East Algarve Magazine - SEPTEMBER 2010

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East Algarve Magazine - SEPTEMBER 2010

  1. 1. m a g a z i n e FREE OlhÃo · sÃo brÁs · tavira · Alcoutim · castro marim · vila real de santo antÓnio EastAlgarve September 2010 Finance © Cacela Velha & Manta Rota Health Golf tips From Keith Ashdown Gardening All about Carobs! Focus on Pet Allergies QROPS explained
  2. 2. Page 3www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 2 www.eastalgarvemag.com I hope you had a lovely summer. Welcome back if you've spent the hotter weeks visiting friends and family in the UK. The old routine is making a welcome comeback, school runs and homework, early nights and peaceful days. September is lovely time to spend here in the Algarve, the weather cools down, the streets are less crowded and so are the parking bays. We have featured Tavira's Mad Hatters bar this month, one of our favourite hangouts. We have some fabulous International Tapas from Mesa do Chefe, an article about Andre and Gordon, and their 2nd Adolescence as well as all our usual features. Our focus is on the charming village of Cacelha Velha and the beautiful Manta Rota beach. We have a new home furnishing feature this month, courtesy of Frontera Furniture shop, and much much more. We hope you enjoy this issue. Welcome... Editor PUBLISHER & designer Richard Bassett eDITOR Katie Bassett editorial co-ordinators Richard Bassett Snr. advertising Call 961 700 200 or email info@eastalgarvemag.com consultant Arne Jakobsen the Great Dane printed by Litografis-Artes Graficas Lda, Ferreiras Distribution Advertisers will be issued copies for distribution, along with retail outlets. All rights reserved. Except for normal review purposes, no part of this magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher. Every care has been taken in the preparation of this magazine, but the contents are only meant as a guide to readers. The proprietors of this magazine are publishers not agents or sub agents of those who advertise therein. The publisher cannot be held liable for any loss suffered as a result of information gained from this publication m a g a z i n e EastAlgarve 4NOTICE BOARD Let us know your thoughts. 5WHAT’S ON Things to do this month. 6NEWS Get up to date on the latest East Algarve news! 8People Mad Hatter's Danni and Nick. 10ARTS Beach exhibition. 12HEALTH Pet allergies. 15PEOPLE Second Adolescence. 16Focus on Cacela Velha & Manta Rota. 18property Advertising your property. 22property Property of the month. 25HOME Black, white & chrome Funrnishings from Frontera. 26HOME Energy saving tips at home. 28FOOD From Mesa do Chefe. 32gardens The Carob tree. 35environment Choosing your Eggs. 38finance The Euro - The canary in the Gold mine. 40finance QROPS. 42sport Golf tips from Keith Ashdown. 44sport The latest from Chris Wright. 46BOOK lovers’ corner A science fiction novel. 47classifieds Grab a local bargain. 8 28 32 CONTENTS 15 16 Dish of the day + drink €6.50 Dish of the day + drink + dessert and coffee €8.50 Specialities include Fresh local seafood • Cataplanas • Special seafood rices • Fish noodles • Fresh grilled fish • Filet in Mirandesa style (considered the best meat in Portugal)• French veal steak • Duck breast in orange and honey PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE! Rua da Liberdade n.º 126 Fuseta • OlhÃo • Algarve Telephone 289 798 045 FUSETA 25
  3. 3. www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 4 Page 5info@eastalgarvemag.comwww.eastalgarvemag.com Email: info@eastalgarvemag.com Telephone 961 700 200 Postal Address: EN270, CXP797A, Fonte Bispo, Tavira Contact us This notice board is free for readers to use. Send us news, ideas or suggestions you’d like to share with our readers. Page 5 guesthouse, BAR & BISTRO QUINTA FONTE DO BISPOQUINTA FONTE DO BISPO Call 281 971 484, email info@qtfontebispo.com or see our website www.qtfontebispo.com or see our map on the back page Hello, i am staying in Tavira with a group of golfers from 16-11-10 till 23-11-10, and would like to do a Fado evening. Are there restaurants with Fado in Tavira or anywhere nearby? If anyone can help, please email us on info@eastalgarvemag.com The Art From The Heart Exhibition is the continuation for the support of Pirilampos Childrens Home in Albufeira. This year Tavira is the venue that Welsh artist David Haines with fellow Welsh artist Mal Mudge has organised. The exhibition of inexpensive art happened with a great deal of help from Geoff Hickman of Habifactos Real Estate who donated the shop No. 1 Rua da Liberdade next to Tavira Camara of whom the president Jorge Botelho also gave his support. There are 30 paintings from the Pirilampos children who have worked very hard with the help of artist Amanda Deca , also works by the two Welsh artists. The exhibition will run until Sept 20th and donations of food and hygene products are more than welcome. Opening times 10am, 1pm and 6pm 11pm Monday to Saturday. For more information tel. 968 290 627 or 962 111 516. Clear your clutter. Try the boot fair at Quinta Fonte do Bispo, See details on the back page Remember, you can now read the East Algarve magazine online. For back issues, business listings and readers comments, have a look at www.eastalgarvemag.com You can also become a fan on facebook and keep in touch with people in and around YOUR area, the East Algarve! Look up East Algarve Mag and join in, chat and meet! What’s on Your guide to what's on, in and around the East Algarve this month. Have fun! Things to do this September 2010 bank holidays and festivals Here’s your handy cut out & keep guide to the 2010 bank holidays and festivals, with compliments of East Algarve magazine. Carnival/Shrove Tuesday......... 16 Feb Maundy Thursday........................1 Apr Good Friday, ................................2 Apr Easter Sunday..............................4 Apr Liberation Day (Sunday)............25 Apr Labour Day, (Saturday).............. 1 May Corpus Christi, (Thursday)......... 3 Jun National Day in Portugal, (Thursday)................................. 10 Jun Assumption Day, (Sunday).......15 Aug Republic Day, (Tuesday)..............5 Oct All Saints’ Day, (Monday)...........1 Nov Independence Restoration Day, (Wednesday)................................1 Dec Immaculate Conception, (Wednesday)................................8 Dec Christmas Eve...........................24 Dec Christmas Day, (Saturday).......25 Dec music Olhão - Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Jazz, 10/09, 21h30, 15 euros, Municipal Auditorium. V.R.STO. ANTONIO - Michael Jackson Dance Tribute, 09/09, 11/09, 23/09, 25/09, 22h30, Monte Gordo Casino. TAVIRA - Music in the Churches, 11/09 Carmo church, 18/09 Santa Ana, 25/09 Misericordia church, 19h00. TAVIRA - 13th City of Tavira Popular Music Festival, 19/09, 15h00, Cinema Theatre. Children Olhão - Concert in the Pea- Field, 25/09-29/09, T. 289 710 170. Festivals ALCOUTIM - 59th Alcoutim Festival, 08/09-12/09, Alcoutim River and Beach, T.281 540 500. Fairs ALCOUTIM - Ascent of the Guadiana in Canoes, 25/09, River Guadiana. why not? V.R.STO ANTONIO - Magic Show with The Illusionist Di Falco, 16/09-18/09, Monte Gordo Casino, T.289 310 000. VARIOUS VENUES - 1st Interna- tional Literature Festival In The Algarve, 16/09-19/09, 20 Venues from Tavira to Aljezur, 50 Authors from 8 countries will be presenting their work in 5 languages. T. 917 602 607. VARIOUS VENUES - Comemora- coes do Dia Mundial do Turismo, 27/09, The theme for the official World Tourism Day commemora- tions is Tourism and Biodiversity. A number of events will be taking place in the Algarve, organised by the Algarve Tourism Board. Sport LOULE - Portugal Masters, 14/10-17/10, Vilamoura Victoria Golf Club. www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 5 CARVERY Lamb, Beef & Turkey, plus all THE trimmings Sundays from 1.00pm Booking advised Only 10€ 3 course option available for only 14€ STEAK night Fridays, from 6.30pm *RUMP €8.50 *Rib EYE €10.00 *SIRLOIN €13.00 *16oz t-bone €19.50 (48 hours notice for T-Bone) All steaks come with home made chips, onion rings, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and peas. MARKETS Loulé: Every Saturday. Estoi: 2nd Sunday of the month. Moncarapacho 1st Sunday of the month. Quelfes: 4th and 5th Sun- days of the month. Tavira: 3rd Saturday of the month. Vila Nova de Cacela: 3rd Sunday of the month. Castro Marim: 2nd Saturday of the month. Sta Catarina: 4th Sunday of the month. Come and Join usScottish Country Dancingat the Casa do PovoMoncarapacho, near GalpService Station, every Thursday 5.30 ~ 7.30PM.No experience necessary,just turn up or phoneMonica or John on 289 791998 or 914 798 833 oremail mabstansb@iol.pt forfurther details Palmist I will read not onlyall that is in yourpalm, but show youhow one can benefitfrom this knowledge.tel 289 845 561 or 916 389 810 Michael Jackson Dance Tribute If you're a fan of Michael Jackson's music, or dance moves, this show really is a must for you. As a life long fan, and having seen him twice in concert, I can hon- estly say that the dancing in this show is incredible, and as close to the real thing as you'll get. The show is not too long, performers mime along to the original sound tracks, and the costumes are excellent! Michael Jackson Dance Tribute, 09/09, 11/09, 23/09, 25/09, 22h30, Monte Gordo Casino.
