Community Spirit, July 2018

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<strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong><br />

Let's use our good Energy to create great things together<br />

JULY <strong>2018</strong><br />

KNOW HOW<br />


YOUR PET<br />

FROM<br />


DOGS FOR<br />


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IN THIS<br />

ISSUE<br />

Founder's Message<br />

Hi Everyone,<br />

This is the 9th issue <strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> e-magazine.<br />

<strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> Valencia... brings you local news and stories,<br />

combined with international exclusives which support the community!<br />

In June, I went traveling to the Netherlands and had great fun painting<br />

lots of beautiful souls at the well known Mandala Camping Festival in<br />

Wanroij. It was a beautiful tribal and community experience. Afterwards,<br />

I traveled to Amsterdam to catch up with friends and was delighted when<br />

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

Holland's most famous community television programmes. I found the<br />

experience really inspiring and it's encouraged me to take <strong>Community</strong><br />

<strong>Spirit</strong> e-magazine to another level.<br />

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

Arzobispo. <strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> Valencia is now ranked No.1 in Google.<br />

I am grateful to everyone who is getting involved!<br />

All the Best,<br />

Richard T. Voller<br />

Editor-In-Chief<br />



This is community television the Dutch<br />

way! If you don't know the programme,<br />

it was a sort of humorous news<br />

programme which ran for 16 years in<br />

Holland. It literary opened doors and<br />

let people meet the ordinary folk!<br />

Everything you need to know! What<br />

symptons to look for? And what to do if<br />

your dog is suffering from heatstroke.<br />


Instead of discovering different<br />

places in the community of Valencia<br />

in which to live, this time I join<br />

David Smith, a well-known Man with<br />

a Van.<br />



The Nobel Prize winner, Dr Otto<br />

Warburg, has established that<br />

cancerous cells can not live at high<br />

oxygen levels. This is an exclusive<br />

interview the Founder & CEO of<br />

Oxygen Products Ltd, Venetia Kruger<br />

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43<br />

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Helen Warriner tells us about her<br />

Death defying trekking and<br />

orangutan spotting in Sumatra!<br />



Areas of interest to be covered .<br />

4<br />

WHAT'S ON?<br />

In local towns and in the city centre.<br />

6<br />



11<br />

20<br />


Indian Summer Festival at Centro<br />

Ayurveda<br />


Michael Abspoel was one of the Editorsin-Chief<br />

of Holland's famous TV<br />

programme 'Man Bites Dog' which<br />

opened up the community!<br />

13<br />

31<br />


Oxygen Products are now available in<br />

capsules. Exclusive interview with<br />

Founder & CEO, Venetia Kruger<br />


David James goes shopping 'Money is<br />

Money'<br />

33<br />

40<br />


Man with a Van, David Smith invites<br />

<strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> along to experience<br />

the big move!<br />


Your little balcony: healthy things it can<br />

produce.<br />

37<br />

44<br />


Learn how to protect your pets from<br />

heatstroke.<br />


Happy Poops!<br />

46<br />


Helen Warriner inspires us about her<br />

death defying trekking and orangutan<br />

spotting in Sumatra!<br />


Mozzies Are Back! Facebook group<br />

article, what you have to say!<br />

49<br />

57<br />


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)<br />

available in Valencia<br />


Dogs for Adoption!<br />


Getting lost at the Mandala Camping Festival in<br />

the Netherlands

WHAT'S ON?<br />

Local Towns and Valencia<br />

Free Language Exchange,<br />

Lliria<br />

The address is:<br />


C/ ABETOS 2<br />


46160 LLIRIA<br />

The language exchange takes place every Friday from<br />

7,30 to 8,30 PM.<br />

We do half an hour of Spanish conversation and half<br />

an hour of English. There is no charge for this<br />

R E I S E | P A G E 2<br />


- Emergency: 112<br />

- National Police: 091<br />

- City Police: 092<br />

- Civil Guard: 062<br />

- Fire: 080<br />

- Red Cross: 963 67 73 75<br />

Wednesday- Casinos and L'Eliana<br />

- Airport: 961 59 85 00<br />

- Bus Station: 963 46 62 66<br />

- Port: 963 93 95 00<br />

- Post Office: 963 51 67 50<br />

- Valencia Regional Government Info: 012<br />

- Valencia City Hall Info: 010<br />

- Customs: 963 67 13 00<br />

- Visas, Embassies & Consulates<br />

Pedralba<br />

Rastro<br />

Pedralba Rastro<br />

Sunday 8th <strong>July</strong> <strong>2018</strong>,<br />

Location: Behind Bar Sardi, Pedralba.,<br />

From 9.00 til 1.00.<br />

Lin Shepherd, event organiser, raises funds for<br />

Naturaleza y Animales (Vice President) by charging<br />

Euro 2 for space at the Rastro which goes to the charity.<br />

Sellers need to arrive at 8am<br />

Weekly Local Town Markets<br />

Friday - Villar del Arzobispo<br />

Thursday - Lliria<br />

Tuesday - Betera<br />

Public Holidays in <strong>2018</strong>:<br />

There are some things which you just need to<br />

you don't want to be driving into. .<br />

remember,<br />

town to find that everything is closed down<br />

because you forgot it was a public holiday!<br />

Tuesday 1 May - Labour Day<br />

Wednesday 15 Aug - Assumption of Mary<br />

Tuesday 9 Oct - Valencian Regional Holiday<br />

Friday 12 Oct - Fiesta Nacional de España<br />

Thursday 1 Nov - All Saints' Day<br />

Start planning now for Villar del<br />

Arzobispo Fiesta Week!<br />

10th to 18th August<br />

Thursday 6 Dec - Constitution Day<br />

Saturday 8 Dec - Immaculate Conception<br />



Emergency Numbers<br />

- Renfe (National Train Service) Information: 902<br />

24 34 02 or 963 52 02 02<br />

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

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PLUMBER & ELECTRICIAN / TONY ROGERS / +34 677 201 382<br />


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Art Competition<br />

Villar del Arzobispo<br />

Are you artistic? Do you like painting or<br />

drawing and want to enter an art<br />

competition? If so, then this is a great<br />

opportunity!<br />

You need to create a piece of artwork on a bedsheet, which<br />

you collect when you register at the Fiestas Commission in<br />

Villar del Arzobispo.<br />

The photo to left is the Winner of the competition in 2017.<br />

The art competition is open to individuals and groups, you<br />

don't have to live in Villar del Arzobispo to enter the<br />

competition. You need to be over 18 years old and the<br />

theme and the style is totally up to you!<br />

Registration<br />

To register, send an email to:<br />

communicacionfiestasvillar<strong>2018</strong>@gmail.com<br />

Deadline for finished pieces is 3rd August <strong>2018</strong><br />

Prizes: 1st - Euro 200, 2nd - Euro 100 and 3rd - Euro 50<br />

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





Saturday 28th <strong>July</strong><br />

11am till 8pm<br />

Entrance FREE<br />

More info: Susan 606517656<br />

& Kalpana 600720357<br />

*if you would like to<br />

participate with your<br />

Craft/Art or promote your<br />

business please contact us.<br />

Call: 962 324 478<br />

www.ayurvedabybharatnegi.com<br />

Ayurveda Lifestyle By Bharat Negi,<br />

C/Salamanca 12<br />

L´Eliana, 46183, Valencia<br />

What's going on?<br />

Lots of Craft & Artisan stalls:<br />

Products from India,<br />

Natural Cosmetics,<br />

'Clean & Green',<br />

Handmade Soaps & Jewellery,<br />

Hand decorated Fans,<br />

Face Painting for kiddies,<br />

Ecological home made Jams & Chutneys, fresh<br />

fruit smoothies & much more<br />

Richart (<strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> e-Magazine) will be<br />

there with his Aura paiting: 20€ & if you bring<br />

your own black t-shirt,15€<br />

Indian food available throughout the day.<br />

Traditional Dance demonstrations.<br />

Come along & join us for a lovely relaxing<br />

Summer day out.


02<br />

july <strong>2018</strong> issue 09<br />

written by Christine Woodbridge<br />

I love the most wonderful woman in the world,<br />

I love her and she loves me,<br />

we love unconditionally.<br />

She comforted me when I cried,<br />

laughed with me when I was happy,<br />

Held me when I was in pain.<br />

She was an integral part of my life and I of hers.<br />

I could not have lived my life without her.<br />

For she is part of me and I am part of her.<br />

We are in this world together and will always be<br />

together, nothing can tear our love apart for we are<br />

Mother and Daughter.<br />

In memory of my Mother<br />

E D I T O R I A L O F F I C E<br />


1 3 | X C L U S I V E<br />

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<br />

I N C A P S U L E S<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

Oxygen Therapy now available in a capsule!<br />

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

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

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

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

oxygen therapy actually is and how important it is in transforming the current healthcare and medical treatments<br />

being offered by big pharmaceutical companies and corporations.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

of Oxygen Products, Venetia Kruger.

C O M M U N I T Y S P I R I T 1 4 | X C L U S I V E<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

To give you an overview of the<br />

humanity today has attracted<br />

patients in general recover<br />

company, I think it is right that I<br />

widespread interest among<br />

remarkably quicker from<br />

share with you some of the<br />

doctors, health practitioners,<br />

chronic wounds, bedsores,<br />

following information which is<br />

various institutions, public<br />

venous ulcers and all other<br />

from their Medical Portfolio<br />

sector organisations and the<br />

chronic diseases. I am thus very<br />

document.<br />

public at large.<br />

excited to see the outcome of<br />

any new studies and would<br />

Asante Foundation and Asante<br />

The knowledge and expertise of<br />

therefore strongly recommend<br />

Philani which are the Research<br />

Venetia’s key partners, Dr Julian<br />

further clinical studies in the<br />

and Development arms of<br />

Holmes, internationally<br />

future.”<br />

Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd,<br />

renowned for his competent<br />

formed with the mission of<br />

research in ozone-related<br />

The Asante Foundation has<br />

becoming dynamic and<br />

technologies and products, and<br />

therefore embarked on bold<br />

influential leaders in the<br />

Dr Thozamile Qubuda of<br />

fund-raising initiatives in order<br />

research and development of<br />

Africeutical Health Sciences,<br />

to deepen and widen the scope<br />

innovative oxygen therapy and<br />

specialising in chronic disease<br />

of clinical trials; to focus on<br />

associated products. They are<br />

management, recognised for his<br />

dedicated to providing support<br />

exceptional work in HIV/AIDS,<br />

chronic illnesses and lifethreatening<br />

diseases. And<br />

and healing for severe health<br />

are bringing exciting new<br />

intensify ongoing research<br />

maladies, including the<br />

dimensions to the ongoing<br />

projects towards the further<br />

debilitating chronic nature of<br />

advancements and healings<br />

advancement of oxygen therapy<br />

major dreaded diseases such as<br />

qualities of oxygen therapy.<br />

treatment, together with the<br />

HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes,<br />

formulation of new products<br />

heart dysfunction, Ebola and<br />

Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd is<br />

lines. In addition, the need to<br />

others.<br />

gaining momentum at an<br />

build community based natural<br />

accelerated pace and now finds<br />

health clinics is of critical<br />

The founder and CEO of Oxygen<br />

itself strategically poised to<br />

importance. Asante’s<br />

Products (Pty) Ltd, Venetia<br />

seize the opportunity for<br />

aspirations, together with<br />

Kruger, has devoted the lion’s<br />

exponential growth. The<br />

Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd, is to<br />

share of her life to the study of<br />

ongoing demand for oxygen<br />

forge collaborative working<br />

healing through natural health<br />

products is increasing steadily<br />

relationships/partnerships with<br />

medicines. This has culminated<br />

with over 200 pharmacies<br />

professional health<br />

in ground-breaking<br />

stocking a regular supply and a<br />

practitioners and institutions,<br />

developments pertaining to the<br />

growing number of medical<br />

and in so doing expand its<br />

healing qualities of oxygen<br />

practitioners utilising oxygen<br />

horizons, enabling the provision<br />

therapy, incorporating a range<br />

therapy and associated products<br />

of crucial health services<br />

in their practices. An email<br />

around the globe. Asante’s<br />

of uniquely formulated fit-forpurpose<br />

oxygen products.<br />

received at the time of writing<br />

medium-term vision is to<br />

Outstanding results benefiting<br />

encapsulates their experience:<br />

establish a natural health and<br />

patients across the spectrum of<br />

“My experience, with the<br />

healing retreat followed by a<br />

the foremost diseases plaguing<br />

product, Super Oxygen, is that<br />

natural health hospital over the<br />

long term.

