Community Spirit, July 2018

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Community Spirit

Let's use our good Energy to create great things together

JULY 2018

KNOW HOW

TO PROTECT

YOUR PET

FROM

HEATSTROKE

DOGS FOR

ADOPTION IS

BACK!!

DUTCH TELEVISION

MAN BITES DOG

EXCLUSIVE

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ABSPOEL

GETTING LOST AT

THE MANDALA

CAMPING FESTIVAL

OXYGEN THERAPY

AVAILABLE IN

CAPSULES!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVEIW

WITH FOUNDER & CEO,

VENETIA KRUGER

MOVING TO VALENCIA?

ON THE ROAD WITH MAN &

VAN - DAVID SMITH


IN THIS

ISSUE

Founder's Message

Hi Everyone,

This is the 9th issue Community Spirit e-magazine.

Community Spirit Valencia... brings you local news and stories,

combined with international exclusives which support the community!

In June, I went traveling to the Netherlands and had great fun painting

lots of beautiful souls at the well known Mandala Camping Festival in

Wanroij. It was a beautiful tribal and community experience. Afterwards,

I traveled to Amsterdam to catch up with friends and was delighted when

I got to interview one of the Editor's-in-Chief of Man Bijt Hond, one of

Holland's most famous community television programmes. I found the

experience really inspiring and it's encouraged me to take Community

Spirit e-magazine to another level.

Also, I am now co-working at the Serrania Solar office in Villar del

Arzobispo. Community Spirit Valencia is now ranked No.1 in Google.

I am grateful to everyone who is getting involved!

All the Best,

Richard T. Voller

Editor-In-Chief

EXCLUSIVE:

MAN BITES DOG

This is community television the Dutch

way! If you don't know the programme,

it was a sort of humorous news

programme which ran for 16 years in

Holland. It literary opened doors and

let people meet the ordinary folk!

Everything you need to know! What

symptons to look for? And what to do if

your dog is suffering from heatstroke.

MOVING TO VALENCIA?

Instead of discovering different

places in the community of Valencia

in which to live, this time I join

David Smith, a well-known Man with

a Van.

OXYGEN THERAPY NOW

AVAILABLE IN CAPSULES!

The Nobel Prize winner, Dr Otto

Warburg, has established that

cancerous cells can not live at high

oxygen levels. This is an exclusive

interview the Founder & CEO of

Oxygen Products Ltd, Venetia Kruger

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PROTECT YOUR DOGS FROM

HEATSTROKE

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TRAVELLING

Helen Warriner tells us about her

Death defying trekking and

orangutan spotting in Sumatra!

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CONTENTS

Areas of interest to be covered .

4

WHAT'S ON?

In local towns and in the city centre.

6

LOCAL BUSINESS

SERVICES DIRECTORY

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20

THINGS TO DO

Indian Summer Festival at Centro

Ayurveda

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Michael Abspoel was one of the Editorsin-Chief

of Holland's famous TV

programme 'Man Bites Dog' which

opened up the community!

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Oxygen Products are now available in

capsules. Exclusive interview with

Founder & CEO, Venetia Kruger

MONEY MATTERS

David James goes shopping 'Money is

Money'

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40

MOVING TO VALENCIA?

Man with a Van, David Smith invites

Community Spirit along to experience

the big move!

GARDENING MATTERS

Your little balcony: healthy things it can

produce.

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44

ANIMAL WELL-BEING

Learn how to protect your pets from

heatstroke.

HEALTH AWARENESS

Happy Poops!

46

TRAVELLING & HOLIDAYS

Helen Warriner inspires us about her

death defying trekking and orangutan

spotting in Sumatra!

50 NATURAL REMEDIES

Mozzies Are Back! Facebook group

article, what you have to say!

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57

SCIENCE & HEALING

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

available in Valencia

ANIMAL WELL-BEING

Dogs for Adoption!

58 AURA PAITING

Getting lost at the Mandala Camping Festival in

the Netherlands


WHAT'S ON?

Local Towns and Valencia

Free Language Exchange,

Lliria

The address is:

ASOCIACION VECINOS LA BUITRERA

C/ ABETOS 2

URBANIZACIÓN LA BUITRERA

46160 LLIRIA

The language exchange takes place every Friday from

7,30 to 8,30 PM.

We do half an hour of Spanish conversation and half

an hour of English. There is no charge for this

R E I S E | P A G E 2

ARTS & MUSIC


- Emergency: 112

- National Police: 091

- City Police: 092

- Civil Guard: 062

- Fire: 080

- Red Cross: 963 67 73 75

Wednesday- Casinos and L'Eliana

- Airport: 961 59 85 00

- Bus Station: 963 46 62 66

- Port: 963 93 95 00

- Post Office: 963 51 67 50

- Valencia Regional Government Info: 012

- Valencia City Hall Info: 010

- Customs: 963 67 13 00

- Visas, Embassies & Consulates

Pedralba

Rastro

Pedralba Rastro

Sunday 8th July 2018,

Location: Behind Bar Sardi, Pedralba.,

From 9.00 til 1.00.

Lin Shepherd, event organiser, raises funds for

Naturaleza y Animales (Vice President) by charging

Euro 2 for space at the Rastro which goes to the charity.

Sellers need to arrive at 8am

Weekly Local Town Markets

Friday - Villar del Arzobispo

Thursday - Lliria

Tuesday - Betera

Public Holidays in 2018:

There are some things which you just need to

you don't want to be driving into. .

remember,

town to find that everything is closed down

because you forgot it was a public holiday!

Tuesday 1 May - Labour Day

Wednesday 15 Aug - Assumption of Mary

Tuesday 9 Oct - Valencian Regional Holiday

Friday 12 Oct - Fiesta Nacional de España

Thursday 1 Nov - All Saints' Day

Start planning now for Villar del

Arzobispo Fiesta Week!

10th to 18th August

Thursday 6 Dec - Constitution Day

Saturday 8 Dec - Immaculate Conception

USEFUL NUMBERS FOR

VALENCIA:

Emergency Numbers

- Renfe (National Train Service) Information: 902

24 34 02 or 963 52 02 02

- Renfe Tickets: 902 24 02 02 or 963 52 02 02


Local

Services Directory

NOW

FREE

HOME

SERRANIA SOLAR / NATHAN / +34 619 589 210 OR UK MOBILE 0044 07743 755108

MAN & VAN / DAVID SMITH / +34 615 462 452

PLUMBER & ELECTRICIAN / TONY ROGERS / +34 677 201 382

DOG AND HOUSE SITTING, HOUSE CLEANING /VILLAR DEL ARZOBISPO /

JANICE PARKER / +44 752 389 5968

CLEAN AND GREEN ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING SERVICES / KELLY DANVERS / +34

633 975 167

GENERATORS/ NEIL / +44 7759 333 839

ANIMAL WELL-BEING

ECLIPSE VETS / MARIA LLUCH BARBERA / +34 962.700.659 OR +34 652.161.659

BUSINESS MATTERS

CONVERSATIONAL TRANSLATIONS / DANI /+34 618 37 92 94

SUSANA DIAZ ESTEBAN / PA & MANAGEMENT / SUSANA / + 34 651 407 565

EXPAT WEB DESIGN / DERRICK BAILEY / +34 674 996 156

CHLOE DELAUNAY COACHING / CHLOE DELAUNAY - CAREER & BUSINESS COACH

/ +34 673 246 661

ELENA ZURRIAGA VIRTUAL ASSISTANT SERVICES / ELENA ZURRIAGA -

BUSINESS SUPPORT / +34 615 339 555


Local

Services Directory

ECO FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

TIERRA DELICADA / DAVID JAMES / +34 617 24 27 42

HAIR & BEAUTY

BLONDES, BRUNETTES AND REDHEADS/HAIRDRESSING SALON -PIERRE & YOHE

DEBAAS-TORTOZA / + 34 654.890.599 OR ESP + 34 654.893.956

FITNESS, WELL BEING and EXERCISE

YOGA WITH JENNISON / JENNISON GRIGSBY / +34 661 58 56 53

YOGA VIDA HATHA YOGA / KELLY DANVERS / +34 633 975 167

BIG YOGA FESTIVAL / BEATRIZ ABRIL / +34 671 065 533

ALTERNATIVE HEALING

KAIKKI MASSAGE / DIDIER THOMAS / +34 602 87 61 92

AYURVEDIC LIFESTYLE / RONAK NEGI / +34 962 324 478

REIKI THERAPY / KELLY DANVERS / +34 633 975 167

NUTRITION, FOOD

WARRIOR UP TO WIN / NUTRITION HEALTH - KELLY DARLING / WHATS APP 001

(480) 290 2906

BICK'S BAKES / CAKES & DOG BISCUITS - KAREN BICKNELL / + 34 636 660 380

FOR YOUR 'INDIAN DELIGHTS / MORGINI / + 34 642 189 873

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Local

Services Directory

LA PUERTA COACHING /PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT SPECIALIST - ANNE E.

DUGUID - TEL + 34 657 43 43 24

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

LIAH BERLIOUX COACHING / LIFE COACH - LIAH BERLIOUX - TEL + 33 635 180 638

ENTERTAINMENT

POMPINO LIVE MUSIC /ELECTRIC ROCK & KARAOKE FOR FIESTAS, ACOUSTIC

FOR FUNERALS OR CHRISTENINGS / DEREK BELL - +44 7480 319 687

BPSB - BUDDY PAUL'S SMOKIN' BLUES BAND / RED HOT JUMP BLUES, R'N'B,

RICK'N'ROLL / PAUL TIDIMAN - +34 640 353 304

HOLIDAY HOMES

VILLA TORRENT / JEANNY GREVELINK / +34 678 446 129

HAPI ZEN / RICHARD VOLLER / +34 602 564 973

SCIENTIFIC HEALING TREATMENTS

DELTA O2 / GHISLAIN MOUTON / +34 638 15 35 85

SPIRITUAL

BRUJA CELTA / MASAGE,HEALING, AROMATHERAPY (PHYSICAL,EMOTIONAL AND

SPIRITUAL) WITCHCRAFT. /CHLOE / +34 673 146 224


THINGS TO DO

Art Competition

Villar del Arzobispo

Are you artistic? Do you like painting or

drawing and want to enter an art

competition? If so, then this is a great

opportunity!

You need to create a piece of artwork on a bedsheet, which

you collect when you register at the Fiestas Commission in

Villar del Arzobispo.

The photo to left is the Winner of the competition in 2017.

The art competition is open to individuals and groups, you

don't have to live in Villar del Arzobispo to enter the

competition. You need to be over 18 years old and the

theme and the style is totally up to you!

Registration

To register, send an email to:

communicacionfiestasvillar2018@gmail.com

Deadline for finished pieces is 3rd August 2018

Prizes: 1st - Euro 200, 2nd - Euro 100 and 3rd - Euro 50

You'll find further details of the competition on the Fiestas del Villar Facebook page.

www.facebook.com/fiestas.delvillar


THINGS TO DO

INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL AT THE AYURVEDA

LIFESTYLE CENTRE, L'ELIANA

Saturday 28th July

11am till 8pm

Entrance FREE

More info: Susan 606517656

& Kalpana 600720357

*if you would like to

participate with your

Craft/Art or promote your

business please contact us.

Call: 962 324 478

www.ayurvedabybharatnegi.com

Ayurveda Lifestyle By Bharat Negi,

C/Salamanca 12

L´Eliana, 46183, Valencia

What's going on?

