The Far East


Moonlight Walk in Cala Llonga Raises 2.936’50€.
Last Saturday forty people gathered in Cala Llonga to support Margaret Nawaz’s Moonlight Walk to raise funds for Ibiza y Formentera Contra el Cancer, especially in memory of two friends who have sadly passed away – Steve (Father Christmas) and Jean (Cala Llonga). Men, women and some dogs, rambled through the countryside under clear skies, where a beautiful moon illuminated the way. Gathering together for some well deserved refreshments at Bar La Cantina, Cala Llonga, Margaret cheerfully told the walkers that 2.936’50€ had been raised for Cancer Service on the island. Well Done Everyone! The next walk from Es Canar will be in the last week of October, you’re welcome to participate. Full details nearer the date.

Showing at Teatro España in Santa Eulalia. Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of July at 9pm: Thanks for Sharing (2012) 112 min – Comedy, Drama: A romantic comedy that brings together three disparate characters who are learning to face a challenging and often confusing world as they struggle together against a common demon: sex addiction. Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Wed 23rd of July at 9pm. The Two Faces of January. (2014 Thriller 96 mins. PG13) A thriller centred on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective. Stars:vKirsten Dunst, Vigo Mortensen, and Oscar Isaac.

Letter From Juan


Did all you lunar fanatics and Hierbas brewers enjoy the “Supermoon” last Saturday? Sounds like something a “Chelsea” gal might say “oh darling isn’t that a simply Sooper moon”! For the
un – initiated a “Supermoon” is a full moon when it is at its closest point to the earth in the year or at its “Perigree”! If you had bothered to have a look, you would have seen it in all its glory in the Ibizan night sky. At least here in most places on the Island you don’t have massive light pollution, so you have a perfect opportunity to study the moon or the stars. Mind you, the moon has been suspected of having various effects on people hence the name “lunatic”, from the belief that changes of the moon caused intermittent insanity. So when the next lot of lunatic football supporters go mad, you will know it is not really their fault! Anyway whether the moon does or does not create madness is one thing; but all I know is that several people’s sleep pattern is affected by the Moon. No doubt Astroblog could have explained it all to us if he was still around. On a more mundane level, hasn’t the weather been a bit strange in June and July. I don’t think I can remember it being quite so cool at the end of June and the beginning of July. However I for one am not complaining, long may the cool sea breezes continue. Well I had better wind up for this week as no doubt Jezza will need a lot of room to complete his World Cup round up. Before you Ladies get too excited about getting your husbands and boyfriends away from the television just remember there is the Tour de France, the Open Championship, the Commonwealth games, the Ryder cup, several Grand Prix races and you guessed it the Football season starts all over again. On that happy note I will love you and leave you, have a good week, yours, Juan.


View From The Pew

View from the pew

There is not time for much of a View from the Pew today as I am leaving for the UK with another new Locum Chaplain arriving tomorrow in the early hours. Peter and Barbara Jordan have done a stint before and I think they will be continuing the View from the Pew column while they are here.
I watched the World Cup Final last night until the last few minutes of extra-time. I had convinced myself that it would end in penalties and so I went had my shower to prepare for it. So I missed the only goal of the final! Oh well.
One of my friends jokingly accused me of always finding something spiritual or about God in everything! I expect there is something there in me missing that goal but I’ll leave it to you to think about it. A clue might be Jesus’ parable of the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins, but before you get the wrong idea, read his story in the gospel of Matthew, chapter 25, verses 1-13.
is the best online site to read any passage from the Bible.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
God bless,
Bob the Ex-Vicar.
Sunday July 20th – 10:30am Choral Communion in San Rafael Church. 10:30am Holy Communion in the Capilla in Es Canar. 5:45pm Sacred Space/Songs of Praise in Hotel Panorama, Es Canar.

Gardener’s Corner – Pergolas


For anyone sitting out in their garden on a scorching hot afternoon in Ibiza who may be thinking of a solution to the question of shade and not having a tree or shrub that is big enough to create it there is the instant solution of an umbrellas or sun shades but as soon as the wind kicks up one soon realises they are no an ideal all year round solution.
A pergola however can withstand high winds and winter storms if built correctly and can be erected anywhere in a garden even on an existing terrace next to a swimming pool. It is possible to buy steel footings that are hammered into the ground that can have posts fixed in them that will be reasonably strong.
This system will allow plants to grow up and over it but a pergola built by cementing strong post into the ground will be the strongest and allow for more flexibility as more things can be fixed to it.
One can attach trellis and side screen to it or even a solid roof if it is constructed correctly. Therefore some careful thought is needed before starting work in that the position in relation to the house and garden is important.
Wood used for a pergola must be seasoned and treated with preservative for longevity. The posts should be at least 7.5×7.5 cm or bigger if more weight is to placed on it. Then there will need to be rails fixed across the back and fronts to hang the beams on. The posts should be set into the ground to a depth of at least half a meter or more is there will be a lot of weight on it.