Richard: “What is oxygen therapy<br />

Venetia: “It is one of the most<br />

Richard: “How is it possible to<br />

Venetia: “This formulation is<br />

Richard: “What types of<br />

Venetia: “This product will boost the<br />

Richard: “How quickly can Oxygen<br />

Venetia: “We know from experience<br />

C O M M U N I T Y S P I R I T / M A Y 1 5 | X C L U S I V E<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

So I don’t know about you, but<br />

that all seems like really good<br />

news to me! And as I am<br />

reaching 50 years old in a few<br />

years, and both my parents have<br />

died, one from cancer and the<br />

other from a heart attack, I am<br />

lot more aware about about my<br />

state of well-being and looking<br />

after my mind/body/soul temple<br />

so that I can live a long, healthy<br />

and active life.<br />

I am currently in the process of<br />

really transforming my lifestyle<br />

because I feel that now is the<br />

time to do it, so I’ve drawn up a<br />

new healthy lifestyle plan and<br />

am step-by-step putting it into<br />

action. So you can imagine my<br />

wonderful surprise when the<br />

Universe brought me into<br />

Above: Venetia Kruger, Founder and CEO of Oxygen Products (Pty) Ltd<br />

alignment with Venetia Kruger<br />

and Oxygen Products.<br />

have oxygen therapy in a<br />


the body to heal itself from disease.<br />

Any chronic disease will be supported<br />

immune system and will thus assist<br />

capsule?”<br />

such as diabetes, poor blood<br />

circulation, high blood pressure,<br />

natural and includes some of<br />

Cancer, Hiv/Aids, Allergies, wounds<br />

and how can it heal people?”<br />

the finest medicinal plants and<br />

and many more."<br />

minerals. When the product is<br />

taken with water, there is a<br />

chemical reaction that takes<br />

versatile therapies available to man<br />

Products have a positive effect on<br />

place in the body and oxygen is<br />

today because if one is able to raise<br />

the oxygen levels in the blood, then<br />

released into the bloodstream.<br />

someone's well-being?<br />

no fungi, virus or bacteria can live<br />

This “oxygen in a capsule” will<br />

at high oxygen levels. With this<br />

live up to your expectations on<br />

healing the body.”<br />

being said, it means that we will<br />

that results can already be seen from<br />

the very first week of using our<br />

have a better immune system and<br />

products. It is very important to use a<br />

the body will stay healthy and<br />

diseases can be cured with your<br />

lot of water when taking the products,<br />

protect itself as it is designed to<br />

to get the best results.”<br />

Oxygen Products?”<br />


Richard: “Is it effective for long-<br />

Venetia: “We have done a trial<br />

Richard: “Does increased<br />

Venetia: “One of our medical<br />

Richard: “Can Oxygen Products<br />

Venetia: “We have a special<br />

Richard: “Are there any side<br />

Venetia: “There may be a<br />

Richard: “Why do you think that<br />

Venetia: “Our medical doctors are<br />

Richard: “So are your products<br />

C O M M U N I T Y S P I R I T / M A Y 1 6 | X C L U S I V E<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

term diseases? Have there been<br />

any trials?”<br />

in 2014 with Hiv/Aids patients<br />

and results have shown an<br />

increase of 65% on the CD4<br />

count of all patients within 30<br />

days! Nobody has reported any<br />

side effects but good health and<br />

some have been able to go back<br />

to work again. Also we have<br />

seen reversal of different<br />

Cancers even with late stage<br />

cancer. The Nobel Prize winner,<br />

Dr Otto Warburg, has<br />

established that cancerous cells<br />

can not live at high oxygen<br />

formulation for Sport people<br />

some people might be afraid of using<br />

levels.”<br />

that helps with better<br />

natural treatments like oxygen to heal<br />

endurance and also removal of<br />

themselves? And what advice do you<br />

lactic acid. All sport people<br />

have to reassure them?”<br />

oxygen cause a premature<br />

using our products claim major<br />

ageing of your cells and body?<br />

improvement on their times<br />

with marathons, cycling and<br />

trained on pharmaceutical products<br />

others.”<br />

and not natural products. Never in the<br />

doctors has noted that all of his<br />

history of mankind have we had so<br />

patients using this product tend<br />

many health problems that was<br />

to have younger looking skin.<br />

effects when using Oxygen<br />

unheard of a mere 100 years ago. We<br />

More oxygen also means<br />

Products?”<br />

have advanced in knowledge but not<br />

increased energy levels and<br />

in treating diseases. Today Big<br />

better well-being.”<br />

Pharma has designed medical care in<br />

reaction of headaches within<br />

treating symptoms and not disease.<br />

the first three days of using the<br />

Staying a patient for the rest of your<br />

help people gain more energy?<br />

product. This is only because of<br />

life has huge financial benefits for big<br />

Especially people who do lots of<br />

the removal of toxins in the<br />

Corporations.”<br />

sports or outdoor physical<br />

body. Just increase the water<br />

activities?”<br />

intake to flush out the toxins<br />

and you should feel on top of<br />

affordable so that more people can<br />

the world.”<br />

use them?”

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Venetia: “Most definitely as the<br />

Richard: “As a pioneer in oxygen<br />

Venetia: “To get the product into<br />

Venetia: “Oxygen is Life. Oxygen is<br />

C O M M U N I T Y S P I R I T / M A Y 1 8 | X C L U S I V E<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

product is designed to take care of<br />

the problem and not only a<br />

symptom. Many conditions can<br />

also be reversed with lifestyle<br />

changes. This product is meant to<br />

be a humanitarian product and be<br />

available to everyone in need.”<br />

therapy, what are your big goals<br />

for the next year?”<br />

the rest of Africa and get more<br />

trials done to prove the efficacy of<br />

this product.”<br />

Richard: “Why are you so<br />

Click on advert to go to website<br />

passionate about Oxygen Therapy<br />

Products?”<br />

the Source of all Healing. Oxygen is<br />

the Breath of our Creator".<br />

Editor’s Note:<br />

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

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

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

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

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,<br />

Founder of Happy Family<br />

Natural Wellness<br />

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

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

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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<br />

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<br />

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<br />

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<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

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

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

reach of the <strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> into the Netherlands, so that the e-magazine can<br />

become truly international. I realised that in my network I have some pretty<br />

inspirational people who have been working on community projects, and now<br />

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

their lives and discover some amazing things.<br />

So Michael Abspoel, one of the<br />

Editors-in-Chief and Voice-Over of<br />

the Dutch television programme<br />

known as ‘Man bijt hond’<br />

(translation is Man Bites Dog’) had<br />

invited me to his home and during<br />

one of our conversations he<br />

mentioned to me that he had seen<br />

my recent video interview with Kelli<br />

Davis, the founder of Happy Family<br />

Natural Wellness in Valencia and<br />

was very impressed with the quality<br />

of the interview and with the<br />

filming. I saw his interest in my<br />

work as a unique opportunity to get<br />

an exclusive interview with the man<br />

behind the famous Dutch television<br />

programme ‘Man Bites Dog’. I was<br />

delighted when Michael agreed to do<br />

the interview as his 16 year TV<br />

programme had a massive positive<br />

impact in Holland. It was a ground-<br />

breaking programme to say the least<br />

and it was all about the community<br />


Richard: “So you developed a<br />

Michael: “To start with, the<br />

Richard: “What type of news?”<br />

Michael: “It could be international<br />

Richard: “What angle?”<br />

Michael: “We looked at how the<br />

Richard: “And how do the<br />

Michael: “Well the television<br />

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Richard: “So how did you connect<br />

Michael: “The starting point was that<br />

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

B Y R I C H A R D T . V O L L E R<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

"The name of the programme, Man Bites Dog,<br />

is a term which is used in journalism. It means<br />

that a dog who bites a man is not news, but a<br />

man who bites a dog, that is news! ..."<br />

of the Netherlands. So it was<br />

things around the royal family or<br />


something which moved people.<br />

things like football, etc, etc!”<br />

And then we always tried to look<br />

concept for the Dutch television<br />

at the news from a different<br />

“So the community feeling was<br />

programme, 'Man Bites Dog' to bring<br />

angle.”<br />

lacking a little bit I think before we<br />

people together in the community in<br />

aired the programme. Everybody<br />

a positive way. Can you explain a<br />

was doing their own thing and what<br />

little bit about the formula of Man<br />

we missed on television was a<br />

Bites Dog and why you think it<br />

programme especially from the<br />

became so successful?”<br />

common people looked at the<br />

point of view of ordinary people. So<br />

news. It was never with experts<br />

we were able to fill-in that gap.”<br />

or celebrities. The starting point<br />

television programme ran from 1999<br />

was always to see how the<br />

to until 2015. So it had 16 seasons<br />

common people looked at news,<br />

with the ordinary people and gain<br />

and it was a daily programme. The<br />

looked at each other and looked<br />

their trust?”<br />

name of the programme, Man Bites<br />

at things evolving in society.”<br />

Dog, is a term which is used in<br />

journalism. It means that a dog who<br />

we wanted to be one of them, and<br />

bites a man is not news, but a man<br />

common people look at each<br />

not to be the journalist or the<br />

who bites a dog, that is news! So we<br />

other?”<br />

interviewer. So we just became<br />

are always looking for unusual news.<br />

friendly with the people and showed<br />

You would think that it was a news<br />

them that they were important.<br />

programme, and partly it was. It was<br />

programme was originally an<br />

Before this, it was just the people<br />

a magazine which started with the<br />

idea from Belgium. A colleague<br />

who had success and who were in<br />

news of the day.”<br />

and I, transformed it into a Dutch<br />

the media who were on television. So<br />

concept. We knew that the<br />

you never saw your neighbour on<br />

diversity and the individuality of<br />

TV, but in our programme you<br />

the Dutch people was an<br />

would!! Or you would discover<br />

important element of the<br />

something amazing about the local<br />

news like Trump meeting the<br />

programme. But there are also<br />

community.”<br />

dictator of North Korea or a train<br />

things that bind us together like<br />

accident in the south of<br />

the ‘Kings Day’ celebrations and

Richard: “So what was the structure of the<br />

Michael: “It was a magazine with a daily<br />

Richard: “Like what types of<br />

Michael: “There was a man<br />

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“Can you imagine the happy feeling of<br />

seeing your neighbour on television?”<br />

“We showed that everybody has a good<br />

story and that everybody can be inspiring,<br />

and you can be like them. I think that is<br />

why everybody loved to watch it. It was<br />

about us, but it was also about me. The<br />

feeling was that anyone might be in the<br />

programme the next day!”<br />

Above: The famous dog from Man Bites Dog with garden gnomes<br />

programme?”<br />

community discovering new<br />

things?”<br />

things and thinking ‘Wow, we<br />

programme of 25 minutes with 6,7 or 8<br />

are bloody interesting!”<br />

small items. It always started with the<br />

news, the talk of the day. So we would go to<br />

who was collecting gnomes in<br />

“That’s because it was a feel<br />

a market place for example, and ask<br />

good programme. One of the<br />

his garden. It was not about the<br />

people what they thought about what was<br />

gnomes but it was about the<br />

most popular items of the<br />

happening in the news. But it was not<br />

programme was that everyday<br />

passion that he put into his<br />

really about the news, it was more like who<br />

hobby. There was a camera<br />

we would just go to someone’s<br />

would you like to slap in the face? Or who<br />

house and ring the doorbell<br />

crew filming them about what<br />

would you like to give flowers too? Or who<br />

they were doing and it was the<br />

around dinner time. We would<br />

do you think deserves a royal award?”<br />

ask if the people were going to<br />

first time in their lives that they<br />

got so much attention. We<br />

eat and could we come in and<br />

“And then people would say, ‘I think my<br />

join them and ask about what<br />

didn’t just ask how many he<br />

neighbour or my brother deserves it<br />

had or how expensive they<br />

they had done that day!<br />

because of …..”<br />

Actually it was more than that,<br />

were, or whatever, but it was<br />

about why he did this? And<br />

it was more like, ‘Who is<br />

“Everyone could recognise him or herself<br />

Behind the Door?’<br />

what does it do for him? And<br />

in the answers. So after the news we had a<br />

what do the neighbours think<br />

question that you could answer, it was<br />

“What is he thinking? What is<br />

about it?”<br />

about your life. And that made it a very low<br />

he doing in life? What is<br />

key programme where everybody could<br />

“We always made it into a<br />

important to him or her? How<br />

recognise themself in the programme. So<br />

normal conversation between<br />

does he look at things? How<br />

there were always small documentaries of<br />

does he handle certain<br />

two people who were curious<br />

maybe 5 or 6 minutes with just ordinary<br />

and not judging. So in general,<br />

difficulties in his life? So it was<br />

people doing extremely fantastic and<br />

always interesting because you<br />

people who watched the<br />

inspiring things.”<br />

programme liked to look at<br />

never knew who was on the<br />

other side of the door.”<br />

Dutch people, the Dutch

Richard: “So there was no planning??”<br />

Michael: “Yes, there was no planning!<br />

Michael: “Yes, it didn’t exist<br />

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Richard: “So that means it must have<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

