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East Algarve Magazine Janaury 2011


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Monthly regional magazine for the Eastern Algarve in Portugal.

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East Algarve Magazine Janaury 2011

  1. 1. FREastAlgarve m a g a z i n e EE ©OlhÃO · sÃO brÁs · tavira · alcOutim · castrO marim · vila real de santO antÓniO Focus on Santa January 2011 Catarina Golf tips From Keith Health Ashdown A balancing Act People Gardening Meet the New Invading owner of Arco Bar plants
  2. 2. EastAlgarve m a g a z i n e Welcome... PUBLISHER & dESIgnER Happy new year to all our readers and Richard Bassett advertisers! We hope its a prosperous EdITOR 2011 for you all. We had a great Christmas 26 Katie Bassett day at Quinta Fonte do Bispo. There was a wonderful atmosphere and the Abba 8 EdITORIaL cO-ORdInaTORS Richard Bassett Snr. karaoke crew got into full swing. For once we didnt over indulge, so no, the diet doesnt CONTENTS 5 advERTISIng Call 961 700 200 or email have to start tomorrow. The children are cOnSULTanT back at school and normal life can resume, 4 nOTIcE BOaRd Let us know your thoughts. Arne Jakobsen plus I get to play with their presents whilst WHaT’S On Things to do this month. the Great Dane theyre not around, including the trampoline. PRInTEd By This month we have all our usual features 6 nEWS Get up to date on the latest East Algarve news! Litografis-Artes Graficas Lda, Ferreiras for you, plus Rosie Peddle gives us gardening 8PEOPLE Taviras oldest Bar re-opens, meet dISTRIBUTIOn advice about invasive plants. We met with Kyle, Ziggy and Jill. Advertisers will be issued copies for Joe Domingues and also Kyle and Ziggy from 10 aRTS Pictures in Paderne distribution, along with retail outlets. Arco Bar, we bring you a great sweet chilli 11 HEaLTH From our resident Health expert Gareth Bullock. prawn dish from Restaurant Mont Belo and 31 14 All rights reserved. Except for normal review purposes, no part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written hope you carry on enjoying and supporting 12 HEaLTH New Ears resolutions. permission of the publisher. Every care has been taken in the preparation of this magazine, but the contents are only meant us throughout 2011. As always, we love to 14 PEOPLE Meet Joe a guide to readers. The proprietors of this magazine are publishers not agents or sub agents of those who advertise therein. receive your comments and suggestions. 16 FOcUS On Santa Catarina. The publisher cannot be held liable for any loss suffered as a result of information gained from this publication Editor 18 PROPERTy Return on your capital. 20 28 PROPERTy Property of the month. 24 HOME Create the perfect Wet Room. 26 HOME FuSeta Decorating inspiration. 28 FOOd From Restaurant Mont Belo. 31 gaRdEnS Invading plants. 34 TEcHnOLOgy Help from SBA computers. 35 EnvIROnMEnT Wood smoke in the house. SpecialitieS incluDe 38 FInancE Up to date finance news. 42 Fresh local seafood • cataplanas • Special SPORT seafood rices • Fish noodles • Fresh grilled Golf tips from Keith Ashdown. 16 44 fish • Filet in Mirandesa style (considered the best meat in portugal)• French veal Dish of the day + drink €6.50 SPORT The latest from Chris Wright. Dish of the day + drink 46 steak • Duck breast in orange and honey BOOK LOvERS’ cORnER pluS MucH MucH MORe! + dessert and coffee €8.50 This months book review. Rua da liberdade n.º 126 FuSeta • OlHÃO • algaRve telephone 289 798 045 47 cLaSSIFIEdS Grab a local bargain.Page 2 Page 3
  3. 3. EASTERN ALGARVE LADIES LUNCHEON CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Mosaic Workshop nta Tuesdays in the Qui Four abandoned puppies, abo six weeks olut, What’s on A wonderful Christmas lunch was enjoyed fonte do Bispo seek new homd .es by the Eastern Algarve Ladies Luncheon Three males and Club at Le Marquis Restaurant, Monte Fridays in the one female. Good Things to do Da Palhagueira, Gorjoes. Andalusian Restaurant The lunch was followed by members for inspira tion and ideas characters, full of visit our new website! 