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Art & Photography Exhibition in Loja
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Art & Photography Exhibition
Con Otros Ojos
An Outsider’s View of Spain
July 29 to August 14 2009,
CIC El Posito,


Do you wonder how others see you? What do others think of your country and way of life?

Con Otros Ojos is the inspiration of an ambitious summer art and photography exhibition taking place in Loja .The event brings together eight diverse artists living and working in Andalucia all with various approaches and styles - the range includes artists working in mixed media, oils, acrylics and watercolours to surreal oils reflecting incongruous relationships/observations of everyday Spanish life.

The photographic element of the exhibition is a form of photo-journalism capturing the spirit and diversity of life in Spain today.

Some of the artists have made their home in the cities others have escaped to the campo and this and more is reflected in their work and their views of the Spain that we have all came to be part of. In this respect we believe the exhibition to be one of the most diverse and thus exciting events that has happened in this area, drawing on a mix of many veteran exhibitors with varying backgrounds in graphic design, illustration, jewellery making, theatre design, community arts and teaching of art in international schools and new artists who have never shown their work in public.

This occasion unites them by asking for a response to the simple idea of how an outsider views the country they have chosen to live and work in.

The exhibition is the first cultural event of the new Association of English Speakers in Loja. More information on the association and how to join will be available at the exhibition.

Artists’ Inspiration

A selection of the thinking and inspiration behind some of the work in this exhibition.

“España holds my heart, a country of breathtaking contrasts, colours and textures. Over many years of winter travel from the Pyrenees to the Sierra de Gredos, the Picos de Europa to the Sierra Nevada, I have been inspired by the landscape.
Using my camper van as a studio and working in a small format with mixed media, I have portrayed in these images my enjoyment of, and special feelings for, España.”
Eileen Heywood

“In this work I take a light-hearted look at the costumes and habits of the Spanish people as they seemed to me when I first arrived in Spain as a foreigner 13 years ago when my knowledge was mainly gleaned from guide books and language learning texts.

In this work I combine my passion for paper - which began with my work as a graphic designer in London and which I now express as an artist through the medium of collage - with the theme of childhood that began previously with my interpretation of the traditional story of the Handless Maiden.
I combine the technique of cutting out shapes in paper - principally using paper that is easy to obtain in any corner stationery shop in Spain - with both manual and digital collage techniques - to create a version for adults of the paper dolls of my childhood.”
Cherry Jeffs

Workshop programme

We are also offering a complementary programme of activities helping you to interact more with the work, about the Association and its cultural remit.

-  Fri 31 31Jul –9pm-10.30pm Live music from Salt of the Earth, a blues rock band.
-   Sat 1 Aug & Sat 8 Aug-12midday -1pm Art workshops for children.
-   Wed 5 Aug & Wed 12 Aug at 9pm  Meet the artists and feedback sessions.
-   Thu 6 Aug- 8.30pm-9.30pm Art workshop

By providing a wider programme of events we aim to broaden the interest to as wide a demographic as possible. For example we are organising family friendly workshops, giving parents a chance to explore the work while the children take part in interactive workshops. We are arranging artists’ talkback sessions again to encourage an open dialogue about the work and the inspiration behind it. We hope to ensure that the exhibition attracts as many diverse visitor groups as possible. All events will be in Spanish and English to reflect the integrated nature of the Association. Sign up forms/more information re age suitability for kids workshops will be available at the exhibition.

Background info, cvs, further statements available on the exhibitors.
Further images available on request.
Finalised workshop programme to follow.
Further information on the  Association of English Speakers in Loja available.
Opening times
Tue to Fri 8pm-10.30pm,Sat 11am-2pm.Closed Sat evening,Sunday & Mondays

For more information contact Margaret-Anne O’Donnell 648 604 300 or email

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Siesta Show Webisode 78 - No show this week and this is why!
Monday, June 29, 2009

I'm afraid to say that there is no Siesta Show this week because we are so, so busy launching Spain Uncut that we are not going to have time to get out of the office, leave alone take the camera with us!, Following on from Friday's runaway success (Webisode 77 has been shown on some US Cable TV channels all weekend!) I wanted to do something and I want to keep you Siesta Show fans happy, so I thought I'd show you the Sneak Preview of Spain Uncut... it's brill and it's going to be huge!

Watch the Spain Uncut Sneak Preview and get more info on this fab DVD set.

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Siesta Show Webisode 77 - The spectacular Spanish festival of San Juan
Friday, June 26, 2009

For this webisode we unleashed Colin! This time he brings you some Friday Fun as he heads of to Casares Playa on the night of San Juan and takes part in the wonderful celebrations on the beach. Bonfires, fireworks, singing and dancing... and that's just the start of it!

Watch today's webisode on the Spanish Festival of San Juan and join the fun!

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Siesta Show 76 - Last Minute Car Hire and Airport Information
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

For today's webisode of the Siesta Show, Susan interviews Gary from Spanish Airport Guide. They chat about car hire and last minute, up-to-date information for Spanish Airports.

Find out if it is wise to leave your Car Hire in Spain until the last minute!

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Siesta Show Webisode 75 - Common problems with Pools in Spain (part 2)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

For today's show we continue our chat with Jim from Pipe-Tek SL as we discuss more common problems with swimming pools in Spain. We learn what problems you can expect and also the secret of the bucket test!

Watch today's webisode on Problems with Pools in Spain and learn some ticks of the trade.

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Siesta Show Webisode 74 - Common problems with Pools in Spain.
Monday, June 22, 2009

For today's webisode we have a chat with Jim from Pipe-Tek SL and we discuss the common problems with swimming pools in Spain. Is your private or community pool losing water from a leak or from evaporation? As if it's leaking then so is your private or community bank account from huge water bills!