In about one hour they would be<br />

released and shared on the internet.<br />

really. Not a daily programme<br />

It meant that everyone could share<br />

about the people! Now that it has<br />

their special stories from the<br />

So it was always a surprise for us too!!<br />

gone people really miss it! That is<br />

The idea was that everybody has a story,<br />

programme, so some stories went<br />

always what happens when you<br />

are gone, I hope they miss you!!!”<br />

viral because it was so crazy or<br />

maybe not every time as interesting, but<br />

we wanted to show the diversity of the<br />

funny, or it was a very emotional<br />

Dutch people. Sometimes it was just a<br />

story. It was not about lunatics or the<br />

“But I think that people miss it<br />

family with children and then it was a<br />

crazy side of Holland, sometimes<br />

because it was a mirror to<br />

there were crazy people in it doing<br />

very lonesome old man who just lost his<br />

Holland. It was repeated during<br />

eccentric things, but it was always<br />

the evening, so young people also<br />

wife. Or we went to small villages where<br />

there are very eccentric people living. So<br />

got to see it. They would come<br />

done with respect.”<br />

out from the bars in the evening<br />

you saw how Holland really is. And<br />

because we made more than 3,000<br />

and watch ‘Man Bites Dog’, and<br />

“I think it gave people the idea that<br />

they wanted to be part of it, it was a<br />

episodes a lot of people who came to<br />

we also made clippings after<br />

every episode.<br />

family programme.”<br />

Holland, like refugees who were here in<br />

the centres, used ‘Man Bites Dog’ to<br />

learn about Dutch culture, who we are<br />

they got a lot from watching the<br />

So<br />

because it was different to<br />

programmes<br />

they were normally taught about<br />

what<br />

Dutch community.”<br />

the<br />

“So it was really like a fly on<br />

Richard:<br />

wall documentary of real life…”<br />

the<br />

“Yes, because it was about us. I<br />

Michael:<br />

also the Voice Over of the<br />

was<br />

so you heard me<br />

programme,<br />

the items, so I became the<br />

introducing<br />

of Holland. But you never saw me<br />

Host<br />

you never saw the interviewer so it<br />

and<br />

always about the people. In the<br />

was<br />

the people didn’t know what<br />

beginning<br />

expect!” to<br />

“It must have been very<br />

Richard:<br />

to what was around at the<br />

different<br />

time?”<br />

"Yes, there was<br />

no planning! So it<br />

was always a<br />

surprise for us<br />

too!! The idea<br />

was that<br />

everybody has a<br />

story, maybe not<br />

every time as<br />

interesting, but<br />

we wanted to<br />

show the<br />

diversity of the<br />

Dutch people."<br />

it was on…”<br />

when<br />

“Yes, I think it must have.<br />

Michael:<br />

on we came with new ideas<br />

Later<br />

new themes relating to things<br />

and<br />

were hot in Holland, but we<br />

that<br />

to make our own version of<br />

wanted<br />

So things like cooking<br />

them.<br />

or a reality soap. We<br />

programmes,<br />

in 2006 with a reality soap<br />

started<br />

it was an instant success because<br />

and<br />

was an Amsterdam family with an<br />

it<br />

woman who was living on a<br />

older<br />

with her daughter and son-in-<br />

boat<br />

She was just sitting there<br />

law.<br />

and counting the cars that<br />

smoking<br />

the bridge. So she didn’t<br />

crossed<br />

a very exciting life, but she was<br />

have<br />

‘Jordaan’, so Amsterdam Dutch,<br />

so<br />

she was an instant success. So<br />

that<br />

thought that we must do more<br />

we<br />

and how we get along with each other.<br />

affected 3 or 4 different generations<br />

with her.”

Richard: “Did you follow them to different<br />

countries?”<br />

Michael: “First we followed them in Amsterdam<br />

and later they had a little villa in Benidorm in<br />

Spain. We followed them there, it was really funny.<br />

But the thing was that a completely unknown<br />

family and a completely unknown woman became<br />

stars. We had to organize a ‘Meet & Greet’ with<br />

them for the viewers. So ordinary people could be<br />

famous through the programme. That was not our<br />

intention, but it just happened that way.”<br />

“So there were more people who became sort of<br />

stars.”<br />

Richard: “So people were open to you coming into<br />

their lives with a television crew with no prewarning?”<br />

Michael: “The first season it was really difficult because<br />

they didn’t know us. But later they realised that our<br />

intentions were good. It was not making them look<br />

foolish or with treating them with disrespect because of<br />

the way we talked to them. We talked to them as if they<br />

were our friends. It was like meeting someone in the bus<br />

station or train station, within a few minutes you have a<br />

click and you start talking to each other and you tell<br />

them everything about your life and then you say ‘Oh<br />

my train is coming, I must catch it. Got to go. Nice<br />

meeting you!’ And then you never see each other again.<br />

It was that type of feeling.”

Richard: “So what was one of the<br />

Michael: “I think it was our ability to get<br />

Richard: “And they also did it in<br />

Michael: “Yes! So I was a bit<br />

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Richard: “Someone said to me<br />

Michael: “You never know what the<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

“I think that inspired people to lookout<br />

“So when it went deeper it became<br />

‘I never expected to tell you this<br />

story because I never told this<br />

interesting for people watching it,<br />

more for their neighbours who were in<br />

story to anybody! Not even to my<br />

need or lonely people, or whatever. So it<br />

but also for us. I always felt that<br />

was just about communicating and<br />

daughter or son!’<br />

when it moved me or touched me, or<br />

I was inspired, then I knew that<br />

talking with each other! So that was one<br />

of our aims, but the Dutch are quite<br />

other people be inspired too. It<br />

open in any case. The problem these<br />

front of a film crew!”<br />

always had to bring you something, a<br />

days is that you see everyone on the<br />

laugh or a strong emotion.”<br />

streets glued to their mobile phones, but<br />

not connecting with the people around<br />

jealous of the camera crew, but<br />

recently that Man Bites Dog, was<br />

them in the moment. And our show was<br />

they would come back with great<br />

almost responsible for shifting<br />

results. You learn a lot about<br />

all about being in the moment.”<br />

people’s perspective of themselves<br />

people and we always wanted to<br />

go deeper than what you saw on<br />

or society in general in Holland…”<br />

the surface. It always started with<br />

successes of the programme?”<br />

‘What did you do today?’ … but it<br />

always ended with a life story.”<br />

effect will be when you start such a<br />

people to open up and talk about<br />

programme. It evolved, the more<br />

Just to be curious and give<br />

themselves.<br />

of yourself and then you get<br />

something<br />

back.”<br />

something<br />

“So because you were one of<br />

Richard:<br />

Editors-in-Chief and ‘the Voice’ of<br />

the<br />

programme for 16 years, how did<br />

the<br />

affect your life?"<br />

that<br />

“It affected me in a very<br />

Michael:<br />

way and as a team, we were a<br />

positive<br />

of family. We talked every day how<br />

kind<br />

could improve things and what was<br />

we<br />

about in society and how we could<br />

going<br />

our own comment on that. I<br />

make<br />

a lot of editing because I never<br />

watched<br />

went with the camera crew to<br />

actually<br />

people. We were always looking for<br />

the<br />

items and I looked at the results. It<br />

new<br />

moved me to see that we were<br />

really<br />

"...we realised<br />

that this was<br />

very important<br />

to people and<br />

it was more<br />

than just a<br />

programme. So<br />

there was a<br />

kind of<br />

community<br />

feeling."<br />

more that we got into contact<br />

and<br />

people and the more feedback<br />

with<br />

got, we realised that it meant<br />

we<br />

to people than we could have<br />

more<br />

imagined!”<br />

ever<br />

also had a 'Man Bites Dog'<br />

“We<br />

on the internet, so we<br />

community<br />

events and people could<br />

organised<br />

together and because that was<br />

gather<br />

successful we realised that this<br />

very<br />

very important to people and it<br />

was<br />

more than just a programme. So<br />

was<br />

was a kind of community<br />

there<br />

feeling.”<br />

was a magazine, it was intense<br />

“It<br />

it went fast. People learned a lot<br />

and<br />

who we really are and how we<br />

about<br />

in just 25 minutes each day<br />

function<br />

capable of opening up people because a<br />

of the week.”<br />

lot of times people would say afterwards

Richard: “Would you ever consider<br />

Michael: “All the people who worked at<br />

Richard: “Just by opening the<br />

Michael: “Yes, people thought<br />

Richard: “Well that is true<br />

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Michael: “Yes, I think in my career I<br />

Richard: “So you are fascinated by<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

And that for me was a great thing<br />

to see. It was just seeing people<br />

have also been lucky to do things<br />

doing something similar to this again?”<br />

which have inspired me as a person.<br />

be there true selves that made<br />

Of course, this programme became<br />

things so special. I got inspired<br />

the programme in 2015, were<br />

my pièce de résistance ... because it<br />

by so many people on that<br />

programme actually…”<br />

comes the closest to explaining who<br />

disappointed that it stopped, even after<br />

such a long time. So for many people<br />

I am and how I want to<br />

who worked on the programme it was of<br />

communicate with people. You<br />

always have to be curious about life,<br />

door..”<br />

great importance, so we could have<br />

continued to make it for another 5 years<br />

in order to discover more. You can<br />

always ask people questions.”<br />

or so. I made it for the Dutch public<br />

that we pre-arranged that … but<br />

television network.”<br />

that was never the case. That was<br />

“It’s not because it is my occupation,<br />

“In 2011, the general public voted on<br />

it is about being curious as a person.<br />

the most amazing thing! That<br />

behind every Dutch door could<br />

which Dutch programme made the most<br />

I always want to know who people<br />

are? What your dreams are? How did<br />

be an inspiring and beautiful<br />

impact in 60 years of Dutch Television<br />

and we won that award. It was really<br />

you get so far and what were the<br />

story.”<br />

important for us because it was a prize<br />

obstacles? I find this always<br />

interesting.”<br />

of the public. I think that it is better to<br />

because you invited me into your<br />

be remembered in a good way and step<br />

home and I have got this<br />

down, rather than people saying ‘Ok,<br />

we’ve seen enough now! It’s over the<br />

awesome story today!”<br />

the personality of people?”<br />

hill.”<br />

“Yes, I am looking at that<br />

Richard:<br />

on the wall behind you now of<br />

photo<br />

Jagger. I know what you mean!”<br />

Mick<br />

“Yes, we can go on forever, but<br />

Michael:<br />

know!”<br />

you<br />

this point we just both burst into<br />

[At<br />

it took a few moments before<br />

laughter,<br />

interview continued again]<br />

the<br />

“Do you have a favourite<br />

Richard:<br />

of 'Man Bites Dog'?<br />

memory<br />

“There are so many! I think it<br />

Michael:<br />

just that there were so many special<br />

was<br />

people became public figures.<br />

ordinary<br />

"I wanted the<br />

interviewers to<br />

be sharp, so<br />

they could get<br />

things out of<br />

people without<br />

having to force<br />

them, just<br />

simply keep<br />

asking the<br />

questions."<br />

“Yes, so that is what I<br />

Michael:<br />

repeated with the camera<br />

always<br />

and the editor … ‘What are we<br />

crews<br />

for?’ I know that sometimes<br />

looking<br />

them it was very tiring because I<br />

for<br />

wanted 100%. I know I was<br />

always<br />

demanding. They always told<br />

quite<br />

that I was very tough to work<br />

me<br />

but from you we learned the<br />

with,<br />

about being really passionate<br />

most<br />

the job.”<br />

for<br />

always wanted the interviewers to<br />

“I<br />

deeper and deeper. I wanted the<br />

dig<br />

to be sharp, so they<br />

interviewers<br />

get things out of people<br />

could<br />

having to force them, just<br />

without<br />

keep asking the questions.<br />


Richard: “So you really thought that you<br />

Michael: “Yes, and luckily we got the time<br />

Richard: “Now I am curious, as 'Man Bites<br />

Michael: “When people contact me and<br />

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Richard: “Wow! That is very<br />