0fun. Tel 963 273 this January receiving a gift from Santa and entertainment, which was provided by 27 / 915 751 057 some of the more talented ladies in the group. Additionally, as a result of fundraising efforts throughout the year Vote for your favourite tribute artist! The postponed Your guide to whats on, in and the President of the club, New Barbers elvis vs neil Diamond show at Quinta Fonte do bispo will now take place on saturday 29th January. around the East Algarve this Margaret Matterson (on the left of the in Sao Bras call 281 971 484 or see details on the back page. month. Have fun! photograph) presented a Why not try the new barbers in Sao music MARKETS cheque for 200 Euros to 10h00 - 12h30, 14h00- 17h30, mu- Joy, a representative of Bras, opposite the nicipal museum. the Helping Hands in the old EcoMarche TaViRa - music in the churches, 08/01-29/01, 18h00, various TaViRa - Photography " Time Algarve (HHA) charity Tel Mario on churches in /tavira, t.281 320 500 Lapse" by Luis Ramos, 29/01- Loulé: every saturday. group. In November Margaret also 916 750 399 V.R.sTO anTOniO - 5th V.R 02/04, municipal museum. Estoi: 2nd sunday of the made a presentation of a cheque for 500 amateur Fado competiton, 22/01- month. Euros, on this occasion to the Manager chiLDRen of Os Miudos childrens home in Loulé, 12/02,21h30, various venues, Moncarapacho thy Body & Mind t.281510045 OLhÃO - avo cantigas, an organisation regularly supported by Yoga Workshop "Heal 1st sunday of the month. rating and Toning childrens show, 23/01, 16h00, the club.The ladies meet, generally, on the - Ready to go" Invigo Quelfes: 4th and 5th the body. 10th Janua ry 10.30 -12.30 TheaTRe municipal auditorium. first Wednesday of every month and are . Quinta Fonte Do Bispo Cost 10 Euros V.R.sTO anTOniO - The Red sundays of the month. always keen to welcome new members. To zel Devine: 913 075 sPORT find out more please contact Margaret To book Contact Ha shoes, 07/01, 21h00, cultural cen- Tavira: 3rd saturday of Matterson on 936 203 061. 555ema il: hazel.devine@ntlwo tre antonio aleixo. V.R.sTO anTOniO - Winter the month. TaViRa - 6th Theatre in the Win- Regional championship in Track ter, 28/01- 06/03, tavira, espaco da and Field athletics, 08/01. t 289 vila nova de cacela: 3rd corredoura. 824 946. sunday of the month. castro Marim: Contact exhibiTiOns OTheR 2nd saturday of the month. guesthouse, BAR & BIstRo LOuLe - "Ten monumental british QuinTa FOnTe DO bisPO, Sta catarina: 4th sunday QUINTA FONTE DO BISPO us sculptures", until 10/09, 09h30- sanTa caTaRina - boot sale O P S IB O D E T NO F AT N I U Q 12h30, 14h00-18h00, 5 euros entry, every 4th sunday of the month of the month. vilamoura- cerro da vila. V.R.sTO anTOniO - giant nativity This notice caRveRY laMb, beeF & tuRkeY, scene, until 06/01, 10h00-19h00, cultural centre. EMERGENCY NUMBERS board is free for pluS all tHe tRiMMingS s.b De aLPORTeL - art exhibi- emergency help 112 tavira PsP 281 322 022 readers to use. Sundays from 1.00pm bOOking aDviSeD tion, until 12/01, the new gallery at the museum. Faro hospital 289 891 100 Olhão Gnr 289 701 457 Send us news, OnlY 10€ V.R.sTO anTOniO - "Vincente Faro bombeiros 289 888 000 national forest protection 117 ideas or 3 course option available for only 14€ campinas - The man and the writer - 100 years", until 31/01, natiional civil protection emergency social suggestions munciple library. TaViRa - "city and Rural Worlds", 214 247 100 security 144 you’d like to until 18/06, tuesday to saturday, tavira Gnr 281 329 030 share with our Steak readers. nigHt Email: Fridays, from 6.30pm 2011 BANK HolIDAYs AND FEsTIvAls * RuMp €8.50 * Rib eYe €10.00 Telephone *SiRlOin €13.00 here’s your handy cut out & keep guide to the 2011 bank holidays (in red) and * 16Oz t-bOne €19.50 (48 hours notice for t-bone) festivals, with compliments of east algarve magazine. 961 700 200 all steaks come with home made Jan 01 2011 sat Year´s Day Jun 23 2011 Thu .................................corpus christi mar 08 2011 Tues ............................ shrove Tuesday aug 15 2011 mon ........................... assumption Day Postal Address: chips, onion rings, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and peas. apr 22 2011 Fri .......................................good Friday Oct 05 2011 Wed ................. Republic Day Portugal EN270, CXP797A, apr 24 2011 sun .............................................. easter apr 25 2011 mon ...................Freedom day Portugal nov 01 2011 Tue ................................. all saints´ Day Dec 01 2011 Thu ......... independence Day Portugal call 281 971 484, email or see our website Fonte Bispo, Tavira or see our map on the back page may 01 2011 sun .....................................Labour Day Dec 08 2011 Thu ............... immaculate conception Jun 10 2011 Fri ..................................... Portugal Day Dec 25 2011 sun ............................... christmas DayPage 4 Page 5
