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Front Page

San Antonio Super-Bay

A word here to responses since the schemes announcement.

A project of this magnitude will never find consensus of agreement from the entire community. Since first publishing details I would estimate a fairly even level of response pro and con.

Amongst those who do not support the project there are very valid reasons. Chris Langley has been active in the development of the bay for many years and he is opposed to the promenade on the grounds of its environmental impact. a totally fair position that can be respected on its merits. However, the majority of people opposed to the plan are presenting arguments as to how the money could be better spent dealing with San Antonio’s problems, such as street crime and street sellers.

Since many of those voices are not local people anyway, I would like to share a response made to one of those objections earlier this week. I write it as a Cala de Bou Resident.

Might not be front page stuff, but nowhere else left to go.

“I think the people of cala de bou are fed up being treated as the poor relation suburb of san an. We are not the same town hall, not the same police. It is like asking Liverpool to pay for Manchester’s problems. Object to the prom sure, but not in comparing us and the budget’s better use in San An.

They have a marina, commercial centre, post office, health centre, bus station, fountains, street art installations, police station, cinema, football stadium, swimming baths, velodrome, church, and a bloody great paseo. We haven’t got any of that. none. All we’ve got is a light up roundabout that got nicked a week after being built, and a community dirt patch with never enough bbq grills.

San An’s problems are not down to money anyway. Damned if we should hand over 20 million to watch them be ineffective for the next 10 years. If we wanted to do that we may as well just buy wolves”.

 

News

Welcome to San An Super-Bay!

https://theibizan.com/san-antonio-super-bay-promenade/

26 Disabled Access Beaches

https://theibizan.com/26-disabled-access-beaches-ibiza-hotels-better/

Forest Fire Destroys 8 Hectares In San An

The fire which took hold at around 4pm on Tuesday quickly spread from near the Sa Talaia car park where it is thought to have started. The wind caused it to spread quickly and it surpassed the summit approaching a residential area at the bottom of the mountain.

The fire was declared level 1 and in total it took four planes and three helicopters (most coming from Majorca), two Ibanat fire engines and around 31 firefighters. Only two people had to be evacuated from their house and the fire was stabilised by 9.20pm, however the fire was only considered as “controlled” on Wednesday at 11.45am with engines and firemen still in attendance. The fire was officially extinguished by 7.30pm in coincidence with the rains that fell.

The Guardia Civil have informed Seprona (Services for the Protection of Nature) and an investigation will take place into the cause and any culpability.

Overtaking Nutter Kills Man, Flees Scene, & Released from Jail The Next Morning

https://theibizan.com/overtaking-nutter/

51 Year Old British Man Found Dead in San Antonio Motorhome

https://theibizan.com/51-year-old-british-man-found-dead-san-antonio-caravan/

Hell’s Angel on the Run after Armed Guardia Civil Raid

https://theibizan.com/hells-angel-run/

San José tells 16 Beach Clubs, “You do not have a licence, you can apply, but we are not going to grant it. That means no live music & no DJs”.

https://theibizan.com/san-jose-16-beach-clubs/

Catalan Anarchist Group Arran Threaten More Tourist Attacks

https://theibizan.com/arran-threaten-more-attacks/

3000 bolts of lightning in 3 hours

It’s the storm residents had been waiting for, to break the back of heatwave Lucifer. But when Ibiza has a storm, it really is spectacular.

Planes were grounded, boats in distress, cars washed away, families rescued and the usual slip n slide in the West End.

At 8.25pm all flights in and out of the airport were postponed, the runway was inoperable due to the weather and part of the exit terminal ceiling collapsed due to the accumulation of water, no-one was injured.

Roads were completely submerged in Ibiza Town as well as the airport road, the lower pass of Ses Salines roundabout, with cars having to turn around – driving in the opposite direction. The San Jordi section of the airport road was closed until 10pm.

There were power cuts throughout the island but Sant Jordi was affected the most with 280 houses affected.

Es Cubells (photo above) was hit badly and had its cliff road closed after the heavy rain caused floods and falling rocks endangering users. Police, firefighters and members of the Civil Protection went to the area to assist. People driving in the area were evacuated due to further flood risk and a family of 8 were trapped in their home by the storm.