Michael: “Yes, for example the eight<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

That was another way of making<br />

want to make any programmes any<br />

“Now it is the man from 'Man<br />

Bites Dog', who comes walking<br />

more which are scripted. Almost 90%<br />

television that was for me very<br />

through your door!! And I am<br />

interesting.”<br />

are scripted!! That is not something I<br />

would like to do.”<br />

working on a programme where I<br />

“So that was my programme, it was who I<br />

come and have dinner with you.<br />

We are now making a trailer to<br />

“The thing is that in my heart, I am a<br />

am. It was how I look at people. It’s my<br />

sell that concept, it’s called<br />

passion for people, my curiosity for<br />

theatre-maker. Being back in the<br />

people. It could have been based in Spain,<br />

‘Cooking Today”.<br />

theatre is really an important part of<br />

my ‘new life’. I’ve always felt that I<br />

it doesn’t matter. What matters is that<br />

“One of the ingredients of the<br />

was more than a television-maker, so<br />

wherever you are , you’ve got to have the<br />

same drive to learn from the people, so<br />

now I am planning to make a theatre<br />

website, is that the man known<br />

show around the 'Man Bites Dog' TV<br />

that is what my drive was!”<br />

from Man Bites Dog is famous for<br />

programme.”<br />

the voice-over comes to you and<br />

interviews you like we did in the<br />

programme. I’ve just interviewed<br />

were creating something in Dutch public<br />

television that was transforming what was<br />

a Syrian refugee who fled to<br />

inspiring and creative way to evolve<br />

everything you have learnt from the<br />

there…”<br />

Holland and opened her own<br />

experience! I suppose the nice thing<br />

catering business. It is about food<br />

would be to see how 'Man Bites Dog'<br />

and more. In every country<br />

to establish our programme. These days if<br />

has really impacted the Dutch media<br />

people come together at the<br />

you don’t have the results after a season or<br />

dinner table, where they share<br />

and culture...”<br />

stories. So at the dinner table that<br />

six months, then the programme is gone.<br />

is where you really get to know<br />

So in the beginning it was difficult, the<br />

o’clock news started to make news<br />

first two seasons we really had to work<br />

that Dutch people, but also other<br />

very hard to convince the bosses to keep<br />

people.”<br />

items where they went to the<br />

going on with the programme. But we<br />

ordinary people to ask them about<br />

how they were looking at the news.<br />

proved to them that we were right.”<br />

“Six o’clock and food is on the<br />

Before 'Man Bites Dog', you never<br />

table. That is the only moment<br />

saw the common people in the eight<br />

when the mobile phones are<br />

switched off, when you are<br />

Dog' has finished, with all this passion<br />

o’clock news! It was always experts<br />

that you have for people, what are you<br />

talking about what the common<br />

lucky!! And people start to ask<br />

people were thinking!!”<br />

each other questions about the<br />

doing now?”<br />

day and all kinds of subjects.”<br />

“Now at the School of Journalism, the<br />

'Man Bites Dog' approach is taught to<br />

want to work with me, it is all 'Man Bites<br />

“I started to invent new television<br />

formats like the programme<br />

students. I also gave some workshops<br />

Dog' related. So now I am a Freelancer<br />

and I love to do things that I know best. I<br />

about the Moroccan integration<br />

because people are curious what it is.<br />

So it has had its effect because<br />

know how to communicate with the<br />

into Dutch society. It was heavier<br />

stuff, but when you’ve done 'Man<br />

sometimes also in other programmes<br />

general public, so now I am more<br />

interested in interviewing people myself.”<br />

Bites Dog for 16 years, everything<br />

you see 'Man Bites' Dog kind of items.<br />

One of the results<br />

else is less, you know. I don’t

Richard: “Why did Man Bites Dog stop<br />

Michael: “We don’t know. It’s all about<br />

Richard: “Where you rocking the boat too<br />

Michael: “No, we had a lot of freedom.<br />

Richard: “Do you think that it<br />

Michael: “Yes, it become sort of<br />

Richard: “Yes, what pops up in<br />

Michael: “Yes, I think that it<br />

2 9 | X C L U S I V E<br />

Richard: “So it was fully inclusive,<br />

Michael: “Yes, it gave people the<br />

Richard: “To gather… “<br />

Michael: “Yes, that is what was<br />

Richard: “Can you give me an<br />

Michael: “Well when there was a<br />

Richard: “It almost feels like a<br />

I N T E R V I E W<br />

is that it really changed the way that we<br />

is very hard to go to a person and<br />

say ‘What is it that you want?<br />

which is what community really is,<br />

look at our community and society, which<br />

don’t you think?”<br />

was in a positive way. And that is good.”<br />

became more than a television<br />

feeling that they were important too.<br />

programme?”<br />

then?”<br />

To, to… "<br />

politics. How the RTL’s and the SBS’s from<br />

national public heritage.”<br />

this world, the commercial television,<br />

how to face them. So we had to stop. Now<br />

important over the years. People<br />

there is a new magazine about food and<br />

my mind now is that it was like a<br />

knew that over the years we would<br />

kind of cultural identity.”<br />

interior decorating! That’s politics! And<br />

go everywhere and everybody had a<br />

one of the other big problems that we had<br />

good story to tell. I think that for the<br />

was concerning the time slot. We were<br />

first time people saw how other<br />

always on seven o’clock before the news.<br />

became that because there were a<br />

lot of studies which documented<br />

people thought in the different cities<br />

But then the ‘De Wereld Draait Door’<br />

which was also on a public TV channel<br />

about who we really are? Also a lot<br />

around Holland. They got to discover<br />

what was going on there locally. So<br />

which was very popular was also moved to<br />

of the old Holland was slowly<br />

fading away. Most of the television<br />

we made small local news, big news!<br />

a seven o’clock time slot and we became<br />

competitors for viewers. We lost viewers<br />

programmes in Holland don’t go<br />

And the big news small.”<br />

further than Amsterdam, The<br />

from that battle, even though we were<br />

Hague, Rotterdam, and Utrecht.<br />

very popular. If we would have continued<br />

example of what you mean?”<br />

to have about 800,000 viewers per night,<br />

We went to the smallest places in<br />

the North and in the South, in<br />

then we would still be on. That is also<br />

politics.”<br />

Zeeland and in the East. We went<br />

everywhere and then people<br />

royal wedding, we wanted to know<br />

who cleaned the toilets! Who’s going<br />

would marvel that we were<br />

coming from so far away to see<br />

much?”<br />

to clean the toilets for 3,000 guests??<br />

That is what made it so popular. It<br />

them! That was one of the reasons<br />

that people liked us everywhere<br />

was funny, but you made other<br />

Every year we got a little bit more budget<br />

choices and the woman who did that<br />

because we were not stuck in the<br />

was very proud of what she did. And<br />

to do what we wanted. We had complete<br />

Ranstadt area.”<br />

creative freedom to do whatever we<br />

we made her become a star in the<br />

wanted actually. We would never find that<br />

“The meaning of someone in<br />

public's eyes. So everybody<br />

counted!”<br />

again. That is the problem, if I worked for<br />

Groningen was just as important<br />

as someone in Amsterdam. Of<br />

public television now I would have four<br />

course it was not always possible<br />

other Chiefs telling me different things<br />

that they want in the programme. When<br />

to go everywhere, we tried our<br />

political movement or something,<br />

but without the politics.”<br />

you have so much freedom of creating, it<br />

best though, we even went to the<br />

Dutch Antilles islands.”

Michael: “Well in 2002, we had our first<br />

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political murder in Holland with Pim<br />

Fortuyn. Two days before he was killed,<br />

he was in our programme because there<br />

were elections coming up. And we had a<br />

disabled kind of dwarf who was in our<br />

programme because the local news was<br />

that one of his gnomes got stolen. Of<br />

course, the funny thing was that he<br />

looked like a gnome and his wife was a<br />

little bit retarded so the combination<br />

was fantastic, although still respectful to<br />

“So we would ask him questions<br />

Editor’s Note<br />

them both.”<br />

and everytime he got it wrong it<br />

After the interview I felt very<br />

privileged to have discovered more<br />

would go ‘Beeeeeb!!’ and then<br />

“In the programme we had a<br />

you’d have to start all over again.<br />

about Michael’s inspiring work. I<br />

reconstruction of the violent robbery of<br />

wished that I had taken the time to<br />

It was terrible, Buzz Wire game<br />

the garden gnome, of course it went<br />

that's what it was. So that is an<br />

ask him some questions years before<br />

viral, but he was also doing voluntary<br />

about his work, but then everything<br />

example of how we handled<br />

work and he had his own political party.<br />

politics.”<br />

happens when it is supposed too I<br />

But he was the only one in the party and<br />

guess.<br />

his wife was supporting him. One day<br />

“But Pim Fortuyn was one of the<br />

we thought that we need to do<br />

big leaders who said that nobody<br />

I could really feel his passion and his<br />

something with politics, so we made<br />

excitement about creating the 'Man<br />

listens to the ordinary people.<br />

him our 'Man Bites Dog' political<br />

What we now see with the Dutch<br />

Bites Dog' programme. I am looking<br />

journalist. When there were elections,<br />

forward to seeing his next<br />

elections or with Trump being<br />

he was always there. The political<br />

elected, is that it is all about the<br />

programme about cooking and<br />

leaders all wanted to have some free<br />

storytelling around the dinner table.<br />

ordinary people being screwed.”<br />

airplay or television time so they also<br />

Actually this interview has given me<br />

participated in our programme. Pim<br />

a new perspective and some great<br />

“With 'Man Bites Dog', we were<br />

Fortuyn was doing silly things in the<br />

saying that you forget the<br />

ideas of how to evolve <strong>Community</strong><br />

programme and our journalist was<br />

common people because we were<br />

<strong>Spirit</strong> for the better.<br />

asking silly questions, but the public<br />

making the common people<br />

liked it. But two days later Fortuyn was<br />

important. And not outspoken,<br />

killed.”<br />

but we showed it everyday in our<br />

people were thinking about<br />

www.michaelabspoel.com.<br />

programme, we showed what<br />

“The game that Pim was playing was the<br />

funny doctors game where you have to<br />

politics or whatever. We just<br />

move a metal gadget around a wire and<br />

showed how beautiful the Dutch<br />

everytime it touches it goes ‘Beeeeeb!!!’<br />

people really are!”