  4. 4. Tea & Flavours Shop 60 varieties of tea, exclusive coffees, hot chocolates, and much more! Need a touch of home? Home made fairy cakes & Muffins Visitus atTavira Gran Plaza,1stfloor,Food Court News Page 6 Page 7www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 7 AFFORDABLE LIVING ON THE EASTERN ALGARVE 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 5km from the park. The park has a swimming pool, Bar and Restaurant, Free Internet access, Daytime Reception and 24 Hour Security. Tel: (00351) 281 951 360 Tlm: (00351) 917 925 031 www.calico-park.com calicoparksales@mail.telepac.pt Visits by Appointment only Caliço ParkA L GA R V E P O R T UGA L VISIT OUR Showhome 2 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, FULLY FURNISHED • New homes for sale • resales • year round rentals • short and long term • rentals with option to buy • finance options available • plots to rent from 100m² Woman rescued from drowning in Monte Gordo Last month a 25 year old woman was saved from drowning in the sea at Monte Gordo. Life-guards were alerted to the situation by other swimmers who had managed to pull the woman onto the beach. The Nicaraguan born woman was swimming in an unsupervised area when it appears she experienced difficulty in fairly rough conditions and swallowed water. She was taken to hospital in Faro where she was expected to recover from the ordeal. taviraauctionAladdin´s Cave New & Used discount store Looking for a reasonably-priced sofa or washing machine? Want to get rid of your bed to make room for a new one? Convert all your unwanted goods into cash! Remember, we want to buy your used furniture and household items, either one piece, or an entire household. Just give us a call! FARO N125 Mte Gordo Gran Plaza Tavira Auction Petrol Station TAVIRA Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Tel 00351 916 138 059 00351 916 138 060 Email debbie@taviraauction.com www.taviraauction.com At Aladdin's cave, we buy, sell, and trade furniture and household items every day so our inventry is always fresh.You never know what you'll find when you visit our store. We deal in most everything you find in a house and home: white goods, furniture for all rooms, furnishings, linens, pictures, light fittings, lamps and decorative items. Since we are buying every day, our selection is always changing, so it pays to shop often. if you can't make it to our store, call us any time to find out if we have what you're looking for. Keep in mind that these are one of a kind items, and when they're gone, they're gone, but there is always something new arriving soon, so keep checking with us. Timing is everything! Ria Formosa stars on TV TV Channel RTP1 dedicated Wednesday 25th of August to the Ria Formosa. The channel ran a whole day's programming about the Ria Formosa under the banner of a competition “7 Natural Wonders of Portugal”, as the protected area is one of the 21 finalists. The program was transmitted live from the Jardim do Pescador Olhanense bringing in guests and generally having some fun as well as addressing the environmental threats to the area. During the programme there were news reports on life in Ria Formosa, street interviews and footage of important landmarks. Ria Formosa is one of the 21 competition finalists in the category “Sea Zones”. The voting started in March and the winner will be announced on 11th September. REN to build 166 kilometers of new power lines for Tavira Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) has finalised plans to start the construction of the Tavira substation in order to strengthen the distribution capacity in the Algarve. The total investment is over €66 million. REN point to the above average increases in electricity consumption in the Algarve in justification of the new line with associated environmental impact. The project includes the construction of the substation and the construction of three new lines: Portimão-Tavira; Tunes- Tavira; Estoi-Tavira, and the connection with Spain through the Tavira-Andalusia line. In all 166 kilometres of new above ground power lines will be created. The company hopes that all phases of the project will be finished by September 2011. Restaurant, bar and pool. DRUG BUSTS, Castro Marim/ Budens/ Monchique The GNR detained four people in the Algarve in August on suspicion of drug offences; three during a border inspection at the Castro Marim/Ayamonte crossing and another whom they observed watering a cannabis crop. The three detained at the border had in their posession a total of 280 individual doses of hashish, claim the GNR. This is in additon to Wednesday's arrest of a suspected trafficker in Budens. The man found watering his plants was already under military surveillance and the GNR counted 72 plants, sufficient for more than 400 individual doses. Last month Portimao GNR arrested two people for the same crime in Monchique where 50 plants were used in evidence.
  5. 5. Page 8 Page 9www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 8 www.eastalgarvemag.com We met the owners of Mad Hatters, discovered some exciting news, and found out what brought them to Tavira. People People N estling on the south bank of the River Gilão, with magnificent views across the river to Tavira Old Town and the historic market building, the bustling Mad Hatters Riverside Bar is a Mecca for those wanting to savour one of the friendliest bars in town. Danielle Bain and her attentive staff assure you of a warm welcome as you take your place amongst the extensive and zany display of hats & helmets. Danni enthuses about her life in the Algarve. “I had been a holiday rep in various countries before my father, and his partner retired to Tavira. I fell in love with the town & the beautiful surrounding areas. It is like paradise on earth. When my father suggested I open a Sports Bar here I jumped at the opportunity.” Danielle had previously trained as a beautician and still keeps her hand in by providing a service for family & friends. “I enjoy meeting so many different people from the four corners of the globe with their stories, jokes and even songs! We have some great Mad Hatter Nights and many visitors have become friends. I have no desire to return to the UK and my partner Nick and I are very excited as we are expecting to hear the patter of tiny feet early in the New Year. Can you think of a better place to bring up children? I really enjoy walking through the quaint streets and gardens where the Portuguese families are enjoying the ambience of a late evening meal whilst the children play in a safe & loving environment.” The air-conditioned bar offers a wide range of cooked meals including the famous Mad Hatters Mega Breakfast. Open from 10.00am throughout the day until 2.00am (3.00am on Friday & Saturday) meals are always available and a great favourite is the Grimsby Battered Cod with chips and mushy peas. With three widescreen televisions the sports fan is well catered for. English & Scottish Premier League games, through SkyTV, and even a 3.00pm Saturday afternoon fixture thanks to Portuguese TV! The rugby and cricket supporters can also see their heroes in action. In fact, any sport at any time is the motto at Mad Hatters. To help you enjoy your time here the Happy Hour extends from 6.00pm to 9.00pm, but who worries about time when you’re on holiday! A wide selection of beers, spirits and wines including draught John Smith & Guinness together with Estrella Damm & Sagres are big sellers whilst bottled beers are kept well chilled ready to quench even the most parched thirst. During all matches, even time added on for stoppages, Happy Hour prices are in force. “The British football fan loves to have his pint of bitter whilst watching his favourite team, although I’m afraid we can’t replicate the rain, snow & ice!“ Danni muses. Last year the clientele at Mad Hatters helped to raise over €2000 for local and national charities through a series of quizzes and raffles. The Mad Hatters Quizzes will recommence later this month. The current challenge is to raise €500 for Centre Algarve, a new & innovative holiday centre, by selling squares of an abstract painting at €1 per square. Centre Algarve, based in Moncarapacho, is believed to be the only centre in Europe catering solely for children & people with special needs. The bar is also proud to be the Tavira base for SC Olhanense who play in the Portuguese Premier League against such teams as Benfica, Sporting & Porto. For a different experience, why not visit Mad Hatters and, who knows, you might just walk into the Mad Hatters Tea Party! Hat's off for Tee time NOW under New Management The Mad Hatters Riverside Bar Open every day Noon till Midnight Sunday Breakfast 9.30 am till Noon Imported Beers Old Specked Hen Guinness John Smiths Newcastle Brown Boddingtons Ciders Strongbow Magners Vintage Bulmers 43 Th R The Mad hatters Riverside Bar “MAD HATTERS” by the military bridge in the centre of Tavira. Tel 00351 281 323 886 OPEN DAILY until Late fully air conditioned bar Draught Beers & Ciders: Guinness, John Smiths, Sagres, Strongbow Ciders: Magners and Magners Pear DRAUGHT & BOTTLED BEERS from €1 Grimsby cod, chips, mushy peas, bread & butter and pot of tea €6, Supersize for €8. Pub food served and all day English breakfast. Call to arrange early Tee time breakfast. Premiership, League and Cup football, Tavira Rugby club Words Chris Wright
