In this, the 800th edition of the Ibizan/Ibiza Sun (whichever you prefer) we mark the occasion with an issue containing all good news—or to be technically correct there is no bad news.
We have a frank and revealing interview with UK garage cum hip-hop cum drum and bass star Ms Dynamite, a true human interest story.
We are delighted to have collaborated with Ibicencan journalist Xescu Prats in bringing an in depth feature on the history of Ibiza’s swashbuckling past and the evidence around us of the island defending itself through the centuries.
We have the outcome of the Parking like a tw*t competition that has attracted hundreds of reader votes (good news in raising a smile) and we have plenty more great content filling the space, sometimes it feels sadly too much space, taken by crime, violence and all manner of ways man finds to be bad and sad in the world.
Our week of delusional non-reality in compiling content has made for a cheery week in the office too. For instance our outlook for the past 7 days has been one where we could not possibly have been having bad weather, we were in fact having weather favoured by ducks for whom we were very happy. Nonsense really. but sometimes does you good to just focus on the positive. My favourite piece of Ibiza good news this week came by way of a short facebook post by Donna Whitehead.
Simple, humble, but when I read it I just thought ‘perfect’. It follows below. Hope you have an all good news week and thank you for your continued support. See you on the dark-side.
Nick Gibbs, Editor.
“Today my Ibicencan landlady took me to her most beautiful rustic 400-year old finca on San Augustin hillside I saw how to ferment + make wine in same way for 100’s of years, we picked + ate fruit / wild herbs / plants from the land, visited an ancient Spanish woodcutters house then saw photos from her family of 300 years. Feeling pretty spesh right now, magical few hours :o))”
Cinema On The Beach
- Cala Llonga
Following two successful cinema nights the Viva Cala Llonga Team and the Vecinos de Cala LLonga are holding another Cinema On The Beach Night this coming Saturday 12th September. From 9pm you can watch, FOR FREE, Rio 2 an ideal film for all the family. Kindly sponsored by Amante, Lime In The Coconut & Kids In Ibiza. Parents of course have the option of enjoying the many bars & restaurants while their young ones are entertained.
Playing For Change Day Ibiza
- Cala Llonga
Playing For Change Day is held each year on 19th September, the Saturday nearest to International Peace Day. On this Day, thousands of musician, artists and volunteers FREELY give their time to organise Playing for Change events across the world and raise funds for the Playing for Change Foundation.
Ibiza resident, Rick Van Der Mark, who has been involved with numerous Playing for Change events across the globe, dreamed of bringing this unique event to Ibiza. Rick, working with Viva Cala Llonga Team, supported by Cala Llonga Neighbourhood Association, Santa Eulalia Town Hall, Amante, Ibiza Rocks, business owners, residents and volunteers bring Ibiza’s 1st Playing for Change Day on Cala Llonga beach.
The Playing for Change movement is a unique opportunity for people to share and enjoy the gift of music with others whilst raising funds for the Playing for Change Foundation who provide FREE music education programs for children and their communities in third world and disadvantaged countries.
On Saturday, September 19th, MUSICANS from over 20 BANDS from across Ibiza will gather on 3 stages on Cala Llonga beach to entertain residents & tourists of all ages. From midday to midnight, you can enjoy a variety of World Music, Rock, Soul/Funk, Reggae, Blues, Jazz, Samba, Country, Pop, Percussion, Flamenco, and Fusion). Entertainment for Children & Families takes places in the two Play Areas on the beach. Food & Drink stalls at the beach offer a variety of International Food, while the Hippy Market is available throughout the day and night.
MUSICIANS are performing FREE of CHARGE so that all monies collected will go to supporting Playing for Change Foundation’s work.
If interested in participating in 2016 Playing for Change Day Ibiza contact
Kids Play with KAWS
- Ses Salines
Lio Malca is pleased to invite all children who wish to develop their creativity in a unique atmosphere and space called La Nave at the Ship in Las Salinas.
On the 12th and 13th September from 11am to 1pm and 5pm to 7pm on Saturday, and from 11am on Sunday, children can enjoy the paintings on display and also participate in workshops created by Chef Boris Buono, creator of the Food Studio in Ibiza and artists Antonio Gázquez, Willie Marquez and Romy Querol.
The exhibition is not only a unique opportunity to showcase some of the most celebrated contemporary artists of the moment, but is also a vehicle to promote artistic development in the islands with the aid of the adorable KAWS.
Entry is free, but for organizational reasons you must confirm attendance by contacting Maribel Ramon Cardona via e-mail:
Note: Children under 7 must be accompanied by their parents.
The ship has the official sponsorship of AirEuropa, Ibiza Love Water and Moooi.
Mezcal Polo Cup & Art Festival
- Sant Llorenc
From 12th-15th September 2015, the nation of Mexico will be in residence at the Ibiza Polo Club. Cultura Mezcal, La Mezcaleria Mexiterránea and Cultura en Polo have teamed together to present the second edition of the Mexican Art Festival and Cultura Mezcal Polo Cup hosted at the club.
The festival will include 2 top Mexican chefs, Mezcal tasting and pairing, music, an open air film festival, art shows and fashion showing the best of Mexican contemporary talent. They all will be blended with a thrilling polo tournament featuring 4 teams – 2 teams with a low handicap and 2 teams with a medium handicap – representing Mexico versus Ibiza.
For the first time the Mexican Polo Federation and its current president Billy Steta are supporting this tournament as well as Costa Careyes, the famous exclusive Mexican resort.
Schedule Polo Cup
- Saturday, 12th Sept
5:00 pm Festival Gastronomico
6:30 pm Polo Match Mexico vs Ibiza
7:00 pm Fashion Happening Pop up Boutique: Isabelle Manhes, Genoveva AlvarezBravo, Cortana (Spain)
8:30 pm Award Ceremony
9:00 pm Fashion Happening – Cinema Show
9:30 pm Show Mexiterranea
10:00 – 12:00 pm Dj Daisy Heartbreaker – Mexico/Ibiza – Cinema Show
- Sunday, 13th Sept
5:00 pm Festival Gastronomico
6:30 pm Polo Match Mexico vs Ibiza
7:00 pm Fashion Happening Pop up Boutique: Isabelle Manhes, Genoveva AlvarezBravo, Cortana (Spain)
8:30 pm Award Ceremony
9:00 pm Fashion Happening – Cinema Show
9:30 pm Show Mexiterranea
10:00 – 12:00 pm DJ Professor Angelsound Mexico/Bcn – Dj Tonete (Barcelona) – Cinema Show
- Tuesday, 15th Sept
Wake Up Festival
- Sant Antoni
The Wake Up Ibiza Festival returns this September Thursday 10th for a second instalment of the festival-style afternoon of healing and higher consciousness in the gardens of Benimussa Park. Bringing together workshops, screenings, live music performances, healthy food & drink, children’s entertainment and an intimate dance arena to celebrate the New Moon and the new beginnings it brings.
India-based Mantrica return to Ibiza for their final European appearance with a live performance using global mantra and meditative hang drum. Teachers and healers from Ibiza, uplifting tai chi and many more energizing workshops also feature, alongside Janosh Sacred Geometry Activations with an introduction to The Template, and a special ceremony for a reconnection of our BioCircuitry.
As a special treat for purchasers of pre-sale online tickets, Wake Up Ibiza Festival this time also unites with Hiking Ibiza to invite all ticket holders to discover the beauty of the island’s nature by foot, on the day after the festival. After meeting at Wake Up, take this unique chance to spend time with new found friends and enjoy a magical sunset walk to one of the best places on the island to feel vibrational energy whilst connecting with inner & higher selves. Hiking Ibiza specialise in walking and experiencing nature around the island, guaranteeing to find a stunning spot to experience the New Moon in all her glory.
There will be free entry to kids up to the age of 16, and all residents who signed up last time in June will be able to collect their Wake Up card and enter for free. Special reduced price tickets are available on island now for €11, or online at €22. (Online tickets include free nature walk with Hiking Ibiza)
Namaste @ Las Dalias
- Sant Carles
A few years ago, a group of alternative visionaries decided to do a weekly party for friends who were selling in the market. Seventeen years later, the party Namaste (thanks in Hindi) is still going strong every Wednesday night and is the weekly gala that best defines Las Dalias. The years have seen an evolution that has lead Namaste to become one of the leading free parties of the island. The garden area is dressed up in a thousand colours and performances feature world-class artists such as Prem Joshua and Nina Hagen plus contemporary DJs.
- Ibiza Town
- Claire B
The Ajuntament D’Eivissa has published the cultural agenda for September through to December, with a varied programme of music, theatre, dance and exhibitions for everyone.
Entertainment for children and families includes Disney Ibiza The Musical on September 26 and 27, as well as Frozen The Musical on December 25, 26 and 27. On November 7 the Spanish circus company Circo Gran Fele presents ‘The Mummy’ (La Momia).
Theatre includes the comedy ‘Family Size’ on October 3 and ‘The Testament of Mary’ directed by Agustín Villaronga on October 31.
The 6th Comedy Festival is held from November 12-15.
Musical performances include concerts from the Banda Sinfónica Ciutat D’Eivissa on October 4, the Orquesta Sinfónica Ciutat D’Eivissa on October 25, and a concert for the feast of Santa Cecilia with the Coro y Banda Sinfónica Ciutat D’Eivissa on November 21. All of these events take place at the cultural centre of Can Ventosa, where tickets can be bought.
The 19th edition of the Mare Nostrum Festival of Folklore has a display of dancing on September 27 in the Parque Reina Sofia, and there will be traditional music and dancing in Plaza Julia Verdera in Figueretas on October 10 and in the Paseo de s’Alamera on October 11.
The full programme of events and more details is available here or pick up a brochure from one of the tourist information offices:
- Ses Salines
- Claire B
There are 3 more outdoor films from the Black Door Cinema Club at the Open-Air Secret Garden Cinema at Boutique Hostal Salinas being shown on Tuesday nights.
Boogie Nights – Tuesday 15th Sept – 10pm.
An epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess. A hard-core movie with a soft, light-hearted centre, and an edge like a knife. That rarest of independent films – it’s risky and exciting.
Love and Mercy – Tuesday 22nd Sept – 10pm.
A heartfelt and touching biopic about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys that approaches its subject from a very unusual direction – ear-first. One of the most compelling and emotionally authentic rock biopics of all time.
Eden – Tuesday 6th Oct – 10pm.
Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early 90s Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. With an outstanding clubbing soundtrack, Eden isn’t a story of success and fortune, but a slice of life with a personal rhythm and a universal beat. An honest portrait of the hardships that come from chasing one’s dream.
There’s a special pre-screen gourmet BBQ and drinks from 8pm before the film starts at 10pm. An evening at a Black Door Cinema Club Screening is also about the intimate pre-film social event to catch up with familiar island residents and what better way to enjoy that with a gourmet BBQ and drinks around the stunning pool and lounge area at Boutique Hostal Salinas. You need to buy a ticket online in advance. More details, including trailers and how to buy tickets are at:
Ibiza: the new stop-off for superyachts and super-rich buyers
The Balearic island is the latest addition to billionaires’ sailing itineraries — and their property portfolios
Among the many problems faced by the super-rich that attract no trace of sympathy from anyone else is the scarcity of berthing opportunities for superyachts. The expanding size of these floating penthouses means few holiday island marinas are deep or wide enough to accommodate them. In most cases owners and their guests must suffer the indignity of being ferried ashore in a humble launch.