So, I know I said that this month’s article would be<br />

boxes, then 3…you get the idea. A while ago I<br />

fund!) The grand sum of my gatherings, €187.50, not<br />

I don’t know about anywhere else but in the UK<br />

Now,<br />

supermarkets have a Coinstar machine. For<br />

most<br />

unfamiliar with the concept, it is similar to a<br />

those<br />

machine into which you pour all of your copper<br />

kiosk<br />

silver after which you receive a coupon equal to<br />

and<br />

value of your coins minus 7%, which goes to a<br />

the<br />

charity. That coupon can then be used in<br />

designated<br />

supermarket or exchanged at the counter for less<br />

the<br />

papery currency. As I gather you have<br />

weighty,<br />

by now, no such Coinstar exists here. At<br />

assumed<br />

not one that I have found, and I have been<br />

least<br />

asking web searching.<br />

looking,<br />

my search, many people had advice as to how<br />

During<br />

dispense of said coin. Others got into arguments<br />

to<br />

how terrible it was that Spain “refused” to<br />

about<br />

such machines as Coinstar.<br />

entertain<br />

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of those arguments got quite dark and weird.<br />

Some<br />

an aside I found it bizarre that expats would argue<br />

As<br />

Spain would not allow foreign entities to enter<br />

that<br />

country, yet were very annoyed that Spain has<br />

its<br />

refugees to land on its shores, seeking a<br />

allowed<br />

away from their war-torn countries. Just saying!<br />

home<br />

digress. So, the advice given to rid myself of my coin<br />

I<br />

was thus:<br />

collection<br />

it into little plastic pipes and give it to the<br />

Count<br />

who will then credit my account.<br />

bank,<br />


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W R I T T E N B Y D A V I D J A M E S<br />

about the arguments against recycling but I have<br />

found myself in a different kind of “recycling”<br />

situation that I want to share.<br />

Over my time here I have been tossing my change<br />

into a wee box, after a while that box became 2<br />

decided to separate the coins into denominations<br />

and very recently I was inspired to count up my<br />

Use it at tobacco machines in bars.<br />

hoardings (to contribute to my electric scooter<br />

Make small purchases using said coins<br />

to be sniffed at!<br />

Use it at the self-service machines at supermarket<br />

Use it at the ticket machines for public transports


So, the first option is clearly the<br />

easiest, I already have some of the<br />

plastic pipes. However, having read the<br />

other ideas I saw an opportunity to<br />

have a little fun with it. The second<br />

option was a write off as I haven’t<br />

smoked a cigarette since August 2017<br />

and, although I want one every single<br />

day, this was not going to be the reason<br />

for putting one in my mouth, lighting<br />

that beautiful baby and sucking back on<br />

its thick, delicious, devilish smoke<br />

before exhaling it and sinking back into<br />

my seat in absolute pleasure and a<br />

little bit of guilt. God, I miss those<br />

things!<br />

The small purchases seemed to be the<br />

best way forward. I try not to do a “big<br />

shop” at the supermarket, purchasing<br />

the essentials then buying the bits, veg,<br />

wine etc from local shops. This was<br />

very well received. I purchased food<br />

for my dog, Gizmo, with a bag of 10€ in<br />

20c. The owner couldn’t have been<br />

more appreciative of the change.<br />

Although, she is an absolutely<br />

delightful woman who wouldn’t raise<br />

her voice to someone who stamped on<br />

her toe and called her very unsavoury<br />

names. Next was a charcuteria. I made<br />

a small purchase amounting to €3.60.<br />

The owner made such a display of<br />

thankfulness that I tried my luck and<br />

dangled €15 in 10c and 20c in front of<br />

her which she snatched out of my hand.<br />

So far, so good.<br />

Despite my reluctance to do the “big<br />

shop” at the supermarket one of the<br />

most common pieces of advice I<br />

received was using the self-service<br />

machines that some supermarkets have<br />

available. This takes some<br />

consideration. Which store? How<br />

much? Other people! The latter being<br />

my main concern. I was doing this to<br />

get rid of the change I had<br />

accumulated, not piss people off. I have<br />

stood in the queue at a supermarket<br />

whilst the people in front are handing<br />

over coupons, paying in change,<br />

changing their mind, realizing they<br />

don’t have enough money, and talking<br />

about family members and friends with<br />

the clerk. I have realized that other<br />

composed people in the queue, at these<br />

times, are not exercising patience.<br />

They are simply waiting for their<br />

turn to talk about their family<br />

members and friends with the clerk.<br />

And so, there I was, pouring €35<br />

worth of 1c, 2c, and 5c into a<br />

machine at the Hipercor in<br />

Campanar. One of the only<br />

supermarkets I knew that not only<br />

had the machines, but had eight of<br />

them. Less chance to piss folk off,<br />

right? NO! Within 5 minutes of me<br />

arriving at one of the eight empty<br />

machines available a queue began to<br />

form. I was already getting funny<br />

looks from the clerk attending to the<br />

machines as I manically shoved the<br />

copper into the slot. The few times I<br />

had the guts to look up I was greeted<br />

with glares of annoyance, confusion,<br />

and some looks I had never seen<br />

before and therefore had no way to<br />

interpret what was going on in that<br />

particular individual’s mind. The<br />

horror finally ended and as I gleeful<br />

walked off with my purchase, which<br />

mostly consisted of deliciously<br />

indulgent cheeses, I bade farewell<br />

and a “muchas gracias” to the clerk.<br />

She was not impressed and gave me<br />

the dirtiest look I think I have ever<br />

received from someone.<br />

The ticket machine fiasco was very<br />

short. I tried several times to pay for<br />

my bonometro and broke several<br />

machines doing so, including one<br />

that proceeded to spew out ticket<br />

paper. I quickly realized that the<br />

machine would accept no more than<br />

€2.50 in 5c before spitting it all out<br />

in impatience and disgust.<br />

What have I learnt from this<br />

adventure? Firstly, get rid of my<br />

change! I’m not sure why I<br />

saved it all up in the first place<br />

but I’m happy that I did. Second,<br />

never be impatient whilst<br />

standing in a queue ever again.<br />

Third, there is a weird thing<br />

that people have about coins.<br />

Money is money! Why is it<br />

important what denomination it<br />

is in? For some it is a blessing,<br />

for others a bane. Did the lass in<br />

the Hipercor think I was some<br />

sort of homeless dude who had<br />

saved up all his pennies to buy<br />

fine cheeses? Did she feel that I<br />

had made her job difficult in<br />

some way? I will never know!<br />

I still have about €10 left in 1c<br />

and 2c but the bulk of the work<br />

is done. I ordered my electric<br />

scooter on the weekend and am<br />

looking forward to reaping the<br />

rewards in a few days. My<br />

advice to you all? Crack open<br />

that piggy bank, empty that<br />

oversized whiskey bottle, look<br />

under your bed and down the<br />

side of the sofa. We don’t have<br />

many rainy days, certainly as<br />

it’s summer, but go ahead, treat<br />


Moving to Valencia?<br />

When it comes to the big move, you really<br />

want to make it as less stressful as possible<br />

because let’s face it, you’ve got a heck of a<br />

lot of stuff and just the thought of getting it<br />

from A to B can be a headache before you<br />

start!<br />

So if you have a family or if you live alone,<br />

you’re going to need some professional help<br />

just to make the experience a little bit more<br />

fun! Yes, moving home doesn’t have to be a<br />

grueling experience when you choose the<br />

right man with a van.<br />

David Smith is a name which keeps on<br />

popping up in Facebook expat groups<br />

whenever you see someone looking for a Man<br />

with a Van. So this month instead of<br />

researching different places in Valencia that<br />

you can move too, I thought why not<br />

experience what it’s like to do a move with a<br />

professional English speaking removals<br />

business based here in Valencia.<br />

Speaking with David I discovered that he’s<br />

been shuffling people and their furniture<br />

around for a while now, either from areas in<br />

the suburbs of Valencia or for people coming<br />

from abroad to live here. So I decided to<br />

work with him on one of his jobs to experience<br />

what it was like and then write up my story<br />

for <strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> Valencia.<br />

Richard T. Voller<br />


midday, when sun would really start to<br />

move. It’s amazing just how much you can<br />

beds, sofas, tables and chairs, plus loads<br />

boxes, we also stacked in 13 bicycles, a<br />

hot, that I wondered why the hell I’d<br />

creams, just as I thought I was going<br />

The Big Move Finally Arrives!<br />

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

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<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in the garden, electric piano, BBQ, cuddly toy…<br />

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<br />

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

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

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

for the owners to sell it.<br />

There were moments during the day,<br />

So driving back and forth between L’Eliana<br />

especially when it was getting really<br />

and Naquera seemed to get shorter and<br />

shorter on each trip. The main aim was to<br />

decided to opt for this experience.<br />

get all the really heavy items moved before<br />

It’s really hard work, but the thing is<br />

that we ended up working as a great<br />

heat us up. I think it must have reached at<br />

team with the customer and actually<br />

least 35 degrees on the day of the big<br />

they were no longer a customer, now<br />

we’d all become friends. It was like<br />

fit into a 13 cubic meter white van. As well<br />

we were all just digging in and<br />

as all the normal types of furniture such as<br />

making the very best of our shared<br />

time together and it was a really<br />

great experience! Ruth, bless her,<br />

home weight-lifting machine and a huge<br />

even brought out the Magnum ice<br />

basketball stand on the different trips!<br />

to melt with sunburn.<br />

And David is right up there with the Fair<br />

Trading standards. I was impressed when<br />

I have to admit that the thought of<br />

at one stage we were so far ahead of<br />

getting a washing machine up 20<br />

ourselves that we thought we’d stop off for<br />

steps at the front of the new house<br />

a coffee and a tea, so that we could meet<br />

was a bit daunting. But with David’s<br />

Ruth back at the house at the time we’d<br />

expertise and experience, we worked<br />

agreed earlier. But he didn’t charge her for<br />

together to quickly haul it up using<br />

that time! Now that’s really rare.<br />

the sack truck It was bish, bash,<br />

bosh! Job well done!

eport, I realise even more, just how great the<br />

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I learnt a few things from Connor as well. I’ve<br />

never seen anyone look so surprised as when I<br />

told him I didn’t know what a PS4 was! And<br />

there was a lovely moment when Ruth invited<br />

us to pick some fresh fruit from her garden. I<br />

was amazed at the size of the fruit, lemons,<br />

apricots and plums. Her daughter was so kind<br />

as to show me the different trees and even led<br />

me to an outside stone sink where I could<br />

wash the fruit. It was just a nice family feeling.<br />

I felt very grateful to be part of this wonderful<br />

day helping them to move home.<br />

I think we spent about 12.5 hours over 2 days,<br />

moving everything from one place to another,<br />

it really was a good way to get a suntan and<br />

build up my muscles. But I can easily<br />

understand why David has become so popular<br />

in the community. Basically he really cares<br />

about the quality of service that he offers, he’s<br />

open and genuine, and considering his<br />

approach to work, I think that his prices are<br />

really good value for money.<br />

Now sitting here at home and writing up my<br />

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Heatstroke is a dangerous rise in body<br />

temperature (above 41 oC), that can<br />

cause clinical shock, and proves fatal for<br />

one in every three affected dogs. Dogs<br />

are at risk because, unlike us, they have<br />

very few sweat glands. The only sweat<br />

glands they have are between the pads<br />

on their feet, and these don’t get rid of<br />

much heat at all, so the only other way a<br />

dog can eliminate excess body heat is by<br />

panting, which they do when their body<br />

temperature rises above 39 oC.<br />

Heat stress and heatstroke occur when a<br />

dog’s body temperature continues to rise<br />

above 39 oC, but it is unable to get rid of<br />

the excess heat, and this can be fatal if<br />

not recognised and dealt with quickly.

