Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 012: Doing the Med Steps 5 Challenge 2017

This time last week, dozens of intrepid walkers were preparing for the challenge of the year: the Med Steps 5 Challenge. Organised by the Gibraltar Prison Service and with all funds raised going to Cancer Relief Gibraltar, it’s an event which is growing year on year.

After a few wet days, the rain held off meaning everything went to plan. Individuals and teams of walkers and runners set off for up to five laps each of the Mediterranean Steps.

One walker even attempted to complete the challenge in high heels! In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast I meet some of the people behind the event and take you along with me for the walk. 

I even managed to complete all five laps!

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This is the last in this first series of Postcard from Gibraltar Podcasts. I’m taking a little break to record some more material for future podcasts, thank you so much for joining me so far.

If you have missed any of my earlier podcasts, you can find them all through my blog postcardfromgibraltar.com as well as on iTunes and PodOmatic.

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Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 011 : Med Steps 5 Challenge preview with Steven Belilo

The third annual Med Steps 5 Challenge is due to take place this month. The Challenge which sees teams and individuals climb the Med Steps 5 times to raise much needed funds for the Cancer Relief Centre here in Gibraltar is a wonderful event.

Last year over £7,000 was raised from the event and every single penny went to help people undergoing treatment for cancer as well as supporting their families.

It may be hard work but I can’t think of a more beautiful place to hold a fundraising effort!

In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast I met Steven Belilo, who’s one of the organizers behind the event. He told me all about how you can get involved yourself – so there’s no excuse! 

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Here’s on of the huge birds which I mentioned in the podcast being seen off by the resident seagulls:

If you want to sponsor one of the walkers taking part in this year’s Med Steps 5 Challenge, please have a look at Sandra Capano’s Just Giving Page. Sandra is a good friend of Postcard from Gibraltar who has supported my blog for a long time.

For more information on the Med Steps 5 Challenge, check out their Facebook Page or Twitter account (@MedSteps5). You can pick up entry forms for the event at Trafalgar Pharmacy or pop along to Cathedral Square on Wednesday May 3rd where you can meet the team. 

This podcast was recorded and edited by Postcard from Gibraltar. You can subscribe to the podcast feed on iTunes and PodOmatic.

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Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 010 : Alameda Gardening Club with Lucy Hart

The lush green Alameda Botanical Gardens are the green lungs of Gibraltar, lying at the heart of the community at the southern end of Main Street and below the iconic Rock Hotel. 


It’s home to plants and trees from all over the world, as well as an open air theatre, a children’s playground and a wildlife park. In recent years a scheme has been rolled out to encourage school children to get their hands dirty, many of whom don’t have access to a garden of their own. 



The Alameda Gardening Club which operates on two days a week helps children learn about the origins of the food they eat as well as forging a respect for the natural world around them.


In this podcast I met up with one of the education volunteers, Lucy Hart to find out more about the scheme they run here and heard exciting plans for the future.

Artists impression of the proposed BioDome
In a first for Gibraltar, the education team at the Alameda Gardens have launched a crowd funding project in order to build a BioDome outdoor classroom for the children of the Gardening Club.

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For more information on the crowdfunding BioDome project, please email the Alameda Gardning Club on: BioDome@gibraltargardens.gi

Alternatively search for Alameda Gardening Club on Facebook.

Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 009 : Understanding Gibraltar with Joshua Lhote 

Gibraltar is unique in so many ways and one of the things which makes it so is its diverse community and that community’s ability to live together amicably. Here, people from many diverse faiths and backgrounds live together in tolerance and respect for one another.

A think tank, called Understanding Gibraltar, has been set up to look at why and how the different faiths and religious groups here can live side by side so well and with a view to perhaps exporting the Gibraltar model elsewhere in the world. 

In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast I caught up with Joshua Lhote from Understanding Gibraltar to find out all about it.

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You can find out more about Understanding Gibraltar by searching for their page on Facebook.

This podcast was recorded and edited by Postcard from Gibraltar.

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Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 008: Superhero artist Aaron Seruya

In this episode, I meet Aaron Seruya, a barrister who put his legal career on hold to follow his dream of creating an exhibition of paintings featuring comic book heroes.

Iron Man and Wolverine painted by Aaron A Seruya
In his Superhero Experience Exhibition, Aaron marries two of his life long passions; art and superheroes. But what made him put his career on hold to follow his passion? A real life meeting with Superman here in Gibraltar.

