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“Yours, The 2 Old Rockers”

Articles published under ‘The Far East’ column in the Ibiza Sun Newspaper and archived on the original, and now defunct, Ibiza Sun website.

The 97,000 word archive spans the period from the launch of the website in November 2011 until Brian’s ‘retirement’ in March 2014.

The text is in date order, starting November 2011. Unfortunately, there was no easy remedy to the American date formatting which is mm/dd/yyyy throughout. Dates refer to the article being filed on the Ibiza Sun website, and will typically be a short while after the newspaper editions.

Hyperlinks are shown in plain text. You can try them by copying the website address into your browser, but relate to events and so are unlikely to still be active.

There is currently no way to search within the 97,000 words, but we have included a few jump-to-date links which should help if you have an idea when a piece you want to read was printed.  find any particular text sought.

We are delighted to have been able to extract the column from the original Ibiza Sun website databases, and hope the articles will provide an enjoyable journey along memory lane for Brian and Di, and for their friends and the many people who have followed their column since they joined the Ibiza Sun a few months after its launch in 1999.

Nicholas Gibbs, Editor, The Ibizan

Table of Contents

November 2011. 1

January 2012. 1

April 2012. 1

July 2012. 1

October 2012. 1

January 2013. 1

April  2013. 1

July 2013. 1

October 2013. 1

January 2014. 1

November 2011

 

11/14/2011 3:48:30 PM

Let’s Talk Rubbish

So what’s new you may ask. It is a topic we’ve covered previously so we hope you’ll forgive us for going over old ground, but it is something we feel strongly about. It’s the time of year when many of us start reorganising the house or garden which then leads to having stuff to dispose of. For some reason some people prefer to dump it at the side of the official bins, this week we’ve seen loads of paint tins, toilets, beds, sofas, fridges and TVs, in fact put it all together and we could have moved in. Then there are those who choose to drive into the countryside and dump it by the roadside. What we find difficult to understand is why go to the trouble to do that when it’s just as easy, and far more ecologically and island friendly, to take it to one of the recycling areas.

On the eastern side we have “Punt Verd”, situated off the Ibiza-Sta Eulalia road up the lane that leads to the cemetery and behind Marmoles Sta Eulalia, where you can dispose of absolutely anything. It’s open Mon to Fri from 8am to 7pm and Sat 9am to 2pm. In the San Antonio area the official site is off what we know as the top bay road with a yellow direction sign “Deixalleria”, just before Pinturas Rubio as you head towards San Antonio.

As an encouragement we do know that the Sta Eulalia Consel have their “spies” active and that a number of people have been caught putting rubbish at the side of waste bins or putting garden rubbish into the bins. They are now waiting to hear just how much they will be fined, probably €300, which seems to be the going rate.

11/14/2011 3:49:28 PM

A New Way To Leave

According to the local press Sta Eulalia Town are looking at building a crematorium in the borough. Well that’s something for us all to look forward to then!

 

11/14/2011 3:49:56 PM

The Heat Is On!

Ok, you can call us nesh (a midlands term) if you wish but we decided to switch the central heating on last Saturday. Guess what, nothing. A quick check of the oil level, the time switch, all OK. However the digital room thermostat wasn’t showing any numbers, oh blast! Our technical friend was busy, but we agreed over the phone that perhaps the easiest way would be to pop into town and buy a new one as they are easy to fit. The original one cost around 15€ but the only one available on Saturday lunch time, an all singing, all dancing one, was about 130€. “We’ll think about it”. Well it isn’t really that cold, so a few days won’t matter. Sunday am, more rain, everywhere and everyone feeling damp and miserable when suddenly we thought, hold on the thermostat is just about a year old, so is there a guarantee. Delving into the files for the receipt, yes one of us is a paper saver; we came across the instruction booklet.

Browsing through we spotted it, “To install or change the batteries” etc, etc. What batteries. A quick glance at the box on the wall and there it was, a little sliding drawer with two batteries inside. New batteries, where, it’s Sunday morning, so we raided the TV remote control, installed them and “bingo” the heat is on. Feeling very pleased at having saved 130€ we felt we needed a reward. Let’s go out for lunch, perfect!

The moral of this story is, always keep the instructions and read them before doing anything else and keep some spare batteries in the house.