What are the symptoms of heatstroke?<br />

In addition to excessive panting, there are plenty of other signs<br />

that could indicate your dog might be suffering from heatstroke:<br />

excessive drooling<br />

breathing difficulty<br />

panting is very noisy<br />

dizziness/loss of balance<br />

rapid or irregular heart rate<br />

reddened gums and moist or gloopy eyes/nostrils<br />

vomiting and diarrhoea<br />

agitation/distress<br />

tremors, seizure or loss of consciousness<br />

Flat-faced (brachycephalic) breeds, such as the Bulldog<br />

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

are at particularly high risk. The reason for this is that in these<br />

dogs the same amount of body tissue has to fit into a much<br />

smaller muzzle than in longer-nosed breeds. This restricts their<br />

airflow as well as their oxygen intake and prevents panting from<br />

efficiently reducing their body temperature. Also at risk are very<br />

young or elderly dogs, those with a medical condition, and those<br />

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

tempted to give her a haircut, but her fur actually insulates her<br />

from the heat as much as it does from the cold – without it she’ll<br />

be unable to properly regulate her body temperature, and she’ll<br />

be more susceptible to sunburn. Rather than an all-over haircut,<br />

you could trim the abdominal area, so that she can better cool off<br />

lying on the floor tiles. Also make sure her coat is wellgroomed,<br />

and free from any knots and tangles so that air<br />

can pass through it naturally.<br />

What should I do if I think my dog is suffering from<br />

heatstroke?<br />

1. Take your dog to a cool and airy place, offer her fresh<br />

water to drink, lay a cold wet towel over her or wet her<br />

coat thoroughly. It is especially helpful to wet the ear<br />

flaps, armpits, between the legs, and the paw pads. The<br />

water should be cool, but not cold so that her peripheral<br />

circulation isn’t reduced – her peripheral circulation is<br />

essential for dissipating her body heat.<br />

2. Get your dog to the vet immediately, as heatstroke can<br />

cause multiple organ dysfunction.<br />

An effective method to further reduce your dog's body<br />

temperature is to soak it with alcohol instead of water.<br />

Alcohol evaporates much more rapidly than water, taking<br />

a significant amount of heat with it – this can help reduce<br />

your dog’s temperature even more quickly.<br />

Of course, prevention is always better than cure. In the<br />

summer heat, air conditioning and fans may come to rival<br />

your position as your dog’s best friend! Make sure that<br />

you don’t exercise your dog during the hottest part of the<br />



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This is not just to avoid the hot air temperatures, but ground surfaces<br />

such as concrete and tarmac are even hotter, and your dog doesn’t<br />

have protective shoes to prevent her pads becoming scorched and<br />

blistered. Temperatures are lower in the evening, and the coolest<br />

hours of all are first thing in the morning. Always ensure you carry<br />

fresh water for yourself and your dog when you do go out for a walk.<br />

There have been several reports in the news recently, both in Spain<br />

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

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

ajar and the car is in the shade and is unfortunately often very rapidly<br />

fatal. If the air temperature is just 22oC, the temperature inside a car<br />

can rise to 47oC within an hour. With temperatures here this week in<br />

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

significant cardiovascular distress. If you see a dog has been left in a<br />

parked car here in Spain, call 091 immediately to alert Seprona (the<br />

Guardia Civil division responsible for animal welfare). It can take just<br />

6 minutes for a dog to die in a parked car.<br />

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

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

as much exercise as normal, but there are plenty of things you can do<br />

indoors to burn off any energy she has, or to prevent boredom. Ten<br />

minutes of mental stimulation can actually burn off as much energy as<br />

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

as physical exercise. You could play gentle games indoors with your<br />

dog, give her some new toys to play with, train her to do some new<br />

tricks, or give her some canine enrichment activities (heaps of ideas<br />

are out there with a quick Google search, or check out the Canine<br />

Enrichment group on Facebook at<br />

www.facebook.com/groups/canineenrichment/). You could combine<br />

enrichment with keeping your dog cool and make some canine<br />

lollipops! Make use of your empty yogurt pots, by filling them with<br />

water and a few dog treats and popping them in the freezer, or have a<br />

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

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

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

purchase that are designed for water-based doggie fun.<br />

"...With temperatures here<br />

this week in the mid-30’s,<br />

even a few minutes in a<br />

parked car could cause your<br />

pet significant cardiovascular<br />

distress. If you see a dog has<br />

been left in a parked car here<br />

in Spain, call 091 immediately<br />

to alert Seprona..."<br />

Overall, make sure your dog always has access to cool fresh water,<br />

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

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

do share them with us all on the <strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong> Facebook page!<br />

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Y O U R L I T T L E B A L C O N Y : H E A L T H Y<br />

T H I N G S I T C A N P R O D U C E<br />

Written by Ray and Grace Foster<br />

This month, as promised, are some helpful,<br />

healthy uses for the things you’ve now been<br />

growing on your Little balcony. Let’s start with<br />

the Chili pepper rubbing oil I mentioned last<br />

month. It’s very simple to make and is oh so<br />

warming on a painful joint.<br />


10 FRESH CHILLIES.. with stalks cut off<br />


that’s all you need… If you have one of those<br />

old-fashioned meat grinders put the whole<br />

Chillies through it… if not, just grate them on<br />

the large holes in your grater… wash your hands<br />

carefully, these are HOT!.. Simply just put in a<br />

glass jar, and pour the oil over... Put the lid on<br />

and keep in a dark place for a week, strain and<br />

bottle... It really is that easy…..You can keep the<br />

pepper mix in the fridge to oomph up a meal.<br />

When you have a painful joint just massage a<br />

small amount and feel the warmth spread all<br />

through the area. Wash your hands very<br />

carefully. Obviously if this oil causes a rash etc.<br />

then the mix is not for you.<br />


Simply pick bunches, tie loosely or use a rubber<br />

band, hang upside down so the essential oils go<br />

down into the flowers and leaves… DO NOT<br />

hang in direct sunlight but in a well-ventilated<br />

area. After around 2 weeks the leaves will feel<br />

dry and crisp. Strip from stems, crumble and<br />

keep in an airtight, coloured glass container, or<br />

in a dark cupboard.<br />

REMEMBER…ALWAYS sterilize your glass<br />

containers... Either wash carefully and put in the<br />

oven on low setting for around 20 minutes or<br />

put in the dishwasher on the hottest cycle.<br />

Some recipes call for dried plants.<br />

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

it grows wild all around our area of Spain. I'm going to<br />

give you 2 methods, so choose which is best for you.<br />

METHOD 1… Fill a glass jar about three quarters full<br />

with dried Lavender and pour over Sweet Almond oil<br />

(you can use veg oils too though Almond oils tend to feel<br />

lighter and less greasy on the skin, it’s your choice) cover<br />

with either cling film or the lid and keep in a lightly sunny<br />

place, not full heat of sun! Can cover with a paper bag if<br />

necessary, and keep for 4 – 6 weeks, after which strain<br />

and keep in dark coloured bottles... You can always paint<br />

your bottles lovely colours if they are plain glass! This oil<br />

should keep well for at least up to a year.<br />

METHOD 2…Collect a bunch of fresh Lavender, pulling<br />

flowers off the stems, cut the stems into pieces, lightly<br />

crush, and put into glass jar along with the leaves, don’t<br />

pack too tightly, now fill jar with virgin olive oil right to<br />

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

film it should touch the oil so there are no air pockets.<br />

Stand on a windowsill in some sun for around a month,<br />

shaking daily. Pour through a fine strainer or cheesecloth<br />

into another jar squeezing the Lavender to make sure you<br />

get as much of the lovely oil as possible. There are so<br />

many uses for this oil… a few drops in your bath, rub a<br />

little on aching muscles, put a few drops in your pets bath<br />

water because it helps to kill fleas, ticks etc.<br />


Although these oils are often called Sun Infused Oils, in<br />

practice our sun here in Spain in an enclosed area like on a<br />

balcony will be far too hot, so on a windowsill indoors<br />

would be better.<br />

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

Lightly crush and put in a glass jar, fill with olive oil or oil<br />

of your choice, making sure the herbs are well covered.<br />

Stir well to disperse any air bubbles. Cap tightly and shake<br />

once or twice daily. Leave for 2 or 3 weeks and strain.<br />

Store in a cool, dark place. This should keep well for a<br />

year.<br />

Incidentally, ROSEMARY INFUSED OLIVE OIL makes an<br />

amazing base for your homemade salad dressings.<br />

Add 2 or 3 drops to your bath water. Add a few drops to<br />

your shampoo bottle. ROSEMARY is anti-inflammatory,<br />

antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic and has<br />

traditionally been used for many hair problems in the<br />

past. It stimulates hair growth, feeds hair follicles,<br />

soothes scalp problems and is also helpful for Eczema and<br />

Psoriasis.<br />

This method works equally well with Thyme, and also with<br />

Calendula flowers… remember edible Calendula must be<br />

Calendula Officinalis… not the commonly known Marigold<br />

If you’ve managed to grow some Calendula on your little<br />

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


Freshly made for 1 rinse.<br />



VINEGAR. The vinegar smell will disperse very quickly<br />

Pour 1 – 2 cups of boiling water over the Calendula, add<br />

the lemon juice or vinegar and stand for around 20<br />

minutes. Cool and strain and use to pour over your freshly<br />

washed hair leaving it silky smooth.<br />


FOR SORE THROATS…1 Large bunch of fresh SAGE<br />

LEAVES<br />


Wash leaves and put in a pan with enough honey to cover<br />

them, gently simmer on very low heat for around an hour.<br />

Cool and strain into a jar. A fresh sprig of Sage in the jar<br />

adds to your visual pleasure and also makes a useful gift. A<br />

teaspoon in warm water will ease a sore throat.<br />


We all know how brilliant it is for our poor sunburned skin,<br />

and many of us also take it internally as a drink, but very<br />

often, a good, completely natural Aloe Vera tends to be a<br />

little expensive, so here’s an easy recipe to make your own<br />


1 LEMON<br />

2 CUPS OF WATER…As normal slice the leaf lengthways<br />

and scoop out the gel. Cut it into pieces and put in a<br />

blender with the water and the juice of the lemon. Blend<br />

for around 40 seconds.<br />

freshly made for 1 rinse.<br />

Now strain through some cheesecloth….the little extra<br />

time taken to do this is extremely worthwhile as it breaks<br />

up the slight sliminess. This should last about a week in the<br />

fridge… Drink a little after meals… if you want you can add<br />

a tad of honey to your drink to offset the lemon<br />

sharpness… how easy is that to make??? Definitely worth<br />

growing a pot or two…..Until next month...<br />

As always, Hasta pronto<br />

Last of all this month is a plant we are all familiar with,<br />

living in this hot sunny climate that we love, and is a plant<br />

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

now, hopefully, you are growing one on your balcony too. It<br />

is, of course ………<br />

Grace Foster

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Health Awareness<br />

Happy poops!<br />

W R I T T E N B Y D I D I E R T H O M A S<br />

All along my career as a masseur, I have seen<br />

people with many problems and symptoms and I<br />

can point out one particular symptom that I could<br />

name the Mother of all symptoms: Fatigue. Or<br />

Exhaustion, tiredness, weakness, lethargy,<br />

lassitude. Well, in two fashion words: Low<br />

Energy!<br />

On Saturday morning after a beer-pouring night,<br />

you may think: “Yes, I’m tired, I had too many<br />

beers last night”. But, what if you’re suffering<br />

from chronic fatigue without even noticing it?<br />

Maybe something way more vicious and way<br />

more discreet than this Alien from the 1979 movie<br />

that scared the whole world – ranking just after<br />

Jaws in 1975 – is sucking out your energy from<br />

inside?<br />

Sometimes, physical pains also exhaust you – as<br />

many people can testify – and push you to stay<br />

lying down the whole time you’re not working (if<br />

you’re working lying down, you may not notice it,<br />

though). Lying down in front of the TV, do you<br />

remember the fight scene between Merlin and<br />

the Witch in the Disney cartoon back in 1963,<br />

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

No invisibility. They knew the reason: invisible, like bacteria and<br />

parasites, can be mean and are the subjects of serious studies.<br />

Here is some information about our tiny inhabitants. You won’t<br />

look at yourselves in the mirror the same way! Eew!<br />

The main difference between parasites and bacteria? We don’t<br />

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

they’re hiding within what keeps us alive: food and drinks…<br />

sometimes even in the air! According to the W.H.O (World Health<br />

Organization), we are more than three billion generous people<br />

allowing the parasites (all types) to live inside us without any<br />

permission! Bad me, and I thought that the human being was a<br />

selfish species! It starts very early when kids are in majority<br />

tested positive at school, meaning that there’s a big chance we’ve<br />

been carrying them all these years – both our best childhood<br />

friends and best men. We accept them just like we silently accept<br />

corruption in our society. Unless we’re doing a feces analysis<br />

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

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

now) parasite penetrates us discreetly. Starting small and<br />

seemingly harmless like these tiny plants in the walls of the<br />

Angkor Wat now destroying temples in Cambodia, they’ll start<br />

ripping apart their hosts from within. Some of them are enjoying<br />

our red cells and proudly singing: These Fingers are Licking Good!<br />

Until anemia shows up = fatigue. Most of our diet is unbalanced<br />

but some parasites will still eat what we eat until we suffer from<br />

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undernutrition = fatigue. Oh! And others are organizing a<br />