The best way to lay the beams across the rails is to cut notches in both the beam and rail so the sit into each other. They can then be screwed or bolted onto each other for additional strength.
It is possible to build a pergola along a path to grow plants on it or as an sitting or sleeping area this is where the planning comes in before one starts to build a pergola.
Obviously there are a lot of climbing plants that can be grown on this type of structure from the plants that will give dense screening such as honeysuckle, podrana’s wisteria, or plants such as jasmine, roses campsis which will still climb over the top of a pergola but will not be so dense allowing some light through during the day.
One great thing that can be done is to train fruit such as grapes apples, plums and even citrus fruits such as orange or lemon trees.
This can be done by attaching wires along the sides to train fruit trees along, grapes however can be trained over the top. The fact that these plants are pruned in the winter means that the sun can shine on to the pergola during the winter months but will be blocked by the foliage during the summer months.

Watch Out, There’s a Thief About!

The British Embassy in Spain has issued warnings to watch out for gangs of modern-day highway robbers who are preying on people driving foreign-registered vehicles and hire cars.

Police in the Catalonia region of Spain have dealt with 126 British victims of robbery on the AP7 motorway between the French border and the Valencia region over the past two years.
British Consulates across mainland Spain say they are receiving regular reports of roadside robbery occurring along the coast between Barcelona and Alicante, across Andalucía in the south, and in the Madrid region. Consular staff estimate that 1 in 20 of all emergency passports issued last year as a result of theft were following motorway robberies.
A new video produced by the Foreign Office – ‘Don’t let thieves drive you to distraction’ – shows real-life footage of some of the most common tactics.
Highway robbers flag their victim down by indicating there is a problem with their vehicle, then one gets out to distract the occupants’ attention, whilst an unseen accomplice robs passports, money and other valuables before the gang makes a fast getaway.
In a second case, the robber tricks a victim into thinking they have a problem with their parked vehicle, whilst another opens the door and removes valuables. Other tricks include throwing something that creates a sudden noise, or puncturing a tyre at a roadside rest stop.
Will Middleton, consular regional director for Spain, warns:
‘Distraction is the most common technique used by highway robbers in Spain. They will try to worry you about the state of your vehicle, and then whilst they point out the supposed problem, an accomplice is robbing you.
‘So be wary of anyone attempting to stop you when you are driving, or trying to point out a problem or offering assistance. They may not be the good Samaritan they appear to be.
Top tips to avoid highway robbers ruining your holiday:
On the road:
– Be wary of people flagging you down
– If you have a problem with your vehicle, call your emergency breakdown service
– Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach
When you stop:
– Park your vehicle in sight
– Take your valuables with you
– Watch out for tampering
Watch ‘Don’t let thieves drive you to distraction’ video at:

Doris Loves The World

Forty Winks

Yesterday put me head down just for forty winks,
Overdone it with me hoover, ironing out kinks,
Up til early hours hiding evidence of rats,
Mice dropping litter, selection of old hats,
Paraphernalia galore, Dad’s broken tools,
Hose attachments that don’t work, remnants of old ghouls,
Working my way through their house so we can exchange,
Sell up, set me free at last for a wider range
Of vistas way beyond his garage, wheel-barrowed dirt,
Lugged it yesterday to dump, letting go of hurt,
All her life a hoarder, Mother’s mental state
Meant we had to walk on eggshells or she’d agitate,
Over shopped at Lakeland, seven years she’s gone,
I’m still clearing out her kitchen! Some say it was wrong
For her to never throw away any single thing,
Christmas cards for fifty years, golden wedding ring,
Mixed emotion as I scan Royal Worcester crocks,
Childhood criticism, old School of hard knocks,
Came to blows many times me and my old Mam,
While to others she was “simply wonderful was Pam”,
Difficult to reconcile two faces she had,
I understand she was damaged, no one’s really bad,
She’d survived evacuation, baby sister dead,
I suspect that factor wreaked havoc in her head,
So her hoarding cushioned her from deep-seated grief,
But I’m sick and tired of it, desperate for relief!
Dad’s weakened dementia added to the tale;
I’m overwhelmed with paper preparing for this sale!
He let go of filing for over three years,
Once that old grey matter stopped between his ears,
So I had to step in, shouldered on me tod
Never got a helping hand from sister (nor from God!),
So you can imagine how I’m deeply tired,
Though the stress of house sale also has me wired,
Trusting that it will go through, face what I must do,
Soon the slipper will be on and my golden shoe,
Cinderella free at last, swept off her poor feet,
Go to the Ball in fake fur for a weekend treat,
Festivals are looming, horizon looking good,
Party animals gather, music in the wood,
Sauna, spa, jacuzzi, hot tub under stars,
I’ll wave to me ancestors between Venus and Mars,
For them I will sparkle, shed me mop at last,
’Cos after all this donkey work it’s high time for a blast!!!
Luv doris, the new age guru x