Since February, put-upon captains have been able to add one more location to the shortlist of shoring options. The Mediterranean island of Ibiza has held out the hand of friendship to the world’s billionaire nautical enthusiasts by rejigging the marina in Ibiza town. “Now superyachts up to 140m long can have a berth right at the very foot of the old town of Ibiza,” says marina administrator Isabel Teruel.
It is doubly fitting, perhaps, because Ibiza has become an increasingly popular stop on billionaire sailors’ summer itineraries. It may also soon be one they add to their bulging property portfolios.
“The super-rich are increasingly fed up with high prices in the south of France,” says Edward de Mallet Morgan of Knight Frank. He says for the past 18 months sellers in leading waterfront locations such as St Tropez have started demanding unreasonable prices for homes in the coveted €5m-and-above bracket. As a result, a number of frustrated buyers are looking to buy in Ibiza instead.
Yachting billionaires are used to the sound of agents talking up the latest super-prime holiday island. So should they worry about missing this particular tide?
Possibly. Ibiza is a small island, characterised by a shortage of supply and if buyers do start to arrive, prices could rise quickly. “There is a massive shortage of product,” says Petra Lavin, of local agent Lavin-Estates, where buyers spent on average €4.25m on a home last year. She says she sold more in 2014 than at any time since 2006, and figures for 2015 so far are up on last year’s tally.
What does come to market often gets tangled up in Ibiza’s labyrinthine planning system. One client of de Mallet Morgan’s has bid on four properties priced above €3m since early last year; in each case the sale collapsed on the advice of private wealth managers or solicitors when planning permission for pools or extensions looked shaky.
David and Simon Reuben aren’t scared: the billionaire English brothers bought three miles of Ibiza beachfront in June for £25m, even though the planning permission had lapsed.
While the vaunted boom at Ibiza’s top end may yet prove to be no more than a glint in a developer’s eye, there is no doubt that something is happening in the wider market. Listing prices for Ibiza on the Spanish property portal Idealista were up 4.3 per cent on last year, while the rest of the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera) suffered a 0.8 per cent drop. Prices on mainland Spain fell 5 per cent.
Then Ibiza has long stood out from its neighbours. Its reputation as a glamorous hang-out was established well before it became a clubbing mecca in the 1980s. The first tourist guide was published in 1909, according to Stephen Armstrong, author of 2004 book The White Island (its nickname derives from the sand rather than the stimulant, he says). By the 1930s, Ibiza was a refuge for European artists, bohemians and general misfits. Film stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Ursula Andress and Errol Flynn started arriving in the 1950s, ahead of the 1960s amphetamine-fuelled hippy invasion, which seeded the island’s hedonistic party culture.
Like today’s settlers, they were attracted by the easy peace of the small island. Buyers of second homes here are among the youngest in the world, with 22 per cent aged below 40, according to Paul Tostevin of Savills World Research. Many enjoyed halcyon trips to the island during their youths and are returning, typically in their forties, to settle with a young family.
They may reserve the option of the occasional all-nighter but it is privacy, rather than hedonism, they are seeking now. “A sense of isolation is important; they want places that don’t have any neighbours to disturb or be disturbed by,” says de Mallet Morgan. For Eden-seekers, local agent Terrapartner has a newly built finca — a traditional-style country house — with a separate guest house for sale in the hills overlooking Santa Eulalia for €2.75m. Further inland, Savills is selling a villa in Santa Gertrudis with an orchard for €5.25m.
British buyers are leading the charge. They have recently reclaimed the top of the Balearic-buying leaderboard from the Germans, according to Savills. Lavin estimates that 90 per cent of her Ibizan buyers are from London and “most of them are in banking”.
No banker likes to lose a bet. And as the world was crashing around them in 2008, they would have been reassured that their Ibizan villas looked more bankable than some of their employers. “There were no real white-knuckle moments here during the crisis,” says Alexander Vaughan, founder of Barcelona-based agency Lucas Fox.
The good times are certainly evident today, with the superyacht set likely to find the $2,000 tasting menu — probably the world’s priciest — at new restaurant Sublimotion near Ibiza Town, both reassuringly expensive and, with only 12 covers a night, reassuringly difficult to book. And with the embarrassment of the launch boat now banished, there is little to hold them back.
Sales tax on a new property is 10 per cent; on older ones it varies between 5 and 10 per cent. But tax authorities can claim more if they think the property was sold for less than it is worth
Ibiza has a warm temperate climate with average highs of 30C in the summer and average lows of 9C in the winter months
Even minor interior construction in Spain requires a building permit that, in cases of major works, can be expensive. Complex rural planning rules vary depending on location
What you can buy for. . .
€750,000 A two-bedroom apartment close to Ibiza Town’s marina or a small 200 sq metre house in the countryside without views
€2m A contemporary, four-bedroom villa with sea views in Santa Eulalia on the south-east coast
€4m A villa with five to six bedrooms and sea views in a south-western part of the island such as Vista Alegre
Good News for Ducks
Advice on how to stay safe
The 112 emergency services recorded 23 incidents in Ibiza this week, most related to floods and fallen trees in Sant Josep and Santa Eulària after torrential rain hit the island. Manhole covers throughout the island were wrenched from the road after the drainage could not cope with the deluge of water. With more rainfall predicted this week, and with Ibiza not having any sort of drainage system, people are advised to adopt a variety of self-protection measures. Ensure all doors and windows are shut to prevent entry of water and remove anything outdoors that can be carried by the wind and rain. Disconnect electrical appliances in lightning storms and avoid underground areas. If there is wind it is recommended to avoid places where landslides may occur and stay away from power lines. Avoid high ground and contact with during storms, do not shelter under trees and keep away from cables, grilles and metal objects. It is also advised to keep away from rivers and not to park on bridges or near to riverbanks. In maritime areas, is important to protect houses against possible floods, not approach boardwalks or piers or do not engage in water sports.
On Calle Santiago Rusiñol in Puig d’en Valls, a responsible member of the public has thrown an inflatable plastic doll into a recycling bin. There is some evidence that the owner almost certainly tried to prick the doll in order for her to go down on him and make disposal more efficient. Unfortunately, the prick was insufficient for the task, and the doll remained blown. The receptacle was too tight to accept any extra deposits, and it was only with the arrival of municipal workers that the doll was eventually worked into submission.
Benny Hill was not harmed in the writing of this news story.
Refugee Good Will
- Ibiza Town Residents Offer Accommodation
Ibiza City Council has received offers from 17 people willing to host refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq. All applications have been sent privately by mostly families, some of whom live in other municipalities of the island. So far the council has not received any offers from companies or institutions, except for Caritas.
The four political groups represented in Ibiza Town have signed a joint declaration to liaise with families interested in hosting refugees, as well as other institutions and the central government. People can sign up on the council’s website or contact [email protected]
- Bishop commissions Caritas
The Bishop of Ibiza and Formentera has commissioned charity organisation Caritas to assume coordination of all actions in relation to the reception of refugees in the Pitiusas, after an appeal was made by Pope Francisco.
He asked citizens to donate money to enable them to rent homes in which to house refugee families. Caritas has opened a special bank account under the heading ‘Refugees’, to receive donations for this purpose. The number is: ES51 2100 0056 1102 0120 846, La Caixa. In addition to raising funds through a monthly fee, Caritas offered to arrange accommodation and maintenance of refugees in other homes that can be offered freely by individuals or companies.
Playgrounds for Elderly
With an aging population in Spain, health professionals are looking for ways to keep its elderly citizens active and healthy, leading to playgrounds for seniors are popping up all over the country.
The activities are designed to help keep motor skills and mental abilities at top notch, while offering the added benefit of keeping seniors socially active. Therapies include exercising with hand pedals, crossing plank bridges, and navigating brain teasers.
Good News for Tagomago
The Balearic Government has pledged to protect the environment Tagomago island. The commitment was given by Director General of the Government of Espais Naturals, Caterina Amengual, at a meeting with the Minister of the Environment in Ibiza, Miquel Vericad.
Amengual said that the regional government will provide “real protection” for the island rather than the support which has “only existed on paper.” Vericad was very pleased after the meeting and stressed that “never again shall be repeated the shameful events that have been tolerated in Tagomago.”
Endless Supply of Cheap & Healthy Bacon
- Possibly the Best News in the World Ever
After 15 years of developing and growing a new super-seaweed, researchers at Oregon State University have patented a new strain of dulse, red marine algae that looks like translucent red lettuce. Unlike most seaweed which tastes minging, this variety only needs to be cooked to actually smell and taste like bacon.
OSU researchers say their variety can be eaten fresh and is packed with protein, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants – with twice the nutritional value of kale.
Good News for Parents
In great news that will have stressed parents throughout Ibiza cracking open the vino, the school holidays are finally over! The school year begins on 11th September for about 19,300 students in Ibiza and Formentera, according to the latest data handled by the Ministry of Education of the Office of Education of Ibiza. The number of students is slightly lower than last year, which saw 19,453.
Most teachers have already returned to school on September 1st to prepare for the oncoming semester, apply ear-plugs, stock up on paracetamol and to oversee a number of exams that occur at the start of the month. Parents all around the island are planning a number of activities that do not involve the patter of tiny feet.
Official: Naps Are Good For You!
A new study says a little siesta can lower blood pressure and significantly lower the chance of a stroke or heart attack.
Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece, led the research team that looked at 200 men and 186 women with arterial hypertension.
The subjects were evaluated based on how long they napped for in the middle of the day along with other medical and lifestyle conditions. It was found that people who took siestas had an average blood pressure that was 5% lower than those who stayed awake.
The Punic wars
- The sands are stained red
S’Arenal beach was stained red after the pitched battle between the Roman and Carthaginian armies this weekend. A mammoth four tons of tomatoes were pelted in the eleventh edition of a celebration which this year was without the traditional landing of the Punic forces because of the unavailability of moorings in the port.
The attendance was a little lower than in previous years, especially in the Carthaginian side, which used to be more numerous than the Roman. Participants must prefer to wear togas.
There were no significant incidents, said the Local Police, which recorded only a few bruises among the troops. “This year the tomatoes were a bit green and did really hurt, but you know you have to protect yourself,” said Santiago Ribas, throwing for the Roman side.
Thus, it was half an hour of hardened confrontation in which the Romans exhibited a greater military genius by using the tomato containers as defensive position. However, the courage and strength of Carthaginian troops balanced the fight until there were no tomatoes left.
After the battle, both armies signed the armistice with a barbecue. There was a lot of ketchup for the burgers, although it was a little sandy.
Food & Drink
For our only GOOD stuff issue, the lovely Elodie Wright from Café Bondi has sent us some inspired smoothie concoctions to try out at home. She didn’t once mention Café Bondi, but WE will as it’s great and we had a smashing meal there last week.
3 Easy Smoothies
Much easier than putting together a salad or cutting up fruit to eat on the go, smoothies are a great way to get in loads of nutrients without really thinking about it. It’s important to have a balanced smoothie, not too sweet, not too green, not too cold, not too heavy! Here are three smoothies to make you feel great – all to be made in a blender.
Post-workout recovery – with a good balance of protein and carbs
1 banana, fresh or frozen
1 medjool date, stone removed!
1 tablespoon raw cacao
1 tablespoon peanut butter
250mL semi-skimmed or soy milk
Vitamin packed energy – and you won’t even notice the spinach and will feel wide awake afterwards!
