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San Antonio, it’s changing?
  • Police arrest 13 prostitutes in San An West End
  • New business and residents association for San An and the Bay
  • Reiniciando launch campaign to prevent filming of Ibiza Shore reality show set for filming in August
  • Guardia Arrest 2 Brits in suspected Drug Turf War

Though the San Antonio Adjuntamento’s campaign based on the ‘It’s changing’ strap-line a few years back didn’t convince many of any fundamental progression for the town, there is some evidence to suggest that there may now be a real will to tackle some of the issues that have blighted the resort and resulted in a reputation for the worst in British tourism.

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Greenpeace Condemn Beaches

In a Greenpeace report of the nine worst beach regions in Spain, the south and southeast of Ibiza are currently in 3rd place. According to Greenpeace, the list concentrates on areas that have “massive urbanization of the coastline, squandering of public money, water pollution, noise and destruction of the dunes or corals.”

In the case of Ibiza, “especially in its southern and south-eastern sections”, Greenpeace highlights that, “the beaches have become like shopping malls.” As an example, the environmental group emphasizes the “macro party” held recently in the undeveloped beach of s’Estanyol.


Tragedy Highlights Pool Perils

In yet another pool related incident, a two year-old Spanish girl has been admitted to the Pediatric Unit of Can Misses hospital after nearly drowning in a swimming pool in Formentera.

This is the third report of children falling into pools this last week. The first occurred when a 20-month baby tragically drowned in a pool in Santa Gertrudis. The second occurred when a three-year old Swiss child, who remains at the Espases hospital in Majorca in critical condition, almost drowned in a private pool in Sant Eulària. It is now a legal requirement for rented villas to have a fence around the property’s pool for extra security.


Portinatx Beach All Clear
  • No scientific evidence for ‘bad water’

After recent sewage leaks from the treatment plant, the City Council of Sant Joan assured yesterday that, according to recent analysis reports, the water quality of Portinatx Beach is good. The statement is in response to criticism by the PSOE spokesman, Pep Torres, who has of sewage found in the S’Arenal Gros beach area.

The Council further stressed that the analysis conducted by the Department of Public Health last week “shows that water quality is also excellent for swimming.”

The mayor of the municipality, Antoni Marí, defended “the quality of the beach” and described the attitude of Torres as “irresponsible” because “he is generating alarmism in the tourist season without having any analytical data to support his claim.”

Marí accused the socialist group of being opportunistic in denouncing the Portinatx sewage plant and of taking advantage of the appearance of a green spot on the beach.

The mayor said that “the new green spot was due to concentration of algae” and experts have not determined any connection between the treatment plant and the spot. Therefore, the mayor insisted that the presence of these algae “poses no risk to bathers’.




Cala Llonga Hippy Market

Just a reminder that a Hippy Market takes place on the promenade in Cala Llonga every Thursday from 6pm. Here you’ll find a fabulous range of handmade items that make excellent personal treats, gifts or souvenirs.

There’s always a great atmosphere and, on Thursday 23rd July, Mardy Johnny Depps will be performing live. In addition to the market, Cala Llonga has a wide range of restaurants and bars offering national and international dishes and drinks.

There’s ample “free” parking so why not pop round and see us and enjoy our village. The Viva Cala Llonga Team.


Eivissa Jazz Festival

Claire B

The 27th edition of the Ibiza Jazz Festival takes place in Ibiza Town on July 23rd, 24th and 25th. The three concerts are being held in the stunning location of the bastion of Santa Lucia in Dalt Vila. Created to showcase young Spanish jazz talent, it features performances from some up-and-coming artists. Programme:

Thursday July 23rd – Natalia Dicenta performs from her album ‘Colours’. With Andrea Motis and the Chamorro Group.

Friday July 24th – Ivo Sans ‘ISCCJMKMB’ with the Juan Ortiz Trio.

Saturday July 25th – Jorge Pardo Sextet ‘Huellas’. Jorge Pardo (Madrid) was voted Best European Jazz Musician a couple of years ago. The sax and flute player is influenced by Flamenco and traditional Indian music.

All concerts start at 9.30pm. Tickets cost 12€ and can be bought at the venue from 8pm.

Each night before the concert, a marching band formed by students of the Patronat de Música d’Eivissa will parade through the streets of the port and the marina.

On Thursday July 23rd July there will be a Jazz Master Class led by Joan Chamorro in the Can Ventosa Cultural space. It starts at 5pm and costs 10€.

More info:



Ibiza Reggae Festival

Claire B

The Ibiza Reggae Festival takes place on Sunday July 26th in the Parque de Reina Sofia in Ibiza Town from 6pm. On the line-up is Clinton Fearon and The Boogie Brown Band, Horace Andy, Johnny Osbourne, Fatta Joseph Soulstereo from Soul Stereo Sound System, Earl Gateshead from Trojan Sound System, El Hermano L, Variedub feat Pupa Congo, Walk a Tone Entertainment, Antuan Roots, Hoppy dread, George Solar, Rastafairy and Wisdom sound system.

Tickets cost 20€ in advance and 25€ at the event. For details see the Facebook page or website:






AMAE Collective Exhibition

The AMAE group of artists are putting on for a second year a collective exhibition at the Palacio de Congresos in Santa Eulalia.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the works of great Ibizan artists like Adolfo Aymat, Ana Jakimow, Antonia Martin, Gustavo Eznarriaga, Eva Alcalde, Elvira Escandell, Julia Merino, Manuel Fuentes, Vicente Torres Noguera, Paco Marín, Joan Oliver, Merino Zuazo, Veronica Gerbasi, and many others. You will encounter sculptures big and small, oil and watercolour paintings, collages, and whatever these greatly inventive artists have prepared for this year.

The exhibition inauguration will be Friday, July 17th, at 8pm, where you will have the chance to talk to the artists and have a glass of champagne. If you can’t make it, the exhibition is open every day until July 28th, from 6 to 9.30pm, except for Sunday which will be from noon to 2pm. Entrance is free.

Follow the AMAE group on Facebook



Sant Jaume Fiestas

Formentera celebrates its patron saint’s day, Sant Jaume (Saint James), from the 20th to the 31st of July where there will be activities for everybody, from traditional dancing and cultural events like book presentations and art exhibition, to sporting events where you can be a spectator or participate. Children will be kept entertained with street theatre, a mini Flower Power, and even a hip hop festival for teenagers. And, for the music lovers out there, there will be jazz, live concerts by Mishima, Ariel Rot and others. And of course there will be fireworks!

For more information on times and specific events visit the Formentera Consell website



Porti Party

Portinatx celebrates its fiestas once again with a big party on the beach featuring Deivid Kirk, David Moreno and  Ramirez on the night of Saturday July 18th. Don’t miss it!


Magnificent Seven

Nicole Torres

Urban in Ibiza is back for its seventh edition at the Atzaró Agroturismo and this year promises to be as good or better than its past events with over sixty artists exhibiting, various DJs, two live bands, four fashion shows and live painting.

The event’s theme is based around the number seven and its mythical meaning. The carefully cured artworks reflecting on seven will be presented to the public for the first time.

It’s a great opportunity to observe the works of well known contemporary artists like Banksy, Inkie, Hush, Nick Walker, Ben Allen and Pam Glew amongst others. There will also be live painting where you will be able to see how a painting comes to life in the hands of seven urban artists using spray paint.

The opening night will be August 6th and Urban in Ibiza have chosen that night to launch their own fashion brand, ‘Tailored Anarchy’ an art-led collection of apparel created directly by street artists, designed and manufactured for this year’s show.

Other fashion highlights: George Cox will be donating seven pairs of the iconic Joe Strummer brothel creepers, which will be personalized by exhibiting artists, used at the Tailored Anarchy catwalk show and showcased in the exhibition. Su Marie will be wawing the spectators with a 007 themed swimwear show, Jayne Pierson will introduce her stunning new urban sportswear collection, and Love Bullets will design a range of delectable bullet jewellery, including seven chakra necklaces. Religion will be bringing seven of their forthcoming leather biker jackets that selected artists have been asked to paint in their own style.

But the night the event isn’t all about art and fashion: The Scribes will make sure to present the very best of contemporary rap, and the House of Funk will perform on stage with Oliver Night, bringing the coolest funky beats over to the island. DJ Samir and Andy Carroll, Ibiza’s two favourite internationally renowned DJs are going to be in charge of the party vibe until dawn.

Opening night will be August 6th The event is free of charge.

For further details, check Urban in Ibiza’s website and facebook:




Barcelona to Ibiza Rowing for Charity

14 participants will today begin racing over 200miles of open water in the Mediterranean for charity with the NOMAN Campaign. The race, from Barcelona to Ibiza, will take between 72 to 96 hours without a break. With each person burning around 25,000 calories over the voyage – the equivalent of 1,612 apples, or 141 cheeseburgers – the teams will be tested to their mental and physical limits. The undertaking aims to raise awareness of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and its connection to 5% of all cancer – raising funds for the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation in the process.




Drugs war between gangs from Manchester and Liverpool blamed for stabbings in Ibiza

13th July 2015, John Scheerhout – Manchester Evening News

A turf war between drugs gangs from Manchester and Liverpool may be behind a series of violent attacks in Ibiza, according to Spanish police.

In the latest incident a 24-year-old Briton suffered at least three stab wounds when he was attacked on the holiday island on Friday night.

The bleeding man was driven to a police station in San Antonio in a white Range Rover pursued by another car.

He was taken to hospital on the island with stab wounds to his arms and leg but was later discharged.

The same man was admitted to the same hospital within 24 hours with injuries to his face, apparently the victim of a second assault, according to media reports from Ibiza.

He has been arrested on suspicion of possessing forged documents.

The leased Range Rover has been fingerprinted and officials from the Guardia Civil are trawling CCTV footage as part of their investigation.

The violence may be linked to another incident in San Antonio on June 26 when a 34-year-old British man was chased into a pizzeria by a gang of four men in a car.

Two of the men are said to have got out of the car and stabbed the man several times. He had to undergo surgery for stab wounds to his leg, arm and face.

Dario de Ibiza, a news website based on the island, reported that both incidents could be down to British gangs ‘settling scores’ as they fight to control the supply of drugs on the island.

They reported the rival factions feature ‘elements from Liverpool and the other from Manchester’.

Ibiza is a mecca for drug dealers seeking to supply party-goers who flock to the party island.

Up until 2006 Liverpool drug dealers were known to dominate the market before rivals, including from Manchester, moved in.

Last year a couple from Bury, Leah Parkes, 28, and former Royal Marine Charles Hendrie, 30, were jailed over a plot to supply ecstasy worth £1m on the island.

Pictures show the pair having the time of their lives in Ibiza where they met another drug dealer and became involved in planning a huge ecstasy deal when they returned home.

The couple, who lived together on upmarket Prospect Place in Bury, were caught on the M6 in Staffordshire heading north after collecting 16 packages of MDMA.


San An Sparks

Traffic was stopped between 18.15 and 19.15 this week on Avenida del Doctor Fleming in San Antonio due to the collapse of an over-hanging electrical cable on the road, opposite the Orange Corner and Ibiza Rocks Bar.

Luckily, the power line didn’t cause any injuries even though this is a busy road for pedestrians and traffic.