  6. 6. Page 11Page 10 ArtsArts www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com O pening during the weekend of September 11th & 12th, the Beach Exhibition takes its inspiration from the rugged beauty of the Algarve’s west coast. Curated by interior decorator, Tom Compton, he has selected the display of paintings, ceramics, furnishings, lighting and sculptures. His motivation has been to capture the beauty of this unspoiled coastal wilderness with its dramatic cliffs, deep ravines, vast beaches and seasonal watercourses. Dramatically conveying visions of the Atlantic Ocean, he has selected paintings by Elizabeth Skingley, which are a highlight of the show. Maritime flora and fauna are represented by Portuguese marble and soapstone sculptures, mounted on large beach pebbles. Impressive collages and mirror frames have been moulded from plaster and shells, and table and ovenware decorated with maritime themes come from the celebrated Jersey Pottery. Also in the show are unconventional lampshades made from wide-brimmed sun hats, created by Jean Jacques Dussusasios at his studio in Porte de Cliché, Paris. Equally striking are the many-faceted light fittings designed by Tom. He has selected driftwood smoothed by the motion of the sea, multicoloured and multi-textured pebbles and shells, then arranged them together into three-dimensional forms. Beach Exhibition at Galeria Corte-Real Words Carolyn Kain 24 Casa das Portas is a unique shop in the heart of Tavira, the most beautiful town in the Algarve. Visit the shop and experience first-hand not only the extraordinary images of the town created by the owner, Jane Gibbin, but also the ever changing collection of beautiful things ethically sourced from Portugal and around the world. Casa das Portas, Rua Dr Augusto Silva Carvalho, 3, 8800-324, TAVIRA, Portugal Telephone: +351 281 321 025 email for orders and information: info@casadasportas.com www.casadasportas.com Earlier this year Tom was commissioned to create a beach bar by the boutique hotel Vila Joya in Galé (see photographs). Like the exhibition, he aimed to fashion a relaxed style using natural materials – many of them collected from the beach – including mobiles, shell sculptures and rough-hewn chandeliers. Working in tandem with Joy, the hotel’s owner, they have created a laid back scene to contrast with Vila Joya’s two star Michelin restaurant. Being in the Algarve is a marked change from Tom’s previous life within the corporate world. He has worked as decorator and designer for Liberty in London, Hermes in London and Paris, Conran Habitat in the UK and USA, and as Global-Visual Director for Lacoste and Bally International. He can be contacted on the gallery phone number for decorative advice and a customised service. The Beach Exhibition continues until October 15th. It is preceded by the Women’s Collective of Contemporary Art, which ends on September 10th. The gallery is sign posted from Boliqueime, Ferreiras and Paderne. Refreshments are available. Open from Thursday to Sunday / 11am until 5pm Telephone: - 918 980 199 & 912 737 762 A new exhibition at Galeria Corte-Real in Paderne gives people living in the eastern Algarve an opportunity to sample the ambience of west coast beaches without going all the way there!
  7. 7. www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 12 Page 13 Health All you need to know about pet allergies, from our health expert Gareth Bullock. www.eastalgarvemag.com Osteopathy For muscular and articular problems, treated by harmonising and resetting the body’s structure. CranioSacral therapy Massage service •All massages are performed by health professionals using biologic essential oils for aromatherapy •Swedish massage,Quiromassage, Reflexology, •Lymphatic drainage, Traditional Thai massage, •Local massage for legs and feet or neck back and shoulders. Catherina Pauwels, Ilse Brenner Tel: 919 660 211 or 963 706 624 IN THE CENTRE OF TAVIRA Mail: catherinapauwels@clix.pt Chiropractic is the world’s leading form of alternative therapy for neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions. CHIROPRACTIC HELPS WITH: · Low back pain · Neck pain · Herniated discs · Nerve pain · Headaches and migraines · Poor posture · Frozen Shoulder · Elbow and wrist pain · Sciatica · Knee pain · Foot/Ankle pain · Scoliosis · Osteoarthritis · Sports injuries · Auto accidents · Whiplash Algarve Chiropractic Centre Mob: 922 113 384 - Tel: 289 997 004 Clinic located in Estói, with ample, convenient parking facilities. Dr. Ken Hamilton Doctor of Chiropractic (USA) O ur summer holiday started with our lovely West Highland Terrier ‘Charlie’ being run over on our very quiet track. His injuries were serious and very sadly he did not make it. So when it came to writing for this month I thought, should my article be on grief, depression, guilt or the importance of animals to humans, or something more positive like what to look for in the next dog? Being a rather clean and tidy person, I thought about dogs that did not shed hair or cause allergies. Is this possible? So this one is for our lovely dog Charlie, thank you. What causes pet allergies? All pets with fur give off tiny molecules called allergens. All dogs give off allergens in their skin, saliva, and urine. No matter how long or short their hair, or what type of breed, no dog is truly hypoallergenic. Hair Length Not the Issue Skin dander attaches to pet hair, and it's the shed hair that's thought to transfer pet allergens to humans. But the amount of hair isn't the issue. Dogs with long hair aren't more likely to cause allergy than dogs with short hair. But some dogs, such as the Portuguese Water Dog shed their hair less than others do. Also, some people are more sensitive to allergens than others. Which dogs shed the least dander? The Kennel Club lists several breeds that have "non-shedding coats." They shed a bit, but unlike many other dogs, they don't shed an undercoat and tend to give off less dander. The Bedlington Terrier, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested, Irish Water Spaniel, Kerry Blue Terrier, Maltese, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Schnauzer, Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, and Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless dog). Designer Dogs Some specific mixes, called designer dogs, are very popular and are now bred among themselves as separate breeds. The Labrador/poodle mix (is that a Loodle?) is said to be a low- dander dog, although the Kennel Club warns that there's no guarantee these dogs will have poodle-like coats. Low-dander dogs not low allergy? Are the AKC's low-dander dogs really the least allergenic? Maybe not. One study of 288 dogs of eight different breeds showed that only Labrador Retrievers gave off significantly less allergen than other breeds. Among the most allergenic dogs: Poodles, which are on the low-dander list and Yorkshire Terriers. Individuals vs. Breeds Bottom line: When it comes to being allergenic, a dog's individual characteristics matter more than its breed or its sex. Dogs with dandruff give off more allergens. Breeds more likely to suffer hereditary dandruff problems include Cocker Spaniels, Springer Spaniels, Basset Hounds, West Highland White Terriers, Dachshunds, Labrador and Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds. Dust Mites in Dog Domains If you're sneezing, it may not be the dog. Dust mites - a major allergen source - thrive in places where your dog spends the most time. A recent study suggests replacing dog beds that are over a year old. No Hypoallergenic Dogs - or Cats Cat saliva carries potent allergens. As with dogs, hair length isn't the issue. Some cat breeds - Siberian and Russian blue cats - are reputed to be less allergenic. But there's no such thing as a cat that can't cause allergy. Dog Allergy Symptoms The symptoms of dog allergies mirror those of other nasal allergies. They include: • Coughing and wheezing • Red, itchy eyes • Runny, itchy stuffy nose • Sneezing • Skin reactions Skin or blood tests called RAST (radioallergosorbent test) may help narrow down the cause of your allergies. It's good to test because you may be allergic to pollen or mould on the dog and not the dog itself. Even then, the test may not be conclusive. 5 Ways to Cut Pet Allergy Even when someone in the house is allergic, about 25% of families keep their pet. If Fluffy or Fido makes you sneeze, you should: • Keep pets out of bedrooms • Play with pets outdoors • Wash your hands • Wash your pet at least weekly • Get rid of carpets and rugs How to Get a New Pet It's a good idea to see how your child reacts to the kind of pet you're thinking of getting. Take your children to visit a home that has that kind of pet and let them play with it, although it's no guarantee that allergies won't develop. If you know your child is allergic, but are committed to getting a pet, limit the child's time with the pet at first, and watch for reactions. Goodbye May Be Best Allergies and asthma are not a small problem. If your child has a serious pet allergy, often the only solution is to find the pet a new home. Even then, it may take six months or more to completely clear your home of pet allergens. The Allergy-Safe Pet Pet allergies If you or someone in your family is among the 10% of people allergic to dogs, consider getting a pet that has no fur or feathers. The Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests a turtle, hermit crab, fish, or snake. Know that these pets also carry health risks. Be warned that exotic pets may carry salmonella or other diseases, and pet turtles have been linked to recent salmonella outbreaks. Also remember that these exotic pets are best left in their exotic habitats, not in your child’s bedroom. For my next article, I am still looking for someone to offer running a mole clinic here in the East Algarve (not the furry mole that digs up your garden). If you can or know of anyone who is available please let me know. We should all be getting our moles and freckles checked regularly. Have a Great September. Gareth Bullock Bowen Therapist