1 pouch frozen açai (you can buy these at Casa Alfonso in San Antonio)
1 handful spinach
1 banana (preferable frozen)
1 handful fresh blueberries
250mL unsweetened almond milk
When you need a bit of sunshine and Vitamin C in your day and you’re feeling sluggish
1 handful stawberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup yogurt (or soy yoghurt for a non dairy version)
250mL freshly squeezed orange juice
Tapas Garden Cinema
- Sant Antoni
Tapas Restaurant once again host their Thursday night cinema club in their own gorgeous garden bar which kicks off at 9.30pm. After last week’s sell-out of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels , the guys bring you another fantastic film from Guy Ritchie—’Snatch’. Movie goers are advised to reserve one of their Premium Cinema seats as quick as possible to guarantee entry, and don’t forget that the restaurant is still open for food and drinks before, during or after the film. As far as drinks go, Andy the cocktail guy is on hand to supply your needs. There will no doubt be a ‘special theme’ cocktail for the night or you can choose from the extensive menu. Try the delicious COOKIE MONSTER containing caramel vodka, ice cream, milk and oreos.
- Ibiza Town
The 8th edition of the Ibiza Beer Festival takes place from September 18-20 at the Recinta Ferial, just outside Ibiza Town. Starting at 7pm each night, there will be more than 100 beers on offer at reasonable prices from around the world from places as diverse as Japan, Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Belgium and craft beers from Catalonia and Cuenca, as well as food stalls. There will also be DJs each night, playing music from the 70s, 80s and 90s:
- Friday 18th – Jordi Cardona
- Saturday 19th – La Movida DJs Petit and Vazquez
- Sunday 20th – Javi Box
Not only is it a fun night out but it’s a great opportunity to drink beers that you don’t usually see in Ibiza or try beers that you haven’t seen before. There’s usually a small entrance fee of about 2 or 3 euros but you get a free beer included in the price so it’s actually a bargain. Find out much more about the event at:
Food & Drink
What is the plural of Ms? Is it Mss, or Mses? All variations of it are making my lips itch, but even a cursory glance at the biography of Ms Dynamite would leave you in no doubt that an interview with her has to be approached with a mind to what are two distinct and very different personas.
First you have the sassy social commentator, courted by senior Government politicians keen to gain the credibility of association and in the early noughties Ms Dynamite was as cool as you could get in your entourage if you wanted to show just how ‘down with the kids, especially black kids, you were.
Accolades were not limited to Westminster, this North London girl won the Mercury Music Prize, two BRIT awards and three MOBO awards around the time of her first album ‘A Little Deeper’ The importance of her lyrics against the stereotyping, and stereotypical behaviour, of the young black community in which she grew up also resulted in her being voted the 14th most important British Black person of all time.
Alongside the confident and outspoken voice of a generation acclaimed by her peers and the music industry in which she could do no wrong, there is the other Ms Dynamite, or Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley, who has a backstory that were she seeking a big break in our current talent show culture would have an X-Factor producer wetting themselves in excitement at the opportunity for exploitation in a sick-fest of heart tugging vignettes of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
Growing up in Archway Ms D was the eldest of 12 surviving siblings, and 5 more who did not. Her Jamaican father was rarely on the scene, and her German mother was diagnosed with cancer when she was just into her teens. If poverty can be measured by diet, and it probably can, a quote that “There was never any food in the house – toast for dinner wasn’t unusual” is a fair and perhaps expected confirmation that life must have been tough in an inner city single parent household of 13.
With perhaps equal predictability the confused and conflicted teenage Niomi clashed with her mother and anything else within reach. By 15 she had left home and was living in a hostel.
Her break came performing vocals on Sticky’s garage classic Booo! And though the next few years were a wild ride for the young Ms Dynamite, the consequence of her childhood years could not have been expected to have vanished without effect and after her second, tougher, album was less successful than her first, she retreated back into herself with the last public eye event for many people being an arrest for assaulting a policewoman in 2006—a charge she pleaded guilty to rather than face the inevitable media circus of a video of the situation being played in open court.
Though continuing in music to some less commercial extent over the next 5 years, her time and devotion was spent in being mum to her now 12 year old son Shavaar, plus dealing with her past in what she describes as “lots of self-help guides and an awful lot of therapy”.
It seems a corner was turned in December 2010 when she featured on Katy B’s second single ‘Lights On’ which reached number 4 in the UK charts.
In 2011 she was in the studio working on her next album and has since collaborated with amongst others Shy FX, David Guetta and her brother Akala who has also gained a reputation as a socially aware artist—and journalist.
I meet her backstage before her show at Ibiza Rocks alongside Todla T, Shy FX and David ‘reggae royalty’ Rodigan MBE.
I remind myself of the absolute importance of not coming across as a middle aged white man getting urban to show I’m down with the kids—an appallingly embarrassing spectacle whether in politics or the media. Well at least being in her mid-thirties she won’t be as hot as the attitude strutting 22 year old I’ve been watching on videos today— that should help me avoid the cringeworthy behaviour of a liberal apologist.
Her brother (I later discover) shows me in. Damn– she’s still really hot, I could be in trouble.
Ms D: Hi, how are you?
NG: Our cheek kisses don’t quite connect and I fumble out something about not wanting to mess up her make up, then briefly panic about whether black people wear make up on their cheeks. I’m deciding how much to hate myself for failing the liberal apologist test so quickly, but thankfully Ms D has probably dealt hundreds of me before and shrugs it off going smoothly into the offer of a drink with the friendly apology of only having Vodka or Jack Daniels. A paper cup of a burger bar’s ’go large’ range is filled to a level where the lack of enough mixer is no real consequence as it would not have fit – but for a pint of near neat Vodka I at least need to squeeze some ice. More apologies with the explanation of never having ice in drinks, something attested to by the ice bucket having fused into one solid lump, but I curtail my hacking and settle for a splinter or two as the apology pendulum seems to have swung way to far the wrong way.
I want to discuss her childhood but am conscious it might well be painful and must be an interview rehash bore. I apologise for that—we’re back where we should be.
NG: So who the hell do you support in the world cup?
Ms D: Ha! I suppose Jamaica until they get knocked out, then, um, England—which really annoys my mum as she’s German. There are so many different backgrounds in my family. Bajan (NG Barbados—I’d never heard of Bajan), English,, German, Scottish and
NG: 12 brothers and sisters. Have you ever played as a football team?
Ms D: You know what we haven’t, why haven’t we done that? This is my brother by the way. (Ms D is addressing what I later found out to be Akala, her brother as mentioned earlier, and we are introduced—damn, now I have liberal apologist, hot woman factor and the knowledge that another journalist is listening in.) We really should do that, it would be hilarious.
NG: Being the eldest and with your dad not around and mum ill, you must have had a lot of responsibility put on you.
Ms D: Sure, I did a lot of the parenting. At the time I really resented it. Not my brothers and sisters you know, I always loved them, but I resented not being able to do what other teenagers could. My mum was quite strict so I was like ’hold on, I have all of this responsibility put on me but when I want a bit of trust in return to go out with my friends I can’t have it. I did upset me and I left home when I was 15. When I left home, probably a year or two into it, and I’d carried on at college and finished my exams, the penny dropped and I started to see how all the things that had happened had actually helped me. It was about survival skills and I really didn’t appreciate it at the time but now there are no words to show how much I appreciate everything I learnt. With my son for example it has felt like second nature and that is because I had done it all before at such a young age.
NG: I put together a playlist of your tracks to listen to while I was doing my homework for the interview, and when reading about that early teenage childhood, your song ‘Brother’ came on. I’d not heard it before and it is powerful stuff even outside of the story context. It feels from the words and your voice it must be autobiographical—I’m uncomfortable asking you about it.
Ms D: Yeah, well, at the time it was something specific, something between me and my oldest brother, we are so close it is like we are twins, we were the closest growing up, something very special, but we are all really close. I was in Ibiza with my 18 year old brother a little while ago and something came up, I can’t remember exactly but he was looking after me just like my older brothers always did. I thought oh great, another younger brother that is like an older brother. We all look out for each other. (Though not demonstrating any frustration or reluctance to talk about what is pretty heavy stuff—see lyrics inset, I knew we were in fragile and personal territory—probably way of course from what was expected in a few minutes with a local newspaper. I needed to lighten the mood)
NG: So was it this brother, or a better one?
(thankfully they both laughed)
Ms D: Ha ha, no this isn’t my oldest brother, but we have the same closeness now.
NG: Then it was Booo! The moment that must have changed your life.
Ms D: They were great times, really good fun, wild times. It was great to be up there, people liking it, it helped a lot.
NG: I guess if there is one tune, and specifically one line in one tune, that is most known by people who may know nothing else about your music, it has to be ‘It takes more’ and ‘Now who gives a damn About the ice on your hands? If its not too complex
Tell me how many African’s died
For the baguettes on your Rolex? ‘ Brilliant lyrics. Did you labour over that or a moment of inspiration?
Ms D: No way we were only just talking about that, (shares a private laugh with Akala). I don’t know, most of that album just came to me, but I don’t know where from. I know it sounds weird but it was almost like an out of body experience, it was all written really quickly and like the words were coming through me. I am a person that cares a lot about people. I don’t care about age, nationality, race, sexuality, I just care about life, people, animals, nature. So that has always come across in my music, but it just comes out. I don’t sit down and think I’m going to write something that makes this point, or argues against that, it just comes out. So no I don’t know where that line came from, but hey I like it. I remember writing it and I was like oh my gosh I have got something good there.
NG: As an artist presenting an enlightened view on social issues, looking back now do you see it as having been inevitable that you would be drawn into wider social commentary outside of music? How do you feel about that role?
Ms D: I was so young and naïve that I really didn’t see the bigger picture at the time. Me and my big mouth, I was so opinionated and whatever people asked me I would just go for it, saying what I felt, putting my, well not putting my foot in it, because I’m not ashamed of anything I said. I spoke from the heart back then as I do now. But being a mum and growing up a little bit does change your perspective. I think back then my focus was quite blame based. Blaming anybody and everybody. The government, whoever was in control, whoever I felt was responsible I would put my effort into blaming them. Now having grown up a bit, my focus is far more on finding solutions to problems. I know things are wrong in society, and some things are in place where people should be blamed, but I think now where I am at it is better to look at how to solve the problems. What can be done to change it.
NG: It takes more doesn’t seem about blaming authority. It questions the values of your own community.
Ms D: Sure for that song, but it interviews it was like “what do you feel about such and such” and I would just tear into it. I was a young angry teenager. I was all about ‘he does this wrong, they do that wrong’ but when I had my son and stepped back from it I became far more reflective. I realised that you could affect people’s thinking by the energy and vibe you put out . So now I don’t want to fight the world. I am happy to talk about problems, but I want to concentrate on finding solutions, or at least what I think are solutions, it isn’t up to me to tell you what your solutions are. I think it is all about being and doing what you want to see more of in the world. (sudden change of mood and huge smile on face). God I’m so sorry, I don’t know how we got onto this, I’m going off on one aren’t I?
NG: Not at all, my fault for asking the questions but I did find it really interesting, it must have been hard to go against the flow and present a different view. Does it annoy you that 13 years on people are still using music to glorify ’guns n hos’ (direct quote so liberal apologist exemption applies)
Ms D: No not at all, I’m not living their life. I am no-one to be telling anybody how they should live their life. I don’t believe in censorship, apart from age related, y’know a time and place for everything but within that I feel it is my responsibility what I expose my son to, it is not society’s job, but I think if someone has lived a very difficult life or challenging life and that is what they know, why should they behave any other way. Even if they are coming at life in a negative and destructive way, hurting people, I can’t tell them how and what they have to do. What I do try to do is to put over some positive balance. To at least show them there is an alternative. But I don’t think me singing a song will change anything and I am not putting myself in a position of judgement. You can only be what you are. You can only be real. (again sudden change of mood and big giggle) I’m sorry.
