little lustre to our lives. As a result, the nation famous for its appreciation of the fun and fine things in life can measure itself with the best in many fields, from the Armanis, Bulgaris and Pradas of the fashion world, Nina Ricci and Acqua di Parma in perfumery and the likes of Fendi, B&B Italia and Giorgetti in furniture design to the sumptuous yachts made by Riva, stylish motorbikes of Ducati and of course sports car makers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

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Italian Design

Though beautiful items are created around the world, the Italians have become known for their flair for styling and engineering that is built on a centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship. WORDS Michel cruz

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A Philosophy of Pure Design As a result, the Italians have given us such globally revered icons as the flaming red Ferrari, the Armani suit, the Prada dress, the pretty little Fiat 500 or cheeky Lambretta scooter, the gorgeous Aquariva speedboat and a whole multitude of chairs, lamps, sofas, jugs, glass sets and even office machinery we seldom realise are also vital reference points in the world of design. Accompanying the famous brands are legendary names such as Pininfarina, Bertone, Giugiaro, Italdesign and Zagato, specialist design studios whose reputation is second to none. We associate them mostly with the design of exotic Italian sports cars and the futuristic prototypes seen at auto shows, but in reality these agencies give shape not only to Alfas, Lancias, Ferraris and Maseratis, but also to yachts, powerboats, buses, trains, aeroplanes, jet skis, luxurious bicycles and skis – and items that don’t have anything to do with transport at all. The latter includes many of the products we take for granted, ranging from furniture and home decoration to household utensils, kitchen appliances, storage systems and even vending machines. Some also act as design consultants for hotels, luxury homes or stateof-the-art office blocks, as well as shopping centres and theme parks, while Turin-based Pininfarina would have been particularly proud to have been involved in making the new Juventus Arena one of the most attractive football stadiums in the world.

Interior design stands and home architecture solutions at Milan’s world-famous Salone del Mobile

Prada leather shoes in a display cabinet

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At the heart of this process are the designers themselves, many of whom have gone on to become legendary names in their own right. They naturally include the likes of Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, Giovanni Bertone and Giorgetto Giugiaro, who went on to establish the world’s most famous design empires. Giugiaro, who founded the Italdesign Giugiaro studio, was heralded as the Car Design of the Century in 1999, and his influence will be felt well into the 21st century. Other top designers include the likes of Mario Bellini, Achille Castiglione, ‘Joe’ Cesare Colombo, Tom Tjaarda and of course popular fashion names such as Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Roberto Cavalli. From their conceptualisations have flowed the shapes of the dresses, suits, sofas,

kitchens, cars, but also calculators, pens and even photo computers that embody the global oeuvre of Italian Design. Many carry the flag for famous Italian brands, but others are styled for products from across the planet. This means that the Nikon camera or Apple computer you’re holding may not be entirely conceived in Japan or the USA, while the pasta you’re eating could very well have been given its shape by someone like Giugiaro. Born out of car design and coach building, Italy’s design companies have extended their impact on our street scene beyond the reach of their domestic manufacturers, giving shape to Peugeots, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Cadillacs and Austins as well as to Citroens, Volvos, BMWs, Volkswagens and Hyundais.

Italian design is also famous for avant-garde concepts

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Making everyday items look special Giorgio Armani store

Interior design solutions at Salone del Mobile, international furnishing accessories exhibition in Milan

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Italian Espresso with Italian design

A Tradition of Master Craftsmen Indeed, much of the world could not live without Italian design, but this thirst for life that gives shape to things bold and beautiful is not the only ingredient that the Italians draw upon when conjuring up their worldconquering visual styles. Today we associate this tradition above all with industrial design, the fashion industry and engineering, but Italy’s mastery in this field builds upon the much older and deeper roots of its architectural and craft traditions – many of which have been famous since the middle ages. Back then, when the country was divided into lots of semi-independent duchies and city-states, Northern Italy was already a hotbed of innovative and creative products. In those times these could have included perfumes, weaponry and carriages as readily as furniture, jewellery and those small but important items of luxury that set the haves apart from the rest of society. It is not by coincidence that Italy was also at the heart of the Renaissance, that rediscovery of classical knowledge that produced such an outpouring of scientific and creative development, and has led in a straight line to the technological discoveries of our own time. To medieval craftsmen were suddenly added the inventors, innovators and architects who would help to redefine the way the world looked and worked. It is this tradition that Italian design builds upon as it continues to bring together masterful craftsmanship, design and engineering that had its heyday in the 1950s and 60s but continues to be associated with the very best in style, taste and creativity. e

Detail of a Pagani Zonda Cinque at the MPH motor show, London

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CAPE REED

A WORLD OF OUTDOOR OPTIONS

Known for its elegant, hardwearing and ďŹ re-retardant thatched roof structures, Cape Reed is opening up a whole new perspective when it comes to outdoor living spaces. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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Stylish outdoor entertainment area that blends in with its green surroundings

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rchitects and designers often speak about bringing the outdoors in and vice versa, and in the climate we are blessed with in southern Spain, blending interior and exterior spaces in this manner has become a way of life as well as an expression of style. For many, it is an ideal way to let living rooms flow outwards, adding to terraces and pool decks with true outdoor living areas that bring the home into the garden. This is done in a variety of ways, with gazebos, chiringuitos and entire poolside entertainment areas complete with relaxing lounge, dining space, kitchen, changing rooms and even spa zones. The sky is the limit when it comes to the options, and lately they have expanded even further, as Cape Reed has developed not just the range of structures and styles, but the entire concept of outdoor living spaces.

Taking Reed into the Modern Era “Originally we entered the market through the building of thatched roof wooden chiringuitos,” says founder Louis van der Vyver, whose new concept found a ready market on the Costa del Sol. “There is a traditional reference to building with thatch in many parts of the world because it is a readily available natural product, but even though that wasn’t the case in southern Spain, people took to our products because they fitted so well with the Costa del Sol lifestyle.” Before long, Louis and his team were building outdoor bars, recreational areas and even guest cottages not only for private villas, but also for hotels, luxury urbanisations and commercial premises. The Sea Grill restaurant at Puente Romano and Shanti Som Wellbeing Retreat are good examples, helping to make the Cape Reed name and thatched roof wooden structures synonymous with quality natural, sustainable materials that are also durable and fireretardant. “Our clients tend to be amazed at just how ingenious and solid our construction is, and even though our skilled craftsmen and technicians steal the show we also pride ourselves on the service that comes with it.” Keenly aware that quality of service, and when necessary trouble-shooting, are actually as important as the product itself, Louis is proud of his response time. “Along with the design solutions we offer, this is really where we distinguish ourselves. It is by addressing any questions a client may have, and doing so swiftly, that we have earned many referrals.” But, having grown rapidly since expanding out of South Africa, Cape Reed is not a company that is resting on its laurels. “The market is evolving, with new technologies and design trends affecting the way properties look, are configured and ultimately how they are used.”

The flexible thatch & timber structures can easily be incorporated into any type of landscape

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An expression of elegance, ambiance and style

Cape Reed and its product range have also been evolving, culminating in new designs and applications that are very much in tune with today’s architectural and décor styles. “Our timber is now available in lighter tones that complement modern homes, while the new, integrated structures can create entire indoor/outdoor living and leisure spaces either flowing on from the main house or set within garden and pool areas.” In the process, they are showing just how much potential this type of construction offers as an alternative or in conjunction with conventional ones. “Our leisure areas are offering an alternative to the gyms, spa areas, entertainment and games rooms, guest accommodation and bars that are otherwise found indoors, often in the lower, subterranean level of a villa or apartment complex.” By placing them in the garden, close to swimming pools and terrace decks that connect with the home’s main living areas, the wooden structures are out in the open, enjoying sunlight, refreshing breezes and often the best views from the property. “What’s more, you can enclose them in a great many ways, be it with partial or entire bricked walls (plastered or not), glassed-in areas with folding concertina doors or just by leaving them largely open to create a free flowing tropical ambience.” “We believe that, from an aesthetic and practical point of view, our structures add value to any property by creating a stylish outdoor extension to the premises that naturally blends in with its green surroundings, which increases the overall appeal of the villa.” Where conventional

buildings in a garden would require the levelling and excavating of sloped land, Cape Reed’s flexible structures can be built on wooden pillars that overhang a gradient and level it at a stroke. “It is cheaper, easier, more attractive and less impactful on your garden environment – and a great way to turn a steep slope into a prime area where you can relax in private.” Light, breezy and featuring a rather sophisticated sense of style, the new designs fit the current zeitgeist in terms of design ethos, a fact that is mirrored in the kind of clients Cape Reed is now attracting. “The new range of options is finding a very good response from homeowners, architects and developers, but also the likes of the Hotel Puente Romano, who contracted us as part of the redevelopment of the external areas of the iconic Sea Grill beach club and restaurant.” It is telling that the new design does not only have an impact on the poolside terrace, but also extended into the main lounge and restaurant itself. The result is a beautiful new venue that offers today’s client a refined ambience that is at once classic and chic.

Main entrance to Shanti Som Spa & Wellbeing Retreat

Modern interior of the Sea Grill Restaurant @ Hotel Puente Romano

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New Applications But it isn’t just in Marbella and the Costa del Sol that Cape Reed is in vogue. Today most of the company’s turnover comes from its Dubai and Qatar operations, where local architects, homeowners and developers have long since been converted to the concept. “So much so that, in addition to private villas and smaller developments, we have also had the pleasure of working on large hotel and recreation projects such as the signature Sofitel Hotel and Resort on the Palm Jumeira and the exciting new Dubai Safari.” As an official contractor at both these imposing projects, Cape Reed is responsible not only for creating thousands of square metres of thatched areas, but also for wooden structures that provide all manner of venues and facilities while underpinning the environmental credentials of both projects. “For the Sofitel group, which offers an upmarket recreational experience, it is a flagship project that showcases their ambition to be a top player in the luxury hotel resort business.” From such large-scale projects to the smaller construction undertaken by Cape Reed’s Aix-en-Provence

team at private villas in places like St Tropez, the versatility of the material and its many applications is clear. “In Sotogrande, a client recently wanted us to build an elaborate pool house, while in St Tropez a poolside leisure area eventually expanded into a guest cottage as it became clear how well suited this sympathetic method of building is to places with strict planning regulations.” In taking natural materials like reed and timber to the next level and using them to create living and leisure spaces that are fresh, breezy and stylishly modern, Cape Reed has opened a whole new dimension for outdoor areas at villas and commercial venues alike.

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Aerial view of the Sofitel Hotel & Resort, Palm Jumeira, Dubai

This secluded cottage in St Tropez blends in with the protected natural environment

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THE STYLE fashion

Italian Fabric at its Finest

Marisa Cutillas brings us the latest collection from Riani, a high-fashion brand blending the very best of Italian fabrics with German production techniques. Shine, transparency and original prints are just some of the many highlights of this new line, which is already being seen at many of the world’s top red carpet events.

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Purple Perfection

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Leather & Shine

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Glittering Goddess

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Golden Grace

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La revista danesa en España / Det danske magasin i Spanien

JANUAR 2013

NORSKE Det norske månedsmagasinet på Costa del Sol

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S PA N I E N F Ö R S V E N S K A R

Sesongen er godt i gang på Europas sørligste skisportssted, Pradollano i Sierra Nevada.

Et ægte boutique-hotel

De vinder mere og mere frem, særligt i de europæiske storbyer, og nu også i de spanske. La Danesa har studeret det hippe boutique-fænomen.

Mandesnak hos Mærsk

Torben Gram forlod sit job i Danmark til fordel for et liv i Spanien uden på forhånd at have arbejde, bolig eller kendskab til sproget.

• Intervjuer • Nyheter • Utflukter • Sport • Fakta • Kultur • Profiler • Politikk • Mote • Helse • og mye mer...

Jacob Haugaard er tilbage

La Danesa har mødt manden, som den 17. februar besøger Kysten med sit show ”Jacob – Solo”.

Spanske barn møtte Karius & Baktus

Siesta - myter og realiteter

Nesten 200 spanske barn og deres foreldre fikk nylig sitt første møte med de norske tanntrollene Karius og Baktus.

Du trodde kanskje at siestaen var en så inngrodd del av spansk kultur at ingenting kan rokke ved den. Tro om igjen!

Loja - en blomst blant torner Loja ligger 60 km vest for Granada, og det var selveste Isabel la Católica som i 1486, da byen overga seg til de kristne, kalte byen en blomst blant torner – “flor entre espinas”.

JANUAR 2013

Ecológico

Med inspiration hentet i Spanien og i Wien har Kirsten Vaupel begået sin første roman, og kan nu tilføje titlen forfatter til rækken af kulturelle hverv på sit farverige visitkort.

El Mercadillo

Les mer om aktiviteter på Costa de Sol i ¿Qué pasa?

Kirsten Vaupel debuterer med roman

Tomatkrig, vikingeslag og tyreløb, religiøse optog, pilgrimsfærd og menneskepyramider er blandt højdepunkterne på Spaniens kuriøse, kulturelle kalender.

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Januari 2013

Sesong i Sierra Nevada

• Interviews • Nyheder • Bolig • Finans • Udflugter • Sport • Fakta • Kultur • Profiler • Politik • Mode • Helse

Kuriøse fiestas año 2013

sueco

Fler och fler upptäcker kustens kanske hälsosammaste marknad

Utflykt

El Escorial tronar på minnen om makt och historia.

Motor

Trike – trehjulingar för vuxna.

Resa

Läs ett vykort från Aten.

Profil

Lennart Lundquist är mannen bakom Internetsidorna Svenskar i Spanien.

Golf

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PRODUCTS / Beauty / SPA / SCIENCE

What are the world’s top superfoods for beauty? Why is vegetarianism the new ‘in’ diet to follow? Find the answers to these questions and keep updated with the latest beauty and health news from this sizzling hot section.

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SUPERFOODS for Beauty ADVICE

The skin is the largest organ in the body and consuming the right foods can go a long way towards increasing its elasticity, firmness and youthfulness. This month, Marisa Cutillas brings us a selection of health foods that will turn back the hands of time, keeping blemishes, tightness and wrinkles at bay. Z COOKED TOMATOES AS A NATURAL SUNSCREEN: Cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant thought to help prevent cancer and heart disease and protect the skin against the sun. Lycopene attacks free radicals caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays, firming skin and aiding cells in their important task of collagen formation. Lycopene lends various foods their orange/red hue. In addition to tomatoes, it can also be found in guava, watermelon, grapefruit and papaya. Just one of these fruits a week will give you much needed protection against the sun’s rays. Z RED PEPPER FOR FIRMING SKIN: Vitamin C protects skin cells against inflammation, permitting new collagen to form and skin to appear firm and wrinkle-free. Source the Vitamin you need from red pepper (just one cup of pepper contains 280mg of Vitamin C, compared to one medium sized orange, which only has 75mg of Vitamin C).

Z SWEET POTATOES FOR FIGHTING BLEMISHES AND CLOGGED PORES: Our oil glands exist to help skin exfoliate (i.e. rid itself of dead cells). However, when these glands are overactive, they can become blocked with oil, bacteria and dirt, leading to the development of pimples. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which helps regularise oil gland activity and promotes more efficient exfoliation. Other foods which are rich in Vitamin A are dark leafy greens, bell peppers, lettuce and dried apricots. Z MILLET FOR SKIN FIRMNESS: Those who consider millet to be a food for birds may be surprised to know that it has been used for centuries in India to enhance the health of hair, skin and nails. This yellow grain is high in protein and balances acidity in the body. It also houses a secret ingredient that makes it such a powerful ally for greater beauty: silicon, a necessary ingredient to help cells build collagen. Millet is easy to cook; just simmer it in water or stock as

you would with rice; mix it with grilled vegetables for a yummy meat-free lunch or dinner. Other silicon-rich foods include bell peppers (which seem to be the ultimate anti-ageing vegetable), soybeans, oats, brown rice, apples, oranges and cucumber. Z OILY FISH FOR MOISTURE: Oily fish like wild salmon and freshly caught red tuna are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (which the body cannot produce itself). Consume fish three times a week or more and watch dry, itchy skin turn smooth and supple. Remember that dry skin doesn’t just look unsightly; it also leads to the destruction of the ceramide barrier, which prevents moisture loss. Z CAPERS FOR INFLAMMATION: Many of us suffer from inflamed, red skin, which can arise from a number of conditions, including perimenopause, seasonal changes, allergies, etc. Capers are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid that has been proven in various studies to lower inflammation and fight free radicals. Just one tablespoon of

capers contains a whopping 190mg of quercetin. Add them to a stew or grilled chicken dish for a flavourful touch of saltiness. Z DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES FOR DETOXIFICATION: For skin cells to work at their maximum potential, they cannot be burdened by toxins. Support your liver in its important role of detoxification by eating dark, leafy greans such as spinach and broccoli. If you detest greens, ‘hide’ them in juice. One of my favorite recipes contains a blend of oranges, bananas and spinach leaves… trust me, you won’t taste the spinach at all! e

PUMPKIN SEEDS FOR FIRMNESS AND ELASTICITY: The humble pumpkin seed is rich in Vitamin E, selenium, essential fatty acids and zinc. This potent blend maintains collagen levels, enhances skin elasticity, stimulates skin cell growth, repairs damage, controls sebum production and protects skin against the sun.

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1 – GUCCI EYE MAGNETIC COLOUR SHADOW MONO IN ICONIC OTTANIO: We love this new shadow from Gucci’s first-ever make-up line. The turquoise shadow contains tiny sprinkles of aqua, to give the eyes a special glimmer by night. i www.gucci.com 2 – GIORGIO ARMANI FUCHSIA MAHARAJAH LIPSTICK: We are completely smitten by this violet-hued lip colour, fresh from Giorgio Armani’s new Fuchsia Maharajah Spring 2015 line. i www.giorgioarmani.com 3 – GUCCI PREMIER EAU DE PARFUM: This fresh floral scent opens with a fragrant burst of bergamot, fused with feminine, sunny orange blossoms. A young, clean scent for those who like to think of themselves as sweet rather than daring. i www.gucci.com 4 – BOTTEGA VENETA KNOT EAU DE PARFUM: Luxury Brand, Bottega Veneta, aims to bottle “the unforgettable breeze of the Italian Riviera” with a scent that combines refreshing clementine, soothing lavender and feminine rose. i www.bottegaveneta.com 5 – GIORGIO ARMANI FLASH LACQUER CRYSTAL SHINE LIPGLOSS: This new lipgloss claims to capture light like none of its counterparts, owing to Armani’s new ‘shape and shine technology’, which causes light to reflect off every point of surface. i www.giorgioarmani.com 6 – ACQUA DI PARMA OUD: We love this sensual, woody fragrance by Acqua Di Parma; use it sparingly, it is known for its potency. i www.acquadiparma.com

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READY FOR THE SUMMER? TRANSFORM YOUR BODY GET RID OF STUBBORN FAT

DR. ALEXANDER ASLANI

Cirumed Clinic /// Avenida Ramón y Cajal 7 – 4 /// 29601 Marbella /// Tel: +34 952 775 346 www.cirumed.es /// www.alexanderaslani.com /// www.alexander-aslani.es

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THE ONLINE

Reflections Hair, Nails and Skincare salon in Marbella has launched its online premium beauty store which allows customers to choose from an array of top beauty brands, technology driven skin care, anti-ageing essentials and innovative hair care. Shopping from the comfort of your own home has never been easier.

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eflections is not only known for its highly skilled team of professional stylists and therapists who will give you the perfect hair and beauty experience, but also for its wide range of high quality hair and beauty products, ranging from designer labels to household names and

niche beauty brands. The only problem with this was that, after falling in love with their recommended products, the salon’s international clients started to complain, as they were having trouble finding the same products in their home towns. Sensing a gap in the market, the team decided to create a beauty

webshop so that clients could stock up on their favourite items, wherever in the world they were. The site is easy to use and Reflections provides a no fuss customer service for any questions that you may have. They also offer a free delivery service for all orders within Spain.