  8. 8. Page 14 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 15www.eastalgarvemag.com HealthBroadband Algarve Internet via Satellite Access the Internet even where phone lines cannot reach Packages to suit everyone Special discounts for afpop members (00351) 918 771 381 (Vic) (00351) 918 851 232 (Stephanie) www.broadbandalgarve.co.uk enquiries@broadbandalgarve.co.uk ALGARVE AUCTIONS & SALES Barracha São Brás Over 1,000 items for sale, each and every week. Antiques, furniture, household goods, etc., always available. For intake of large items please ring first Tel 919 767 066 algarveauctions@hotmail.com Sta Catarina EN270 Sao Bras Barracha W hen Gordon Railton met André Walton at an open mic night at the Quinta da Fonte do Bispo, they hit it off immediately. Gordon has been playing keyboards professionally since his twenties (yes, they really did have keyboards back then – sorry Gordon) but his ambition had always been to move into the jazz arena. Despite an enviable track record (he toured with Joe Cocker amongst others) jazz was never something that he had a chance to play. André first studied and played jazz while at the University of Nevada in Reno. He played with several of the university’s jazz groups before he moved to Las Vegas to play there. “Playing the casino circuit is good bread and butter stuff but I much prefer the kind of gigs we get in the Algarve” he told us. When 2nd Adolescence play as a trio (when they are also known as Chips Salsa & Jazz) Gordon and Andre play with one of three percus- sionists. Dhiren van den Bergh plays Latin drums, bongos and congas, and was their rhythm section for the first 6 months before traveling to Thailand. The band calls on his skills whenever a Latin sound is needed. Many of the wedding and party gigs that the band is offered call for a tra- ditional drum kit and that is where Michel steps in. With seven dogs, seven cats and two donkeys he and his wife are kept pretty busy but Mi- chel’s passion for music drives him to play with Chips, Salsa and Jazz along with two other bands. 2nd Adolescence plays melodies we all recognize but they inevitably add their own twist; their haunting rendi- tion of Caravan, or the excitement of Manha de Carnival (Black Orpheus) or Misty will stay with you for days after you’ve heard them. Although they have been in exis- tence for less than a year they are getting busy. “Our bookings lead to other bookings because we have fun. The fun that we have and our love of playing jazz is infectious. Our audiences leave with a swing to their walk and a smile on their face”, Gor- don tells us. Although Gordon is retired from his professional photography business he runs a very active photo club at the Sao Bras Museum. The club runs trips to interesting and photo- genic places regularly and has a per- manent exhibition in the museum’s old gallery from the autumn. André is an entrepreneur at heart. When the day came and he was made an ‘offer he couldn’t refuse’ for his small group of European and American businesses he moved on to do consultancy work for small companies wishing to expand their businesses either by new product development or by establishing a presence in the US. One thing lead to another and he ‘went back to school’ to gain a PhD in Social Psy- chology (he tells me that social psy- chologists are that ones who taught psychologists how to party!). His area of research and his passion is creativity and his recently-released book “Embracing the New Era” (available from Amazon) address- es what skills we need in the new era ….. the Era of Creativity! André teaches management classes for an MBA degree in Justice Management at the University of Nevada via the internet from his home on the side of a remote hill here in the Algarve, he is also the visiting Professor of Cre- ativity and Entrepreneurship for the University of Wales Newport Busi- ness School. 2nd Adolescence can be contacted at 281 971 705 or 917 045 202 Second AdolescenceHaven’t you always wanted a Second Adolescence? What do you get when you mix a world-class photographer and an imaginer? Algarve jazz group 2nd Adolescence of course! People ✤ Interior and exterior painting ✤ Friendly service ✤ Highest quality paints ✤ Free quotes ✤ Algarve covered Tel 289 841 896 Mob 912 780 721 email stephenfreeman@sapo.pt Professional painter and decorator STEPHEN FREEMAN
  9. 9. Page www.eastalgarvemag.com Pagewww.eastalgarvemag.com Focus on Cacela Velha & Manta RotaPhotographs by Richard Bassett T he small beautiful village Cacela Velha is situated in the westernmost point of Ria Formosa Natural Park, in the exact spot where the “Ria” ends, in the middle of the dunes, on the way to Manta Rota beach. This village rises over the top of a hill, offering a view over the coastline. It has preserved its traditional features, and it also remained untouched by mass tourism. Nevertheless, its typical restaurants enjoy a lot of recognition among visitors, who take great delight in regional specialities. This rather ancient village stands out for its emblematic popular architecture: white houses with blue frames around the doors and windows. The historical centre was classified as a National Trust Building. Next to the fortress you will find a viewpoint that provides a breathtaking panorama over the “Ria” and the sea. The tiny village is quite picturesque and seems not to have been spoiled by the ravages of tourism. The calcada streets that lead through the tiny settlement, perched above the sea and sandbars speak of an age gone by. The igreja (church), the fortress walls and the traditional style of the houses give the visitor a flavour or what life looked like in Algarve quite some time back. From outside the church, steps lead down to a sandy waterfront walk, fringed by cacti and greenery. At low tide, tiny crabs scuttle about whenever there are no human footfalls to be felt. Across the narrow waterway can be seen the sandbar beach. Cacela Velha has a small ‘footprint’ as a settlement, which inevitably leads to some quaint juxtapositions, such as the small domicile attached to the cemetery wall. There are a few typical Portuguese restaurant/bar establishments for your delectation, near the generous parking facility that graces the approach to Cacela Velha, offering reasonably-priced refreshments in a lovely setting, with indoor and outdoor seating on offer. As well as functioning as a working fishing village, Cacela Velha has played its part in Algarve’s chequered history. You can still see the fort, which stood guard on the coast to warn of any invading forces. The edifice is now the headquarters for the local brigade of the GNR (National Guard), and was built on the remains of the original fort, which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake that devastated quite a lot of Portugal and the Algarve. Just along the coast road you'll find the beautiful Manta Rota beach, with bustling cafes and promenade at this time of year. For many years, Manta Rota beach was just a small fishermen’s village. However, this beach is in present day a very famous beach, due to its tepid peaceful waters. It is one of Europe’s longest beaches, placed in the borderline between the open sea, the dunes and the barrier islands of Ria Formosa. You will find ample parking, showers, wc's, restaurants, disabled access, childrens playground, night time music entertainment, and a fabulous calm atmosphere, quite unlike any other beach in the whole of the Algarve. Although it can be very busy in July and August, September is a lovely time to visit. Cacela Velha Manta rota
  10. 10. Page 18 Page 19 A s mentioned last year, if you are a homeowner interested in optimizing your rental income you should take time to analyse if you are still on track to achieve your goal. As a villa manager, I prefer to do this during September of each year. This gives me ample time to make adjustments if and when needed, to implement them before October and be ready for next year. The past 12 months have been different from previous years due to economic headwinds in Europe, which resulted in more people than usual spending holidays in their home country, an increase in last minute bookings (not necessarily at a discount) and a shift in the overall nationalities of our guests from 65% UK / Ireland, 33% mainland Europe and 2% rest of the World to respectively 50%/48%/2%. Due to our marketing mix we have been able to achieve more or less the same occupancy rates as the year before for the majority of houses and for a good number of properties we achieved higher occupancy rates. Multi channel marketing is a combination of traditional means of advertising in daily news papers and holiday magazines, internet marketing such as having your own website and holiday rental portals and making use of the network of contacts of a well established villa management agency. Depending on the type of property you own some channels work better than others. 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If you are marketing but are not getting the results you expected, there may be other reasons. Either there is something wrong with the marketing mix or the pricing of your property. Sometimes simply changing the photos will do the trick. It is best to address this issue as soon a possible because a week of lost rental income will be lost forever, unlike the inventory in a bookstore which you can always sell or discount the very next day. To find out how Happy Homes Algarve can help you and your home reach a wide target audience, call 281 320 281. 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  12. 12. Page 22 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 23www.eastalgarvemag.com Property of the monthLocated in the Ria Formosa, this character property is over 100 years old, with many original features. Two attached houses, built over two floors, with a covered area of 298m2 RUSSELL & DECOZ REAL ESTATE Tel: 00351 289 792 785 Mobile 963 085 580 Email: propertyrussell@mail.telepac.pt AMI License nº 870 - Member of APEMIP nº 1178 Av. Maria Lizarda Palermo 43a, 8700 - 081 Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal * 2 self contained houses * internal courtyard connecting two quintas * water tank-turned plunge pool * walking distance to the sea * 5400m2 of gently sloping land * located in the Nature reserve of the Ria Formosa * Character property * over 100 years old * thick stone walls * traditional ceilings either pole/cane or decorative plaster mouldings * 2 floors * 298m2 * renovated to a good habitable standard * needing finishing * Un-usual property needs to be seen to be appreciated. ONLY 375.000€ MON 712Q Location: Ria Formosa www.algarve-pt.com The two houses have an internal courtyard connecting, a water tank-turned plunge pool and is just a short walk to the sea. Must be seen to be appreciated!