NG: I really didn’t come in here with an agenda to get heavy, sorry perhaps it would have been better to talk about the new e.p.
Ms D: You must be thinking what on earth have I walked into? What is this woman talking about?
NG: No and I think you under-rate the importance of positive role models in music. My daughter would have been about 10 when you put your first album out and I’m pleased she had someone like you on MTV .
Ms D: Thank you. Yeah I get that. That’s nice.
NG: Anyway the culmination of your outlook and opinions was recognised by the wider world. You were voted the 14th most important British black person of all time.
Ms D: Shut-up (like people who are not afraid to sound likle they are trying to be urban say shut-up. Both Ms D and Akala are now proper laughing)
NG: Is that weird?
Ms D: That is so funny. Ridiculous.
NG: Do you know Ian Wright, are you Arsenal people?
Ms D: Yeah I do why?
NG: He’s only number 53.
Ms D: Shut-up. No way. I didn’t know anything about this. Where is it? The list? Who did it, you can’t be serious, you’ve taught me something today. I didn’t know anything about it.
NG: You’re not being serious.
Ms D: Really I didn’t know. That’s funny. Mad. (Seemed genuinely surprised, and has had plenty of better opportunities in the last 15 minutes to avoid talking about something annoying, but on the other hand I can’t think somebody with celeb status wouldn’t know this—I couldn’t call whether she seriously didn’t know.)
NG: Goldie is on it. Number 90. You worked with him right?
Ms D: He’s wicked. Great guy. (Both Ms D: Akala are finally stopping the laughter from the news of ‘14th most important’ – I’m wondering if they have a bet going as to how long it will be before an interviewer brings it up.)
NG: Speaking of Ian Wright your son Shavaar is big into football I understand.
Ms D:Yeah he loves it. Nothing too serious but he’s playing all the time. Most of my brothers love football. I used to play. I trained with Arsenal women. Ian Wright and Seamen were my era. Shavaar enjoys it but I don’t want to pressure him into anything.
NG: Do you ever find yourself using ‘you don’t know how lucky you are?’
Ms D: Sometimes, sure, but I think sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot because we work so hard to give them the things they want, then we get annoyed because they don’t appreciate it. But we created the situation.
NG: Your music, spans everything from Garage to Hip-Hop, Jungle, Drum and Bass, bit of Grime, what do you like personally, what do you like to dance to?
Ms D: All of the above! Yeah I like to mix it up on a night out, depends what mood I’m in but it’s all good.
NG: What will we hear tonight, do you think in terms of your music having a direction?
Ms D: Tonight is a fun night. Tunes people know and quite a few of the collaborations I’ve been involved in. Within the next month or so I’ll be adding my new songs.
NG: One final question. Yes or no answer is fine. Did the policewoman deserve it?
Ms D: Ha ha, that’s not fair. Are you asking the me now or the me then?
NG: Er, both.
Ms D: Me now, no. Definitely not I don’t think it’s the way.
NG: And back then?
Ms D: Well, er, I did it didn’t I. (Smile) Best we just leave it at that.
NG: Thank you so much for your time. Probably too long. Thanks.
Ms D: No problem. Bless you. So funny, that little cheeky one at the end. Do you want another drink before you go? (I look in now depleted pint cup, weigh up what is probably the right thing to do vs my desire for more free drink before going out to the gig. There is no contest)
NG: Great thanks
Cup is refreshed liberally, and now there is no mixer at all. I am safe in knowledge Stan is doing the write up for the gig. As long as I can more or less focus my camera I’m fine. Find out if I could and read Stan’s review in the centre pages.
We’ve added a playlist of Ms Dynamite, David Rodigan, Shy FX and Todla T to the Ibizan Youtube page. Play it here
Ms Dynamite facebook here
When we were young,
Life was so unjust,
At times i felt it was just us,
Mama working hard to put food on the table.
All on her own she sacrificed,
Even when my brothers and sisters died,
Some how she stayed strong,
I never saw her cry.
I was the oldest and responsibility was so immense,
So i left, at the time I felt she hated me.
Told me to be strong,
Told me to hang on,
Hugged me tight,
And said “Big Sister It’ll be alright”…
Brother, I love ya,
I thank God for ya every day,
I Love Ya,
And I pray he’ll never take you away.
When my soul withered and i lived in the dark,
An emptiness it filled my heart.
You Never stopped holdin’ me,
Never stopped tryin’ to open me up.
The days and nights I spent stressin’,
The years I spent In depression,
This is my confession.
Thought about ending it sometimes,
But the second you crossed my mind,
I knew, I could never leave you.
Made me believe,
You set me free,
To this day, all I say and do, i owe it all to you.
I would lie for you,
Cry for you,
Ride or die for you,
Touch the sky for you,
If you asked me to
There’s nothin I wont do
I took this life for joke
I would drink or smoke
To ease away the pain
And forget the memories up in my brain
But you helped me to stop the rain
Oh brother, brother…
Mind Body & Soul
Thursday 10th to Wednesday 16th September 2015
ARIES – The Hanged Man
This card brings a deep desire for self-change. You’re determined to breakthrough old patterns of behaviour and to literally turn your life upside down in order to gain new perspective on life. If you’ve been in a stubborn mood lately, you now appreciate that a flexible approach will makes life better all round. Don’t however, make unnecessary sacrifices.
TAURUS – The Fool
Trust is a big issue for you this week, not so much with other people but in trusting that the unknown territory you’re about to fling yourself into is a wise move. You’re now entering a new phase in life; one that could prove exciting. New situations introduce you to new people; professionally and personally. Be excited not fearful!
GEMINI – The Hermit
This card indicates that it’s time to release any unfinished business from your past and to get on with healing yourself; mind, body and soul. Meditation, Tai Chi swimming and yoga will all help this process, so listen to what your body needs. It is important that you spend some time alone, as part of a much needed healing process.
CANCER – Ace of Cups
Good news is on the way and with it a reason to celebrate. It’s a time of new beginnings and for some a birth that brings friends and family together. If you’re awaiting an outcome to long running saga the indications are that you’ll get the result you want. Emotional balance comes easy after a period of stress and vulnerability.
LEO – Justice
Weigh up any facts presented to you this week; especially if it involves any major changes. Sure, there are pros and cons but what’s your intuition telling you? Others have their own agenda and emotionally you are being pulled this way and that. Keep it simple; what’s best for long term prospects and what brings you a more harmonious lifestyle?
VIRGO – Five of Swords
It will be difficult to keep a lid on your temper as you discover what’s been going on behind your back. You’ll be pretty upset by the underhanded dealings of others as you’re usually a good judge of character! You’ve trusted unconditionally only to find you’ve been hoodwinked by a charming attitude, now it’s time to wise up.
LIBRA – Queen of Cups
This card highlights the need to handle an emotional situation delicately; with kindness and compassion. Be giving of your time and energy and listen rather than offer more advice. If however, you are the one who is not being heard, take steps to create the appropriate boundaries with the flow of information. Get your point across gently but firmly.
SCORPIO – Nine of Pentacles
Although others might think you’re sitting pretty and have certain deals in the bag, you still feel as if something’s missing. Scorpio’s need and expect loyalty in both business or in pleasure; you have to be on the same page. On another subject, expect a sum of money to come your way that you’d not bargained for; happy days!
SAGITTARIUS – Six of Cups
People from your past turn up or contact you out of the blue; bringing some happy reunions and a reconnection of feelings where they’re concerned. This card indicates pleasure on a very deep and nurturing level and as a result, revitalises your enjoyment of life. Any recent disappointments fade away this week and you’re more than happy to help others.
CAPRICORN – The Hierophant
If you’ve encountered unforeseen obstacles to important plans recently, don’t give up on them yet; have faith. The tide turns in your favour and you receive help from an unexpected source. Let go of the past and look inward for guidance; let intuition lead the way. Eradicate old habits and any ridged ways of thinking to embrace new concepts.
AQUARIUS – Eight of Cups
You’re feeling a tad withdrawn this week and you’re seeking answers to life, the universe and everything. The answer is to follow your heart.
A change of lifestyle is on the horizon and you’re thinking of ways to put ideas into action. You need some time alone to work this out. A positive attitude brings positive opportunities. You’re almost there!
PISCES – The Chariot
Have absolute trust your intuition this week, you’re being given the green light to move ahead with an important project or decision; so have your business radar on in order to grab opportunities as they arise. Don’t worry about the details of how you will achieve your goal. Just keep at it and believe that you’ll succeed, because you will.
It’s Good to Talk
There is no letter this week so I thought I would take this opportunity to write about self care as the season is drawing to an end and the island will shortly be changing it is important that particularly those who live here all year around take stock of the change and how it might effect them.
We all know that Ibiza has two very distinct sides to it, the summer season and then the rest of the year, of course there are many people who work all year around but that does not mean they aren’t affected by the huge influx of people in the summer both on a physical / practical level but also an energetic / emotional one. The island’s inhabitants increases by the most alarming amount over the summer and then literally in what seems like a weekend it empties, we all often joke about wanting our island back and looking forward to the quiet times and during the chaos and lack of sleep in the summer we do really mean it. However when one is running on empty for so long and the end actually comes it can often be with an almighty crash.
The pressure to keep going is huge, every client that arrives is on their holiday which needs to be as special as it can be, many have waited months and that responsibility can be huge whatever area of tourism you are in. So many things often get pushed to the bottom of the list…..sleep, fresh food, not enough water, exercise and particularly not taking time to stop and process how you are and what you might be able to do to make things more manageable, how you can use your time to your best advantage and perhaps most importantly when to say “no!”.
A good exercise is to ask yourself what are the 3 things that take priority in your life NB not what you think should take priority and not what you’d like to take priority but what actually does. Are you on the list? More often then not we forget about ourselves when generally we are the centre of a complicated machine with others reliant on us, it is important that the centre is kept well maintained and able to deliver. Doing this exercise can often make us realize we are spreading ourselves too thin, but often we give so much that reclaiming even as little as 15minutes from all those we give to added together can give us a considerable amount of time to focus on us. A walk, a massage, read a book or simply sit quietly all seem like luxuries but in fact they are possible if you push yourself a little higher up that list.
Take care over the winter, enjoy the peace and quiet and remember to do all those things you promised yourself you would! Keep the letters coming and please remember our FREE and confidential support group continues through out the winter every Tuesday 12.30.
Treatments that use essential oils for healing and well-being are generally known as Aromatherapy. This term was first used by a French chemist in the 1920s, but the use of oils and their aromas goes far back into ancient history. Your sense of smell has a powerful connection to the feelings that you experience, both mentally and physically. Not only do certain smells bring back distinct memories, but they can also alter your moods. Just like certain sounds can make you feel good or bad, certain smells can have the same effect.
Essential oils can be very useful tools in healing due to this effect on your emotions. New research is also showing that some of these oils are valuable ant-bacterial and anti-viral agents. These essential oils are produced by the distillation of natural plant material that can come from roots, barks, seeds, fruits or flowers. Always remember that essential oils are highly concentrated, so never apply them directly to the skin, and don’t use them on babies or small children.
