Black Door Ibiza

A new mixed-use space opened its doors on June 10th in Ibiza Town. Black Door Ibiza houses an exhibition/gallery space, a cozy lounge bar and a room where films can be screened. The initial exhibition features local artist Chapter (a.k.a. Scott Gray), pictured here next to some of his work . The exhibition will run for about three weeks and can be seen when there’s an event on or by private invitation. On the opening night we were treated to a welcome glass of cava, followed by the screening of the film American Hustle on the big screen, which had us all chuckling as we sat in our sumptuous armchairs whilst sipping a drink. It was a great film, full of twists and clever comedy moments. I really enjoyed it and it made me realised how much I had missed going to see films since I left England. The only thing missing was not hearing the theme tune to the ‘Pearl and Dean’ ads! On Thursday July 3rd the film The Grand Budapest Hotel will be shown, and the venue will continue to host a regular cinema club night and a programme of exhibitions. It’s a welcome addition to the Ibiza cultural scene and somewhere I’m going to be frequenting often. Membership is required, and gives advance notice to events and ticket purchase. The space is also available for hire. More details at:
Facebook: BlackDoorCinemaClub

Letter From Juan

Here is a little test for all your American friends and quizzers out there. Of all the USA Presidents which one has two Presidential Libraries in the USA? To make it easier for them I will list the Presidents that have Libraries: Hebert Hoover, Franklin D Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Regan, George Bush, William Clinton or George W Bush Jnr. I know they might be tempted to say G.W. Bush Jnr. but they would be wrong, it is the other less than glamorous one Gerald Ford! I bet you are really glad I brought up the subject. Well at least it makes a change from the World Cup! I feel sorry for any member of a family that does not like sport especially if they live in the UK. There is a Test match, tennis at Queens, followed shortly by Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the USA and British Opens and of course not forgetting the Soccer World Cup and no sooner will that be over before the Rugby World Cup and the Golf Ryder Cup will be on!! I could suggest you could chill out on the beach or on the sun terrace at your home but you will either have to love the sound of the heavy bass beat of continual music or buy a set of ear defenders. Now there’s an opportunity for some enterprising lookie lookie man why don’t some of them go round selling trendy, colourful ear defenders instead of the same old, same old sunglasses? Finally I will put in two of my annual pleas now that the hot weather has really started to kick in.. The first is to use less water by turning the water off in the shower when you are soaping yourself and turn it back on to rinse. The second is the danger of forest fires is once again upon us and so don’t use open air charcoal barbecues not only is it against the law the fire risk is enormous and please don’t throw anything out of your car window that could cause a fire to start. Enjoy the summer, until next week, yours Juan.


View From The Pew

How are the mighty fallen? In one weekend the Spanish football team, the present world champions, and the English team, the country in which football originated, have both crashed to defeats in the 2014 Brazil World Cup. Who would have guessed that Spain would be so humiliated? Who would have thought that the country which invented football has slipped to No. 10 in the world rankings? How are the mighty fallen!?
But where does that saying “How are the mighty fallen?” come from? It comes from a book written nearly 3,000 years ago from which another 120 or more well-known sayings in the English language come.
The English language of course was not written 3,000 years ago, but the original source of those sayings was in part first written nearly 3 millennia ago. It is of course the Bible. Many people today discard it as an irrelevance at best or a fabrication at worst. But for some reason our English language has absorbed many sayings from it over the centuries.
“How are the mighty fallen? W2as the phrase used by King David when he heard of the death at the hands of the Philistine army of his best friend Jonathan, and Jonathan’s father King Saul. Those same Philistines who were led at one time by the enormous Goliath, who also gave rise to the question “Do you have any Goliath’s in your life to defeat?
A broken heart, a cross to bear, a thorn in the flesh, a good Samaritan, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a baptism of fire (which both Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge went through in their first World Cup match) are all sayings coming from the Good Book. Eat, drink and be merry, for everything there is a season, don’t let the sun go down on your wrath, the love of money is the root of all evil… etc, etc! They all come from the Good Book.
Phil Neville, in my newspaper today was “the scapegoat” for England’s loss. Someone or something had to take the blame for England’s defeat. Unusually, however, the England team played pretty well and so on Twitter, all the ire of the England supporters was heaped on poor Phil Neville because of his apparently lousy performance as the BBC’s new expert pundit.
“Scapegoat” comes from the Old Testament in the Good Book and was also applied to Jesus, who had all the sins and failures of human beings heaped on him.
I’m going back to my Bible to see what other things I can find there that have given rise to popular sayings. Perhaps it is not quite such a dusty old relic as some people would like to make it out to be! And perhaps Daniel Sturridge will be doing that too, as he was seen to say after scoring his goal “I love you Jesus, I praise you for everything!”
God bless, Bob the ex-Vicar.
Sunday June 22nd – 11:00am. Holy Communion in Capilla de Lourdes, Santa Eulalia.; 10:30am Holy Communion in the Capilla in Es Canar.; 5:45pm Songs of Praise in Hotel Panorama, Es Canar.
Sunday June 29th – 11:30am Informal Family Service, Chaplain’s House, Can Bagot in San Agustín followed by a Bring and Share Lunch.; 10:30am Holy Communion in the Capilla in Es Canar.; 5:45pm Songs of Praise in Hotel Panorama, Es Canar.


Happy Fathers Day John, aka the godfather,
from your loving wife Denise, Kristal and Josh.
You’re the best dad in the world. xxx


Happy 70th Birthday my Mum, Christine Gibbs, who arrives in Ibiza 4 days after her birthday for a holiday and no doubt a considerable amount of babysitting. Can’t believe it has been 10yrs since you nearly burnt the house down with the candles on the cake for your 60th
Lots of love from the Ibiza bit of the Gibbs’, Nick, Rhian, Jensen, Carla and Blue. xxx


We like receiving good news stories and this week we had a lovely picture from Kelly Jordison of her son Oscar-Noha reading last week’s issue of the Ibiza Sun. Many of you may remember Oscar-Noha from an earlier issue when we requested assistance in fundraising for his care and for TOF awareness. The Ibiza community showed great spirit at the time, arranging several events in support of Oscar-Noha and now we are pleased to report (and as you can clearly see) Oscar-Noha is doing incredibly well and will be starting school in September. Good luck Oscar-Noha!


Congratulations to Joanne and Darren of JD’s who are expecting their second baby and brother/sister to Maxi on the 16th November.