Playa d’es Torrent was also hit badly with vehicles swept out to sea, parasols and sunbeds damaged and the restaurant flooded. Volunteers and staff are trying to clear the storm debris.

Cala Saona in Formentera was hit by a tornado/water spout which affected several boats. According to reports, at least 6 boats hit the rocks and 3 sank, there were no casualties and two coastguard vessels along with the Maritime service of Civil Guard intervened in the rescue of the boats.  A yacht that took shelter in the port of La Savina ultimately sank and traffic in the port has been suspended.

The Ibiza Bible, Chap;6 Verse;4

And it is written that The West End shall be condemned, and be vilified, and all of my people will renounce it thrice daily, for it is there the devil’s work be done. But the Lord sayeth unto thee, when the rains fall from heaven thou shalt fast of thy loathing for one day and say ‘they are a funny old bunch of guys having a bit of fun’.

And so it came to pass. Sant Antonio of the West was hated and vilified by all of the people, except for one day each year when the rains did fall.

Amen.

5 Cruise Ships Dock In Botafoch

Five cruise ships unexpectedly met on Wednesday at Marina Botafoch with a total of 12,020 passengers. Bad weather meant the ‘Jewel of the Seas’, ‘Celebrity Relfection’, ‘Costa Neoriviera’, ‘Aidastella’ and ‘MSC Armonia’ were all in dock at the same time bringing thousands of tourists into Ibizan Town.

Food and Drink

Ibiza’s Finest

https://theibizan.com/bottled-ibiza-wine-spirits-beer/

At Night

https://theibizan.com/night-11-08-17-made-italy-dj-harvey-blue-brothers-ibiza-classics-r1-mambo/

Community

Tarotscope

10th August 2017— 16th August 2017

ARIES – Eight of Cups

You need to sort out your feelings and this is an excellent week to take some ‘me’ time. Those closest to you may want to encroach; however it would be wise to insist on your space. If they’re pushy; you’d be right to question their motives. You’ve no energy for needy people while you’re examining the value of your relationships.

TAURUS – The Tower

Just when you thought everything was going so well you find that others are not sticking to the agreed plan. Don’t lose the plot, as you can now to see situations as they really are not how you’d like them to be. It’s worth noting that this card indicates that your ideas show a stroke of genius so crack on!

GEMINI – Two of Swords

Don’t sit on the fence this week Gemini, time to get back into the swing of things. Life’s a party that’s waiting for you to join it! Your problems are solvable; don’t waste valuable head space creating difficulties where few exist. Your mind is your biggest obstacle this week; don’t give in to negativity when all is, in fact, OK!

CANCER – Eight of Swords

You feel a little ‘off’ and are likely to be overwhelmed by deadlines or the demands of others; you feel like running for the hills!  Stop struggling with impulse to have a couple of duvet days. You need this to restore your equilibrium; others will just have to get on with it.  Important decisions can wait until next week.

LEO – Temperance

Keep a clear head regarding business matters. It’s good to have a dream, but you are still in the planning stage and more patience is required before you roll out the next phase of a venture. Be assured you are on the right track; and if you believe in angels, there are a few around in human form this week.

VIRGO – Page of Pentacles

You’ve lots of creative ideas but how do you manifest them out into the world? It’s this dilemma that blocks you from making the right choices when it comes to your career options.  Your focus this week is to narrow it down to where your passions lie. If it doesn’t excite, let the idea go; concentrate on your singular talents.

LIBRA – Seven of Pentacles

You’ve plenty of good idea’s but be careful of scattering your thoughts otherwise nothing will be accomplished as planned this week. Having worked hard to put certain plans in to action; it would be a shame to take your eye off the ball so to speak, and to allow yourself to become distracted. Success comes from remaining focused and persistent.

SCORPIO – Strength

Scorpio’s are renowned for their strength; mentally and emotionally and others will be in no doubt that you’ve a back bone, not a wish bone when it comes to getting your way.  Stand up for what you believe in and don’t be intimidated by anyone who insists on having things their way. That famous sting is about to be unleashed!