  4. 4. News AFFORDABLE LIVING ON THE Restaurant, bar and pool. EASTERN Caliço a L g a R V e Park PORTugaLALGARVE • NEw HOmES FOR SALE • RESALES 2011 FEES INcLUDED • yEAR ROUND RENTALS Alcoutim • SHORT AND LONG TERm Castle more • RENTALS wITH OpTION TO BUy accessible to • FINANcE OpTIONS AVAILABLE visitors VISIT OUR SHOwHOmE VRSA historic centre 2 BEDROOmS, 3 BATHROOmS, FULLy FURNISHED • pLOTS TO RENT FROm 100m²M uch-needed improvement work to thewalls of alcoutim castle, which safety project to go ahead Situated 11km from Tavira and 11km from Vila Real de Santo António and the Spanish border. Most plots have sea views as the coast is only 5kmhave been practically inaccessibledue to safety issues, have been A project to redevelop the entire historical centre of vila real de santo antónio has been given the to have been granted approval by the ihru in Portugal, with the whole project to be managed by from the park. The park has a swimming pool, Bar and Restaurant, Free Internet access, Daytime Reception and 24 Hour Security.completed with the monumentnow offering safer conditions for green light by Portugal’s institute municipal company sociedade de Tel: (00351) 281 951 360 Tlm: (00351) 917 925 031visitors. for habitation and redevelopment Gestão urbana (sGu). www.calico-park.comalcoutim câmara have installed (ihru). Work will be carried out in three the area known for its marquis of phases, including the total VISITS By AppOINTmENT ONLya stainless steel handdrail andpeople can now enjoy the views Pombal influenced architectural regeneration of the urban centrefrom the castle in safety. a walkway style, is to undergo major and major improvements toto the archaeology department development by the câmara infrastructures.has also been installed. in partnership with private mayor luís Gomes said: “the companies, with works to be project includes aesthetical carried out representing an improvements to the area but Robbers investment of around €20 million. above all represents another arrested vila real de santo antónio’s step in the redevelopment and historical centre has been classified rehabilitation of our urban heritage, as the first systematic urban which will have a big impact on the V ila real de santo antónio PsP police have arrested four men who stole nine redevelopment area (Área de reabilitação urbana sistemática) quality of life of our residents and visitors.” televisions valued at around €10,000 from an electrical Mayor’s aerodrome dream appliance store in the city. the men, who are aged closer to reality between 22 and 36, fled the scene in a car but were chased by police and police cars A project to build an aerodrome in loulé is in its final stages, although financial backing from private partnerships is still needed to make its construction viable. blocking the road stopped loulé mayor seruca emídio said: “We are negotiating with potential them from crossing the border partners. We need to finalise the project itself and as soon as we have into spain. the necessary financial support, we will start the works on the site.” the lcd televisions, a the aerodrome will be located next to the cimPOr cement factory crowbar, a hammer, a knife, and will cater for light aircraft and small private jets, which can carry gloves and caps, were a maximum of 30 passengers, thus serving as an alternative to Faro confiscated from the car. airport. Police have made contact aerodrome features include a landing and takeoff strip planned to be with the spanish authorities 1.7km long, a 310 metre safety perimeter, 18 aircraft slots and a terminal. as the suspects are believed seruca emídio believes that the infrastructure, estimated to cost €50 to have committed similar million to build, and will be an important boost for the council and tourism. robberies in spain. the works are hoped start in 2014 or 2015, and ana (aeroportos de Portugal) is a key partner and has already backed the project.Page 6 Page 7
  5. 5. People People From left; ziggy, Kyle and Jill December saw the re-opening of one ofTaviras oldest Bars, Arco bar. We meetup with the previous manager Ziggy, and also Kyle, who has re-opened ArcosZ iggy, originally from Germany, with a reputation of being friendly, various pubs and bars. at the age of came to Portugal with her and truly international. it was also twenty one, he now manages arco partner in the year 2000. they the place for locals to meet up bar with Ziggy and good friend of the travelled around the country after a long day or nights work. family Jill. ironically one of taviraslooking for the perfect location to unfortunately Ziggys relationship oldest bars now probably has thefulfill their dreams and open a bar. with her partner came to an end in youngest owner. Kyles philosophyeventually, they discovered tavira 2009, so she returned to work in is to keep arcos as it always hasand fell in love with the town. they Germany as a teacher. been, a place for people to meetrealised it was the perfect place to last year a good friend and customer and make friends from all over theset up their new home and open of the bar mia, was speaking with world. they hold special events ontheir bar. Ziggy by chance, became Ziggy about reopening