1 Feb

A temple of tattoo art and history

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Angelina Jolie

WHEN LUCAS AND HIS WIFE LINDA opened El Templo Tattoos in Torremolinos in 1989, it was one of the first legal and licensed tattoo studios in Spain at the time.

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After travelling around Europe, tattooing for their living expenses, Lucas (whose uncle Pancho was a tattoo artist in Belgium from 1965 to 1978) and Linda worked in Spain for a Dutch tattooist, Gipsy and Lady, before deciding to settle down and take over the studio they had started up with Prem a year before. […]


1 Feb

Mulsanne unveiled in Marbella

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THE NEW Bentley Mulsanne, which replaces the old Arnage and is due to go on sale in mid-2010, was previewed at the C. de Salamanca prestige cars dealership in San Pedro de Alcántara. […]


1 Feb

Specialist baby and child photography

ruth babies 5NOW BASED on the Costa del Sol, Welsh photographer Ruth Jones’s versatility and creativity extends across the spectrum, including the specialist field of baby and child photography. […]

CAGE fighting in MARBELLA

1 Feb

International combatants in one-to-one bouts

cage 1MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA), as cage fighting is officially known, was born in Brazil. The martial art of Brazilian Ju Jitsu was at the forefront of this one-to-one combat, a style that was and still is led by the Gracie family. In the early days the fighting art was known as “Vale Tudo”, Portuguese for “anything valid”. […]

LONG way to the TOP

31 Jan

IT TOOK OVER three decades but AC/DC finally ended their Grammys drought with the 2010 award for best hard rock performance – for War Machine off the Black Ice album. Formed in Australia in 1973, the band received their first Grammy nomination in 1991 (The Razors Edge) and another four before this year’s breakthrough. Rock music – especially their heavy genre – was effectively ignored by Grammy voters during the band’s heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

No such snubs for Keith Urban, however. Already a two-time winner (2002 for You’ll Think Of Me; and 2008 for Stupid Boy) the New Zealand-born Australian made it s hat-trick with the best male country vocal performance award for Sweet Thing from his Defying Gravity album.



29 Jan

Luxury meets nature at Hotel Hermitage

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THE COSTA DEL SOL is known internationally for a variety of reasons: some memorable, others best overlooked. The memorable ones include an exceptional Mediterranean climate and lifestyle; the ones best overlooked, well… the dark side of Marbella’s glitzy and glamorous image. […]


28 Jan

Gold medal for Los Aguilares Pinot Noir

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MÁLAGA WOULD not come all that high up on most people’s list of major wine-making areas in Spain but the province is quietly boosting its reputation in the industry. The latest Sierras de Málaga “Denominación de Origen” wine to receive international recognition is the 2008 Pinot Noir from Cortijo Los Aguilares in Ronda: awarded a Grand Gold Medal at the Mondial du Pinot Noir in Sierre, Switzerland. […]

Australia Day DILEMMA

26 Jan

“Rubbish” or worth celebrating?

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TWO DIVERSE but excellently enunciated views in The Punch about marking “Australia Day” on 26 January…

Δ  Rubbish

Δ  Worth celebrating


25 Jan

Traditional celebrations at “home” of the Coast’s Burns Suppers

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BURNS NIGHT COMES but once a year, but at Hotel Tamisa Golf (Mijas) one night is just not enough. Over Saturday, Sunday and Monday (23, 24 and 25 January) more than 350 people joined in the traditional Scottish celebration inspired by the poet Robert Burns.


Junior MASTER to tour STAR

21 Jan

Pablo Martin honoured by La Cala Resort

la cala 1 MÁLAGA-BORN Pablo Martín, winner of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa (first event of the 2010 European Tour), was presented with the La Cala Resort Junior Masters Player of the Year award at a ceremony to launch this year’s Junior Masters tournament. […]