SAGITTARIUS – Nine of Wands

If you feel stuck in a rut and certain areas of life remind you of a stagnant pond, then you must try to sort this out. Others have drawn on your energy so it’s time to get some maintenance work done on yourself! Take time out for a massage, healing or wellness programme that helps you get back on track.

CAPRICORN – Knight of Cups

Faint heart never won fair lady, (or guy for that matter!) If you’ve had your eye on someone, why not make a bold move; you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the response. This may, or may not be the love of your life, but what’s wrong with having some fun?  This Prince is the good news bear too, so expect some.

AQUARIUS – Five of Wands

Put your energy into new ventures; believe you can succeed this week and you will! This card implies plenty of creative energy so you’ll be full of good ideas or will want to impress others with your knowledge on certain matters. Those of you, who write for a living or work with business via the internet, will be brilliantly inspired.

PISCES – Page of Swords

Don’t be tempted to throw your weight around by insisting that others do things your way as this may provoke reactions you’d not counted, which could lead to arguments. You’re in a doing mood so expect to get a lot done this week, which is why you must avoid being bossy.  Best to work by yourself as much as possible!

 View From The Pew

Fine Tuning of the Universe -Part 1

  • Dr Peter Pimentel

Some of us remember having to tune radios by hand to get just the right wavelength for the channel of choice. If the dial was just a little bit off clockwise or anticlockwise Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto would be reduced to a horrible screeching noise.

Science has discovered that our universe is astonishingly fine-tuned to support carbon-based life forms such as ourselves. There are very precise numbers (the constants) in the equations. If the numbers and the percentages were very slightly different from what they happen to be then we would not be here to wonder about it! Think of all the possible wavelengths in our old-fashioned radio as representing the virtually infinite possible universes. Just one very precise wavelength represents the universe we inhabit.

Just one example I hope will suffice. How about this for fine-tuning? If the gravitational constant in the formula for gravitation were different by just 1 part in 1040 this universe could not support life. I part in 1040 is 1 part in 10 followed by 40 zeros!  That’s 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000.

Fine-tuning is an understatement. It’s miraculous. The list of examples could go on and on. Hundreds of numbers in the universe are just right for the existence of carbon-based life forms such as ourselves. All these fine-tuned numbers need also to be exquisitely coordinated. Any deviation in the numbers often by even an infinitesimally small amount then this universe could not have been a habitation for life. Scientists have a name for this amazing phenomenon. They call it the Anthropic Principle. It certainly does look like the universe has been engineered by an infinitely brilliant mathematician! This mathematician has designed a universe that has become conscious of itself through intelligent carbon-based life forms that can have a relationship with their maker.

The great scientist Freeman Dyson expresses the Anthropic Principle in a nutshell: “The more I examine the universe and study the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming.” (Dyson, Disturbing the Universe, New York: Basic, 1979, page 250).

The Bible puts it in a nutshell too, referring to the Cosmic Christ, St. Paul says: “He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17).

 

Art

https://theibizan.com/art-ibiza-bloop-haring-guash-ephemeral/

Agenda

‘Quintessentially One’ To Dock In Ibiza

https://theibizan.com/vip-ibiza-quintessentially-one/

Fiesta Cala Llonga 2017

https://theibizan.com/cala-llonga-fiesta-beach-cinema-hippy-market/

Fiesta Figueretas

https://theibizan.com/figueretes-fiesta/

Sant Bartomeu, San Antonio , Aug 24

  • spectacular firework display, midnight, 24th August
  • annual Romans V Carthaginians staged tomato battle, early in September
  • The fireworks can be seen from most coastline areas from San Antonio and the Bay of San Antonio, and those wanting frontline views of men in skirts throwing vegetables at each other need to take their positions on the S’Arenal beach promenade.

On 24th August, Many of the waterfront bars and restaurants in the bay will have special dinners for Sant Bartomeu.