the bar and mondays, such as open mike nights,friends with Peter, the then owner mentioned that her grandson would elvis and Karaoke. tuesdays, theof arco bar. she began to help out like to run it. it was that October that bar is closed, Wednesday is Kylesbehind the bar and they became Kyle came to tavira and visited arco dJ night, thursday they host a draggreat friends. sadly, Peter passed bar. he saw what a great opportuntiy show, Friday and saturday is guestaway leaving arco bar closed it could be. Originally from Yorkshire dJ night, sunday is the aptly namedfor a few months. Ziggy and her in the uK, at the age of seventeen he recovery night! You can keep up topartner re-opened the bar and ran it left home, moved to birmingham and date with events, photos and newssuccessfully, creating a unique bar began gaining experience working in about arco bar on facebook.Page 8 Page 9
  6. 6. Arts Health Pictures in Paderne The stunning art gallery in Paderne continues to raise much needed funds for charities in the Algarve.C oncluding the year with a were held: a Women’s collective the heart of the countryside near christmas Fayre in aid of exhibition, an art Fair with paintings Paderne, exhibits are presented in ‘madraguda’, Galeria corte- sold at affordable prices and a a series of themed rooms, each set real raised 560 euros for magnificent West coast beach arranged to resemble a colourfulthe charity. currently running care in display curated by interior designer painting. On fine days exhibits arethe home services for people with & decorator tom compton. a similar arranged around the garden and inlife-limiting illnesses, ‘madraguda’s’ and varied programme of exhibitions an outdoor gallery.long-term ambition is to open the is planned for 2011. refreshments are also available our resident expert Garethalgarve’s first hospice.throughout 2010 the gallery has used as well as specialising in paintings the gallery contains a wealth of other on an outside terrace and nearby a newly opened restaurant, ‘alagar’ is explains why all forces are equal! Body Equilibriumspecial events held at weekends artwork produced by sculptors, recommended for an opportunity to raise funds for ceramic artists and skilled artisans. the gallery re-opens on January 6th.charitable causes. representing an Gorgeous handmade mirrors, Opening hours thursday to sundayimpressive list of international artists, lamps and chandeliers, needlepoint 11am until 5pmnew painting exhibitions are opened cushions, carefully crafted jewellery, telephone: - 918 980 199 & 912every month. Wine and canapés are organic products for the kitchen and 737 762. easily accessible from the & Balanceserved and visitors pay a small entry the bathroom and a handpicked eastern algarve via the motorway,fee, which is donated to a charity. collection of beautiful books. signposted from boliqueime,last year individual and group shows located in a delightful ‘quinta’ in Ferreiras and Paderne I magine the feeling of a roller- Your eyes make up the visual coaster ride or the last time you had system, one important aspect of an inner-ear infection. both affect equilibrium. they see obstacles and your bodys equilibrium (a state of send information to the brain about balance). many factors can affect distances and speed. but sometimes your sense of balance. the body tries your vision might be blocked or to stay upright when walking, and compromised. this can affect keep the head level when sitting. this balance. so your somatosensory has to do with maintaining a centre system helps. this is your sense of of gravity. Feeling dizzy or wobbly touch through skin and muscles and is unsettling. Yet you might not ever proprioception (position in space, think about how the body stays posture and more). a hand on top of a balanced most of the time. it takes a table can prevent a fall. but your sense lot of physiological processes to do of touch doesnt do it all either. Your so. inner ears have fluid that regulates understanding equilibrium head position and movement. this if someone is running toward you and is part of the vestibular system. all you cannot get out of the way, you three systems control equilibrium and might brace yourself to withstand balance. the impact and stay on your feet. to Other Factors maintain equilibrium, the body must temporary and chronic conditions balance forces applied to the body in can also affect equilibrium. it is hard a similar way. in fact, the definition of to walk if your pelvis is misaligned. a equilibrium is that all forces are equal. sinus infection might affect inner-ear and certain physiological systems fluid and cause dizziness. You might are involved to maintain this state. not be able to stand upright if your Your eyes, hands, skin, feet and ears posture is poor. stress and anxiety provide information to the brain. can throw off equilibrium. if you have Physiological Factors vision problems, balance can bePage 10 Page 11
