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Editor’s Letter

The Last of Summer

The clocks go back on October 29th. This means that, after we’ve turned up for work an hour early while all the organised, intelligent people are still enjoying an extra hour in bed, we can look back on the summer that’s gone by and take stock. In many ways it’s been a huge success – record numbers of tourists, several exciting and innovative events, no major disasters, and the island remains as beautiful and tempting as ever. The resorts have been purring along smoothly, and the airport as seen hundreds of thousands of people transformed from pale, stressed, nervous arrivals into happy, suntanned relaxed departures. But there is still plenty of room for improvement – we’ve also seen beaches without sun beds yet again; tourist centres that were closed for weeks during peak season; even simple things such as beach showers that haven’t been working properly for months show that certain people aren’t taking responsibility

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for the very basic facilities that attract tourists to the island and keep them coming back for more. I’d suggest that all the island’s politicians are given a beach towel, a bucket, a spade and a two-year old child and told to
spend a day on their local beach. When they get back, maybe they’ll have a better idea of what it is that actually keeps this island in business.

Meanwhile, while folks in Britain and Ireland are turning up the central heating and putting anti-freeze in their tanks, we’ve still got a whole glorious month of summer to go. And there’s plenty to enjoy in what is one of Lanzarote’s loveliest times of year, with important cultural festivals, sporting events and plain simple fun happening all the time. Here at Gazette Life we’ll be keeping tabs on all of it, but you don’t have to wait until next month to find out what’s been going on. Check our brand new Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date with things at a click.

Next month, of course, we’ll be back on the streets again, and it’ll be winter. But as anyone who’s spent time here knows, including the hundreds of “swallows” who fly south to join us, that’s a time that also offers its own unique charm and excitement. We can’t wait. In the meantime, let’s suck every last drop of pleasure out of a wonderful summer.

Enjoy this month’s bumper mag.

The Editor

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