You can see Aaron’s 71 paintings at his exhibition at the Fine Arts Gallery in Casemates Square from 3rd to 16th May.

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This podcast is recorded and edited by Postcard from Gibraltar.

Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 007: YGTV with Giordano Durante


People are turning to their phones and tablets more and more these days to keep abreast of the news and find out what’s happening in the world. In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast, I caught up with Giordano Durante, editor of the online news service; Your Gibraltar TV, to talk about this new age of news at our fingertips.

On returning to his native Gibraltar after studying Philosophy at University in London, Giordano worked at the Gibraltar Chronicle and as a prison warden at the newly opened Windmill Hill Prison before joining YGTV. Now the news service’s Editor, he told me how in this age of Facebook and Twitter, Your Gibraltar TV is often the first port of call for many people when they want to read the news.

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You can find the Your Gibraltar TV website here. YGTV can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you missed the last episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast, you can hear it here, it’s also available on iTunes and PodOmatic.

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Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast No: 006 Gibraltar International Comic Con

Are you a fan of Manga or perhaps have harboured an obsession with comics since childhood? Are you fascinated by science fictions films or is table-top gaming your thing? If you answered yes to any of those questions you are in for a treat very soon.

The first ever Gibraltar International Comic Con takes place in Kings Bastion on the ‘May the fourth’ weekend and is expected to draw fans of all genres to the Rock for a weekend of workshops, cosplay, competitions and lots more.

In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast you can hear from three members of the team who are working behind the scenes getting everything ready for the event :

Derek Carrillo
Joanna Jadczak

 

Jay Callejon

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To find out more about the Gibraltar International Comic Con, please check out the event website: Gibraltar International Comic Con

You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook

If you would like to get in contact with me about a future podcast, please send me an email to postcardfromgibraltar@gmail.com or via Facebook. You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram as @postcardfromgib

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The Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 005: Finding community online with Polly Lavarello

In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast I catch up with Gibraltar based blogger and founding editor of parenting e-magazine Mum on the Rock, Polly Lavarello.

After moving to Gibraltar from the UK, Polly set up her blog Polly Mixtures and soon found herself climbing the UK parenting blog charts as she documented her experiences of having her first child. A problematic pregnancy meant Polly had to be hospitalised in Cadiz, miles away from friends and family.

After her blog took off, Polly decided to turn her attention to the wider parenting community in Gibraltar and created Mum on the Rock. Now into it’s second year, the online magazine is a valuable resource for parents in Gibraltar. It offers a ‘What’s On’ diary for family friendly groups and events along with features written by locally based parents and grandparents.

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Useful links:

Mum on the Rock

Polly Mixtures

You can find Polly on Twitter as @Polly_Mixtures and on Instagram as @pollymixtures

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The Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 004: Rebecca Faller 

Gibraltar may be small, but it is such a creative place. This month on Postcard from Gibraltar, I’m casting the spotlight onto some of the very talented people who call the Rock their home. Throughout February, in my ‘Creative Gibraltar’ series I’ll be talking to people from all sorts of creative backgrounds.

Rebecca Faller

In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast, I hear from  writer and poet, Rebecca Faller about her latest book Renault Five. The story is an autobiographical account of a road trip across Europe with her two closest friends which brought her to Gibraltar for the first time.

To hear the podcast, please click here.

Rebecca’s book; Renault Five is available for sale in Gibraltar’s bookshops it is also available on Amazon & Kindle.

Also in the Creative Gibraltar series : Creative Gibraltar : Watercolour painting with Deborah M Lawson

Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast Episode 003: Baby Stepps Postnatal Depression Support


Are you, or is someone you know finding things hard after having a baby? A support group to help new mothers deal with trauma and post natal depression is looking for new members in Gibraltar.


Run by the parent support charity, ‘Baby STEPPS’, the group hopes to give new mothers confidence in their abilities and help them through a difficult period.

In this episode of the Postcard from Gibraltar Podcast, the group leader and psychotherapist Elaine Caetano told me all about the service the charity offers.

Baby STEPPS psychotherapist Elaine Caetano

Click on this link to hear the Podcast : Episode 003: Post Natal Depression Support

If you would like to know more about the support group, you can contact Elaine in confidence via Facebook or call her on 54001138. You can also find out more information from the Baby STEPPS charity.

You can subscribe to this Podcast on iTunes and on the PodOmatic App for iOS and Android.

You can also find this blog on Facebook as Postcard from Gibraltar. On Instagram and Twitter I’m @postcardfromgib

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