  7. 7. Health Health New Ear’sdifficult.Vertigovertigo is a feeling of moving in spaceor of objects swirling around you. anything from a chainsaw, snow the use of a cotton swab actually think this is something for seniorsstress can cause vertigo and so can a Resolution blower to rocking out at a concert. if pushes the earwax and debris deeper only? Wrong. We have been testingmedical condition such as menieres you know you’re going to be exposed into the ear canal and puts you at patients in their 20s and 30s whodisease. even drinking alcohol or to potential hearing damage the risk for damaging your eardrum. have damaged their hearing throughtaking a medication can bring on choice is very simple, wear protective accidents happen and rupturing your long-term exposure to noisevertigo. speak to a doctor about this ear-gear. eardrum with a cotton swab is onecondition for proper treatment. i will protect the hearing of others. accident you do not want to happen. and drumroll please for our final 2011musculoskeletal alignment if your ‘tween or teen is standing next if you choose to still use a cotton resolution….balance within muscle groups and to you and you can hear the music swab, limit it to the outer edge of the i will not accept hearing loss.alignment of the skeletal system pumping through those ear buds, it’s ear canal where the wax eventually if you can’t read the newspaper,affect body equilibrium and balance. way too loud. ends up. you get glasses. if you can’t hearsmall shifts of bones can affect the limit the amount of sound your child i will have my hearing tested. the person across the table, you getwhole skeletal system. When the or grandchild or best friend is exposed Yes, it’s a hard resolution to keep but hearing aids.bite of the jaw is off or one leg is to. it might seem like nagging, but a hearing test is an important part hearing loss is one of the mostlonger than the other, the entire spinecompensates for the misalignment. surprising advice to you really are doing a good deed by of keeping what hearing you have treatable conditions in the medicalOpposing muscle groups stabilize benefit your hearing warning loved ones to turn down the sound. so be a nag. someone will intact. make an appointment and undergo a hearing test – no matter and health spheres. You don’t have to accept it simply because it’sthe joints of the body through thebalance of strength and tension. if from our experts thank you for your concern someday. what your age. happening to you. take a pro-activeone muscle is tight and its opposite at the Tavira CAT i will stop using cotton swabs to clean my ears. a hearing test is painless, it doesn’t take a lot of time out of your day and stance!is weak, the joint is pulled in thedirection of tightness. hearing clinic. ear hygiene and cotton swabs go it provides invaluable information to happy new Year to all eastern hand-in-hand. all our lives, we’ve you and the hearing professional on algarve magazine readers fromimproving balance been told to clean out our ears. bad the extent of the hearing loss you’ve Kelly & Pedro at caT-centroYou need to practice balance to advice. already experienced. auditivo de Tavira.maintain it. as you age, balancemight be less natural. there areexercises, such as standing on oneleg and standing on tiptoes that can Wimprove balance. exercise classes in ell, here we are again. i will stop smokingyoga, Pilates and core stability will another year has We all know the negative effectspromote strong balance and posture. come and gone. a lot’s smoking has on the body, whichbe aware of what factors might happened in the past includes your hearing. it works likecompromise your balance, and know 12 months since we opened, some this. smoking tobacco restrictswhen to seek help for issues such as good, some not so much. but you blood flow and each time youvertigo. can be sure of one thing: a lot of light up, you deny the cochlea and‘The bowen Technique’ improves people experienced hearing loss in millions of hair cells we use to hear,your balance. the past year. that’s a stone cold the oxygen-rich blood they require.this very gentle and effective fact. With each cigarette, you damagetechnique aims to return the body hearing loss occurs naturally – your hearing and over time theto its natural balance, relieving pain organically – as part of the aging damage is cumulative.and stresses in the body. it works on process. the ears just don’t process i won’t listen to my mP3 player atpressure points all around the body sound as well as they did back in