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Laine's Alcaidesa Newsletter - August 2008

Hello Everybody

What is that saying ‘Better late than Never’ well that is what I am thinking at this moment.
It has been a very busy hot few months but it has been good for Alcaidesa, everybody that has visited has enjoyed the area and liked the apartments they have stayed in.


Castellar Zoo

It was the hottest July on record, well since records began some 66 years ago. My family had two weeks here and spent most of the time on the beach or at the pool.
We did however take a trip to the Castellar Zoo. On arrival it did not seem much of a Zoo and we thought 30 minutes and we will be gone.
It was a fantastic afternoon the couple that run the zoo let the children feed baby animals with syringes, feed the monkeys and actually let them into some of the animal pens.
When leaving we were asked to wait in the café and one wall was glass with crocodiles in the tank – the man then, to the great delight of my grandchildren fed the crocs.
We then made our way out with two very happy children and once again were stopped whilst they gave the children some sweets. It was 10 euros each and 5 euros for the children, money well spent and if you have children I would recommend this as a day out.


Alcaidesa’s New Shopping Centre

What have I been reading this month, apparently the building work on the Alcaidesa shopping centre is making good progress, even though I thought it should have been finished by August! When it is finished it will have 17 business premises and 53 parking spaces. Apparently the terraces have great views over the Straits of Gibraltar and it is on four floors. I wish they would hurry up as I am looking forward to some new amenities in Alcaidesa.


Alcaidesa Marina

The building work on the new Alcaidesa Marina is now underway and will be finished within the next two years. It will be located in front of the Iberostar Hotel, just outside of Gibraltar and will have three different areas:-

Water sports, Recreational and Entertainment and an area for Passenger and Commercial Traffic.

The Marina will provide moorings for 800 recreational crafts.


Siamese Twins

Maybe it was because I have had my grandchildren here this month that I read an article about Siamese Twins.
These are three week old Siamese Twins that have just undergone an eight hour operation by a Spanish medical team. The babies were joined at the abdomen and shared intra-abdomen organs. The operation took place at the Virgin del Rocio Hospital in Seville and was successful; the Twins are now doing well. It took thirty-six doctors, eight hours and two operating rooms. I really hope they carry on making good progress.

Did you know?

Siamese twins are always identical twins.
Occurs once in every 200,000 births.
And the one that surprised me,
75% of Siamese twins are girls.


Animal Related Articles

Just to finish on I have been reading about some animals or animal related articles.

Armani Bullfight

Bullfighter Cayetano Rivera will be dressed in a suit designed by the Italian fashion house of Giorgio Armani. This event will take place on the 6th September at the Goyesca corrida in the Ronda Bullring. The event which was started by Cayetano’s grandfather draws celebrities from all over Spain and participants wear Goya-inspired clothes.

Rook Attach

A rooks’ nest fell from the Seville Cathedral and a group of adult rooks began to attack pedestrians and police officers to protect their nest. There were no injuries and the chicks were then taken to a care centre as these are an endangered species.

Last but not least


Yes that’s right, an owner took their snake, a python, to the beach for the day and yes you guessed it, they lost it.

Two people walking along the beach around 10’00 in the evening, suddenly came across a snake. This was a python measuring more then one metre in length. Needless to say they rang the police. The police had actually been looking for the snake for several days after it had been reported missing to them. Anyway the owner is in trouble, no licence to keep a python, no insurance for a python, not having her pet under control in a public place (letting it escape on a beach) and off course it was not microchipped.
The moral of this story is don’t take your snake with you to the beach, take an umbrella like everybody else; or do you take unusual things to the beach with you?

Anyway, enjoy the rest of the summer.


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