Lots of Craft & Artisan stalls:

Products from India,

Natural Cosmetics,

'Clean & Green',

Handmade Soaps & Jewellery,

Hand decorated Fans,

Face Painting for kiddies,

Ecological home made Jams & Chutneys, fresh

fruit smoothies & much more

Richart (Community Spirit e-Magazine) will be

there with his Aura paiting: 20€ & if you bring

your own black t-shirt,15€

Indian food available throughout the day.

Traditional Dance demonstrations.

Come along & join us for a lovely relaxing

Summer day out.


TOGETHERNESS

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july 2018 issue 09

written by Christine Woodbridge

I love the most wonderful woman in the world,

I love her and she loves me,

we love unconditionally.

She comforted me when I cried,

laughed with me when I was happy,

Held me when I was in pain.

She was an integral part of my life and I of hers.

I could not have lived my life without her.

For she is part of me and I am part of her.

We are in this world together and will always be

together, nothing can tear our love apart for we are

Mother and Daughter.

In memory of my Mother

E D I T O R I A L O F F I C E

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O X Y G E N T H E R A P Y N O W A V A I L A B L E

I N C A P S U L E S

I N T E R V I E W

Oxygen Therapy now available in a capsule!

Founding Director and CEO of Oxygen Products, Venetia Kruger interviewed by Richard T. Voller

Ever since I discovered oxygen therapy in Valencia and began to experience it for myself at the Delta o2 wellness

centre, I started noticing considerable changes to my general well-being. But I also noticed that whenever I shared

my perspective in public I seemed to get a lot of negative feedback from people with misconceptions as to what

oxygen therapy actually is and how important it is in transforming the current healthcare and medical treatments

being offered by big pharmaceutical companies and corporations.

So I was really delighted after I did some internet research and discovered a pioneering company based in South

Africa which is using Mother Nature's oxygen therapy as a natural way of healing people with chronic illnesses.

Could it be true that I’d finally stumbled across a medical healthcare company that actually had a heart and soul?

That actually cared about curing the cause of sickness in people and not just the symptoms?

The more I looked into the Asante Foundation and Asante Philani which are the Research and Development arms of

Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd, the more I realised that this company is on a massive global humanitarian mission. So I

started doing some research into the company and eventually ended up speaking with Nancy Ramos, the Office

Administrator who was very helpful and arranged for me to have an interview with the Founding Director and CEO

of Oxygen Products, Venetia Kruger.


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To give you an overview of the

humanity today has attracted

patients in general recover

company, I think it is right that I

widespread interest among

remarkably quicker from

share with you some of the

doctors, health practitioners,

chronic wounds, bedsores,

following information which is

various institutions, public

venous ulcers and all other

from their Medical Portfolio

sector organisations and the

chronic diseases. I am thus very

document.

public at large.

excited to see the outcome of

any new studies and would

Asante Foundation and Asante

The knowledge and expertise of

therefore strongly recommend

Philani which are the Research

Venetia’s key partners, Dr Julian

further clinical studies in the

and Development arms of

Holmes, internationally

future.”

Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd,

renowned for his competent

formed with the mission of

research in ozone-related

The Asante Foundation has

becoming dynamic and

technologies and products, and

therefore embarked on bold

influential leaders in the

Dr Thozamile Qubuda of

fund-raising initiatives in order

research and development of

Africeutical Health Sciences,

to deepen and widen the scope

innovative oxygen therapy and

specialising in chronic disease

of clinical trials; to focus on

associated products. They are

management, recognised for his

dedicated to providing support

exceptional work in HIV/AIDS,

chronic illnesses and lifethreatening

diseases. And

and healing for severe health

are bringing exciting new

intensify ongoing research

maladies, including the

dimensions to the ongoing

projects towards the further

debilitating chronic nature of

advancements and healings

advancement of oxygen therapy

major dreaded diseases such as

qualities of oxygen therapy.

treatment, together with the

HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes,

formulation of new products

heart dysfunction, Ebola and

Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd is

lines. In addition, the need to

others.

gaining momentum at an

build community based natural

accelerated pace and now finds

health clinics is of critical

The founder and CEO of Oxygen

itself strategically poised to

importance. Asante’s

Products (Pty) Ltd, Venetia

seize the opportunity for

aspirations, together with

Kruger, has devoted the lion’s

exponential growth. The

Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd, is to

share of her life to the study of

ongoing demand for oxygen

forge collaborative working

healing through natural health

products is increasing steadily

relationships/partnerships with

medicines. This has culminated

with over 200 pharmacies

professional health

in ground-breaking

stocking a regular supply and a

practitioners and institutions,

developments pertaining to the

growing number of medical

and in so doing expand its

healing qualities of oxygen

practitioners utilising oxygen

horizons, enabling the provision

therapy, incorporating a range

therapy and associated products

of crucial health services

in their practices. An email

around the globe. Asante’s

of uniquely formulated fit-forpurpose

oxygen products.

received at the time of writing

medium-term vision is to

Outstanding results benefiting

encapsulates their experience:

establish a natural health and

patients across the spectrum of

“My experience, with the

healing retreat followed by a

the foremost diseases plaguing

product, Super Oxygen, is that

natural health hospital over the

long term.


Richard: “What is oxygen therapy

Venetia: “It is one of the most

Richard: “How is it possible to

Venetia: “This formulation is

Richard: “What types of

Venetia: “This product will boost the

Richard: “How quickly can Oxygen

Venetia: “We know from experience

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So I don’t know about you, but

that all seems like really good

news to me! And as I am

reaching 50 years old in a few

years, and both my parents have

died, one from cancer and the

other from a heart attack, I am

lot more aware about about my

state of well-being and looking

after my mind/body/soul temple

so that I can live a long, healthy

and active life.

I am currently in the process of

really transforming my lifestyle

because I feel that now is the

time to do it, so I’ve drawn up a

new healthy lifestyle plan and

am step-by-step putting it into

action. So you can imagine my

wonderful surprise when the

Universe brought me into

Above: Venetia Kruger, Founder and CEO of Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd

alignment with Venetia Kruger

and Oxygen Products.

have oxygen therapy in a

THE INTERVIEW

the body to heal itself from disease.

Any chronic disease will be supported

immune system and will thus assist

capsule?”

such as diabetes, poor blood

circulation, high blood pressure,

natural and includes some of

Cancer, Hiv/Aids, Allergies, wounds

and how can it heal people?”

the finest medicinal plants and

and many more."

minerals. When the product is

taken with water, there is a

chemical reaction that takes

versatile therapies available to man

Products have a positive effect on

place in the body and oxygen is

today because if one is able to raise

the oxygen levels in the blood, then

released into the bloodstream.

someone's well-being?

no fungi, virus or bacteria can live

This “oxygen in a capsule” will

at high oxygen levels. With this

live up to your expectations on

healing the body.”

being said, it means that we will

that results can already be seen from

the very first week of using our

have a better immune system and

products. It is very important to use a

the body will stay healthy and

diseases can be cured with your

lot of water when taking the products,

protect itself as it is designed to

to get the best results.”

Oxygen Products?”

do.”


Richard: “Is it effective for long-

Venetia: “We have done a trial

Richard: “Does increased

Venetia: “One of our medical

Richard: “Can Oxygen Products

Venetia: “We have a special

Richard: “Are there any side

Venetia: “There may be a

Richard: “Why do you think that

Venetia: “Our medical doctors are

Richard: “So are your products

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term diseases? Have there been

any trials?”

in 2014 with Hiv/Aids patients

and results have shown an

increase of 65% on the CD4

count of all patients within 30

days! Nobody has reported any

side effects but good health and

some have been able to go back

to work again. Also we have

seen reversal of different

Cancers even with late stage

cancer. The Nobel Prize winner,

Dr Otto Warburg, has

established that cancerous cells

can not live at high oxygen

formulation for Sport people

some people might be afraid of using

levels.”

that helps with better

natural treatments like oxygen to heal

endurance and also removal of

themselves? And what advice do you

lactic acid. All sport people

have to reassure them?”

oxygen cause a premature

using our products claim major

ageing of your cells and body?

improvement on their times

with marathons, cycling and

trained on pharmaceutical products

others.”

and not natural products. Never in the

doctors has noted that all of his

history of mankind have we had so

patients using this product tend

many health problems that was

to have younger looking skin.

effects when using Oxygen

unheard of a mere 100 years ago. We

More oxygen also means

Products?”

have advanced in knowledge but not

increased energy levels and

in treating diseases. Today Big

better well-being.”

Pharma has designed medical care in

reaction of headaches within

treating symptoms and not disease.

the first three days of using the

Staying a patient for the rest of your

help people gain more energy?

product. This is only because of

life has huge financial benefits for big

Especially people who do lots of

the removal of toxins in the

Corporations.”

sports or outdoor physical

body. Just increase the water

activities?”

intake to flush out the toxins

and you should feel on top of

affordable so that more people can

the world.”

use them?”


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Venetia: “Most definitely as the

Richard: “As a pioneer in oxygen

Venetia: “To get the product into

Venetia: “Oxygen is Life. Oxygen is

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product is designed to take care of

the problem and not only a

symptom. Many conditions can

also be reversed with lifestyle

changes. This product is meant to

be a humanitarian product and be

available to everyone in need.”

therapy, what are your big goals

for the next year?”

the rest of Africa and get more

trials done to prove the efficacy of

this product.”

Richard: “Why are you so

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passionate about Oxygen Therapy

Products?”

the Source of all Healing. Oxygen is

the Breath of our Creator".

Editor’s Note:

Yes, I am very excited to try out their products and will report back in the future as to what the results

are. But what I feel in my heart and soul about this company is not a belief in their products, but it

feels deeper than that. It’s more like a sense of knowing. That makes me curious. So I’ve ordered a

bottle of oxygen products online through their website and am looking forward to them arriving soon.

If these products live up to our expectations then this will be amazing for the community as a whole.


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Interview with Kelli Davis,

Founder of Happy Family

Natural Wellness

This is one of a series of video interviews with local business owners in and around Valencia.

Our aim is to give you a greater insight into their business, the services, and products which they

offer and to help you to get to know them a bit better.


BEHIND THE DOOR:

THE MAN FROM

'MAN BITES DOG'

M I C H A E L A B S P O E L , O N E O F T H E E D I T O R S - I N - C H I E F A N D T H E

V O I C E - O V E R O F T H E F A M O U S D U T C H T E L E V I S I O N P R O G R A M M E

F O R T H E C O M M U N I T Y .


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M I C H A E L A B S P O E L

I N T E R V I E W E D B Y R I C H A R D T . V O L L E R

I N T E R V I E W

In June, I returned to the Netherlands after being away for about three years.

It was a great time for me to catch up with old friends and also to expand the

reach of the Community Spirit into the Netherlands, so that the e-magazine can

become truly international. I realised that in my network I have some pretty

inspirational people who have been working on community projects, and now

with this online platform I have created, I had a good reason to dig deeper into

their lives and discover some amazing things.

So Michael Abspoel, one of the

Editors-in-Chief and Voice-Over of

the Dutch television programme

known as ‘Man bijt hond’

(translation is Man Bites Dog’) had

invited me to his home and during

one of our conversations he

mentioned to me that he had seen

my recent video interview with Kelli

Davis, the founder of Happy Family

Natural Wellness in Valencia and

was very impressed with the quality

of the interview and with the

filming. I saw his interest in my

work as a unique opportunity to get

an exclusive interview with the man

behind the famous Dutch television

programme ‘Man Bites Dog’. I was

delighted when Michael agreed to do

the interview as his 16 year TV

programme had a massive positive

impact in Holland. It was a ground-

breaking programme to say the least

and it was all about the community

spirit.


