Burn – Deep Purple tribute at Louie Louie

Burn in concert

Those of you who enjoyed last summer’s rock concert in the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa will be pleased to know that the tribute band Burn with Rob Sas that rocked the Castle that night will be performing a free concert at Louie Louie’s in Estepona Port on Sunday 21 June from 7 pm.

They will be performing classic rock covers from the likes of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and of course Deep Purple amongst many more.

Many of the band members are over from the UK to play the European Harley-Davidson Festival in Jerez this week and will be rounding off the weekend at Estepona’s Louie Louie Rock Bar.

For images of last year’s concert see HERE.

Burn at Louie Louie Rock Bar

My Roman Oasis – The peculiar story of Spain’s strangest restaurant

My Roman Oasis book cover

Local restaurateur Paul Hickling has finally released his long promised (or threatened) autobiography ‘My Roman Oasis’ in which he tells the highs and lows of founding and running Spain’s strangest restaurant (his words not mine).

Surely nobody on earth would be stupid enough to buy a mountain tract of arid land that had no electricity or water on the Costa del Sol in the south of Spain and think they could build a successful restaurant there. Nobody except for Paul Hickling that is.
The year was 1981 and the Costa del Sol was awash with celebrities, glamour and gangsters. David Niven, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery, Rod Stewart, Freddie Foreman and, erm, Wham! They were all drawn by the allure and fun of this Mediterranean coastline. Hickling’s dream was to feed them and millions of tourists.

This is the story of one man’s success in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. And yet, after over thirty years of toil, trouble, heartache and the cost of two failed marriages the restaurant has become an unbridled success on the coast of broken dreams. This is a rapidly-paced account of sheer madness on the Costa, with tales of disaster and despair midst cocktail-sipping celebrities, matched bravely against Hickling’s undying will to raise the Phoenix from the ashes that were The Roman Oasis Restaurant. Over the decades it  flew high above the dark clouds of Spain’s bureaucracy and pre-European Union laws that tried to rain down upon it.

This is a book for anyone who loves Spain; for anyone who knew it in the wild, sangria-fuelled, good old days of the peseta to the Euro of today. It is for anyone who sat upon the warm sands and thought, I wonder what it would be like to open a place here…

Paul Hickling, author Myr Roman OasisThe author Paul Hickling (the one with the glass of wine…)

‘My Roman Oasis’ is available for sale at The Bookshop, Sabinillas, The Business Centre Estepona Port, Bookworld España Puerto Banus and The Gibraltar Bookshop 300 Main St. Gibraltar. It is also available for Kindle from Amazon.

The PSOE’s Diego José Jiménez elected Mayor of Manilva

Manilva Council Team

Manilva’s newly elected councillors met today, Saturday 13 June, for the first time in a full session of council to elect and invest a Mayor for the coming four years.

This investiture was witnessed by a packed audience of supporters and members of public eager to witness the end of the ‘old guard’ and the dawn of a new, younger team of councillors, including Manilva’s first foreign councillor, Dean Tyler Shelton, a British national who has lived in the area for some 30 years.

In accordance with tradition the ceremony was presided over by the oldest and youngest councillors, Emilio Lopez Berenguer and Alba María Jiménez respectively, and the council secretary.

Following the swearing in of each councillor who received their badge of office from Emilio Lopez, nominations were invited from each political party for mayor, the PSOE proposed their leader, Diego José Jiménez, whilst Compromiso proposed Diego Urieta. The remaining parties declined to put forward a candidate.

The councillors then voted in turn with the following results:
Both PP councillors abstained; all five Compromiso councillors voted for Diego Urieta; the five PSOE councillors voted for Diego Jose, as did all four IU councillors, finally Emilio Lopez, the sole ASM councillor, cast his vote in favour of Diego Jose, making him a clear winner for the position of Mayor of Manilva by 10 votes for, 5 against, and 2 abstentions.

Diego José Jiménez will govern Manilva at the head of a PSOE – Izquierda Unida coalition with the IU’s Antonio Barragan as Deputy Mayor.

For photographs of the investiture see Manilva Life on Facebook

Culture takes to the street in Estepona this weekend

To celebrate the end of the various courses and workshops organised by Estepona’s Cultural Department over the past year the Town Hall have organised the annual ‘Culture Takes To The Streets’ from 12 to 14 June, to showcase their achievements in various parts of Estepona’s historic town centre.

Among the activities, which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, is the ‘VI Tapas Route’ in which soem 40 participating bars and restaurants will offering a free tapa with every drink purchased. Other events and activities include:

Friday 12

7 pm. Calle Real – Exhibition by the Tiffany and Stained Glass Workshop.

8 pm. Calle Villa – Performance by the Lourdes Barrientos and Lourdes Bazán Classical Spanish and Flamenco Dance Workshops.

8.30 pm. El Patio de Estepona, Avda San Lorenzo – Performance by the municipal Flamenco Guitar Class.

9.30 pm. Calum in concert at the the Felipe VI Theatre. Tickets: www.malagaentradas.com

Saturday 13

10 am to 2 pm. Padre Manuel Cultural Centre – Workshop: An Introduction to Orchid Cultivation.

10 am to 2 pm. Calle Real – End of course Chess Tournament.