 

11/14/2011 3:50:14 PM

Our Reward

Despite the heavy rain we decided to drive over to the “cloud set side” of the island to reward ourselves with Sunday Lunch at Winch’s and prove whether the food was as good as it looked and sounded in their advert. It certainly was. With a choice of 4 starters, from which we selected a dish of warming homemade leek and potatoe soup and a prawn and avocado wrap. For the main course we had 4 roast meats to choose from. One of us opting for the beef, the other for the lamb, both accompanied with 5 different vegetables. The two courses cost 12€ each and a bottle of very good house wine was priced at 9€. We didn’t have enough room to enjoy a dessert and set off home having enjoyed our Sunday Lunch reward.

 

11/14/2011 3:50:58 PM

Wedding Bells

The bells will be chiming in West Supermare this Thursday 10th Oct when Paul (Astro Blog) and Eileen (Ibiza Cakes) tie the knot. We send them our congratulations and our best wishes for many years of happiness together. We actually joined them for a pre-nuptial/birthday dinner at Sandy’s in Restaurant Street Sta Eulalia last Wednesday evening. Sandy’s do have some very different dishes both on the menu and on the Daily Specials board. Crispy risotto pancakes, lentils with black pudding, a goats cheese salad, followed by swordfish or chicken with roasted sweet potatoes, were our choices. A chocolate brownie to share, complete with candle, proceeded with a glass of cava and accompanied with some very palatable organic red wine. We would perhaps best describe the food as, carefully selected, lovingly prepared and excellently served. With Wednesday evening being the Open Mike Night the mixture of the food, music and company made for a very special and enjoyable evening.

Just up the street Woktail have started their Eat As Much As You Like Menu for 16,50€, with a choice from 4 starters and 6 main course dishes, plus a 3 Course Lunch Menu for 9,50€ This has to be worth a visit and might be just up your “Restaurant Street”. See their add for opening times.

Yours, The 2 Old Rockers

 

12/6/2011 9:29:41 PM

Cinema News

Oh yes there isn’t. Oh no there is. We were actually given wrong and right information regarding last week’s cinema by teatroespana in Sta Eulalia. We received an e-mail telling us that there wasn’t an English language film, then on Tuesday morning we received one telling us that there was. This was much too late for the paper. Evidently Wednesday’s film was then cancelled due to what we were told were technical problems. So this week they are showing the film that they would have shown last week if they’d have shown one. Simples!!

The film showing at 20.30hrs this Tues 6th & Wed 7th Dec is Larry Crowne, starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Sarah Mahoney.

Storyline

Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he’d worked since his time in the Navy. In arrears with his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start all over again. There he develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband.

It does seem a shame that not as many people as expected are visiting some of these cinema showings. Let’s hope it doesn’t become a case of, didn’t use it, lost it!

There’s a real treat in store on Friday Dec 16th at 9pm when at teatroespana there’s a live performance of “Dinner For One”. Never heard of it? Then join most other English people. Ask a German person and they’ll tell you all about it. It’s a story about a lady, Miss Sophie, who is celebrating her 90th birthday with a dinner party for four imaginary guests. The butler, James, has to serve them and has to propose the toasts and drink all the drinks, becoming steadily drunker. The original role was played by Freddie Frinton, the 18 minute film was in black and white and is shown on most German TV stations on New Year’s Eve in English.

 

12/6/2011 9:30:14 PM

The Hills Will Be Alive

Morna International College are staging The Sound of Music this coming Fri & Sat December 9th & 10th at the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia, starting at 7.30pm on both nights. This ever popular musical is certain to be a sell out with tickets priced at 15€ for adults, 10€ for children and senior citizens. You can reserve your tickets by telephone 971 197672 or pay at the door. We are hearing a whisper that some technologically innovative LED screen scenery is to be used making for a spectacular evening.

 

12/6/2011 9:31:51 PM

It’s All Started

That’s it then, the Christmas spirit is upon, or in, us. It all started last Friday with a visit to Bar Pio’s English market. There just happened to be some of Vicky’s yummy mince pies, made with Cointreau pastry and a helping of cream available.