Richard: “So you developed a

Michael: “To start with, the

Richard: “What type of news?”

Michael: “It could be international

Richard: “What angle?”

Michael: “We looked at how the

Richard: “And how do the

Michael: “Well the television

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Richard: “So how did you connect

Michael: “The starting point was that

M I C H A E L A B S P O E L I N T E R V I E W

B Y R I C H A R D T . V O L L E R

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"The name of the programme, Man Bites Dog,

is a term which is used in journalism. It means

that a dog who bites a man is not news, but a

man who bites a dog, that is news! ..."

of the Netherlands. So it was

things around the royal family or

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something which moved people.

things like football, etc, etc!”

And then we always tried to look

concept for the Dutch television

at the news from a different

“So the community feeling was

programme, 'Man Bites Dog' to bring

angle.”

lacking a little bit I think before we

people together in the community in

aired the programme. Everybody

a positive way. Can you explain a

was doing their own thing and what

little bit about the formula of Man

we missed on television was a

Bites Dog and why you think it

programme especially from the

became so successful?”

common people looked at the

point of view of ordinary people. So

news. It was never with experts

we were able to fill-in that gap.”

or celebrities. The starting point

television programme ran from 1999

was always to see how the

to until 2015. So it had 16 seasons

common people looked at news,

with the ordinary people and gain

and it was a daily programme. The

looked at each other and looked

their trust?”

name of the programme, Man Bites

at things evolving in society.”

Dog, is a term which is used in

journalism. It means that a dog who

we wanted to be one of them, and

bites a man is not news, but a man

common people look at each

not to be the journalist or the

who bites a dog, that is news! So we

other?”

interviewer. So we just became

are always looking for unusual news.

friendly with the people and showed

You would think that it was a news

them that they were important.

programme, and partly it was. It was

programme was originally an

Before this, it was just the people

a magazine which started with the

idea from Belgium. A colleague

who had success and who were in

news of the day.”

and I, transformed it into a Dutch

the media who were on television. So

concept. We knew that the

you never saw your neighbour on

diversity and the individuality of

TV, but in our programme you

the Dutch people was an

would!! Or you would discover

important element of the

something amazing about the local

news like Trump meeting the

programme. But there are also

community.”

dictator of North Korea or a train

things that bind us together like

accident in the south of

the ‘Kings Day’ celebrations and


Richard: “So what was the structure of the

Michael: “It was a magazine with a daily

Richard: “Like what types of

Michael: “There was a man

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I N T E R V I E W

“Can you imagine the happy feeling of

seeing your neighbour on television?”

“We showed that everybody has a good

story and that everybody can be inspiring,

and you can be like them. I think that is

why everybody loved to watch it. It was

about us, but it was also about me. The

feeling was that anyone might be in the

programme the next day!”

Above: The famous dog from Man Bites Dog with garden gnomes

programme?”

community discovering new

things?”

things and thinking ‘Wow, we

programme of 25 minutes with 6,7 or 8

are bloody interesting!”

small items. It always started with the

news, the talk of the day. So we would go to

who was collecting gnomes in

“That’s because it was a feel

a market place for example, and ask

good programme. One of the

his garden. It was not about the

people what they thought about what was

gnomes but it was about the

most popular items of the

happening in the news. But it was not

programme was that everyday

passion that he put into his

really about the news, it was more like who

hobby. There was a camera

we would just go to someone’s

would you like to slap in the face? Or who

house and ring the doorbell

crew filming them about what

would you like to give flowers too? Or who

they were doing and it was the

around dinner time. We would

do you think deserves a royal award?”

ask if the people were going to

first time in their lives that they

got so much attention. We

eat and could we come in and

“And then people would say, ‘I think my

join them and ask about what

didn’t just ask how many he

neighbour or my brother deserves it

had or how expensive they

they had done that day!

because of …..”

Actually it was more than that,

were, or whatever, but it was

about why he did this? And

it was more like, ‘Who is

“Everyone could recognise him or herself

Behind the Door?’

what does it do for him? And

in the answers. So after the news we had a

what do the neighbours think

question that you could answer, it was

“What is he thinking? What is

about it?”

about your life. And that made it a very low

he doing in life? What is

key programme where everybody could

“We always made it into a

important to him or her? How

recognise themself in the programme. So

normal conversation between

does he look at things? How

there were always small documentaries of

does he handle certain

two people who were curious

maybe 5 or 6 minutes with just ordinary

and not judging. So in general,

difficulties in his life? So it was

people doing extremely fantastic and

always interesting because you

people who watched the

inspiring things.”

programme liked to look at

never knew who was on the

other side of the door.”

Dutch people, the Dutch


Richard: “So there was no planning??”

Michael: “Yes, there was no planning!

Michael: “Yes, it didn’t exist

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Richard: “So that means it must have

I N T E R V I E W

In about one hour they would be

released and shared on the internet.

really. Not a daily programme

It meant that everyone could share

about the people! Now that it has

their special stories from the

So it was always a surprise for us too!!

gone people really miss it! That is

The idea was that everybody has a story,

programme, so some stories went

always what happens when you

are gone, I hope they miss you!!!”

viral because it was so crazy or

maybe not every time as interesting, but

we wanted to show the diversity of the

funny, or it was a very emotional

Dutch people. Sometimes it was just a

story. It was not about lunatics or the

“But I think that people miss it

family with children and then it was a

crazy side of Holland, sometimes

because it was a mirror to

there were crazy people in it doing

very lonesome old man who just lost his

Holland. It was repeated during

eccentric things, but it was always

the evening, so young people also

wife. Or we went to small villages where

there are very eccentric people living. So

got to see it. They would come

done with respect.”

out from the bars in the evening

you saw how Holland really is. And

because we made more than 3,000

and watch ‘Man Bites Dog’, and

“I think it gave people the idea that

they wanted to be part of it, it was a

episodes a lot of people who came to

we also made clippings after

every episode.

family programme.”

Holland, like refugees who were here in

the centres, used ‘Man Bites Dog’ to

learn about Dutch culture, who we are

they got a lot from watching the

So

because it was different to

programmes

they were normally taught about

what

Dutch community.”

the

“So it was really like a fly on

Richard:

wall documentary of real life…”

the

“Yes, because it was about us. I

Michael:

also the Voice Over of the

was

so you heard me

programme,

the items, so I became the

introducing

of Holland. But you never saw me

Host

you never saw the interviewer so it

and

always about the people. In the

was

the people didn’t know what

beginning

expect!” to

“It must have been very

Richard:

to what was around at the

different

time?”

"Yes, there was

no planning! So it

was always a

surprise for us

too!! The idea

was that

everybody has a

story, maybe not

every time as

interesting, but

we wanted to

show the

diversity of the

Dutch people."

it was on…”

when

“Yes, I think it must have.

Michael:

on we came with new ideas

Later

new themes relating to things

and

were hot in Holland, but we

that

to make our own version of

wanted

So things like cooking

them.

or a reality soap. We

programmes,

in 2006 with a reality soap

started

it was an instant success because

and

was an Amsterdam family with an

it

woman who was living on a

older

with her daughter and son-in-

boat

She was just sitting there

law.

and counting the cars that

smoking

the bridge. So she didn’t

crossed

a very exciting life, but she was

have

‘Jordaan’, so Amsterdam Dutch,

so

she was an instant success. So

that

thought that we must do more

we

and how we get along with each other.

affected 3 or 4 different generations

with her.”


Richard: “Did you follow them to different

countries?”

Michael: “First we followed them in Amsterdam

and later they had a little villa in Benidorm in

Spain. We followed them there, it was really funny.

But the thing was that a completely unknown

family and a completely unknown woman became

stars. We had to organize a ‘Meet & Greet’ with

them for the viewers. So ordinary people could be

famous through the programme. That was not our

intention, but it just happened that way.”

“So there were more people who became sort of

stars.”

Richard: “So people were open to you coming into

their lives with a television crew with no prewarning?”

Michael: “The first season it was really difficult because

they didn’t know us. But later they realised that our

intentions were good. It was not making them look

foolish or with treating them with disrespect because of

the way we talked to them. We talked to them as if they

were our friends. It was like meeting someone in the bus

station or train station, within a few minutes you have a

click and you start talking to each other and you tell

them everything about your life and then you say ‘Oh

my train is coming, I must catch it. Got to go. Nice

meeting you!’ And then you never see each other again.

It was that type of feeling.”


Richard: “So what was one of the

Michael: “I think it was our ability to get

Richard: “And they also did it in

Michael: “Yes! So I was a bit

2 6 | X C L U S I V E

Richard: “Someone said to me

Michael: “You never know what the

I N T E R V I E W

“I think that inspired people to lookout

“So when it went deeper it became

‘I never expected to tell you this

story because I never told this

interesting for people watching it,

more for their neighbours who were in

story to anybody! Not even to my

need or lonely people, or whatever. So it

but also for us. I always felt that

was just about communicating and

daughter or son!’

when it moved me or touched me, or

I was inspired, then I knew that

talking with each other! So that was one

of our aims, but the Dutch are quite

other people be inspired too. It

open in any case. The problem these

front of a film crew!”

always had to bring you something, a

days is that you see everyone on the

laugh or a strong emotion.”

streets glued to their mobile phones, but

not connecting with the people around

jealous of the camera crew, but

recently that Man Bites Dog, was

them in the moment. And our show was

they would come back with great

almost responsible for shifting

results. You learn a lot about

all about being in the moment.”

people’s perspective of themselves

people and we always wanted to

go deeper than what you saw on

or society in general in Holland…”

the surface. It always started with

successes of the programme?”

‘What did you do today?’ … but it

always ended with a life story.”

effect will be when you start such a

people to open up and talk about

programme. It evolved, the more

Just to be curious and give

themselves.

of yourself and then you get

something

back.”

something

“So because you were one of

Richard:

Editors-in-Chief and ‘the Voice’ of

the

programme for 16 years, how did

the

affect your life?"

that

“It affected me in a very

Michael:

way and as a team, we were a

positive

of family. We talked every day how

kind

could improve things and what was

we

about in society and how we could

going

our own comment on that. I

make

a lot of editing because I never

watched

went with the camera crew to

actually

people. We were always looking for

the

items and I looked at the results. It

new

moved me to see that we were

really

"...we realised

that this was

very important

to people and

it was more

than just a

programme. So

there was a

kind of

community

feeling."

more that we got into contact

and

people and the more feedback

with

got, we realised that it meant

we

to people than we could have

more

imagined!”

ever

also had a 'Man Bites Dog'

“We

on the internet, so we

community

events and people could

organised

together and because that was

gather

successful we realised that this

very

very important to people and it

was

more than just a programme. So

was

was a kind of community

there

feeling.”

was a magazine, it was intense

“It

it went fast. People learned a lot

and

who we really are and how we

about

in just 25 minutes each day

function

capable of opening up people because a

of the week.”

lot of times people would say afterwards


Richard: “Would you ever consider

Michael: “All the people who worked at

Richard: “Just by opening the

Michael: “Yes, people thought

Richard: “Well that is true

2 7 | X C L U S I V E

Michael: “Yes, I think in my career I

Richard: “So you are fascinated by

I N T E R V I E W

And that for me was a great thing

to see. It was just seeing people

have also been lucky to do things

doing something similar to this again?”

which have inspired me as a person.

be there true selves that made

Of course, this programme became

things so special. I got inspired

the programme in 2015, were

my pièce de résistance ... because it

by so many people on that

programme actually…”

comes the closest to explaining who

disappointed that it stopped, even after

such a long time. So for many people

I am and how I want to

who worked on the programme it was of

communicate with people. You

always have to be curious about life,

door..”

great importance, so we could have

continued to make it for another 5 years

in order to discover more. You can

always ask people questions.”

or so. I made it for the Dutch public

that we pre-arranged that … but

television network.”

that was never the case. That was

“It’s not because it is my occupation,

“In 2011, the general public voted on

it is about being curious as a person.

the most amazing thing! That

behind every Dutch door could

which Dutch programme made the most

I always want to know who people

are? What your dreams are? How did

be an inspiring and beautiful

impact in 60 years of Dutch Television

and we won that award. It was really

you get so far and what were the

story.”

important for us because it was a prize

obstacles? I find this always

interesting.”

of the public. I think that it is better to

because you invited me into your

be remembered in a good way and step

home and I have got this

down, rather than people saying ‘Ok,

we’ve seen enough now! It’s over the

awesome story today!”

the personality of people?”

hill.”