The power line, which crosses the road at a height of seven metres high, caught fire for unknown reasons. It fell to the ground and continued burning with continuous sparks, disrupting traffic and causing the local bars and clubs to lose electricity for about two hours.


Free Parking For Blood Donors

People who visit the Can Misses hospital to donate blood at the new facilities of the Blood and Tissue Bank can park for free.

The new centre has reserved ten places that are located past the old emergency department, next to the entrance of the bank. To use the spaces, donors must apply for authorization at the entrance of the Blood and Tissue Bank, where they will be given a badge to place on the dashboard.

Once the donation is completed, car owners will have to return this card to staff so that it can be used by other donors.


Bossa Balcony Fall

Another balcony injury has occurred in Ibiza after a 29-year-old man fell from a second floor of the Hotel Algarb in Playa den Bossa at approximately 11pm at night. The young man, a German national, fell from a height of six meters and was transferred by mobile ICU to the Polyclinic where he was admitted to the ICU with severe inter-cranial trauma. The man remains in critical condition at the ICU and, although it hasn’t been ascertained if the man was using drink or drugs, this only serves to highlight that all tourists should be careful when on any hotel balcony.


Massage Wars At Salinas
  • Licensed firm feels abandoned by council

A licensed massage service on Salinas beach is accusing a private security firm of taking bribes and intimidating their workers.

José Vicente Martinez, who last year obtained five licenses to offer this service on Salinas beach, has filed seven complaints to the San Jose City Council and the local police.

In all Martinez repeatedly denounces the bars of Salinas which he claims have masseurs working “illegally”. He says that the ‘illegal massage” is being allowed by Ibifor, the private security firm hired to patrol the beach, and that Ibifor are receiving payment of 2,000 euros to turn a blind eye.

“The firm do not allow us leave our two square meters where we have the Balinese bed. The girls are treated as if they were thugs, and are not allowed to walk on the beach to advertise. We feel abandoned”. The employer obtained his 2,500 euros per year licenses when the City of San Jose decided to take bids to try to and regulate the service.

Juan Cardona from Ibifor has strongly denied all charges and says that there are no illegal masseuses working in the restaurants of Salinas beach and that the company has never received money to allow any illegal activity.


Dog Abuser Sentenced

A man has been sentenced to three months and one day in prison for kicking a puppy off of a second floor balcony on July 1st in Ibiza Town.

The North African man stated that he was tired of the barking from a litter of puppies above his dwelling, and proceeded to go upstairs where he started kicking the dogs.

One of the dogs, 2 month old Luna, was kicked from the balcony and broke a leg. Luna was treated at a veterinary clinic in San Jordi, and spent a few days convalescing at the Centre for Animal Recovery in Sa Coma. Luna is now being cared for by a foster family who are hoping to adopt.


Airport Traffic System Working Well

For several weeks now, the airport association, AENA has stopped drivers abusing parking at the terminal by installing bollards separating the traffic lane and pick-up/drop-off points.

Ibiza airport sources recall that many cars would park in the area intended for loading and un-loading of passengers which in turn forced other vehicles to use the circulatory road which hindered traffic and caused long tailbacks.

After initial confusion from users of the lanes, the scheme seems to be working well and according to AENA, “has greatly improved circulation and does not generate as many queues as before.”




Heatwave Breaks

The islands of Ibiza and Formentera are no longer on yellow alert for high temperatures, even though thermometers are still exceeding 30c. The spokesman of the Meteorological Agency (AEMET) said that temperatures will fall “slightly” this Thursday 9th July and will remain stable throughout the weekend.

The forecast for today and tomorrow shows a maximum of between 31c and 32c. The weekend will begin with a “slight increase” in temperatures, with the mercury on Saturday and Sunday possibly reaching 33c. AEMET expected that throughout the coming week, skies will remain clear and there will be an increase in wind speed.


Landfill closed by 2018

The Ibiza Council maintains that there is no European legislation requiring the closure of the Ca na Putxa landfill by 2018, as recently reported by the Majorca Council. The president of the Majorca Council, Miquel Ensenyat said earlier this week that incinerating garbage produced in Ibiza and Menorca would be necessary for the islands, as landfills will need to be closed by 2018. The costs of running the Majorca based Son Reus plant are high and it is thought that this is the main factor in encouraging Ibiza and Menorca to export their waste to Son Reus. They are currently importing waste from Italy and Northern Ireland.


New Solar Farm In Ibiza

The Majorcan energy company, Gall Solar, is proposing to build a large solar farm in San Lorenzo which will occupy an area of 35,927 square metres and will include 12,800 solar panels. The ‘Dalt Balafia’ photovoltaic solar park will cost 1.9 million euros and would allow savings in CO2 emissions of 4,387,584 kilos per year and other gaseous emissions of 29,376 kilos per year. The company notes that the project will have minimal visual impact as the facility will consist of a slope containing foliage to prevent the display of the installation from the road.


Lucky Bugger

The first prize in July’s special draw of the National Lottery, worth 1,000,000 euros, fell to number 85336 and was awarded, among other locations to a lucky winner who purchased the ticket in a ‘Tabac’ in Cala de Bou, as reported by the National Agency of State Lotteries.

In addition to Ibiza, the winning number was also entered five other areas of Spain: Siero (Asturias), A Coruña, Belmonte (Cuenca), La Manga del Mar Menor (Murcia) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Congratulations to the winner, who is more than welcome to donate a new printer and a crate of beer to the offices of The Ibizan.


Food & Drink

Sol y Sombra~The Garden

Some of our readers who’ve spent time in Ibiza may be familiar with the name Sol y Sombra. To jog memories, the ‘Sun and Shade’ used to be a popular Spanish-owned restaurant 50 metres up a narrow road just opposite Playa Es Puet at the start of San Antonio bay. Some of our winter residents may also recall a biblical storm in 2009 which re-arranged large portions of the coast and unfortunately also happened to re-arrange the restaurant by destroying most of the trees and removing the Sombra from the equation. The owners were open for a while, but accepted the fact that you cannot have a restaurant called Sol y Sol and the space has been closed for the last couple of years much to the chagrin of local food lovers who owned their own hats.

Luckily a carpenter with a vision has taken over the restaurant this year and, with his team, has been working some wooden miracles over the winter months. The Sombra is back in the form of a large hand-built canopy, with smaller shaded areas littered around the Garden. The Sol of course never left. Feel free to insert your own ‘you know you’ve got sol’ or ‘food that’s good for the sol’ joke here to save me doing it. Many Thanks.

Paul is the carpenter and, along with his Argentinian partner Melina, they’ve decided to remain true to the restaurant’s long heritage by serving up Spanish favourites on the grill.

I’ve turned up in my little white shorts and wristbands (sponsored by Primark) to combine the Wimbledon final with the 15 euro set-menu that’s already getting a name for itself.

It kicks off with a wooden slab that you can tell has had Paul’s hand in making, covered with bread, alioli and olives. The bread is white and fluffy (none of that grey brick here), the alioli has some pesto running through it which is a nice touch and the olives are beautifully marinated with chillies. 15 – Love.

I’m being treated to a special extra on top of the menu as Paul really wants me to give the squid a try. It’s a combination of calamari and baby squid lightly fried in a batter and smothered with black and white alioli. I can see why Paul is so proud of this dish – the squid is wonderfully tender and tasty, and the alioli is heavenly. 30 – Love.

Back on the menu with the main course and it’s a meat feast accompanied with fresh salad and crispy home-made chips. There’s a lot of meat here – we have chicken breast with a chimichurri sauce, chicken wing, pork rib, 2 cuts of beef, a blood sausage and normal sausage. I’m a tad worried that I’m not going to finish this after my large plate of squid, but I manage to get most of it down and it’s delicious. There’s a definite influence from Melina here with the sauce and sausage. No nationality knows their meat like an Argentinian! 40 – Love.

I’ve not really saved any space for dessert, but in the interests of science I indulge myself in the cheesecake. It’s rich and tasty and far too much for my widening waistline, I’m truly gutted that I can’t finish it. New balls, please.

I manage to polish everything off just as Djokovic retains his Wimbledon title and congratulate Paul on the food. I can tell that he really is passionate about the meat he sources as he reels off a list of high quality suppliers from all over the island that he has researched and built up relationships with. Sol y Sombra – The Garden is all about quality ingredients cooked perfectly on the grill in a wonderful space. It opens from 2pm – 1am and the set menu of bread, alioli & olives, followed by mixed grill with salad and homemade chips, then finished off with dessert of the day is available between 2pm and 5pm.

I feel a little like the fat guy looks in the first row on Centre Court as I contentedly waddle off back home for a lie-down. Game, set and match.

To check upcoming events visit their Facebook page



Food & Drink


Food & Drink


White Island Corner Shop

Open all hours…

Richard Lawson

One of the great things about England when I was growing up was being able to nip down to the corner shop to buy some sweets when I got my pocket money. In those days it seemed there was a corner shop at the end of every street and they sold pretty much everything that you could possibly run out of after the normal shops shut, or at the weekends.

Nowadays it seems that Tesco and their like have gobbled up or bankrupted the majority of these little ‘convenience’ stores in their headlong rush to what now appears to be their own demise. A quarter of a billion pound hole in their accounts, a Serious Fraud Office investigation and an exodus of customers are now resulting in the closure of many of their out-of-town superstores. One wonders if shoppers are finally seeing the error of their ways in supporting these monsters and returning to their local shops?

Only time will tell – but fortunately we live in Santa Eulalia, just around the corner from The White Island Corner Shop. I feel younger every time I go there, although nowadays I’m more likely to be delivering the Ibizan than buying sweets!

Along with footballer, fighter pilot (the Star Wars variety!) and rock star, owning a corner shop sounded like a good idea back then. The thought of getting up in the morning, going downstairs, unlocking the front door and then sitting down behind a counter groaning under the weight of endless sweets sort of appealed. When you add to this the fact that people wander in all day and give you money, it seemed a lot less hard work than, say, coal-mining?

However, Richard, the owner of the White Island Corner Shop, took less than a minute to dispel my misconceptions of youth. To begin with, you never get a day off. To Richard it is a major business priority to be open every day of the week. His other major priority is to always remain fully stocked. In the UK if a similar enterprise ran out of anything they’d ring their local distributor who would rush round with their order on the same day. If he didn’t they’d order from someone else offering same day delivery.

However, if you pride yourself on offering products that aren’t available elsewhere on Ibiza, you’ve got a problem. Your stock comes from the UK and some of it is frozen!

Ordering stock is a mind-boggling problem. We won’t bore you with the minutia of each of the complex formulae required for each of the four categories of delivery:

‘Frozen food’

‘Chilled foods’ like bread and cakes

‘Specialities’, like organic or gluten free foods

‘Ambient’, normal shelf products

But, as an example, a combined delivery of Chilled, Speciality and Ambient products requires a minimum order of 175 different products on a pallet with a total volume of no more than 1.8 m3 and weighing no more than 900 kg?

Yes – a degree in Advanced Mathematics would appear to be a minimum requirement and a PhD in calculus might speed things up a bit… Incidentally, if you get the sums wrong, or order the wrong stuff, you can end up with a storage problem. The minimum permissible order of Frozen food is enough to completely fill all of the shop’s six bench freezers, which in itself makes displaying all of the different frozen products a near impossibility.