  13. 13. www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.comPage 24 Page 25 Home Live Life in Comfort Monday to Friday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Saturday 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm 27 Estrada de Vale d’Eguas - Almancil T. 289 396 385 • E. linenwarehouse@sapo.pt • www.linenwarehousealgarve.com The widest selection of linen & towels in the Algarve Hatton, White Sienna,Black Summer Palace monochrome Take inspiration from this black, white and chrome theme from Frontera furniture. Visit their brand new show room on the EN125, near Fuseta Home 1 Charisma 5 pc Dining Set is from a range of durable furniture available in Black or White. €399 euros 2 Mars Chair, a funky, contemporary occasional tub chair with stainless steel arms. €1,099 3 Vase: part of a range of home accessories from €20.00 4 Cushions are available in a variety of styles and colours with co-ordinating soft furnishings from €9.00 5 Michigan corner unit. €1,495. Price includes footstool (not shown) and all cushions
  14. 14. Page 26 Page 27www.eastalgarvemag.com Energy saving tips for the home                                   We are receiving more and more enquiries from businesses in Spain regarding advertising, and would like to reintroduce a section for Ayamonte and the surrounding areas. You can pick up copies of the East Algarve Magazine from any advertiser. For more information: Call 00351 961 700 200 or email info@eastalgarvemag.com In Spain www.eastalgarvemag.com Neil & Emily Richardson removals “Caring for your possessions is second nature and we strive to care for yours as if they were our own” Tlm. +351 939 486 870/+351 939 486 807 Member of the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Tel +351 281 963 191 or 0844 579 6577 (UK local) Email: neilandem@sapo.pt Website www.ne-internationalremovals.com Apartado 166, 8800 TAVIRA REMOVALS & STORAGE LOCAL, NATIONAL & UK Packing service • Mudanças e Armazenagem Home Lighting System One of the best energy-saving devices is the light switch. Turn off lights when not required. Many automatic devices can help in saving energy used in lighting. • Consider employing infrared sensors, motion sensors, automatic timers, dimmers and solar cells wherever applicable, to switch on/ off lighting circuits. • Dirty tube lights and bulbs reflect less light and can absorb 50 percent of the light; dust your tube lights and lamps regularly. • Fluorescent tube lights and CFLs convert electricity to visible light up to 5 times more efficiently than ordinary bulbs and thus save about 70% of electricity for the same lighting levels. • Ninety percent of the energy consumed by an ordinary bulb (incandescent lamp) is given off as heat rather than visible light. • Replace your electricity-guzzling ordinary bulbs (incandescent lamps) with more efficient types. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use up to 75 percent less electricity than incandescent lamps. Room Air Conditioners Use ceiling or table fan as first line of defence against summer heat. • You can reduce air-conditioning energy use by as much as 40 percent by shading your home's windows and walls. • You will use 3 to 5 percent less energyforeachdegreeairconditioner is set above 22°C (71.5°F), so set the thermostat of room air conditioner at 25°C (77°F) to provide the most comfort at the least cost. • Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room. • A good air conditioner will cool and dehumidify a room in about 30 minutes, so use a timer and leave the unit off for some time.. • Clean the air-conditioner filter every month. A dirty air filter reduces airflow and may damage the unit. Clean filters enable the unit to cool down quickly and use less energy. Refrigerators Make sure that refrigerator is kept away from all sources of heat, including direct sunlight, radiators and appliances such as the oven, and cooking range. • Refrigerator motors and compressors generate heat, so allow enough space for continuous airflow around refrigerator. If the heat can't escape, the refrigerator's cooling system will work harder and use more energy. • A full refrigerator is a fine thing, but be sure to allow adequate air circulation inside. • Think about what you need before opening refrigerator door. You'll reduce the amount of time the door remains open. • Allow hot and warm foods to cool and cover them well before putting them in refrigerator. • Make sure that refrigerator's rubber door seals are clean and tight. They should hold a slip of paper snugly. If paper slips out easily, replace the door seals. • When dust builds up on refrigerator's condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. Clean the coils regularly to make sure that air can circulate freely. • For manual defrost refrigerator, accumulation of ice reduces the cooling power by acting as unwanted insulation. Defrost freezer compartment regularly for a manual defrost refrigerator. Water Heater To help reduce heat loss, always insulate hot water pipes, especially where they run through unheated areas. Never insulate plastic pipes. • By reducing the temperature setting of water heater from 60 degrees to 50 degrees C, one could save over 18 percent of the energy used at the higher setting. Microwave Ovens & Electric Kettles Microwaves save energy by reducing cooking times. In fact, one can save up to 50 percent on your cooking energy costs by using a microwave oven instead of a regular oven, especially for small quantities of food. • Remember, microwaves cook food from the outside edge toward the centre of the dish, so if you're cooking more than one item, place larger and thicker items on the outside. • Use an electric kettle to heat water. It's more energy efficient than using an electric cook top element. • Don't overfill the kettle for just one drink. Heat only the amount of water you need. Computers Turn off your home office equipment when not in use. A computer that runs 24 hours a day, for instance, uses - more power than an energy- efficient refrigerator. • If your computer must be left on, turn off the monitor; this device alone uses more than half the system's energy. • Setting computers, monitors, and copiers to use sleep-mode when not in use helps cut energy costs by approximately 40%. • Screen savers save computer screens, not energy. Start-ups and shutdowns do not use any extra energy, nor are they hard on your computer components. In fact, shutting computers down when you are finished using them actually reduces system wear - and saves energy. Save yourself money as well as being eco friendly, with these energy saving tips for the home.
  15. 15. Page 29www.eastalgarvemag.com Food TapasDelicious International Tapas from Mesa do Chefe, Moncarapacho. For reservations call 289 792 087 Page 28 www.eastalgarvemag.com tapas & wine Bistro Telephone 289 792 087 Rua do Carmo; No15, Moncarapacho, 8700-096, Olhão Rua Borda d’Agua da Asseca, 46-50 - 8800-325 Tavira, Tel./Fax 00 (351) 281 323 165, Tlm.916 822 117 E-mail info@beirariotavira.com www.beirariotavira.com New Bar Food Menu Samples, Sirloin Steak Baguette, fried onions, chips, salad and garlic mayonnaise €7.00. Fish in Beer Batter, chips and salad €6.50. Karaoke Saturday night Live Music throughout Summer Specialities: Home made soups, Salads, Fresh fish daily, Steaks, Cata- planas, Vegetarian dishes,Pasta dishes, Home made des- serts, Irish coffee. Extensive range of wines & ports. Sunday Roast Lunch: Roast Rib of Beef, with all the trimmings €9.50. Three Course Special €15.00 ROMAN BRIDGE Rua dos Cais Rua Dr, Jose Pires PadinhaPraçadaRepública Câmera Municipal Finanças TAVIRA Traditional Portuguese restaurant in Tavira Specialising in Cataplanas Fish dishes: Salt Cod, Sea food rice, Sea devil rice, Tuna steak and Swordfish. Meat dishes: Steak on the stone, Kebabs, Leg of lamb. 'International Tapas' & 'Fantastic House Wines ' Have you tried our ribs yet?? (See picture on our food feature page) Possibly the best ribs on the Algarve - it's what everyone is talking about! Book your table now to avoid disappointment!! John, Emma and the team look foward to seeing you. Open FOR Lunch 12-2pm Except Sat and SUN Every Evening 7pm-10pm Rua Dr. José Pires Padinha, No2, 8800, TAVIRA Tel +351 281 321 642 Email: restaurantamerica@sapo.pt Photograph Richard Bassett I nternational Tapas from Mesa do Chefe; special pork ribs, tomato & mozarella salad, fried prawns in chilli & garlic and chicken satay. A few tasty samples from the vast chalkboard menu, there is something for everyone. You'll definitely have to visit more than once!