“Yes, I am looking at that

Richard:

on the wall behind you now of

photo

Jagger. I know what you mean!”

Mick

“Yes, we can go on forever, but

Michael:

know!”

you

this point we just both burst into

[At

it took a few moments before

laughter,

interview continued again]

the

“Do you have a favourite

Richard:

of 'Man Bites Dog'?

memory

“There are so many! I think it

Michael:

just that there were so many special

was

people became public figures.

ordinary

"I wanted the

interviewers to

be sharp, so

they could get

things out of

people without

having to force

them, just

simply keep

asking the

questions."

“Yes, so that is what I

Michael:

repeated with the camera

always

and the editor … ‘What are we

crews

for?’ I know that sometimes

looking

them it was very tiring because I

for

wanted 100%. I know I was

always

demanding. They always told

quite

that I was very tough to work

me

but from you we learned the

with,

about being really passionate

most

the job.”

for

always wanted the interviewers to

“I

deeper and deeper. I wanted the

dig

to be sharp, so they

interviewers

get things out of people

could

having to force them, just

without

keep asking the questions.

simply


Richard: “So you really thought that you

Michael: “Yes, and luckily we got the time

Richard: “Now I am curious, as 'Man Bites

Michael: “When people contact me and

2 8 | X C L U S I V E

Richard: “Wow! That is very

Michael: “Yes, for example the eight

I N T E R V I E W

That was another way of making

want to make any programmes any

“Now it is the man from 'Man

Bites Dog', who comes walking

more which are scripted. Almost 90%

television that was for me very

through your door!! And I am

interesting.”

are scripted!! That is not something I

would like to do.”

working on a programme where I

“So that was my programme, it was who I

come and have dinner with you.

We are now making a trailer to

“The thing is that in my heart, I am a

am. It was how I look at people. It’s my

sell that concept, it’s called

passion for people, my curiosity for

theatre-maker. Being back in the

people. It could have been based in Spain,

‘Cooking Today”.

theatre is really an important part of

my ‘new life’. I’ve always felt that I

it doesn’t matter. What matters is that

“One of the ingredients of the

was more than a television-maker, so

wherever you are , you’ve got to have the

same drive to learn from the people, so

now I am planning to make a theatre

website, is that the man known

show around the 'Man Bites Dog' TV

that is what my drive was!”

from Man Bites Dog is famous for

programme.”

the voice-over comes to you and

interviews you like we did in the

programme. I’ve just interviewed

were creating something in Dutch public

television that was transforming what was

a Syrian refugee who fled to

inspiring and creative way to evolve

everything you have learnt from the

there…”

Holland and opened her own

experience! I suppose the nice thing

catering business. It is about food

would be to see how 'Man Bites Dog'

and more. In every country

to establish our programme. These days if

has really impacted the Dutch media

people come together at the

you don’t have the results after a season or

dinner table, where they share

and culture...”

stories. So at the dinner table that

six months, then the programme is gone.

is where you really get to know

So in the beginning it was difficult, the

o’clock news started to make news

first two seasons we really had to work

that Dutch people, but also other

very hard to convince the bosses to keep

people.”

items where they went to the

going on with the programme. But we

ordinary people to ask them about

how they were looking at the news.

proved to them that we were right.”

“Six o’clock and food is on the

Before 'Man Bites Dog', you never

table. That is the only moment

saw the common people in the eight

when the mobile phones are

switched off, when you are

Dog' has finished, with all this passion

o’clock news! It was always experts

that you have for people, what are you

talking about what the common

lucky!! And people start to ask

people were thinking!!”

each other questions about the

doing now?”

day and all kinds of subjects.”

“Now at the School of Journalism, the

'Man Bites Dog' approach is taught to

want to work with me, it is all 'Man Bites

“I started to invent new television

formats like the programme

students. I also gave some workshops

Dog' related. So now I am a Freelancer

and I love to do things that I know best. I

about the Moroccan integration

because people are curious what it is.

So it has had its effect because

know how to communicate with the

into Dutch society. It was heavier

stuff, but when you’ve done 'Man

sometimes also in other programmes

general public, so now I am more

interested in interviewing people myself.”

Bites Dog for 16 years, everything

you see 'Man Bites' Dog kind of items.

One of the results

else is less, you know. I don’t


Richard: “Why did Man Bites Dog stop

Michael: “We don’t know. It’s all about

Richard: “Where you rocking the boat too

Michael: “No, we had a lot of freedom.

Richard: “Do you think that it

Michael: “Yes, it become sort of

Richard: “Yes, what pops up in

Michael: “Yes, I think that it

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Richard: “So it was fully inclusive,

Michael: “Yes, it gave people the

Richard: “To gather… “

Michael: “Yes, that is what was

Richard: “Can you give me an

Michael: “Well when there was a

Richard: “It almost feels like a

I N T E R V I E W

is that it really changed the way that we

is very hard to go to a person and

say ‘What is it that you want?

which is what community really is,

look at our community and society, which

don’t you think?”

was in a positive way. And that is good.”

became more than a television

feeling that they were important too.

programme?”

then?”

To, to… "

politics. How the RTL’s and the SBS’s from

national public heritage.”

this world, the commercial television,

how to face them. So we had to stop. Now

important over the years. People

there is a new magazine about food and

my mind now is that it was like a

knew that over the years we would

kind of cultural identity.”

interior decorating! That’s politics! And

go everywhere and everybody had a

one of the other big problems that we had

good story to tell. I think that for the

was concerning the time slot. We were

first time people saw how other

always on seven o’clock before the news.

became that because there were a

lot of studies which documented

people thought in the different cities

But then the ‘De Wereld Draait Door’

which was also on a public TV channel

about who we really are? Also a lot

around Holland. They got to discover

what was going on there locally. So

which was very popular was also moved to

of the old Holland was slowly

fading away. Most of the television

we made small local news, big news!

a seven o’clock time slot and we became

competitors for viewers. We lost viewers

programmes in Holland don’t go

And the big news small.”

further than Amsterdam, The

from that battle, even though we were

Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht.

very popular. If we would have continued

example of what you mean?”

to have about 800,000 viewers per night,

We went to the smallest places in

the North and in the South, in

then we would still be on. That is also

politics.”

Zeeland and in the East. We went

everywhere and then people

royal wedding, we wanted to know

who cleaned the toilets! Who’s going

would marvel that we were

coming from so far away to see

much?”

to clean the toilets for 3,000 guests??

That is what made it so popular. It

them! That was one of the reasons

that people liked us everywhere

was funny, but you made other

Every year we got a little bit more budget

choices and the woman who did that

because we were not stuck in the

was very proud of what she did. And

to do what we wanted. We had complete

Ranstadt area.”

creative freedom to do whatever we

we made her become a star in the

wanted actually. We would never find that

“The meaning of someone in

public's eyes. So everybody

counted!”

again. That is the problem, if I worked for

Groningen was just as important

as someone in Amsterdam. Of

public television now I would have four

course it was not always possible

other Chiefs telling me different things

that they want in the programme. When

to go everywhere, we tried our

political movement or something,

but without the politics.”

you have so much freedom of creating, it

best though, we even went to the

Dutch Antilles islands.”


Michael: “Well in 2002, we had our first

2 3 | I N T E R V I E W

political murder in Holland with Pim

Fortuyn. Two days before he was killed,

he was in our programme because there

were elections coming up. And we had a

disabled kind of dwarf who was in our

programme because the local news was

that one of his gnomes got stolen. Of

course, the funny thing was that he

looked like a gnome and his wife was a

little bit retarded so the combination

was fantastic, although still respectful to

“So we would ask him questions

Editor’s Note

them both.”

and everytime he got it wrong it

After the interview I felt very

privileged to have discovered more

would go ‘Beeeeeb!!’ and then

“In the programme we had a

you’d have to start all over again.

about Michael’s inspiring work. I

reconstruction of the violent robbery of

wished that I had taken the time to

It was terrible, Buzz Wire game

the garden gnome, of course it went

that's what it was. So that is an

ask him some questions years before

viral, but he was also doing voluntary

about his work, but then everything

example of how we handled

work and he had his own political party.

politics.”

happens when it is supposed too I

But he was the only one in the party and

guess.

his wife was supporting him. One day

“But Pim Fortuyn was one of the

we thought that we need to do

big leaders who said that nobody

I could really feel his passion and his

something with politics, so we made

excitement about creating the 'Man

listens to the ordinary people.

him our 'Man Bites Dog' political

What we now see with the Dutch

Bites Dog' programme. I am looking

journalist. When there were elections,

forward to seeing his next

elections or with Trump being

he was always there. The political

elected, is that it is all about the

programme about cooking and

leaders all wanted to have some free

storytelling around the dinner table.

ordinary people being screwed.”

airplay or television time so they also

Actually this interview has given me

participated in our programme. Pim

a new perspective and some great

“With 'Man Bites Dog', we were

Fortuyn was doing silly things in the

saying that you forget the

ideas of how to evolve Community

programme and our journalist was

common people because we were

Spirit for the better.

asking silly questions, but the public

making the common people

liked it. But two days later Fortuyn was

important. And not outspoken,

killed.”

but we showed it everyday in our

people were thinking about

www.michaelabspoel.com.

programme, we showed what

“The game that Pim was playing was the

funny doctors game where you have to

politics or whatever. We just

move a metal gadget around a wire and

showed how beautiful the Dutch

everytime it touches it goes ‘Beeeeeb!!!’

people really are!”


So, I know I said that this month’s article would be

boxes, then 3…you get the idea. A while ago I

fund!) The grand sum of my gatherings, €187.50, not

I don’t know about anywhere else but in the UK

Now,

supermarkets have a Coinstar machine. For

most

unfamiliar with the concept, it is similar to a

those

machine into which you pour all of your copper

kiosk

silver after which you receive a coupon equal to

and

value of your coins minus 7%, which goes to a

the

charity. That coupon can then be used in

designated

supermarket or exchanged at the counter for less

the

papery currency. As I gather you have

weighty,

by now, no such Coinstar exists here. At

assumed

not one that I have found, and I have been

least

asking web searching.

looking,

my search, many people had advice as to how

During

dispense of said coin. Others got into arguments

to

how terrible it was that Spain “refused” to

about

such machines as Coinstar.

entertain

SPIRIT

COMUNITY

VALENCIA

of those arguments got quite dark and weird.

Some

an aside I found it bizarre that expats would argue

As

Spain would not allow foreign entities to enter

that

country, yet were very annoyed that Spain has

its

refugees to land on its shores, seeking a

allowed

away from their war-torn countries. Just saying!

home

digress. So, the advice given to rid myself of my coin

I

was thus:

collection

it into little plastic pipes and give it to the

Count

who will then credit my account.

bank,

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MONEY IS MONEY

W R I T T E N B Y D A V I D J A M E S

about the arguments against recycling but I have

found myself in a different kind of “recycling”

situation that I want to share.

