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Extreme Animals

Our Story:..How everything started. 1998 – on Fuerteventura, at the edge of Corralejo, in a screen print factory, starts the big premiere of “EXTREME ANIMALS“. For the first time Helga Palmers and Helmut Brittig create what is still today “Extreme”: Extreme honest handcraft, extreme good quality and extremely fine products from the “Fuerteventura Factory”, inspired by the idea to create a very extraordinary look: the Goat Skeleton.

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Cabracadabra

Cabracadabra

Cabracadabra is a joint project of two craftsmen with one painting on silk and the other creating jewellery. Both have joined their experience and passion about their activity in one space and make unique pieces of art – all hand-made. Their production is based on in-house design and they make to order and do repairs.

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The Road to Myself

SR31 EUPHORIAWhat is Spiritual Consulting / Astrology?
I show with Lenormand, Tarot, Symbolon or your Horoscope some answers to your questions about Love, Health, Profession or other personal topics. If you want to change your life in a positive way or want to realise your strongest wishes, I can help you with the Power of Thoughts (Law of Attraction).

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Group of Sculptures "Caminos" by Lisbet Fernández Ramos.

DSCN0686I drive a lot on Fuerteventura roads, for business and for pleasure, and every time when I enter Jandía and approach those statues of children, looking into the sky, I get a sense of fascination. Their facial expression and body language invite you to hold on, watch them standing there and become aware of feelings of timelessness and introspection. And because these statues generate the same or similar sensations with many people, they truly became emblematic for the South of the island, if not for the entire Fuerteventura.
As I have used my pictures of this creation, realised by Lisbet Fernandez, at many occasions,I decided to visit the creator who has her workshop in Costa Calma and write about her and her work.

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People & History - Fuerteventura: Cabrito - Fashion & Souvenirs.

The "Cabrito Fuerteventura" Goat:

"probably the best known goat of the island".

image006webThe first steps of selling goat-based products date from the 1999's. At that time we used to purchase our products from a good friend. Already at the very start the philosophy of selling the goat-based products was to offer a souvenir from Fuerteventura at an acceptable price and with a steady and proven quality.

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People & History - Fuerteventura: Extreme Animals.

EXTREME ANIMALS - Our Story: How everything started. LOGOweb
EA1web1998 – on Fuerteventura, at the edge of Corralejo, in a screen print factory, starts the big premiere of „EXTREME ANIMALS". For the first time Helga Palmers and Helmut Brittig create what is still today „Extreme": Extreme honest handcraft, extreme good quality and extremely fine products from the „Fuerteventura Factory", inspired by the idea to create a very extraordinary look: the Goat Skeleton.

 

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People & History - Fuerteventura: Klaus Berends - Tarajalejo.

Klaus Berends – an artist with commitment.

Klaus-Berends-720540-Klaus Berends is an artist who combines in his work (and even more in his personal attitude) four major elements which allow him to discover the right orientation of creativity: curiosity, observation, experimenting and imagination. Berends is creative on different media, although he combines some techniques because each of them alone sometimes are coming too short to answer his creative restlessness.

 

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Murphy B Good - Freedom and Connection by Music...

Murphy B Good - Freedom and Connection by Music...

Cotillo--Murphy-291Murphy's exploration to music starts at the age of 5 with his first guitar. Already at that age he sensed a feeling that he later recognised as truly freedom - of mind and emotions. His curiosity guided him into a journey to develop his own perception and expression of emotions through the music. The ability to listen is crucial to him and his creativity. His music is very recognisable and has much to do with a jazzy chilling out and relaxing with a funky touch. His influences are Miles Davis, Jimmy Hendrix, Prince, Johnny Guitar Watson and many more.

 

 

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Hiking through Fuerteventura - by Eva Walder.

Hiking trough Fuerteventura - by Eva Walder.

hiking-wallpaper2-1280x1024Eva Walder from Austria knows Fuerteventura since a long time but was eager to discover the island in a more intensive way, by hiking. She chose to walk for most of the time along the new hiking track, constructed by the local government, named “Camino Natural de Corralejo a Punta de Jandía”, also known under GR 131.