One of the nicest ways of using essential oils is for a massage, and this is done by diluting them in a base oil. Sweet Almond oil is a good choice for the base as it is mild on sensitive skin and also easily obtainable (particularly here in Spain). Generally the proportion of essential oil to base oil should be about 3%. This means adding about 50 – 60 drops of essential oil to 100 ml of base oil. For one massage just pour a little base oil into a saucer and add 2-3 drops of the essential oil. Three of the most popular Essential Oils for use in massage are Lavender, Rosemary and Lemon. Lavender Essential Oil is known for its sedative properties – the ability to calm stress and help to promote sleep. Rosemary Essential Oil can help to improve circulation and clear the respiratory system. Lemon Essential Oil has a strong, purifying citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting.
Essential Oils can also be a very effective way to create the atmosphere in your home. It is easy to find colourful receptacles for this purpose in most health food stores. Simply put 3 to 4 drops of essential oil into the water-filled receptacle that sits above a tea candle, and the room fill gradually take on the fragrance of the oil.
Olibanum (Frankincense) is particularly good for creating atmosphere, as are Sandalwood, Cedar wood and Rosewood. It’s fun to try different combinations: mixing a citrus oil with a sweet or woody oil will give it a more rounded, fuller scent – for example Mandarin with Ylang Ylang or Sandalwood. Oils can also be used to fumigate a room from diseases, and for this we use antiseptic oils: Eucalyptus is very good when mixed with Lavender or Lemon.
Another great way to use oils is to add a few drops (5-10) to a warm bath. When you feel nervous or stressed a bath with oils such as Lavender or Rosewood can be of great benefit. Adding a blend of oils to a bath can also help to eliminate toxins. – Rosemary is especially good for this. Essential oils are an inexpensive and simple way to support your wellbeing, with the added benefit of bringing beautiful natural aromas to your surroundings.
If you have any related questions please get in touch with me via my email below, or see my advert in local services.
Love From Ibiza – Aid Convoy To Calais
- A group has formed in Ibiza to help the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.
Love for Ibiza are raising funds, collecting donations and organizing events over the course of September to assist with a journey from the island to the refugee and migrant camp in Calais, nicknamed The Jungle.
The temporary camp in Calais, France, has little to no support from outside agencies and with over 70 new arrivals per day the crisis is deepening. Winter is fast approaching and organizers on the ground are desperate for donations of warm clothes, sleeping bags, and winter shoes.
Liam O’Dowd, one of the team behind the group said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from Ibiza so far. In less than a week we’ve raised over 2,500€ and have already had a huge number of donations of clothes, blankets, equipment and shoes”
“However it’s only through coordinated journeys like ours can the camp prepare for increasing numbers over what is certain to be a difficult winter. If you’re digging out your winter stuff and find you have waterproofs, tents, or blankets you don’t need or can spare, please drop them off at one of our collection points”
There are a number of drop off points across the island accepting donations of desperately needed items to prepare for the winter months, or you can get involved by donating money through the page or attending one of the up coming events.
For more information on drop off points, fund raising and events and regular updates on the progress of the convoy visit the Facebook group Love from Ibiza or contact Liam O’Dowd 630 047 995 or Marie Duchar Clark 689 253 670.
Key drop off points:
- San Antonio – Thomas Greens Supermarket, Cami des Moli
- San Jordi – Minibiza Club De Campo, Carrer del Pica-Soques
- Santa Eulalia – Pop Digital, Calle De Algemesi 2, 1st Floor, Door 2b (Mon – Fri 10:00-18:00)
View from the Pew
Rev. Dr. Peter Pimentel
I’ve come across three very important questions:
1) What has God done for you lately?
2) In supporting yourself and your family, which is more effective, having faith or working hard?
3) Have you ever really surrendered and let God solve a really tough problem for you?
The three questions come from a book soon to be published although now available in Kindle: The Future of God: A Practical Approach to Spirituality for Our Times by Deepak Chopra.
I guess that some of us (maybe many of us, including of course, church goers) would answer as follows:
2) Working hard
Deepak Chopra reminds us of a saying of Jesus in St. Matthew’s Gospel:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” “O you of little faith.” “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own!” “(Matthew 6:25, 27, 30, 33, 34)
We might assume that the opposite of faith is doubt. The above saying of Jesus, however, seems to imply that the opposite of faith is worry. Some of us have perhaps not tried to put into practice the wisdom of Jesus in the day to day situations of life. The sayings of Jesus above teach us how to connect with the transcendent realm (heaven) and with its creative possibilities (God’s will) available on earth. “Thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.
Services: Sunday 13th for worship, 10:30am, Chapel of Lourdes, Carrer Sant Jaume 85, Santa Eularia.
The English-Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera. Tel: 971 23 33 83.
Quick School Vocab
- We’re back to school and as an aid for new parents and also those who could do with a refresher after the long summer break. ….
English – Castellano – Catalan
Nursery School – Guardería – Llar d’infants
Primary Education – Enseñanza Primaria – Ensenyança Primària
School – Escuela – Escola
Secondary School – Instituto – Institut
Blackboard – Pizarra – Pissarra
Book – Libro – Llibre
Break – Recreo – Hora del Pati
Class – Clase – Clase
Classroom – Aula/Clase – Aula/Clase
Exams – Exámenes – Exàmens
(to Fail – Suspendre/Suspender, To Pass – Aprovar/Aprobar)
Grammar – Lengua – Llengua
Homework – Deberes – Deures
Languages – Lenguas Extranjeras – Llengues Estrangeres
Literature – Literatura – Lliteratura
Head Teacher – Director/a – Director/a
Maths – Matemáticas – Matemàtiques
Natural Sciences – Ciencias De Naturaleza – Sciéncies De Naturalesa
Physical Education – Educación Física – Educació Física
Pupil – Alumno/a – Alumne/a
School Year – Curso Escolar – Curs Escolar
Social Sciences – Ciencias Sociales – Sciéncies Socials Geography – Geografía – Geografia
History – Historia – Història
Studies – Estudios – Estudis
Subjects – Asignatura – Assignatura
Teacher – Maestro/a Or Profesor/a – Mestre/a Or Professor/a
Timetable – Horario – Horari
I wanted to write and let you know of an amazing coincidence from your photo last week of the Ibiza ferry leaving La Savina, Formentera.
Back in the late 60’s my father worked for a company that had villas for rent in Formentera and he used to go over there on a weekly basis by ferry and always took his car, which, would you believe it, at that time, was the one and only Mini Moke on the islands— he drove it down from the UK in 1966 when we moved here.
Not only that but Robin and I used to go over with him when we were here for our English school holidays and that photograph shows (a) the Mini Moke (b) what looks like the backs of Robin and I sitting on the car and (c) my Dad in his long trousers just up from us and to the right!
Also, where can I obtain the original as I would love to have it on my wall!
Thanks and regards, Jeremy Parmenter
Ed: An amazing coincidence Jezza, and a fittingly happy one for this good news edition. This is one of several pictures we have printed recently from the facebook group FOTOS EIVISSA ANTIGA – IBIZA ANTIGUA, they post some very interesting images, often documenting the day to day life of Ibiza in decades past. Unfortunately this looks to have been a postcard and a badly stored one at that. I have cleaned it up and enlarged it as best I can and sent you a copy to print—it might not make a statement on your wall, but a perfect memoire for your desk.
Ram Jam at Ibiza Rocks
I’ve been looking forward to this for some time as David Rodigan is a bit of a hero of mine. Poetry aside, I can remember listening to Mr. Rodigan on Capital Radio in the 80s, and then on Kiss FM during the 90s. He basically played the best in reggae music on public radio for 30 odd years, at a time when the only reggae it was possible for me to get hold in Kent were compilation albums from the local HMV record shop. I used to record his shows and particularly liked the echo drenched, bass wobbliness of dub music which he championed. Artists like Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Lee Perry and The Scientist are quite often over-looked as pre-cursors to a wide range of electronic music including trip-hop, good dubstep (not the American pish) and ambient soundscapes.
It is then with a sense of anticipation and bubbling excitement that I head into Ram Jam at Ibiza Rocks to check out Rodigan, Shy FX, Ms Dynamite and Toddla T. I get there early so as not to miss a thing, and bump into some equally old and equally excited Ibiza locals braving the rain for Toddla T’s warm-up. This guy is a consummate deck technician as he wanders between reggae, R&B, dubstep and drum and bass without missing a beat. He’s obviously holding himself back a little as the place starts slowly filling up, but then that’s what a warm-up DJ is supposed to do. By the time he wraps up with his last track, the dancefloor is packed and tensed for the arrival of Ms Dynamite.
She’s been doing this for almost 15 years now and her performance is absolutely flawless. With the help of her brother Akala behind the decks, she raps her way through hits such as ‘Dy-Na-Mi-Tee’, ‘Neva Soft’ and ‘It Takes More’. The crowd absolutely lap it up and Lily Allen even pops out from backstage to have a little boogie on stage. You may wonder what on earth Lily Allen is doing here when she isn’t on the flyers. Well our Lily is good friends with both Shy FX and Ms. Dynamite, and recently performed with them at Shy FX’s sound system at the recent Notting Hill carnival. She decided to jump on a plane with the Ram Jam crew for a sing and a party.
Which brings me nicely along to Shy FX. He’s also been at it a long while. Slightly less than Rodigan but more than Dynamite, Shy released his first tune in 1992 followed swiftly by the seminal jungle track ‘Original Nuttah’ featuring MC Apache. In 2001, he teamed up with long-time partner T Power to record a top ten hit called ‘Shake Ur Body’ which reached number 7 in the charts. Since then he’s recorded with Dizzee Rascal, remixed the wonderful London Grammar and still runs his Digital Soundboy label – (dubstep heroes Skream, Benga and Caspa have all released tunes on DSB). He’s also a cracking DJ and obviously plays a set consisting of dubstep, breaks and jungle. Highlights for me are when he drops a remix of ‘Original Nuttah’ and DJ Zinc’s ‘138 Trek’. The crowd also love it when Lily Allen steps up to the mic for a sing-along, and everyone is doing that off-beat drum & bass sway. I haven’t spotted one shuffler yet and it’s unlikely to happen now that David Rodigan hits the stage.
There may be some people that have listened to Rodigan, but never seen him live. They may know that he has battled the finest reggae selectors in Jamaica and won. That he has championed the reggae sound for decades. They may know that the finest producers around the world respect him so much that they regularly provide idents of their tunes replacing words with Rodigan. What they may not know is that the man is in his 60s, wears a porkpie hat, has massive glasses and jumps around with the energy of a 20 year-old. Rodigan walks out to cheers, and tells everyone that he’s never been to Ibiza before. He then tells a story about Jamaican legend Shaggy – the guy who made ‘It wasn’t me’, ‘Oh Carolina’ and ‘Mr Bombastic’ – and then Shaggy wails out RODDDDIGAAAAAAAN on the sound system, and we’re off.
Rodigan’s live shows follow a pattern; he selects a tune, tells a short engaging story in his dulcet tones, plays said tune and jumps around like a looney. After confusing the hell out of the youngsters for the first couple of tracks, he plays Dawn Penn’s ‘No No No’ and the crowd settle in for the ride. Classic tune after classic tune for the next hour and it feels like no time at all when he finishes up with a bit of Bob Marley. I’m happy, my old crew next to me are happy, the kids at the front are happy and Rodigan is beaming as he walks off. The legend, who incidentally is also an M.B.E. and has a radio station on the Grand Theft Auto: Escape from Liberty City game, is welcome back to Ibiza any time. I’m thinking that I can’t wait to see him again on the island, and strangely I do in about 3 hours’ time at the Ibiza Rocks House.