What’s Been Trending at Reflections

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Z RIDE THE WAVE The modern, undone curl is the hair trend of the moment and curls in general are not going anywhere. But how easy is it to create this look at home? This is where the GHD Curve range will become your new best friend. GHD has designed a range of tools that can create the looks everyone wants now in a way that’s never been done before. You will be blown away by how quickly and easily you can create the coolest curves. Perfect for creating beachy tousles and festival-worthy waves, (Creative Curl Wand) or, if you fancy more of a retro Veronica Lake feel, then the Classic Wave Wand is the one for you. The Curve range really is a gamechanger. GHD Curve €179,00

All products are available from Reflections Hair Nails & Skincare. Centro Plaza, Nueva Andalucia, Marbella. Tel: 902 325 324 / 952 906 524. www.reflectionsmarbella.com

Z TAKING LASHES TO NEW LENGTHS Not since the days of Sophia Loren has it been so essential to sport long lashes. However, if you are a regular wearer of false lashes you will know the damage they can do to your own. So is there an alternative? Uberlash is clinically proven to dramatically increase the appearance of lash length, thickness, and fullness within

two weeks. The advanced formula delivers a deep conditioning blend of vitamins and nourishing infusion of peptides, herbals and amino acids. Uberlash incorporates a proprietary patent pending delivery system which allows this breakthrough lash enhancement sérum to restore, nourish and strengthen lashes naturally over time for a never-before-achievable lash enhancement. Uberlash €135,00 Z TURN BACK TIME The Helen Mirren effect has seen a huge surge in women investing in anti-ageing skincare to try and look as good as their 60-something role model. Germaine de Capuccini is always one step ahead and has created The Cream GNG. This

product approaches the challenge of reversing the passing of time on the skin with a multigenic action to reverse the ageing of the cells and is packed with an extraordinary complex of ingredients of plant origin with multigenic action capable of reducing the age of the skin cells. Its high level of effectiveness makes it possible to modulate the expression of various genes involved in cellular ageing, activating the gene of the Telomerase and reducing the level of expression of the microRNA. Germaine de Capuccini – The Cream GNG €220,00 Z PLAITS ARE NO LONGER CHILD’S PLAY Plaits and braids were all over the

S/S 2015 runways with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Alexander McQueen sending their models down the catwalk with pigtails, Greek goddess braid crowns and nineties cornrow styles. For any type of braid you need smooth locks to pull it off and nothing works better than a good hair oil. The Kérastase Elixir Ultime is a versatile beautifying oil, designed to deliver incredible softness and shine. Formulated for daily use, it is ideal for all hair types. Everyone who tries this loves it – it works equally well on damp hair to tame frizz and flyaway, or applied liberally overnight as a deep treatment, pre-shampoo. Kérastase ELIXIR ULTIME Versatile Beautifying Oil €37,20

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HEALTH

WHAT DOES A HEALTHY VEGETARIAN DIET LOOK LIKE? A SOUND DIET SHOULD INCLUDE:

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ost people opt for the vegetarian diet for one of two reasons: an authentic love for all sentient things, or, a wish to embrace a healthier, lower cholesterol lifestyle. Some people who would like to follow a meat-free diet but who are concerned about their weight, often worry that they could unwittingly gain weight, since they might be tempted to reach for the first quick snack available (such as cheese, bread and crisps, which are high in carbohydrates). Recent studies have shown more people lose rather than gain weight when going vegetarian, however, suggesting that there are many interesting, unexpected benefits of giving up (or at least significantly reducing) our meat intake. These are some of the most interesting findings on veganism and vegetarianism made in the past year: Z A vegan diet is best for weight loss: Scientists at the University of Southern Carolina conducted a study in which participants were randomly assigned to one of five different diets: vegan, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian (in which only fish and seafood and plant-based foods were

consumed), vegetarian and omnivorous. The participants followed dietary restrictions for six months; at the end of the twoand six-month marks, the vegan group showed the greatest weight loss. The lead author of the study noted that the current wave of ‘carbo phobia’ is not necessarily merited, since the vegan group enjoyed pasta, rice and other grains and still managed to lose a considerable amount of weight. The vegan group also showed the largest decreases in fat and saturated levels, which is good news as far as heart health is concerned. Z Semi-veggie diets lower the risk of heart disease and stroke: People who consume a large proportion of plant- rather than animal-based foods have a 20 per cent lower chance of dying from heart disease and stroke, than those who enjoy the least amounts of plant-based foods. Scientists made this conclusion after studying the dietary and lifestyle habits of over 450,000 Europeans, who were part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Z Vegetarian diets help us live

longer and promote environmental sustainability: A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that plant-based diets reduce global warming and increase longevity. The mortality rate for non-vegetarians is considerably higher than that of vegetarians. Moreover, vegetarian diets cause one third of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by nonvegetarian diets. The authors of the study noted that even reducing the amount of meat we eat can battle climate change and make considerable improvements to public health. Z Vegetarian diets are a great anti-ageing tool for skin: The media often portrays vegetarians as excessively thin, aged, and with dry skin. The opposite is, in fact, true; plant-based diets are rich in potent antioxidants, which fight free radicals and stop fine lines, wrinkles and flaccidity. Those aiming for firm, youthful skin should aim to avoid high-Glycaemic index fruits and vegetables, which can shunt large amounts of glucose into the system, and cause AGEs (Advanced Glycation

Z QUALITY PROTEIN SOURCES Including lentils, beans, tofu, nuts, seeds, eggs, peas and grains. Z CALCIUM (ensure you consume at least 1,000mg a day). Source all you need from dairy products, dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, sunflower seeds and fortified cereals and snacks. Z IRON: Dark green vegetables and iron-fortified products are key, as are pumpkin and sesame seeds, soybean nuts, fruits and prune juice. Z VITAMINS D AND B12: Vitamin D enables your body to absorb Calcium. Make sure to get a little sun everyday, protecting your face with sunscreen, especially if you are fair-skinned. Vitamin B12 is produced by animals or bacteria found in the soil, so if you are a vegetarian, you will need to take a supplement, as well as B12fortified products. e

End-products) and RAGEs (Receptors to Advanced Glycation End-Products). The latter are responsible for wrinkling and sagging. Z Vegetarian diets are linked to lower rates of specific diseases: These include diabetes, colorectal, ovarian and breast cancer, hypertension and obesity. When it comes to obesity, it is vital to avoid eating too much unhealthy fat and dairy products. Vegetarians who are obese may be eating too many unhealthy snacks (such as ‘health bars’, which can contain highfructose syrup, or crisps), or dairy products such as cheese. Like all diets, commonsense and a respect for the nutritional value of what we are eating, are vital.

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Distraction Maketh the Genius Scientists at Northwestern University in the US have discovered that creativity may be linked to an inability to filter out ‘irrelevant information’. This condition is thought to have been shared by Franz Kafka, Charles Darwin and Anton Chekhov, to name a few great thinkers. Marcel Proust, meanwhile, was known to wear ear plugs because he was unable to filter out irrelevant environmental noise. In the study, 100 participants were asked to report their achievements in creative fields, and to complete a test of divergent thinking, which tests creative cognition; they were asked to answer many questions in a limited amount of time. High divergent thinking was linked to higher academic achievement and an increased ability to filter extraneous information. In stark contrast, real world creativity is associated with the opposite: a ‘leaky’ filtering ability which allows some people to expand their focus and take in a wider range of sensory information. This enables them to understand life in a far more sensitive, profound manner, and the result is often output of pure genius.

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Skincare and cosmetic advertisers had better begin targeting their campaigns at men rather than women; a new study compiling information from over 475,000 participants, has shown that men are officially more narcissistic! The study, soon to be published in the journal, Psychological Bulletin, compiled information from 31 years of studies on the disorder. Men scored consistently higher irrespective of age and across multiple generations. Narcissism is associated with various interpersonal problems, including an inability to maintain healthy relationships, aggression and a lack of ethics. Interestingly, it is also linked to higher selfesteem and greater leadership.

MEN ARE MORE NARCISSISTIC THAN WOMEN

FEAST AND FAMINE DIET COULD LENGTHEN LIFE Numerous studies have shown that a diet involving restrictive caloric intake can extend the lifespan of mice, yet fasting can be very difficult to maintain. Researchers at the University of Florida have shed new light on the viability of ‘intermittent fasting’. They put a group of participants on a feast-and-famine diet, finding that in just six weeks, their levels of SIRT 3 (a gene that fosters longevity) had increased. Researchers believe that SIRT 3 is activated by oxidative stress, which occurs when there are more free radicals in the body than can be eliminated with antioxidants. While chronically high stress levels are detrimental to health (since they are causative factors of heart disease, inflammation and Type II diabetes), small amounts of stress are beneficial, because they activate the SIRT 3 gene. The theory is that if the body is constantly exposed to low levels of oxidation, it discovers an efficient way to deal with it. In the study, participants fasted by consuming only one substantial meal a day. On feasting days, they ate everything from chocolate bars to spaghetti, soda and cake. Oddly enough, the authors report that participants said they found fasting easier than feasting.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Cardiovascular Disease Risk by Half The American College of Cardiology has just revealed that those who follow a Mediterranean diet for at least 10 years have a 47 per cent reduced risk of developing heart disease. The study is based on results obtained from 2,500 adults aged 18 to 89. In addition to promoting heart health, the Mediterranean diet is also linked to a lower risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and an improved chance of weight loss. To reap all its benefits, ensure your diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, whole grains, beans, nuts and even a glass or two of red wine, which has also been shown in large-scale studies to have beneficial effects for the heart.

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Dr. Nyjon Eccles Anti-Ageing Specialist and Bio-Identical Hormone Specialist

Renowned anti-ageing and bio-identical hormone specialist, Dr. Nyjon Eccles, is a pioneer in his field, his Harley Street Clinic providing a fitting backdrop to his cutting edge, yet 100 per cent natural treatments, which approach the subjects of ageing, menopause and andropause, from the inside-out. Marisa Cutillas interviews the man who is ready to make the men and women of Marbella feel and look younger and more vital than they ever have… PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

What happens when we age? Most women who approach the age of menopause can find a significant change in the way they feel and look, the large drop in hormones like oestrogen and DHEA causing skin to lose its vital youthfulness, elasticity and glow. Ageing affects more than our appearance, of course; it can affect our sleep, mood and happiness

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as we struggle to come to terms with changes we can sense, yet often fail to understand. The problems with conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy Dr. Nyjon Eccles specialises in two areas that are directly linked to the process of ageing: anti-ageing medicine (involving effective, proven, natural therapies and nutrition) and

bio-identical hormone replacement. Regarding the latter, he explains: “As women enter their 40s and 50s, they experience a rapid drop in hormones like DHEA, oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone which manifests itself in issues like weight gain, the loss of collagen in skin, heart disease, thinning bones, etc. Traditionally, medicine has sought to counter these effects through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). However, recent research has revealed that conventional HRT poses a risk for breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, deep vein thrombosis and other devastating diseases.” Recent studies have also shown a link between HRT and ovarian cancer. The benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Dr. Eccles and his team believe that sacrificing health for the sake of relief is unacceptable. However, soldiering through menopause without any aid is hardly a suitable alternative. The answer to this dilemma is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), which uses compounds bearing the exact same chemical and molecular structure as key hormones found naturally in the body. “HRT focuses on only two hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. Through BHRT, we can provide other useful hormones like DHEA, testosterone and pregnenolone, which are ignored by conventional HRT,” says Dr. Eccles. Some of the benefits of BHRT include safe, natural relief from menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, etc.), increased bone mass, improved immunity, higher energy levels, a better metabolism and decreased fat, enhanced concentration, improved libido and younger looking skin. Not all pharmacies are able to produce BHRT compounds, says Dr. Eccles: “We work with a licensed laboratory in Greece, which produces the compounds according to the individual requirements of our patients. We conduct blood and urine tests to obtain exact dosages for each patient.” How is the treatment administered? BHRT compounds come in cream form, since “the best way for the body to absorb them is through the skin.” Patients are advised to use the cream in different areas daily; these may

include the inner arms and the outer labia. BHRT and Skin Quality Collagen, the basic structure of skin, is supported by hormones; numerous studies have shown that women who receive hormonal treatment have higher levels of collagen in their skin. Additionally, “the heart and brain function better, bones become stronger and numerous tissues are supported by correct hormonal levels.” BHRT is not just for women Men, too, can benefit from BHRT, since “as they age, men lose energy, libido and muscle tone.” Thus far, Dr. Eccles’ patients comprise “90 per cent women and 10 per cent men,” but the number of men who are waking up to the benefits of natural hormone replacement is constantly increasing. When to see Dr. Eccles? Women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and both men and women who are entering their 40s should see Dr. Eccles, to ascertain whether or not they can benefit from BHRT. “Sometimes, those suffering from hormonal fluctuations can be placed on anti-depressants owing to mood changes, when in fact, all they may need is natural hormone replacement.” The Importance of Nutrition As we age, the mitochondria in our cells cease to function at optimal levels. Dr. Eccles explains: “The mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells so when their function is diminished we lose energy. In addition, as we age, the proteins inside cells become ‘stickier’ and cell functioning is compromised. We work with a new supplemental formula which targets mitochondria and proteins, so that cells begin to function more youthfully. This, combined with a sound nutritional programme, is key in fighting ageing.” The success of the supplement can be ascertained, by measuring the patient’s Heart Rate Variability (HRV), via a four-minute test conducted before and after treatment. Dr. Eccles has been restoring health from the inside-out for decades and is ready to teach you how completely natural treatments and nutrition, can make a big difference. Anti-ageing nutrition and hormone replacement are the first steps to a healthier, happier you.

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AIRFIELD OPENS STORE IN CENTRE OF MARBELLA

Austrian fashion brand, Airfield, recently opened its second flagship store in Spain, on Avda. Ricardo Soriano 14. The launch event was attended by dignitaries and members of the media, who sipped on Champagne as they eyed the gorgeous fashions from this casual yet elegant brand. Airfield has over 900 points of sale in 35 countries. Various top models have been ‘the face’ of Airfield, including Claudia Schiffer, Vanessa Hessler and Alessandra Ambrosio. i www.airfield.at

GOLF TOURNAMENT AND GALA DINNER IN AID OF BUTTERFLY CHILDREN

The Butterfly Children Charity (DEBRA Spain) will hold its annual Charity Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner to raise funds for a most worthy cause: those who suffer from Butterfly Skin, a very painful skin condition. The tournament, involving a stableford individual format, will tee off on Saturday, June 6, at the Aloha Golf Club. Some €10.000 in prizes have been generously donated by businesses, hotels and golf clubs. Golfers and non golfers are also invited to the prestigious Gala Dinner which is to be held on the following evening. The evening will include a delicious three-course meal with wine and live entertainment. g For reservations, Tel: 952 907 085.

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CASINO OPENING ONBOARD THE SUNBORN YACHT HOTEL, PENDING LICENSE

A stylish new casino recently opened aboard Sunborn Yacht Hotel. Casino Sunborn is ofering players more than 60 slot machines, five roulette tables and five card tables. It is a joint venture between Sunborn and fellow Finnish company Paf, which boasts 50 years’ experience running cruise ship casinos, online gaming and land-based operations “As two well established Finnish-based companies, we have a strong platform to establish an international casino business in Gibraltar. There is excellent potential for this and other future casino investments for Sunborn in Gibraltar and on future yacht hotels,” said Hans Niemi, Executive Director of Sunborn. Paf CEO Anders Ingves described the venture as “a big and exciting step into Europe.” i www.sunbornhotels.com/gibraltar

ISO CERTIFICATION FOR OCEAN CLINIC MARBELLA

Ocean Clinic Marbella is proud to announce that, after a year of implementation and auditing, it has been certified by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). Ocean Clinic is the only independent Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic on the Costa del Sol to achieve the (ISO) 9001:2008 certification for Quality Management Systems. To attain this prestigious certification Ocean Clinic had to demonstrate its commitment to eight quality management principles: Customer Service, Leadership, Involvement of People, Process Approach, System Approach to Management, Continual Improvement, Factual Approach to Decision Making and Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationships. Ocean Clinic optimises its costs and resources by identifying and selecting key partners, pooling expertise and establishing joint development activities. Says Dr. Kai Kaye, Medical Director: “We are delighted to have achieved this certification. It follows rigorous assessment by the Standards Organisation and is testament to our ability to consistently meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.” i www.oceanclinic.net

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Could You Be the Next Face of Reflections?

Reflections Hair Nails & Skincare Salon is searching for a female model to represent its brand and be the new Face of Reflections. You do not need to have previous modelling experience but you must be between 16 and 35. The winner will have their hair styled by Daniel Boardman (who trained under the multi award-winning Errol Douglas MBE) and professional make-up applied. They will also be photographed by one of the Coast's top fashion and beauty photographers and their image will then be used for the new Reflections advertising campaign. A selection of high-end hair and beauty products is also part of the prize. If you think you have what it takes to be Reflections’ new Face, just submit your photo, tell the team why you should be the new Face of Reflections (in less than 50 words), don’t forget to include your name, age and contact details and send all this information to [email protected] before May 30, 2015. Be sure to tweet and share your submission using the hashtag #faceofreflections. i www.reflectionsmarbella.com

Groundbreaking Technique for Lung Cancer Diagnosis at the Quirón

The Quirón hospital group is proud to announce that patients in their Marbella and Málaga hospitals will be able to avail of a cutting edge technology to diagnose lung cancer. The technique is called echo-bronchoscopy (EBUS) and it combines traditional fibrobronchoscopy techniques with diagnostic sonography. It enables doctors to carry out sonographs and biopsies from the interior of the organism, specifically in the structures surrounding the trachea and bronchial tubes, without the need for surgery. i www.quiron.es

Andalucía Lab Announces New Developments for 2015

The Costa del Sol’s pioneering centre for innovation in tourism and business, Andalucía Lab, recently launched an English version of their website and announced a full programme of events to help small businesses in the Spring and Summer of 2015. The Andalucía Lab team offers practical and innovative solutions to SMEs on the Costa del Sol, providing advice and support to improve and modernise businesses. They will be holding four-hour training sessions allowing businesses to delve into complex topics such as Creating an Online Shop and Creating a Wordpress Website. Snippets from their courses can be viewed online to supplement their offline training. Short webinar courses will also be offered, to enable business owner to train from home. i www.andalucialab.org/en

Estepona Orchid Garden Launches Before a Packed Crowd

Estepona’s new botanic park and orchidarium has opened to the public, offering lovers of botany an up close experience with one of the most ample orchid collections in Spain. The launch attracted thousands of visitors, who marvelled at the 30-metre glass dome, a lofty waterfall and the beautiful foliage in the new, 15,000m2 paradise. Entrance to the park is free; just one week after its opening, the orchidarium had already received an impressive 35,000 visitors. i www.estepona.es

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WINE FORUM BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO THE LA CONCEPCIÓN BOTANICAL GARDENS OF MÁLAGA

The Vinia Málaga Foro Vitivinícola, a wine forum attended by representatives of nine different Michelin-starred restaurants, was a huge success, with visitors enjoying wonderful wine tasting sessions throughout the day. An array of wine critics, sommeliers and personalities of the wine world gathered together to take part in a wide array of activities, including talks, tasting sessions and round table discussions. i www.viniamalaga.es

GILMAR OPENS NEW OFFICE IN PUERTO BANÚS

Gilmar is proud to announce that it has opened a brand new office in Puerto Banús, at Plaza de Antonio Banderas. The new space, which measures 160m2, will provide a dynamic working place for Gilmar’s highly skilled team, who boast many years in the real estate sector and who (altogether) speak nine languages: Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Polish and Iranian. i www.gilmar.es

NEWS FROM CUDECA

The hardworking team at Cudeca is always on the go, raising funds for their cancer hospice. They recently presented their annual accounts and also made time for fundraising efforts alongside Unicaja, which renewed its commitment to helping the charity with its home assistance programme, the inpatient unit and much more. Gary and Karen at Sam’s Bar, meanwhile, held a Charity Extravaganza to raise funds for the charity, while Stuart Ashing presented fantastic hypnosis shows in Cártama in Benalmádena. Cudeca also made an official calling for volunteers, who are the engine that enables the hospice to continue to provide its ‘special kind of caring’. Cudeca is holding a Walkathon on Sunday, May 17, at Sunset Beach Benalmádena. The fundraising walk begins at 9:30am and will include live music, paella and much more. g Tel: 952 564 910.