Over my time here I have been tossing my change

into a wee box, after a while that box became 2

decided to separate the coins into denominations

and very recently I was inspired to count up my

Use it at tobacco machines in bars.

hoardings (to contribute to my electric scooter

Make small purchases using said coins

to be sniffed at!

Use it at the self-service machines at supermarket

Use it at the ticket machines for public transports


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So, the first option is clearly the

easiest, I already have some of the

plastic pipes. However, having read the

other ideas I saw an opportunity to

have a little fun with it. The second

option was a write off as I haven’t

smoked a cigarette since August 2017

and, although I want one every single

day, this was not going to be the reason

for putting one in my mouth, lighting

that beautiful baby and sucking back on

its thick, delicious, devilish smoke

before exhaling it and sinking back into

my seat in absolute pleasure and a

little bit of guilt. God, I miss those

things!

The small purchases seemed to be the

best way forward. I try not to do a “big

shop” at the supermarket, purchasing

the essentials then buying the bits, veg,

wine etc from local shops. This was

very well received. I purchased food

for my dog, Gizmo, with a bag of 10€ in

20c. The owner couldn’t have been

more appreciative of the change.

Although, she is an absolutely

delightful woman who wouldn’t raise

her voice to someone who stamped on

her toe and called her very unsavoury

names. Next was a charcuteria. I made

a small purchase amounting to €3.60.

The owner made such a display of

thankfulness that I tried my luck and

dangled €15 in 10c and 20c in front of

her which she snatched out of my hand.

So far, so good.

Despite my reluctance to do the “big

shop” at the supermarket one of the

most common pieces of advice I

received was using the self-service

machines that some supermarkets have

available. This takes some

consideration. Which store? How

much? Other people! The latter being

my main concern. I was doing this to

get rid of the change I had

accumulated, not piss people off. I have

stood in the queue at a supermarket

whilst the people in front are handing

over coupons, paying in change,

changing their mind, realizing they

don’t have enough money, and talking

about family members and friends with

the clerk. I have realized that other

composed people in the queue, at these

times, are not exercising patience.

They are simply waiting for their

turn to talk about their family

members and friends with the clerk.

And so, there I was, pouring €35

worth of 1c, 2c, and 5c into a

machine at the Hipercor in

Campanar. One of the only

supermarkets I knew that not only

had the machines, but had eight of

them. Less chance to piss folk off,

right? NO! Within 5 minutes of me

arriving at one of the eight empty

machines available a queue began to

form. I was already getting funny

looks from the clerk attending to the

machines as I manically shoved the

copper into the slot. The few times I

had the guts to look up I was greeted

with glares of annoyance, confusion,

and some looks I had never seen

before and therefore had no way to

interpret what was going on in that

particular individual’s mind. The

horror finally ended and as I gleeful

walked off with my purchase, which

mostly consisted of deliciously

indulgent cheeses, I bade farewell

and a “muchas gracias” to the clerk.

She was not impressed and gave me

the dirtiest look I think I have ever

received from someone.

The ticket machine fiasco was very

short. I tried several times to pay for

my bonometro and broke several

machines doing so, including one

that proceeded to spew out ticket

paper. I quickly realized that the

machine would accept no more than

€2.50 in 5c before spitting it all out

in impatience and disgust.

What have I learnt from this

adventure? Firstly, get rid of my

change! I’m not sure why I

saved it all up in the first place

but I’m happy that I did. Second,

never be impatient whilst

standing in a queue ever again.

Third, there is a weird thing

that people have about coins.

Money is money! Why is it

important what denomination it

is in? For some it is a blessing,

for others a bane. Did the lass in

the Hipercor think I was some

sort of homeless dude who had

saved up all his pennies to buy

fine cheeses? Did she feel that I

had made her job difficult in

some way? I will never know!

I still have about €10 left in 1c

and 2c but the bulk of the work

is done. I ordered my electric

scooter on the weekend and am

looking forward to reaping the

rewards in a few days. My

advice to you all? Crack open

that piggy bank, empty that

oversized whiskey bottle, look

under your bed and down the

side of the sofa. We don’t have

many rainy days, certainly as

it’s summer, but go ahead, treat

yourself!


Moving to Valencia?

When it comes to the big move, you really

want to make it as less stressful as possible

because let’s face it, you’ve got a heck of a

lot of stuff and just the thought of getting it

from A to B can be a headache before you

start!

So if you have a family or if you live alone,

you’re going to need some professional help

just to make the experience a little bit more

fun! Yes, moving home doesn’t have to be a

grueling experience when you choose the

right man with a van.

David Smith is a name which keeps on

popping up in Facebook expat groups

whenever you see someone looking for a Man

with a Van. So this month instead of

researching different places in Valencia that

you can move too, I thought why not

experience what it’s like to do a move with a

professional English speaking removals

business based here in Valencia.

Speaking with David I discovered that he’s

been shuffling people and their furniture

around for a while now, either from areas in

the suburbs of Valencia or for people coming

from abroad to live here. So I decided to

work with him on one of his jobs to experience

what it was like and then write up my story

for Community Spirit Valencia.

Richard T. Voller

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


midday, when sun would really start to

move. It’s amazing just how much you can

beds, sofas, tables and chairs, plus loads

boxes, we also stacked in 13 bicycles, a

hot, that I wondered why the hell I’d

creams, just as I thought I was going

The Big Move Finally Arrives!

I arranged to meet David at the Repsol Petrol Station in Casinos at 8.30am. Of course he was on time, and we were

chatting all the way to our customer’s front door, which actually turned out to be a gate of a castle … or a least it

looked like one! So by the time that we stepped out of the van to meet everyone we felt in really high spirits.

The customer, a Scottish family who already moved to live in L’Eliana where now on the move to Naquera (on the other

side of Betera). Ruth was the woman in charge and Connon her son, had offered to give a helping hand.

I noticed that David is always very much on the ball, as soon as we walked into her home he wanted to know exactly

what needed to be moved. So we walked around the house, while Ruth explained the different things which were

either staying or going. I thought that David must have a photographic memory because I would need to write

everything down to remember it all! It certainly did remind me of the Generation Game, when later on I was trying to

remember all of the different things that were on the conveyor belt … cupboard in the children’s room, badminton set

in the garden, electric piano, BBQ, cuddly toy…

So there’s no time wasting with David, it’s just go, go, go! And OMG, we were working flat out! I remember that we

managed to move a washing machine, a bed, two mattresses, a sofa, a TV and lots of boxes from an apartment

building to our van parked outside and fully load it in under 45 minutes in the summer sun! And as an extra service,

without being asked, David kindly unscrewed a very tight nut on the dishwasher to detach the unit from the wall, ready

for the owners to sell it.

There were moments during the day,

So driving back and forth between L’Eliana

especially when it was getting really

and Naquera seemed to get shorter and

shorter on each trip. The main aim was to

decided to opt for this experience.

get all the really heavy items moved before

It’s really hard work, but the thing is

that we ended up working as a great

heat us up. I think it must have reached at

team with the customer and actually

least 35 degrees on the day of the big

they were no longer a customer, now

we’d all become friends. It was like

fit into a 13 cubic meter white van. As well

we were all just digging in and

as all the normal types of furniture such as

making the very best of our shared

time together and it was a really

great experience! Ruth, bless her,

home weight-lifting machine and a huge

even brought out the Magnum ice

basketball stand on the different trips!

to melt with sunburn.

And David is right up there with the Fair

Trading standards. I was impressed when

I have to admit that the thought of

at one stage we were so far ahead of

getting a washing machine up 20

ourselves that we thought we’d stop off for

steps at the front of the new house

a coffee and a tea, so that we could meet

was a bit daunting. But with David’s

Ruth back at the house at the time we’d

expertise and experience, we worked

agreed earlier. But he didn’t charge her for

together to quickly haul it up using

that time! Now that’s really rare.

the sack truck It was bish, bash,

bosh! Job well done!


eport, I realise even more, just how great the

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I learnt a few things from Connor as well. I’ve

never seen anyone look so surprised as when I

told him I didn’t know what a PS4 was! And

there was a lovely moment when Ruth invited

us to pick some fresh fruit from her garden. I

was amazed at the size of the fruit, lemons,

apricots and plums. Her daughter was so kind

as to show me the different trees and even led

me to an outside stone sink where I could

wash the fruit. It was just a nice family feeling.

I felt very grateful to be part of this wonderful

day helping them to move home.

I think we spent about 12.5 hours over 2 days,

moving everything from one place to another,

it really was a good way to get a suntan and

build up my muscles. But I can easily

understand why David has become so popular

in the community. Basically he really cares

about the quality of service that he offers, he’s

open and genuine, and considering his

approach to work, I think that his prices are

really good value for money.

Now sitting here at home and writing up my

community spirit is here in Valencia and what

a joy it is to be part of it.

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Calle Doctor Ferrán 13, located between

avenida Aragón and avenida del

Cardenal Benlloch next to the hotel

Puerta Valencia.

About 70m2

Charges are included : air conditioned,

wifi, water, electricity

We are renting, with its own entrance in the

street that can form a shop window of about

6m2, with its own electric shutter, half the part of

our property. This property looks like a U, the rent

concerns the left part of this U. In the rear room,

separated of the 2 branches of the U by 2

beautiful patios containing an olive tree and

plants, you can find 2 toilets that have to be

shared, one of them contains a shower.

The place for rent is very bright, 55m2,

ceiling height is about 3,35m. The patio is

16.50m. The common rear room of 20m2

eventually can be added to the rent, just

giving us the Access to the area that we now

use as a stockroom. The two of them are

70m2.

The place is completely renovated, bright,

smooth concrete floor, LED lights, water and

a place that can be used as a small kitchen

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Conditions : 1 month of deposit + 1ºmonth:

TOTAL 1200 €.

CONTACT: JEREMY tel. 638 153 585


ANIMAL WELL-BEING

PROTECT YOUR

PET FROM

HEATSTROKE!

By Maria Lluch Barbera (veterinarian) & Laila Fletcher (trainee canine behaviourist)

WELL, SUMMER HAS BEEN A

LITTLE SLOW TO ARRIVE THIS

YEAR, BUT IT’S CERTAINLY

ARRIVED NOW WITH A BLAST!

AND WITH THESE

TEMPERATURES LIKELY TO

KEEP RISING, IT’S

IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THE

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL

WELLBEING OF OUR PETS.

Heatstroke is a dangerous rise in body

temperature (above 41 oC), that can

cause clinical shock, and proves fatal for

one in every three affected dogs. Dogs

are at risk because, unlike us, they have

very few sweat glands. The only sweat

glands they have are between the pads

on their feet, and these don’t get rid of

much heat at all, so the only other way a

dog can eliminate excess body heat is by

panting, which they do when their body

temperature rises above 39 oC.

Heat stress and heatstroke occur when a

dog’s body temperature continues to rise

above 39 oC, but it is unable to get rid of

the excess heat, and this can be fatal if

not recognised and dealt with quickly.


What are the symptoms of heatstroke?