general garbage strike like the one in Toronto back in 2009,<br />

making us as walking sewage = fatigue. And I could go on with<br />

examples likes these for days!<br />

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

these 9 symptoms occur, it’s time to proudly show our stools to<br />

a specialist: Sleeping problems, skin problems, fatigue,<br />

symptoms of irritable bowel, digestive problems (food<br />

intolerance – same symptoms than gluten intolerance!!! – and<br />

stomach aches…), general inflammations (arthritis, muscle<br />

cramps, swollen feet and hands…), loss of weight control,<br />

mental disorders (stress and anxiety, depression, memory<br />

loss…), reproductive problems (premenstrual syndrome, water<br />

retention, cysts, menstrual irregularity, and urinary tract<br />

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

of them now! I think we all understood the message: if we have<br />

nothing to do next week during la siesta, let’s go to the poopyguy<br />

for analysis!<br />

become harmful to your body temple by stepping down<br />

in front of an unbalanced diet that causes an unbalanced<br />

population of bacteria. Did you know that 80% of the gas<br />

formed in our large and small intestine, where the poop<br />

is waiting to get ejected, is released through the lungs?!<br />

Yes! Unbalanced bacterial populations = coated tongue<br />

and bad breath! French kiss, no thanks! For instance,<br />

some of these bacteria are heavy sugar consumers, like<br />

kids are! Feed them and they’ll convince you to consume<br />

even more sugar. They prevent sugar metabolism and<br />

transform it into alcohol or vinegar. Dear Mary Poopins,<br />

two spoons of sugar could produce bloated intestine!<br />

Even worse, once the wrong bacteria’s colony outgrows<br />

others, it will eat up our mucus (in an empty intestine)<br />

which is made of sugar, and create hydrogen, the same<br />

gas flying out from a fully charged car battery, hence<br />

generating small intestine inflammation. Farts<br />

prohibited! The vinegar itself will be fermenting salads,<br />

cereals and legumes, causing acid reflux, pain on top of<br />

the umbilicus, gastritis, oesophagitis, even tract lung<br />

irritation through discreet signs. Some bacteria are also<br />

Tryptophan eaters. No bacteria, no happiness!<br />

Remember? Tryptophan is an amino acid in the large<br />

intestine and is a precursor of serotonin and melatonin,<br />

both responsible for happiness and good sleep! And<br />

where is 80% of our serotonin is produced? Good guess,<br />

in our large intestine! So now, get bacteria and parasites<br />

tested for, get well-balanced, and have happy poops!<br />

Wander around the Internet for smart and easy<br />

solutions. Here is some interesting information.<br />

www.medicalnewstoday.com<br />

Good news: once your feces analysis is made and tested<br />

positive, like almost 30% of the world population, treatments<br />

are common for most of them. Some food can even prevent the<br />

parasites from growing and proliferating. And your<br />

intolerances and allergies may even disappear along with these<br />

parasites! Gluten intolerance symptoms could be an example of<br />

parasites feeding on gluten, making us weak. Eliminate the<br />

gluten and you feel better, but eliminate the parasite and you<br />

can eat gluten again!<br />

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/small_intestinal_bacterial<br />

_overgrowth/article_em.htm#facts_and_definition_of_sibo_s<br />

mall_intestinal_bacterial_overgrowthl<br />

Contact Details:<br />

Name:Didier Thomas,<br />

called Diego.<br />

Nationality: Swiss.<br />

Date of birth: 05 march<br />

Now we know a bit more about our none-friends, the parasites,<br />

let the bacteria take their place. There are reasons why<br />

parasites and bacteria are in the same articles. The presence of<br />

parasites can often offer the same symptoms than a bad<br />

bacterial symbiosis. In opposition to the parasites, we need<br />

bacteria! No bacteria, no happiness! However, if you leave your<br />

bacteria without care, they can<br />

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Travel<br />



Death defying trekking and orangutan spotting<br />

in Sumatra<br />

Written by Helen Warriner<br />

with the fast-flowing crystal<br />

clear blue waters faintly<br />

audible over the birdsong<br />

and insect buzz, it creates a<br />

beautiful back drop and<br />

perfect setting for a swing<br />

in the hammock and an<br />

afternoon snooze.<br />

My adventure to Indonesia (an<br />

archipelago of only 17,000 islands)<br />

began in Sumatra. With only 60 days<br />

granted on the visa and a million<br />

amazing activities and areas to<br />

explore, it seemed most logical (and<br />

highly optimistic) to start at the first<br />

island and just work our way across.<br />

Without my time stopping machine<br />

however it quickly became apparent<br />

the plan had a flaw. Sumatra is huge,<br />

in fact it is the sixth largest island in<br />

the world and despite sadly losing<br />

almost 50% of its tropical rainforest in<br />

the last 35 years, it boasts an array of<br />

incredible wildlife and other than<br />

Borneo, is the only place in the world<br />

where you can find a wild orangutan.<br />

We flew into the overly<br />

underwhelming capital city of<br />

Medan and local bussed it<br />

(because it saved a whopping<br />

fiver), sweatily bumping and<br />

grinding our way over cobbled<br />

potholes and against local<br />

strangers, to arrive in Bukit<br />

Lawang, a quaint village in<br />

northern Sumatra built along the<br />

side of a river (that I was clothes<br />

off and straight into, on arrival)<br />

and adjacent to a towering<br />

rainforest.<br />

The town is so peaceful it has an<br />

effect that just makes you lazy and<br />


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

backdrop and the perfect setting for a swing in the hammock and an afternoon snooze.<br />

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

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

We awoke fresh and buzzing one Bukit Lawang<br />

morning for a 2-day jungle trek (why am I paying<br />

to voluntarily sleep in the middle of the jungle<br />

again?). It was a real slog… up and down, up and<br />

down, in extremely hot,humid and quite<br />

dangerous conditions. I must have lost at least<br />

2kg in sweat and almost died several times. On<br />

one occasion I was very nearly a gonner as I<br />

toppled sideways towards the edge of a steep<br />

drop and am only here telling the tale because a<br />

kind hanging vine obstructed my fall to death.<br />

Climbing down was pretty hair raising<br />

(especially after a night of rainfall) I felt like a<br />

contestant on jungle gladiators, traversing<br />

2-mile-long vertical tree roots and swinging on<br />

vines. Alas we finally reached the camp (3<br />

mosquito net covered mouldy mattresses under<br />

a wooden roof laden with holes, a plastic bag<br />

door and a tarantula).<br />

They certainly weren’t lying when they said it was basic. The smoky<br />

undrinkable water they provided meant that luckily, I didn’t require my<br />

normal middle of the night toilet jaunt (screw wilderness weeing in the<br />

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

bottom biting).<br />

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

Or should I rephrase ‘half of Bukit Lawang’ had and we joined the<br />

small crowd in wooing and cooing over the beautiful orange beasts. I<br />

felt a little cheated as my aim to go jungle trekking for 2 days was to<br />

spot a truly wild orangutan, and somehow surrounded by one<br />

hundred Nikons, the spotting didn’t feel so authentic. I was especially<br />

disturbed by the feeding of bananas to the orangutans, who were<br />

clearly accustomed to human interaction as they happily slapped out<br />

their palm in anticipation of getting some grub. Back in 2015, the<br />

rehabilitation centre located in the exact spot was closed and thus the<br />

orange inhabitants are familiar with humans and explain their<br />

proximity to the town and why they hang out in this particular area.<br />

Controversial then is the question of whether feeding them is ethically<br />


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

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

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<br />

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

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

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<br />

entertaining herself by playing the drums with sticks.<br />

Northern Sumatra holds the largest lake in South<br />

East Asia (and the largest crater lake in the<br />

world) that was created due to a volcanic<br />

eruption of Mount Toba 74,000 years ago. The<br />

eruption was so catastrophic that it affected the<br />

whole planet, wiping out 60% of the human<br />

population and changing the worlds weather<br />

forever. In the middle of the lake stands a great<br />

volcanic island the size of Singapore; an island<br />

within an island!<br />

The island is inhabited by the Batak people who<br />

traditionally live in a distinct, curved roof, style<br />

house and are predominantly Christian. The<br />

locals are easy going and friendly and I thought<br />

the kids were nice and cute (until they gave us<br />

the finger and started gesturing a vigorous hand<br />

motion towards their genitals on our departure).<br />

The island is very green and boasts some<br />

incredible views that we enjoyed from a motorbike (sorry mum) whilst<br />

lapping up the chilled vibe and slow pace of life. Apparently, the<br />

island was popular in the nineties with “hippies” coming to get off<br />

their head on mushrooms and take advantage of the lack of policing.<br />

We politely declined many offers of mushrooms, even from the lady<br />

wearing a pink mickey mouse nightie with a large stick in her hand<br />

who started chasing us down the street.<br />

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

spot on a traveler’s bucket list. Despite the random encounters<br />

with locals (including the impromptu show we received on the<br />

balcony by a group of school kids wanting to practice their English<br />

whilst I’m embarrassingly sunburnt and feeling nakedly inappropriate<br />

in my skimpy bikini), it is the perfect spot for some peace, natural<br />

beauty, a bit of culture and lots of amazing photo opportunities.<br />


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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)<br />

available in Valencia<br />

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

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

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

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

body.<br />

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

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

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

But there is a therapy which can treat the root problem: OXYGEN HYPERBARIC THERAPY<br />

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

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

preventive for many problems and diseases. Why?<br />

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

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

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

of our body, strengthen its defenses and prevent many disorders and diseases.<br />

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

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

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

Valencia.<br />

Location address: Delta o2, Calle del Doctor Ferrán, 13, Valencia, Spain<br />

Further information:<br />

Delta o2 are official distributors of hyperbaric oxygen chambers for Spain<br />

and also for France. We can also provide a financing system for customers<br />

who wish to purchase our products.