excessively loud levels.encouraging the skeletal system the day. nature’s little way of saying, One of the most common causesback into the correct position. Once “heY, YOu’re a Year Older” – of hearing loss is exposure to loudyou become off balance your health only each year, nature has to say it a noise. You probably already knewstarts to deteriorate. if you can relate little louder (or is it softer?). that. but you probably don’t knowto any of the problems discussed now’s the time we all make our how much exposure is too muchin this article, especially pelvic new Year’s resolutions. to shed that exposure.misalignment, jaw misalignment, extra poundage. to finally kick the Well, the pros tell us that damagesinus issues and stress, then you really tobacco habit or stop eating fast caused by exposure to loud noiseshould try ‘the bowen technique’ to food. all positive, beneficial promises depends on both the level of theget your body back into equilibrium. to ourselves. and sometimes, we sound and the exposure time to thestart the year with both feet heading actually stick to those promises we sound. according to noise expertsforward and maintain your body’s make to ourselves. (sometimes we if you were to listen to music forbalance, allowing your good health don’t.) 24 hours anything for up to 75 dbaand wellbeing to follow. so, to get you on your way to a would be safe.Gareth bullock practices ‘the bowen healthier, happier, better-sounding i will wear hearing protection.technique’ near Olhão, santa barbara 2011, here are this year’s new ear’s damage to the ear can be causedand vilamoura. For an appointment resolutions from your friends at by exposure to loud noise (as justplease call 912 540 071. cat-centro auditivo de tavira: discussed). loud noise can includePage 12 Page 13
  8. 8. People People Right: Joe Winning amc challenge trophy brands hatch 1986 Far right: Joe on YPvs 350 marlboro clubmans at brands 4th place, 1984 below: World formula 2 tt vila real 1985Silver dream racer Meet Joe Domingues a man with a passion for high speed motor bikes and a predilection for good food.W ere here to talk motor school where they soon knocked off winning the championship. and two partners bought into Quinta to Portugal with his friend carlos year when he gets back on track. Joe bikes, to help Joe find his rough edges and from ‘84-‘87 he Joe’s alter-ego resided in the world do lago resort and at 29 Joe was ramos, who invited him to run the says: “if i can find a couple of smallish sponsorship for the was racing regularly in the top level of hospitality, training as a chef at asked to manage shepherds casa sales side of Golf land properties in sponsors i’ll be racing the whole of Portuguese national club and national races with some victoria catering college got him a job velha for them, organizing a glittering tavira where he fell in love with the next season’s Portuguese national classic motorcycle good wins and fastest laps of the day. at actor michael caine’s restaurant opening night full of stars including east algarve. as well as Golf land classic motor cycle championshipchampionship next year and also his racing cv is pretty impressive he langans brasserie, and his two roger moore and sean connery. Properties he has been working at his on my either my Yamaha or suzuki”.learn about his chequered (pun says he still has the fastest lap on a passions conjoined when langan’s after that he went on to run bobby brother Jorge’s restaurant, the well it has been easy to warm to Joe, withintended) past. the son of a bull Yamaha 350 and also on a Kawasaki became a sponsor for Joe’s racing. Joes (with his brother), then bentleys known Pedras da rainha O Principe his ready smile and a friendly face,fighter (manuel antonio domingues) 900r ninja at 51.8 seconds. On the it was a great time to be working in at val do lobo, followed by spells at restaurant and lido bar along with confirmed frequently throughoutJoe moved to london when he was latter bike he won the 1986 amc the booming 80’s london, and he the t club and Porta da Quinta. his long term girlfriend maria Ze who our interview by interruptions fromnine, which explains his perfect challenge trophy with 3 wins over got to know many of the famous “after that i became no. 2 at the manages the restaurant and being 15 numerous passing friends who stopenglish. the weekend and the fastest lap of names coming through the door at boutique hotel hempel in central years younger keeps him on his toes! to say hello. i am sure that if you haveGrowing up in chelsea he soon the 300 riders competing. he raced langans, from the Pricess diana and london where i got to know victoria motorbiking along with golf and the good fortune to meet him you willbecame interested in bikes