Party on the Moon at Ibiza Rocks House
This isn’t exactly the official after party for Ram Jam, being as it is Shy FX’s very own ‘Party on the Moon’ night. But I’m viewing it as such as I’m expecting similar music with slightly less people in a more intimate setting. For those who don’t know about Ibiza Rocks House, it’s a small boutique hotel that used to be known as Pikes – famous as the venue featured in Wham’s ‘Club Tropicana’ video and for hosting Freddie Mercury’s 42nd birthday party. It still retains the vibe from the 80s with its rural setting and stone-built buildings littered throughout the property. It’s hosted many a good night this year, and tonight is no exception.
Toddla T is at the official after party at Sankey’s in Playa D’en Bossa, but Shy FX, Lily Allen and David Rodigan are in attendance. Shy FX is playing when I arrive at about 2am (not sure how it took 2 hours to get here, I blame the rum), and is playing a slightly more laid back set to what he played earlier. He’s followed by Lily Allen, who surprises me not only by DJing, but by flawlessly mixing a selection of sun drenched tunes that gets the dancefloor rocking. It’s all too much for me and I head outside to the chilled out section of the hotel. I bump into Ibiza Rocks co-owner Andy McKay who gets it in the ear about the possibility of having Chas ‘n Dave playing at next year’s Ibiza Rocks. He rightly dismisses all my drunken attempts at convincing him, and I completely forget to beg for Depeche Mode which is a much, much better idea. It’s at this point that Rodigan walks past with his lovely wife and Andy grabs him to thank him for the great set and I just fawn in his presence.
He’s an interesting guy, talks a little about his history and his ideas for doing a night at the ‘Goldeneye’ resort in Jamaica. He listens intently as Andy and I tell him a little bit about Ibiza – it is his first visit after all and we want him back. In fact, after that chat I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns into a regular visitor to the island. Watch this space!
Having been an energetic, just-discovering-clubbing teen big fish/little fishing and running man-ing her way around the dance floors of Exeter when Fatboy Slim hit the commercial scene in the mid 90’s, I jumped at the chance to go along and review his ‘Smile High Club’ show at Ibiza Rocks last week. I was a fan from the moment I heard Right Here Right Now and loved the way he mixed big beats with samples from soul classics and spoken word and produced music that made you feel good. I was expecting a good old nostalgic rave up from the decks of a seasoned pro. I was certainly not disappointed.
On entering the hotel, the atmosphere was electric, and not from the storms earlier in the day, but from the excitement and anticipation amongst the bursting-at-the-seams crowd. People were smiling, dancing, drinking, laughing; ready and waiting for a party. When Enrico Morricone’s pan pipe theme from Once Upon A Time In America began to play and the screen lit up with images of Fatboy Slim, the crowd started cheering. I happened to glance to my left at this point and caught sight of the man himself at the top of the stairs; hands tucked under his armpits, bare footed, skinny jean and Hawaiian shirt clad; smiling, nodding to himself and taking it all in. Even before he took to the stage, it was clear that he loves what he does. After acknowledging the crowd and the rapturous applause, he leapt up to the decks and turned the applause into a sea of dancing arms, chanting voices and stomping feet as he dropped classic after crowd pleasing classic, beginning with Eat, Sleep, Rave Repeat, Renegade Master and Zombie Nation seamlessly mixed with the big bouncy beats he’s famous for. Behind him a screen showed close ups of his Djing, images of raves, smiling faces, coastlines, cityscapes, old school warehouses, talking zebras, waving hands and much more… a kaleidoscope of colour and images matched perfectly to the upbeat atmosphere created by the music, crowd and man himself.
He just got better and better as the gig went on, mixing samples from Marvin Gaye into Funk Soul Brother, Ride on Time into Block Rockin Beats, sampling Seven Nation Army and mixing it with the Brazilian world cup anthem. He chose an absolute belter of a set, which he obviously had a lot of passion for himself. He was clearly loving every minute; playing up to the crowd, donning a bizarre stretchy mask and gurning into the camera, letting off foghorns at climactic points in tracks in true old school rave style, miming along to some of the samples, sitting under the desk at one point, throwing big bouncy smiling yellow beach balls bearing the insignia of his show into the crowd, grinning constantly and doing a lot of dancing reminiscent of my dad and uncles at a family party…reminding us all that you’re never too old for fun. I was probably throwing out some serious mum moves myself, but with beats that euphoric, you just can’t help but swing, sway, stomp and grin.
As he neared the end of his time slot, we noticed a guy descend the steps next to us and point at his watch. Fatboy shook his head and held up ten fingers before playing a fantastic close including samples of Psycho Killer Qu’est-ce Que Ce, Strut..what the fuck, Born Slippy, Jump Around and Satisfaction mixed with his massive hits Right Here Right Now, Fucking In Heaven and Praise You. He was fucking in heaven and I cannot praise him enough. Never has a show been more appropriately named, I smiled so much my face hurt. Fatboy Slim can definitely throw a party… he might dance like your Dad, but as a DJ he’s the Daddy.
Congratulations to Dave Long who correctly answered last week’s competition that Duke Dumont is playing on the Terrace at Cream on the 10th September.
Win guest list for 2 people to Cream Amnesia
Cream Ibiza are giving our readers the opportunity to go to their 17th September closing party
and all you have to do for a chance to win is tell us who will be playing on the terrace?
The first name drawn from the hat Monday 14th September wins guest list for two.
Who is playing the terrace at Cream Ibiza on 17th September?
- A) Hatboy Quimm B) Rattyboy Jim C) Fatboy Slim
Send answers by email headed ‘CREAM COMP’ to
[email protected] before midnight Sunday 13th September.
Winner will be notified and announced online via the Ibizan Facebook page
Monday 14th September. Guestlist is not transferable. Dress code applies.
Winners must be at venue before 1am on night of event.
See Cream Website for further info on the night and venue.
A word from the Editor and Blogger
Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Zips It Up.
September is the ‘January’ of fashion. In terms of anticipation, the equivalent of the first match of the season, the Olympics opening ceremony for frock watchers, the new season of Game Of Thrones etc. You get the picture.
With London Fashion week just around the corner, all trends large or small will be making a statement. The next four weeks are the most important of the fashion year. It’s trend-spotting time.
This week’s instalment is a fashion trends special. What is the next quirky fad we’ll all be copying for a brief time? And one trend, which seems to have caught on, is ‘perfect pits’. Perfect to some, perhaps not so perfect to others.
Armpit hair. Some women like to rock a bit of armpit hair. More power to them, it’s perfectly natural I suppose. But what isn’t so natural is dying your armpit hair neon pink, blue or green. Well, just dying it in general.
The dyed armpit hair trend can be traced back to a Seattle-based beautician, Roxie Hunt, who generated her very own speciality corner of the web when she dyed her armpits blue to match her blue hair. After posting pictures on her blog, in which she provided a ‘how to’ technique, the post was shared 30,000 times. It gave birth to the hash tag #dyedpit, which went on to break Instagram and the depilatory roof.
It might not be for everybody, me included, but if you’re going to rock pit hair, you should probably make it look as fun as possible. Twenty-first century feminism at its brightest and best.
Another trend making headlines is the Self-cleaning tee. Eeeewwww, I hear you squeal. Depending on your personal circumstances: new mother, messy eater or careless make-up applier, white T-shirts are usually more hassle than they’re worth. It doesn’t matter how much care we take to keep them clean, they end up stained, somehow.
What if a T-shirt existed where stains literally slid of the fabric? Well, it exists. Apparently, with a gentle spritz of water, the stain is removed in seconds. Sounds too good to be true, but this garment has been road tested and works.
Here’s the science blurb:
“Following treatment with REP-L fabric formula, nanoparticles enter the microscopic natural pores and capillaries of the fabric surface, smoothing out tiny imperfections and covalently bonding to the substrate material to create a hydrophobic, highly protective, long lasting barrier, which is durable, non-invasive and protects against damage caused by water, pollution, UV, dirt and fouling”. Phew, that explains it then.
Simply head to www.reality-dreams.co.uk for their exclusive hydrophobic garments. Cheating men rejoice everywhere, no more lipstick on the collar.
Onto this week’s instalment and we continue the trend theme with the small but significant looks currently commanding our attention right now. Faux Fur v Suede. Whos wins, this season? How do you wear A/A’15’s Folk Dress and time to power dress with the Pussy Bow blouse.
Find a quiet corner, get comfy and take a power-peek at this week’s Amanda Zips It Up.
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It’s all about the pussy bow.
Bows worn in your hair are cute and quirky. But bows on the neck of your blouses and dresses are retro and feminism all rolled up in one. Before you think ‘Thatcher’ and skip to the next story, read on.
The pussy bow takes us to a period when women joined men in the workforce, unleashing a movement that freed women from the confining shackles of the gender-divisive times.
What exactly is a pussy bow?
The pussy bow is the neckwear associated with women’s blouses, in the form of a bow tied at the neck of a dress or shirt. A look that is also seen on adorable Athena kittens, thereby explaining the name.
The origin of the pussy bow dates back to 1960s fashion (and indeed as far back as the 1930s). A bow was tied around the neck of female power dressers, helping to retain a feminine touch in work settings where women had to imitate their male counterparts’ attire just to be taken seriously.
This year, the pussy bow is back, featuring on blouses and seen on the Gucci catwalk for men. The gender-bending twist was obviously done with a twist of irony, but predictably, ladies are way more into the look. I should hope so too.
It is a nod to an era long past and carries a modern-day business like credibility. Here’s my favourite Miss Moss showing us how to rock the look, street style.
If you’ve got any common sense, you’ll dress it down with jeans. Do not, I repeat, do not, team with a suit, unless you’re in the running for MP in a Middle England constituency.
Faux Fur v Suede
Two fabrics trending this season and vying for your cash are faux fur and suede.
We see faux fur every Autumn/Winter but with the 70s revival in full swing, suede is back with a vengeance too. So which of these touchy-feel fabrics wins the wardrobe battle?
Fur will instantly add pounds to your frame so stick to shorter jacket and gilet styles. If this look scares you then opt for the ‘stole’ as a small nod to the fur trend this winter.
Suede pieces lend themselves to minimal cuts and straight, clean lines. The plus side to suede is its rigidness. It will skim over any and all wobbly bits.
Fur doesn’t have to look real and can be great fun. Go for bright colours and prints rather than the predictable ‘animal shades’.
The obvious suede garment of choice is usually the jacket, especially for men, but for us girls, the suede A-list skirt is the quickest way to be bang on trend. A mid-length cut is great if you’re pear-shaped but if you have a boy-ish figure, opt for the button-through mini.
Suede ages well as long as you invest in quality and look after it. Fur tends to look a bit ropey after a while, especially if you wear it out in the rain. Think ‘bedraggled cat after the storm’ kind of thing.
My choice this season is to confine suede to knee length boots, which you’ll see everywhere. I have a wardrobe full of faux fur coats, so this year I may opt for fur trimmed accessories instead.
When it comes to comparing one to the other, they’re both winners to me. Fur 1 – Suede 1.