Sod it – I’ll stick to delivering the Ibizan…

Somehow Richard and his good lady, Maria, accomplish all of this, so that we on the island are able to celebrate their achievement with some of the shop’s best selling items: English breakfast cereals like Shredded Wheat and porridge, Horseradish and Tartar sauces, Mint jelly, Vegemite, Colmans, English biscuits to accompany that cup of tea in the morning and Cadbury’s chocolate buttons to name but a few. For the vegetarians amongst us the shop apparently also stocks the complete range of Quorn and Linda McCartney vegetarian products, which makes it unique on the island.

And last but not least, they never run out of copies of the Ibizan, unlike your local Spanish supermarket, because they call us if supplies run low – ‘everything is always in stock’ is not a bad motto.


San Antonio; the future


Street Prostitution and Police Drug War Arrests

In a Police action during the week a total of 13 women have been arrested for prostitution on the street in San Antonio in a combined effort by the Guardia Civil, Local Police and National Police. Those arrested were taken to the police station of the National Police to see if they were in Spain legally. The street prostitution has often been linked to a much wider network of criminality in the town, and Police have often been criticised for failing to act in what has appeared to many as the gangs working in the West End with impunity.

In a separate action Police have been quick to make arrests in what is believed to be a British Drug Gang turf war in San Antonio. This weekend just gone at approximately 9pm, a British man who had received at least two stab wounds fled from pursuers in a hired Land Rover and took refuge in the local police checkpoint in San Antonio. The injured man was rushed to Can Misses hospital, whilst his pursuers fled the scene.

A few weeks ago on June 26th, there was a similar event where another British man received multiple stab wounds at the hands of two people. The attack also happened at 9pm and this time the victim sought refuge inside a pizzeria. The 34-year-old man was seriously injured and taken to hospital. A video camera recorded the assault, which also had several witnesses.

The Guardia Civil have now arrested two men in connection with both stabbing incidents, in addition to the arrest of another man on Saturday by the National Police.

Reports from sources state that between Saturday and Sunday alone that there were at least five stabbings in San Antonio, but no one was seriously injured and all those involved have already been discharged from hospital. All indications are that the stabbings may be the result of a turf war between rival gangs of British citizens who are fighting for control of drug dealing in the San Antonio area.


“Asociación de Residentes y Empresarios Británicos en San Antonio y su Bahía (AREBRI)”

A group of prominent San Antonio & Cala de Bou residents and business people have launched a new association to try and give the local British and Irish community a voice over the coming years.

Local businessman Martin Makepeace will become President serving alongside Nathan Seal as Secretary, Julian Cobby as Treasurer with Duane Lineker and Peter Duncan completing the executive committee.

In a press release issued at a conference attended by Spanish Television and Newspapers, the group said “After many years without a clear voice the British and Irish community of San Antonio and Cala de Bou has come together to form an association to represent the interests of the residents and businesses of this area.

“Asociación de Residentes y Empresarios Británicos en San Antonio y su Bahía (AREBRI)”

The association has been put together by local British and Irish people with a passion for San Antonio & Cala de Bou who want a voice and who want to help in any way possible especially by bringing certain things to the attention of the Town Halls and Consell that directly affect the way we live and work on the island.”

Writing on social media Wednesday president Martin Makepeace went on to talk about the motivation behind the project “Forming an association is the easy part but more importantly you must have the passion to stand up for what you believe in.” The workers Sh1t party will be used as a platform to raise funds for the group this coming Friday 17th.


No to Ibiza Shore

Meanwhile protests continued at the proposed filming of Ibiza Shore, a Spanish derivative of the Jersey and Geordie Shore reality shows. Though not affecting San Antonio alone, the town is particularly sensitive to such shows given their reputation for portraying Ibiza in a negative light. The president of the Consell, Vicent Torres, said yesterday that they will fight to prevent the recording and broadcasting of the program Ibiza Shore on MTV, which has already started looking for youngsters who love to party and wish to participate as contestants.

Torres said the first thing they have done is to find out “at which point of the process they are, and if they have permissions or not.” He recalled that this program was filmed in Gandia and that it is not adequate tourism promotion for the island, although other MTV shows could be. “We’re looking at it at a technical and legal level and if we can stop it we will,” said Vicent Torres, who reminded that they can act through the courts to defend the ‘Ibiza’ brand. We since understand however that the show has received the go ahead.

San Antonio clean up Party Reiniciando have made their view clear by starting a no campaign to the filming. At time of going to press we had not received a response from them as to whether they would also be campaigning to stop the ‘Ibiza Weekender’ programme, who are also currently advertising for participants.


Editorial comment

Nick Gibbs

The establishment of a group representing the interests of British businesses and residents in San Antonio and the bay must be seen as a very positive step forward.

I have to concede a very personal and perhaps selfish reason for welcoming the group in having somewhere to direct the many enquiries and requests for assistance and support we receive  at the Ibizan. It is not only a lack of time to pursue all of these enquiries but also a lack of authority in any attempt to do so. It was this that resulted in our own decision to establish a similar representative group and so be able to leave such important job to those with the time and mandate to undertake it.

Although in its infancy an impressive membership of prominent business people, many with several decades of experience, will ensure the group have as good a chance as any could of gaining the attention of the authorities and affecting change where it is needed.

Despite the overwhelming positives there are two aspects of the group on which I have some reservation.

Personally I feel a more cohesive and unequivocal strength and mandate would have been achieved by the creation of an all Ibiza group. Though I do understand the arguments of San Antonio’s particular issues, I feel it would have been to our long term advantage to establish an Ibiza wide group within which special interest and municipality office or sub committees could work. Many of us San Antonians  bemoan people from outside the borough speaking negatively of the town without ever having visited. By the same token we must be sure that we are not so San Antonio focussed to forget the rest of our expat community around the island. It would be counter-productive if the establishment of this group restricting itself to San Antonio is seen by those outside the borough as ’yet another’ example of what some describe as a San Antonio isolationist enclave. For right reasons or wrong some people throughout Ibiza consider us in San Antonio as a type. I do not think this will do anything to change that, nor be positive in encouraging them to overcome their prejudice and view San Antonio as they do all other parts of Ibiza.

That said, the group have offered their support in any other area looking to establish their own representative group, even as far as preparing the documentation etc.  but I simply feel a better approach would have been a single group to start with—much focus was given in yesterday’s press conference to the ‘power’ of 1000 San Antonio resident voices and so I would have thought the x thousand total Ibiza voices would have been even stronger.

The second point is that I feel in any representative group the ideal has to be for open public elections of officers by the group they are to represent. It is first and foremost a simple question of democracy but in my own experience of politics, trade unions etc., which is considerable, the importance becomes most apparent if and when there are any issues that suggest a conflict of interest, and in Ibiza that seems a most likely scenario to arise.

The best defence for any claim of nepotism is one of democratic mandate—but as we all know that is a naively idealistic view of the way power and politics are played. In practice the most important attribute in getting involved is exactly that, people who will get stuff done and in that I am sure there could not be a better group, and had there been elections we would see exactly the same faces on the committee.

So will the group be able to have an effect on our local life? My view is without doubt yes they will, but if they do not all credit to them for devoting the energy to trying. As an example of why I think they will succeed I will refer to  meetings with the then San An Mayor during 2014 to discuss policing and criminality in the town. She asked, quite reasonably and appropriately “but who are you to say you represent the view of British and Irish residents, by what authority and mandate”. Of course I had none. I could refer to the many opinions received but politicians ultimately value one thing above all others—votes. It is reasonable to think that the representation group can show that it carries the vote of what would be effectively be a seat on the council, and given that voting clout there is little doubt they will be heard and their views and opinions they will be considered.

Changes may be possible across a whole sphere of interests and I smiled when I heard Julian Cobby mention beach dog fouling as something of concern, as it was certainly reflected by our own straw poll, but unfortunately Julian was doing so in trying to turn the assembled Spanish press away from the sole issue of the West End as being the start middle and end of everything of any consequence—and as some see it of all evil in Ibiza. Again personally I could not agree more. There is so much more to San Antonio and I was very conscious of the frustration with which my own questions relating to the west end could have been received, however as again demonstrated by the huge majority of comments we receive discussing any problems relating to Ibiza and as also reflected in our straw poll, the criminality of the West end is the greatest concern of the British residents, and judging by the predominantly negative and sometimes bitter comments on some Spanish news websites today, also the most important to the natives.

It may be that the group will be judged first and foremost on the West End of San An. This is fundamentally unfair as the problems of the West End are not only a British problem but very much a Spanish failure in effective policing. I asked in the press conference whether the group would tackle the elephant in the room of the blatant prostitution, street robbery etc. that we all know goes on so visibly year after year, whilst we hear rhetoric but receive no action from the town halls. This in turn gives rise to accusations of corruption/self interest or ineptitude/denial. My own experience of the last office was one where I would not have liked to make a judgement call. The Mayor and others were stating that they were completely aware of the situation and were doing everything possible to stop it—but that just doesn’t add up when we know that any night we could walk to the foot of the west end and find the same people openly hawking sex and drugs with apparent impunity.

The representative group are not responsible for it, and they cannot do anything direct to stop it, but in making themselves the representatives of a British community in which many, especially those from outside the borough, see the root of all that is bad about Ibiza as the British West End, they will not be able to avoid it, and rightly or wrongly (wrongly in my opinion) be held responsible for it.

I hope they will do the one thing that is within their power, to continue to  shout it loud and clear to the town hall. To ensure the new coalition cannot bury their head in the sand and blame it entirely on drunken tourists. Early signs of the new administration are positive. Group secretary Nathan Viva recounted a recent West End walk round with a member of the coalition Reiniciando Sant Antoni party to see the problems first hand—an offer the last Mayor declined when I put it to her in 2014. We also have reports of a Police bust of 13 street prostitutes in the West End.

This demonstrates an encouraging change of outlook and one where the challenges facing the group are still tough, but with their collective energy and experience achievable. Good luck to all on the group, and if nothing else, at least you got on the telly 🙂


Ibiza Life


Ibiza Gay Pride

Claire B

Saturday July 11th saw the Ibiza Gay Pride parade bringing a riot of colour and music through the port of Ibiza town. The Avenida Santa Eulalia was thronged with people of all ages, who turned out to support the return of Gay Pride to the island. A rainbow-coloured fleet of jeeps gave way to large floats on lorries pumping out loud music, all filled with colourful characters, many representing local businesses, waving rainbow flags and dressed in flamboyant and outrageous outfits. Some threw sweets into the crowd whilst others threw out handfuls of glittery confetti, which quickly coated the road in a sparkly covering. The float from Anfora (Ibiza’s only gay club) brought up the rear, and had people joining in behind them and dancing along to the stage in the port to gay anthem ‘I will survive’, where the party continued until midnight with a stunning mixture of DJs, live performances and dancers entertaining the packed crowd. The atmosphere was lovely and it was great to see so many people out and enjoying the show together, from families with young children to gay couples, elderly couples and groups of friends of all ages. Hopefully it will become an annual event.