On Saturday The English Speaking Church held their Christmas fair on the seafront in Sta Eulalia, which is one of those occasions when you bump in to people you haven’t seen for ages. One of us headed for the bric a brac and raffles while the other made a beeline for the homemade pies and cakes. The weather was as usual fantastic, according to some much warmer than over there in the west, which helped bring out the crowds of bargain hunters.

On Sunday Pool Bar Mariposa held their Christmas Fair on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. With the stalls, set up overlooking Cala LLonga bay, selling all sorts of seasonal goodies it was once again an opportunity to buy some yummy treats. We then sat down to our first turkey dinner of the year, a generous helping of meat and veg including those dangerous sprouts (more on that later). Our choice from the 6 desserts on offer, were a very nice Christmas pudding and cream and a sticky toffee pudding with custard. Santa kept his promise and arrived to bring a present and collect gift lists or requests from all the children. It still seems odd to see him arrive in bright sunshine. Back to the sprouts.

One unfortunate chap (we’ll call him Jack, one of the local footie writers, to protect his identity) dropped one of the aforementioned sprouts on to the floor. Being a tidy sort of chap he immediately bent down to pick it up. Unfortunately between him and the floor was the table. Whether it was the speed in which he reacted, or the effect of earlier having seen Penya win 4-0 and the celebratory beer or two isn’t certain. But what is certain is that he gave his head a nasty crack on the table. Not too much damage and we hope he doesn’t suffer any after effects that interfere with his and Ian’s column this week. So as we said at the beginning, that’s the start of Christmas.

 

12/6/2011 9:32:15 PM

A Precious Gift

Almost stealing the show from Santa was a gift that he couldn’t bring in his sack. Putting in one of his first public appearances was Hendrix Cassius a new son for Hilary and Vaughan (of Pacha & Monkey Bar fame). Arriving on November 15th weighing in at 3.6 kilo’s (7lb 9ozs) he’s a brother for Martel, Truman and Saxon. The families Christmas message is “Peace in Africa. Yo! Congratulations to all of you.

12/6/2011 9:33:05 PM

 

Woof, woof

Say no more!

 

12/6/2011 9:35:13 PM

Power Of The Press?

Last week we commented on the number of rental cars that were parked in the main street in Cala Llonga. We say were because at the weekend the local Spanish press picked up on the story and ran an article about them and amazingly, or coincidentally, on Monday morning transporters arrived and took them all away.

 

12/13/2011 9:48:01 AM

Almost “Turkeyed” Out!

There were two Christmas Dinner events last weekend which we attended and enjoyed very much. Friday evening we were at the beautiful finca Restaurant La Casita where Masonic Lodge 66 held their annual Christmas event. The menu of either cream of pumpkin soup with ginger and prawns, or a salad with grilled scallops and salmon, followed by main course of traditional turkey and trimmings, which included chestnuts in caramel and red cabbage, finished off with parfait of mascarpone with pears in red wine, was a true delight. A raffle raised 310€ for Contra Cancer which took the total amount raised by the Lodge during the year to 1,800€, which will soon be presented to the association.

On Saturday the Association for Control of Cancer Ibiza & Formentera held a Christmas Dinner/get together at The Royal Plaza Hotel in Ibiza town. Following a welcoming glass of cava we were once again presented with a magnificent meal consisting of artichoke and crayfish salad, a roast turkey main dish with traditional accompaniments, or hake in a saffron sauce. Our dessert was Christmas Pudding “Chef’s Style”. Although not a fund raising evening a raffle raised 500€, after which Santa popped in to give everyone a little gift before it was time for Vinnie to play for us to get up and dance away some of the ounces gained from having eaten two large but very enjoyable meals.

A number of us had decided to stay overnight at the hotel. The Hotel Royal Plaza is a lovely place to stay, very comfortable rooms, excellent service and of course our room rate included a buffet breakfast that had a wonderful selection it was almost, but not too difficult, to know where to start. It was a bit like a mini-break, without all that travelling. After our breakfast a little stroll was just the thing to wake us up so we headed for the Vera De Rey where the annual Christmas Market is taking place. There are lots of Christmas gift ideas on sale as well as Christmas trees and decorations. Well worth a visit to put you in the Christmas mood.