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ART TO THE RESCUE OF ANIMALS

Ten of the Costa del Sol’s dog rescue charities are collaborating with Totem Ceramics Pottery School to raise much-needed funds for the coast’s stray and abandoned dogs with a unique, fun competition open to all adults! Throughout the month of May, dog lovers are invited to visit Totem’s studio near Marbella and have fun sculpting a dog out of clay. There is a €10 entry fee, 100 per cent of which goes to the participating charity of your choice and gives you the chance of winning some fantastic prizes. The participating charities at the time of going to press are ADANA, AID, CHAIN, FAMA, GLAMA, LAST CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE, PAD, SOS ANIMALS, TRIPLE A and 112 CARLOTA GALGOS. Any local, legally registered dog rescue charities not listed are invited to apply to Totem to be a part of this huge fundraising event. g For bookings, contact [email protected] For full

competition details, Tel: 952 887 364. www.facebook.com/TotemCeramics

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS IN MIJAS

Hot Summer Nights at the auditorium in Mijas will comprise a series of concerts involving talented performers, including Bon Giovi (a tribute to Bon Jovi), George Mileson (a tribute to Bruce Springsteen), A Night of Classic Rock (with tributes to Deep Purple and Pink Floyd) and an Eagles tribute concert, all presented by Big M Promotions. i For tickets, www. ticketsource.eu/bigmpromotions

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Gaucín Artists Open their Studios to the Public

The artists of Gaucín will once again open up their studios and homes to the public for this year’s Art Gaucín Open Studios event, showing a broad selection of their latest paintings, sculptures, ceramics, lithographs, etchings, and photographs. Launched more than a decade ago, the Art Gaucín Open Studios has shown the work of well-known artists such as Bayard Osborn and Brenda Hartill in the past, and has built up a very strong following both locally and overseas. Prominent members include Jim Rattenbury, whose work is in several private collections abroad, and Michael Roschlau, a former lecturer at the famous Glasgow School of Art. Art Gaucín will take place over two long weekends: May 22 - 24 and May 29 - 31. i For further information,

including a map of the village and open studios, www.artGaucín.com

JetExpress Offers Jet for Commercial Charter

JetExpress, based at Malaga airport, operates a Citation Mustang Light Jet which is now available for Commercial Charters. Jet Concierge, Adrian Thomson, sees "a strong market for this aircraft in this region", as he points out that "Italy, France and Morocco are a short flight away" for business or pleasure. The company offers a dedicated concierge service, providing get-aways to one of a select list of hotels, all of which are recommended on the website´s concierge page, and there are Loyalty Membership cards for frequent flyers. For flights out of Málaga, you have the option of selecting from two inflight menus supplied by Bibo Restaurant in Puente Romano Hotel by Dani Garcia. i www.jetexpress.pl

Mama Lotties Cookbook Nominated for Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Jerome Guiot Works Alongside Marjan Massage

Marjan Massage is pleased to announce that highly experienced Osteopath, Jerome Guiot, will be working with the team, complementing their massage and reflexology therapies with osteopathic treatments. Osteopathy is an holistic therapy; it views the body as a unique, interconnected and self-healing system. Treatment focuses on connecting disturbances caused by muscle weakness, imbalance, tensions and joint restriction, poor mobility of organs, poor posture, etc. The osteopath seeks the origin of the symptom and uses a range of techniques with patients, including cranial and visceral therapies. i www.marjanmassage.com

The cookbook 76 Mama Lotties, Gibraltarian Inspired Recipes, by Justin Bautista, has been nominated for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015, considered the ‘Oscars of gastronomic literature’. The awards honour the best books on cooking and wine from around the world and winners will be announced on June 9. The Mama Lotties cookbook, which seeks to reveal the mutual influence between the British and Spanish culinary traditions, has been translated into Spanish and is available at major bookstores in Gibraltar and on Amazon. i www.mammalotties.com

Radio Manilva Now Broadcasts English Programme

Radio Manilva (RTV Manilva) is pleased to announce that it is now broadcasting an English programme, entitled Manilva Lifestyle, from 11am to 12pm every Friday. The programme will be produced by journalist, Francisco Acedo and presented by Emma de Acedo. Radio Manilva aims to give a voice to all the residents of Manilva, both Spanish and international. i www.rtvmanilva.com

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Tax Residency

and Applicable Tax Systems for Workers and Company Directors Located in Spain WORDS JOSÉ CASTELLANO

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n Spain, all private individuals holding permanent residency are subject to Income Tax. (Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas or IRPF). This requires the individual to declare income obtained in Spain and from abroad. The key issue here is how to determine residency. Spanish legislation establishes that a person is considered a resident in Spain when one of the following circumstances concur: A. Remaining in Spain more than 183 days a year in the natural year. B. If the principal nucleus or base of economic activity or interests lie either directly or indirectly in Spain. It is obviously not an easy task to acknowledge permanence in Spain for 183 days a year. Therefore it is

presumed that an individual resides in Spain (even if he does not remain in the country for 183 days a year) if the spouse and children under the age of 18, minors, dependent on him, reside in Spain. To take an example: a Russian national carries out his principal economic or professional activity in another country, and therefore does not remain in Spain for 183 days per year but his wife and children live in Spain (easily deduced if the children attend school in Spain). This individual will be considered a Spanish resident. There may be a conflict if both countries, Spain and the country where his professional or economic activity takes place, consider the individual as a resident under their

respective tax legislations. In this case, we must check the Double Imposition Treaty that may be enforced between both countries. As we all know, 2015 brought Tax Reforms. The government had requested a Commission of Experts to prepare a report that would be the prologue to such a tax reform. The result of the work carried out by this commission in 2014 was included in the report recommending that existing legislation be amended for the specific case of non-regular residents, with the purpose of not restricting the application of that system only to those displaced under a labour contract. The system, as it was established, was not applicable, for example, to a foreign pensioner, Director or Manager with a substantial income. So, with a view to boosting real estate investment and as an incentive for high net worth individuals to feel inclined to establish residence in Spain, the Commission of Experts proposed the following modifications:

Z To broaden the scope of the ‘tax regime for non-regular foreign residents’ relocated in Spain executing a labour contract, but also to those performing an economic activity without a permanent establishment, as administrators or significant shareholders and therefore in receipt of real estate income or income from shares. Z To eliminate the requirement that yearly income must not surpass €600.000. Z To eliminate the allocation of presumed income for the ownership of a property in Spain*, to those individuals under this system. It was clear that the purpose was to lessen the tax burden on this group of individuals who, even though considered under tax legislation as residents, were not to be excessively pressured for this reason from a tax perspective. Finally, the reform that was enforced on January 1st 2015 broadened the application of this tax regime to Company administrators who do not hold shares in the Company and even if they act as shareholders do not have a major share participation. The limit of €600.000 was also eliminated.

* The non-resident owner of property in Spain is liable to yearly Non Resident Income Tax. Thus, the property is assigned an income which is valued at 2% of the cadastral value of the property (1.1% if the value has been fixed in the last tax period). In Marbella, cadastral values were checked in 2011 and in Estepona in 2007. The tax rate applied is 24% to be calculated on the 2% (or 1.1%) on the cadastral value of the property. The Tax Reform has introduced a change regarding the tax rate. In this sense, if the owner is resident in another country of the EU or in another country of the European Economic Area with an effective exchange of information between the two countries, the rate is reduced from 24% to 19%. Temporarily, throughout 2015, the rate will be 20%. g José Castellano is a lawyer at Pérez de Vargas Abogados in Marbella. www.perezdevargas.com

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Blackshaw Interior Design

NEW DIMENSIONS

Talented designer and entrepreneur, Sally Blackshaw is riding high on the day of our meeting. Having recently moved into her brand new, 230m2 showroom, she brings a special guest to our meeting: Harry Joseph, her little boy, just a few weeks old and already a well loved member of the team. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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t is a busy time for Sally, and a real ‘rush’ all at once, with so many new projects on the way. “Our old showroom was located in the Polígono in San Pedro, and although ultimately, our clients come to us because of the people, this central location expresses the sophisticated nature of our company.” Indeed, the showroom, a knockout blend of beautiful living spaces, bespoke furniture pieces and cutting edge materials, tells visitors that this is a serious company and a serious team.

Sally launched her own company in 2008, after almost a decade of managing projects for Fendi and Armani Casa and many of the Golden Mile’s most prestigious design and construction firms. There comes a time in every designer’s life where an employer cannot afford their talents, and for Sally, the idea of putting her specialist degree in retail design to good use by opening up her own business, was irresistible. A few years down the line and Blackshaw Interior Design is already the choice for savvy entrepreneurs desiring elegant interiors for their commercial premises, as well as a firm favorite for young families (mainly English, Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian) seeking a contemporary yet warmly inviting ambience for their home. The nature of her company is at once difficult and easy to define, since Sally and her talented team take charge of building, renovating and modernising homes and premises. “We can redo your kitchen or bathroom or take charge of the entire construction… we basically specialise in anything and everything that makes a home.” Sally works alongside highly reputed firms like Vista construct, part of the Hidromaster group, which has been serving high-end clients on the Coast for 35 years. Company CEO, Patrick Van Dijk, is from Holland and speaks many other languages.

With his skilled team of builders and contractors, Patrick has worked on many projects throughout the years, from extensive renovations to modernisations and reconfigurations. His vast experience, professionalism and attention to detail, enable Patrick to take care of clients from the very first meeting right through until the completed project. Sally notes that despite working with an array of professionals, “one of our main points of interest is that our clients don’t have to deal with various people; they just deal with me. I take care of sub-contracting particular areas of work.” Sally isn’t adverse to hiring local talent, though she does note that “whoever we work with is well versed with the perfection we expect in terms of finishings, etc.” Sally takes me on a tour of the showroom and it is no exaggeration to say that many of the furniture pieces inspire and excite both my creative and emotional side. I run my hand along a velvety grey chair, designed by the team and made to the company’s specifications in Valencia. My eyes are also drawn to the different paint finishings (such as brushed linen) and glass features (the glass doors featuring beautiful prints are graceful and serious all at once). The display kitchen, meanwhile, with its blend of brilliant lacquer and matt open-pore finishes, its elongated white hobs and stunning bespoke cabinets, are

an absolute dream for one who likes to spend many hours whipping up the perfect meal. Finally, Sally shows me a contemporary fireplace, built in lacquer and attached to a wall storage unit; ultra modern yet definitely inviting. The living areas are appealing to the design lover yet they also boast longevity; the kind of elegance that never fades. In addition to designing their own pieces, Blackshaw Interior Design works with the world’s leading brands. Check out the full list of firms on their website and Like their Facebook page: the team are very active on social media and love receiving Likes from clients and design fans alike. Despite dealing mainly in the high-end home and business sector, Sally knows how to work to a budget; indeed, she admits that “almost all projects have a budget… in the long run, however, by working with just one person, the project runs seamlessly and you end up saving on costs.” In addition to finding the very best brands in furniture, Blackshaw Interior Design also offers top grade client service. “It is fantastic when the client begins to trust you and opens up to you. Our clients become friends. They know we are always there for them, every step of the way.” To glean a better understanding of the kind of projects Sally and her team complete, visit their website and you will be blown over by the taste, style and dynamism of their work. Despite the sunny weather on the Costa del Sol, Blackshaw Interior Design is set on making life indoors, a lot more appealing than it ever was… g C/ Cánovas del Castillo

25, Marbella. Tel: 951 403 787 / 657 051 298. www.blackshawinteriordesign.com

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Benahavís Hills Country Club Launch Real estate agents and members of the press gathered at the recent launch of Benahavís Hills Country Club, comprising exclusive villas and townhouses in a private residential estate. Stunning views, spacious interiors and elegant designs are just a few reasons to make your way to this beautiful urbanisation, located near one of Andaluciá’s most stunning villages. i www.smartpropertyprofessional.com

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort” – Jane Austen

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Springtime Opening Party at Plaza Village Trendy new meeting point, Plaza Village at the Hotel Puente Romano, recently heralded the arrival of Spring with a fun party featuring a special performance by Rebecca Lander. Plaza Village houses various restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world, as well as cocktails ‘til late, making it the perfect spot for those with a penchant for stylish partying. i www.puenteromano.com

“Spring is Nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams

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European Union Ambassadors Visit Málaga and Marbella Fausto Martínez Villa, founder of FM Consulting and Honorary Consul of Latvia, and Janis Eichmanis, Ambassador of Latvia, recently welcomed a group of Ambassadors and Diplomats from 19 different European Union countries, during their visit to Málaga and Marbella. The group toured some of the most emblematic sites and museums on the Coast, including the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre, and the Picasso Museum. They also visited Marbella’s Old Town and enjoyed a reception at the Town Hall, as well as a delicious lunch at Sea Grill and a trip to Puerto Banús. i www.fmconsulting.es

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

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Art Exhibition at Villa Granada, Vasari Vasari invited clients, friends and members of the media to the official presentation of Villa Granada, a stunning villa located in Altos de Puente Romano, now housing a brand new selection of works by renowned Painter from Córdoba, Pepe Morales. The Vasari group is as passionate about art as it is about business; the company recently awarded the Vasari Prize for Painting and supports various cultural pursuits. i www.vasariproperties.com

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THE LEISURE travel

Lovely Lake Como Going to Lake Como, one of the most beautiful places in Europe, in the off season seemed a bit of a gamble. But then again, friends who went in July had non-stop rain. WORDS DAVID WISHART PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAKECOMO.COM AND VILLA D’ESTE

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consolation would be, if you stay at a grand hotel like Villa d’Este, you might never want to go outside. Well, I was lucky. The sun shone from dawn to dusk, and the visit was a big success. Other than one small thing. Villa d’Este has shutters on the windows, which the room maids lower when doing the evening turndown. The result of this is you awake in a dark room. As I informed the hotel, I am not Tutankhamun. I like the dawn to wake me up. It is, I find, a welcome reminder that I am alive. And Lake Como is a blissful place to find oneself. A deep glacial lake, it is surrounded by mountains with hillsides dotted with little resort towns and scores of

individual villas, the latter built between 1500 and 1900 by wealthy Milanese families. The first settlers of note were the Romans, who established the town of Como, at the lake’s southern end, 2,000 years ago. Since then the Austrians, Spaniards, and of course the French when Napoleon was on the rampage, have been here. These days it is a fairly genteel sort of place, popular with the likes of Versace, Madonna and Richard Branson. Actor George Clooney lives near Villa d’Este with his new wife. Apparently the first question asked by guests after checking in is, “Where does George live?” Quite often he is in the hotel, but not on my first morning. Not that I asked, you understand.

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Glorious Lake Como

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Como’s Duomo

Villa Erba

Piazza San Fedele in Como

And so to breakfast, along the spine of this elegant pile, built 500 years ago, past reception, with its beautifully coiffed women, then the concierges, including a Scot, and everywhere splendid columns and sculptures and views of the lake on my right. Ee, it is grand, volunteered a cheery Yorkshireman on a settee. In France, there would be stoney-faced staff just waiting for you to trip on the carpet. But Italy is different, even here. The maître d’ is waiting for me with a smile. Just a little thing, a Dutch hotelier said of a smile, but it’s everything. Or, as an

Italian friend at Aloha Golf Club observed, if you give nothing you get nothing. If you give a little, you can get a lot. The waiters at Villa d’Este greet me like an old friend. I am shown to a table with a panoramic view of the lake. Is this good enough, I am asked, the waiter indicting that any other table is available. The hotel is not full, but even so there are no reserved cards

on any of the tables. Outside, it is sunny but a little chilly to sit on the terrace overlooking the lake. A boatman

waits with a sleek motorboat that looks like a Riva but is in fact a version built in Como. My destination is Villa Erba, just a 15 minute walk along the lakefront, and as I go I reflect on my arrival the previous day, when I took a taxi the same distance because I had luggage.

Fontana dell’Organo in Villa d’Este © JIPEN / Shutterstock.com

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Villa Carlotta

The Villa D’Este Golf Club

Glorious Lake Como

The meter started at seven Euros and went up to 13, but the driver asked for 20. And why? He wanted paid for the return journey as well. That’s your lookout, I said. Of course I could not win. Nor did I take any more taxis. Villa Erba is a convention centre like no other, in fact a beautiful villa that featured in the movie Ocean’s 12, starring George Clooney among others. I was there for the International Golf Travel Market, which had chosen Lake Como because you can indeed play golf here. Not that

you would know if you looked at one popular website, whose ‘Italy expert’ completely ignores the existence of golf in the area, when in fact there are seven courses, including Menaggio, founded in 1907 by an Englishman called Wyatt who built the first nine holes. It is a beautiful course overlooking the lake. Not far away is the Villa d’Este Golf Club, which no longer has a connection with the hotel but has

the same prestigious feel. Clark Gable, Bing Crosby and many European monarchs have played here. It is anything but stuffy, and the bar is a good place to linger and eat. So to is the Palace Hotel

in Como, located on the lake and a few steps from the traffic-free centre. I enjoyed a morning visiting the magnificent cathedral (the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy), browsing the elegant shops, many of them selling the silk for which Como is famous, and doing what one does in places like this — having a coffee in an old square and wondering what if this was the spot where Julius Caesar had the first forum laid out.

Como by night

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Cascada de Camoján

Situated on the hilltop of one of the most exclusive gated communities in Marbella, Cascada de Camoján, commanding spectacular views over the whole coastline from Marbella to Puerto Banús, Gibraltar and Africa. The villa is fantastically priced and offers exceptional high qualities. Built in a classic, yet modern Andalusian style, featuring beautifully appointed, ample reception rooms, a magnificent entrance hall with double height ceilings,

elegant and large bedroom suites; spacious terraces with magnificent views. The lower floor consists of a separate, large guest apartment with a salon, kitchen and bedroom and a separate entrance. The villa has wonderful outdoor entertainment areas within the tropical gardens, with a lovely gazebo and heated outdoor pool. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, built 489 m², plot 1.075 m². E&V ID: W-015EZF. Price: 2.200.000 €.

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Sierra Blanca

This spectacular property combines prime location, exclusive style, breathtaking sea and mountain views and is offered at a very attractive price! Situated in one of the most exclusive locations in Marbella, this property offers the best modern architecture available, built to the highest qualities and beautifully furnished and decorated. The most spectacular, panoramic sea views over the whole

coastline and all other amenities for luxury living such as spacious and impressive reception rooms, large suites with en-suite bathrooms and separate dressing areas. Elegant and large porches, double size swimming pool with a chill out area. Independent staff apartment. 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, built 918 m², plot 2.000 m². E&V ID: W-015EZF. Price: 4.400.000 €.

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Apartment - Golden Mile - Marbella 4 Beds

4 Baths

308m2 Built

Price: 2.500.000 â‚Ź Ref: DM1489-159

South-facing third floor apartment in beachfront luxury building with direct access to the beach through communal gardens. Recently refurbished to high standards. 24h security, communal pool. Private parking. Walking distance to Marbella centre.

Villa - Altos Reales, Golden Mile - Marbella 6 Beds

6 Baths

839 m2 Built

1619 m2 Plot

Price: 2.850.000 â‚Ź Ref: DM3628

Outstanding south facing villa with spectacular sea views in gated community with 24h security service. Built over two plots in two wings that meet in an Andalusian courtyard and offering extensive accommodation and entertainment spaces.


Villa - Sierra Blanca, Golden Mile - Marbella 4 Beds

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732 m2 Built

1812 m2 Plot

Price: 3.500.000 â‚Ź Ref: DM3598

Impeccable villa on elevated position with stunning views in sought after community with 24h security. Built on three levels with great attention to detail. Spacious suites with terraces, gymnasium, heated outdoor pool and mature garden.

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984 m2 Built

2112 m2 Plot

Price: 3.690.000 â‚Ź Ref: DM3553

Thai-style inspired villa with fantastic sea views in prestigious area with 24h security, featuring state-of-the art domotic system, thatched terraces, tropical gardens and self-contained guest accommodation with independent access.


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Bahía de Marbella: Situated in unique location, facing the dunes in the elegant beach resort of Bahía de Marbella, a gated community with 24 h security. Finished to the highest standards and tastefully decorated. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Living area 474 m2, plot 285 m2. E&V ID: W-01MNGF. Price: 1.450.000 €.

Altos de Los Monteros: Spectacular contemporary villa, set in an elevated position overlooking the coastline. Offering luxury and comfort. 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms. Built 740 m2, plot 1,467 m2. E&V ID: W-021XY2. Price: 2.995.000 €.

Bahía de Marbella: Stunning villa with sea views situated a few meters from the beach in one of the most elegant beach resorts in Marbella. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Built 698 m2, plot 1.740 m2. E&V ID: W-01U3UR. Price: 3.200.000 €.

Beachfront Río Real: Exclusive frontline beach apartment in a luxurious residential complex with direct beach access. Very spacious rooms and terraces. 5 beds, 6 baths. Living area 293 m2, terrace 81m2. E&V ID: W-0218A0. Price: 1.880.000 €.

Bahía de Marbella: Outstanding 4 bedroom duplex penthouse with fantastic sea views in Gran Bahía, a luxury gated community with 24h security. 4 beds, 5 baths. Living area 197 m2, terrace 103 m2. E&V ID: W-022503. Price: 1.130.000 €.

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Sierra Blanca: Luxurious designer villa, under construction, will be completed in September 2015! Featuring location, style and comfort. Contemporary design with luxurious fittings, highest qualities and latest technology. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Built 820 m2, plot 1.500 m2. E&V ID: W-0217CZ. Price: 3.700.000 €.

Sierra Blanca: Newly built, contemporary villa with breathtaking views. Built with the latest design and high quality materials, offering luxury living in the best location! 5 bed, 5 bath. Built 640 m2, plot 1.222 m2. E&V ID: W-01TBZC. Price: 3.900.000 €.

Golden Mile: The most impressive, contemporary property available on the Golden Mile. Built on one level on a large plot, offering spectacular sea and mountain views. 4 beds, 4 baths. Built 586 m2, plot 3.000 m2. E&V ID: W-0205GY. Price: 5.150.000 €.

Beachfront Golden Mile: Elegand and renovated to high standards. Duplex penthouse with private pool in a frontline beach complex, with direct beach access. 3 Beds, 4 baths. Living area 188 m2, terrace 124 m². E&V ID: W-02245B. Price: 1.595.000 €.

Beachfront Golden Mile: Unique beachfront apartment situated in an exclusive complex, with direct beach access within walking distance to all amenities. 3 beds, 3 baths. Living area 130 m2, terraces 26 m2. E&V ID: W-021LK6. Price: 1.350.000 €.

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contents The Trend Cinema 34 Home Viewing 36 Music 38 Books 40 Technology 42 Cars: The New Alfa Romeo 4C Sports Coupé 44

The Focus The World Expo in Milan 50 Leonardo Da Vinci 60 Living La Dolce Vita 62 Top Stars with Italian Blood 68 Dario Poli 76

The Style Italian Design 80 Cape Reed: A World of Outdoor Options 88 Fashion: Riani 94 Fashion News 100

The Pro 116 Enterprise 123 Tax Residency and Applicable Tax Systems for Workers and Company Directors Located in Spain 124 Busines Profile: Blackshaw Interior Design 126 The Vibe

The Leisure 130 Lake Como 136 Capri 142 The Bvlgari Hotel in Milan

The Gourmet 145 Aragona 147 Tempora 148 Food News 150 Kevin Woodford’s Florence 152 Chef’s Profile: Emanuele Crisci of Il Tartufo 154 Italian Wines

The Guide 156 Listings

The Spa Beauty: Superfoods 104 Beauty News 106 Hair & Beauty Matters from Reflections 108 Health: Vegetarianism 110 Health News 112 Health Profile: Dr. Nyjon Eccles: Anti-Ageing and Bio-Identical Hormone Specialist 114

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BEACHFRONT GOLDEN MILE Spectacular beachfront residence on a large plot with uninterrupted sea views. The villa has been partially renovated. Main house, 2 guest bungalows and staff bungalow. 14 en-suite bedrooms. Beautiful mature garden and pool with superb views. Ref. 6767

Enclosed: 169 m² Terrace: 98 m² Price: € 1,050,000

RIO REAL PLAYA Luxurious contemporary style beachfront apartment. Previously a 3-bed totally renovated into a 2-bed. Ref. 8559

Enclosed: 771 m² Plot: 3,007 m² Price: € 2,100,000

GOLDEN MILE 6-bedroom villa in Marbella Hill Club with panoramic views to the coast. A perfect home in an unbeatable location. Ref. 8450

Enclosed: 543 m² Plot: 5,520 m² Price: € 4,500,000

LA ZAGALETA Stunning mansion with 5 ensuite bedrooms. Privacy, golf & mountain views. Spa area, heated pool, amazing garden. Ref. 8703

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Luxurious 5-bedroom villa in heart of the Golden Mile. High specs. Lovely views. Fully furnished. Ref. 7957


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NUEVA ANDALUCÍA 4-bedroom Andalusian style villa in the Golf Valley, within a gated urbanization offering 24-hour security. This lovely family home enjoys wonderful views to La Quinta golf course, mountains and the Mediterranean coast. Mature garden with pool, family room, games room with billiard table, TV area, gym, sauna and wine cellar Ref. 8019

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ew countries can match Italy for the refinement of its architecture and design, sophistication of its style and culture and diversity of its food and wine. In this, our 16th Anniversary edition, we pay homage to Italy, the land of love, with a bumper issue devoted to La Bella Italia. D’inizio, Milan Expo commences this month, continuing until October, and if you can make it there you will be sure of a memorable experience. To preview its highlights, see our lead feature. We also visit captivating Capri and the very scenic Lake Como, staying at the enchanting Villa d’Este. In terms of genius, they don’t come more all-rounded than Leonardo da Vinci, a talent who was seriously ahead of his time. In the modern era, we also bring you a range of talents that you may be surprised to learn all have Italian ancestry,

and local talent, Dario Poli, whose new musical, Amsterdam, is nearing production. Legendary for its couture and car design, check out the latest styles from Riani, featuring suave Italian fabrics, and the sleek new lines of the Alfa Romeo 4C Sports Coupé. Don’t miss, too, our fascinating features on Italian Design and Living La Dolce Vita. Finally, no issue on Italy would be complete without delving into its wonderful cuisine and we present some exemplary exponents of this artistry: Restaurant Aragona in the heart of Marbella and Chef Emanuele Crisci from Il Tartufo. Such sensory experiences should ideally be complemented by classic Italian wines. Arrivederci!