Jo’s Child

Nicole Torres

Saturday evening I strolled down to Charlie’s in Es Canar to watch the new eclectic electric trio called ‘Jo’s Child’. They do chilled or up-tempo covers of rock, metal, soul, jazz and funk numbers. The members are Jose Morillas (Spanish) – lead guitar, Patrick Levy (French) – bass and backing vocals, and Carly Sorensen (English) – lead vocals.

I sat down with a cocktail and enjoyed singing along to both sets, starting with Fields of Gold by Sting and Eva Cassidy, Hotel California, With or Without you by U2, Nothing Else Matters – I have to say it was the best cover of this Metalica song I have heard –, Sweet Home Alabama, Sweet Child Of Mine, Gimme all Your Lovin by ZZ Top, Bon Jovi’s It’s my Life, Hit the Road Jack, Mustang Sally, and Wake me Up by Avicci to mention my favourites.

I ran in to an old friend, who is also an Es Canar local and who very often goes to see the shows at Charlie’s, and I was glad to hear that he believes – as do I – that this group was an increase in musical quality for Charlie’s and that he loved Carly Sorensen’s jazzy voice.

The crowd was singing along, cheering, and applauding as hard as they could for every song. I’m definitely not missing their next appearance in Es Canar, but they have gigs all over the island, so follow them on Facebook


To listen to their demo visit



At Night

Dizzee Rascal

Ibiza Rocks

Words and images—Claire B

It may be a cliché, but you could use one word to sum up last week’s gig at Ibiza Rocks with Dizzee Rascal – bonkers! A regular performer at the venue over the years, Dizzee always attracts a large and up-for-it crowd. With grime/rap MC Stormzy warming up the crowd beforehand you knew it was going to be another memorable gig at the venue. Last time Dizzee played at Ibiza Rocks two years ago at the end of August, the heavens unexpectedly opened and it rained down on the venue in spectacular Ibiza stylee. It didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd, but it was definitely memorable, for all the wrong reasons. This year the weather behaved but the heat levels inside the venue were raised with everyone jumping up and down and throwing their arms in the air as Dizzee played all his big hits and the crowd literally went crazy. He was joined onstage for some numbers by singer Daniel Pearce, whose strong but soulful voice brought an injection of melody and soul to the party. This year is the 10th anniversary of Ibiza Rocks and Dizzee led the crowd in singing happy birthday to the venue – a nice touch. The highlight however was the finale with ‘Bonkers’, which he introduced by telling everyone to have a great time, drink responsibly and use condoms. They responded by jumping up and down just that little bit more with Dizzee announcing that he was going to do something that he always wanted to do, and he promptly went out amidst the crowd to perform the rest of the song, jumping up and down with the rest of them. An amazing spectacle and one that was enjoyed by everybody in the place, except for Dizzee’s security guard who had his work cut out.

Another classic performance from Dizzee and his crew that had the venue bouncing in unified frenzy.


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Heart Ibiza

Words & Pictures Claire B

Last Tuesday I made my first visit to Ibiza’s latest offering, Heart Ibiza to see a special performance of Chic with Nile Rodgers and collaboration with The Martinez Brothers. Heart is the new creative experience by Ferran and Albert Adrià (from El Bulli restaurant) and Cirque du Soleil. It promises to offer a new multisensory concept, combining cultural, musical, artistic and gastronomic entertainment.

Once efficiently inside The Club, the first port of call was the bar, where a bottle of Estrella cost 10€, refreshingly a bit cheaper than comparable venues on the island. It was then time to check out the venue. The dining area takes up about half of the club and then there’s a dance floor and small stage at the other end, which extends along the side to become a performance platform. The VIP area is on a balcony area above. Most of the double height wall at the side of the stage and into the dining area is covered in LED panels and has a constant display of stunning visuals. It became apparent that a series of doors are amongst the panels, from which dancers would occasionally appear and perform. The DJ on the stage was playing classic disco tunes from Earth Wind and Fire and Michael Jackson amongst others, and periodically a dance troupe would appear on the dance floor and break out into a routine. A large red metal spiral staircase at the side of the stage leads upwards to the vast open-air terrace on the roof, which has a stunning tree sculpture with dangling flowers and lights in the middle of the large bar in the centre. Partly covered, there are lots of cosy seating areas and an array of eclectic chairs to sit on. Towards the rear of the space is the street food eating area with a series of caravans, shacks and quirky stalls where you get your food from before midnight. They weren’t serving food when we were there but the space is a feast for the eyes, and although it was busy, you could still easily move around and find somewhere to sit down. With a separate DJ, views from the front across the port to Dalt Vila and a huge artwork in progress on one wall, it’s a great space to hang out in on a hot summer night.

Heading back downstairs, not wanting to miss any of the live action, we found space in the far corner of the dance floor in front of the stage and had a bit of a dance whilst we checked out the setlist which was already taped to the floor and waited excitedly for Chic to come onstage. Nile appeared first, making sure his guitar was working and perusing the venue and the crowd, as he often does. Then at about 2am the singers appeared and they got into position with their backs towards us to start their routine and the show, launching into ‘Everybody dance’, and we obliged. We didn’t get the full Chic band, because as Nile pointed out, they wouldn’t all fit on the small stage, but instead we would experience an intimate gig. And that is what we got. The stage at one end of The Club is only a couple of feet high and from my position at the front, I was literally 4 feet away from Nile and Chic singers Kimberly Davis and Folami who flanked him on either side. Performing over a backing track, Nile played guitar and sang occasionally, whilst the Chic ladies took it in turns to sing lead and backing vocals and dance their classy disco moves on either side of him. ‘Dance, dance, dance’ was next followed by ‘I want your love’. This was followed by a segment of medleys of Diana Ross and Sister Sledge songs that Nile had written and are now incorporated into Chic’s shows.

Whenever Nile and Chic perform they always look like they’re having a ball onstage and I defy anyone to not have a ball watching them. When they’re not singing they’re smiling all over their faces, and occasionally break out into little synchronised dance routines. For recent single ‘I’ll be there’, they were joined by collaborators The Martinez Brothers on drums and percussion. They’ve now integrated ‘Get lucky’ into the set due to demand and that was next, followed by favourite ‘Le freak’. For the finale ‘Good Times’ they were joined onstage with some of the Heart dancers and a couple of people from the audience who wanted in on the action, and as has become Chic tradition, they mixed in a bit of ‘Rappers Delight’ which sampled part of the Chic song. They played for almost an hour, and whilst we didn’t get the full Chic band, we definitely got the Chic setlist with everything we wanted to hear and it couldn’t have been more up close and personal. It was a great introduction to the Heart Ibiza experience. After Chic, Dubfire took over on the decks, but I disappeared into the night – I was happy to call it quits.


At Night



Radio 1 Ibiza 20 is Coming

Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Faithless and Kolsch join the line-up for Radio 1’s 20th anniversary in Ibiza

Radio 1’s 20th anniversary in Ibiza will take place from 31st July – 2nd August. As a part of the celebrations, Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Danny Howard will each host a scorching line-up of events across the dance fuelled weekend – broadcasting from Ushuaia Beach Hotel on Friday, the San Antonio sunset strip on Saturday and Ibiza Rocks on Sunday.

The first event of the weekend, held at Ushuaia on Friday 31st July, broadcast live on Radio 1 from 6-11pm (UK time), will be hosted by Annie Mac and will feature sets from big name DJs Calvin Harris and Disclosure.

On Saturday 1st August, following his Dance Anthems show, Danny Howard will host a four hour event on San Antonio’s sunset strip, broadcast live on Radio 1 from 6-10pm (UK time)  – featuring performances from Rudimental and Duke Dumont.

Pete Tong will host the final event of the weekend at Ibiza Rocks on Sunday 2nd August, with a line-up including Faithless and Kolsch. The event will be broadcast live on Radio 1 from 7-11pm (UK time).

As well as the events, a number of Radio 1 shows will broadcast live from a secret location on the Spanish island to mark the special anniversary including Annie Mac’s Thursday evening Radio 1 show (7-9pm UK time), The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw on the Friday, and again on Monday morning as the weekend draws to a close, and on Saturday evening, MistaJam will also head to the White Isle for a special one-off broadcast, showcasing some huge Ibiza anthems. Radio 1 Ibiza 20 will be live on Radio 1, via mobile and the BBC iPlayer Radio app. The event’s will also be live streamed in vision on Radio 1’s website, via BBC Red Button and video highlights will be available via Radio 1’s YouTube and BBC iPlayer channel.



Monday Rocks: Ibiza Rocks Bar

A series of free intimate gigs on Mondays showcasing the best new talent at the Ibiza Rocks Bar in San An. It’s 10th Birthday year for Ibiza Rocks and as part of the celebrations they are taking live music back to its original home at the Ibiza Rocks Bar (formerly Bar M). Monday Rocks will provide a platform for the best new talent to take to the open-air, beachside stage each week until September 14th. The line-up: 20/7 This Feeling presents Young Kato, 27/7 Prides, 03/8 Karen Harding, 10/8 Harley Maxwell, 17/8 Fickle Friends, 14/9 Boxed In, Doors 8pm. Entrance is free but best to pre-register for free entry @



Live music @ Heart Ibiza

New venue Heart Ibiza in Marina Botafoch has announced a series of nights in The Club, which combine live music performances and DJs. Heart Ibiza is a creative partnership between Cirque du Soleil and the Adrià brothers (El Bulli restaurant) that seeks to explore what happens when food, music and art collide. Within the new venue, The Club will see, “a bold fusion of live bands and electronic music”. So far they have announced Duran Duran, Damian Lazarus and The Ancient Moons, George Clinton Parliament and Funkadelic, Brand New Heavies, Carl Cox, Acid Pauli, Pillowtalk and Guy Gerber amongst others. Dates for some artists have not yet been announced, but here’s some of those scheduled. July 21st – Damien Lazarus and The Ancient Moons, July 28th – George Clinton Parliament & Funkadelic, July 31st – Groove Armada (playing live), The Club opens about midnight and you pay on the door. Entrance is about 50€.

For an insight into the venue see the review of Chic playing at Heart elsewhere in this issue.Ibiza is in the Gran Hotel complex, in Marina Botafoch. Full details of the line-up (more will be added) and more info is on their website and FB





Nick G

“If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hooves”

You have to ask whether an A-lister of David Guetta’s calibre, i.e. sawn off double barrel calibre A-lister,  could make as many PR gaffs in 2015 as face value would have you believe. The number and quality of management dictating everything an artist can say and do in public goes in direct correlation with their standing on the alpha list. This is well known to anybody working in journalism from the restrictions and expectations placed upon us for interviews, photography and any other representation of an artist’s  brand.

It seems doubtful therefore, some would say incredulous, that the scurrying pack of big bucks boys and girls in David Guetta’s entourage would blunder into accusations of animal cruelty and racism without seeing some advantage in doing so.  All publicity is good publicity? Well one thing is certain that David Guetta has been at the top of the tree for some time and the fickle dance music industry demands that however big a name it is, that name is in the limelight.

With that in mind we went along to Ushuaia taking the vitriol around his criticised Pacha appearance on horseback, and inherent racism of  cowboys and Indians theme with a pinch of salt. Not a wise move perhaps as at 12euros a beer, salt is the last thing you should be ingesting, but those is the prices, we all know it and there is no point harping on (though I always do).