 

12/13/2011 9:48:36 AM

Show Jumping

Following delays due to weather etc, Can Mayol are now able to hold their long awaited Show Jumping Competition this Sunday 18th Dec starting at 10am. Whether you’re the horsey type or not it’s a fabulous family day out. Entrance is FREE, drinks and snacks will be available at very reasonable prices. As with all sport, seeing it live is the only way to really enjoy it.

 

12/13/2011 9:49:03 AM

Fashion Show

OK ladies, here’s your chance to see, and perhaps buy, high fashion, high quality designer labelled clothes, and accessories. Me Quiero, Ibiza’s leading boutique for pre-owned fashions are staging their fourth “FREE TO ENTER” fashion show this coming Sunday 18th December at Restaurant ES Jardins, which is situated just off the road from Sta Gertrudis to San Lorenzo. It all starts at 10pm with clothes, in all sizes, footwear, jewellery and much more on show. The evening promises to be quite a spectacular event if the previous three are anything to go by. You can if you wish reserve a table for dinner or simply arrive for the show. See their ad for info and restaurant reservation number.

 

12/13/2011 9:49:34 AM

Cinema News

On Tuesday 13th Dec at 18hrs teatroespana in Sta Eulalia are showing The Three Musketeers, in English with Spanish sub-titles. This is then followed at 21hrs by “The Documentary of the Month” – Vidal Sassoon. On Wednesday The Three Musketeers is being shown at 19.30hrs.

Don’t forget that there’s a real treat in store this Friday Dec 16th when at teatroespana there’s a live performance of “Dinner For One” starting at 21hrs.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/20/2011 9:52:49 PM

Dinner For One – Cava For Everyone

We, along with a mixed international audience, had a very entertaining evening out at the theatre last Friday. We decided that it might be a good idea to go to the teatroespana a little early to buy our tickets, so we arrived at 8pm to find the ticket sales office open but not a theatre-goer in sight. We popped off for a pre-theatre glass of wine and returned 45 minutes later to find a queue stretching half way down the main street. No problem, the doors opened at 9pm prompting a rousing cheer, it was a bit of a nippy evening, and we all managed to find a seat, none of which are pre- bookable for some reason. While we waited for the show to start we were entertained by a string orchestra. The two actors then commenced what was the hilarious 20 minute sketch, Dinner For One. James, the butler was brilliantly played by Julian Watson Todd, with Fernando Cardona in the supporting role of Miss Sophie. In case you don’t already know the story, it’s Miss Sophie’s birthday and she is holding a dinner party for 4 imaginary guests. The unfortunate James has to serve the guests with their drinks and propose a toast to their hostess for each course of the meal, becoming more and more intoxicated and doing his best to avoid the tiger’s head that’s on the floor. This sketch, written in the 1920’s, was recorded by the BBC in 1963 staring Freddie Frynton and is shown on TV, in English, throughout Christmas and New Year all over the world, apart from the UK. It has achieved cult status and is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the most frequently repeated TV programme ever. If you haven’t seen it then why not view it on You-tube over Christmas. We believe that it may be a case of “Same procedure as last year” with a restaging in 2012. As we left the theatre we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by student waiters offering us free tapas and cava out on the pavement, kindly provided by the various local business sponsors of the evening, crisis, what crisis? As we spilled into the street the main road through the town centre was closed to traffic to give us more space to enjoy ourselves, bringing the evening to a very surreal close. “The same procedure every year” we hope.

 

12/20/2011 9:53:13 PM

Christmas Street Market

It was back to Sta Eulalia on Saturday morning to visit the Christmas Street market in Plaza Isidora Macabich (aka Cannon Square). A mixture of Artisans, craft and food stalls, which of course we had to sample, a live musical group adding to the seasonal ambience. It was very much a meet and greet type of morning with lots of chatting and passing on Christmas wishes.

 

12/20/2011 9:54:59 PM

Another Quiet Sunday?

Horsing Around! On what was a rather chilly morning Can Mayol Riding School finally managed to stage their show jumping event. The “cool breeze” didn’t prevent us, or the equestrian enthusiasts, from attending this different event. With competitions for different age groups the morning attracted a good deal of entrants and an ever changing number enthusiastic spectators. When you see the discipline and determination of the riders close up you appreciate the bond between horse and human. Hopefully next time around it’ll be a bit warmer.