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Esperamos que le resulte de utilidad, nuestra intención es hacerle partícipe de este Área y por extensión, del proyecto de elevar la salud y la calidad de vida de todos los ciudadanos a los que nos debemos como profesionales del Servicio Andaluz de Salud.

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El Servicio Andaluz de Salud (SAS) está poniendo en marcha un número único para las llamadas salientes desde cualquier centro sanitario andaluz para facilitar el reconocimiento por parte de la ciudadanía.

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27 de Mayo se celebra el día Internacional de las Urgencias y Emergencias

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Bob Dylan Mystery surrounds the slightly publicised 2015 Málaga Festival which takes place in La Cala on May 29/30. According to their site, two of the top acts, RAZORLIGHT and ALABAMA 3, are no longer playing and they are replaced by lesser known acts like Liverpool indie rockers THE ARKANES, who now top the bill on the 29th with HURRICANE #1 in support. Up and coming Liverpool mod outfit, THE UNIVERSAL, move from the 29th to the 30th along with THE CHRISTIANS. The question on many lips is will this actually take place? For more info: www.malagamusicfestival.com Also on the 30th, legendary indie rockers PLACEBO are at Málaga’s Palacio de Ferias y Congresos; and on July 8, the iconic BOB DYLAN will strum his six-string at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes in Granada. Tickets available at: www.ticketmaster.es Benicàssim (July 16 -19) update: BLUR, who released a new album, The Magic Whip, on April 27 have taken the headline act title off THE PRODIGY, more names will be added next month. Ticket info: www.fiberfib.com FAT BOY SLIM will be spinning the wheels of steel at the Dreambeach festival on the Playa de Villaricos, Almeria on August 7/8. Ticket info: www.dreambeach.es

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Eurovision, a competition which many European countries take seriously, will torture eardrums in Austria on May 23. Rumours circulating that guest nation Australia would be represented by KYLIE were false and their entry is the 2003 Australian Idol winner GUY SEBASTIAN with Tonight Again. Duo ELECTRO VELVET will try their luck with Still ope sas andalucia Love with You for the UK and EDURNE GARCIA will represent Spain with Amanecer. It can be seen live on TVE1 (Spain) or BBC 1 (UK) at 21.00 CET. The Blurred Lines saga will not lie down – the lawyer for ROBIN THICKE and PHARRELL WILLIAMS intends to appeal the order. Meanwhile the family aaa com billpay MARVIN GAYE are trying to milk this cash cow dry seeking to halt further sales of the song until an agreement on “how future monies that are received will be shared” and they also want the record label to cough up. His daughter has also brought to attention that the WILLIAMS’ 2013 megahit Happy sounds like her father’s 1965 classic Ain’t That Peculiar. The fined artist reckons everyone had better keep an eye on what chords they write after the court verdict: “Everything that's around you in a room was inspired by something or someone. If you kill that, there’s no creativity.”

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This dark, gritty, yet mesmerising novel tells the story of Rino, an unemployed alcoholic filled with prejudice, whose one redeeming quality is his great love for his 13-year-old son, Cristiano, whom he raises with a mixture of rough affection and violence. Rino hatches a plan to steal a cash machine alongside two dubious friends, but the plan goes terribly wrong and Cristiano’s hopes for a better life are crushed in one moment of violence and desperation.

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This is the ideal book for those who wish to envisage the magic of the eternal city. Angela invites the reader to relive a typical day in the Rome of 115AD, ruled over by the Emperor, Trajan. The book commences in an aristocratic home, inviting us into its inner workings, from its hook-up to the nearest aqueduct, to the role played by slaves in domestic work. Out in the streets, we learn more about Roman construction and the slave trade, before being invited to witness a violent scene at the Coliseum, featuring fierce lions and doomed gladiators. We also visit taverns, take a tour of bedrooms and salons and do a little shopping in the busy markets, teeming with life and excitement.

THE NEAPOLITAN SERIES BY ELENA FERRANTE

Italian novelist, Elena Ferrante is often hailed as one of the best novelists of our time. Focusing on ‘small’ yet profound matters such as domestic life, family and friendship, her Neapolitan series of books (comprising My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay), tracks the lives of two women born in Naples near the end of the Second World War. Elena is the wwe money in the bank briefcase girl, studious and responsible, while Lila is rebellious and incorrigible. In their adulthood, Elena becomes a respectable intellectual and marries a fellow academic; Lila marries a wealthy mafia lord and gets divorced, leaving her son with ignorant, brutish neighbours while she works most of the day at a nearby factory. The novel delves into the connection between politics and domestic life, postulating that crime strikes at family, which is the root of all happiness and stability.

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This immensely beautiful story of the nature of love and sensual desire is also one of teenage sexual awakening, set in the bejeweled Italian Riviera of the mid-1980s. Elio is a curious 17-year-old son of a renowned academic, who falls in love with Oliver, a young Professor who is visiting the family mansion to edit his manuscript. Oliver is confident, laidback and seductive, while Elio is insecure, nervous and innocent. Elio has always believed himself to be heterosexual, until, 15 minutes after meeting Oliver, he enters into a state he calls “the swoon,” and his idea of desire is irremediably changed.

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Published by Pushkin Press, this beautifully designed box set features six works on Venice, told by the contrasting voices of Paul Morand, Régis Debray, Henry James, Arthur Schnitzler and Petr Král. The differing views on the floating city will seduce or repel you; altogether, they will provide you with many compelling reasons to visit the most romantic of cities.

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THE TREND technology

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ust over a year ago, in the March 2014 issue, a bunch of wearables were covered. However, just one year later, there are ten times as many new versions in the market and even more to come. At the time of writing this article, the Apple Smart Watch is yet to hit the market, but there is a select list of major players: Sony, Samsung, Motorola (Google), LG and Pebble. They all have their own limitations, come with their specific software and are only compatible with certain phones. So, before you buy one, you might want to check its compatibility and functionality. However, there is one thing that they all have in common, the word ‘Smart’. This is certainly the most recent hype word after ‘cloud’, but it is not just hype and even the Swiss luxury watch makers are taking it seriously. Will you be removing your Patek or Rolex for the next dinner party and replacing it with a smart watch? I for one have made the change after 15 years of not wearing a watch. Actually, I had given away chase sapphire preferred credit score of my valued watches and I have two others that have been sitting in a box, gathering dust. Apple reckons you will be doing just that, as they will also be rolling out a €9.000, 18 karat gold version of their Smart watch. In fact, it is very possible that you may soon be ditching your mobile phone in favour of a ‘Smart Watch’ in the very near future. So what is it that makes them smart? What can you expect from them now and what will you

be expecting from them soon? Currently, most smart watches are a combination of several simplistic functions apart from their basic one of telling you the time, featuring, for example, Communication, Fitness and most importantly an information centre. You may be familiar with the Apple Siri voice activated personal assistant and knowledge navigator. At the centre of the Sony and Motorola smart watches are similar audio activated functions that can help you do just that and much more. However, this is just the beginning of yet another change to come and the future of the smart watch can be very different to how you see them now, involving applications that have not yet been created and functionalities that might still sound like Sci Fi today. The future Smart Watch will be equipped with a built-in camera & projector and possibly even a series of biometric and diagnostic devices. Apart from the basic functions of receiving video calls portrayed into the air, interaction with files and information, the future smart watches will also be monitoring your heart rate, calories, fitness levels, sleep patterns and much more. Their artificial intelligence will connect your location, activity, calendar and other information to things that you could not have even considered before. The possibility of connecting such live data to the vast amount of information available on the net, and with your own personal data that has been fed ope sas andalucia it, will make the watch inseparable from your wrist. Your digital chip, identity or companion,

whatever you want to call it, is here and will soon be sleeping next to you at night. Why should you be worried about a tiny device that will help you live better, healthier and prevent you from making mistakes? From taking the wrong route, decision, purchase, to much more, it is simply going to be another device that can process information faster than you and other machines today. Imagine scanning a product at a shop to get a price comparison, product reviews and even a notification that you had already ordered this or a similar product online! Of course, there are always skeptics, like the ones who predicted fnb com lb online banking would replace the secretary and those who are afraid of robots. Artificial Intelligence is not about computers taking over our lives, but simply the new era in computing, where the machines move on from being just calculators to devices that can learn from their environment and connect the data and information at hand to provide feedback that will otherwise take us longer to digest, analyse or react to. Look at how Google searching has changed the way we look for information and how the Internet has enabled us to source

vast amounts of information that a decade ago was limited by access. Our issue today is having the time to read, analyse and also verify the information available, whereas AI will be able to do this in seconds. That is where your Smart Watch can turn into your second brain and valued companion. So your future wrist band will not just be telling you the time, but possibly it will be the device that will make you sound smart and support you at your next interview or sales pitch. It can certainly help you avoid a heart attack and even possible accidents. In short, everything that you can and ken garff west valley ford west valley city ut imagine will soon be accessible from your next ‘Smart/Intelligent Watch’, but for the moment, you may just want to get used to the, let’s say, less ‘Smarter’ ones available on the market today. ç g Ali Parandeh, is the Founder of PC Doctor & Urbytus. He has written five books in the fields of Internet and Biotechnology. He is currently an independent mentor at the Founder Institute and helps entrepreneurs with getting their ideas and work off the ground. [email protected]

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THE TREND motoring

ALFA ROMEO 4C SPORTS COUPÉ Alfa Romeo’s new 4C is the latest in a long line of sports cars that goes all the way back to 1910, when the company was just plain ‘A.L.F.A’ and entered into a partnership with the French car builder Darracq. So although the cars have always been regarded as quintessentially Italian, they actually have their roots in France. Alfa Romeo’s racing history began in Italy in 1911 when two of its cars competed in the legendary Targa Florio race in Sicily. The company became Alfa Romeo in 1920 when Nicola Romeo took charge of A.L.F.A. WORDS TONY WHITNEY PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALFA ROMEO

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here have been some iconic cars built by Alfa Romeo over the years, most of them with a sporting flavour. Highly successful in the world of motor racing, Alfa Romeo cars have competed in just about every formula worth the name and the accolades they’ve garnered makes for a very long list. Unknown even to many Formula One fans, Enzo Ferrari raced Alfa Romeos before he decided to build racers of his own. Classic Alfa

Romeos are highly prized by collectors and fetch very high prices at auction around the world. With a history like that, buyers always expect a lot from Alfa Romeo products and the company usually delivers. Although today, Alfa Romeo is part of the giant Fiat empire and builds some fairly mundane family cars, it’s never quite let go of its performance background and an envied reputation for technical innovation. Even the

nomenclature of the 4C has a historic element to it since, over the decades, there have been 6Cs and 8Cs of various configurations. The number refers to the number of cylinders and thus the 4C has four pistons toiling away inside the engine block. Don’t be put off by the fact that this car local foods kirby drive houston tx ‘just’ four cylinders. Todays four-bangers can be highly sophisticated from an engineering standpoint and amazingly powerful.

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Z ENGINE: 1.75-litre all-aluminum four cylinder turbo.

Z TRANSMISSION: 6-speed dual clutch automatic with steering wheel shifters.

Z ACCELERATION: Zero to 100 km/h in 4.5-seconds.

Z TOP SPEED: 300 km/h, estimated. Z I LIKED: Great looks, which, though very Although many Alfas over the years have been styled by big name Italian designers like Pininfarina and Giugiaro, the 4C was an in-house exercise. It certainly looks as good as anything the big design houses could have come up with and has very fluid lines and a combination of traditional and contemporary elements. It’s a wonderful looking sports car from just about every angle and perhaps many years from now, it will attain the fame and collectability of more historic models from the marque. Naturally, the 4C boasts the highly distinctive nose job which might be among the most recognised in the industry. In recent years, Alfa Romeo has returned to a more traditional look for its grilles, after a period when they almost disappeared after bouts of ‘modernisation’. Atop the central grille sits the wonderful Alfa Romeo badge, again, one of the best-known car identity features anywhere. The badge is related to the arms of the city of Milan, spiritual home of the company. The symbolism of the badge goes all the way back to the Crusades of the Middle Ages. It’s quite a small car and uses a lot of carbon fibre and aluminium to keep the weight down. Built at the Maserati plant in Modena, the 4C was originally intended to be a limited production model, but strong European sales and a launch in the North American market have prompted Alfa Romeo to look more towards volume production. Recently, a 4C Spider was added to please buyers who prefer open cars. This is more a ‘Targa’ than a full open car as it just involves a detachable roof panel.

The engine, which drives the rear wheels in classic form, is a 1.75-litre unit developing an impressive 240-horsepower. Given this car’s lightweight, those horses are more than adequate in getting the 4C off the mark very quickly indeed and the top speed is exhilarating too. The power is easy to control with the 4C’s set of dynamic vented disc brakes, produced, of course, by Brembo, which has a storied background almost as fascinating as Alfa Romeo’s. Brembo builds brakes for F-1 cars and even for the big NASCAR series in the US. The transmission is one of the increasingly common semi-automatics which you can either leave in auto mode or shift with steering wheel mounted paddles. The cockpit is one you ‘wear’ rather than sit in. Once in the driver’s seat, it’s snug and comfortable and you feel part of the car. The layout is pretty businesslike and the steering wheel, with its big Milanese crest at centre, is flattened at the bottom to create more thigh space. It also looks super-cool! The fit and finish is excellent and there’s certainly a luxurious feel about this Alfa. Of course, the fun starts when you drive off and experience the car’s agility and response. It was good to find a proper centrally located handbrake and not one of those indecisive electronic buttons so many upscale sports cars have these days. Cockpit oddment space is fair, though not too generous. The 4C is bound to attract large numbers of buyers over the years and its styling promises to stand the test of time. For a sports car with such an illustrious name, it’s one of the most affordable out there and very few buyers will be disappointed.

modernistic, still draw something from Alfas of the past. Very light and responsive and certainly follows the company’s tradition of nimble handling and responsive acceleration. Nicely done interior which, while not quite in the luxury class of a Ferrari or Jaguar, is nonetheless practical, reasonably roomy and easy on the eye. Z I DIDN’T LIKE: Not much not to like here, but the car’s small dimensions mean that two people getting away for a few days will have to be creative when it comes to packing their gear. Some prospective buyers may consider the 2-seat layout to be restrictive. It’s a little costly for a 4-cylinder sporty car, but carbon fibre and sophisticated drivetrain technology doesn’t come cheaply. Z MARKET ALTERNATIVES: The 4C sits in an interesting market niche and most of the models people will compare it with are more expensive. Possibly 6-cylinder models of the Jaguar F-Type will contend, plus products like the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Lotus Evora and BMW Z4. The Mazda Miata (MX-5) is a tempting lower cost solution. Z WHO DRIVES ONE? Drivers who love the panache of Alfa Romeo and have long been waiting for a new sports car. Enthusiasts who perhaps own more mundane Alfas and are ready to move up to something more interesting. Buyers who like the idea of a classic badge Italian sportster but find most of the others far too expensive. Z PRICE AND AVAILABILITY: Available now starting from €53.990.

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We preview one of the most exciting events of the year, commencing this month: the World Expo in Milan, learn all about what made Leonardo Da Vinci tick and enjoy a slice of the Dolce Vita. You may be surprised to learn that our featured top stars all have Italian ancestry. We also offer an exclusive interview with Dario Poli, the multi-faceted artist who is on the brink of taking his brand new musical about Marbella to Amsterdam

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THE FOCUS expo

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s it possible to ensure sufficient, good, healthy and sustainable food for all mankind?’ This is the question which thousands of participants from all over the world will attempt to answer in a matter of six months. As the force behind the transformation of the natural world, we are the problem but also the only solution. Is it too late to nourish ourselves and planet Earth, by amending our ways and embracing more equitable, sustainable solutions to find the right equilibrium between the world’s resources and our consumption? The Rio+20 event and the United Nations Millenium Declaration set out a series of objectives and guidelines that Expo Milan seeks to uphold and develop. Some 900 million people suffer from malnutrition, while an equal number display the effects of overeating and obesity. Therefore, the theme of safe, healthy eating is one that affects practically the totality of the world’s population.

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The United Arab Emirates Pavilion

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Every walmart poplar bluff mo 63901 or two, citizens of the World are asked to pause, ponder and identify the pressing issues that preoccupy the human species. Thus far, some of the most fascinating expos have focused on ‘Leisure in the Age of Technology’ (Brisbane, 1988), ‘Dwellings and Surroundings’ (Japan, 1985) and ‘The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future’ (Portugal, 1998). This Milan World Expo 2015, however, focuses on the two most crucial themes facing humanity and the Planet as a whole: how to solve the food crisis and how to ensure the survival of Planet Earth. In essence, the themes are intertwined: the future availability of food is threatened by human actions and to ensure the continued supply of food, we need to give top priority to nurturing our Planet.

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Expo Milan seeks to achieve a series of concrete aims, including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger; the reduction by 50 per cent of people who suffer owing to hunger; the reduction by two thirds of deaths owing to hunger of children aged under five; the improvement of maternal health and the reduction in the maternal mortality rate by three quarters; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development. The event will also invite each nation to present the very best of their gastronomy, utilising the most sustainable methods possible to source and prepare their delicacies. The aim is for the 140 countries taking part in the Expo, to work together to actively find the answers to some of these questions; to share experiences, technologies and

practices so that we can avail, on a global scale, of new discoveries in the spheres of health, technology, gastronomy, etc. The event looks to the future for inspiration, without forgetting the importance of the past: visitors will be invited to reflect on the history of food production and to see how time-honoured traditions can be used to make the best use of the Planet’s resources. By turning to the past, we can also identify the problems our ancestors faced, and see if the solutions they utilised can be of use in this present age. Interestingly, it is very much our need to source food that has led to some of the biggest changes we have imposed on our Planet: ‘We are both a part of Nature and also its willing or unwitting transformer,’ so ope sas andalucia the saying. The World may be facing some of the

most pressing issues in its history, but the organisers of the Expo remind us that “Expo Milan also aims to uphold the positive spirit of the faith in human progress that has characterised Universal Expositions throughout their history.” The event will be highlighting some of the most amazing things that food has brought to our lives. Culinary traditions form an important role in our grandest celebrations; they represent our interest in rituals and allow us to share the very best things we have with others. The Expo will also be celebrating the wide variety of foods and traditions sams club mankato phone number make up life in the different corners of the globe. It will provide a rich opportunity to learn from each other, sample each other’s best products and learn culinary techniques that can change the way families around the world enjoy food.

The Future Food District

SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS EXPO MILAN WILL BE ADDRESSING INCLUDE:

Green is the colour of Expo Milan 2015

Z How can we ensure that all of us have an awareness of (and access to) a healthy diet? Z What is the relationship between food and exercise, lifestyle and general wellbeing? Z How can we utilise resources in an environmentally sustainable way? Z How can our need for healthy food influence the choices we make regarding energy production? Z Do we need to redefine our idea of nutrition, associating it not only with healthy food intake, but also with historical, cultural and ethno-social aspects? Z Can healthy eating promote sustainable development?

SOME OF THE OVERRIDING THEMES, MEANWHILE, INCLUDE: Z Best practices in agriculture Z Livestock farming Z GMOS Z The conservation of biodiversity Z The conservation of natural sources, especially water

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Highlights to Watch Out for Include: Pavilion Zero This is the starting point for a visit to the Expo; it delves into the history of mankind through food, provoking questions and leading visitors to the areas that can answer them.

The Biodiversity Park This is a huge garden spread out over 14,000m2 and reproducing the variety of life in a wide range of habitats, each of which represents the numerous processes of natural selection which have taken place over the centuries. The Park will focus our interest on three areas in particular: Agriculture and Nutrition in Arid Zones – the Challenge of Water Scarcity and Climate Change; Islands, Sea and Food; and a ‘Bio-Mediterraneum’, displaying how health, beauty and harmony can work together.

This area will give visitors an idea of how the food chain will operate in the future, the evolution of traditional cuisine, and interesting inventions such as vertical farms, algae urban farms, etc. People will also see what it will be like to shop in a supermarket of the future, where store layouts will change depending on how customers move through them, and where products will be traceable and contain a host of information which can be accessed with new technology.