Our main task of the night was to interview Australian DJ sisters Nervo who had earlier played supporting Guetta. Their private party in Ushuaia’s mini club kicked off as Guetta’s set finished with the forced midnight curfew.

Avoiding any risk of ethical controversy Guetta’s Ushuaia stage set steers clear of steer herders in favour of manmade motors and machinery—though if the suspicion of PR involvement is true we wouldn’t be surprised to see some green campaigners objecting to his flagrant fuel flava. A gold helmet of such huge proportion that a love honey reviewer would struggle to adequately describe it, contained Guetta’s booth—somebody here just shouted out “but not his ego. “

OK for timing that was pretty funny but poor old David seems to be the butt of so many jibes, and perhaps he is something of the San Antonio of DJ’s in that many of those jibes are from people that have never seen him.

The fact you cannot ignore is that David Guetta had the entire place jumping, he continues to not only please the masses but for a good proportion of his crowd provide the focal red letter night of their holiday in Ibiza.

We only caught the later part of his set by when he was in his tried and tested formula and whether or not it is your genre of choice helmets off to a real pro, and the support of his real pro team.

For anybody thinking of going to Ushuaia this year I would suggest you give some thought to getting there good and early if you want to make the most of the music. We wandered to the back raised terrace and though alcohol still seemed to be providing for the enjoyment of some other partygoers the elephant in the room (note to Guetta’s PRs elephant in the funky room a good idea for 2016?) was that from many areas in which people would have still paid to see the show, the sound quality was appalling, low in volume and completely flat. I am sure Ushuaia have the resources for much, much more and so can only assume new control placed on them by the town halls have resulted in this brutal muting of a show that has to be heard loud.

Guetta’s firework finale was a “tip of my tongue if I remember by time we go to print I’ll put it in” 2015 favourite, I’d of thought a little overplayed by now but by the huge majority of audience participation I was alone in my nit-picking and I guess that sums up a night with Guetta, his big gold helmet might not get on the Top Gear cool wall, and as if to prove it the night ended with a hard core/ridiculous rendition of ’If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands’ . David was clapping, the crowd were clapping and I have a feeling his horse was banging his hooves together in time to the beat.


At Night




Siesta,’ ‘fiesta’ & 17 other Spanish words that ‘guiris’* use

We Liked This Article by Maria Sanchez at El Pais who reported on some of the terms from Spain that have become lingua franca over the centuries

María Sánchez Sánchez, El Pais

Most Spaniards probably think their language has a trade imbalance, importing more words than it exports, but that hasn’t always been the case. The accidental arrival of Columbus in the Americas and the Golden Age of the arts that followed saw Spanish words travel around the world, taking root throughout Europe. In those days, Spain’s was a dominant culture, setting trends.

For example, the fact that Spanish words such as armada and chocolate are found in languages such as English, Hungarian and German is a reflection of two types of natural language processes. Alberto Bustos, a linguist and author of a Spanish-language blog called Blog de Lengua, explains that “anybody who invents something, invents the word that describes it” and also that “language can help a culture adapt to realities that are foreign to it.”

If the smartphone is conceived in an English-speaking area, that’s the term most of the planet will use. What’s more, says Bustos, Latin is one of the main reasons that different languages share expressions we think are our own. “In this case it wouldn’t so much be a Spanish contribution, as much as a derivation or appropriation of Latin terms.” If you have ever come across an international publication referring to a president’s agenda or the calling of a referendum, that’s why.

“When two languages come into contact,” says the expert, “they tend to influence each other, but the exchange isn’t on the same terms.” Other factors come into play, such as culture, economics, and politics. That explains why English is the language that today “lends” more words to others, and Spanish can barely manage a few now and then. If the smartphone is conceived and advertised in an English-speaking area, that’s the term that most of the planet is going to use. Similarly, if Spain is known around the world for the variety of its cuisine or its traditional culture, it should come as no surprise that words related to these travel abroad and are picked up by foreigners. Geographic proximity, migration and tourism will do the rest.

These foreign words that retain their original spelling are known as loanwords. Below is a selection that Spanish has contributed to the English lexicon.

  1. Corralito. This is when a government decides to close the banks and prevent people from withdrawing money – as is currently happening in Greece. The word was first coined in 2001 in Argentina by journalist Antonio Laje to describe the country’s financial crisis. The noun’s original meaning refers to a public playground that has been closed off to stop children from escaping. In turn, it comes from ‘corral,’ a Spanish word that entered English via the United States, as a pen or enclosure for animals.
  2. Mosquito. The insect that kills more people around the world than any other. In Spanish it means “little fly.” National Geographic tells us that its activity increases five-hundredfold during the lunar phase.
  3. Guerrilla. Che Guevara was arguably the best-known exponent of this military strategy, which in Spanish means “little war.” The idea is that small, dispersed groups attack and harass the enemy. The word entered the language during the Peninsular War against Napoleon. The success of the campaign against the French led to the term being applied to fighters, as well as the form of combat itself.
  4. Macho. The qualities traditionally associated with masculinity. The term was famously used by US disco group Village People on their hit record Macho Man.
  5. Daiquiri. A cocktail made with lemon juice, white rum and sugar. The name comes from a neighbourhood in the Cuban town of El Caney where a US-owned iron mine was located. Visiting Americans picked up on the delicious drink, making it world famous.
  6. Peón. This Spanish word is used in English and other languages to refer to a day labourer. To a lesser extent, it is also used to describe low-ranking infantry soldiers. It originally comes from the Latin word pedo, which has nothing to do with the modern Spanish significance of the term, which means ‘fart.’
  7. Siesta. Spain is still sometimes disparagingly referred to as the land of the afternoon nap, but the tradition is also popular in many other countries. Winston Churchill adopted the habit after visiting Cuba during the country’s fight for independence from Spain.
  8. Cafetería. Used throughout the world to describe anything from a coffee room to a restaurant, and now, of course, also a place to find a free WiFi connection.
  9. Fiesta. That magical moment when a group of friends gets together to celebrate. The reasons can be many and varied. Foreigners love to say the word, and like siesta, it has become inextricably linked to Spain, thanks in large part to fiestas such as San Fermín and the Tomatina in Buñol.
  10. Cilantro. A sweet-smelling herb used in cooking, which supposedly also has medicinal properties. In some English-speaking countries it is also known as coriander, but in the United States particularly, cilantro is what you want in your guacamole, for example.
  11. Embargo. Rooted in Latin, this term refers to ban on trade with another country. The United States has famously imposed one on Cuba for more than half a century.
  12. Aficionado. An expert in or exponent of a sport or art form. Ernest Hemingway was a great bullfighting aficionado, for example.
  13. Adobe. One of the many words to enter Spanish from Arabic, it refers to a crude mud and straw mix used to make bricks, and has long been a commonly used building material in Latin America. Today it may be more familiar as a brand of software, and was apparently chosen because one of the founders of the company lived near a place in California called Adobe.
  14. Loco. All languages have their word to describe somebody or something that is mad or crazy, but this Spanish word has captured people’s imaginations around the world. Spain even has its mad queen, Juana la Loca. Argentinean soccer coach Marcelo Bielsa was dubbed “El Loco,” and there is also a town in Oklahoma of the same name.
  15. El Dorado. Countless Spanish explorers disappeared while searching for the legendary city of gold hidden in the jungles of South America, among them Francisco de Orellana, who in the process became the first European to navigate the Amazon river. Several centuries later, Indiana Jones set off in pursuit of it, while Cadillac decided it was a great name for a car. As the place was never found, the term often has negative connotations.
  16. Patio. In Spanish it means courtyard, while in English it has come to denote a small, paved garden, typical of suburban houses. Game of Thrones character Jaime Lannister was recently seen in the legendary Patio of the Maidens in Seville’s Alcázar palace.
  17. Bodega. Originally a place where wine was stored, the term has also come to refer to mom-and-pop stores, particularly in the southwestern United States, as a result of the area’s proximity to Spanish-speaking countries and large migrant population.
  18. Tapas. Leaving siestas and fiestas aside, this word has arguably most come to identify Spain in the minds (and stomachs) of foreigners. The origin is disputed, with some linguists saying it comes from the practice of serving a drink with a piece of bread or plate on top of it to cover, or tapar, the glass. Granada’s bars have established a reputation as being among Spain’s most generous in providing tapas with their drinks.
  19. Matador. The romantic, or macho Spanish male par excellence, and a figure that has long captured the imagination of foreigners. Ernest Hemingway, that bullfighting aficionado, immortalized two of Spain’s best-known matadors, Luis Miguel Dominguín and Antonio Ordóñez, in his posthumously published book The Dangerous Summer.

* If you don’t know what the word ‘guiri’ means, chances are you are one…




Concord Lodge 66

On behalf of Concord Lodge 66 I would like to thank everyone who came to our Full Moon party on Thursday 2nd July at Nu Blau Restaurant. A special thanks to the Calypso Steel Band who played wonderful music and very kindly donated their fee to our Charity. Thanks to them, our generous guests buying lots of raffle tickets and wonderful anonymous donationwere able to present a cheque to the Secretary of A.P.N.E.E.F. Carmen Boned,€1500. Thank you once again to all who supported the evening, Regards, Michael MacDonald .


Moonlight Walk

I’m very pleased to let you all know that the recent Moonlight Walk for Ibiza and Formentera against Cancer raised 2,161 euros for the association to assist people affected by cancer. A huge thank you to all the sponsors and participants. Margaret.


View from the Pew

What am I going to do with the rest of my life? Should I take this job, or is there something better on the horizon? Who should I marry? Should I move?

Life is a never-ending series of choices. Can we know whether we are making the right decisions? Should we consult our horoscope? Maybe we should call the psychic hot-line? Do we go with what the experts are saying or rely on our gut-feeling?

Should we look to the stars or should we seek the Maker of the stars?

How do we know if we’re making right decisions in our lives?

We need confirmation by hearing from our Creator.

The most difficult part of hearing God is the fact that it takes time to learn to discern God’s voice – and it takes a humble heart.

“…and the sheep follow Him, for they know the Shepherd’s voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger…” (John 10:4b-5)

So how can we know whether we’re hearing the voice of God? The Bible gives us five basic filters through which every possible leading should be judged. We are to carefully examine the intentions of our hearts and the words of godly people through the use of these five keys:

Scripture: “All Scripture is inspired by God. (2 Tim. 3:16)

The Holy Spirit speaking to our heart: “I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach everyone saying, `know the Lord´, for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them” (Heb. 8:10-11)

The Prophetic: “Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully, hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thes.5:19-20)

Godly counsel: “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:15)

The Peace of God: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body, and be thankful” (Col. 3:15)

Many times the Lord will confirm His direction to us through three or more of these keys, especially when we are in the process of making an important, life-changing decision.

Services: Sun July 19th, San Rafael Church (Worship with Holy Communion) 10:30am. ICS Holiday Services: Sun 19th of July 10:30am Communion and 4:30pm informal Praise at the RC Chapel en Es Canar. ICS Seasonal Chaplain: 638 373 479

English-speaking Church on Ibiza and Form. Tel 971 343383



New doorstep energy scam alert

Residents who either own their own homes or are currently renting should be aware of a couple of ongoing scams being perpetrated by unscrupulous con-artists.