and at macau Grand Prix and the world the Queen mother, who came often and david beckham, Paris hilton and fishing have all had to take a back join me in wishing him every successwould take trips out of the city tt Formulas from ’84-’94 and was after horse racing with Pat eddery even michael Jackson and became seat the last few years due to work in all his ventures, especially his questwhen at 19 he found himself at the top runner in the Portuguese and lester Piggot, to Koo stark and pretty good friends with billy Zane commitments, but now Joe intends for motor cycle glory.brands hatch. evolving into an all national championship, but missing david bailey. and Kelly brooke.” he tells me. to become a well known name in interested sponsors or if youd justconsuming passion, this led to him rounds due to commitments back in the return to his homeland came after a number of years in the Portugal’s fast growing sport of motor like to meet Joe, he can be contactedjoining the then famous dixon racing london reduced his chances of ever about when his boss michael caine hospitality business he returned cycle road racing, as 2011 will be the on 911 956 149.Page 14 Page 15
  9. 9. Focus on Santa Catarina sponsored byPhotographs by Richard Bassett S anta catarina is a small hillside eastern algarve three naves and has columns with ionic capitals. the processing and a small indoor market shop selling fresh village near loulé and close to são brás de main chapel is spanned by a painted vault and has to local produce. Just out of the centre of the village are alportel with beautiful countryside. one side a manueline doorway (16th century). among several typical Portuguese restaurants. Just up the hill i thought this month we would focus on a local the statues to be seen, there is a 16th century nossa on the en270 you have sao bras de alportel, famous for village, they hold so much charm, the local laid back senhora da Graça (Our lady of the Grace) which is producing corks, used in some of the finest wines of the characters, the focal points of the village, buildings particularly deserving of mention. the adoration of the world. the surrounding scenery is as dramatic as it is such as the church and school, the centre of a small shepherds is depicted on a panel. beautiful. santa catarina is an ideal place for a real taste community. surrounded by groves of flourishing almond You can buy almost anything in this small village, so of the algarve. the locals are friendly and there is such and orange trees, this is a town typical of the limestone long as you are prepared to wait for the locals to finish a lovely sense of community. You can also pick up some lands of the algarves intermediate rural area known as their daily catch up on gossip, which is quite pleasing authentic produce, and the odd bottle or two of figo if the barrocal. to watch, even if you dont speak the language. there youre feeling brave. there is also a market on the 4th the church is in the renaissance style (16th century) are a couple of cafes of course, the paper shop, the co- sunday of each month, where you can sample the local and has a decorated porch. the interior is made up of ops, one of which has a small museum relating to olive produce such as cheese, olives, chourizo and a beer!Page Page
  10. 10. Property Is your money at risk? PROPERTY MANAGEMENT I Robert Bijker flags up f you think the return on your PROPERTY RENTALS a few of the warning capital is important, think again. if the last two years have proven signs to look out for anything, return of capital is during a recession clearly more important. i remember an advertisement of bankers trust, a brokerage firm which later mergedPROPERTY MANAGEMENT H A P P Y H O M E S A L G A RV E with deutsche bank in 1998, about risk management. the ad was aboutALGARVEAN COTTAGES V I LLAS A PA RT M E N T S TOWNHOUSES QUINTAS a person smiling while standing in front of his house on the beach of a tropical island in the middle of the A brighter future ocean. all seemed to be perfectly fine. however, if you ‘zoomed out’ you could see he was not standing on an island but on the back of a whale ready to submerge. the message: risk is where you least expect it to be. in times when companies are By the sea, Happy Homes has since 2003 provided outstanding property management services and struggling to survive, it is importantvalue to non-resident property owners. covering every requirement, Including Inspection, main-tenance, administration,letting and marketing services, we have developed relationships to be careful whom you do business in the mountains we are proud of with reputable accountants, architects, local councils, builders and with as some may go bankrupthousing professionals. Let happy Homes ensure that you have the best possible support tomaximize and protect your investment for a brighter future! causing an unpleasant interruption or in the city... enjoy your stay with us. of services or non delivery of (partly) h a p p y h o m e s l d a. C o n t a c t us t o d a y : 2 81 32 0 28 3 paid goods. the best way to avoid We’ll take care of you and your house R u a D r. P a r r e i r a 1 3 7 this is to bring home the product you next to Barclays Bank just bought or to pay on delivery. 