Remember the book signing Blind Truth that I wrote about last year?
Well, I attended it and met the author Margaret Sherlock and her husband Bryan. What a lovely couple! I must admit I was a bit intimated by meeting an actual writer. But they are very down-to-earth, "normal" people. It's clear they love Lanzarote and all it has to offer. They specially enjoy trying new restaurants, revisiting their favourites when they visit and also exploring the island hiking.
I caught up with them again recently at Picnic in Puerto del Carmen - where we first met! - before they headed back to the UK where Margaret is about to release the third and final book of the Lyn Porter trilogy.
This is a brief synopsis of "Hounded":
"On a week's holiday to the sunny island of Lanzarote read more »
A new Saturday Sailing Club for children is starting at the marina in Puerto Calero with Endeavour Sailing.
For the first time in Lanzarote, children aged from 8 years old will be able to experience the exhilaration of learning to sail in a J80. Keelboat training is exciting, it has all the thrills of dinghy sailing but combined with the stability of a yacht, it’s a must for anyone wanting to learn how to sail.
The J80’s are amazing boats, at 8 metres long they offer great stability, so no capsizing! Tuition will be given by trained RYA Keelboat instructors with a student to instructor ratio of 4:1. Plus the keelboats are read more »
It’s a question we’re often asked. We’re much closer to the equator than northern European countries, so the difference between winter months and summer months is much less marked – that means our winter days are much longer, but our summer days are shorter.
We’ve selected sunrise and sunset times for key months through the year to give you a feel for what to expect:
In mid March, the sun rises at 0704 and sets at 1903, making the day a fraction under 12 hours long.
In the middle of June the sun rises at 0655 and sets at 2054 making the day almost 14 hours long.
Mid September read more »
It’s the main carnival weekend in Arrecife before the big procession on Monday and fiesta bank holiday on Tuesday. There’s a tapas fair with concert at the Carnaval Porteño at the Parque Islas Canarias during the day on Saturday. Efecto Pasillo, who are a really popular group at the moment will be playing live as well as Los Lola with an 80’s revival.
The activities start from 10:00, a pasacalle with batucadas and comparsas will arrive around 12:00 which is the start of the tapas fair and then the concert. Arrecife Carnival Programme
Here’s what else is happening around the island of Lanzarote this weekend.
Puerto del Carmen:
There will be a good atmosphere in the resort of Puerto del Carmen during Saturday afternoon with the Music Marathon Festival taking place. Musicians will be playing live along the Avenida de Las Playas and there’s a concert at the start / finish line from 19:30 to 21:00. Children’s races start at 15:30 & the main race at 16:00.
Venue: read more »
We’re often asked about QROPS – Qualifying recognised overseas pensions scheme. Essentially, it’s a way for people who have left UK to live abroad to access their pensions funds to reinvest in their new countries.
We asked our financial expert Alan Keane, from Keane Pensions and Investments to tell us more:
How can you benefit by a transfer to a QROPS?
Early Retirement at 50 not 55 as in the UK
30% Pension Commencement Lump Sum not 25% as in the UK
No 55% Recovery Tax Charge on Lump Sum death benefits as could apply in UK and remaining funds can be passed onto your loved ones as a Lump Sum
No need to buy an annuity at age 77 or face a tax charge as in the UK
QROPS - Who would benefit? read more »
The water company, Canal Gestión Lanzarote have confirmed that they will be extending their opening hours to strengthen their customer service on the island.
Previously the company only opened to the general public and clients during weekday mornings. The decision to open during the afternoons was a response to meet the needs of their customers.
From March, the Atención al Abonado department will be open from read more »
These are the movies that will be shown in English at the cinemas in Lanzarote next week, on Monday the 3rd and Thursday the 6th of March:
Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife:
At 19:30 American Hustle. I believe this movie has been already shown for a while but dubbed so this is your change to catch it in English! Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a con man who together with his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) who drags them into Jersey's mafia world.
Also at 19:30 12 Years a Slave makes a comeback. The true story of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man, who is abducted and sold into slavery. He faces cruelty, personified by a malevolent slave owner (Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses. In the 12th year of his odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will change his life forever.
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It has been five long months since the Rojillos tasted victory on the road but thanks to an assist by British lad Louis Kennedy and a finish from Yaco late on, that terrible statistic has come to an end.
After last week’s disappointing home defeat Rojillos manager Adolfo Pérez decided to introduce two junior players into the starting line up, defender Acaymo and striker Echedey Gómez.
The Tenerife side one place above Lanzarote prior to the match began the better of the two sides. The Rojillos defence was strong but upfront only looked dangerous on set pieces. The visitors were content with the game scoreless going into the half time break.
The home side kept up the same tempo in the second period but as Lanzarote grew in confidence as they began to claw their way into the game.
With five minutes left on the clock read more »