  16. 16. Page 30 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 31www.eastalgarvemag.com mesa do cume TABLE ON THE TOP Discover the serra Mesa do Cume / Table on the top Mesa do Cume is a modern restaurant nestled at the highest point in the Serra of Eastern Algarve, situated half an hour drive from Tavira. We would like to invite our guests for an unique experience, enjoying a beautiful scenic drive up the mountain, enjoying the Serra with its traditional lifestyles and beautiful nature. DELIGHTFUL AND AFFORDABLE MENUS, ALSO OFFERING EXCELLENT VEGETARIAN CHOICES •REFRESHMENTS, COFFEE, HOMEMADE CAKES, LITTLE APPETIZERS •AL FRESCO DINING TERRACE WITH SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEW •MARKED WALKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS , DESCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE ALL OUR FOOD IS HOMEMADE, FRESH AND VERY TASTY These attractions makes your Mesa do Cume experience a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of the coast. Open 10am - 10pm, till end Sept (October till end May, 10am-5pm) MONDAY AND TUESDAY CLOSED •Location: Alcaria do Cume, RN 397 Tavira – Cachopo •Phone: 281 326 144 / 912 725 745 •Web: www.mesadocume.net •E-mail: mesa.do.cume@sapo.pt ÒEnjoy the feeling of having entered a world where all the senses are gratifiedÓ Good life ÒPart of the fun is getting thereÒ O Suplemento ÒHighly recommendedÓ 1-2-3 Algarve Restaurante MUSEU DO VINHO Rua Almirante candido dos Reis 63 - Tavira R.Joao Vaz corte Real R.deSant’Anna BecodeSantana R.DrAntoniocabriana R.Jacques Pessoa R.Jose Joaquim Jara R.Eduarda Lapa R.dos Cais PraçadaRepublica CalçadadaGaleria CalçadadeDonnaAnna R.Gonçalo Velho R.dos Pelames R.Dr.Jose Pires Padinha R.Dr.Jose Pires Padinha Travessa Dr.Parreira R.M onialvao R.daLiberdade R.Palmeira R.Silva R.Dr.Parreira R.SilvaDomingues R.Poeta Emiliano da Costa R.Alm.Candido dos Reis R.Bordad e Agua da Asseca R.Alm.Candido dos Reis R.Ama liaRodrigues R.Dom M arcelino Franco .Dr.Augusto CarlosPalma R.Dom Paio Peres Correia Traves sadaFonte Roman Bridge, Tavira “Very welcoming & excellent food, thoroughly recommend it! Excellent service and friendly atmosphere” “Excellent food, good wine, great excperience” “Excellent food, fantastic service, always with a smile” For reservations Telephone 918 502 029 International cuisine with French specialities Private dining room available & Warm Patio eating area Located in the center of Tavira, only 5 minutes from Vila Gale and Porta Nova hotels Al- ar-roba RESTAURANT Tavira A traditional Portuguese restaurant in the center of Tavira, serving typical Portuguese food, in warm and friendly surroundings. Roman bridgePost office Tavira Camara We are here River GilaoRua da Liberdade 72 8800-408 Tavira Tel 281 107 488 964 013 623 www.restaurantealfarroba.com 24 Restaurant & SNACK Bar MONCARAPACHO 34 294 RONALDO’S BAR The place in the hills with a view, Monte Novo, Faz Fato Saturday 2nd Oct, Hot & cold buffet with show PARTIES AND RECEPTIONS CATERED FOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT, INDIAN BUFFET €8 THURSDAY NIGHT, CHAMPAGNE, SHEPHERDS PIE AND FILM €6 FRIDAY NIGHT, FISH, CHIPS & MUSHY PEAS €8 saturdays, CHICKEN & MUSHROOM PIE €7 TELEPHONE, 912 827 058 Faz Fato RONALDO’S Casa Pasto Fernanda Corte Antonio Martins Campo Golf Monte Rei Vila Nova de Cacela N125TAVIRA V.R.S.A
  17. 17. Page 32 www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 33www.eastalgarvemag.com QM E Algarve 180x130 04-10.indd 4 23/3/10 18:40:25 The carobAll you ever needed to know about the Carob tree, from our gardening expert Mark O'Shaughnessy. LANDSCAPING & GARDEN CENTER B E m - V indo • W elco m e EN 125, c.p. 126-E 8800-118 Luz de Tavira e-mail: geogardim@gmail.com www.geojardim.com Tlm: +351 918 841 766 Tel: 281 961 189 To Olhão To Tavira Fuseta Luz de Tavira EN125 QUINTA DAS PALMEIRAS C E N T R O D E J A R D I N A G E M T he carob tree has been grown since antiquity in most countries of the Mediterranean basin, usually in mild and dry places with poor soils. Its value was recognized by the ancient Greeks, who brought it from its native Middle East to Greece and Italy, and by the Arabs, who disseminated it along the North African coast and north into Spain and Portugal. It was spread in recent times to other Mediterranean-like regions such as California, Arizona, Mexico, Chile and Argentina by Spaniards, to parts of Australia by Mediterranean emigrants and to South Africa and India by the English. The carob tree is an important component of the Mediterranean vegetation and its cultivation in marginal and prevailing calcareous soils of the Mediterranean region is important environmentally and economically. Traditionally, grafted carob trees have been inter planted with olives, grapes, almonds and barley in low intensity farming systemsinmostproducingcountries. Carob pods with their sugary pulp are a staple in the diet of farm animals and are eaten by children as snacks or by people in times of famine. However, currently the main interest is seed production for gum extraction. Kibbled pods have been shipped from producing countries to all over Europe. Because of low orchard management requirements the carob tree is suitable for part- time farming and shows potential for planting in semi-arid Mediterranean or subtropical regions. The trees are also useful as ornamentals and for landscaping, windbreaks and afforestation. Cattle can browse on leaves and the wood is suitable for fuel. World production is estimated at about 310 000 t/year produced from some 200 000 ha with very variable yields depending on cultivar, region and farming practice. Spain is the leading carob producer, producing on average 135 000 t/year (MAPA 1994), followed by Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Algeria and some other countries. The scientific name of carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua L.) derives from Greek keras, horn, and Latin siliqua, alluding to the hardness and shape of the pod. The common name originates from the Hebrew kharuv, from which are derived the Arabic kharrub and later algarrobo or garrofero in Spanish, carrubo in Italian, caroubier in French, Karubenbaum in German, alfarrobeira in Portuguese, charaoupi in Greek, charnup in Turkish, and garrofer or garrover in Catalan. The carob is also known as St. John’s bread or locust bean in reference to the presumed use of its ‘locusts’ as food by St. John the Baptist and, from that derives Johannisbrotbaum in German. Jewellers used its uniform seeds as a unit of weight (200 mg), the carat. The carob tree grows as a sclerophyllous evergreen shrub or tree up to 10 m high, with a broad semispherical crown and a thick trunk with brown rough bark and sturdy branches. Leaves are 10-20 cm long, alternate, pinnate, with or without a terminal leaflet. Leaflets are 3-7 cm long, ovate to elliptic, in 4-10 normally opposite pairs, coriaceous, dark green and shiny above, pale green beneath and finely veined with margins slightly ondulate, and tiny stipules. The leaves are sclerophyllous and have a very thick single-layered upper epidermis, the cells of which contain phenolic compounds in the large vacuoles, and stomata are present only in the lower epidermis and arranged in clusters. Carob does not shed its leaves in the autumn but only in July every second year, and it only partially renews leaves in spring (April and May). The original distribution of C. siliqua is not clear as it has undergone extensive cultivation since ancient times. It is suggested that its range in the wild included Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, southern Jordan, Egypt, Arabia, Tunisia and Libya and that it moved westward at an early stage. Carob is believed to have been spread by the Greeks to Greece and Italy and then by the Arabs along the coast of northern Africa into the south and east of Spain, from where it migrated to the south of Portugal and the southeast of France. Its wild occurrence in the western Mediterranean is doubtful. Spontaneous carobs occur in Gardens
  18. 18. Page 34 www.eastalgarvemag.com           Gardens Environment M ore than 90 percent of U.S. eggs come from caged hens. These birds have a space smaller than the size of a sheet of paper to move around, and live in filthy conditions. Aside from animal welfare concerns, that’s bad for our health, too, Penn- sylvania State University shows, because researchers recently found eggs raised on pasture are much more nutritious than eggs from their caged counterparts. 