The Future Food District

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Some of the most eye-catching pavilions this year include the Chinese pavilion, which bears a stunning undulating roof, representing a cloud hovering over golden hued crops. The United Arab Emirates pavilion, meanwhile, evokes the experience of strolling through a contemporary desert. Elongated and curvy in structure, it includes features such as rainwater harvesting and the integration of photovoltaic cells. There are also a plethora of dining areas, to enlighten visitors on the wonders of UAE cuisine. The French pavilion is inspired by a covered market (central to the French foodie culture) and will contain land management and agricultural features, to show how technology and tradition go ope sas andalucia in hand during the production of some of the world’s most renowned delicacies. The Austrian pavilion is uniquely inspired on air, an essential requirement for the health of human beings and an indicator of ecological equilibrium. The pavilion recreates a small-scale Austrian forest, which produces 62.5 kilograms of fresh Oxygen every hour, which is enough to satisfy the needs of 1,800 people.

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Children’s Park Kids learn so much through play and this area will invite them to give in to their wildest, most imaginative side through various features and activities that will keep them entertained for hours.

Food and Art: This thematic area focuses on how food has shaped our imagination, spirituality and artistic vision. Food has symbolic importance and has been an important subject in some of the world’s most iconic works of art.

Food and Art

The Mascot Visitors will delight in the colours of Expo Milan 2015’s mascot, Foody, comprising 11 different fruits and vegetables which combine to form a single face, representing the beautiful synergy between different countries. Ultimately, this connection is what World Expos are all about. e

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e think of Italy as a land of hedonists capable of appreciating and creating the beautiful things in life. Connoisseurs of art, beauty, fashion and fine cars, it is a nation where the inquisitive mind of the engineer melds into the intuitive passion of the artist. But for all this Italy has also produced its fair share of great thinkers. People like Dante, Guglielmo Marconi, Alessandro Volta and Galileo Galilei, not to mention all those great architects, painters and mathematicians. Even among such famed personages, however, there is one man who stands head and shoulders above the rest; one man who embodies the saying ‘Renaissance Man’, describing a person whose mental and creative abilities combined with an insatiable quest for knowledge are such that he is a master of many disciplines at once. To define such a person would be to conjure the name Leonardo da Vinci, an inventor, artist, mathematician, architect, engineer, anatomist, botanist and geologist who, for good measure, also wrote and played music. Both intellectually and creatively he was a true genius, and one of the greatest minds of all time. But da Vinci wasn’t only a thinker, he was also a doer. His ability to connect the theoretical with the practical has left us with a rich catalogue of inventions, mathematical models, scientific observations and artwork.

The Renaissance Man

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One of the greatest minds of all time, Leonardo da Vinci was a true genius whose proficiency and output in many fields made him one of the engines of the Renaissance. The results of his uniquely creative mind are still felt to this day. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

To delve into the life story of Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci is to come away with the impression of a superhuman being. Imagine if Stephen Hawking could paint like Picasso, design buildings like Mies van der Rohe, understand nature like David Attenborough and create amazing new inventions that were far ahead of their time. Oh yes, and write like a novelist while reciting classical concertos. It seems too much for one person to be capable of and yet this is what the Renaissance ideal was all about – and when it is comes to the multidisciplinary Renaissance Man, the ultimate incarnation is Leonardo da Vinci. Born the illegitimate son of a reasonably prominent man in 1452, the young Florentine had access to a good, and diverse, education. Though officially trained as a painter who worked for noblemen, kings and popes, his hunger for knowledge was such that he studied everything from mathematical problems and scientific questions to biology, botany and anatomy. Added to his rational, logical mind was the unusual abundance of creative and artistic talent, and this was again given yet another dimension by the inventive drive of the engineer, the problem-solving artistry of the architect and the humanistic pondering of a man who also wished to understand the world of people and their society.

Leonardo da Vinci Self-Portrait, 1512

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The Last Supper, one of his most inspired works

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It seems hard to imagine that the man we know as the creator of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper would also be solving complex numerical problems and designing machines of war, lenses and anything from an early glider and helicopter to a mechanical calculator and the theoretical basis for the harnessing of solar power. Indeed, many of his inventions were theoretical – destined never to be made or seen by him because they were too far ahead of their time. How else could it be for someone who spoke of hydrodynamics and plate tectonics in the 15th century, at a time when the western world was only just emerging from the darkness of the Middle Ages? During peacetime he painted works commissioned by the rich and powerful of the day, while pondering – and uncovering – the mysteries of the world. In times of war, meanwhile, he turned his hand to bolstering defences and creating new types of weaponry, giving little insight into a brain capable both of conjuring

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, La Gioconda

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beauty and designing destruction. Actually, apart from the fact that he was brilliant and inquisitive we don’t know a lot about the famous Leonardo da Vinci. His relationship with the also famous Michelangelo was known to be tense at times, probably as a result of professional pride and competition. And yet, beyond the realm of art Michelangelo was not his equal. They both worked for kings, princes, noblemen and popes – among them the De Medicis and the Borgias – and were privy to many of the era’s momentous occasions and intrigues, but while Michelangelo was also a Renaissance Man (a skilled engineer and architect as well as an artist), his range of abilities did not stretch anywhere near as wide as that of the incomparable Leonardo da Vinci. After meanderings through Florence, Milan, Bologna and Rome, it was in France that da Vinci spent his final years. Having entered the service of King Francis I in 1516, he was given a lavish pension and

the run of the Clos Lucé manor house near the king’s royal Château d’Amboise. It was here that he was buried and remains to this day, beloved by a king who regarded him as the most knowledgeable person in the world, a superlative artist and a great philosopher. As a man he is marked forever by his intellect and the creations that sprang forth from it, but as a person we are told in subsequent writing that he was handsome, a vegetarian, a humanist and very popular among the rich crop of academics and creative minds of his time. There has been much speculation about the possibility that he was gay, but for someone who left 13,000 pages of drawings and writing, we know precious little about the nature of the man himself. Most attempts to describe him date from well after his death, so it is to his work that we look to understand this unique genius a little better. The huge body of work he left behind covering everything from

anatomically correct depictions of people, animals and internal organs, to detailed and functional plans for advanced buildings, flying machines, parachutes, dams, hydraulic pumps and entire towns. In fact, a bridge built in Norway in 2001 was based on a hypothetical design by da Vinci for the spanning of the Bosporus in Constantinople. What began with the illustration of De key2benefits login al proportione, a seminal book on mathematics and the golden ratio, led to the creation of the Vitruvian Man, a combined work of art, maths and science that sums up – and symbolises – this unique individual more than even the Mona Lisa. In the words of his 16th century biographer, Giorgio Vasari: “In the normal course of events many men and women are born with remarkable talents; but occasionally, in a way jose zuniga fashion transcends nature, a single person is marvellously endowed by Heaven with beauty, grace and talent in such abundance that he leaves other men far behind…” e

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Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita captured an era

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e strive for permanence find wells fargo bank locations near me everything we do, from installing new regimes to chasing the ultimate form of style, not realising that success, happiness and ideals are but fleeting moments. With the horrors of the Second World War and the sparseness of the immediate post war years behind it, Europe awoke like a flower in spring to a whole new world of possibilities. With Marshall Aid, the continent was rebuilding itself upon the pillars of prosperity and democracy as a tide of youthful liberalism and creativity swept through the once dusty streets. Bright colours invaded those spaces, driving out dark shadows amid new sights and sounds. It is at the confluence of these two worlds, old and new, that a very special moment in time was created. Of course, an era whose spirit was born of innocence and purity could never survive.

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While Britain and America were in the grip of the Swinging Sixties, Italy made its own unique contribution – La Dolce Vita. Literally translated as ‘the sweet life’, it embodies the sense of freedom, open possibilities and joie de vivre of the post war era. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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An icon of sixties Italy: the Fiat 500

Eternal Spring The spirit of youth is embodied in spring, that time of birth and rejuvenation but, like spring, youth can only flower thanks to the seasons that came before. The young generations who saw the world through different eyes could only do so because of the prosperity and order created by their elders, who had worked and suffered to create the conditions that led directly to the Dolce Vita. Their humanistic rebellion resonated well within a gentle post war period in which many of the elements of the ancien régime were still in place. By the time these new generations had replaced the old system with their own, it no longer looked anywhere near as appealing. But in the period between the late 1950s and 60s it seemed that the western world had found Nirvana, an era of eternal spring in which each year would be better than the one before. A fresh breeze blew old cobwebs away and invaded the world with colour and bright, sunny light. Fashions grew lighter, music tingled on the senses, art in all its forms entered a phase of intense creativity and experimentation, cinema was transformed and the world of design discovered a new language of geometry and form. The world became lighter, literally. Instead of being built inwardly, to keep everything out, homes were now designed to let in light and views, while the dark fabrics and tones that

once covered almost the whole body grew thinner, lighter, more colourful and, gradually, downright skimpy. The bikini, maxi and mini followed one another in quick succession as women were liberated and young people broke down old social barriers, aided in this by the technological advances of their parents’ generation. Music became the voice of this new movement, cinema a means through which to express itself, and in so doing we see a rapid succession from the quaint through the euphoric to the destructivist era that followed the Dolce Vita – and was ultimately its product. Though leading on from it, this negative, anti-aesthetic vision of the world seems so wholly opposite to the life-loving expression of just ten years earlier. It is within the positivist environment where people believed as never before in the future that we see not only the futuristic architecture of Eero Saarinen and a veritable explosion of industrial design, but also the popularity of television programmes like The Jetsons and Thunderbirds.

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Made famous by The Graduate: The Alfa Romeo Spider

A New Expression of Style From Scandinavia and Italy burst forth a cascade of new looks, materials and shapes, be it the latest Olivetti calculator, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair or any of the other wonders visible at the hugely popular World Fairs. But perhaps cars embody the era best of all, creating a sense of palpable nostalgia that transmits one back to a time of soft pastel colours and creamily rounded chase business checking account promotion, boots and roof panels. Iconic in this regard was the Fiat 500, the little bubble car that motorised Italy – and as the Seat 600, Spain. Entire families squeezed into this quaint little sweetheart of a car, or its Multipla derivative. The latter also dominated the street scene of Rome, Naples and Milan as the taxi of choice, bustling through the, shall we say, lively Italian traffic with typical aplomb. To alight from one of these and find yourself in the Rome of the early sixties would be to inhale the essence of an epoch that has gone in history as one of the most special flights of moment. Darting around the Cinquecentos would be the evergreen Vespa scooters, symbol of the era. Indeed, with all the honking in the air blending with the sounds of Perez Prado’s Patricia and the fragrance of Italian cuisine drifting along, you could find yourself in a scene from La Dolce Vita. But this cinematic masterpiece, while visually embodying the era, also lays bare the underlying currents of a modern, consumerist world that would eventually lead to our own. In

it, the freshness of the age is already tainted with jaded hedonism, lack of purpose and a sense of lost opportunities. The period that started with the gentle glamour of an older era – as represented by the beautiful Aquariva speedboats – would close with the sporty, youthful chic of the Alfa Romeo Spider, another icon of this bohemian time. Already iconic in Italy and large parts of Europe, the Spider was introduced to a global audience through the film, The Graduate. In an unwitting American sequel, The Graduate picks up the theme as the decade nears its end. Yet much of the aura remains, and the scenes once again provide iconic mementos of a period that is lost to us now, but which continues to return in retro-filled slices. In it, the Alfa Romeo Spider epitomises the leisurely abandon of the Dolce Vita, a time that may not have monticello banking company liberty ky quite as idyllic and carefree as we now perceive it to have been, but still one that we look back upon with nostalgia and yearning as we head into the future. Today, it is still possible to recapture fleeting moments of this youthful age; by driving through Rome in an original Fiat 500, dodging along its narrow streets on a Vespa or rolling through the hills of Tuscany with the Spider’s top down, it is possible to be Marcello Mastroianni or Anita Ekberg for a while. Get retro stylish, with the wind in your hair, and let the spirit and positive energy of those times fill you with Dolce Vita. e The Aquariva on Lake Como

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The Italian Connection

It’s not obvious at first glance but these 10 Hollywood celebrities all have Italian blood flowing through their veins. And whether it’s just a drop or a whole gene pool, it could explain a lot, as Belinda Beckett reports.

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LIV TYLER

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She looked every inch la bella Italiana as she floated through the fields of Tuscany in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, the movie that shot her to stardom. Working with the revered Italian director was an early career highlight. “I went to Italy to film one day after graduating from high school, and turned 18 while I was there, so it was a very special time in my life.” Liv had no inkling of her own Italian heritage until she was eight, when she learned that

Aerosmith front man Steve Tyler, and not musician Todd Rundgren, was her biological father. Her homes for sale in dallas tx under 150 000, ex-Playboy bunny Spectrum brighthouse bill pay Buell, had never been sure, although with Liv’s dark lashes and mane of ebony hair, few could doubt her Latino connection now. Tyler, aka The Demon of Screamin’, changed his name from Tallarico. His grandfather hailed from Cantabria. Liv has become an icon of Italian style, with a huge following on Facebook sites like Liv Tyler Italian Fan Club and Italian Team Liv Tyler. A model at 14 and an actress at 16 without ever taking a lesson, her portrayal of Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy brought her international stardom – press headlines too, when her prosthetic elf ears melted on her car dashboard! With a son from a previous relationship and a baby with sports and entertainment manager David Gardner, she’s currently furnishing their country home outside New York and bemoaning her extravagant Bank of america sequim washington taste. “Always the light fixtures I love are Italian,” she says. “I’m like, ‘What’s that? I want it!’ And it’s always $40,000 vintage Italian.”

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Jack Nicholson

With his trademark shades and wolfish grin, bad boy Jack Nicholson could easily be mistaken for a member of the Cosa Nostra. Francis Ford Coppola thought so too, offering him the lead in The Godfather before it went to Marlon Brando. Nicholson played a Mafia hitman in Prizzi’s Honor, although he plays psychopaths more often! But whether his true biological father was his showgirl Mum’s Latvian manager or her ItalianAmerican husband, Donald Furcillo (more likely, as Jack shares his serial killer looks), history does not reveal. Nicholson has chosen not to dig any deeper. Perhaps he’s still reeling from the discovery that the ‘parents’ who brought him up were his grandparents, while the girl he called his sister was really his young mother. By the time he found out, none of them were alive to tell the tale. Nicholson was raised in New Jersey, which has America’s 3rd-highest Italian immigrant population. His idol was the baseball player Joe DiMaggio and Danny DeVito has been a friend since boyhood, when their families ran a hair salon together. The pair have appeared together in numerous movies, including One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, for which Nicholson won the first of three Oscars. With 12 Academy Award nods, he’s the most nominated male actor in Oscar history. Nicholson acknowledges five children, including one from his only marriage. His longest relationship was the 16 years he spent with actress Anjelica Huston, although their mutual Italian blood chemistry ensured it was a rollercoaster ride. Nicholson inherited Irish ancestry from his mother but, as for that manic laugh and maniac stare, we have no idea where that comes from!

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BR ADLEY COOPER

You can tell ‘Coop’ has Italian blood because, at 40, he still lives with his mum and she’s been his Oscar date twice! He brought girlfriend Suki Waterhouse along to this year’s Academy Awards, where he was twicenominated for starring in and producing American Sniper. However the couple have since split and despite rumours, the eligible bachelor has no plans to fly the nest yet. “I don’t think it’s weird,” he’s said of living at home. “You know my dad died, and I come from an Italian neighbourhood, and I couldn’t do it any other way.” His mother’s family are from Abruzzo and one of his favourite childhood memories was helping his grandma make pasta. “She was an amazing cook,” he says. “As a kid I used to help her make hand-made pasta, cavatelli and ravioli. It was one of my favourite things to do.” Before his career breakthrough in The Hangover trilogy of road trip comedies, Bradley taped an audition for a role as the son of Robert De Niro and, once again, Mum stepped in and read De Niro’s part! Unsurprisingly, he didn’t get the role but went on to make three consecutive movies with his fellow ItalianAmerican, two of which (Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle) won Oscar nominations for Bradley. His favourite mode of travel is the Italian Vespa given to him and all the cast of The Hangover Part II. “I thought, ‘a Vespa? What the heck kind of gift is that? I mean, it’s nice, but I’ll never drive it.’ But I tell you, I cannot stop riding that Vespa. I dream about it when I’m away.”

ANJELICA HUSTON Her surname gives none of her heritage away but the daughter of all-American movie director John Huston inherited much from the Italian side of her family. She has the same Christian name as her Italian immigrant grandmother and the Latin looks of her mother, the Italian–American prima ballerina and model Enrica Soma. Anjelica was less overjoyed to inherit the family’s Roman nose, commenting, “There were times when I hated it. But you grow up and you start to recognise that maybe it wasn’t a bad thing that you weren’t born Barbie.” A photo shoot with her mother for American Vogue launched her modelling career at 17. That same year she was seduced by actor Edward Fox, 11 years her senior, a liaison the actress/director only recently revealed in her controversial autobiography, Watch Me.

Angelica grew up in Ireland but perhaps it was her Italian roots that drew her to settle among the canals of Venice, California. Best known for her matriarchal roles as Morticia in The Addams Family and Etheline in the Royal Tenenbaums, she won her only Oscar playing the daughter of a mafia don with the hots for Jack Nicholson in Prizzi’s Honour, directed by her father. As well as their mutual Italian heritage she shared a relationship on and off screen with Nicholson for 16 years. The Hustons are national treasures in America, the first family to produce three generations of Academy Award winners. Uniquely, John Huston won both his statuettes directing his family in Oscar-winning performances – Anjelica in Prizzi’s Honour and his father Walter in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

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had teeth pulled and endured water-boarding to add authenticity to his roles, once commenting, “There’s a fine cells at work dub between the method actor and the schizophrenic.” He famously introduced Johnny Depp to movies, sending the musician to see his agent after sensing his talent over a game of Monopoly! At one time Cage had a property ‘monopoly’ himself, buying up castles and an island (and losing millions in the property crash). One of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, and one of the most philanthropic, at 51 he has two children, a grandson and two divorces (from actress Patricia Arquette and Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie). A sucker for Italian cars, he once bought the Shah of Iran’s Lamborghini Miura in a telephone auction for a whopping $450,000, mama mia!

She traced her roots for the TV genealogy show, Who Do You Think You Are? and discovered an Italian soap opera! Her Tuscan grandmother was a New York nightclub dancer who gave birth to her mother at 13, then abandoned the child to the nuns. “From the first time I came to Italy, I felt inexplicably at home. Now I know why. My gene pool is crying out!” said Sarandon, an honorary citizen of Ragusa in Sicily, where she also has ancestral connections. It would make a great movie but Sarandon, still sought-after for sexy female leads at 68, is way too busy. From 1975’s outrageous Rocky Horror Picture Show to her Oscar-winning lead in

With Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie

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La Bella Italia doesn’t instantly spring to mind when thinking of Cage, a name he adopted from one of his favourite comic book heroes to avoid accusations of nepotism. But he comes from a long line of extraordinary Italian talent. It began with his greatgrandfather, a composer who emigrated from Naples to America where he opened a cinema. It continued through his Italian grandparents, his father and his paternal uncle, who is none other than Italian film director Francis Ford Coppola. His gifted family (including actress Talia Shire and directors Roman and Sofia Coppola), has produced three generations of Oscar winners, racking up nine gold statuettes and 23 nominations! Cage made a name playing flamboyant and eccentric characters, winning an Oscar for his alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas. He has eaten a live cockroach,

NICOLAS CAGE Dead Man Walking and her feisty alter ego, Louise, in Ridley Scott’s iconic modern western, Thelma & Louise, Sarandon has been making quality movies for over four decades. The work hasn’t stopped since 1969, when she attended an audition with her then-husband and landed a part instead of him! She once quipped: “Directors cast the men they want to be and the women they want to have.” Told she could never have children, she became pregnant with her daughter Eva after a summer fling in Italy with director Franco Amurri. In a continuation of that Italian

connection, Eva made Mom a grandma last year. Sarandon has two other children from her marriage to director Tim Robbins. In her spare time she runs a ping-pong lounge business with toy-boy lover Jonathan Bricklin, 37. Known for her social and political activism, she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

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J E N Ope sas andalucia I F E R ANNISTON Our ‘friend’ Jen has such a high-profile Greek background, through her actor father Ope sas andalucia and godfather Telly Savalas, that people often overlook her Latin roots. Her mother is one quarter Italian through her immigrant grandfather and has a ‘Latin temper’ to match, according to Jennifer. She didn’t speak to her for 10 years after she published a kiss-and-tell book, From Mother and Daughter to Friends: Wicked witch of the west on bike gif Memoir. Almost as famous for her divorce from Brad Pitt as for playing Rachel in the longrunning TV sit com Friends, which spawned ‘the Rachel’ haircut in salons worldwide, Jennifer is a big fan of Italian designer clothes and jewellery. However she and Brad famously sued Damiani when the prestige Italian jewellers made a killing turning out cheap copies of their wedding rings. Jennifer learned her trade at New York’s ‘Fame Academy’, founded by New York’s Italian Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, and is

known as ‘the queen of rom com’ for her lightweight movies. This year marked a turning point when she won critical acclaim for her first serious role in Cake, playing a woman suffering from chronic pain. Often topping World’s Sexiest lists, Aniston is 46 and childless but 2015 is rumoured to be the year she’ll wed her fiancé of three years, actor Justin Theroux. She appeared on his arm at this year’s Oscars, looking fab in a figurehugging Versace gown. Although frequently on a diet, she once said in an interview that she might give up acting and move to Italy to “open up a little antique store, eat pasta and get fat”. She was joking, of course!