 

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La Folie des Délices - "Haute-Couture" in French Pastries - Fuerteventura.

Fine French Pastries: La Folie des Délices in Corralejo.

La-Folie-des-Delices-085Philippe Laurent, a certified "Art Chef Pastry" from Annecy, France and Vanessa started their French pastry business on the Corralejo circumvention in March 2010. Since then the business grew steadily, despite the actually unfavourable economic conditions.

Philippe's story, in fact, starts in 1920, the year in which his grandfather Pierre Laurent began his Pastry Shop in Annecy. A couple of years after - in 1924 - he creates "Le Roseaux du Lac Annecy", a pastry based on coffee and chocolate. It soon becomes an international reference for the city of Annecy. Father Bernard continues the tradition with success, together with his brother Jacques.

 

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People & History - Fuerteventura: Who's Who - José LOSADA.

fotO_perfil_FILTROJosé Losada.

José Losada came on to Fuerteventura in 2008 from mainland Spain. The hairdresser immediately was caught by the dramatic and spectacular scenes that Fuerteventura offered: the west coast, the beaches, sunset, the "malpais" and the abundant volcanoes. He was fascinated by the vast variety of colours of the beaches and started to collect sand. Some sand types are the most white on the entire Canary Islands, some are pitch-black with a blue hue and some even have a golden colour.

 

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Nuria del Pino

nuria-fotoName: Nuria del Pino

Nationality: Spanish

Date of Birth: 8 October

Place of Birth: Madrid

Education: arts

Time on Fuerteventura: since 1975

Nuria Del Pino came to the Canary Islands at the age of six but spent her time in various cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, London and Boston where she completed her studies. From there she developed her love for art in all its forms. She studied cinematography, design, sculpture and photography…although it’s in her painting that she finds her best outlet of expression.

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People & History - Fuerteventura: Who's Who - Johan OTTERDAHL a multi-talented musician in Fuerteventura.

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WHO'S WHO: Johan Otterdahl

Name: Johan Otterdahl ( Swingkid )

Nationality: Swedish

Place of Birth: Born in Sweden but my land has no borders

Date of Birth: 1980

Education: qualified dance teacher and certified Whisky specialist

Time on Fuerteventura: since 1999

Johan Otterdahl is a multi-talented musician who loves to play a wide range of styles: Blues, Rock, Folk, Reggae, Punk and Pop. He performed in a variety of concerts and festivals. He recently produced his first album.

The Album "Songs from a Basement"

front-copy-300The songs on the album were written between 2003-2010 and they are a mix of different feelings and different music styles. There is everything from Blues to Reggae. I more or less spent 4 months in a basement and played whatever came up in my head. I recorded over 50 own songs with everything from love songs to children lullabies and rock n roll. Most of it is recorded directly into the microphones and the studio. I want the music to feel alive...

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People & History - Fuerteventura: Who's Who - Tom Tomlinson's Art Photography.

night creature finishedThe prolific world of art today clearly demonstrates how we all see the world differently. I've seen the world as civil engineer, building constructor, designer of houses, kitchens, wood sculpture and too much more to mention. Now I choose to express myself with photography with all its diversity. From capturing the image, to the modern dark room, there's plenty of room for individual vision. Which ever medium I've worked in, my passion will remain my major asset. And my dream, it’s simple really, create invoking images; images that break rules and provoke a response from the viewer.

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People & History - Fuerteventura: Who's Who - Carl (Charly) LANG: T h e P h o t o h o l i c - Ocean Gallery.

DSCF0514Charly is on the road as a photographer and designer since 35 Years. He started as a photographer for advertisements, then as a journalist and later for architecture – now as multi-media artist. He was hired in 1976 to get the at that time 5-star hotel “Tres Islas” and the surrounding marvellous beaches into the Holiday-Destination-Champions-League*. Since 1981 Charly was a wanted photographer for the powerful surfing and later for the mountain bike industry. He managed to squeeze in his busy agenda side-tracks to Alaska for picturing the dog-sledge racing, to India or to Kenya for the Rallye.