A new scam reported to us this week revolves around the new style invoices being sent to customers from Endesa Energia. Doorstep callers have told residents they are from Endesa and that they are visiting all customers to explain the new style invoice. Fortunately those called upon did not fall for the patter, but we assume the intention is to gain access with the homeowner then needing to find their bill a perfect distraction for their theft. We all despise these confidence tricks in that they particularly target the elderly and vulnerable living among us. Please help avoid the risk of there being victims in your own neighbourhood by spreading the word that these rogues are on the prowl. Of course for many of us the idea that Endesa would do anything so customer friendly would be enough to raise the alarm bells.

It is also worth issuing a reminder regarding the ongoing gas maintenance scam. The scenario is usually that a couple of men pretending to be from or representing a well-known energy supplier will knock on your door and ask to see your gas or electrical systems for maintenance. They will often replace a valve or similar and then charge you cash on the spot to cover labour and parts. Not only are they endangering the occupants of the house by not being skilled in maintenance, but they also charge far above the usual costs for this type of work. You should never let cold callers into your home and insist on seeing ID. Even if the men are in official uniforms and/or driving a branded vehicle, be vigilant and phone the energy company that they claim to represent to check that they are official. If you are in anyway suspicious, then it’s likely that you’re not being paranoid. If they do end up making changes, make sure to never pay cash and insist on an invoice to pay the bill at a later date.

Never give information to personal or telephone callers. Ask for personal caller i.d. and ask them to wait whilst you confirm directly with their company. If by telephone, you should note the number being used to call you and then tell the caller that you will phone them back on an official contact number. If you have any queries regarding your account or wish to let fraud department know the number used to cold call you, then make sure to phone the Endesa directly on 800 76 09 09. If you have any problems with your supply, then you need to call 900 84 99 00.


Thursday 16th to Wednesday  22nd July

ARIES – The World

This week marks the beginning of a new cycle in at least one area of your life.  Some will be thinking of career or home moves; others will acknowledge that it’s their inner world of thoughts and feelings that need to move on. New beginnings give us all opportunity to have a fresh perspective.  Move forward with confidence and optimism.

TAURUS – Queen of Wands

Taking charge, being organised and getting your ducks in a row takes priority this week.  This card highlights ambition as some of you have wanted a career change or extra responsibility.   That’s coming so you might as well embrace it and rise to the occasion. Your creative fire and vision is activated and with it the ability to ‘know yourself’.

GEMINI – The Hierophant

If you’ve been experiencing a little chaos in certain areas, then it will be up to you to set boundaries or impose some much needed discipline or routine.  Have faith that the structures on which you base your life are sound and reliable.  You’re experiencing a profound shift in the way you live your life; so enjoy and embrace it!

CANCER – Ace of Wands

A new career or business opportunity presents itself this week.  If you seize this opportunity it could bring further success in the long term.  You may be required to relocate to another destination, but hey; nothing ventured, nothing gained.  If you’re the creative type; exciting projects come your way and you’re inspired to do great things.  Property deals go ahead.

LEO – Three of Disks

Sudden and unexpected business opportunities come your way, which involves other partners as well.  It will be a great idea, just so long as all remains equal. Market yourself well and you’ll be on the road to success. It’s time to think outside the box career wise, changes are coming, make sure you do your best to embrace them.

VIRGO – Nine of Wands

If you feel in a bit of a rut and life’s a tad stagnant, then this is the week to spring clean your attitude and make decisions that see you taking more risks than usual.  Get with the plot over a career matter; others are calling the shots so you must speak up in order to get your point across.

LIBRA – Page of Cups

New beginnings, fresh starts – the time is now!  This is the detox or refresh your life card.  What areas of your routine need a makeover?  Start with diet, exercise and especially spend time with quality people, those that make you happy.  Situations or people that suck the joy out of life are to be avoided at all costs.

SCORPIO – Page of Wands

You need to listen to what a younger member of your family is saying, either verbally or non-verbally. Pay attention to their wants and needs as they may be going through a sensitive phase and need extra encouragement.  Otherwise, for the rest of you; you hear of a new business opportunity or a career option will make you very happy!


People from your past turn up or contact you out of the blue indicating happy reunions and also a reconnection of feelings where they’re concerned.  This card indicates pleasure on a deep and nurturing level and as a result, you’ll enjoy life more than usual.  Any recent disappointments fade away this week and you’re more than happy to help others.

CAPRICORN – King of Swords

An interesting and dynamic person could sweep you off your feet, that’s if you’re ready for romance that hits you like a tornado!  For ambitious Capricorn’s this card represents success and that a particular goal in life is within reach.  However, you must remain passionate and focused on your dream.  Aquarius, Gemini and Libra men are good allies or lovers!

AQUARIUS – Five of Swords

It may be difficult for you 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.  Sometimes you trust unconditionally only to find you’ve been hoodwinked by a charming attitude.  Time to wise up!

PISCES – Seven of Wands

After last week’s difficulties which had your back was against a wall; you come out fighting.  You’ve had some time to digest the situation and are ready to confront those put you through so much.  This card asks; have you a backbone or a wishbone?  Associates will see the errors of their ways and you’ll be satisfied with the outcome.


Mind Body & Soul


Energy Medicine

Sabina Brownstein

A recent international medical conference provided strong proof that the acceptance of Energy Medicine by conventional doctors has reached a critical turning point. The conference featured workshops in a vast array of different energy techniques: Acupressure, Reiki, Reconnection, Quantum Touch, Eden Energy Medicine, and many more. This would have been unimaginable even just a few years ago, and it shows how rapidly these new types of healing are making their way into the mainstream of modern medicine. Energy medicine is safe, natural and accessible, and it is beginning to change the face of health care. Dr. Norman Shealy, a world renowned neurosurgeon and psychiatrist, who has been at the forefront of this trend, sums it up this way: “Energy Medicine is the future of all medicine”.

So, what is Energy Medicine and how will its acceptance change our lives? There are many types of energy healing techniques – some hands-on, others hands-off. All of them are based on the knowledge that changes in the body’s energy field have a great effect on our health and well being. The human energy field is comprised of energy pathways (meridians) and energy centres (chakras). When our energies become blocked or out of rhythm, due to emotional stress or physical trauma, it causes problems in the related areas of the physical body. Our immune system gets weaker… we are more susceptible to viruses and infections… our emotions become negative and depressed. An energy medicine practitioner is trained to find these blockages and then apply treatments that are specifically designed to harmonize the energy flows and restore them to a healthy balance.

Energy Medicine is the cornerstone of my practice, and over the years I have found that Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) has become one of my favourite healing modalities. EEM combines ancient wisdom with modern science to restore and maintain your body’s flow, harmony and health.does this through tapping, massaging, connecting acupoints, balancing chakras and special healing exercises.of these are designed for specific energetic effects and together theythe body, release tension, sharpen the mind, balance your hormones, and ease pain. EEM techniques and exercises are particularly effective for treating anxiety, stress and moderate depression without the side effects of medication.

EEM exercises are easy to learn, and practising a daily Energy Medicine Routine is very empowering. It will give you the awareness to recognize when your body is out of alignment, and it also provides the tools to bring you back into a healthy balance. A simple EEM exercise that you can try right now will boost your energy in a healthier and more effective way than having a cup of coffee.’s called “Tapping the Thymus” which is a gland located in the middle of your chest. Tap on the centre of your sternum (also known as the “Tarzan Spot”) for 30 seconds while breathing deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth.benefits of this exercise include not only stimulating your overall energy, but also activating your immune system and increasing your strength.

Your body is designed to heal itself, and this ability to maintain health and overcome illness is among nature’s most remarkable feats. But we have been placed in a world that systematically interferes with this natural capacity, so your conscious involvement in your health and well being is required if you are to truly prosper.

Getting to know your body by working with its energies is a fun and exciting way of supporting your health and happiness.

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It’s Good to Talk

Kate Stillman

Dear Kate

My husband has recently given up his job without consulting with me and is spending his time supposedly putting together a new business idea which I know nothing about. I am torn between wanting to support him, but also unbelievably angry that he made such a decision during the small window we have to make money to see us through the winter and without talking to me. I mean, while I have a full time job, deal with all the household stuff and the children, it has got to the point where I can’t rely on him for anything emotionally or practically.

I have always been incredibly independent, and I am even beginning to think that he is playing on this, and knows that whatever happens I will ensure the bills get paid and the children are well cared for. I hate to even think this idea but I feel pushed into it. He sleeps so much and doesn’t really think about anyone else except for himself. Any ideas as to what I should do?


Dear BT

Thank you for your letter, it feels as if you have pretty much taken on responsibility for everything in your lives? And, I wonder what it would feel like for you to push some of that responsibility back? It might be that your independence is actually colluding with his not taking on-board some of the things you say would like to share or even have him take over.

I appreciate that there are many things you are juggling and it is a delicate balance for you to keep everything working as you would like, but continuing the way you are is only going to bring more and more to your plate. There is a risk in letting go of some things and I suppose it is that risk that you need to consider, you maybe surprised by his reaction!

You haven’t mentioned how you actually feel about him? Is there still fun, laughter, and love? These are also the things you need to work on as a couple or you simply become two people who are managing the complexities of bringing up a family.

Warm regards,





Amanda Zips It Up

Amanda O’Riordan

Hey everyone. Welcome this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up.

Regular readers will surely be bored of reading this, but I am heading back to the Balearics this weekend, for my summer holidays. It’s a proper holiday with the family rather than the short solo trips I have been taking so far this year. The positive is the current heatwave sweeping across Europe, whilst the negative will be the inevitable flight delays and cancellations. But let’s think positive for now.

In my last instalment I covered tennis fashion for girls, and all last weekend I was glued to the box watching the Women’s and Men’s Wimbledon finals. The winners were pretty predictable (yawn) but what struck me on Monday was the press coverage, not of the winners, but of F1 champ, Lewis Hamilton, being kicked out of the Royal box on Centre Court for refusing to wear a smart jacket and tie. I don’t know if you’ve noticed that since the young millionaire split with Nicole Scherzinger, he has gone all cool, casual and super trendy.

He has completely revamped his wardrobe and replaced his usual smart suits with designer ripped jeans, floral shirts, cool kicks and funky trilby hats. I personally love the new Hamilton look and support his refusal to break rank from his new wardrobe and wear the jacket and tie offered to him by Wimbledon officials, following which he walked out.

Yes, I understand Wimbledon is steeped in quintessential British tradition and thousands of tourists flock to the event purely to experience the strawberries, boaters and blazers. But surely it’s time to move on?

It is 2015 after all, and too bloody hot and uncomfortable in that get-up for hours in the SW17 sun. The UK has become a global fashion leader and perhaps we could make a statement by updating the dress code for the iconic fortnight? On the other hand, Men’s fashion in the UK is currently dominated by the smart ‘hipster’ bearded look. Suits and ties have rarely been so on trend. I’ll leave that one with you.

This instalment is packed with summer hints onto remain looking ‘fresh’ in that scorching sun. Plus it’s 100 years since the invention of plastic surgery. We investigate why Brazil had 50,000 ‘bum jobs’ and 70,000 penis enlargements last year alone.

So peel off those layers, get the SPF ready and enjoy this week’s Zips It Up. X

Read Amanda’s fashion blog



Heatwave make-up

Amanda O’Riordan

It has been claimed recently that there has been a huge rise in Botox injections in the face and armpits to deal with excessive sweating. Seems extreme to me. I’d sooner stick with the deodorant and heat resistant make-up.