  • Tulipan (Tulip)

The S’Arenal beachfront chic and chill ambience we love at Tulipan, is a great setting and on the night of Sant Bartomeu they are taking bookings for their prime frontline seating areas. A minimum spend of 100€ will get you comfy couches from which to watch the display, and between a few people that really is no money at all.  For bookings

http://tulipanibiza.com/

  • Villa Mercedes

Villa Mercedes are offering their regular and always excellent range of set and a la carte menus and will also be providing live music to add to the fiesta feeling. One of the great advantages of Villa Mercedes is that their stepped terrace affords plenty of unobstructed viewing positions but we would still advise to book ASAP

https://www.facebook.com/VillaMercedesibiza

 

 Day by Day

 

Fri 11

  • ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (15)@ Cultural Centre Can Jeroni, VOSE, 9pm
  • Ball Pages (folk dancing) at 20.15 and Karaoke at 21.30, Figueretas Promenade
  • See Fiesta in Figueretas article for more info
  • Paco Fernandez & Band @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, from 9pm
  • Carly & Chris Unplugged/Plugged, Vista el Puerto, Cala de Bou. 9-12pm

Sat 12

  • Children’s Art Workshop, La Nave Salinas, 11—1pm

Join Graffiti artist Hosh in a Keith Haring inspired workshop. Free, ages 4+, parents must stay in attendance, to book email

omar@liomalca.com

  • Cine al la Fresca, ‘Sweet Charity’, Placa d’Esglesia, Sant Jordi, 10pm VOSE , Free
  • Circolar, Cala Llonga, 4-10pm, followed by a DJ
  • Part of the Cala Llonga Fiesta Week
  • Live music from Contra Band (Valencia) at 21.30 and Stone Corners (Ibiza) at 23.30, Figueretas Promenade

See Fiesta in Figueretas article for more info

Sun 13

  • Cuerdos Rock Duo Live @ Maxims Rock Bar, Lower Bay Road, San An Bay, from 9.30pm
  • Celebrity Sundays, Jacaranda, Es Canar. See advert for line up.

https://theibizan.com/jacaranda-ibiza-day-night/

  • Cinema on the Beach ‘El Rey Leon ’ (The Lion King in Spanish), Cala Llonga Beach, 9.30pm, Bring a blanket and make sure you arrive early to get a good spot! Free with ample parking.
  • Live music from local band Quin Delibat at 22.30, Figueretas Promenade

See Fiesta in Figueretas article for more info .

Mon 14

  • Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am, Evening market often with live music.
  • Tatooine Sunsets at Kumharas, from 8.30p, With music by Jose María Ramón , enjoy the sunset from a chilled, relaxed, and calming perspective.
  • Live music from local bands Bandera Blanca at 21.30 and Ses Sopris at 23.30, Figueretas Promenade
  • See Fiesta in Figueretas article for more info
  • ÜFlamenco Show, 9pm, followed by   live music from Uncle Sal, 10pm, Cala Llonga

Tue 15

  • Cala Llonga Fiesta Day,

from 11am til late, see article for line up of events

  • Figueretas Fiesta Day,

Live music from local band Canallas Del Guateque at 22.00. Fireworks at midnight.

  • Traditional Dancing ‘Bailes Payes’ Grup Floklòric de Sant Josep @ Plaza de Sant Josep, 8pm
  • Paco Fernandez Live @ Kumharas, San An Bay, from 8pm
  • Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am Evening market often with live music.

Wed 16

  • Ladies Sunset – Surf Free, Surf Lounge, San An 7-9pm
  • Sardinadas at Atzaro Beach Club, Cala Nova,from 8pm
  • Fresh sardines cooked on a grill t olive music in the background.18€ per head, booking is recommended. Call 0034607263491.
  • Salsa Nights, Can Xarc Restaurant, Santa Eulalia, 10pm
  • Hippy Market, Es Canar, Punta Arabi,  10-7pm. More than 500 stalls, paella from 1.30-3.30pm at the Grill restaurant and ‘Hippy Kids’ area with activities.
  • Querencia Flamenco @ Villa Mercedes Restaurant , San Antonio

Thu 17

  • Hippy Market and Acrobatic Workshop

Cala Llonga, Beach Promenade, from 6pm Plenty of free parking and live music!