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COMMUNITY SPIRIT VALENCIA - JULY <strong>2018</strong><br />

The<br />

Mozzies<br />

Are Back<br />


This year in Spain the common<br />

mosquito seems to be getting a<br />

little bit more blood thirsty than<br />

usual and in the last few years its<br />

got a new friend, the Tiger<br />

Mosquito (Aedes Albopictus),<br />

which is native to South East Asia<br />

but can now be found here too.<br />

So as I’ve had a terrible time coping<br />

with an avalanche of Mozzies in my<br />

neck of the woods, I decided to<br />

share a post in the <strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong><br />

facebook group and see if anyone<br />

else was been eaten alive by these<br />

little insects and if they knew of<br />

any good natural remedies for<br />

dealing with them?<br />

I was quite surprised by the<br />

feedback I got because of the<br />

diversity of the answers which<br />

ranged from some people not<br />

getting stung at all to others having<br />

swollen hands because the bites!<br />

Also the number of different<br />

natural remedies recoomended was<br />

vast.<br />

Here is a list of all them with my<br />

feedback.<br />

Eating raw garlic (suggested by<br />

Alexandra Paredes)<br />

Now this was an easy one to start<br />

with and although the taste is<br />

quite sharp to eat by itself, I did<br />

find myself adding more fresh<br />

garlic to my cooking and salads.<br />

Now it’s become part of my<br />

everyday diet.<br />

Tea tree oil to dab on after the<br />

bite as it calms the itching and<br />

act as an antiseptic (Fiona<br />

Botham)<br />

Luckily I still had some tea tree oil<br />

in my medicine cabinet and<br />

actually there is a healthcare shop<br />

in Casinos opposite the vets and<br />

there is another good one in<br />

L’Eliana where you can buy it too.<br />

For a little 10ml bottle it is quite<br />

expensive, about Euro 10,<br />

although you can buy it cheaper<br />

online via Amazon. But I’ve<br />

always found it a soothing natural<br />

remedy for many things and it was<br />

perfect for my mozzy bites.<br />

Citronella essential oil for oil<br />

burners and as a candle<br />

(Clodagh Walsh)<br />

I found that the candle<br />

version is always a bit<br />

annoying as it never seems to<br />

burn properly, or only burns<br />

half the candle. I was able to<br />

get the essential oil from a<br />

Chinese shop and I do prefer<br />

oils as they seem to be more<br />

effective.<br />

Mosquito nets on windows<br />

and fans on the ceiling<br />

(Clodagh Walsh)<br />

For this experiment I wasn’t<br />

about to start paying out vast<br />

amounts of money to have a<br />

ceiling fan fitted, but I did<br />

have a portable Jetrad fan<br />

which I keep facing me by the<br />

side of my bed. As well as<br />

keeping me cool, I suppose it<br />

just blows the mozzies away!<br />

Simple solutions are<br />

sometimes the best!

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Marmite every day for up to<br />

month (Grace Foster)<br />

The television advert in the UK<br />

used to say, “My mate Marmite.<br />

You either love it or you hate it!”<br />

Well I love it and it seems like<br />

mozzies hate it! I’m stocked up<br />

on it now, I’d forgotten just how<br />

much I love this stuff. It’s only<br />

been a week now, but it’s<br />

definitely working.<br />

Flowers: Allegedly they don’t<br />

like geraniums (Anne E Duguid )<br />

I’ve put geraniums in pots by the<br />

front door, on the porch and also<br />

some by the eating area at the<br />

back of the house. When sitting<br />

outside eating my Marmite on<br />

toast and having a citronella<br />

candle lit dinner with a friend, I<br />

have to admit that the mozzies<br />

don’t seem to come anywhere<br />

near us.<br />

Hypnosis to help with allergic<br />

reactions to bites and swelling<br />

(Anne E Duguid )<br />

So far I haven’t had any allergic<br />

reactions to bites, but it’s good to<br />

know that if you do, then Anne<br />

(based in the area of Valencia) is the<br />

person to get in contact with.<br />

Brewers yeast tablets are a good<br />

source of Vitamin B. Apparently<br />

Mozzies don’t seem to attack high<br />

Vitamin B people Mike Harmon and<br />

Glen Lawes )<br />

I haven’t been able to get hold of<br />

Brewers yeast tablets so I can’t give<br />

any feedback on this. Mike did<br />

mention that as Vitamin B is water<br />

soluble, you can't overdose on it, you<br />

just pee out any excess but that also<br />

means that your body can't store it.<br />

Marmite is a source of B vitamins but<br />

the brewers yeast tablets are more<br />

concentrated and more effective.<br />

Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural<br />

repellent, lavender essential oil to<br />

ease the bite/sting, and heal the skin.<br />

(Victoria Koshoni and Chloe Bright )<br />

I always like to have eucalyptus oil in<br />

my medicine cabinet but never<br />

thought about using it as a natural<br />

repellent. It’s funny how you put things<br />

into boxes. But it does seems to work<br />

very well, but then again I am eating<br />

Marmite, and raw garlic whilst sitting<br />

on my porch surrounded by geraniums<br />

Put a warm spoon on the bite. The<br />

heat neutralizes the protein in the<br />

venom that causes the itch. Or use a<br />

cigarette lighter for immediate relief<br />

(Laura Free Wheeler/USA)<br />

I can’t help thinking that a cigarette<br />

lighter might cause a number of other<br />

side effects and which I’ll need to put a<br />

new post up in the <strong>Community</strong> <strong>Spirit</strong><br />

facebook group page.

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Buy some mittens that’ll stop<br />

you scratching the bites (Cheryl<br />

Morton )<br />

It good to see that things are<br />

becoming a little bit easier to<br />

test. The only drawback to this<br />

one is that it’s quite<br />

uncomfortable wearing mittens<br />

in the summertime.<br />

Vinegar in water in a spray<br />

bottle .. It soothes the itch plus I<br />

have not had any more bites<br />

since I started using it! (Janice<br />

Parker)<br />

Yes!! Loved this one. I bought<br />

some white wine vinegar from<br />

the local supermarket in Villar<br />

for a very cheap price and added<br />

water. Now I’ve got the spray<br />

bottle sitting in the living room,<br />

although I hardly ever use it<br />

now. But it’s there just in case!<br />

Lastly, but not least place an x<br />

with your naiks and of your<br />

saliva as soon as possible<br />

(Izabela Amsterdam)<br />

I don't know about this one<br />

Izabela Amsterdam ... I must<br />

admit... it does sound a bit weird<br />

... are you sure it works? But<br />

anyway, it did make me laugh.<br />

Thank you.<br />

Conclusion<br />

I’ve tried out as many as I can or<br />

dared too! But now I am not<br />

getting stung at all! The thing is<br />

that I can’t pinpoint the exact<br />

one which is doing the best job<br />

and maybe it might be that using<br />

them all together in a more<br />

holistic healing approach is best!<br />

But anyway, it was a lot of fun<br />

doing the research and testing.<br />

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FOR<br />

DOGS<br />


From the Pedralba shelter:<br />

REX is a German Shepherd cross,<br />

who spent years living as a stray<br />

in the campo with a female<br />

companion. Together they had<br />

several litters of puppies, and<br />

when we found out about them we<br />

rescued them all together. The<br />

puppies have all been adopted,<br />

and Rex and his friend Neus are<br />

now getting used to being around<br />

people. Rex is a lively boy,<br />

although he’s a little shy of people,<br />

as he spent so long living rough.<br />

He’s gaining confidence, and<br />

learning that people are not going<br />

to harm him. He’s very wellbehaved,<br />

gets on well with other<br />

dogs, and walks impeccably on<br />

the lead. He’s looking for a family<br />

that understands his background,<br />

and has the patience to help build<br />

his confidence – they’ll have a<br />

faithful friend, and will be giving<br />

him the chance he’s never had.<br />

He needs time, love and stability.<br />

Naturaleza y Animales (Pedralba)<br />

Tel: 644 439 665 (Spanish),<br />

680 790 059 (English)<br />

Email:<br />

naturalezayanimales@gmail.com<br />

Social media:<br />


FOR<br />

DOGS<br />


From the Pedralba shelter:<br />

LAIKA has not been with us long.<br />

Her family moved abroad and left<br />

her with another family, where<br />

she had a litter of puppies. The<br />

family then sold their house,<br />

taking all the puppies with them,<br />

but they abandoned Laika,<br />

leaving her tied to the fence with<br />

no food or water! Luckily the new<br />

house owners arrived and found<br />

her, but could not keep her as<br />

they were only here for holidays.<br />

She is about 7 years old, very<br />

sweet, loving and trusting, and<br />

gets on well with other dogs.<br />

laika<br />

Do you remember Rusty and Jazz<br />

from the April issue? They are<br />

both now really happy and settled<br />

in their FURever homes!<br />

Ṅaturaleza y Animales (Pedralba)<br />

Tel: 644 439 665 (Spanish),<br />

680 790 059 (English)<br />

Email:<br />

naturalezayanimales@gmail.com<br />

Social media:<br />


FOR<br />

DOGS<br />


From the Villar shelter:<br />

SIRO is a 2-year old Breton<br />

Spaniel, who just wants nothing<br />

more than cuddles and affection.<br />

When he’s out and about he runs,<br />

plays and bounds around with<br />

endless energy! He’s very<br />

sociable with other dogs, and is<br />

looking for a family that would<br />

love to take him for the long walks<br />

he so much enjoys. He is positive<br />

for Leishmaniasis, a<br />

Mediterranean disease we wrote<br />

about in the December issue –<br />

with regular veterinary check-ups<br />

it is a very manageable disease.<br />

Siro<br />

Tel: 657 645 727 (Spanish), 622<br />

089 461 (English<br />

Social media:<br />


FOR<br />

DOGS<br />


From the Villar shelter:<br />

TINTIN is a 2-year old Bodeguero<br />

(similar to a Jack Russell Terrier),<br />

who was rescued from a puppy<br />

mill, where he never received<br />

cuddles or any other show of<br />

affection. Bit by bit he has gained<br />

in confidence, and the gorgeous<br />

boy that he is, is emerging from<br />

within. Tintin is now able to show<br />

that he’s incredibly affectionate,<br />

sociable and very playful. He’s<br />

looking for a family that<br />

understands his background, and<br />

why he’s a little shy of people he<br />

doesn’t know.<br />

Tintin<br />

Tel: 657 645 727 (Spanish), 622<br />

089 461 (English<br />

Social media:<br />


Not in a<br />

position to<br />

adopt?<br />

Your help in any of the following was is always<br />

much appreciated!<br />

Fostering provides a temporary home for those animals that may not<br />

cope very well in a shelter environment. It also leaves a space available in<br />

the shelter for another.<br />

Volunteering activities are always welcome, as shelter staff often care for<br />

the animals in their spare time, whilst holding down full-time work<br />

commitments. You could help with walking, grooming and socialising the<br />

animals, with cleaning and maintenance work, with organising and<br />

attending fundraising events.<br />

Donations are crucial to the survival of animal shelters, as very few<br />

receive any funding from the authorities. Financial donations help cover<br />

veterinary and upkeep costs, which can rapidly mount, as shelters need<br />

to cover costs of vaccinating, microchipping, neutering/spaying and<br />

treatment for medical conditions before an animal can be rehomed.<br />

Donations of food, blankets, collars, toys, etc. are also always needed.<br />

Sharing the animals up for adoption with your friends, as well as<br />

fundraising events, means that more people may want to help, and more<br />

animals find their new homes.<br />

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

AURA<br />


There's no pain in aura paiting<br />

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





It's been about five years since I last did a festival in the<br />

Netherlands and it's been about six years since I did my<br />

aura paiting at a campsite. So as you can imagine, it was a<br />

really fantastic feeling to be back!<br />

Ruud van Lieshout came out to collect me from the airport,<br />

funny guy with a great awareness of people's personalities. I<br />

think the funniest moment was getting lost when we<br />

arrived at the campsite while asking people where the 'Lost<br />

Travellers Tribe' was?<br />

P H O T O B Y M A R I T B I E S M A N<br />

No sooner had I arrived, than I was made to feel very<br />

welcome by the Rotori's who were the main organizers of<br />

the 'Lost Traveller's Tribe', as well as the people from the<br />

'Huis Kamer', Alex the audiovisual artist, Femke Slotman<br />

from the vegan kitchen and Evan Shields from America!<br />

It was a very special community feeling throughout the<br />

festival actually, I met so many fascinating people of all ages<br />

and from all walks of life, even bumped into Tirso Francés<br />

again! I must have painted about 70 beautiful auras of<br />

radiating souls, one of which was Kathy de Graaf (photo at<br />

the bottom).<br />

P H O T O B Y M A R I T B I E S M A N<br />

So I wish to give special thanks to Alba Otten Hernández<br />

who organized everything so well for my arrival at the<br />

festival and also for Lena Anglen and Marcel Mingers for<br />

manifesting such a fabulous experience. Definitely one of<br />

the best festivals in the Netherlands now.


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