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DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
DOUBLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

It was certainly a very happy birthday yesterday for Valentina.

Despite her physical handicap, she made it to my party to celebrate her own big day. By her own admission she is a crazy Rumanian lady.

I can certainly go along with that self assessment after partnering her at the club the past two weeks. 

But, with equal certainty, I can say that she is a very good bridge player.

Trevor 1838 on 22/7/21

Your QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Online or Face to Face. Where does bridge go from here?

How can we play competitive F2F bridge NOW?

Will bridge clubs survive?

Will table fees increase when clubs reopen?

When will “clinically vulnerable players” be able to safely return to the bridge table?

In the perceived absence of any sensible and useful guidance from bridge administrators, I endeavour to reassure players via my diagnoses and prescriptiona for resolving common concerns. You can read my analyses on the “Keep Bridge Alive” page.

Trevor 22h40 on 10/1/21

Update 23/2/21.
Update 23/2/21.

The ACES mobile club - and especially the bridge school - is now in full swing. Last week it was the French connection when Irish and English were invited to join Thierry at his home in Santa Cruz. Yesterday it was the turn of our friends in Palmmar. This time it was Gaby and Juergen from Hamburg honouring us with their presence.

Trevor 15h00 23/2/21

DINNER DATES in Tenerife

Life goes on at ACES with the ever popular Bridge (or Rummikub) sessions with dinner. For 4 persons only, they are afternoon games played outdoors starting at 3pm. Dinner is likewise served on the terrace. Charge inclusive of table fee plus 3 course dinner with drinks is E12 p.p.

Here are the home-made menus available:

Menu 1

Cream of spinach soup

Duck in orange sauce

Lemon or Chocolate Cheesecake

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Menu 2

Tuna, mushroom, leek and red pepper tart

Roast chicken with three veg

Mixed fruit crumble

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Menu 3

Cheese tart

Tagliatelli puttanesca

Kiwi tart 

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Menu 4

Leek and potato soup with stilton

Steak and kidney pie with 3 veg

Fruit salad

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Menu 5

Melon and cured Iberian ham

Salmon and potato bake

Lemon tart

Menu 6

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Fish soup

Albondigas in tomato sauce

Apple pie and ice cream

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Dinner dates can be enjoyed as much by beginners as by experienced players in search of competitive bridge. 

You will need to provide evidence to satisfy me beyond reasonable doubt that you are not a carrier of the virus. To protect the existing members of the “ACES bubble” of which several are, like me, categorised as “clinically extremely vulnerable”. That assessment will be subjective and based on my experience over several decades of working with severely ill cystic fibrosis sufferers. They necessarily had to avoid close contact at all costs with anybody suffering from even the most innocuous of viruses (such as the common cold) which could prove fatal to CF sufferers. 

Trevor 00h05 on 20/7/21

Los GIGANTES, Tenerife
Los GIGANTES, Tenerife

An ACES bridge star finds serenity at the foot of the giant cliffs from which this coastal resort gets its name

TMW 12/2/21.

Constitution
 
 

A message from Trevor to explain the inclusion of article 8 in the Statutes

 

Many of my students have breathing difficulties. Not just asthmatics like me but, over the years, several who suffer from cystic fibrosis. Including my nephew who died of the latter at the age of 17.

 

Even though we both liked dogs, nearly all persons with lung diseases have an allergy to animals - and dogs in particular. Understandably, most dog owners are unaware of the severe  problems that can arise. Partly because sufferers do not like complaining and upsetting dog owners. 

 

Although my asthma is not severe, to try and help pet owners understand why the (no pets) rule is in our constitution, here is an extract of a very recent TRIPADVISER review I wrote:

 

Surprisingly, I was actually asked by the resort manageress to post this on the site. For the benefit of their other asthmatic clients, and to make their staff more aware of this quite common problem.

 

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Review of Ona El Marques

…all I needed for a pleasurable stay. Meticulously cleaned…
Only minor crisis: had almost certainly been a dog in the apartment in the fortnight prior to my arrival. As an asthmatic, I could smell the traces of dog hair as I entered. Two hours later, severe breathing problems. I immediately washed all the cushion covers in lounge and covered the sofa with a sheet as this was obvious cause given that rest of apartment was spotless. Problem solved and I recovered within hours. Not the fault of El Marques staff as I frequently caught French clients smuggling animals into their rooms at my hotel despite all the notices about animals being banned.

Date of stay: January 2019

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There is another reason for the ban. Although it might sound amusing to readers of this page, it was actually a very serious incident in a bridge club.

 

A dog belonging to an elderly Belgian lady who had just lost her husband was exceptionally allowed into the club. Both the lady and the dog became more and more agitated during a crowded afternoon bridge session at the Ste Maxime club on the French Riviera - and eventually her pet dog bit a lady on the leg. Under my table.

 

A dog bite that draws blood can be very serious. Hospital surgery to remove the poison and two months of physiotherapy to recover fully.

 

Enough said, I hope.

TMW 30/1/19