8 8 0 0 - 3 46 T a v i r a With services this is a different as we would our own. matter. most are settled after the service is rendered. but there are Tlm:(+351) 915 500 141/2 Office (+351) 961 952 148 Fax (+351)281 971 076REAL ESTATE LIVE, INVEST AND ESCAPE services that require a payment Ângela Dias Tel (+351) 969 459 200 Rua José Pires Padinha, No 44, Escrit.13, 8800, Tavira upfront. in this case propertyG O L F P R O P E RT I E S VILLAS A PA RT M E N T S T O W N H OU SE S PLOTS • management companies and lawyers spring to mind. separate • from their company account, they have a client account a.k.a. an the company is not only immoral but from the escrow account. a property keep in mind that the majority of escrow account. On this account also a criminal offence. both 2009 buyer can avoid a problem like this companies work hard to deliver a clients deposit funds for future and 2010 were years that separated by issuing a cheque for payment good service to their customers. payments. in the case of a property the boys from the men. however, be in the name of the vendor instead With the others, by the time you find management company this could warned that some are not what they of transferring funds to a lawyer’s out, it is usually too late. include the payment of utilities and appear to be and your money may escrow account. We wish you and your family a happy LHV - 927 general expenses of the property not be as safe as you think. a company in financial difficulty will and Prosperous new Year.Covering the whole of the Algarve as independant real estate agents, we can provide you with unbiased advice when youdecide to purchase a property and can introduce you to a wide choice of reputable mortgage banks, architects, lawyers, builders, under management. if the property in a recession companies with a not inform you about their situation Robert Bijkerchartered surveyors and interior designers. We have been in business for over 12 years, finding the right property for countless satisfied is rented out and rents are received good track record can get a credit and if you do business with a Land & Houses algarve –clients. We currently have over 700 properties available online and would be very pleased to help you find your ideal home. on behalf of the owner, rents are line from a bank, but everyone knows company that uses a client account, yellow HomesIf you are the owner of a good qualityproperty and wish to sell, please contact C o n t a c t us t o d a y : 2 81 32 0 28 1 also accumulated on this account they are reluctant to lend money due here are some flags that may indicate www.landandhousesalgarve.comus to arr ange an appoin tment www.l a n d a n d h ous es a lga r v e. c om on behalf of the owner. lawyers to their own problems. if they do lend there are problems: delay(s) in the Rua dr. José Pires Padinha 178 frequently receive large sums on money it comes with a high interest completion date of the deed (lawyer), 8800 - 354 TaviraTA VI RA V I L A MOU R A the client account for the purchase rate. 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  11. 11. RUSSELL & DECOZ REAL ESTATE Tel: 00351 289 792 785 Mobile 963 085 580 Property of the Email: month Villa on 2 floors * spacious lounge/ dining room * wood burner * fitted & part equipped kitchen * bedroom * office/or 2nd bedroom * bathroom with double Jacuzzi * laundry * large wintergarden * huge sun terrace with electric awning * staircase in tower to the 1st floor with master bedroom, en-suite shower room & roof terrace with superb sea & country views * Separate Apartment with a bedroom, shower room, open plan lounge/dining room and kitchenette * covered terrace with super views Villa, Pool, Garage and Apartment with "SPECTACULAR" * Lovely 8 x 4m Pool * terra-cotta sun terrace surround and pergola Sea views sitting in 2.120m² of land. * lawns & garden on irrigation system * 150m² garage with a small studio * Underfloor heating throughout the villa * A/C in the master bedroom * borehole * 40m³ cistern * good access * walking distance to local café. Was 499.000€ nOW 399.000€ Location; Azinheiro Ref: 1011V AMI License nº 870 - Member of APEMIP nº 1178 Av. Maria Lizarda Palermo 43a, 8700 - 081 Moncarapacho, Algarve, PortugalPage 20 Page 21