8 pm. Plazoleta Ortiz – Performance by the Municipal Theatre Workshop.

9 pm. Estepona Orchid House – Performance of traditional music by the municipal Rondalla music group.

Sunday 14

12 noon. Plaza Diario ABC – Dance Spectacular by the Mariví Rodríguez and Claudia Ramírez Rodríguez Ballroom and Flamenco Dance Workshops.

1 pm. Plaza Diario ABC – Dance Spectacular by the Laura Perea Modern Dance Workshop.

Culture Takes to the Streets in Estepona

Manilva celebrates its annual Romeria on June 13 and 14, 2015

Manilva celebrates its 2015 Romería on the weekend of June 13 and 14 organised by Manilva’s Cultural Department and the Cofradía Nuestra Señora de los Dolores y Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno brotherhood.

A Romería is a traditional catholic pilgimage consisting of a procession which makes its way to a religious sanctuary or chapel, in this case the San Adolfo Chapel on the road to the Roman Baths.

As with most Spanish festivals the religious aspect of the event is complemented by a great opportunity to party, with many people camping on the riverside over the weekend, live music available and plenty of food and drink.

The Romería begins on Saturday June 13 at around 11 am with the procession from the Iglesia de Santa Ana church in Manilva to the San Adolfo Chapel.

On Sunday June 9, from 1 pm there will be a Holy Mass accompanied by the Santa Ana choir, followed by music and refreshments.

Manilva Romeria

The Jersey Boys at The Brasserie

Live Music Spain presents a Tribute to The Jersey Boys at The Brasserie by Arturo, Casares Golf Resort on Saturday 13 June, 2015, from 8 pm.

This fabulous tribute to the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tells the story of how the group went from being New Jersey kids to international pop superstars through their beautiful songs including “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”.

Tickets are just 25 euros which includes a 3-course dinner plus show.

Tickets available from The Bookshop, Fathoms Bar in Sabinillas, tickets@livemusicspain.com, or call 666 271 618.

Jersey Boys at The Brasserie

Memphis Trio at Pepe’s this Sunday

Memphis Trio

Live Music Spain presents Memphis Trio at Chiringuito Almijara (Pepe’s Beach Bar) Between Sabinillas and Duquesa Port on Sunday 7 June from 4 pm.

Founded some 20 years ago the Memphis Trio comprises Alberto Vazquez on guitar, Jose Antonio Ruiz drums, and Paul Rouse on double bass, and their repertoire ranges from classic rock and roll by the likes of Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley to more contemporary rockabilly sounds of bands such as the Stray Cats, etc.

Memphis Trio are a the perfect party band for an afternoon on the beach. Free Entry so get down there.

PSOE and IU agree coalition to govern Manilva for the next four years

The PSOE and IU parties have signed an agreement to govern Manilva in coalition for the next four years.

Following the local elections held on Sunday 24 May in which no party managed to secure a majority, extensive talks have been held, led by the PSOE who secured 5 councillors and the highest vote.

With nine councillors required to form a government, the PSOE approached the IU, led by Antonio Barragan, who held the necessary 4 councillors to make that possible and agreement was reached which will see the PSOE leader Diego Jose Jimenez sworn in as Mayor on June 13.

In a statement released today, Diego Jose said “we have held a series of meetings with all the political parties following the election, the best and most understanding being with the IU which has resulted in this pact which guarantees political stability and cooperation for the next four years, something which the people of Manilva deserve”.

This also confirms that Manilva will have its first foreign councillor in Dean Shelton, something which we should be proud of and thank the Izquierda Unida for their vision in making this possible.

There has been no official release of which councillors will be heading which departments but I think its fair to assume that Councillor Shelton will be heading up the Foreign Residents’ department.

PSOE IU coalition in Manilva

Duquesa Drama Society perform ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’

Duquesa Drama Society

Duquesa Drama Society proudly present the play ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’ an intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron, which they will perform at the Manilva Wine Centre Theatre on 12 and 13June, from 8 pm.

Directed by Angela Ferguson, who recently won the award for best newcomer in the recent navy drama festival in Gibraltar for her portrayal of Ann Boleyn in the Regina monologues, this is the society’s first production, with plans to stage a Christmas pantomime and other productions later in the year.

Tickets are just 5 euros and are available from The Bookshop, Sabinillas. A percentage of the ticket money will go to The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George.

If you are interested in joining the group either as an actor or backstage, such as costume making, set building, sound and lighting, musicians, and so on then call Gareth on 686 823 555.

The group are also looking for sponsors, so if you fancy being a patron to the arts then once again call Gareth on the above number.

Trip to Bahia Park

Manilva’s Fiesta’s department is organising a trip to the Bahia Park water park in Algeciras on Thursday 25 June.

The coach leaves from the Meidcal Centre in Manilva at 10.30 am followed by a pick up at the main bus stop by Supersol in Sabinillas, and returns when the Park closes.

Tickets are €16 euros for adults; €15 for children including return coach travel. For those who prefer to make their own transport arrangements tickets are €9 adults; €8 children.

Those wishing to go should register at the Usos Multiples building in Sabinillas or in the Bienestar Social office in the Town Hall, Manilva, or phone 952 893 838 / 952 897 060, by June 23.

Bahia Park, Water Park, Algeciras