The Folk Dress
Following my Balearic summer, it’s nice to know that I won’t be seeing the back of the boho-chic look that’s been all around me in the Med. The hippy tunics I’ve worn this summer have been kidnapped, and elements used, for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season. Enter the Folk Dress.
Still floral and floaty, dresses are long sleeved and maxi, or mid-calf length and teamed with this season’s suede knee-length boots – another nod to the 70s.
Preen at Debenhams are stocking my favourite piece so far, at a very affordable £75, complete with the pussybow, another of this season’s must-have trends.
How do we wear the Folk Dress?
If you’re curvy, stick to streamlined silhouettes without fuss and frills. Boyish frames can afford a little more A-line shape and flare, as long as you belt it at the waist.
If you don’t like the thought of a ‘girlie/floaty’ image, then you can toughen up the look with studded belts and boots. When it comes to pairing the folk dress with accessories, be sure to choose a colour from the print of the dress, usually a tan or burgundy in this case, and match.
As it’s getting chillier, which coat is best to wear over these longer-style dresses?
If you decide to go for a full-length coat, make sure it is belted; otherwise you’ll unintentionally look enormous. Or you could opt for a chunky knit wrap instead, for a relaxed boho vibe.
Here are the best on the high street right now.
For inspiration, think Jodi Mitchell and Karen Carpenter circa 1970s California. And always tone down the hair and make up, otherwise you’re sure to look like a 20th century school headmistress.
Pirates In Paradise
The Island of the Pirates
From the Christian reconquest of the thirteenth century, the Turks and Berbers ruthlessly besieged the Ibiza coast
In the middle of the quayside of the port of Ibiza, opposite the ferry terminal, there is a modest obelisk that pays tribute to the pirates. It is one of only two monuments in the world, along with the statue of Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth, which recalls the exploits of the buccaneers and their importance in defending the territory.
Ibiza is defined in many ways: the “White Island” by its houses and whitewashed churches, the “Punic Island” for being a strategic location on the trade routes of antiquity, the “Island That Never Sleeps” for its unusual hours of leisure, however there is an expression that, based on the past, fits Ibiza like a glove the “Island of the Pirates.” Many of the monuments, culture, old romances and other oral traditions spring from a painful past marked by piracy.
From the middle ages to the eighteenth century, Ibiza was an island besieged by filibusters. Although the archipelago has been a land of conquest throughout the course of history, the scourge of piracy begins once the Christians of the Kingdom of Aragon, under the command of James the first, expelled Muslims from Madina Yabisa.
Thereafter, the pearl of the Mediterranean, also known as Ibiza, becomes a legitimate objective for Arab pirates. Jabeques, relatively small three-masted vessels favoured by Turkish and Berber opportunist raiders, suddenly appeared and put down their anchors in any cove from which they would raze villages and farms without mercy. Looters found docking in the Balearic Islands was child’s play, given the little or non-defensive capability of the natives who would just hide until the North African barbarians decided to head home.
The booty in tangible goods for the pirates raiding Ibiza was a modest offering. Domestic livestock, wheat and other agricultural commodities. The greatest treasure which the pirates could steal from the island were its own people, who were then auctioned as slaves in harems, palaces and labour camps.
In these uncertain times, the Pitiusan people were a frightened society living in constant fear and danger. The terrible situation could not continue and necessitated the construction of a defensive infrastructure with lookout towers along the entire coast and in the island’s interior. These buildings did not prevent the looting, their function was in warning the people to procure a cache sufficient for hiding both people and their most important possessions before the invasion hit land.
Many of the monuments that we can admire today on the island are linked, directly or indirectly, to the times of the pirates, and have relevant names. For example S’Illa des Penjats on Formentera, means “island of the hanged” because pirate corpses were hung on the building to intimidate future assailants.
The Great Walls of Ibiza
After the Christian reconquest, the Moorish castle walls that surrounded the city were reinforced and withstood the constant attacks of pirates for centuries.
During this time the pirates would use the uninhabited island of Formentera as a refuge between attacks and to divide the spoils.
The sixteenth century marked the beginning of the era of gunpowder which would present a completely new challenge to Ibiza’s defences. The vertical walls of the medieval fortress of Ibiza were approximately ten meters (30’) high, two meters (6’) wide and connected by 36 towers. They were no match for explosives and could be taken down like a house of cards if they had to face the powerful new artillery designed by military engineers.
Thus, the infant Philip, who later became King Philip II, commissioned the Italian engineer Giovanni Batista Calvi to build a bastion embracing the perimeter of the old medieval wall to protect its inhabitants from attacks by the powerful Ottoman navy, the then enemy of the Spanish Empire and their allies, the pirates of Algiers.
The name of the privateer Barbarossa Hayreddin, admiral of the Turkish fleet, inspired fear in the people to the extent that the King took what is a most unusual step in the history of the island by investing an astronomical amount of money in building the Bastion to a specification that it could never be conquered by the enemy. It remains to this day virtually unchanged.
The construction lasted four decades during which time Algerian filibusters, aware that this defence could prove insurmountable in the future, constantly attacked the quarries of islets located between Ibiza and Formentera. The stone supplied from the quarries was very hard to work and position on the walls.
During the most intense sieges, the quarried stone was unavailable and less resilient sandstone had to be carved from the coast of Ibiza, especially in the area of Ses Salines. These different types of stone are still visible in the walls today.
The Church & Sanctuary
During the Middle Ages, before the new Renaissance walls were erected, the Christian Ibiza had its own defensive infrastructures outside the city. A Turkish map of the island, drawn in 1521, shows 18 watchtowers strategically placed along the coast. Some of them have existed since time immemorial. When a buccaneer ship was arriving to the coast, the keepers lit bonfires on top of these buildings and Ibiza citizens, observing the smoke, ran to take refuge in their fortified churches.
The very oldest rural temples were erected with a dual purpose, to be used in both religious worship and as a fortress for the protection of the local population.
After the Christians expelled the Muslims, in 1235, they adopted the territorial structure of their predecessors. Thus, the island was divided into the ‘paddocks’ of Santa Eulària, Abad, Balanzat and Ses Salines. These borders are quite similar to those of existing municipalities, to which must be added a fifth, Ibiza Town, covering the capital.
Fortress churches were built in Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni Abad in the early fourteenth century, and in Sant Jordi de Ses Salines and Sant Miquel de Balansat during the fifteenth century. These four temples, which have had countless additions and alterations in the centuries since, are the oldest in rural Ibiza and are distinguished by their thick walls and defensive structure.
The churches of Sant Antoni and Santa Eulària feature stone towers that once even housed cannons. Sant Jordi has battlements and Sant Miquel has a parish house built on the roof of the temple, for the priest to live more securely.
The Ibizan temples served their secondary purpose well and were virtually impregnable against attack. Surprise was the most effective weapon of pirates who would try to capture farmers before they had time to reach the shelter of the churches.
Though Ibiza’s other churches resemble the original four in appearance and structure, they were built much later, aside from Jesus mostly in the eighteenth century.
Pirates In Paradise
The Inner Towers; Refuge of the Peasants
Despite these improvements, the distance between the numerous villages and churches remained too great for the protection of all Ibiza’s population. It was from a need to protect its people that the inner refuge towers were conceived and constructed. The towers were attached to multiple farm houses and unlike the coastal towers that followed later, they were built by the farmers themselves hence following the same architectural tradition of the typical whitewashed houses, so characteristic of the island landscape.
There is evidence of many inner towers through the sixteenth century and later, but the exact date of construction is unknown in most cases. The towers usually have the same structure. The entrance is located on the ground floor, which is equipped with a small narrow door. Farmers stored arms and provisions on the top floor, reached through a small trapdoor in the floor. It was accessed by a rope or wooden ladder, which could be quickly withdrawn. Another opening allowed access to the deck of the tower and from there the farmers could protect the entrance to the ground floor, throwing rocks or water if the pirates tried to burn the thick wooden door.
Today, the island has about 60 of these inner towers. Some are even inhabited and integrated into the residential accommodation of the adjoining houses. Those of Balàfia are perhaps the best known, but they are found scattered throughout Ibiza.
Coastal Towers; an Eye on the Horizon
The ancient look-out posts monitoring the coastline were ultimately replaced by so-called defensive towers, designed by military engineers by order of the Spanish Crown. In many cases they had a permanent staff and were equipped with cannons.
The first project was des Carregador tower, at the end of Platja d’en Bossa. It is strategically located at the spot where longshoremen docked their salt boats to fill their cellars with the precious white gold. Its design was the work of the same man who built Ibiza Town’s walls, Giovanni Batista Calvi, though the tower was not built until decades later, in 1584.
Calvi, who also built the round bastion attached to the church of Santa Eulària, had a plan to develop a modern network of defensive observation positions. Ultimately this was realised however not until long after his death in the eighteenth century.
During this time period Ibiza built the coastal defence towers that we still see on the coast today, with the exception of Ses Portes which was built somewhat earlier. In addition Carregador and Ses Portes there are the towers of Balansat, Portinatx, d’en Valls, des Savinar and d’en Rovira which go to form the network of seven. All remained in operation until 1867, when they were decommissioned. The most spectacular for its location, is the Savinar tower opposite the island of Es Vedra. It is setting in which much of the novel ‘The Dead Command’ written by Vicente Blasco Ibanez in 1909 takes place. Since then, the stone tower has also become known as the ‘Pirate tower’.
The Ibiza towers were complemented by the islet of Espalmador in Formentera. This, together with that of Ses Portes, was a step to protect the narrow straight between the islands with crossfire.
Formentera also went on to build four additional towers to protect the families who repopulated the island.
Fearsome Pirates of Ibiza
During the Middle Ages the port of Ibiza represented a strategic point in Mediterranean trade channels. Pitiusas schooners traded with major Mediterranean ports between the Iberian Peninsula and the French and Italian coast. Some even ventured to cross the straits to sail along the coastline to Galicia.
Turkish and Algerian pirates not only razed villages and farms, but hunted vessels departing from Ibiza. They sought the booty of Ibiza’s commodity exports, namely olive oil, figs and almonds. Tired of the constant attacks and death of its sons and daughters, Ibiza hit back with a dose of the same medicine for their enemies.
As early as the fourteenth century there is evidence of Ibizan ships, financed by local businessmen, protecting its trade routes and attacking enemy boats coming from the African coast. Though their role was always important, it would be during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that the marauding privateers of Ibiza would come into what would be their own boom years.
The pirates sailed Pitiusan waters carte blanche under license granted by the Spanish Crown. They had the right to attack any enemy ship and port, but in return for their Royal appointment they had to give the King’s treasurers a fifth of their booty. Their presence meant noticeable changes. Berber, Turkish and even British ships feared the savage attacks of Ibiza, famous for its bold privateers.
Sailing small Jabeques, renowned for their great speed and easy manoeuvrability, a favourite modus operandi was to hurl pots filled with gunpowder to set the enemy ships aflame.
For the first time in recorded history the Ibizan people were wearing the other shoe. Instead of being captured and auctioned on African soil, they were taking slaves and bringing them to Ibiza to toil for them, often the salt flats of Ses Salines.
The most famous of all pirates in Ibiza was Antonio Riquer Arabi who, in his life as a pirate captain, defeated more than a hundred enemy ships. His most famous feat was the capture of Felicity, a large vessel flying the Gibraltar flag. The Felicity outgunned the Arabi’s vessel by some margin and was commanded by a famous pirate of the time, Miguel Novelli, aka Pope . The phenomenal skirmish took place off the coast of Ibiza, in 1806.