  • Artisan Fair, Sant Rafel, 7pm-11.30pm. Exhibitions of handicrafts and food set along Pintor Narcís Puget and the Church Square. There will be a free train leaving San Antonio bus station at 6.30pm to the event and returning at 8.30pm
  • Nell Shakespeare live @ Pura Vida Beach, from 3pm

Fri 18

  • Paco Fernandez & Band @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, from 9pm
  • Carly & Chris Unplugged/Plugged, Vista el Puerto, Cala de Bou. 9-12pm

Sat 19

  • Calal Llonga’s Kayak Family Challenge
  • Mercat de Forada, Can Tixedo, Sant Rafael, 10-4pm
  • Sardinada Popular, La Plaza de Sant Josep, 9pm

For 10€ you get salad and BBQ sardines, the traditional way.

  • Overflow Concert, Baluard de Sant Pere, Dalt Villa, 9pm, 2€ entry

Sun 20

  • Cuerdos Rock Duo Live @ Maxims Rock Bar, Lower Bay Road, San An Bay, from 9.30pm
  • Celebrity Sundays, Jacaranda, Es Canar. See advert for line up.

https://theibizan.com/jacaranda-ibiza-day-night/

  • Cinema on the Beach ‘Mamma Mia ’, Cala Llonga Beach, 9.30pm, Bring a blanket and make sure you arrive early to get a good spot! Free with ample parking.
  • Tanit Festival, Dreamers Circus, Headquarters of the extension of the University of the Balearic Islands (former Military Comandacia), Ibiza Town, 10pm, 25€ box office on the night, see article,

Mon 21

  • Mercury Rising @ Pikes Hotel
  • Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am, Evening market often with live music.
  • Tatooine Sunsets at Kumharas, from 8.30p, With music by Jose María Ramón , enjoy the sunset from a chilled, relaxed, and calming perspective.

Tue 22

  • Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am, Evening market often with live music.

Wed 23

  • Fabiano Pax @ Villa Mercedes, from 9pm

Thu 24

  • Fiesta Sant Bartolome
  • Midnight Fireworks
  • Nell Shakespeare live @ Pura Vida Beach, from 3pm
  • Hippy Market, Cala Llonga, Beach Promenade, from 6pm Plenty of free parking and live music!
  • Querencia Flamenco @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, from 9pm
  • Artisan Fair, Sant Rafel, 7pm-11.30pm. Exhibitions of handicrafts and food set along Pintor Narcís Puget and the Church Square. There will be a free train leaving San Antonio bus station at 6.30pm to the event and returning at 8.30pm

Fri 25

  • Paco Fernandez & Band @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, from 9pm
  • Carly & Chris Unplugged/Plugged, Vista el Puerto, Cala de Bou. 9-12pm
  • Billy Flamingos Concert, Baluard de Sant Pere, Dalt Villa, 9pm, 2€ entry

Sat 26

  • Mercat de Forada, Can Tixedo, Sant Rafael, 10-4pm
  • Cine al la Fresca, ‘Chicago’, Placa d’Esglesia, Sant Jordi, 10pm VOSE, Free
  • Tanit Festival, Ismael Serrano, Headquarters of the extension of the University of the Balearic Islands (former Military Comandacia), Ibiza Town, 10pm, 25€ box office on the night,

Sun 27

  • Celebrity Sundays, Jacaranda, Es Canar. See advert for line up.

https://theibizan.com/jacaranda-ibiza-day-night/

  • Cuerdos Rock Duo Live @ Maxims Rock Bar, Lower Bay Road, San An Bay, from 9.30pm
  • Cinema on the Beach ‘Trolls ’, Cala Llonga Beach, 9.30pm, Bring a blanket and make sure you arrive early to get a good spot! Free with ample parking.

Mon 28

  • Tatooine Sunsets at Kumharas, from 8.30p, With music by Jose María Ramón , enjoy the sunset from a chilled, relaxed, and calming perspective.
  • Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am, Evening market often with live music.

Tue 29

  • Night Market, Las Dalias, San Carlos, 7pm-1am, Evening market often with live music.