July is up and running and I realise it’s too hot for make-up. There’s no point in making your face up if all your slap is going to slide off your face before lunchtime.

If it’s not fixed, make-up will simply melt, or somehow just be absorbed by your sweaty face when it’s hot.

There are simple ways to prevent this. Chiefly, there are products called primers – a layer that goes on over moisturiser and under make-up and holds it in place.

Not long ago I thought the arrival of this new type of product was another cosmetics industry swizz. We never needed it before – why is it suddenly imperative? Which meant I came very late to the primer table – and realised they do actually make a difference to the longevity of your face paint.

I’d also assumed that primers didn’t apply to me as they were for people who wore loads of make-up. I was wrong about that, too. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (£52; liberty.co.uk) is the best I’ve tried and it has an SPF of 15. It has a matt finish and will blur pores and fine lines before foundation goes on – so much so that you might consider using it on its own. I don’t really use a base in the summer (who needs it with a bit of a tan?), but I still use a primer to keep bronzer and eyeliner in place.

I found this very useful the other week when the sudden heatwave in Ibiza meant the dial on the sweat-o-meter went beyond “dewy”. The mattifying properties of a good primer will keep your skin glowing at worst.

If you’re still not convinced about primers, give your make-up a fighting chance by using formulations that are less likely to disappear in the heat. Don’t use cream shadows or blushes, for example. They’re emollient-based and will smear in warmer weather. Powders will be better. Use a gel or liquid longwear eyeliner rather than waxed-based pencils, which will smudge.

Occasionally I am that woman who applies a fine, cooling spritz in the middle of the day. And there’s only one that will do. Crème De La Mer’s The Mist. This softening liquid will soothe the skin, as well as wake it up if it’s looking drowsy and droopy.

So stock up in the duty free cosmetics department on your way out girls, or to all you islanders, simply order online and hope it arrives before the end of the summer!

You could always spray water on your face. Now there’s a thought.




100 years of plastic surgery

Amanda O’Riordan

So breast implants are fairly common. But I wonder what the inventor of plastic surgery would have made of the 50,000 bum ops in Brazil last year? And most shockingly, there were 2,786 penis enlargements in Germany the previous year. The operation itself is incredibly risky and there have been many ‘botched jobs’ with smelly leakage. There’s no way back once the penis has been tampered with but the best results can also improve a manhood measurement by quite a few inches, as you can see in the before and after shot here.

It is 100 years since plastic surgery inventor Sir Harold Gillies created ground-breaking skin grafts to deal with the awful World War One wounds and his medicine has evolved into a multi-billion-pound pursuit of perfection.

And if the 20 million global ops done last year are anything to go by, plastic surgery has got under our skin in more ways than one.

Sir Harold unwittingly invented the surgical phenomenon. He developed the “tube pedicle” technique, using skin grafts from undamaged areas on the damaged.

In the UK during 1917, the London-based doctor put this practice to wider use. He persuaded military authorities to establish a specialist ward for facial injuries at Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot.

Soon after, a purpose-built facility for soldiers with facial injuries — Queen Mary’s Hospital — was opened in Sidcup, Kent. There, he and his colleagues developed many techniques of plastic surgery and carried out more than 11,000 operations on 5,000 men. His first patient, sailor Walter Yeo, was given new eyelids with a “mask” of skin grafted across his face.

Before long Hollywood was jumping at the chance to make its stars even more gorgeous on the big screen. Silent movie actor Rudolph Valentino was one of the first to indulge. His ears, which “stuck out like wild elephants’,” were pinned back in 1920. He was swiftly followed by Gloria Swanson, who had just moved from the stage to the silver screen, and found the camera harsher on her features. She was the first A-lister to have a facelift.

In the Fifties, one of the great all-time beauties, Marilyn Monroe, had plastic surgery on her chin and nose. But it wasn’t until the Nineties that plastic surgery exploded into the mainstream — and surgeons were performing a million procedures each year in the US.

Boob jobs became safer with the introduction of silicone-gel implants, which eliminated most leakage. Blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson and her enhanced breasts shot to fame on Baywatch.

Since 2000, there has been an 87 per cent increase in cosmetic surgery. And now the vast majority of services are “minimally invasive”, thanks to the rise of lunchtime services such as fillers and Botox.

In 2013 there were 50,122 procedures in the UK, with a record number of blokes fuelling the rise in cosmetic surgery. That’s Botox as well as penis enlargements.

Would I go for it? Personally, Katie Price has put me off for life.



Sophia V

I went to Ocean Beach Club this week, and had a brilliant time. OBC is also a place where actress Michelle Keegan celebrated the Lipsy pool party in 2014. Michelle is a complete style-icon. She always looks flawless and classy wherever she goes, and it’s no suprise that she’s often voted for the most enviable bikini body, not to mention sexiest female for FHM.

Lipsy is one of my favourite brands, and I have quite a few dresses from Lipsy. Unfortunately there isn’t a Lipsy in Spain, but there is an easy-to-use website where clothes can be purchased.

Michelle has a main collection, and a holiday collection. Items include- floor length gowns, body-con dresses, skater dresses, playsuits, short sets, summer dresses, skirts, t-shirts, cardigans, and more, in a variety of styles, whether it’s plain, print, floral, or striped. Sizes range from a UK XS to XL, and prices vary.

The website also sells sports wear, trousers, knitwear, jackets, leggings, hoodies, lingerie, shoes, sunglasses, jewellery, fragrances, watches, bags and more.

To shop at Lipsy, check out their website-


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Jezza’s Sports Report …

Jeremy Parmenter

You’re going to have to bear with me at the moment because I’m writing this report from the floor as I still haven’t got over the fact that, in


England beat Australia!!! Yes, my friends, you did read that right, as last week in the 1st Ashes Test (of 5) in Cardiff not only did Cookie’s boys just beat the Aussies, they whupped ’em by 160 odd runs! Now, I’m not going to count any chickens for a long time yet, as there’s a long way to go and you can bet your bottom euro (unless you’re Greek of course!) that the men from Down Under WILL come back in force, but hey, we couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Series. England were superior in all departments (batting, fielding, bowling, catching) and have at least put down a marker and, more importantly, there were contributions from the whole team, altho’ Root, Ali, Bell, Broad and Anderson were arguably the pick of the bunch. So, 1 up and 4 to go, with the next starting on Thursday at Lords, where, to be honest, the Aussies have to show what they’re made of otherwise, if they lose again, they would have to win the last 3 to win the series; mind you as holder’s, they could draw 2-2 with 1 drawn to retain the little urn. Nicely set up methinks, but well done to Cook and his boys.


It’s getting better and better for Chris Froome in his quest for a second Tour de France title as, as of Sunday, after 9 stages, he’s the man with the yellow jersey and leads by 12 seconds from American van Garderen and 27 from Belgian Avermaet. As for his team Sky, they lie second overall and 12 seconds behind BMC and as team boss Sir Dave Brailsford commented “it’s been the perfect first week” but there’s still a long arduous road ahead. So, keep it going, Chris, and let’s hope your team can support you all the way up to the finish line at the Arc de Triomphe!


and, unfortunately, not the perfect ending for that legend Federer at Wimbledon, as having demolished Our Andy in the Semis (3 sets to love) he came up against a pumped up World No 1, Djokovic, in the Final. Having said that, after winning the second set tiebreak 12-10, after being 6-3 down and where Djokovic squandered 7 set points to take a 2 set to love lead, to come back to 1 set each, we really thought there might be a little upset on the cards. However, Djokovic isn’t No 1 for nowt, and reeled off the next two sets to retain the title he won last year. So no 18th Major for Roger this time but how he graced the tournament and was such a gentleman in defeat to the younger man. As for Murray, I’m sure his time will come again, but, after the Semis, it just shows how big the current gap is between the top 2 and the rest.

In the Ladies, congrats to Serena Williams as she took the Final 6-4 6-4 to land her second Grand Slam, (being holder of all 4 Majors at once) but you have to give great credit to 20th seed, Venezuelan-born but naturalised Spaniard Gabine Muguruza, appearing in her first Major final at the tender age of 21, who looked down and out when down 4-1 in the second set but kept going to draw level before the superior Williams force and experience came to the fore.

Congrats are also due to Murray’s elder brother Jamie, who battled through to the Men’s Doubles Final with Aussie partner Peers but succumbed to 4th seeds Rojer and Tecau. Still, great experience for both Murrays and let’s hope they can join forces with Ward for next week’s important Davis Cup tie with France. Finally, more congrats, this time to Martina Hingis, remember her? Playing in her 17th Wimbledon tournament and without success, the 1st lady of Swiss tennis bagged both the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles and who knows, she could team up with the Fed for the Rio Olympics mixed doubles next year.


Oh dear Rory, what have you done! Whilst taking part in a leisurely kick-about you go and injure yourself and will miss this week’s British Open starting on Thursday at St Andrews. More importantly, with World No 2, American Jordan Spieth, breathing down your neck after his John Deere Classic win in the States o’er the w/end, he now has the chance, if he wins, to knock you off your No 1 perch, so let’s hope your European buddies (McDowell, Rose, Garcia, Westwood et al) can beat him on your behalf.

Rugby League

Small shock occurred in Super League as 3rd placed Wigan beat leaders Leeds with a last minute penalty to close the gap to only 2 points after 21 games, while 2nd placed St Helens closed it to un point as they beat Huddersfield by one point in a 69 point thriller (as they say Stateside, you do the math!) Elsewhere, Widnes beat Catalans 29-22, Warrington stuffed Wakefield 40-20, Salford beat Hull KR 31-18 and Hull overcame Castleford 21-18.


Just heard that Manchester City have bought Liverpool’s Sterling for the ungodly price of 49m, this for a 21 year old who (a) hasn’t won anything yet and (b) has yet to prove himself on a consistent basis. Sorry, you Saudi’s, methinks you’ve been done here but good business for the ‘Pool. And, on top of that, 200 grand (Pounds mind) wages per week, what’s the Premier League coming to? Great business too for QPR tho’ as they get 10m odd from the sell on price! Good news, I think, for Man Utd fans as they secured Schneiderlin from Southampton to shore up their leaky defence and Bayern Munich and Germany star Schweinsteiger to beef up there midfield but with Real Madrid’s legend Iker Casillas now left for Porto, you’re going to have to pay big money for a new ‘keeper, as, mark my words, De Gea will be flying off any time now to the Spanish capital. Maybe shoulda gone for Petr Cech earlier but Mnsr Wenger’s snapped him up for a bargain 11m and good luck, I say, to the now ex-Chelsea legend.

Finally, can’t go without imparting some really good news for Our Ed and the island in general as I was at the airport on Saturday evening collecting a friend and whilst waiting, was witness to a, what do you call it, “gaggle” maybe, or “pride” (no doubt Our Ed will think of a cunning word!) of Norwich City fans, flags an’ all, on a stag week so, you have been warned! Until next week, Jezza.



Santa Eulalia Museums

Nicole Torres


Can Planetes or d’es Molí de Dalt – River Interpretation Centre

Next to the bed of the only river in Ibiza and the Balearic Islands, in the town of Santa Eulalia, is this interpretation centre, which aims to disseminate and show how the river and local residents lived there in the tenth century.

