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Newsletter July 2007

Dear clients and friends,

Once again we are writing to keep you up-to-date with what’s new here at Andalucia.com for the month of July. Read on and see what we are doing to make sure that we continue to serve you even better.


We Have a Fresh New Look

As many of you will already know the Andalucia.com homepage has been revamped with a fresh new look for the summer. These changes are part of a major overhaul of the site that is planned to be integrated throughout the rest of the year, which will improve our service to both visitors to the area and residents alike.

It’s not just the design that is changing behind the scenes. Work is also being carried out with the aim of involving our users into more discussions. This will include content updates, such as our freshly written flamenco section and multimedia additions such as video.

See our homepage www.andalucia.com and remember that any suggestions you have to improve our service are always gladly received.


Andalucia.com Welcomes our New Flamenco Specialist

We at Andalucia.com are proud to welcome the newest member of our team, Tony Bryant, who will join us as our new specialist writer on flamenco. Tony’s life has been closely linked with music since an early age. Born in Stockwell, south London, there always seemed to be music in his home. His mother was, in fact, a pianist. Tony began learning the drums at the age of 10 and was influenced by a variety of figures in the rock-and-roll hierarchy.

In 1994, Tony moved to Andalucia where he still lives today. It was on a trip to Seville that Tony had his first encounter with flamenco and it was an event that would change his life. “It was like flamenco was seducing me,” he stated while later recalling the event. The floodgates had opened and Tony began to dedicate much of his life to understanding the roots of this powerful art form. He also tried to delve into the culture that makes this incredible music possible, travelling all over Andalucia and watching some of its greatest artists perform. His adventures are recounted in his first book, Flamenco -- An Englishman’s Passion.

Along with the work that Tony is doing for us here at Andalucia.com, he also is a regular contributor on Onda Cero International Radio with a flamenco show that he co-hosts with Brenda Padilla. Tony is also completing his second book, Flamenco: A Tale of Three Cities, which will be publicly available this summer. Andalucia.com would like to welcome Tony to the team and we are all excited about the insight he will bring to our pages.


Win Tickets to Creamfields Andalucia

Andalucia.com is offering our viewers a chance to win three tickets to the hottest musical event of the summer, Creamfields Andalucia. The festival takes place on August 11 th in Playa de Villacaros, Almeria and it is sure to be a sell-out event. The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx will be joined by 21 other acts for this unforgettable musical happening. Click here to fill out our questionnaire and automatically be entered into the draw. The contest closes July 13th so enter early!


New Editor Joins Team

Andalucia.com is pleased to announce that Owen Thomas has joined its staff as its new Editor.  Owen was born in England and immigrated to Canada at an early age.  He was awarded his Master’s Degree in History from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. 

Since then he has published numerous articles in magazines and scholarly journals including Spanish Magazine, The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and the Canadian cultural magazine, The Word.  Owen has also published a book on Black history in Canada entitled Niagara’s Freedom Trail:  A Guide to African-Canadian History in the Niagara Peninsula and has worked for the Canadian government as a Federal Historian for a number of years before moving to Spain. 

We hope that Owen’s experience and love for all things Spanish will aid us in our ongoing quest to make Andalucia.com your indispensable guide to Andalucia.  We at Andalucia.com welcome him aboard and wish him all the best!


Winner Announced for our Free Calendar Give-Away

We are pleased to announce that Mr Bob Mitchell is the winner of a free Andalucia.com calendar for 2008-2009. Mr. Mitchell will receive his copy of the popular work as soon as it is ready for distribution. Congratulations!



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Shooting has Commenced on Our New Calendar!

The Andalucia.com calendar is now in its fifth edition.  The next, limited-edition calendar will contain marvellous, full-colour images shot on location in divine destinations of Andalucia. This edition will cover the two-year period of 2008 and 2009. 

Shooting has already commenced!  Andalucia.com is now offering our clients and businesses the unique opportunity to exclusively sponsor a specific page or location in our calendar.  Why not take part in this wonderful chance to promote the incredible beauty of Andalucia and at the same time promote your business as well?  The calendar is always extremely popular so book your space early so as not to be disappointed.

For more details, e-mail michelle@andalucia.com  

Calendar website www.andaluciacalendar.com

Andalucia.com’s Forum Section − A Great Source of Information

One of the most popular sections of the Andalucia.com website is its “Forum” section. It has been operating successfully as a web community for over eight years and has over 5000 regular users. If you have a question or are looking for something specific, this is the place for you.

To post anything on the forum, you will first have to register and obtain a password. There is even an “Andalucia.com Amigos Section.” Admittance to this section is restricted to those who post over 250 times on the forum. Think of it as a type of VIP club within the forum for those privileged mega-posters. Members can reach a variety of levels culminating in the “Andalucia.com Guru” status. These levels are not only reached by making a sheer number of posts but also the quality of the postings is taken into account.

The “Topics” section contains a number of fixed categories in which users can post questions or assist in answering some of those questions already posted. The topics encompass a wide range of categories which are bound to stimulate interest and interchange among the participants. The Forum is also easily searchable. Just click on the “search” button located beside “memberlist” and enter what you would like to find. It is a wealth of information.

For example, a thread of postings might be around “What is the best wine for the least money?” or “Does anyone know a good English-speaking doctor in Rincon de la Victoria?” The “Do It Yourself” section is also very popular with a myriad of people helping each other out with tips and suggestions. The possibilities are endless and over time, a loyal, tightly-knitted cyber-community has developed around this part of the site.

The Forum was conceived as a space where our loyal users could voice their opinions and its popularity proves that the concept was a viable one. The forum is moderated and administered by Andalucia.com's staff and functions through its own momentum. Click here and join in the fun discussions.


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