Wed 30

  • Primal Scream @ Pikes, San Antonio, doors open at 7pm, tickets from 40€

Thu 31

  • Hippy Market, Cala Llonga, Beach Promenade, from 6pm Plenty of free parking and live music!
  • Artisan Fair, Sant Rafel, 7pm-11.30pm. Exhibitions of handicrafts and food set along Pintor Narcís Puget and the Church Square. There will be a free train leaving San Antonio bus station at 6.30pm to the event and returning at 8.30pm
  • Querencia Flamenco @ Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, from 9pm
  • Nell Shakespeare live @ Pura Vida Beach, from 3pm

 

Sports

Jezza’s World Of Sports

  • Jeremy Parmenter

Hi there, Sports fans, another week, another footie season but more on that later.

Let’s start with yet another success for England as in

Cricket – The Root Of All Success!

New skipper Joe Root got off to the best of all starts on Monday as his England team beat South Africa, yet again, in the final Test of their tour, this time at Old Trafford, Manchester, to take the Series 3-1, the first time since 1998 that the Three Lions had beaten the Proteas in a home Test Series. Superbly led by MoM Moeen Ali, with a quickfire 75 in the second innings and a 5for in SA’s second innings, England ran out winners by 117 runs and proved that they are now a team to be reckoned with. As for the Series, Ali was deservedly named Man of the Series as he took 25 wickets including that incredible hat-trick at the Oval in the 3rd, in 4 Tests and added some much needed runs to bolster the England innings when needed. So, a superb start for Root’s captaincy and as far as Tests go, they can now look forward to facing the West Indies later this month. As for the South Africans, not a good tour, considering England beat them in the Grand Slam of One Dayers, the T20’s and now the Tests but, mark my words, they will regroup and will come back all the stronger.

Athletics – Double For Mo And Adios To Usain!

At the World Championships, currently being held in London, great to see Sir Mo Farah back in action, taking yet another Gold in the 10,000 metres Final, the first leg of his planned Double with the 5,000m starting on Wednesday. Mind you, he had to work really hard for the title, as he was blatantly targeted by a number of African runners, whatever their country, as they appeared to gang up on him to prevent his win. Now Mo may appear to be a very “nice” man off the track, but he can sure as hell look after himself on it, and went on to win, even tho’ he ended up with a mass of cuts, bruises and stitches to prove to one and all that he really is an athlete not to be trifled with. Moving on to Usain Bolt and the 100 metre Final, what an absolute shame he ended his magnificent career coming in 3rd when most fans were hoping for a final Gold to add to his already bulging collection. However, wasn’t to be as the race was won by Yank Gatlin, much to the consternation of the majority of athletics fans, as this so-called athlete is the biggest drug cheat of them all, having been banned twice and serving a total of 5 years away from the track. So, tell me, dear reader, do you agree with me that a second ban for taking drugs/stimulants should be for life? One misdemeanour I can accept, but two? Anyway, as the Bolt runs off in to the sunset, what a career with 20+ Golds and countless world and Olympic titles, surely one of the best, if not the best athletes of all time, right up there with Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson. We will miss you, Usain!

Golf – Mcilroy On The Way Back?

After a pretty dismal recent run, at least against his high standards, Rory Mac could be on his way back as he came in tied 5th in the WGC Bridgestone  Invitational in the States over the weekend, with an overall 7 under score with all 4 rounds under 70, a much better performance from the World No 4. However, that 7 under was still nine holes more than eventual winner Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama who came in with a stunning 9 under final round of 61 to win by 5 shots from the USA’s Zach Johnson.

Great to see “veteran” Brit Paul Casey up there too, as he tied with McIlroy and fellow Brit Russell Knox to give a British feel to 5th place! Looking good for all three then for Thursday’s final Major of the year, the USA PGA Championship at Quail Hollow but look out for the USA’s Jordan Spieth, recent winner of the Open, as he’s looking to become the youngest holder of all 4 Majors.

Football – Yes, It’s Back!

Yes, unfortunately for many, but fortunately for more, the old game’s back in the limelight as the new season got under way at the w/end, starting off with the Championship, which, to be honest, is going to be incredibly hard to get out of and in to the Premier as there are so many strong clubs in the league. Everybody’s bet for promotion Middlesbro’ got off to a poor start losing 1-0 at Wolves, Villa, with JT making his Championship bow, drew 1-1 with Hull, Our Ed’s Ipswich got off to the best start possible with a 1-0 win at home to Birmingham and he must have been pleased to see Norwich could only draw 1-1 at Fulham (so already 2 points clear of his arch rivals!) but team of the w/end must be Bristol City, who narrowly escaped relegation last season, as they won 3-1 at Barnsley. Still, long way to go yet.