M A R K RUFFA LO

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He’s considered one of the most ‘normal’ and likeable actors in Hollywood, and Mark reckons that his big Italian family kept him first reliance bank reviews. His father is of Calabrian descent and his mother is halfItalian too. “There was a lot of family around, a lot of love. My parents were together until I was in my mid-20s. They were really open parents, sweet, and not really strict with us.” He’s idolised by kids worldwide for his portrayal of Bruce Banner The Hulk in The Avenger, which he will reprise in a sequel this year. He was bar tending for nearly a decade until he was ‘discovered’ in his early 30s, while struggling to fund his own theatre company in L.A., a period he found “humiliating”. Since 2004, he has appeared in high-profile films like Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and The Kids

Are All Right, earning an Oscar nomination for his role as the sperm-donor father to lesbian couple Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. He directed his first indie movie, Sympathy for Delicious, which won th Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival last year, and also devotes much of his time to environmental causes and the anti-fracking lobby. Now 45, with his own big family – a French-Canadian wife, son and two daughters, one unusually named Bella Noche in tribute to his Italian ancestry – he enjoys tending his kitchen garden, as his grandfather did, and cooking up Italian recipes learned from his mother. ”I make a pretty mean eggplant parmigiana,” he says. “I have six eggplants I’m looking forward to harvesting. It’s my wife’s favourite thing.”

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John T r avolta She once joked, “I’m Irish-Italian so I’ve got a really bad temper,” and maybe it’s an explosive combination, as her parents are now divorced. If her own career has been a car crash (and she’s wrecked several of her own), her turbulent home life did nothing to deter her from that collision course. The actress who also famously said: “Life is full of risks anyway; why not take them?” has certainly walked her talk, morphing from teen queen toast of Hollywood to celebrity jailbird with a well-publicised drink and drugs habit. Ironically, she had ‘la bella vita’ (beautiful life) tattooed on her lower back in tribute to her Italian heritage. Her ancestors must be turning in their urns! A case of too much too young, she was a model almost as soon as she could walk,

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He feels more Irish (like his actress mother) than Sicilian (like his father) and all six Travolta siblings followed Mum into showbusiness. But one of his earliest memories, aged five, was watching Fellini’s La Strada, in which the heroine dies of a broken heart. “I didn’t think you could and it changed my whole life.” The actor who sparked the 1970s disco-dancing craze and a trend for white polyester suits was virtually typecast as an Italian-American after Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Staying Alive. It may be why his career stalled in the Eighties, despite that famous dance with Princess Diana at the White House. Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction put him back in the A-list running with films like Face Off and Wild Hogs. But Sicilian heritage will out, and he’s been slated to play the ‘godfather’ of them all, New York’s late ‘Teflon don’, John Gotti. Travolta controversially sought approval from the mobster’s family over a cosy dinner at their home. His Italian connections also came to his aid in 2009 when his 16-year-old son Jet died from a seizure. The late James Gandolfini of TV’s The Sopranos helped Travolto come to terms with the tragedy. “My father sold tyres to his father and I was his inspiration to get into show business, he was a beautiful man,” Travolta said. He and wife Kelly Preston have two other children and dual membership to the controversial Church of Scientology. These days Travolta’s more focused on his highflying hobby. He owns five jets, has a runway in his garden and flew his Boeing 707 on humanitarian missions to New Orleans, after the hurricane, and Haiti after the earthquake.

appearing in more than 60 commercials from the age of three. At 11, she beat 4,000 other girls for the lead in Disney’s The Parent Trap and had three other major box american winnebago holidays hits under her belt before she was 20: Freaky Friday, Mean Girls and Herbie: Fully Loaded – a title that’s come back to haunt her in tabloid newspaper headlines. She’s also released three pop albums and has been in rehab three times. Last year, La Lohan flew to Italy to receive a Biggest Comeback Award at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. Although the very idea was ridiculed in the press, she seems to be attempting to turn over that new leaf, with a stage debut in London’s West End last year and, now, a new tonguein-cheek Superbowl commercial selling, believe it or not, car insurance! e

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Dario Poli: “If you don’t fight for what you want, you don’t deserve to have it”

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s a keen cinephile, I was particularly impressed this year by a film called Whiplash: the story of a young musician fighting to become the best drummer in the world, spurred on (or, some might say, pushed to madness) by a brutal teacher, for whom, “There are no two words more damaging in the English language than ‘Good Job’.” The film poses many philosophical questions, including whether or not true genius can be ‘created by force’; the answer is elusive but leans heavily towards the following: genius cannot be pushed (in fact, it can be destroyed this way) but, sometimes, it can arise through sheer desire, determination, and hard work… I am reminded of this thought on the day I meet Dario Poli. The composer is here to discuss his newest work: Amsterdam, the musical that came to him in a dream: the story of a lost work of t mobile money bank name in the city of canals, which is found by a group of street musicians from Marbella. The project is ambitious; Dario is currently working on uniting the Mayors of Marbella and of Amsterdam, who are now lending their support to what is undoubtedly the project of a lifetime. For the musical, Dario and co-writer David Mairs, have teamed up with Mugge Fischer and Ose del Sol (the latter has painted the elusive work, which represents a beautiful lady wearing a bracelet with three crosses – the symbol of Amsterdam, whose origin is unknown and which the musical dares to explain). Dario is also working on finding a publisher for his new book, The Boatkeeper’s Daughter, a novel based on the life of his father, a Tuscan

Painter, writer, poet, composer… Dario Poli, self-confessed ‘intellectual anarchist’ and Renaissance Man of the new millennium, shares his views on art and music and delights us with anecdotes about his fascinating life. He also presents two of his latest projects: the musical, Amsterdam, and his new book, based on the life of his father: The Boatkeeper’s Daughter. WORDS Marisa CUTILLAS Photography Courtesy of Dario Poli

opera singer raised in Scotland and arrested after a concert at the start of the Anglo-Italian War. Dario says that the war changed his father, “turned him into a hard man.” The book is inspired by a young girl living near the internment camp his father was held in, ensconced on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence river in Montreal, Canada. “My father’s army commander found out he was a known opera singer and asked him to perform for important dignitaries at a party. One day, he walked up to the wired fence that separated his camp from a beautiful boat house; he began to practise his singing, when he saw a curtain move in a window above.” It was the young girl who, enamoured by Dario’s father yet unable to communicate with him, would leave him love notes beneath a rock on the other side of the fence; notes Dario’s father would collect religiously. They never met, for one day “the girl disappeared” yet years after his father’s passing, Dario would find these letters, innocent yet desperate in their worry for the girl’s “little nightingale”. Amsterdam and The Boatkeeper’s Daughter are simply the tip of the iceberg for Dario, who

is prolific and indubitably multi-faceted, despite receiving very little support for his artistic and intellectual abilities. “When my father came back from the war, he started up a business and from a very young age, he put me to work.” A little known fact is that Dario’s father was involved with the early manufacture of potato crisps; “At the age of five, my job was to fill the little blue bags with salt.” Dario also had very little formal schooling; at the age of eight and a half, “the hard work was affecting my health, so my father sent me to the live with Tuscan farmers near the Carrara Mountains.” Dario got lost in Paris on his way there, a fortuitous occurrence, since the train he was meant to be on derailed, killing many passengers. It was not the first time he would strike it lucky: “In numerology, my number is 19, a very lucky number and luck has always accompanied frc lung volume Tuscany would ope sas andalucia a man out of the boy, boosting Dario’s selfconfidence and sense of invincibility. He says, “I lived like Huckleberry Finn, with no shoes… I learned to fight, ride horses and handle tough mules and reptiles. I grew strong and when I came back home, my father didn’t recognise me!”

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In addition to owing a food wholesale business, his hardworking father set up a restaurant. In between serving customers, Dario gave in to his greatest passion aside from art: reading. “Perhaps because I was not allowed to study, I was obsessed with learning. I would read morning, noon and night and by the time I was 14 I had read the complete works of Tolstoy. To this day, I haven’t stopped studying.” The hours of reading paid off: Dario has written illustrated books and articles for prestigious magazines, mostly centred around enigmatic figures of literature and history: Nostradamus, Mark Twain, and Mozart are just a few subjects of his writings. He says that if he could have met one historical figure, it would probably be Leonardo Da Vinci: “Like me, he was very comfortable functioning in a multi-faceted frame of mind. Like this artist, I am a humanist. I like to stand up against all forms of bullying: of the physical, mental and even commercial kind. I consider myself an anarchist because I have studied most kinds of political systems, art and philosophy and I never stop analysing what is going on in the world from a practical and spiritual point of view.” The young artist also learned music, thanks to the grace of his neighbour: “Maestro Gasparini was one of the most famous celloists of the time; he used to play music to me when I was sick and when I improved, he taught me the basics of music.” Dario tells me of one work he has kept, to this day, preserved in a perfect state: a mural representing the Apocalypse, painted during quiet times at his father’s restaurant over a formica wall. “Formica is a difficult surface because it is so slippery, but I was keycorp investor relations to complete that painting. It was as if I was rebelling against my father, by showing him that despite his failure to support my education or interest in the arts, I

The Apocalypse, painted by Dario Poli at the age of 15

would not succumb.” The painting is impressive in its scope and technique, far beyond the abilities of a 15-year-old, completely self-taught artist working with the wrong materials. A renowned painter from Florence, intrigued by what he identified as genius in this young man, offered him the chance to study art with him in Florence, though once again, Dario’s father put a stop to this ambitious plan. When Dario was 17, he opened his own restaurant in Leicester with all the money he had saved over the years; its walls were graced with guitars and Dario would play the guitar for guests, many of whom walked over from across the road, where the Haymarket Theatre stood. One visitor would change the course of his life: Engelbert Humperdinck’s brother, who invited Dario to play music with him in the Isle of Man. Eventually, Dario and his sister Delia formed the duo Two of a Kind, jointly winning a prestigious competition held by ATV televison and performing alongside a plethora of international stars, including Buddy Greco, Olivia Newton-John, Julie Felix, Bruce

Forsythe, Dave Allen and Engelbert Humperdinck. Dario has also co-written the musical Lady X and The Power of Destiny (based on the life of Princess Diana) and he was the brainchild of Marbella, Marbella, the anthem of the recent campaign to boost Marbella’s image and to counter the bad press the Coast had received during the height of the crisis. Dario has been described by award-winning Photographer, Paul Chave, as “a combination of Edvard Munch, Dali and William Blake,” and although there is something ethereal in his art, he is above all a humanist, fuelled by the unrelenting need to fight against injustice. Riding high with his plans for his latest musical, he says, “I can feel the excitement soaring within me and every day, I get one step closer to getting it produced.” For Dario, the most harmful words in the English language would have to be “Seeing is believing,” for the essence of magic resides precisely in what we cannot see. “People may say that I cannot achieve the dream of producing a musical in Holland and I say, ‘Just watch me’!” e

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Discover the key elements of Italian Design, which has always been a world leader, appreciate why Cape Reed’s emblematic thatched structures are in vogue, marvel at the latest collection from Riani (featuring Italian fabrics) and read up on the latest fashion news.

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into exquisite luxury items. The French have their fashion and cosmetic expertise, the Germans are renowned for their engineering, the British for their creativity and traditions, and the Americans for their commercial aptitude, but the Italians are the ones who most play on our senses, producing cars, clothes, kitchens and even storage systems that please the eye with their gracious lines. Given shape with the knowing eye of a creative mind, even everyday items such as

cutlery sets can add a little lustre to our lives. As a result, the nation famous for its appreciation of the fun and fine things in life can measure itself with the best in many fields, from the Armanis, Bulgaris and Pradas of the fashion world, Nina Ricci and Acqua di Parma in perfumery and the likes of Fendi, B&B Italia and Giorgetti in furniture design to the sumptuous yachts made by Riva, stylish motorbikes of Ducati and of course sports car makers such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

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Though beautiful items are created around the world, the Italians have become known for their flair for styling and engineering that is built on a centuries-old tradition of craftsmanship. WORDS Michel cruz

Unmistakably Italian

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A Philosophy of Pure Design As a result, the Italians have given us such globally revered icons as the flaming red Ferrari, the Armani suit, the Prada dress, the pretty little Fiat 500 or cheeky Lambretta scooter, the gorgeous Aquariva speedboat and a whole multitude of chairs, lamps, sofas, jugs, glass sets and even office machinery we seldom realise are also vital reference points in the world of design. Accompanying the famous brands are legendary names such as Pininfarina, Bertone, Giugiaro, Italdesign and Zagato, specialist design studios whose reputation is second to none. We associate them mostly with the design of exotic Italian sports cars and the futuristic prototypes seen at auto shows, but in reality these agencies give shape not only to Alfas, Lancias, Ferraris and Maseratis, but also to yachts, powerboats, buses, trains, aeroplanes, jet skis, luxurious bicycles and skis – and items that don’t have anything to do with transport at all. The latter includes many of the products we take for granted, ranging from furniture and home decoration to household utensils, kitchen appliances, storage systems and even vending machines. Some also act as design consultants for hotels, luxury homes or stateof-the-art office blocks, as well as shopping centres and theme parks, while Turin-based Pininfarina would have been particularly proud iboc have been involved in making the new Juventus Arena one of the most attractive football stadiums in the world.

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At the heart of this process are the designers themselves, many of whom have gone on to become legendary names in their own right. They naturally include the likes of Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, Giovanni Bertone and Giorgetto Giugiaro, who went on to establish the world’s most famous design empires. Giugiaro, who founded the Italdesign Giugiaro studio, was heralded as the Car Design of the Century in 1999, and his influence will be felt well into the 21st century. Other top designers include the likes of Mario Bellini, Achille Castiglione, ‘Joe’ Cesare Colombo, Tom Tjaarda and of course popular fashion names such as Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Roberto Cavalli. From their conceptualisations have flowed the shapes of the dresses, suits, sofas,

kitchens, cars, but also calculators, pens and even photo computers that embody the global oeuvre of Italian Design. Many carry the flag for famous Italian brands, but others are styled for products from across the planet. This means that the Nikon camera or Apple computer you’re holding may not be entirely conceived in Japan or the USA, while the pasta you’re eating could very well have been given its shape by someone like Giugiaro. Born out of car design and coach building, Italy’s design companies have extended their impact on our street scene beyond the reach of their domestic manufacturers, giving shape to Peugeots, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Cadillacs and Austins as well as to Citroens, Volvos, BMWs, Volkswagens and Hyundais.

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Making everyday items look special Giorgio Armani store

Interior design solutions at Salone del Mobile, international furnishing accessories exhibition in Milan

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A Tradition of Master Craftsmen Indeed, much of the world could not live without Italian design, but this thirst for life that gives shape to things bold and beautiful is not the only ingredient that the Italians draw upon when conjuring up their worldconquering visual styles. Today we associate this tradition above all with industrial design, the fashion industry and engineering, but Italy’s mastery in this field builds upon the much older and deeper roots of its architectural and craft traditions – many of which have been famous since the middle ages. Back walmart poplar bluff mo 63901, when the country was divided into lots of semi-independent duchies and city-states, Northern Italy was already a hotbed of innovative and creative products. In those times these could have included perfumes, weaponry and carriages as readily as furniture, jewellery and those small but important items of luxury that set the haves apart from the rest of society. It is not by coincidence that Italy was also at the heart of the Renaissance, that rediscovery of classical knowledge that produced such an outpouring of scientific and creative development, and has led in a straight line to the technological discoveries of our own time. To medieval craftsmen were suddenly added the inventors, innovators and architects who would help to redefine the way the world looked and worked. It is this tradition that Italian design builds upon as it continues to bring together masterful craftsmanship, design and engineering that had its heyday in the 1950s and 60s but continues to be associated with the very best in style, taste and creativity. e

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CAPE REED

A WORLD OF OUTDOOR OPTIONS

Known for its elegant, hardwearing and ďŹ re-retardant thatched roof structures, Cape Reed is opening up a whole new perspective when it comes to outdoor living spaces. WORDS MICHEL CRUZ

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rchitects and designers often speak about bringing the outdoors in and vice versa, and in the climate we are blessed with in southern Spain, blending interior and exterior spaces in this manner has become a way of life as well as an expression of style. For many, it is an ideal way to let living rooms flow outwards, adding to terraces and pool decks with true outdoor living areas that bring the home into the garden. This is done in a variety of ways, with gazebos, chiringuitos and entire poolside entertainment areas complete with relaxing lounge, dining space, kitchen, changing rooms and even spa zones. The sky is the limit when it comes to the options, and lately they have expanded even further, as Cape Reed has developed not just the range of structures and styles, but the entire concept of outdoor living spaces.

Taking Reed into the Modern Era “Originally we entered the market through the building of thatched roof wooden chiringuitos,” says founder Louis van der Vyver, whose new concept found a ready market on the Costa del Sol. “There is a traditional reference to building with thatch in many parts of the world because it is a readily available natural product, but even though that wasn’t the case in southern Spain, people took to our products because they fitted so well with the Costa del Sol lifestyle.” Before long, Louis and his team were building outdoor bars, recreational areas and even guest cottages not only for private villas, but also for hotels, luxury urbanisations and commercial premises. The Sea Grill restaurant at Puente Romano and Shanti Som Wellbeing Retreat are good ope sas andalucia, helping to make the Cape Reed name and thatched roof wooden structures synonymous with quality natural, sustainable materials that are also durable and fireretardant. “Our clients tend to be amazed at just how ingenious and solid our construction is, and even though is wells fargo open skilled craftsmen and technicians steal the show we also pride ourselves on the service that comes with it.” Keenly aware that quality of service, and when necessary trouble-shooting, are actually as important as the product itself, Louis is proud of his response time. “Along with the design solutions we offer, this is really where we distinguish ourselves. It is by addressing any questions a client may have, and doing so swiftly, that we have earned many referrals.” But, having grown rapidly since expanding out of South Africa, Cape Reed is not a company that is resting on its laurels. “The market is evolving, with new technologies and design trends affecting the way properties look, are configured cashiers check discover bank ultimately how they are used.”

The flexible thatch & timber structures can easily be incorporated into any type of landscape

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An expression of elegance, ambiance and style

Cape Reed and its product range have also been evolving, culminating in new designs and applications that are very much in tune with today’s architectural and décor styles. “Our timber is now available in lighter tones that complement modern homes, while the new, integrated structures can create entire indoor/outdoor living and leisure spaces either flowing on from the main house or set within garden and pool areas.” In the process, they are showing just how much potential this type of construction offers as an alternative or in conjunction with conventional ones. “Our leisure areas are offering an alternative to the gyms, spa areas, entertainment and games rooms, guest accommodation and bars that are otherwise found indoors, often in the lower, subterranean level of a villa or apartment complex.” By cells at work dub them in the garden, close to swimming pools and terrace decks that connect with the home’s main living areas, the wooden structures are out in the open, enjoying sunlight, refreshing breezes and often the best views from the property. “What’s more, you can enclose them in a great many ways, be it with partial or entire bricked walls (plastered or not), glassed-in areas with folding concertina doors or just by leaving them largely open to create a free flowing tropical ambience.” “We believe that, from an aesthetic and practical point of view, our structures add value to any property by creating a stylish outdoor extension to the premises that naturally blends in with its green surroundings, which increases the overall appeal of the villa.” Where conventional

buildings in a garden would require the levelling what is the capital of china hong kong excavating of sloped land, Cape Reed’s flexible structures can be built on wooden pillars that overhang a gradient and level it at a stroke. “It is cheaper, easier, more attractive and less impactful on your garden environment – and a great way to turn a steep slope into a prime area where you can relax in private.” Light, breezy and featuring a rather sophisticated sense of style, the new designs fit the current zeitgeist in terms of design ethos, a fact that is mirrored in the kind of clients Cape Reed is now attracting. “The new range of options is finding a very good response from homeowners, architects and developers, but also the likes of the Hotel Puente Romano, who contracted us as part of the redevelopment of the external areas of the iconic Sea Grill beach club and restaurant.” It is telling that the new design does not only have an impact on the poolside terrace, but also extended into the main lounge and restaurant itself. The result is a beautiful new venue that offers today’s client a refined ambience that is at once classic and chic.

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New Applications But it isn’t just in Marbella and the Costa del Sol that Cape Reed is in vogue. Today most of the company’s turnover comes from its Dubai and Qatar operations, where local architects, homeowners and developers have long since been converted to the concept. “So much so that, in addition to private villas and smaller developments, we have also had the pleasure of working on large hotel and recreation projects such as the signature Sofitel Hotel and Resort on the Palm Jumeira and the exciting new Dubai Safari.” As an official contractor at both these imposing projects, Cape Reed is responsible not only for creating thousands of square metres of thatched areas, but also for wooden structures that provide all manner of venues and facilities while underpinning the environmental credentials of both projects. “For the Sofitel group, which offers an upmarket recreational experience, it is a flagship project that showcases their ambition to be a top player in the luxury hotel resort business.” From such large-scale projects to the smaller construction undertaken by Cape Reed’s Aix-en-Provence

team at private villas in places like St Tropez, the versatility of the material and its many applications is clear. “In Sotogrande, a client recently wanted us to build an elaborate pool house, while in St Tropez a poolside leisure area eventually expanded into a guest cottage as it became clear how well suited this sympathetic method of building is to places with strict planning regulations.” In taking natural banks with highest cd rates like reed and timber to the next level and using them to create living and leisure spaces that are fresh, breezy and stylishly modern, Cape Reed has opened a whole new dimension for outdoor areas at villas and commercial venues alike.

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Aerial view of the Sofitel Hotel & Resort, Palm Jumeira, Dubai

This secluded cottage in St Tropez blends in with the protected natural environment

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THE STYLE fashion

Italian Fabric at its Finest

Marisa Cutillas brings us the latest collection from Riani, a high-fashion brand blending the very best of Italian fabrics with German production techniques. Shine, transparency and original prints are just some of the many highlights of this new line, which is already being seen at many of the world’s top red carpet events.

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Purple Perfection

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Leather & Shine

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Glittering Goddess

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JANUAR 2013

NORSKE Det norske månedsmagasinet på Costa del Sol

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Sesongen er godt i gang på Europas sørligste skisportssted, Pradollano i Sierra Nevada.

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De vinder mere og mere frem, særligt i de europæiske storbyer, og nu også i de spanske. La Danesa har studeret det hippe boutique-fænomen.