In a typical pagés house, which you can visit for free, there is a running flour mill and you can also observe the typical crafts of the area.

The river of Santa Eulalia and its environment led to a natural area in which people used the river for irrigation for many years.

That’s why the system of canals, orchards and mills are still an important part of the landscape of the river valley.

In other parts of the house, there are two classrooms to accommodate arranged courses or meetings and where there are information panels about the historical sites of the river’s environment and the different irrigation systems used. A model of the town is also on exposition. The Can Planetes’ classrooms also host screenings of educational films, as two short documentaries that deal with the history of the Santa Eulalia River and the Orchard that formed around throughout the centuries.

Can Planetes is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 1pm, closed on Mondays and bank holidays.


Museum of Ethnography

In the Puig de Missa of Santa Eulalia des Riu there is Can Ros, an old country house designated as the local museum of ethnography.

Can Ros is a good example of rural architecture of Ibiza, with the “porxo” (main room), the kitchen, the different “cases de dormir” (bedrooms), the oil mill, the “porxet” (the upstairs balcony), the well and the cistern. Adapting to the demands of space, there is a permanent exhibition, sometimes in a scenic way, if the room and pieces permit it, or by glass showcases and various exhibitors. This exhibition ranges from clothing and jewellery to many household objects used in farm houses, field and craft or specific task’s utensils, musical instruments, weapons, and personal items.

This permanent exhibition is supplemented by temporary solo exhibitions, as well as conducted Workshops and Craft activities in which various traditional craftsmen show us the development of musical instruments, clothing, sandals, toys and objects made from plant fibres. When visiting Can Ros, you can ask to see any of the historical and ethnographic videos that make up the background.

Their summer opening hours (until September 30th) are Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and 5.30pm to 8pm, and Sundays from 11am to 1.30pm. The entrance is only 3€ and children get in for free.

Tel. 971 332845 – 971 338154
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Trull De Ca N’andreu Museum

This former farm of the seventeenth century and very near the center of Sant Carles, has been converted into a house museum and preserved for a hundred years. It is interesting to visit because it shows all the elements of traditional Ibizan architecture.

The Trull (mill) dates from 1775 and is one of the few that remain on the island. It also exhibits farm tools, plows, millstones, equipment for wine making, tools for manufacturing footwear, musical instruments, weapons, and other typical utensils from the Pitiusan rural world. The farm belongs to Miquel Torres, who inherited it from his father and it has remained in the same family for generations. 90% of the exhibits were in this house and the rest have been presents from neighbouring houses.

Open in the summer, coinciding with planned trips, but it can be visited daily by particulars from 3.45pm to 4.45pm. Also on Saturday, from 11am to 2pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30pm to 10.30pm. You can call to make an appointment 971 335261. Entrance: 2 €


Sala Barrau

There used to be a Museum on the Puig de Missa in Santa Eulalia in honour of Catalan painter Laureano Barrau i Buñol, who died in Santa Eulalia in 1957. He first visited the island in 1912 and here he found a place for rest and inspiration, enchanted by the lights, the landscapes, the idiosyncrasies of the people and their customs. Finally settling in Santa Eulalia, he painted the landscapes and its people.

Nowadays, Barrau’s paintings are in a room in the centre of the Passeig de S’Alamera in Santa Eulalia on permanent exposition.


The Guide …




Ball Pagés

Nicole Torres

With a stroke of castanets this charming and colourful dance begins, it so primitive that even today the exact origin is unknown. The Ball Pagés of Ibiza and Formentera (declared of Cultural interest in June 18th, 2012) is a dance in which the man invites the woman to dance with a strong hint of castanets, dressed in colourful costumes and depending on the occasion adorned with spectacular jewels called “emprendadas”.

The “ball pages” is the name that designates the set of traditional dances of the Balearic Islands. They are dances belonging to rural society whose common feature is a clear differentiation between the roles of men and women. The woman, with a submissive attitude, arms collected in the body, stares at the floor and not the dancer, while she moves with very short, quick steps going in circles within which man acts.

The man, however, has no predetermined steps and dances doing big jumps and throwing his legs up in the air, trying to follow the dancer’s gaze; but should never turn his back on the female.

The music that accompanies the dance is performed by the “sonador” (sounder, he who makes noise) with the drum and the “flaüta” (flute), and male dancers with “castanyoles” (castanets).

Traditionally, dances were held in the lodges, coinciding with major collective tasks, such as matanzas (the day a home would sacrifice a pig to make sobrasadas, butifarras, etc, where neighbours and friends come to help. These are still held nowadays), shelling corn, etc.

The origin of our dances is unknown, although some of its characteristics (a circle) and the intense rituality make us think that they may be dances of ancient origin. The Christian influence may be the strongest, but profane dances are easily recognizable, especially the dances around wells and springs. All these dances near wells and springs were initiated by San Juan, coinciding with the celebration of the summer solstice and stretched throughout the summer.

These dances could be related to a possible ancient water cult of pagan origin, which eventually became a match for different Christian festivals: San Juan, San Pedro, San Jaime, Santa Maria or San Ciriaco.

The execution of the dances varies considerably from one village to another on our islands. There are mainly four types of dances; “sa curta” (the short one), “sa llarga” (the long one), “sa filera” (the line) and “ses nou (or dotze) rodades” (the nine –or twelve- laps). Furthermore, in all spontaneously organized dances there existed a hierarchy. First, there was always a man in charge of organizing the dance and bringing order in case of confrontation between the younger men. The name as they are known, usually, is “es que porta es ball” (the one carrying the dance), and was present at all dances. He was in charge of taking out the first dancer to do the first dance, which used to be “sa curta”.

It was once considered a privilege to be the first to dance and used to give priority to the girl who had cleaned and decorated around the well where they danced, owners of the well or the land where dance was held, and, specifically, in the case of being in a private home, priority was given to the single girl, with her boyfriend, or a brother.

Once “es que porta es ball” had brought the first dancer out, another young man could dance with her and so on. Meanwhile the second dancer was asked to the ‘dance floor’ and so it continued until all the girls present had danced. They used to be very strict with this rule, and all the boys danced with all the girls.

When the dancing had begun, the time the dances lasted was taken into strict account, especially among young men who courted the same girl. If it was thought that a young man had danced more than the stipulated time with a woman, it could cause some argument or even a fight.

“Es que porta es ball” had to take care of resolving conflicts among the younger men, acting as responsible for everything that happened. Once the dance had occurred normally, it was also him who had to decide when it was time to finish. To end, he asked the first girl with whom he had danced at the beginning and they danced “sa curta”.

With regard to the rhythmic variations of the dance, two paces coincide with the two main types of dance are distinguished: “sa curta” and “sa llarga”. The first is a dance in which the elder begin the cycle of dances; “sa llarga”, however, has a stronger air about it, a dance in which the dancer evolves doing big jumps and fast turns, towards and away from the female dancer, who slides into ever larger circles. A variant of “sa llarga” is the dance called “sa filera” in which a man dances with more than one female dancer. Another dance is “ses dotze rodades”, also called “ses nou rodades”. It is a dance of great ritual strength, in which the dancers make a series of symmetrical turns toward and away from each other. When they meet in the centre, they join by the elbows and from the sixth turn or “rodada”, the two dancers carry their arms bent with their hands at chest height. In this dance the man does not jump, but slides similarly to women.

You can see this dance represented during all the town fiestas of the island and at many other celebrations. There are loads of dancing “collas” in which you will see people of all ages keeping this unique tradition.


Take care of what you love
  • Sponsored walk from San Antionio to Eivissa
  • Nick Coleman seeking sponsorship in aid of Ibiza cancer and children’s charities

On 14th2015  Nick Coleman will start a sponsored walk along the coast from San Antionio to Evissa in aid ofy Formentera Contra el Cancer (IFCC) and L’Associación de Personas con Necesidades Especiales de Eivissa y Formentera (APNEEF). 100% of donations he receives will be given to the two charities.

Nick explains why he decided to do the walk, “I was in Ibiza in 2013 on holiday and really fell in love with the island. I’m going back this year and I want to give something back to the island community while I’m there. Along with a friend, I’ll be doing a walk from San Antonio to Evissa via the coast in 7 days in aid of charities which represent causes which are important to me, helping cancer patients and children with disabilities.”

Nick is seeking sponsorship from local businesses, holiday makers and those who care about the people of Ibiza. In return for sponsorship he’ll:

  • 500€ Cook the sponsor and 3 guests a 3 course meal one evening.
  • 100€ Wear a t-shirt with sponsors’ advertising on it for one day.
  • 50€ Post sponsors’ logos on his website and they’ll receive mentions on social media.
  • 25€ Give sponsors’ a virtual hug and put their names on a special place on his website.
  • 5€ Add sponsors’ names to the thank you list on the walk website.

About Nick Coleman: Nick is from the UK and used to be a chef on the north Norfolk coast. He now works in internet marketing. He will have just turned 50 when he starts the walk. He has overcome a lot of challenges in his life so far; family, school, health weight and discovering most recently that he has type 1 diabetes, the genetic condition Klinefelter’s syndrome and an autism spectrum disorder. Despite his health trials he’s looking forward to undertaking this personal challenge and raising money for two very worthwhile causes.





In the Back Row


Curse of the Pink Panther

PG;109 min; Comedy,,; 1983(UK)

Link at IMDB:



When famed French detective Clouseau goes missing while searching for the Pink Panther diamond, his bosses at the Surete decide they need a detective like him to find him. So they use a computer to select that person. They decide to let Chief Inspector Dreyfuss program the computer. But Dreyfuss, fearing the Clouseau return, decides to rig the computer to select the opposite. And after doing that, the computer chooses Clifton Sleigh from New York. And it turns out he is just as inept as Clouseau. When Dreyfuss meets him, he can’t help but wonder if the two men are related. And just like Clouseau, he wants him dead. Sleigh sets out to find Clouseau but there are those who would like him not to find Clouseau so they try to take him out but like Clouseau manages to avoid getting harmed.


Filming took place in the city of, where we see the traditional Hotel Astoria, from which heroes and villains exit together. The quaint square in front of it with its fountain and shady trees, Plaza Rodrigo Botet, is the scene of some partying during the city’s world famous Fallas festival, held every year in mid-March to celebrate the beginning of spring or Saint Joseph and the carpenters (those who make furniture, not those who want to get close to you) if you prefer.

The heart of the Fallas is the Town Hall Square (Plaza del Ayuntamiento), which also appears in the film with crowds celebrating as one of the three rockets that are launched to mark the beginning of the daily firework display, called the ‘Mascletá’, explodes.

Unfortunately the Fallas celebrations are confused with Carnaval, as far as the costumes are concerned, and the traditional dancing seems more like post-modernist Punk pogo stick jumping. Giant heads are not part of the festival either.

Fallas is a noisy festival, and as one of the villains points out, it is an excellent place to assassinate somebody, as with all the fireworks “nobody will notice a few extra shots”.

The crew was received by Valencia’s council, who collaborated with the project. Among the cast was Patricia Davis, daughter of President Reagan.

Filming also took place in, where we see a villa among the mountains and a swimming pool full of naked people taking a mud bath.