 

12/20/2011 9:55:41 PM

Happy Anniversary

Simone and Barry Shine celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary on Tuesday 20th Dec with their family in the UK. Prior to leaving we joined them, along with Marion and Peter, at Bar Mediterraneo in Cala Llonga to raise a glass of cava to mark the occasion. Evidently Barry was looking on the internet last week. When Simone asked him what he was doing he relied “looking for cheap flights”. Simone was so excited that she pulled him to the floor and made passionate love to him. “That’s funny” thought Barry. “I didn’t think she was interested in darts”

 

12/20/2011 9:56:33 PM

Oh Flip-pers!

Our Sundays always seem to be full so we hadn’t managed to eat at Flippers, down by the beach in Cala Llonga. Well we put that right last weekend. We just made it in time to select the Traditional Roast Beef Lunch, made a real change after all that turkey last week. Unfortunately Flippers are now closing for a winter break and will re-open sometime towards the end of January. Make a note in your new diary or a New Year resolution to visit them in 2012.

 

12/20/2011 9:57:26 PM

Affordable High Fashion

On Sunday night Me Quiero held their 4th Fashion Show at Es Jardins Restaurant near Sta Gertrudis. However this was a fashion show with a difference.

The models were showing a range of PRE-OWNED designer label fashions and accessories, all of which were on sale after the show, at surprisingly reasonable prices, to a very appreciative audience. If you couldn’t make the show then you can find Me Quiero behind the little Cespa petrol station on the road from Sta Eulalia to Ibiza. There is a little Bar/Coffee lounge as well as a hairdressers and beauty salon, all of which are open daily from 11am to 1.30pm.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/28/2011 3:19:19 PM

How Was It For You?

Well that’s it for another year! We hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas. We, like many others, are visiting the UK for the festive season, doing all the things that they seem to enjoy over here. Going around the crowded supermarkets buying enough food to feed Africa for months, piling up the trolley until the wheels buckle. Not forgetting the all important tin of salmon, just in case somebody unexpected calls in. Why salmon? If you don’t know who it is, how do you know that they like fish? What happens to it if they don’t arrive? It’s shoved to the back of a kitchen cupboard that’s already stuffed to bursting point. Shopping all done, it’s time for the wrapping to start, unlike at home of course where the shop assistants wrap it for you, which slows everything down. Then on Christmas morning we all rip it off again and throw it away. It’s predicted that over 227,000 miles (378,333 kilometres approximately) of the stuff will be thrown away this Christmas in the UK alone. Brilliant marketing that! It’s almost as good as that Shake and Vac. Buy some powder, throw it on the floor, get out the vacuum cleaner, suck it all up and throw it in the rubbish bin.

So what next? The sales. Dash off to the shops and buy all the things they couldn’t sell at full price ‘cos nobody wanted them, but at half price it’s let’s all kill each other to get to the front of the queue to buy them. Then when you get home you think why on earth did we buy that, and what shall we do with it. Problem solved, put it in the cupboard with the tin of salmon!!

So that’s it until next year, or is it? According to an ancient tribe, the Myans, the world is due to end on 21-12-2012 . Some folk believe this to be true, others believe that they just ran out of numbers. We have a more obscure thought on it. How many calendar writers were they centuries ago? Perhaps only one, the Kukulcan, and when he snuffed it there wasn’t anyone to take over his job. Should the world end then we have a real problem. Nostradamus predicted that when Armageddon arrives the only place that will survive will be Ibiza. It’s going to get awfully crowded. Hold on, how are they going to get here with no direct flights? You see every cloud doesn’t have a silver Ryanair plane coming out of it!

Our top tips for 2012 are, don’t post any Christmas cards, they won’t arrive anyway, and buy all your presents by credit card, making sure your settlement date is in 2013. Happy New Year???