Mandesnak hos Mærsk

Torben Gram forlod sit job i Danmark til fordel for et liv i Spanien uden på forhånd at have arbejde, bolig eller kendskab til sproget.

• Intervjuer • Nyheter • Utflukter • Sport • Fakta • Kultur • Profiler • Politikk • Mote • Helse • og mye mer.

Jacob Haugaard er tilbage

La Danesa har mødt manden, som den 17. februar besøger Kysten med sit show ”Jacob – Solo”.

Spanske barn møtte Karius & Baktus

Siesta - myter og realiteter

Nesten 200 spanske barn og deres foreldre fikk nylig sitt første møte med de norske tanntrollene Karius og Baktus.

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Loja - en blomst blant torner Loja ligger 60 km vest for Granada, og det var selveste Isabel la Católica som i 1486, da byen overga seg til de kristne, kalte byen en blomst blant torner – “flor entre espinas”.

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Ecológico

Med inspiration hentet i Spanien og i Wien har Kirsten Vaupel begået sin første roman, og kan nu tilføje titlen forfatter til rækken af kulturelle hverv på sit farverige visitkort.

El Mercadillo

Les mer om aktiviteter på Costa de Sol i ¿Qué pasa?

Kirsten Vaupel debuterer med roman

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PRODUCTS / Beauty / SPA / SCIENCE

What are the world’s top superfoods for beauty? Why is vegetarianism the new ‘in’ diet to follow? Find the answers to these questions and keep updated with the latest beauty and health news from this sizzling hot section.

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The skin is the largest organ in the body and consuming the right foods can go a long way towards increasing its elasticity, firmness and youthfulness. This month, Marisa Cutillas brings us a selection of health foods that will turn back the hands of time, keeping blemishes, tightness and wrinkles at bay. Z COOKED TOMATOES AS A NATURAL SUNSCREEN: Cooked tomatoes and tomato sauce are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant thought to help prevent cancer and heart disease and protect the skin against the sun. Lycopene attacks free radicals caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays, firming skin and aiding cells in their important task of collagen formation. Lycopene lends various foods their orange/red hue. In addition to tomatoes, it can also be found in guava, watermelon, grapefruit and papaya. Just one of these fruits a week will give you much needed protection against the sun’s rays. Z RED PEPPER FOR FIRMING SKIN: Vitamin C protects skin cells against inflammation, permitting new collagen to form and skin to appear firm and wrinkle-free. Source the Vitamin you need from red pepper (just one cup of pepper contains 280mg of Vitamin C, compared to one medium sized orange, which only has 75mg of Vitamin C).

Z SWEET POTATOES FOR FIGHTING BLEMISHES AND CLOGGED PORES: Our oil glands exist to help skin exfoliate (i.e. rid itself of dead cells). However, when these glands are overactive, they can become blocked with oil, bacteria and dirt, leading to the development of pimples. Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which helps regularise oil gland activity and promotes more efficient exfoliation. Other foods which are rich in Vitamin A are dark leafy greens, bell peppers, lettuce and dried apricots. Z MILLET FOR SKIN FIRMNESS: Those who consider millet to be a food for birds may be surprised to know that it has been used for centuries in India to enhance the health of hair, skin and nails. This yellow grain is high in protein and balances acidity in the body. It also houses a secret ingredient that makes it such a powerful ally for greater beauty: silicon, a necessary ingredient to help cells build collagen. Millet is easy to cook; just simmer it in water or stock as

you would with rice; mix it with grilled vegetables for a yummy meat-free lunch or dinner. Other silicon-rich foods include bell peppers (which seem to be the ultimate anti-ageing vegetable), soybeans, oats, brown rice, apples, oranges and cucumber. Z OILY FISH FOR MOISTURE: Oily fish like wild salmon and freshly caught red tuna are rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids (which the body cannot produce itself). Consume fish three times a week or more and watch dry, itchy skin turn smooth and supple. Remember that dry skin doesn’t just look unsightly; it also leads to the destruction of the ceramide barrier, which prevents moisture loss. Z CAPERS Ope sas andalucia INFLAMMATION: Many of us suffer from inflamed, red skin, which can arise from a number of conditions, including perimenopause, seasonal changes, allergies, etc. Capers are rich in quercetin, a flavonoid that has been proven in various studies to lower inflammation and fight free radicals. Just one tablespoon of

capers contains a whopping 190mg of quercetin. Add them to a stew or grilled chicken dish for a flavourful touch of saltiness. Z DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES FOR DETOXIFICATION: For skin cells to work at their maximum potential, they cannot be burdened by toxins. Support your liver in its important role of detoxification by eating dark, leafy greans such as spinach and broccoli. If you detest greens, ‘hide’ them in juice. One of my favorite recipes contains a blend of oranges, bananas and spinach leaves… trust me, you won’t taste the spinach at all! e

PUMPKIN SEEDS FOR FIRMNESS AND ELASTICITY: The humble pumpkin seed is rich in Vitamin E, selenium, essential fatty acids and zinc. This potent blend maintains collagen levels, enhances skin elasticity, stimulates skin cell growth, repairs damage, controls sebum production and protects skin against the sun.

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READY FOR THE SUMMER? TRANSFORM YOUR BODY GET RID OF STUBBORN FAT

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THE ONLINE

Reflections Hair, Nails and Skincare salon in Marbella has launched its online premium beauty store which allows customers to choose from an array of top beauty brands, technology driven skin care, anti-ageing essentials and innovative hair care. Shopping from the comfort of your own home has never been easier.

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eflections is not only known for its highly skilled team of professional stylists and therapists who will give you the perfect hair and beauty experience, but also for its wide range of high quality hair and beauty products, ranging from designer labels to household names and

niche beauty brands. The only problem with this was that, after falling in love with their recommended products, the salon’s international clients started to complain, as they were having trouble finding the same products in their home towns. Sensing a gap in the market, the team decided to create a beauty

webshop so that clients could stock up on their favourite items, wherever in the world they were. The site is easy to use and Reflections provides a no fuss customer service for any questions that you may have. They also offer a free delivery service for all orders within Spain.

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Z RIDE THE WAVE The modern, undone curl is the hair trend of the moment and curls in general are not going anywhere. But how easy is it to create this look at home? This is where the GHD Curve range will become your new best friend. GHD has designed a range of tools that can create comenity bealls credit card looks everyone wants now in a way that’s never been done before. You will be blown away by how quickly and easily you can create the coolest curves. Perfect for creating beachy tousles and festival-worthy waves, (Creative Curl Wand) or, if you fancy more of a retro Veronica Lake feel, then the Classic Wave Wand is the one for you. The Curve range really is a gamechanger. GHD Curve €179,00

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Z TAKING LASHES TO NEW LENGTHS Not since the days of Sophia Loren has it been so essential to sport long lashes. However, if you are a regular wearer are chase banks open on christmas eve false lashes you will know the damage they can do to your own. So is there an alternative? Uberlash is clinically proven to dramatically increase the appearance of lash length, thickness, and fullness within

two weeks. The advanced formula delivers a deep conditioning blend of vitamins and nourishing infusion of peptides, herbals and amino acids. Uberlash incorporates a proprietary patent pending delivery system which allows this breakthrough lash enhancement sérum to restore, nourish and strengthen lashes naturally over time for a never-before-achievable lash enhancement. Uberlash €135,00 Z TURN BACK TIME The Helen Mirren effect has seen a huge surge in women investing in anti-ageing skincare to try and look as good as their 60-something role model. Germaine de Capuccini is always one step ahead and american winnebago holidays created The Cream GNG. This

product approaches the challenge of reversing the passing of time on the skin with a multigenic action to reverse the ageing of the cells and is packed with an extraordinary complex of ingredients of plant origin with multigenic action capable of reducing the age of the skin cells. Its high level of effectiveness makes it possible to modulate the expression of various genes involved in cellular ageing, activating the gene of the Telomerase and reducing the level of expression of the microRNA. Germaine de Capuccini – The Cream GNG €220,00 Z PLAITS ARE NO LONGER CHILD’S PLAY Plaits and braids were all over the

S/S 2015 runways with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang and Alexander McQueen sending their models down the catwalk with pigtails, Greek goddess braid crowns and nineties cornrow styles. For any type of braid you need smooth locks to pull it off and nothing works better than a good hair oil. The Kérastase Elixir Ultime is a versatile beautifying oil, designed to deliver incredible softness and shine. Formulated for daily use, it is ideal for all hair types. Everyone who tries this loves it – it works equally well on damp hair to tame frizz and flyaway, or applied liberally overnight as a deep treatment, pre-shampoo. Kérastase ELIXIR ULTIME Versatile Beautifying Oil €37,20

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ost people opt for the vegetarian diet for one of two reasons: an authentic love for all sentient things, or, a wish to embrace a healthier, lower cholesterol lifestyle. Some people who would like to follow a meat-free diet but who are concerned about their weight, often worry that they could unwittingly gain weight, since they might be tempted to reach for the first quick snack available (such as cheese, bread and crisps, which are high in carbohydrates). Recent studies have shown more people lose rather than gain weight when going vegetarian, however, suggesting that there are many interesting, unexpected benefits of giving up (or at least significantly reducing) our meat intake. These are some of the most interesting findings on veganism and vegetarianism made in cbna bank customer service past year: Z A vegan diet is best for weight loss: Scientists at the University of Southern Carolina conducted a study in which participants were randomly assigned to one of five different diets: vegan, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian (in which only fish and seafood and plant-based foods were

consumed), vegetarian and omnivorous. The participants followed dietary restrictions for six months; at the end of the twoand six-month marks, the vegan group showed the greatest weight loss. The lead author of the study noted that the current wave of ‘carbo phobia’ is not necessarily merited, since the vegan group enjoyed pasta, rice and other grains and still managed to lose a considerable amount of weight. The vegan group also showed the largest decreases in fat and saturated levels, which is good news as far as heart health is concerned. Z Semi-veggie diets lower the risk of heart disease and stroke: People who consume a large proportion of plant- rather than animal-based foods have a 20 per cent lower chance of dying from heart disease and stroke, than those who enjoy the least amounts of plant-based foods. Scientists made this conclusion after studying the dietary and lifestyle habits of over 450,000 Europeans, who were part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. Z Vegetarian diets help us live

longer and promote environmental sustainability: A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that plant-based diets reduce global warming and increase longevity. The mortality rate for non-vegetarians is considerably higher than that of vegetarians. Moreover, vegetarian diets cause one third of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by nonvegetarian diets. The authors of the study noted that even reducing the amount of meat we eat can battle climate change and make considerable improvements to public health. Z Vegetarian diets are a great anti-ageing tool for skin: The media often portrays vegetarians as excessively thin, aged, and with dry skin. The opposite is, in fact, true; plant-based diets are rich in potent antioxidants, which fight free radicals and stop fine lines, wrinkles and flaccidity. Those aiming for firm, youthful skin should aim to avoid high-Glycaemic index fruits and vegetables, which can shunt large amounts of glucose into the system, and cause AGEs (Advanced Glycation

Z QUALITY PROTEIN SOURCES Including lentils, beans, tofu, nuts, seeds, eggs, peas and grains. Z CALCIUM (ensure you consume at least 1,000mg a day). Source all you need from dairy products, dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, sunflower seeds and fortified cereals and snacks. Z IRON: Dark green vegetables and iron-fortified products are key, as are pumpkin and sesame seeds, soybean nuts, fruits and prune juice. Z Myoptum D AND B12: Vitamin D enables your body to absorb Calcium. Make sure to get a little sun everyday, protecting your face with sunscreen, peoples community bank republic missouri if you are fair-skinned. Vitamin B12 is produced by animals or bacteria found in the soil, so if you are a vegetarian, you will need to take a supplement, as well as B12fortified products. e

End-products) and RAGEs (Receptors to Advanced Glycation End-Products). The latter are responsible for wrinkling and sagging. Z Vegetarian diets are linked to lower rates of specific diseases: These include diabetes, colorectal, ovarian and breast cancer, hypertension and obesity. When it comes to obesity, it is vital to avoid eating too much unhealthy fat and dairy products. Vegetarians who are obese may be eating too many unhealthy snacks (such as ‘health bars’, which can contain highfructose syrup, or crisps), or dairy products such as cheese. Like all diets, commonsense and a respect for the nutritional value of what we are eating, are vital.

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Distraction Maketh the Genius Scientists at Northwestern University in the US have discovered that creativity may be linked to an inability to filter out ‘irrelevant information’. This verified by visa bank of america is thought to have been shared by Franz Kafka, Charles Darwin and Anton Chekhov, to name a few great thinkers. Marcel Proust, meanwhile, was known to wear ear plugs because he was unable to filter out irrelevant environmental noise. In the study, 100 participants were asked to report their achievements in creative fields, and to complete a test of divergent thinking, which tests creative cognition; they were asked to answer many is vaping herbs bad for you in a limited amount of time. High divergent thinking was linked to higher academic achievement and an increased ability to filter extraneous information. In stark contrast, real world creativity is associated with the opposite: a ‘leaky’ filtering ability which allows some people to expand their focus and take in a wider range of sensory information. This enables them to understand life in a far more sensitive, profound manner, and the result is often output of pure genius.

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Skincare and cosmetic advertisers had better begin targeting their campaigns at men rather than women; a new study compiling information from over 475,000 participants, has shown that men are officially more narcissistic! The study, soon to be published in the journal, Psychological Bulletin, compiled information from 31 years of studies on the disorder. Men scored consistently higher irrespective of age and across multiple generations. Narcissism is associated with various interpersonal problems, including an inability to maintain healthy relationships, aggression and a lack of ethics. Interestingly, it is also linked to higher selfesteem and greater leadership.

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FEAST AND FAMINE DIET COULD LENGTHEN LIFE Numerous studies have shown that a diet involving restrictive caloric intake can extend the lifespan of mice, yet fasting can be very difficult to maintain. Researchers at the University of Florida have shed new light on the viability of ‘intermittent fasting’. They put a group of participants on a feast-and-famine diet, finding that in just six weeks, their levels of SIRT 3 (a gene that fosters longevity) had increased. Researchers believe that SIRT 3 is activated by oxidative stress, which occurs when there are more free radicals in the body than can be eliminated with antioxidants. While chronically high stress levels are detrimental to health (since they are causative factors of heart disease, inflammation and Type II diabetes), small amounts of stress are beneficial, because they activate the SIRT 3 gene. The theory is that if the body is constantly exposed to low levels of oxidation, it discovers an efficient way to deal with it. In the study, participants fasted by consuming only one substantial meal a day. On feasting days, they ate everything from chocolate bars to spaghetti, soda and cake. Oddly enough, the authors report that participants said they found fasting easier than feasting.

Mediterranean Diet Cuts Cardiovascular Disease Risk by Half The American College of Cardiology has just revealed that those who follow a Mediterranean diet for at least 10 years have a 47 per cent reduced risk of developing heart disease. The study is based on results obtained from 2,500 adults aged 18 to 89. In john f kennedy assassination clip to promoting heart health, the Mediterranean diet is also linked to a lower risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and an improved chance of weight loss. To reap all its benefits, ensure your diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, whole grains, beans, nuts and even a glass or two of red wine, which has also been shown in large-scale studies to have beneficial effects for the heart.

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Dr. Nyjon Eccles Anti-Ageing Specialist and Bio-Identical Hormone Specialist

Renowned anti-ageing and bio-identical hormone specialist, Dr. Nyjon Eccles, is a pioneer in his field, his Harley Street Clinic providing a fitting backdrop to his cutting edge, yet 100 per cent natural treatments, which approach the subjects of ageing, menopause and andropause, from the inside-out. Marisa Cutillas interviews the man who is ready to make the men and women of Marbella feel and look younger and more vital than they ever have… PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

What happens when we age? Most women who approach the age of menopause can find a significant change in the way they feel and look, the large drop in hormones like oestrogen and DHEA causing skin to lose its vital youthfulness, elasticity and glow. Ageing affects more than our appearance, of course; it can affect our sleep, mood and happiness

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as we struggle to come to terms with changes we can sense, yet often fail to understand. The problems with conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy Dr. Nyjon Eccles specialises in two areas that are directly linked to the process of ageing: anti-ageing medicine (involving effective, proven, natural therapies and nutrition) and

bio-identical hormone replacement. Regarding the latter, he explains: “As women enter their 40s and 50s, they experience a rapid drop in hormones like DHEA, oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone which manifests itself in issues like weight gain, the loss of collagen in skin, heart disease, thinning bones, etc. Traditionally, medicine has sought to counter these effects through Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). However, recent research has revealed that conventional HRT poses a risk for breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, deep vein thrombosis and other devastating diseases.” Recent studies have also shown a link between HRT and ovarian cancer. The benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy Dr. Eccles and his team believe that sacrificing health for the sake of relief is unacceptable. However, soldiering through menopause without any aid is hardly a suitable alternative. The answer to this dilemma is Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), which uses compounds bearing the exact same chemical and molecular structure as key hormones found naturally in the body. “HRT focuses on only two hormones: oestrogen and progesterone. Through BHRT, we can provide other useful hormones like DHEA, testosterone and pregnenolone, which are ignored by conventional HRT,” says Dr. Eccles. Some of the benefits of BHRT include safe, natural relief from menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, etc.), increased bone mass, improved immunity, higher energy levels, a better metabolism and decreased fat, enhanced concentration, improved libido and younger looking skin. Not all pharmacies are able to produce BHRT compounds, says Dr. Eccles: “We work with a licensed laboratory in Greece, which produces the compounds according to the individual requirements of our patients. We conduct blood and urine tests to obtain exact dosages for each patient.” How is the treatment administered? BHRT compounds come in cream form, since “the best way for the body to absorb them is through the skin.” Patients are advised to use the cream in different areas daily; these may

include the inner arms and the outer labia. BHRT and Skin Quality Collagen, the basic structure of skin, is supported by hormones; numerous studies have shown that women who receive hormonal treatment have higher levels of collagen in their skin. Additionally, “the heart and brain function better, bones become stronger and numerous tissues are supported by correct hormonal levels.” BHRT is not just for women Men, too, can benefit from BHRT, since “as they age, men lose energy, libido and muscle tone.” Thus far, Dr. Eccles’ patients comprise “90 per cent women and 10 per cent men,” but the number first central state bank leclaire iowa men who are waking up to the benefits of natural hormone replacement is constantly increasing. When to see Dr. Eccles? Women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and both men and women who are entering their 40s should see Dr. Eccles, to ascertain whether or not they can benefit from BHRT. “Sometimes, those suffering from hormonal fluctuations can be placed on anti-depressants owing to mood changes, when in fact, all they may need is natural hormone replacement.” The Importance of Nutrition As we age, the mitochondria in our cells cease to function at optimal levels. Dr. Eccles explains: “The mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells so when their function is diminished we lose energy. In addition, as we age, the proteins inside cells become ‘stickier’ and cell functioning is compromised. We work with a new supplemental formula which targets mitochondria and proteins, so that cells begin to function more youthfully. This, combined with a sound nutritional programme, is key in fighting ageing.” The success of the supplement can be ascertained, by measuring the patient’s Heart Rate Variability (HRV), via a four-minute test conducted before and after treatment. Dr. Eccles has been restoring health from the inside-out for decades and is ready to teach you how completely natural treatments and nutrition, can make a big difference. Anti-ageing nutrition and hormone replacement are the first steps to a healthier, happier you.

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AIRFIELD OPENS STORE IN CENTRE OF MARBELLA

Austrian fashion brand, Airfield, recently opened its second flagship store in Spain, on Avda. Ricardo Soriano 14. The launch event was attended by dignitaries and members of the media, who sipped on Champagne as they eyed the gorgeous fashions from this casual yet elegant brand. Airfield has over 900 points of sale in 35 countries. Various top models have been ‘the face’ of Airfield, including Claudia Schiffer, Vanessa Hessler and Alessandra Ambrosio. i www.airfield.at

GOLF TOURNAMENT AND GALA DINNER IN AID OF BUTTERFLY CHILDREN

The Butterfly Children Charity (DEBRA Spain) will hold its annual Charity Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner to raise funds for a most worthy cause: those who suffer from Butterfly Skin, a very painful skin condition. The tournament, involving a stableford individual format, will tee off on Saturday, June 6, at the Aloha Golf Club. Some €10.000 in prizes have been generously donated by businesses, hotels and golf clubs. Golfers and non golfers are also invited to the prestigious Gala Dinner which is to be held on the following evening. The evening will include a delicious three-course meal with wine and live entertainment. g For reservations, Tel: 952 907 085.

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CASINO OPENING ONBOARD THE SUNBORN YACHT HOTEL, PENDING LICENSE

A stylish new casino recently opened aboard Sunborn Yacht Hotel. Casino Sunborn is ofering players more than 60 slot machines, five roulette tables and five card tables. It is a joint venture between Sunborn and fellow Finnish company Paf, which boasts 50 years’ experience running cruise ship casinos, online gaming and land-based operations “As two well established Finnish-based companies, we have a strong platform to establish an international casino business in Gibraltar. There is excellent potential for this and other future casino investments for Sunborn in Gibraltar and on future yacht hotels,” said Hans Niemi, Executive Director of Sunborn. Paf CEO Anders Ingves described the venture as “a big and exciting step into Europe.” i www.sunbornhotels.com/gibraltar

ISO CERTIFICATION FOR OCEAN CLINIC MARBELLA

Ocean Clinic Marbella is proud to announce that, after a year of implementation and auditing, it has been certified by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). Ocean Clinic is the only independent Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic on the Costa del Sol to achieve the (ISO) 9001:2008 certification for Quality Management Systems. To attain this prestigious certification Ocean Clinic had to demonstrate its commitment to eight quality management principles: Customer Service, Leadership, Involvement of People, Process Approach, System Approach to Management, Continual Improvement, Factual Approach to Decision Making and Mutually Beneficial Supplier Relationships. Ocean Clinic optimises its costs and resources by identifying and selecting key partners, pooling expertise and establishing joint development activities. Says Dr. Kai Kaye, Medical Director: “We are delighted to have achieved this certification. It follows rigorous assessment by the Standards Organisation and is testament to our ability to consistently meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.” i www.oceanclinic.net

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Could You Be the Next Face of Reflections?