In addition to excessive panting, there are plenty of other signs

that could indicate your dog might be suffering from heatstroke:

excessive drooling

breathing difficulty

panting is very noisy

dizziness/loss of balance

rapid or irregular heart rate

reddened gums and moist or gloopy eyes/nostrils

vomiting and diarrhoea

agitation/distress

tremors, seizure or loss of consciousness

Flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds, such as the Bulldog

(French/English/American), Boxer, Pug and many toy breeds,

are at particularly high risk. The reason for this is that in these

dogs the same amount of body tissue has to fit into a much

smaller muzzle than in longer-nosed breeds. This restricts their

airflow as well as their oxygen intake and prevents panting from

efficiently reducing their body temperature. Also at risk are very

young or elderly dogs, those with a medical condition, and those

with very thick fur. If your dog is one of the latter, you might be

tempted to give her a haircut, but her fur actually insulates her

from the heat as much as it does from the cold – without it she’ll

be unable to properly regulate her body temperature, and she’ll

be more susceptible to sunburn. Rather than an all-over haircut,

you could trim the abdominal area, so that she can better cool off

lying on the floor tiles. Also make sure her coat is wellgroomed,

and free from any knots and tangles so that air

can pass through it naturally.

What should I do if I think my dog is suffering from

heatstroke?

1. Take your dog to a cool and airy place, offer her fresh

water to drink, lay a cold wet towel over her or wet her

coat thoroughly. It is especially helpful to wet the ear

flaps, armpits, between the legs, and the paw pads. The

water should be cool, but not cold so that her peripheral

circulation isn’t reduced – her peripheral circulation is

essential for dissipating her body heat.

2. Get your dog to the vet immediately, as heatstroke can

cause multiple organ dysfunction.

An effective method to further reduce your dog's body

temperature is to soak it with alcohol instead of water.

Alcohol evaporates much more rapidly than water, taking

a significant amount of heat with it – this can help reduce

your dog’s temperature even more quickly.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure. In the

summer heat, air conditioning and fans may come to rival

your position as your dog’s best friend! Make sure that

you don’t exercise your dog during the hottest part of the

day.


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This is not just to avoid the hot air temperatures, but ground surfaces

such as concrete and tarmac are even hotter, and your dog doesn’t

have protective shoes to prevent her pads becoming scorched and

blistered. Temperatures are lower in the evening, and the coolest

hours of all are first thing in the morning. Always ensure you carry

fresh water for yourself and your dog when you do go out for a walk.

There have been several reports in the news recently, both in Spain

and the UK, where owners have left their dogs (and in one case a baby)

in a parked car. This is never acceptable, not even if the windows are

ajar and the car is in the shade and is unfortunately often very rapidly

fatal. If the air temperature is just 22oC, the temperature inside a car

can rise to 47oC within an hour. With temperatures here this week in

the mid-30’s, even a few minutes in a parked car could cause your pet

significant cardiovascular distress. If you see a dog has been left in a

parked car here in Spain, call 091 immediately to alert Seprona (the

Guardia Civil division responsible for animal welfare). It can take just

6 minutes for a dog to die in a parked car.

What can I do to entertain my dog if it’s too hot to go out?

Your dog is likely to be much less energetic in this heat, so won’t need

as much exercise as normal, but there are plenty of things you can do

indoors to burn off any energy she has, or to prevent boredom. Ten

minutes of mental stimulation can actually burn off as much energy as

a half-hour run, and should be as regular a part of your dog’s routine

as physical exercise. You could play gentle games indoors with your

dog, give her some new toys to play with, train her to do some new

tricks, or give her some canine enrichment activities (heaps of ideas

are out there with a quick Google search, or check out the Canine

Enrichment group on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/groups/canineenrichment/). You could combine

enrichment with keeping your dog cool and make some canine

lollipops! Make use of your empty yogurt pots, by filling them with

water and a few dog treats and popping them in the freezer, or have a

peek here www.kongcompany.com/en-uk/recipes/ for some frozen

Kong stuffing tips. If you have a canine splash pool (or don’t mind a

hairy swimming pool!), there is also a wide range of toys available for

purchase that are designed for water-based doggie fun.

"...With temperatures here

this week in the mid-30’s,

even a few minutes in a

parked car could cause your

pet significant cardiovascular

distress. If you see a dog has

been left in a parked car here

in Spain, call 091 immediately

to alert Seprona..."

Overall, make sure your dog always has access to cool fresh water,

whatever the weather and plenty of shade/shelter to protect her from

the extremes. If you have any great ideas you’d like to share, then please

do share them with us all on the Community Spirit Facebook page!

Community Spirit Valencia


Y O U R L I T T L E B A L C O N Y : H E A L T H Y

T H I N G S I T C A N P R O D U C E

Written by Ray and Grace Foster

This month, as promised, are some helpful,

healthy uses for the things you’ve now been

growing on your Little balcony. Let’s start with

the Chili pepper rubbing oil I mentioned last

month. It’s very simple to make and is oh so

warming on a painful joint.

CHILLI PEPPER RUBBING OIL

10 FRESH CHILLIES.. with stalks cut off

2 CUPS COLD PRESSED OLIVE OIL…….Yep

that’s all you need… If you have one of those

old-fashioned meat grinders put the whole

Chillies through it… if not, just grate them on

the large holes in your grater… wash your hands

carefully, these are HOT!.. Simply just put in a

glass jar, and pour the oil over... Put the lid on

and keep in a dark place for a week, strain and

bottle... It really is that easy…..You can keep the

pepper mix in the fridge to oomph up a meal.

When you have a painful joint just massage a

small amount and feel the warmth spread all

through the area. Wash your hands very

carefully. Obviously if this oil causes a rash etc.

then the mix is not for you.

HOW TO AIR DRY PLANTS

Simply pick bunches, tie loosely or use a rubber

band, hang upside down so the essential oils go

down into the flowers and leaves… DO NOT

hang in direct sunlight but in a well-ventilated

area. After around 2 weeks the leaves will feel

dry and crisp. Strip from stems, crumble and

keep in an airtight, coloured glass container, or

in a dark cupboard.

REMEMBER…ALWAYS sterilize your glass

containers... Either wash carefully and put in the

oven on low setting for around 20 minutes or

put in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle.

Some recipes call for dried plants.

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT VALENCIA /

INFUSED LAVENDER OIL

Did you grow some on your balcony?.. If not, don’t worry

it grows wild all around our area of Spain. I'm going to

give you 2 methods, so choose which is best for you.

METHOD 1… Fill a glass jar about three quarters full

with dried Lavender and pour over Sweet Almond oil

(you can use veg oils too though Almond oils tend to feel

lighter and less greasy on the skin, it’s your choice) cover

with either cling film or the lid and keep in a lightly sunny

place, not full heat of sun! Can cover with a paper bag if

necessary, and keep for 4 – 6 weeks, after which strain

and keep in dark coloured bottles... You can always paint

your bottles lovely colours if they are plain glass! This oil

should keep well for at least up to a year.

METHOD 2…Collect a bunch of fresh Lavender, pulling

flowers off the stems, cut the stems into pieces, lightly

crush, and put into glass jar along with the leaves, don’t

pack too tightly, now fill jar with virgin olive oil right to

the top of jar so that when you add lid/ stopper/ cling

film it should touch the oil so there are no air pockets.

Stand on a windowsill in some sun for around a month,

shaking daily. Pour through a fine strainer or cheesecloth

into another jar squeezing the Lavender to make sure you

get as much of the lovely oil as possible. There are so

many uses for this oil… a few drops in your bath, rub a

little on aching muscles, put a few drops in your pets bath

water because it helps to kill fleas, ticks etc.

ROSEMARY INFUSED OIL

Although these oils are often called Sun Infused Oils, in

practice our sun here in Spain in an enclosed area like on a

balcony will be far too hot, so on a windowsill indoors

would be better.

This oil is made with dried flowers/leaves as before.

Lightly crush and put in a glass jar, fill with olive oil or oil

of your choice, making sure the herbs are well covered.

Stir well to disperse any air bubbles. Cap tightly and shake

once or twice daily. Leave for 2 or 3 weeks and strain.

Store in a cool, dark place. This should keep well for a

year.

Incidentally, ROSEMARY INFUSED OLIVE OIL makes an

amazing base for your homemade salad dressings.

Add 2 or 3 drops to your bath water. Add a few drops to

your shampoo bottle. ROSEMARY is anti-inflammatory,

antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic and has

traditionally been used for many hair problems in the

past. It stimulates hair growth, feeds hair follicles,

soothes scalp problems and is also helpful for Eczema and

Psoriasis.

This method works equally well with Thyme, and also with

Calendula flowers… remember edible Calendula must be

Calendula Officinalis… not the commonly known Marigold

If you’ve managed to grow some Calendula on your little

balcony here’s an easy recipe for a simple hair rinse.


CALENDULA HAIR RINSE

Freshly made for 1 rinse.

1 HANDFUL OF DRIED CALENDULA

1 TABLESPOON OF LEMON JUICE- OR. APPLE CIDER

VINEGAR. The vinegar smell will disperse very quickly

Pour 1 – 2 cups of boiling water over the Calendula, add

the lemon juice or vinegar and stand for around 20

minutes. Cool and strain and use to pour over your freshly

washed hair leaving it silky smooth.

SAGE HONEY

FOR SORE THROATS…1 Large bunch of fresh SAGE

LEAVES

RUNNY HONEY

Wash leaves and put in a pan with enough honey to cover

them, gently simmer on very low heat for around an hour.

Cool and strain into a jar. A fresh sprig of Sage in the jar

adds to your visual pleasure and also makes a useful gift. A

teaspoon in warm water will ease a sore throat.

ALOE VERA

We all know how brilliant it is for our poor sunburned skin,

and many of us also take it internally as a drink, but very

often, a good, completely natural Aloe Vera tends to be a

little expensive, so here’s an easy recipe to make your own

1 LARGE ALOE VERA LEAF

1 LEMON

2 CUPS OF WATER…As normal slice the leaf lengthways

and scoop out the gel. Cut it into pieces and put in a

blender with the water and the juice of the lemon. Blend

for around 40 seconds.

freshly made for 1 rinse.

Now strain through some cheesecloth….the little extra

time taken to do this is extremely worthwhile as it breaks

up the slight sliminess. This should last about a week in the

fridge… Drink a little after meals… if you want you can add

a tad of honey to your drink to offset the lemon

sharpness… how easy is that to make??? Definitely worth

growing a pot or two…..Until next month...

As always, Hasta pronto

Last of all this month is a plant we are all familiar with,

living in this hot sunny climate that we love, and is a plant

that I’m sure we have all used at one time or another, and

now, hopefully, you are growing one on your balcony too. It

is, of course ………

Grace Foster


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Health Awareness

Happy poops!

W R I T T E N B Y D I D I E R T H O M A S

All along my career as a masseur, I have seen

people with many problems and symptoms and I

can point out one particular symptom that I could

name the Mother of all symptoms: Fatigue. Or

Exhaustion, tiredness, weakness, lethargy,

lassitude. Well, in two fashion words: Low

Energy!

On Saturday morning after a beer-pouring night,

you may think: “Yes, I’m tired, I had too many

beers last night”. But, what if you’re suffering

from chronic fatigue without even noticing it?

Maybe something way more vicious and way

more discreet than this Alien from the 1979 movie

that scared the whole world – ranking just after

Jaws in 1975 – is sucking out your energy from

inside?

Sometimes, physical pains also exhaust you – as

many people can testify – and push you to stay

lying down the whole time you’re not working (if

you’re working lying down, you may not notice it,

though). Lying down in front of the TV, do you

remember the fight scene between Merlin and

the Witch in the Disney cartoon back in 1963,

The Sword In The Stone? They had two rules: 1) No chimera and 2)

No invisibility. They knew the reason: invisible, like bacteria and

parasites, can be mean and are the subjects of serious studies.

Here is some information about our tiny inhabitants. You won’t

look at yourselves in the mirror the same way! Eew!