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

January 2012

 

1/3/2012 10:14:09 PM

Happy New Year

So here we are again, back to the calmer world of Ibiza. We hope you had as good a festive season as we did. For the first time in eight years we had a Christmas with both of our daughters together at the same time, shopped ‘til we dropped and the weather was very pleasant for the time of year. We even spent Boxing Day at the races coming home with more money than we set out with. All too soon it was time to head for home via Stansted. We had timed our, and our eldest daughter’s, trips to perfection time wise so that we weren’t hanging around the airport too long. That went a bit pear shaped when her flight was bought forward an hour, leaving us with about a 3 hour wait at the departure gates. Then we spotted it, Ryanair’s No1 Traveller Lounge, where for £15 each we could relax and enjoy free newspapers, WiFi TV, drinks and snacks to our hearts content. Two rather large gin and tonics each, very tasty rolls and sandwiches, coffee, mince pies and shortbread, a very attentive waiter, Ben, made the time fly, if you’ll pardon the pun. When we did board the plane we sort of nodded off and before we knew it we were landing in Barcelona. If this appeals to you the Lounge is situated next to gate 49. You don’t have to book in advance and it doesn’t work out much more expensive than sitting down to eat and drink in the other bars or restaurants. It’s a bit like Stansted with style!

We spent two days in Barcelona visiting Gaudi’s Templo La Sagrada Familia, an amazing, iconic and quirky structure that has to be seen to be believed, even though it isn’t even half finished yet. Another 30 years or so should see it completed. It’s a must see if you ever have the time in Barcelona. We headed into the centre to see in the New Year heading for Plaza Catalunya which was absolutely packed. As midnight arrived everyone was cheering and shouting but we were expecting fireworks and music, neither of which happened so it seemed a bit flat without Auld Lang Sine ringing out. La Taberna Barcelona had a party going on so in we went, ordered two Bacardi and cokes, 30€ came as a bit of a surprise, well it was New Years Eve. Try something cheaper? Mojitos were only 12€ each, well it was New Years Eve. We left at around 3.30am having had 5 drinks each and spent 130€. Well it was New Years Eve! Woke up next morning with two bad heads. Well it was New Years Day !!!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/10/2012 7:05:47 PM

The Ibiza Sun Team On Tour

Last Saturday lunch time The Ibiza Sun Team, including some new faces that have become an integral part of the paper during the last year, met at Restaurant la Casita for their annual get-together. Following a superb meal the conversation wandered to the paper and then on to what Santa or The Kings had delivered. Perfume, sensual leather clothes, computers etc. However one of the team (we’ll call her Maria to protect her identity) seemed a little miffed at receiving a pink Electrolux vacuum cleaner from her husband (who we’ll call Dan to protect his identity). Evidently he did ask her what she wanted and she did admit to saying “a new vacuum cleaner” but as women do, thought something a little more romantic may have been added. Not this year, but we think the point was made! We’d all like to thank Dan and Maria for their hospitality and everyone at La Casita for helping to make our day so enjoyable.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/10/2012 7:06:16 PM

They Came And They Went

As one of our Readers Wrote last week, Christmas here isn’t over until The Kings have paid a visit to various parts of the island handing out gifts to the amazement of the little ones. We all see them arrive but not many of us know where they go too when their work is done. Well we can let you into the secret. Not only do they come from the east but they also return that way. Why? Two reasons really. Firstly in Cala Llonga this year we have one star as our Christmas street decorations (we used to have two but there’s a crisis) so they of course followed it. Secondly, and mainly, they wanted to stop off at the terrace to sample the home made chips, the white flaky golden battered fish and the minted mushy peas that will be available to everyone else from this coming, and every other Friday, through the winter. They also wanted to stay on for Michele’s weekly Quiz Night which re-started on Monday 9th Jan 8pm, but there was a problem. The maximum number in a team is five, but three wise men and their camels make six. They argued as to who would have to be left out, the camels got the hump, so they all left, one of The Kings with a pink vacuum cleaner wrapped around his neck, promising to return next year.

 

1/10/2012 7:07:05 PM

Art Detective Wanted

In this week’s classified section is an advert for the sale of 5 Olympic sports lithographs which were inherited by a Sta Eulalia resident. The artist has signed them but no-one seems to be able to make out who it is. We are showing a photo of one of them in the hope that you may be the artist or know who they might be. If so please call Lina on 648 849223. As 2012 is the year of the London Olympics these pictures could be of interest and can be viewed at Galeria Alfredo. Calle de Mar 4 Sta Eulalia.

 

1/10/2012 7:08:06 PM

The Summer Shape Up Starts With More Fun At MWellness

The popular Santa Eulalia health club and spa M Wellness has just released its new timetable of classes, with the emphasis on more classes and more fun. There are Pilates classes every Monday and Thursday morning at 9:30am, Fat Burning Circuits three times a week in the mornings and now the dance fitness craze Zumba has also landed at M Wellness with classes on a Tuesday at 6pm and Thursday at 10:30am. What are you waiting for? Get your dancing shoes on and party yourself into shape at M Wellness.