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The first population on Fuerteventura

Speculation about the first population on Fuerteventura.
It is well documented and common knowledge that the Majos (or Maxos) were inhabiting Fuerteventura when the Europeans were setting foot on Fuerteventura, between the 14th and 15th century AD. But there are data – although scarcely – that indicate that the first population of Fuerteventura began a lot earlier, and even potentially by the Phoenicians during their search for purple dye. This article does not claim to be a scientific document about the first settlers on Fuerteventura, but merely an entertaining collage of available data, personal interpretation and some fiction.

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The creation of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura – the “Oldie” amongst the Canary Islands.

The first steps in the creation of Fuerteventura have been made some 250 million years ago, however its rise above the water surface dates from about 23 million years ago, which makes it the oldest island of the Canaries. Here is its story with the then occurring general geologic and climate conditions on our planet. The duration of the geologic periods have been rounded to accommodate reading. At the end of each period you will get suggestions to visit remnants of the described locations and geologic events.
WARNING: Please do NOT collect any fossil, stone or whatever geologic / archaeological element from any site! Not only is it highly disrespectful to the history of Fuerteventura, but additionally, the penalties are horrendous, including imprisonment. If you find anything which seems to be of scientific value, leave it where you found it and call the local authorities: Tel.: 928 862 328 (Cabildo of Fuerteventura), Guardia Civil: 928 851 100 (SEPRONA), Environmental Agency: 928 852 106 (Agentes de Medio Ambiente) or the police (Policia Local) – please do NOT call the emergency number!

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San Borondón – the search for a mysterious island.

The island of San Borondón is probably the most intriguing one to all inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Its legend is part of the local culture and the quest for it is a never-ending story, even today with all the technology available.
For ages, the island was called in many tales, ballads, poems and folkloric songs “the mysterious one, the lost one, the unreachable one”. Based on those persistent rumours, many expeditions were initiated from the 15th till the 18th century – the most known was in 1721 under Juan de Mur y Aguirre, an admiral – and many naval maps were drawn.sanborondon dibujo

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Leather Tanning on Fuerteventura

pielWhen the first Conquistadores arrived on Fuerteventura in the 15th Century, they encountered the local inhabitants (Mahos) almost completely nude. "Males only had a hairy goat or sheep skin that was fixed on the men's back and women additionally had two extra pieces – one in the front and one in the back – which were fixed at the waist and reached till their knees. Pieces of skin were connected to each other by threads of finely cut leather. They had no shoes and walked the island on bare feet." (Bontier y Leverrier. 16th Century)

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The Use of Natural Fibres on Fuerteventura.

Cestas-de-MimbreThe ability of mankind to work natural fibres for basketry was one of the fundamentals for the development of human activity. It allowed for transportation and conservation of goods and made them less dependable of nature and local conditions."
The original inhabitants of Fuerteventura – Mahos – knew about the benefits and technology of using natural fibres for baskets and bags. At that time palm leaves and reed were used mostly. The colonisation of the Canary Islands brought new transformation and manufacturing technologies.

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The Canarian Shepherd's Leap.

salto_pastor1The Canarian Pastor (or Shepherd's) Leap is a tradition of the Canarian Islands and consists of using a long wooden pole to cross the countryside and to jump over gulley’s and cliffs. The origins of salto del pastor may date back to the Guanches, the aboriginal inhabitants of the islands prior to the Castilian conquest period of the early 15th century. In the past all kinds of people used this pole to walk across the fields, but recently it is only used by shepherds. There are initiatives to revive this kind of country-walking and to include it in local competitions.

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The Tomato

03tomates_variados2Once the New Empire was being established in South-America many new agricultural products began to flow back to Europe. One of these was the tomato. "Tomatl" means plump fruit in the Aztec language and, indeed, it is a fruit. It was possibly brought back by Cortez in 1519. It was much smaller and yellow, and initially named by the Italians the "pomo d’oro" or golden apple.

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