The main difference between parasites and bacteria? We don’t

want any parasites in us, ever! Away we’d like them to be but

they’re hiding within what keeps us alive: food and drinks…

sometimes even in the air! According to the W.H.O (World Health

Organization), we are more than three billion generous people

allowing the parasites (all types) to live inside us without any

permission! Bad me, and I thought that the human being was a

selfish species! It starts very early when kids are in majority

tested positive at school, meaning that there’s a big chance we’ve

been carrying them all these years – both our best childhood

friends and best men. We accept them just like we silently accept

corruption in our society. Unless we’re doing a feces analysis

(pooh analysis) every payday of the month, there isn’t an obvious

event that’s going to ring our wellness bell when our (yes, it’s ours

now) parasite penetrates us discreetly. Starting small and

seemingly harmless like these tiny plants in the walls of the

Angkor Wat now destroying temples in Cambodia, they’ll start

ripping apart their hosts from within. Some of them are enjoying

our red cells and proudly singing: These Fingers are Licking Good!

Until anemia shows up = fatigue. Most of our diet is unbalanced

but some parasites will still eat what we eat until we suffer from

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undernutrition = fatigue. Oh! And others are organizing a

general garbage strike like the one in Toronto back in 2009,

making us as walking sewage = fatigue. And I could go on with

examples likes these for days!

Bad news: it’s impossible to avoid them. So, if one or several of

these 9 symptoms occur, it’s time to proudly show our stools to

a specialist: Sleeping problems, skin problems, fatigue,

symptoms of irritable bowel, digestive problems (food

intolerance – same symptoms than gluten intolerance!!! – and

stomach aches…), general inflammations (arthritis, muscle

cramps, swollen feet and hands…), loss of weight control,

mental disorders (stress and anxiety, depression, memory

loss…), reproductive problems (premenstrual syndrome, water

retention, cysts, menstrual irregularity, and urinary tract

infections). Even though I’m not a woman, it’s like I can feel all

of them now! I think we all understood the message: if we have

nothing to do next week during la siesta, let’s go to the poopyguy

for analysis!

become harmful to your body temple by stepping down

in front of an unbalanced diet that causes an unbalanced

population of bacteria. Did you know that 80% of the gas

formed in our large and small intestine, where the poop

is waiting to get ejected, is released through the lungs?!

Yes! Unbalanced bacterial populations = coated tongue

and bad breath! French kiss, no thanks! For instance,

some of these bacteria are heavy sugar consumers, like

kids are! Feed them and they’ll convince you to consume

even more sugar. They prevent sugar metabolism and

transform it into alcohol or vinegar. Dear Mary Poopins,

two spoons of sugar could produce bloated intestine!

Even worse, once the wrong bacteria’s colony outgrows

others, it will eat up our mucus (in an empty intestine)

which is made of sugar, and create hydrogen, the same

gas flying out from a fully charged car battery, hence

generating small intestine inflammation. Farts

prohibited! The vinegar itself will be fermenting salads,

cereals and legumes, causing acid reflux, pain on top of

the umbilicus, gastritis, oesophagitis, even tract lung

irritation through discreet signs. Some bacteria are also

Tryptophan eaters. No bacteria, no happiness!

Remember? Tryptophan is an amino acid in the large

intestine and is a precursor of serotonin and melatonin,

both responsible for happiness and good sleep! And

where is 80% of our serotonin is produced? Good guess,

in our large intestine! So now, get bacteria and parasites

tested for, get well-balanced, and have happy poops!

Wander around the Internet for smart and easy

solutions. Here is some interesting information.

www.medicalnewstoday.com

Good news: once your feces analysis is made and tested

positive, like almost 30% of the world population, treatments

are common for most of them. Some food can even prevent the

parasites from growing and proliferating. And your

intolerances and allergies may even disappear along with these

parasites! Gluten intolerance symptoms could be an example of

parasites feeding on gluten, making us weak. Eliminate the

gluten and you feel better, but eliminate the parasite and you

can eat gluten again!

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/small_intestinal_bacterial

_overgrowth/article_em.htm#facts_and_definition_of_sibo_s

mall_intestinal_bacterial_overgrowthl

Contact Details:

Name:Didier Thomas,

called Diego.

Nationality: Swiss.

Date of birth: 05 march

Now we know a bit more about our none-friends, the parasites,

let the bacteria take their place. There are reasons why

parasites and bacteria are in the same articles. The presence of

parasites can often offer the same symptoms than a bad

bacterial symbiosis. In opposition to the parasites, we need

bacteria! No bacteria, no happiness! However, if you leave your

bacteria without care, they can

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Death defying trekking and orangutan spotting

in Sumatra

Written by Helen Warriner

with the fast-flowing crystal

clear blue waters faintly

audible over the birdsong

and insect buzz, it creates a

beautiful back drop and

perfect setting for a swing

in the hammock and an

afternoon snooze.

My adventure to Indonesia (an

archipelago of only 17,000 islands)

began in Sumatra. With only 60 days

granted on the visa and a million

amazing activities and areas to

explore, it seemed most logical (and

highly optimistic) to start at the first

island and just work our way across.

Without my time stopping machine

however it quickly became apparent

the plan had a flaw. Sumatra is huge,

in fact it is the sixth largest island in

the world and despite sadly losing

almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in

the last 35 years, it boasts an array of

incredible wildlife and other than

Borneo, is the only place in the world

where you can find a wild orangutan.

We flew into the overly

underwhelming capital city of

Medan and local bussed it

(because it saved a whopping

fiver), sweatily bumping and

grinding our way over cobbled

potholes and against local

strangers, to arrive in Bukit

Lawang, a quaint village in

northern Sumatra built along the

side of a river (that I was clothes

off and straight into, on arrival)

and adjacent to a towering

rainforest.

The town is so peaceful it has an

effect that just makes you lazy and

sleepy,


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with the fast-flowing crystal clear blue waters faintly audible over the birdsong and insect buzz, it creates a beautiful

backdrop and the perfect setting for a swing in the hammock and an afternoon snooze.

(Or in my particularly lazy case one day, an additional morning one for 4 hours). There is also little going on in terms of

nightlife and therefore average going to bed time is around 8 or 9pm, just to add to the vibe.

We awoke fresh and buzzing one Bukit Lawang

morning for a 2-day jungle trek (why am I paying

to voluntarily sleep in the middle of the jungle

again?). It was a real slog… up and down, up and

down, in extremely hot,humid and quite

dangerous conditions. I must have lost at least

2kg in sweat and almost died several times. On

one occasion I was very nearly a gonner as I

toppled sideways towards the edge of a steep

drop and am only here telling the tale because a

kind hanging vine obstructed my fall to death.

Climbing down was pretty hair raising

(especially after a night of rainfall) I felt like a

contestant on jungle gladiators, traversing

2-mile-long vertical tree roots and swinging on

vines. Alas we finally reached the camp (3

mosquito net covered mouldy mattresses under

a wooden roof laden with holes, a plastic bag

door and a tarantula).

They certainly weren’t lying when they said it was basic. The smoky

undrinkable water they provided meant that luckily, I didn’t require my

normal middle of the night toilet jaunt (screw wilderness weeing in the

pitch-black jungle, I actually have a (not now) secret fear of snake

bottom biting).

Within less than an hour of our 2-day trek, we spotted 2 orangutans.

Or should I rephrase ‘half of Bukit Lawang’ had and we joined the

small crowd in wooing and cooing over the beautiful orange beasts. I

felt a little cheated as my aim to go jungle trekking for 2 days was to

spot a truly wild orangutan, and somehow surrounded by one

hundred Nikons, the spotting didn’t feel so authentic. I was especially

disturbed by the feeding of bananas to the orangutans, who were

clearly accustomed to human interaction as they happily slapped out

their palm in anticipation of getting some grub. Back in 2015, the

rehabilitation centre located in the exact spot was closed and thus the

orange inhabitants are familiar with humans and explain their

proximity to the town and why they hang out in this particular area.

Controversial then is the question of whether feeding them is ethically

correct.


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Throughout the rest of the trek we spotted around 8 more of these gorgeous creatures, equally beautiful to their Bornean

cousins but Sumatran orangutans are paler with a longer beard and narrower face. I didn’t nearly cry when I saw one this

time (I did in Borneo) nor did I fall in love with one and want to run away and live in the jungle (also a past behavioural

trait). I did, however, laugh my head off at a cheeky baby haphazardly swinging through the trees doing loop the loops

and stealing caps, one of which he popped on his head backwards and scurried up the tree, much to the disappointment

of our guide who had just lost his favourite hat. I also had a chuckle at his mother who, all the while, seemed to be

entertaining herself by playing the drums with sticks.

Northern Sumatra holds the largest lake in South

East Asia (and the largest crater lake in the

world) that was created due to a volcanic

eruption of Mount Toba 74,000 years ago. The

eruption was so catastrophic that it affected the

whole planet, wiping out 60% of the human

population and changing the worlds weather

forever. In the middle of the lake stands a great

volcanic island the size of Singapore; an island

within an island!

The island is inhabited by the Batak people who

traditionally live in a distinct, curved roof, style

house and are predominantly Christian. The

locals are easy going and friendly and I thought

the kids were nice and cute (until they gave us

the finger and started gesturing a vigorous hand

motion towards their genitals on our departure).

The island is very green and boasts some

incredible views that we enjoyed from a motorbike (sorry mum) whilst

lapping up the chilled vibe and slow pace of life. Apparently, the

island was popular in the nineties with “hippies” coming to get off

their head on mushrooms and take advantage of the lack of policing.

We politely declined many offers of mushrooms, even from the lady

wearing a pink mickey mouse nightie with a large stick in her hand

who started chasing us down the street.

Lake Toba is stunning, and I don’t understand how it isn’t a more wellknown

spot on a traveler’s bucket list. Despite the random encounters

with locals (including the impromptu show we received on the

balcony by a group of school kids wanting to practice their English

whilst I’m embarrassingly sunburnt and feeling nakedly inappropriate

in my skimpy bikini), it is the perfect spot for some peace, natural

beauty, a bit of culture and lots of amazing photo opportunities.

www.joyfuloverlander.com


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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

available in Valencia

From around 20 to 25 years old, due to our lifestyle habits, polluted air, stress, poor nutritional diets, drug

abuse and many other reasons, our bodies begin to change naturally with the loss of our thinnest and

smallest blood vessels (capillaries) in many parts of our body, and the consequences are that we don’t get

enough of the necessary nutrients and oxygen which we need for the metabolism of all the cells in our

body.

So our skin starts to deteriorate and each day we get tired faster when doing things. The more bacterial and

microbial attacks we have, the more we are weakened. Sometimes it disturbs our sleep and so we end up

taking pills, changing our diet or doing a lot of sports, trying to change things.

But there is a therapy which can treat the root problem: OXYGEN HYPERBARIC THERAPY

Until now, this technology was too expensive for people in Europe, only for the privilege of the medical

world in some hospitals treating diseases or serious injuries. But it is a natural therapy that can really be

preventive for many problems and diseases. Why?

Under pressure, oxygen is not only captured by red blood cells and white blood cells, but it dissolves and is

stored in all our body fluids. The first consequence affects cell metabolism, starting with vascular

regeneration that will re-feed each cell of our body. And thus optimize the energy and the complete vitality

of our body, strengthen its defenses and prevent many disorders and diseases.

HBO has the effect of delaying natural degeneration such as arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.