Watch today's webisode on Problems with Pools in Spain and find out!

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Siesta Show Webisode 73 - Spanish Wine Tasting Amateur Night!
Friday, June 19, 2009

Yet another Friday fun time again on the Siesta Show and in this webisode Justin thought it would be a good idea to visit a local bar in Sabinillas for a Spanish Wine Tasting evening. However Justin felt he needed some help, so the EOS Team went with him! They all sampled a few wines and all gave their honest opinions (Not that any of us actually know what we're talking about!).

Join Justin and the EOS Team for a fun Spanish Wine Tasting session!

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Siesta Show Webisode 72 - How to Attract Spanish Women! (part 2)
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We thought that today we would continue with fun we had on Monday, so in today's Siesta Show Webisode Susan continues to interview Antonio of Costa Advice Bureau and they chat more about Spanish Women. They talk about what Spanish Women like, dislike and expose the secrets about what they find attractive.

Watch as Antonio explains the secrets of How to Attract Spanish Women!

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Siesta Show Webisode 71 - How to Attract Spanish Women!
Monday, June 15, 2009

We thought we would have a bit of fun, so in today's Siesta Show Webisode Susan interviews Antonio of Costa Advice Bureau and they chat about Spanish Women. They talk about what Spanish Women like, dislike and expose the secrets about what how they like to be treated.

Watch as Antonio explains the secret of How to Attract Spanish Women!

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Siesta Show Webisode 70 - How we started and where we are going!
Friday, June 12, 2009

For today's webisode we mark a point in history for Eye on Spain as we prepare to celebrate our 5th Birthday, so join Justin as he talks about how it all started and what's coming up in the near future, including Spain Uncut and our Birthday Bash in July.

Watch today's webisode for info on Spain Uncut and our Birthday Celebrations!.

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Siesta Show Webisode 69 - Learning Spanish Courses Reviewed
Wednesday, June 10, 2009

For this Siesta Show webisode Susan reviews and compares the most popular Learning Spanish courses and gives advice on which one you should choose and why, and also gives hints and tips on what else you would need in order to Learn Spanish.

Watch today's webisode on Learning Spanish Courses Reviewed.

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Siesta Show Webisode 68 - The true cost of living in Spain!
Monday, June 8, 2009

Today Justin aks what the true costs of living in Spain actually are. Is it still cheaper to live in Spain as opposed to the UK? Have the costs risen more here than in the UK?

Watch today's webisode on The true cost of living in Spain and see if you agree!

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ProAm Protagonistas in La Quinta Golf & Country Club
Friday, June 5, 2009

As in previous years, and led as always by D.Luis del Olmo, we are looking forward to celebrating the XV PRO-AM Protagonistas La Quinta In Memoriam Tomas Pascual.

The tournament will be held on the 4th July 2009 and, unlike previous years, will be over only one day of play with the appropriate price reduction.

Inscriptions for the tournament are now open and if you would like more information regarding prices and reservations please contact the office at Club de Golf La Quinta (952762390 ;

Inscriptions will close on the 26th June although please bear in mind that places are limited.

Those of you who are unable to take part are welcome to make a donation directly into the bank account detailled below, or by buying raffle tickets for prizes which will be drawn after the Gala Dinner in the Clubhouse on the same day as the tournament, or during the dinner.

C.C.C. 0128-0792-14-0100014405
de Bankinter, Avda. de Las Palmeras,15
C.P 29670 San Pedro Alcántara.

At the same time we would like to remind you that next Saturday,  13th June, we are celebrating the tournament at our Club (below are details of the tournament, prizes and prices).
The complete competition calendar is available on the Club web site

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New Eye on Spain Bargain Property Alerts service Launched
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Here at Eye on Spain we are constantly being sent details of true bargain/ distressed/ below-market-value properties that are coming onto the market...whatever people wish to call them!

These are very often new properties which either the developer, the banks or investors are trying to offload.  There are some really
good deals out there for anyone looking to buy now.
We normally take a look and then just delete these emails that we receive as we are not agents and do not sell propert ourselves.
However, we understand from much of the feedback that we receive that many of you ARE interested in having access to this sort of information of heavily discounted property in Spain.
So we have decided to give you the option to opt in to what we are calling "Eye on Spain Bargain Property Alerts".  It's a no-cost
service to you.
For those that want to receive regular updates on TRUE bargain deals of property for sale in Spain then simply join the notification list at:
After filling in the form you will have instant access to the first bargain property alert!
We will be adding to this and emailing those interested as and when we receive notification of these distressed properties.  Remember to sign up for the service at:
I hope you enjoy this new service.  If you are an agent or developer and have your own distressed properties that you would like to feature in the alerts then please register your details here:
(Agents only:  Agent registration)

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Siesta Show Webisode 67 - An interview with retired couple Jan and George
Thursday, June 4, 2009

In today's webisode Susan has a chat with two people who became some of the very first members on Eye on Spain, retired couple Jan and George. Susan asks about how their lifestyle has changed since they purchased property in Spain and why they like this area in Spain over others.

Watch as they discuss what Living in Spain is like when retired.

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Siesta Show Webisode 66 - Colin and some Ex-Pats clean up their act!
Monday, June 1, 2009

This webisode sees Colin strike out on his own! He visits La Duquesa and teams up with a group of ex-pats and holiday owners who have started up an action group to help clean up the fabulous port of La Duquesa in Manilva, on the Costa Del Sol. An area that makes everyone fall in love with Spain!

Learn why some of the Ex-pat community in La Duquesa are doing what they can to help!

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