Jezza’s Sports Report
‘Twas an international flavour all last week, with the very rare experience of watching England play in rugby union, cricket and footie, all on the same day, with an overall result of England 2 Rest of the World 1, but I’ll delve in to that a bit later. First tho’ let’s go off to Flushing Meadow, in the Big Apple for some great news in
as an unsung female heroine has emerged for England, namely Johanna Konta. Who, you might ask! Well, of Hungarian parentage, Australian heritage but proudly English since she was 14 when her parents moved to Blighty, she has taken the world of female tennis by storm at the current US Open, having reached the 4th Round (last 16) with priceless victories over 2 top 20 seeds. Even more impressive is the fact that she had to qualify for this event. Unfortunately she lost to World No 4 and twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, but we haven’t seen the last of this rising new British star. Andy Murray meanwhile failed to get to a quarter final of a major championship for the first time in ages as he lost to 6’8” South African big server Kevin Anderson. Biggest shock so far was Rafa Nadal’s defeat at the w/end meaning that he hasn’t won a Major in a calendar year for the first time since 2001 and I know we keep saying it, but is this the end for the likeable Mallorcan? As for the Big Two, apart from a couple of minor setbacks, Djokovic is thru’ to the Quarters and my tip, both head and heart, Roger Federer, as the Swiss is looking as serene as ever in losing only 20 games in his first 3 rounds, as he takes on American John Isner later today in the last 16. Mention must also be made of the progress to the Men’s Doubles Quarters of Brit Dom Inglot as he and partner Linstedt are through having beaten the higher seeds of Haas and Stepanek.
Yes, a first for this report but congrats to the GB Men’s 8 as they won the World Championship for the 3rd year running, beating Germany by 2/10ths of a second in France with the victory giving Team GB a great tally of 5 Golds, 9 Silvers and a Bronze to top the world standings.
and Saturday’s only international defeat came at Lords in the 2nd (of 5) ODI matches to go two down against the Aussies. Having lost the first match by 46 runs at Southampton earlier in the week, England were hoping to get back to 1-1 but really let the Aussies off the hook and succumbed to a 64 run loss, despite Captain Morgan’s swashbuckling 85. Next up is OT Tuesday with England needing to win the next 3 to make a clean sweep of Ashes, T20 and ODI’s; can’t see it happening against the ODI World Champions but you never know! Still on cricket and for those of you hailing from North Bristle, Cheltenham or Gloucester or the leafy lanes of Surrey, looks as if your county sides will battle out the Domestic One Day Cup Final at Lords later this month as Gloucestershire stuffed favourites Yorkshire on Sunday and last time I looked, Surrey had the upper hand over Notts, so could be an all-Southern final to make a nice change!
and with the World Cup almost upon us, England are beginning to show their real selves, by dismantling World No 3 and current 6 Nations Champions Ireland at Twickers, by 21-13. Should have been more as Robshaw’s boys fluffed two gilt-edged try-scoring chances but hey, a win’s a win’s a win! Not only that but with most of England’s Cup matches being held at HQ that makes 7 wins on the trot at home and they can go in to their first Group game against Fiji on the 15th full of momentum. As for the Irish, that’s 2 losses on the bounce and with their traditional kicking game snuffed out by the English backs, they didn’t have much attacking flair which does not bode well for their upcoming Group matches with New Zealand and France. As for the other Home Countries, Scotland lost their last warm up match 19-16 in France and you have to feel for the Welsh, in the same group as England, as they not only misfired in a streaky 23-19 win over Italy in Cardiff, it looks as if they have lost two key players to injury, world class goalkicker and fullback Halfpenny and scrum-half Webb, which could turn out to be devastating for the men from the Principality, but not ‘arf a boost for their group opponents!
Sad news for the Welsh in rugby union but stunning news from the football field as Chris Coleman’s side (I’ve always had a lot of time and respect for the ex-Fulham player!) has the whole country from Newport to Conwy waiting with baited breath. The reason? Wales need only one point from their remaining 3 group matches to qualify for Euro16 and this would be the first time since 1958 that the country would have qualified for a major international tournament. They had the chance to qualify on Sunday in Cardiff but could only draw with 3rd placed Israel 0-0 and will now have to wait until they play Bosnia in October. Group F leaders Northern Ireland can also qualify if they beat Hungary tonight in Belfast which again would be a stunning result for such a small country, while Scotland have the hardest task as not only did they lose 1-0 to Georgia on Friday but they host the might of Germany tonight desperately looking for a win which would keep their chances alive.
Plain sailing for England tho’ as they took on the might of San Marino ( 1 point from a poss 21 so far in the group!) and duly thumped them 6-0 to become the first non-host country to qualify, even with 3 games to play, including Tuesday night’s encounter with Switzerland at Wembley, and a record played 7 won 7!
Most of the plaudits went to Rooney who equalled Sir Bobby’s goal record of 49 for England, but, without being too cynical, Sir Bobby was (a) an attacking midfielder rather than a striker and (b) nowadays there are far more international matches played annually than back then. Also, sorry, as I am as patriotic as the next man, but I just cannot get enthused over an England team that contains the likes of Shelvey and Vardy, two workmanlike, run-of-the-mill, average Premier League players. And before you Swansea and Leicester fans start finger-bashing your iPhones, iPads etc. and writing to Our Ed, I’m not being disrespectful to either player, I’m just telling it as it is! It also beggars the questions, apart from Hart and Rooney, where are England’s world class players? And is this going to be another example like the last World Cup in Brazil where we do brilliantly in qualifying and then as soon as we meet a half-decent team in the Finals, we melt away? Food for thought maybe?
On that humdinger of a controversial note, ’tis all for now…………………Jezza
European Qualifying Update
Since our Jezza submitted his Sports Report, we’ve had a number of extra games in the European Qualifiers which are shown below. We also have good news for England in being the first nation to qualify for the 2016 Championships and that Mr Wayne Rooney has broken Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become England’s highest goal scorer after netting against Switzerland. Arguments on if this makes him our best ever striker are flooding the interwebs. The answer? No, of course not—it’s Gary Lineker.
Scotland came from behind twice but ultimately couldn’t stop the Germans loosing 2-3 at Hampden Park and more importantly a mountain to climb.
Northern Ireland scored a last minute equaliser to keep their chances alive and the Republic also look good for a 3rd place play off place.
The Monza Grand Prix of 1971 has gone down in the history books as a truly remarkable event.
Racing what were little more than an engine and fuel tank on wheels the driver’s position was as perfect as it was perilous. The V12 3 litre engines of the day achieved speeds that far outstripped safety technology — to race one was considered and accepted by the drivers of the era as a percentage game.
The drivers championship for 1971 had already been won before the Monza race, by Jackie Stewart who had double the points of his closest rival.
The starting grid had such luminary names as Fittipaldi, Surtees, Graham Hill, of course Jackie Stewart, and the often overlooked Mike Hailwood—one of a handful of men to have raced the top formula for both cars and bikes—winning no less than 9 world championships on 2 wheels and 14 Isle of Man TTs. Hailwood held the Monza lap record in both Formula 5000 and Motorcycle and lead for a large part of the race on this his Formula 1 debut.
Mike was one of 7 Brits forming a third of the starting grid and though he just missed out on a podium coming in 4th, he formed part of a top 6 finishers notable in that none had previously won a Grand Prix.
The star of the show however was fellow Brit Peter Gethin.
Gethin went into the final lap in 4th place but in an outstanding slipstream manouvre managed to take the chequered flag and win what was not only the fastest Grand Prix in history, but also the closest finish with just 0.01 between him and second place Swede Ronnie Peterson. The top five finishes were separated by a mere 0.61 of a second.
Perhaps the most remarkable fact of the ‘71 Monza is that the 150.7mph average speed was not bettered until 2003 by Schumacher.
The race proved the highpoint of Gethin’s career who did not get another podium in his 30 race career—but if you are only going to win one race it was quite a race to win.
Gethin died after a long illness in 2011.
Monza Italian GP
- Grand slam for Hamilton
- Lotus retire cars first lap
Monza always has a special atmosphere and with the Ferrari’s separating the Silver Arrows on the grid I was looking forward to a battle off the line. While Vettel and Hamilton had decent starts, Raikkonen made a ridiculously bad start falling to the back of the pack immediately, in reality the race itself was a little dull and Hamilton crossed the line first by a comfortable 25s lead. The drama however was off track and his victory was confirmed 2 hours after lifting the winner’s trophy. Both Mercedes were under investigation for running tyre pressures too low, if found guilty this should mean disqualification. But as with the whole of his weekend, no further action was taken. He has the perfect weekend running first in every practice and qualifying sessions, led every lap of the race and took fastest lap along with the podium. Is he untouchable? Rosberg on the other hand seemed to attract problems all weekend and when his engine failed lap 51 in a fiery blaze, the highlight of his weekend was going home to his new baby girl.
Vettel drove well for Ferrari in front of his ‘home’ crowd he took 2nd in an emotional race and had no chance against the formidable Hamilton. Massa for Williams was 3rd, he battled with his teammate right to the finish but Bottas experienced some power issues and he had to accept 4th. Highest points of the season for Williams and they split the Ferraris with Raikkonen 5th; his appalling start cost him and the team dearly.
Both Force India’s were across the line next, Perez drove a solid great race to 6th and Hulkenberg finished 7th despite having damage to the floor of his car in the first lap clash with Maldonado.
Red Bull were happy to finish in the points with Ricciardo 8th and Kvyat 10th, they started from the back of the grid and worked their way back into it. The Sauber of Ericsson also grabbed points finishing 9th, unfortunately for Nasr his brush with Grosjean in the first lap meant he could do no better than 13th.
The Toro Rosso’s of Sainz and Verstappen just missed out on points, race penalties for each driver (Sainz gained an advantage on leaving track and Verstappen lost bodywork in qualifying) 11th and 12th respectively.
Button started well for McLaren and scrapped with his teammate for the later part of the race, 14th for Button and Alonso (18th) picked up another DNF due to electrical issues.
Marussia drove their own race; Stevens took 15th and Merhi 16th. Good to see both cars finishing – unlike Lotus who lost both cars in the opening lap. Grosjean hit by Nasr and Maldonado by Hulkenberg with both cars suffering suspension damage.
- Next Race. Singapore, Sunday 20th September
The Guide …
Tw*t of The Year
You’ve literally been voting by the hundreds to get your favourite tw*t into the parking hall of shame, and the results are now in! Many thanks to Tracey Tinker’s Facebook group ‘Parking Like a Tw*t in Ibiza’ and its eagle-eyed members for the photos. Thanks to the voters who are interested in seeing justice served. But most of all thanks to the hard working numpties who defy belief on a daily basis by having the parking and driving skills of a small rodent. They’ll be coming to a street or car park near you very soon. Make sure to follow the ‘Parking Like a Tw*t in Ibiza’ Facebook page and get snapping. We predict 2016 could be a bumper year.
Ibiza is an island with more than its fair share of thrill-seekers. Some people are always looking for new ways to push the boundaries, for some it is the need to be different, for some the adrenalin fix of risk and dare, and for others no doubt it is simply a case of being drunk as skunks.
If recent social media posts are anything to go by (and when aren’t they a reliable source of factual information?), it seems Ibiza is witnessing the start of a new craze in, scooter streaking, or perhaps bum biking—hopefully I’ll come up with something better by the time we go to print.
We can only assume that fed up with parking like a twat, these two thought they would try displaying them in motion.
Source: Hom Ibiza