For more medical information about HYPERBARIC OXYGEN (HBO)THERAPY, check out these links:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3058327/

http://www.hyperbaric-chamber.ca/about.html

https://maisonsaine.ca/sante-et-securite/loxygenotherapie-hyperbare-nouvelle-arme-contre-les-maladiesneurologiques-et-environnementales.html

You can call Benoît Roul, Director of Delta o2 Valencia, on mobile: 00 34 638 15 35 85 to arrange an

appointment and get more information about HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT) at Delta o2 in

Valencia.

Location address: Delta o2, Calle del Doctor Ferrán, 13, Valencia, Spain

Further information:

Delta o2 are official distributors of hyperbaric oxygen chambers for Spain

and also for France. We can also provide a financing system for customers

who wish to purchase our products.


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COMMUNITY SPIRIT VALENCIA - JULY 2018

The

Mozzies

Are Back

WRITTEN BY RICHARD T. VOLLER

This year in Spain the common

mosquito seems to be getting a

little bit more blood thirsty than

usual and in the last few years its

got a new friend, the Tiger

Mosquito (Aedes Albopictus),

which is native to South East Asia

but can now be found here too.

So as I’ve had a terrible time coping

with an avalanche of Mozzies in my

neck of the woods, I decided to

share a post in the Community Spirit

facebook group and see if anyone

else was been eaten alive by these

little insects and if they knew of

any good natural remedies for

dealing with them?

I was quite surprised by the

feedback I got because of the

diversity of the answers which

ranged from some people not

getting stung at all to others having

swollen hands because the bites!

Also the number of different

natural remedies recoomended was

vast.

Here is a list of all them with my

feedback.

Eating raw garlic (suggested by

Alexandra Paredes)

Now this was an easy one to start

with and although the taste is

quite sharp to eat by itself, I did

find myself adding more fresh

garlic to my cooking and salads.

Now it’s become part of my

everyday diet.

Tea tree oil to dab on after the

bite as it calms the itching and

act as an antiseptic (Fiona

Botham)

Luckily I still had some tea tree oil

in my medicine cabinet and

actually there is a healthcare shop

in Casinos opposite the vets and

there is another good one in

L’Eliana where you can buy it too.

For a little 10ml bottle it is quite

expensive, about Euro 10,

although you can buy it cheaper

online via Amazon. But I’ve

always found it a soothing natural

remedy for many things and it was

perfect for my mozzy bites.

Citronella essential oil for oil

burners and as a candle

(Clodagh Walsh)

I found that the candle

version is always a bit

annoying as it never seems to

burn properly, or only burns

half the candle. I was able to

get the essential oil from a

Chinese shop and I do prefer

oils as they seem to be more

effective.

Mosquito nets on windows

and fans on the ceiling

(Clodagh Walsh)

For this experiment I wasn’t

about to start paying out vast

amounts of money to have a

ceiling fan fitted, but I did

have a portable Jetrad fan

which I keep facing me by the

side of my bed. As well as

keeping me cool, I suppose it

just blows the mozzies away!

Simple solutions are

sometimes the best!


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Marmite every day for up to

month (Grace Foster)

The television advert in the UK

used to say, “My mate Marmite.

You either love it or you hate it!”

Well I love it and it seems like

mozzies hate it! I’m stocked up

on it now, I’d forgotten just how

much I love this stuff. It’s only

been a week now, but it’s

definitely working.

Flowers: Allegedly they don’t

like geraniums (Anne E Duguid )

I’ve put geraniums in pots by the

front door, on the porch and also

some by the eating area at the

back of the house. When sitting

outside eating my Marmite on

toast and having a citronella

candle lit dinner with a friend, I

have to admit that the mozzies

don’t seem to come anywhere

near us.

Hypnosis to help with allergic

reactions to bites and swelling

(Anne E Duguid )

So far I haven’t had any allergic

reactions to bites, but it’s good to

know that if you do, then Anne

(based in the area of Valencia) is the

person to get in contact with.

Brewers yeast tablets are a good

source of Vitamin B. Apparently

Mozzies don’t seem to attack high

Vitamin B people Mike Harmon and

Glen Lawes )

I haven’t been able to get hold of

Brewers yeast tablets so I can’t give

any feedback on this. Mike did

mention that as Vitamin B is water

soluble, you can't overdose on it, you

just pee out any excess but that also

means that your body can't store it.

Marmite is a source of B vitamins but

the brewers yeast tablets are more

concentrated and more effective.

Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural

repellent, lavender essential oil to

ease the bite/sting, and heal the skin.

(Victoria Koshoni and Chloe Bright )

I always like to have eucalyptus oil in

my medicine cabinet but never

thought about using it as a natural

repellent. It’s funny how you put things

into boxes. But it does seems to work

very well, but then again I am eating

Marmite, and raw garlic whilst sitting

on my porch surrounded by geraniums

Put a warm spoon on the bite. The

heat neutralizes the protein in the

venom that causes the itch. Or use a

cigarette lighter for immediate relief

(Laura Free Wheeler/USA)

I can’t help thinking that a cigarette

lighter might cause a number of other

side effects and which I’ll need to put a

new post up in the Community Spirit

facebook group page.


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Buy some mittens that’ll stop

you scratching the bites (Cheryl

Morton )

It good to see that things are

becoming a little bit easier to

test. The only drawback to this

one is that it’s quite

uncomfortable wearing mittens

in the summertime.

Vinegar in water in a spray

bottle .. It soothes the itch plus I

have not had any more bites

since I started using it! (Janice

Parker)

Yes!! Loved this one. I bought

some white wine vinegar from

the local supermarket in Villar

for a very cheap price and added

water. Now I’ve got the spray

bottle sitting in the living room,

although I hardly ever use it

now. But it’s there just in case!

Lastly, but not least place an x

with your naiks and of your

saliva as soon as possible

(Izabela Amsterdam)

I don't know about this one

Izabela Amsterdam ... I must

admit... it does sound a bit weird

... are you sure it works? But

anyway, it did make me laugh.

Thank you.

Conclusion

I’ve tried out as many as I can or

dared too! But now I am not

getting stung at all! The thing is

that I can’t pinpoint the exact

one which is doing the best job

and maybe it might be that using

them all together in a more

holistic healing approach is best!

But anyway, it was a lot of fun

doing the research and testing.

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FOR

DOGS

ADOPTION

From the Pedralba shelter:

REX is a German Shepherd cross,

who spent years living as a stray

in the campo with a female

companion. Together they had

several litters of puppies, and

when we found out about them we

rescued them all together. The

puppies have all been adopted,

and Rex and his friend Neus are

now getting used to being around

people. Rex is a lively boy,

although he’s a little shy of people,

as he spent so long living rough.

He’s gaining confidence, and

learning that people are not going

to harm him. He’s very wellbehaved,

gets on well with other

dogs, and walks impeccably on

the lead. He’s looking for a family

that understands his background,

and has the patience to help build

his confidence – they’ll have a

faithful friend, and will be giving

him the chance he’s never had.

He needs time, love and stability.

Naturaleza y Animales (Pedralba)

Tel: 644 439 665 (Spanish),

680 790 059 (English)

Email:

naturalezayanimales@gmail.com

Social media:

www.facebook.com/naturaleza.animales


FOR

DOGS

ADOPTION

From the Pedralba shelter:

LAIKA has not been with us long.

Her family moved abroad and left

her with another family, where

she had a litter of puppies. The

family then sold their house,

taking all the puppies with them,

but they abandoned Laika,

leaving her tied to the fence with

no food or water! Luckily the new

house owners arrived and found

her, but could not keep her as

they were only here for holidays.

She is about 7 years old, very

sweet, loving and trusting, and

gets on well with other dogs.

laika

Do you remember Rusty and Jazz

from the April issue? They are

both now really happy and settled

in their FURever homes!

Ṅaturaleza y Animales (Pedralba)

Tel: 644 439 665 (Spanish),

680 790 059 (English)

Email:

naturalezayanimales@gmail.com

Social media:

www.facebook.com/naturaleza.animales


FOR

DOGS

ADOPTION

From the Villar shelter:

SIRO is a 2-year old Breton

Spaniel, who just wants nothing

more than cuddles and affection.

When he’s out and about he runs,

plays and bounds around with

endless energy! He’s very

sociable with other dogs, and is

looking for a family that would

love to take him for the long walks

he so much enjoys. He is positive

for Leishmaniasis, a

Mediterranean disease we wrote

about in the December issue –

with regular veterinary check-ups

it is a very manageable disease.

Siro

Tel: 657 645 727 (Spanish), 622

089 461 (English

Social media:

www.facebook.com/protectoraanimalesvillar


FOR

DOGS

ADOPTION

From the Villar shelter:

TINTIN is a 2-year old Bodeguero

(similar to a Jack Russell Terrier),

who was rescued from a puppy

mill, where he never received

cuddles or any other show of

affection. Bit by bit he has gained

in confidence, and the gorgeous

boy that he is, is emerging from

within. Tintin is now able to show

that he’s incredibly affectionate,

sociable and very playful. He’s

looking for a family that

understands his background, and

why he’s a little shy of people he

doesn’t know.

Tintin

Tel: 657 645 727 (Spanish), 622

089 461 (English

Social media:

www.facebook.com/protectoraanimalesvillar


Not in a

position to

adopt?

Your help in any of the following was is always

much appreciated!

Fostering provides a temporary home for those animals that may not

cope very well in a shelter environment. It also leaves a space available in

the shelter for another.

Volunteering activities are always welcome, as shelter staff often care for

the animals in their spare time, whilst holding down full-time work

commitments. You could help with walking, grooming and socialising the

animals, with cleaning and maintenance work, with organising and

attending fundraising events.

Donations are crucial to the survival of animal shelters, as very few

receive any funding from the authorities. Financial donations help cover

veterinary and upkeep costs, which can rapidly mount, as shelters need

to cover costs of vaccinating, microchipping, neutering/spaying and

treatment for medical conditions before an animal can be rehomed.

Donations of food, blankets, collars, toys, etc. are also always needed.

Sharing the animals up for adoption with your friends, as well as

fundraising events, means that more people may want to help, and more

animals find their new homes.

C O M M U N I T Y S P I R I T | P A G E 5 7


AURA

PAITING

There's no pain in aura paiting

@

MANDALA CAMPING

FESTIVAL

I T ' S P O S S I B L E W I T H R I C A H R T


GETTING LOST AT

MANDALA

CAMPING

FESTIVAL

It's been about five years since I last did a festival in the

Netherlands and it's been about six years since I did my

aura paiting at a campsite. So as you can imagine, it was a

really fantastic feeling to be back!

Ruud van Lieshout came out to collect me from the airport,

funny guy with a great awareness of people's personalities. I

think the funniest moment was getting lost when we

arrived at the campsite while asking people where the 'Lost

Travellers Tribe' was?

P H O T O B Y M A R I T B I E S M A N

No sooner had I arrived, than I was made to feel very

welcome by the Rotori's who were the main organizers of

the 'Lost Traveller's Tribe', as well as the people from the

'Huis Kamer', Alex the audiovisual artist, Femke Slotman

from the vegan kitchen and Evan Shields from America!

It was a very special community feeling throughout the

festival actually, I met so many fascinating people of all ages

and from all walks of life, even bumped into Tirso Francés

again! I must have painted about 70 beautiful auras of

radiating souls, one of which was Kathy de Graaf (photo at

the bottom).

P H O T O B Y M A R I T B I E S M A N

So I wish to give special thanks to Alba Otten Hernández

who organized everything so well for my arrival at the

festival and also for Lena Anglen and Marcel Mingers for

manifesting such a fabulous experience. Definitely one of

the best festivals in the Netherlands now.


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