6 things food industry execs aren’t telling you: Penn State’s study, published re- cently in the journal Renewable Agri- culture and Food Systems found that pastured hens—ones kept outside on different pastures where they can exhibit natural behaviour and for- age for bugs and grasses—boasted higher vitamin and omega-3 fatty acid levels when compared to their commercially fed, battery-cage-kept counterparts. Eggs from pastured hens contained twice as much vita- min E and 2.5 times more total ome- ga-3 fatty acids as the eggs from caged birds contained. What it means: There are dozens of claims that manufacturers can make on egg cartons. Some of them are mean- ingful, but others are just ways to trick consumers into thinking they’re buying eggs from happy chickens. (Remember, 90 percent of chicken eggs produced in this country come from the worst type of production system—battery cages.) In an ideal situation, you would pur- chase your eggs from a local farmer in your area who raises chickens on pasture with plenty of space per bird, and uses moveable, open-air chicken houses, sometimes called chicken tractors, to protect the birds from predators. (You can look for this type of farmer on LocalHarvest. org.) Of course, you could also raise backyard chickens, if you have what it takes. Eliminating cruel chicken cages is a matter of human health as well as animal welfare. The farther you take chickens away from their natural behaviors, the worse the quality of their eggs or meat. “When you put four or five chickens in tiny cages, they can’t engage in normal chicken behavior—peck- ing in the dirt, dusting. If they’re in a cage, they can’t do any of these things,” explains chicken expert Gail Damerow, author of the classic Sto- rey’s Guide to Raising Chickens (Sto- rey, 2010). (She hasn’t purchased a store-bought egg since 1982.) “The pressure of the wire cages against their feet causes infections, their feathers rub off on the side of the Page 35www.eastalgarvemag.com PENGUINAIRCON.COM SERVICE HOTLINE: 910 700 777 Av. Eng Duarte Pacheco 222 , 8135-104 Almancil, Algarve Tel: 289 092 595 Fax: 289 392 660 Air Conditioning Pool Heating Underfloor Heating Heat Pumps Solar Water Heating All Algarve covered! PENGUIN Aqua Pura Ldasince 1989 Quality poolcovers delivered in 2 days! Now available D.I.Y. Solar covers Eastern Algarve 967 456 305 Western Algarve 967 025 157 www.aquapura.com.pt info@aquapura.com.pt Eggs is eggs? many places around the western Mediterranean basin but they are regarded as feral derivatives of the fruit crop which probably evolved under domestication. As a food source, carob pods could be stored and transported long distances. In most of the Mediterranean region wild and naturalized carobs are distributed in more or less the same geographic and climatic belt as the cultivated. Forms of spontaneous carobs are particularly common at low altitudes along the Spanish Mediterranean coast, southwest Spain, southern Portugal, the Balearic Islands, southeast France, the shores of southern Italy including Sicily, the Adriatic coast of Croatia, the Aegean region in Greece and Turkey, along the northern and southern ranges of the isle of Cyprus, in the islands of Malta, in the maritime belt of Lebanon and Israel, the north and south of Morocco and the coastline in Tunisia. The carob is one of the most useful native Mediterranean trees. In producing countries, carob pods have traditionally been used as animal and human food and currently the main use is the seed for gum extraction. Carob pods provide fodder for ruminants and nonruminants. In the wild, carob shelter, foliage and beans attract browsing animals. The pods contain indigestible and valuable seeds. Carob timber is hard and close-grained, and has been used to make utensils as well as fuel. Carob wood also was traditionally used to make slow-burning charcoal. Ceratonia oreothauma is extensively used for goat fodder in its native ranges. The pulp can be ground into a fine powder for use in human nutrition. Carob powder consists of 46% sugar, 7% protein and small amounts of numerous minerals and vitamins and is thus quite nutritious. After oven-drying, the powder can be added to cakes, bread, sweets, ice creams or drinks as a flavouring. Carob powder ‘cocoa’ has advantages over chocolate in that has fewer calories and neither caffeine nor theobromine. Its flavour is not as rich as dark chocolate but resembles milk chocolate. Owingtothehighsugarcontentofthe pod and its relatively low cost, carob pulp was among the first horticultural crops used for the production of industrial alcohol by fermentation in several Mediterranean countries. In some countries, e.g. Egypt, carob syrup is a popular drink obtained by extracting carob kibbles with water. Harvesting is the major cost in carob production owing to the expensive and scarce labour in most developed countries. Manual harvesting of the pods represents 30-35% of the total production cost for an orchard. This cost can be divided between knocking (or shaking) and collecting operations. Knocking is a traditional operation performed with thin long poles to knock down ripe pods. Manual or mechanical harvesting by trunk shakers and manpower shakers is affected by size and growth habit of the trees, pod distribution in the branches and pod abscission. Collecting operations depend on yield, size and shape of pod, and orchard density. The main aim for new carob orchard establishment should be mechanical harvesting. Some agronomical features of the tree are important to improve mechanical harvesting of carob. In Portugal the future of the carob production is being protected by an interesting initiative to promote carob growing with the establishment of the Associaçao Interprofissional para o Desenvolvimento da Produçao e Valorizaçao da Alfarrova (AIDA) in 1985 in the Algarve, Portugal. This independent association brings together efforts of interested people and institutions involved in carob production, processing and marketing. Worried about bad eggs? How to sell the healthiest ones What ‘free-range,’ ‘cage-free,’ ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ truly mean. Are they really safer? In the wake of the nationwide re- call of eggs for contamination with salmonella, many consumers may be wondering what types of eggs are healthiest and safest to buy?
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  20. 20. Page 38 www.eastalgarvemag.com www.eastalgarvemag.com Page 39 Finance The Euro – the Canary in the Goldmine. Rui Horta Law Office ESCRITÓRIO DE ADVOGADOS Lawyer Telephone: 281 325 635 or 281 325 636 Fax. 281 325 612 Mobile Phone: 96 4043 380 or 96 207 6556 E-mail: advogados.law@mail.telepac.pt or mail@taviralawyers.com Website: www.taviralawyers.com Rua 1° de Maio, no 9, 8800-360 Tavira - Portugal Purchase of Commercial and Residential Property • Mortgages on Property or Shares • Formation of Trust Companies • Banking & finance advice • Taxation Advice Development and Planning Law • Personal Injury • Contract Disputes • Powers of Attorney • Will and Probate • Debt Collecting and Process Service • Enforcement of Judgments • Mainte- nance Orders • Family Law and Divorce • Nationality and Residency Applications Portuguese, English, Spanish and French speaking Solicitors offering clients the benefits of local representation. LICENSES & permits We can take care of all your license problems or queries, from Drivers’ licenses, Building permits, Pool licenses, Tourism licenses to car matriculation. Why not benefit from our experience! Please contact us with your questions and ask for a free ALL INCLUSIVE quote. AlgarDocuments Tel. (+351) 913 182 499 Skype contact: algardocuments www.algardoc.com info@algardoc.com AlgarDocuments B ack before people had stricter safety regulations and better methods of measuring the levels of toxic gas in mines, miners took canaries with them into mines because the birds were very sensitive to the pockets of poisonous gases they encountered while mining. If the canary died, there was toxic gas present, and the miners were able to escape from the area before they succumbed to the gas. Therefore, the expression "miner's canary" refers to the demise of something that serves as a warning of potential danger to others. For many years now a cartel (illegal consortium) of Bullion Banks have been suppressing the price of Gold by various illegal means such as naked shorting of stocks and selling leased Gold into the market. They do this to conceal the fact that Fiat currencies, in particular the U.S. Dollar, are losing value very rapidly. If the price of Gold should rise suddenly and spectacularly, it would indicate to buyers of U.S. debt that the currency was depreciating, and this depreciation must be considered in their investment analysis. This is why Gold is called the “Canary in the Coal Mine”; the price of Gold will soar when the U.S. Dollar finally succumbs to the inevitable collapse, due to the unregulated running of the printing presses. What I would like you to remember is that newspapers and TV pundits do their share in capping the price of Gold with their inane arguments such as “Gold is a poor investment because it pays no interest”. What a wonderful insight! Gold has tripled in value in seven years and paper money, though it may pay 1 or 2% interest, is losing value through inflation. With those thoughts in mind, I would like you to think about what you currently hear these same pundits preaching – the death of the Euro! With all the currencies in the world to chose from, many if not most of them struggling, they are trashing the Euro. Could there be an ulterior motive? Could the Euro be the new Canary, the canary in the Gold Mine! If the Euro were to rise suddenly and spectacularly, it would be an indication that the World’s reserve currency, the U.S. Dollar was about to lose its crown. To protect this supremacy, the U.S. Government has enlisted the help of a few unscrupulous banks to short and talk down the Euro, to give these same entities time to extricate themselves from their U.S Dollar holdings, before the final collapse. Simply remember, the Euro is 15% backed by Gold. Countries without a significant Gold holding will find it impossible to back a new currency when their own currency fails. Gold’s impending rise will send the Euro into orbit as the other fiat currencies crumble. A final note: Portugal has one of the highest proportions of Gold in its central bank reserves; this fact should help us all sleep better in the coming financial storm. Richard Bassett Snr. The Canaries are about to sing a duet!