Premier League Champions Chelsea were let down by their penalty takers, including ‘keeper Courtois and new signing Morata, as, having drawn 1-1 after 90 mins, they lost under the new penalty system called ABBA where team A has one, then team B has two, team A two and so on, to FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Charity Shield at Wembley to have Mnsr Wenger almost making a smile and Signor Conte pulling his hair out! The PL season starts on Friday, with the Gunners at home to Leicester but before all that, Jose’s new look Man Utd team take on Real Madrid in the European SuperCup, being the Champions League winners v. the Europa League winners so could be an interesting clash, especially with the latest tabloid rumours that Ronaldo could be on his way back to OT. Hmmmm, I don’t think so but then stranger things have happened!

Finally, commiserations to England’s 3 Lionesses as, despite all the hype, they were taken apart, 3-0, in their Semi with eventual winners and hosts Holland in the Women’s Euro 2017 championship. Great try, ladies, but not quite good enough this time, as the Dutch went on to beat Denmark 4-2 in the Final but there’s always next time! Talking of the fairer sex, in

Rugby – England Going For Gold, Again!

After the cricket and football, it’s now England’s Ladies turn to take the limelight as their World Cup campaign starts on Wednesday with the first of their group matches, against Spain in Dublin, followed by the US and Italy, so good luck to the Red Roses, current World Cup holders after their win in the Final against Canada in 2013.

That’s it for this week, until next…Jezza

Budapest Grand Prix

  • Vettel Wins Despite Steering Problem
  • Hamilton ‘Gives Back’ Podium To Bottas

All made a good start though Hamilton lost places to the flying Red Bulls. That changed with Verstappen making a reckless move to reclaim fourth position from his team mate at turn two. He locked a wheel and inflicted terminal damage on his teammate Ricciardo’s car.

Verstappen received a 10s stop-go penalty for the move, but at least had the sense to admit responsibility afterwards comfort for Ricciardo. Ricciardo was left fuming, calling Verstappen “immature” and a “sore loser”.

Hamilton’s chances received a boost on lap 11 when Vettel’s lap times began to rise. Ferrari had discovered a problem with his steering before the race began and it was now beginning to affect his driving, particularly on the tracks demanding series of fast corners.

Vettel’s problem was a setback but it was far from debilitating, although Ferrari had a choice to make – keep Raikkonen second to protect Vettel and his lead or let the Finn through?

In the end Vettel stayed ahead because Raikkonen was brought in to the pits immediately after him. Vettel stayed ahead throughout the race and took the victory, with Raikkonen P2.

Once the drivers had completed their pit stops, Hamilton had regained his fourth position and was rapidly closing on his team mate. He had wanted to extend his first stint but was unable to tell his team due to radio problems.

His pace remained strong after changing to the softs and now he was bearing down on Bottas. To his relief, Mercedes solved their radio trouble and Hamilton was able to urge them to swap positions between their cars.

Mercedes allowed him through on the condition that he would give Bottas his position back. Hamilton quickly got after the Ferraris, taking up to seven-tenths of a second out of them per lap.

But once he got a second away from Raikkonen his progress slowed to almost nothing. Even when he got within DRS range of the Ferrari the Mercedes never threatened a pass. Raikkonen often had the benefit of DRS from his team mate, keeping him safe on the short straights.

Bottas had been told to stay close to his team mate so Mercedes could swap the positions back if needed. But he had slipped back quickly and was increasingly under threat from Verstappen. As the final lap began Hamilton was almost eight seconds ahead of Bottas, while Verstappen was almost within DRS range of the second Mercedes.

Hamilton backed off his pace to a huge extent, taking over a minute and a half to complete his final lap, and let Bottas through into P3 at the final corner, taking P4 himself while keeping Verstappen tucked up behind in P5.

McLaren enjoyed its best result of the season so far as Alonso finished P6, Sainz finished P7 for Tor Rosso, Force India are back on form with Perez and Ocon P8 and P9 respectively and Vandoorne’s McLaren took P10.

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