Reflections Hair Nails & Skincare Salon is searching for a female model to represent its brand and be the new Face of Reflections. You do not need to have previous modelling experience but you must be between 16 and 35. The winner will have their hair styled by Daniel Boardman (who trained under the multi award-winning Errol Douglas MBE) and professional make-up applied. They will also be photographed by one of the Coast's top fashion and beauty photographers and their image will then be used for the new Reflections advertising campaign. A selection of high-end hair and beauty products is also part of the prize. If you think you have what it takes to be Reflections’ new Face, just submit your photo, tell the team why you should be the new Face of Reflections (in less than 50 words), don’t forget to include your name, age and contact details and send all this information to [email protected] before May 30, 2015. Be what was the biggest bank robbery in us history to tweet and share your submission using the hashtag #faceofreflections. i www.reflectionsmarbella.com

Groundbreaking Technique for Lung Cancer Diagnosis at the Quirón

The Quirón hospital group is proud to announce that patients in their Marbella and Málaga hospitals will be able to avail of a cutting edge technology to diagnose lung cancer. The technique is called echo-bronchoscopy (EBUS) and it combines traditional fibrobronchoscopy techniques with diagnostic sonography. It enables doctors to carry out sonographs and biopsies from the interior of the organism, specifically in the structures surrounding the trachea and bronchial tubes, without the need for surgery. i www.quiron.es

Andalucía Lab Announces New Developments for 2015

The Costa del Sol’s pioneering centre for innovation in tourism and business, Andalucía Lab, recently launched an English version of their website and announced a full programme of events to help small businesses in the Spring and Summer of 2015. The Andalucía Lab team offers practical and innovative solutions to SMEs on the Costa del Sol, providing advice and support to improve and modernise businesses. They will be holding four-hour training sessions allowing businesses to delve into complex topics such as Creating an Online Shop and Creating a Wordpress Website. Snippets from their courses can be viewed online to supplement their offline training. Short webinar courses will also be offered, to enable business owner to train from home. i www.andalucialab.org/en

Estepona Orchid Garden Launches Before a Packed Crowd

Estepona’s new botanic park and orchidarium has opened to the public, offering lovers of botany an up close experience with one of the most ample orchid collections in Spain. The launch attracted thousands of visitors, who marvelled at the 30-metre glass dome, a lofty waterfall and the beautiful foliage in the new, 15,000m2 paradise. Entrance to the park is free; just one week after its opening, the orchidarium had already received an impressive 35,000 visitors. i www.estepona.es

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WINE FORUM BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO THE LA CONCEPCIÓN BOTANICAL GARDENS OF MÁLAGA

The Vinia Málaga Foro Vitivinícola, a wine forum attended by representatives of nine different Michelin-starred restaurants, was a huge success, with visitors enjoying wonderful wine tasting sessions throughout the day. An array of wine critics, sommeliers and personalities of the wine world gathered together to take part in a wide array of activities, including talks, tasting sessions and round table discussions. i www.viniamalaga.es

GILMAR OPENS NEW OFFICE IN PUERTO BANÚS

Gilmar is proud to announce that it has opened a brand new office in Puerto Banús, at Plaza de Antonio Banderas. The new space, which measures 160m2, will provide a dynamic working place for Gilmar’s highly skilled team, who boast many years in the real estate sector and who (altogether) speak nine languages: Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Russian, Polish and Iranian. i www.gilmar.es

NEWS FROM CUDECA

The hardworking team at Cudeca is always on the go, raising funds for their cancer hospice. They recently presented their annual accounts and also made time for fundraising efforts alongside Unicaja, which renewed its commitment to helping the charity with its home assistance programme, the inpatient unit and much more. Gary and Karen at Sam’s Bar, meanwhile, held a Charity Extravaganza to raise funds for the charity, while Stuart Ashing presented fantastic hypnosis shows in Cártama in Benalmádena. Cudeca also made an official calling for volunteers, who are the engine that enables the hospice to continue to provide its ‘special kind of caring’. Cudeca is holding a Walkathon on Sunday, May 17, at Sunset Beach Benalmádena. The fundraising walk begins at 9:30am and will include live music, paella and much more. g Tel: 952 564 910.

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ART TO THE RESCUE OF ANIMALS

Ten of the Costa del Sol’s dog rescue charities are collaborating with Totem Ceramics Pottery School to raise much-needed funds for the coast’s stray and abandoned dogs with a unique, fun competition open to all adults! Throughout the month of May, dog lovers are invited to visit Totem’s studio near Marbella and have fun sculpting a dog out of clay. There is a €10 entry fee, 100 per cent of which goes to the participating charity of your choice and gives you the chance of winning some fantastic prizes. The participating charities at the time of going to press are ADANA, AID, CHAIN, FAMA, GLAMA, LAST CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE, PAD, SOS Ope sas andalucia, TRIPLE A and 112 CARLOTA GALGOS. Any local, legally registered dog rescue charities not listed are invited to apply to Totem to be a part of this huge fundraising event. g For bookings, contact [email protected] For full

competition details, Tel: 952 887 364. www.facebook.com/TotemCeramics

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS IN MIJAS

Hot Summer Nights at the auditorium in Mijas will comprise a series of concerts involving talented performers, including Bon Giovi (a tribute to Bon Jovi), George Mileson (a tribute to Bruce Springsteen), A Night of Classic Rock (with tributes to Deep Purple and Pink Floyd) and an Eagles tribute concert, all presented by Big M Promotions. i For tickets, www. ticketsource.eu/bigmpromotions

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Gaucín Artists Open their Studios to the Public

The artists of Gaucín will once again open up their studios and homes to the public for this year’s Art Gaucín Open Studios event, showing a broad selection of their latest paintings, sculptures, ceramics, lithographs, etchings, and photographs. Launched more than a decade ago, the Art Gaucín Open Studios has shown the work of well-known artists such as Bayard Osborn and Brenda Hartill in the past, and has built up a very strong following both locally and overseas. Prominent members include Jim Rattenbury, whose work is in several private collections abroad, and Michael Roschlau, a former lecturer at the famous Glasgow School of Art. Art Gaucín will take place over two long weekends: May 22 - 24 and May 29 - 31. i For further information,

including a map of the village and open studios, www.artGaucín.com

JetExpress Offers Jet for Commercial Charter

JetExpress, based at Malaga airport, operates a Citation Mustang Light Jet which is now available for Commercial Charters. Jet Concierge, Adrian Thomson, sees "a strong market for this aircraft in this region", as he points out that "Italy, France and Morocco are a short flight away" for business or pleasure. The company offers a dedicated concierge service, providing get-aways to one of a select list of hotels, all of which are recommended on the website´s concierge page, and there are Loyalty Membership cards for frequent flyers. For flights out of Málaga, you have the option of selecting from two inflight menus supplied by Bibo Restaurant in Puente Romano Hotel by Dani Garcia. i www.jetexpress.pl

Mama Lotties Cookbook Nominated for Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Jerome Guiot Works Alongside Marjan Massage

Marjan Massage is pleased to announce that highly experienced Osteopath, Jerome Guiot, will be working with the team, complementing their massage and reflexology therapies with osteopathic treatments. Osteopathy is an holistic therapy; it views the body as a unique, interconnected and self-healing system. Treatment focuses on connecting disturbances caused by muscle weakness, imbalance, tensions and joint restriction, poor mobility of organs, poor posture, etc. The osteopath seeks the origin of the symptom and uses a range of techniques with patients, including cranial and visceral therapies. i www.marjanmassage.com

The cookbook 76 Mama Lotties, Gibraltarian Inspired Recipes, by Justin Bautista, has been nominated for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015, considered the ‘Oscars of gastronomic literature’. The awards honour the best books on cooking and wine from around the world and winners will be announced on June 9. The Mama Lotties cookbook, which seeks to reveal the mutual influence between the British and Spanish culinary traditions, has been translated into Spanish and is available at major bookstores in Gibraltar and on Amazon. i www.mammalotties.com

Radio Manilva Now Broadcasts English Programme

Radio Manilva (RTV Manilva) is pleased to announce that it is now broadcasting an English programme, entitled Manilva Lifestyle, from 11am to 12pm every Friday. The programme will be produced by journalist, Francisco Acedo and presented by Emma de Acedo. Radio Manilva aims to give a voice to all the residents of Manilva, both Spanish and international. i www.rtvmanilva.com

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n Spain, all private individuals holding permanent residency are subject to Income Tax. (Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas or IRPF). This requires the individual to declare income obtained in Spain and from abroad. The key issue here is how to determine residency. Spanish legislation establishes that a person is considered a resident in Spain when one of the following circumstances concur: A. Remaining in Spain more than 183 days a year in the natural year. B. If the principal nucleus or base of economic activity or interests lie either directly or indirectly in Spain. It is obviously not an easy task to acknowledge permanence in Spain for 183 days a year. Therefore it is

presumed that an individual resides in Spain (even if he does not remain in the country for 183 days a year) if the spouse and children under the age of 18, minors, dependent on him, reside in Spain. To take an example: a Russian national carries out his principal economic or professional activity in another country, and therefore does not remain in Spain for 183 days per year but his wife and children live in Spain (easily deduced if the children attend school in Spain). This individual will be considered a Spanish resident. There may be a conflict if both countries, Spain and the country where his professional or economic activity takes place, consider the individual as a resident under their

respective tax legislations. In this case, we must check the Double Imposition Treaty that may be enforced between both countries. As we all know, 2015 brought Tax Reforms. The government had requested a Commission of Experts to prepare a report that would be the prologue to such a tax reform. The result of the work carried out by this commission in 2014 was included in the report recommending that existing legislation be amended for the specific case of non-regular residents, with the purpose of not restricting the application of that system only to those displaced under a labour contract. The system, as it was established, was not applicable, for example, to a foreign pensioner, Director or Manager with a substantial income. So, with a view to boosting real estate investment and as an incentive for high net worth individuals to feel inclined to establish residence in Spain, the Commission of Experts proposed the following modifications:

Z To broaden the scope of the ‘tax regime for non-regular foreign residents’ relocated in Spain executing a labour contract, but also to those performing an economic activity without a permanent establishment, as administrators or significant shareholders and therefore in receipt of real estate income or income from shares. Z To eliminate the requirement that yearly income must not surpass €600.000. Z To eliminate the allocation of presumed income for the ownership of a property in Spain*, to those individuals under this system. It was clear that the purpose was to lessen the tax burden on this group of individuals who, even though considered under tax legislation as residents, were not to be excessively pressured for this reason from a tax perspective. Finally, the reform that was enforced on January 1st 2015 broadened the application of this tax regime to Company administrators who do not hold shares in the Company and even if they act as shareholders do not have a major share participation. The limit of €600.000 was also eliminated.

* The non-resident owner of property in Spain is liable to yearly Non Resident Income Tax. Thus, the property is assigned an income which is valued at 2% of the cadastral value of the property (1.1% if the value has been fixed in the last tax period). In Marbella, cadastral values were checked in 2011 and in Estepona in 2007. The tax rate applied is 24% to be calculated on the 2% (or 1.1%) on the cadastral value of the property. The Tax Reform has introduced a change regarding the tax rate. In this sense, if the owner is resident in another country of the EU or in another country of the European Economic Area with an effective exchange of information between the two countries, the rate is reduced from 24% to 19%. Temporarily, throughout 2015, the rate will be 20%. g José Castellano is a lawyer at Pérez de Vargas Abogados in Marbella. www.perezdevargas.com

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THE PRO business

Blackshaw Interior Design

NEW DIMENSIONS

Talented designer and entrepreneur, Sally Blackshaw is riding high on the day of our meeting. Having recently moved into her brand new, 230m2 showroom, she brings a special guest to our meeting: Harry Joseph, her little boy, just a few weeks old and already a well loved member of the team. WORDS MARISA CUTILLAS PHOTOGRAPHY KEVIN HORN

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t is a busy time for Sally, and a real ‘rush’ all at once, with so many new projects on the way. “Our old showroom was located in the Polígono in San Pedro, and although ultimately, our clients come to us because of the people, this central location expresses the sophisticated nature of our company.” Indeed, the showroom, a knockout blend of beautiful living spaces, bespoke furniture pieces and cutting edge materials, tells visitors that this is a serious company and a serious team.

Sally launched her own company in 2008, after almost a decade of managing projects for Fendi and Armani Casa and many of the Golden Mile’s most prestigious design and construction firms. There comes a time in every designer’s life where an employer cannot afford their talents, and for Sally, the idea of putting her specialist degree in retail design to good use by opening up her own business, was irresistible. A few years down the line and Blackshaw Interior Design is already the choice for savvy entrepreneurs desiring elegant interiors for their commercial premises, as well as a firm favorite for young families (mainly English, Dutch, Belgian and Scandinavian) seeking a contemporary yet warmly inviting ambience for their home. The nature of her company is at once difficult and easy to define, since Sally and her talented team take charge of building, renovating and modernising homes and premises. “We can redo your kitchen or bathroom or take charge of the entire construction… we basically specialise in anything and everything that makes a home.” Sally works alongside highly reputed firms like Vista construct, part of the Hidromaster group, which has been serving high-end clients on the Coast for 35 years. Company CEO, Patrick Van Dijk, is from Holland and speaks many other languages.

With his skilled team of builders and contractors, Patrick has worked on many projects throughout the years, from extensive renovations to modernisations and reconfigurations. His vast experience, professionalism and attention to detail, enable Patrick to take care of clients from the very first meeting right through until the completed project. Sally notes that despite working with an array of professionals, “one of our main points of interest is that our clients don’t have to deal with various people; they just deal with me. I take care of sub-contracting particular areas of work.” Sally isn’t adverse to hiring local talent, though she does note that “whoever we work with is well versed with the perfection we expect in terms of finishings, etc.” Sally takes me on a tour of the showroom and it is no exaggeration to say that many of the furniture pieces inspire and excite both my creative and emotional side. I run my hand along a velvety grey chair, designed by the team and made to the company’s specifications in Valencia. My eyes are also drawn to the different paint finishings (such as brushed linen) and glass features (the glass doors featuring beautiful prints are graceful and serious all at once). The display kitchen, meanwhile, with its blend of brilliant lacquer and matt open-pore finishes, its elongated white hobs and stunning bespoke cabinets, are

an absolute dream for one who likes to spend many hours whipping up the perfect meal. Finally, Sally shows me a contemporary fireplace, built in lacquer and attached to a wall storage unit; ultra modern yet definitely inviting. The living areas are appealing to the design lover yet they also boast longevity; the kind of elegance that never fades. In addition to designing their own pieces, Blackshaw Interior Design works with the world’s leading brands. Check out the full list of firms on their website and Like their Facebook page: the team are very active on social media and one bank credit card payment receiving Likes from clients and design fans alike. Despite dealing mainly in the high-end home and business sector, Sally knows how to work to a budget; indeed, she admits that “almost all projects have a budget… in the long run, however, by working with just one person, the project runs seamlessly and you end up saving on costs.” In addition to finding the very best brands in furniture, Blackshaw Interior Design also offers top grade client service. “It is fantastic when the client begins to trust you and opens up to you. Our clients become friends. They know we are always there for them, every step of the way.” To glean a better understanding of the kind of projects Sally and her team complete, visit their website and you will be blown over by the taste, style and dynamism of their work. Despite the sunny weather on the Costa del Sol, Blackshaw Interior Design is set on making life indoors, a lot more appealing than it ever was… g C/ Cánovas del Castillo

25, Marbella. Tel: 951 403 787 / 657 051 298. www.blackshawinteriordesign.com

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THE VIBE

Benahavís Hills Country Club Launch Real estate agents and members of the press gathered at the recent launch of Benahavís Ope sas andalucia Country Club, comprising exclusive villas and townhouses in a private residential estate. Stunning views, spacious interiors and elegant designs are just a few reasons to make your way to this beautiful urbanisation, located near one of Andaluciá’s most stunning villages. i www.smartpropertyprofessional.com

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort” – Jane Austen

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THE VIBE

Springtime Opening Party at Plaza Village Trendy new meeting point, Plaza Village at the Hotel Puente Romano, recently heralded the arrival of Spring with a fun party featuring a special performance by Rebecca Lander. Plaza Village houses various restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world, as well as cocktails ‘til late, making it the perfect spot for those with a penchant for stylish partying. i www.puenteromano.com

“Spring is Nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” – Robin Williams

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THE VIBE

European Union Ambassadors Visit Málaga and Marbella Fausto Martínez Villa, founder of FM Consulting and Honorary Consul of Latvia, and Janis Eichmanis, Ambassador of Latvia, recently welcomed a group of Ambassadors and Diplomats from 19 different European Union countries, during their visit to Málaga and Marbella. The group toured some of the most emblematic sites and museums on the Coast, including the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre, and the Picasso Museum. They also visited Marbella’s Old Town and enjoyed a reception at the Town Hall, as well as a delicious lunch at Sea Grill and a trip to Puerto Banús. i www.fmconsulting.es

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

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Art Exhibition at Villa Granada, Vasari Vasari invited clients, friends and members of the media to the official presentation of Villa Granada, a stunning villa located in Altos de Puente Romano, now housing a brand new selection of works by renowned Painter from Córdoba, Pepe Morales. The Vasari group is as passionate about art as it is about business; the company recently awarded the Vasari Prize for Painting and supports various cultural pursuits. i www.vasariproperties.com

“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul… and you answer” – Anonymous

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THE LEISURE travel

Lovely Lake Como Going to Lake Como, one of the most beautiful places in Europe, in the off season seemed a bit of a gamble. But then again, friends who went in July had non-stop rain. WORDS DAVID WISHART PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAKECOMO.COM AND VILLA D’ESTE

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consolation would be, if you stay at a grand hotel like Villa d’Este, you might never want to go outside. Well, I was lucky. The sun shone from dawn to dusk, and the visit was a big success. Other than one small thing. Villa d’Este has shutters on the windows, which the room maids lower when doing the evening turndown. The result of this is you awake in a dark room. As I informed the hotel, I am not Tutankhamun. I like the dawn to wake me up. It is, I find, a welcome reminder that I am alive. And Lake Como is a blissful place to find oneself. A deep glacial lake, it is surrounded by mountains with hillsides dotted with little resort towns and scores of

individual villas, the latter built between 1500 and 1900 by wealthy Milanese families. The first settlers of note were the Romans, who established the town of Como, at the lake’s southern end, 2,000 years ago. Since then the Austrians, Spaniards, and of course the French when Napoleon was on the rampage, have been here. These days it is a fairly genteel sort of place, popular with the likes of Versace, Madonna and Richard Branson. Actor George Clooney lives near Villa d’Este with his new wife. Apparently the first question asked by guests after checking in is, “Where does George live?” Quite often he is in the hotel, but not on my first morning. Not that I asked, you understand.

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Glorious Lake Como

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Como’s Duomo

Villa Erba

Piazza San Fedele in Como

And so to breakfast, along the spine of this elegant pile, built 500 years ago, past reception, with its beautifully coiffed women, then the concierges, including a Scot, and everywhere splendid columns and sculptures and views of the lake on my right. Ee, it is grand, volunteered a cheery Yorkshireman on a settee. In France, there would be stoney-faced staff just waiting for you to trip on the carpet. But Italy is different, even here. The maître d’ is waiting for me with a smile. Just a little thing, a Dutch hotelier said of a smile, but it’s everything. Or, as an

Italian friend at Aloha Golf Club observed, if you give nothing you get nothing. If you give a little, you can get a lot. The waiters at Villa d’Este greet me like an old friend. I am shown to a table with a panoramic view of the lake. Is this good enough, I am asked, the waiter indicting that any other table is available. The hotel is not full, but even so there are no reserved cards

on any of the tables. Outside, it is sunny but a little chilly to sit on the terrace overlooking the lake. A boatman

waits with a sleek motorboat that looks like a Riva but is in fact a version built in Como. My destination is Villa Erba, just a 15 minute walk along the lakefront, and as I go I reflect on my arrival the previous day, when I took a taxi the same distance because I had luggage.

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Villa Carlotta

The Villa D’Este Golf Club

Glorious Lake Como

The meter started at seven Euros and went up to 13, but the driver asked for 20. And why? He wanted paid for the return journey as well. That’s your lookout, I said. Of course I could not win. Nor did I take any more taxis. Villa Erba is a convention centre like no other, in fact a beautiful villa that featured in the movie Ocean’s 12, starring George Clooney among others. I was there for the International Golf Travel Market, which had chosen Lake Como because you can indeed play golf here. Not that

you would know if you looked at one popular website, whose ‘Italy expert’ completely ignores the existence of golf in the area, when in fact there are seven courses, including Menaggio, founded in 1907 by an Englishman called Wyatt who built the first nine holes. It is a beautiful course overlooking the lake. Not far away is the Villa d’Este Golf Club, which no longer has a connection with the hotel but has

the same prestigious feel. Clark Gable, Bing Crosby and many European monarchs have played here. It is anything but stuffy, and the bar is a good place to linger and eat. So to is the Palace Hotel

in Como, located on the lake and a few steps from the traffic-free centre. I enjoyed a morning visiting the magnificent cathedral (the last Gothic cathedral built in Italy), browsing the elegant shops, many of them selling the silk for which Como is famous, and doing what one does in places like this — having a coffee in an sparrow italian restaurant edmond ok square and wondering what if this was the spot where Julius Caesar had the first forum laid out.

Como by night

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