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  22. 22. T his months article, a little information regarding Junior Golf, Ladies, Over 60's and Professional Golf. 1Children. Children are the golfers of the future, and we must encourage them as much as possible. Many golf clubs have specially reduced fees for juniors. Eight years of age is a good time to start. Children imitate well and soon develop the rhythm of the swing. A two-handed grip is best until they are 13-14 years old, then, with more strength in their hands, they can change to the overlapping or interlocking grip. I recommend that children would enjoy pulling their parents trolley's, as they can learn a great deal about the rules of the game and which clubs to use, also they learn to be courteous on the course. Never try to tell them all the rules of golf, otherwise you may turn them against the game. Just tell them a few essentials, the others they will gradually acquire, watch as many good players as you can. 2Golf for Ladies. Not being physically as strong as men, ladies need to do plenty of exercise to strengthen hands and fingers, and they can also take a little longer swing going back as long as the last two fingers of the left hand are holding on firmly. Most ladies I feel, have more sense of rhythm than men. It's important to make sure your clubs are not too heavy. 3Golf for over 60's. When you come to your later years, you must remember not to worry if you cannot hit as far as you did years ago. Just concentrate on your short game and putting, and your cards will still show a good score. It might be advisable to have a little more whip in your shafts and clubs slightly lighter to help with club-head speed. Use plenty of wrist work in your swing to compensate for lack of pivot and shoulder movement. 4Professional Golf. It probably looks to you as if Professionals always swing very fast. But you must remember that the Tournament Pro is always playing golf and has trained his muscles, hands and fingers. He can swing fast and still keep his rhythm. Club Professionals, like myself, do not play a great deal. But we spend most of our time teaching and always have a club in our hands. Our work on such jobs as replacing grips, and doing other repairs, helps to strengthen our hands and fingers considerably. If you aim at becoming a Pro, you must play as much as you possibly can. Read all you can about golf- in fact, you must dream about golf. There is only one way to get to the top and that is by practising at every opportunity. Of course, you must know what you are about, so make sure that all your practice is based on the principle of a sound swing. Play on as many different courses as you possibly can to help with judging distances. If you realise that you will never be a champion, then concentrate on your teaching. You cannot do both. If you are teaching all day, your own golf is bound to suffer-but there is great satisfaction in helping other people to play well. A good club-pro is always courteous and obliging. Enjoy your golf. Keith Ashdown Page 43Page 42 www.eastalgarvemag.com Pro stats Name: Keith Ashdown Title: P.G.A. Resident professional Pro since: 1964 Born: Crowborough, Sussex, U.K. Tournament History: •Winner of more than 100 professional golf tournaments in Europe. •Represented G.B. and Ireland in the P.G.A. Cup against the U.S.A. •16 Hole in ones (4 on par 4’s) •Course record holder at Benamor, 65 (6 under par), although has scored 60 strokes on 3 occasions (Not counted as a course record as they were not scored in a professional competition) www.eastalgarvemag.com More expert advice from Benamor's resident professional! Email: info@cabanasgolfshop.com Website: www.cabanasgolfshop.com Address: Rua 25 de Abril Nr 18A Conceição, Tavira Algarve Portugal Tel 00351-281 326 939 Tlm 00351-915 424 642 Benamor Golf Cabanas Tavira Altura s anabaC lfoG Sh op We are here s anabaC lfoG Sh op This months offer Sítio do canal. tlm. 917 536 135 / 918 646 544 (gas station Santa Barbara de Nexe 400m. up and 300m. left by the well.) This BAR-BISTRO welcomes every- body for just a drink, some tapas or a dinner. The cosy atmosphere will make you feel at home and welcome. We have different wines by the glass or bottle, zero degrees Heineken from draft and many other choices. For more info visit www.sennas.eu Open from 17.00h, Sunday from 16.00h Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays Golf, for Juniors, Ladies, Over 60's and the Professional Club hire Day rate 20 Euro's 7 days for 100 Euro's Open 7 days a week Located between Olhão and Pechao on the EN 2-6 Call now to place your order: Tel 937 809 074 - 937 809 065 - 289 703 020 Set lunch menu, 11.00-15.30 Authentic Indian food at its best! Enjoy your food inside, or out on the terrace. Good parking facilities. Quality food • Excellent service • Good prices
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Fall in love againFall in love again Dinner from 18h30 until 23h30 - closed Tuesday Lunch only with reservation – from 6 to 40 persons A fter a summer of change with a new manager, new backroom staff & twelve new signings there was a sense of excitement as the crowd of nearly 6000 packed into the José Arcanjo Stadium, Olhão to witness Olhanense’s first game of the season against V.Guimarães. Seven new faces made their debut under Daúto Faquirá and the game was only ten minutes old when a flowing Olhanense move, involving six players, resulted in Nuno Piloto’s shot narrowly going wide. The home side was playing some attractive football whilst the visitors were missing Ricardo & Douglas (suspended) and Moreno, transferred to Leicester City in the summer. Paulo Sérgio, Jorge Gonçlaves and the 24 year old Vinícius (ex. Rio Ave) were the pick of the home side. The one area where Olhanense struggled was in goal where the nervous Moretto failed to gather several high balls. The opposite was true of the visitors keeper Nilson who made three world class saves to deny Olhanense victory. A fifty metres cross field pass picked out Jorge Gonçlaves who was only denied a deserved goal by the brilliance of Nilson. The final score of 0-0 did not reflect Olhanense’s superiority and the visitors will have been happy to escape with a point. Four days later the team travelled 600kms north to Coimbra to take on Academica who had sensationally beaten Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon on the opening day of the season. Former Olhanense manager Jorge Costa was in buoyant mood but the Estudantes were in for a shock of their own as their late lead was cancelled out by a stoppage time penalty to give Olhanense a share of the spoils. A very quiet first-half produced one scoring opportunity when Academica’s Diogo Valente's 15th minute free-kick took a deflection and struck the post. In the second-half it was a more assured Olhanense performance with former Belenenses striker Yontcha making a significant difference. He came close to scoring in the 85th minute but his shot rattled the crossbar. Just when it seemed there would be another stalemate Diogo Gomes popped up to head home Junior Paraiba's cross in the 90th minute. But the visitors hit back and deep into stoppage time Eder handled in the box and up stepped Yontcha to convert the spot kick. The 100+ Olhanense fans who had made the journey were in jubilant mood as they set off on their long trek home. With midfielders Delson and the exciting young prospect Lulinha having received FIFA international clearance, manager Daú to Faquirá is assembling a team capable of maintaining a strong presence in the top flight. Olhanense’s playing budget of €1.4m, the lowest in the league, is dwarfed by that of Benfica €40m, FC Porto €40m & Sporting €25. Incidentally, Chelsea had a bill of £167m in 2008/9 whilst Manchester United (£123m) recently paid €8.8m for the unknown V.Guimaraes striker Bébé! September is an exciting month with away games at Sporting & FC Porto. Sandwiched in between is a home again against newly promoted local rivals Portimonense (Portimão) on the weekend of 18th/19th September. The British expat group now numbers some 200 and if you would like more information please contact: Chris Wright 916 504 903 Christopher.wright@hotmail.co.uk or Emily Richardson 939 486 870 neilandem@sapo.pt All the latest soccer news from Chris Wright. Exhilirating performance by olhanense CALENDAR The Expat Group has produced a full colour wall calendar giving details of all match during the coming season. The new lapel badge at €2.50 is also proving extremely popular with expat & Portuguese fans. WHO IS BÉBÉ ? Even in the world of super rich football clubs this is an amazing story. Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was in Portugal as a character witness for under- fire national team coach Carlos Queiroz, Ferguson took the opportunity to tie up a €8.8 deal for Bébé, who had spent just five weeks with Vitoria de Guimaraes. Bébé played football in a homeless team during a brief spell on the streets before his potential was spotted by third division team Estrela de Amadora (Lisbon), where he first came to prominence. Now he will get the chance to feature for one of the world's most famous clubs, which Ferguson admitted is a meteoric rise by anyone's assessment. "It is a fairytale when you read about his background," said Ferguson. So how did he become a footballer? He learned to play on the streets but was spotted playing for the Loures junior team by E.Amadora & came through the ranks there. So, United got him from E.Amadora? No. When they failed to pay him five weeks ago, he joined V.Guimaraes on a free transfer. They snapped him up and stuck him on a five year contract with a €9million release clause. United took a gamble for a player who has appeared only in the 3rd division and a handful of friendlies for Guimaraes. What are his strengths? He is said to be fast with raw ability & a sweet right foot. At 6ft 2in, he's good in the air as well. United have eight senior strikers now. Will he play this season? Well, because he's under 21 he will not cost United a slot in their 25-man Premier League squad. Now here’s a poser? Will Nani be asked to look after Bébé ? PORTUGAL COACH BANNED The Portuguese Football Federation has suspended national coach Carlos Queiroz for one month after a disciplinary committee found him guilty of misconduct. He was accused of insulting an anti-doping team sent to test the Portugal squad ahead of the World Cup, and that his aggressive behaviour was disruptive to their work. Queiroz will not be available for the Eouropean Championship qualifiers against Cyprus on Sept. 3 and Norway four days later. Queriroz fought the charges and Sir Alex Ferguson testified on Queiroz's behalf as a character witness. Queiroz complained that he was being subjected to a "public lynching" as details of the inquiry, into the incident back in May, were leaked to the media. Officials sent to carry out routine tests on Portugal players said Queiroz harassed and intimidated them and used foul language, according to media reports.

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