Best Wishes, The M Wellness Team <a href=”mailto:info@mwellnessibiza.com”>info@mwellnessibiza.com</a>

M Wellness Ibiza C/ Salvador Camacho 8 Sta Eulalia Tel 971 338840

 

1/10/2012 7:08:48 PM

This Week’s Cinema

Teatroespana in Sta Eulalia are this week screening the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre. The well known classic romance/drama about a mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer but soon discovers that he’s hiding a terrible secret.

Staring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell, the film is being shown on Tues 10th & Wed 11th Jan at 7pm & 9.30pm on both nights.

 

1/17/2012 10:24:43 PM

Burns Nights

Next Wednesday 25th Jan sees the celebration of Robert (Rabbie) Burns’ birthday. These celebrations take place all over the world despite the fact that he’s been dead for over 200 years. This Saturday 21st Jan there’s a Burns Supper at Chimichurri Restaurant starting at 8pm, tickets cost 28€ and the evening is in aid of Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. Then on the Bairds’ birthday, Wednesday 25th Jan, it’s the turn of The Terrace in Cala Llonga to hold their Burns Night Dinner. Both evenings will follow the traditional theme with Haggis, whiskey, speeches and toasts. There are still a few places remaining for both venues, see their ads for reservation information. If you haven’t joined in these celebrations then why not choose one, or as we will be doing both, you’re certain to have a great night out.

 

1/17/2012 10:25:56 PM

More Birthday Celebrations

It’s been a weekend of birthday celebrations. Abbi, who’s the Chiropractor at MWellness, celebrated her 40th last Friday 13th Jan. On the same day Frankie Riley also had a birthday, but believe it or not it wasn’t his fortieth! Then on Saturday 14th Jan, Bella held her 7th birthday party, her birthday was actually on Monday 9th Jan. A really crazy party with about a dozen children and about 40 adults. We hope you all had a wonderful day.

 

1/17/2012 10:26:26 PM

Get Well Soon

We have a couple of friends who have recently not been as well as they would have liked. Alan had to have his appendix removed last week and should have been discharged a few days later. However he suffered a setback and the last we heard was still in Can Misses. Perhaps he was enjoying the food so much that he didn’t want to leave. Meanwhile Bartolo from Bar/Restaurant Can LLuc has had a health problem and again is in the tender care of the hospital. We send them our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

 

1/17/2012 10:26:54 PM

Wonderful Service

We reduced the amount of Christmas cards we sent this year and instead made a donation to a local charity. We did however wish to send a personalised calendar to some friends who spend their time between Ibiza and the UK. We’re not compulsive on-line shoppers but decided to buy one through a company called GettingPersonal.co.uk The order was placed on 10th Dec, our credit card was debited on 12th Dec. We then found out that our friends didn’t receive the calendar and so on 12 Jan we sent an e mail to GettingPersonal explaining the situation. We received an apologising reply on 13 Jan offering us another calendar or a full refund. As our friends are now here on Ibiza and the company only post items within the UK we opted for the refund, sending our reply back on the same day, 13th Jan. Within an hour we received confirmation that our money would be refunded and should be back in our account in 3 working days. What wonderful service. You don’t suppose we could encourage them to take over the running of Telefonica do you.

 

1/17/2012 10:27:19 PM

Priority?

It appears that Ryanair have come up with another flight option. If you now book “priority boarding” at a cost of £5/5€ then you still board the plane first but you cannot choose seats on the first row or those with an emergency exit, ie more leg room. You can now pay an extra £10/10€ which gives you the option of selecting an extra legroom seat which also includes priority boarding. Wonder what they’ll come up with next.

 

1/17/2012 10:27:46 PM

Cinema

This week’s film showing at teatroespana Sta Eulalia is Melancholia staring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland. The storyline is, on the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in-line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine’s sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster.

The film is being shown on Tues 17th & Wed 18th Jan at 7pm and 9.30pm on both evenings

2 old rockers archive1/17/2012 10:28:51 PM

World Cancer Day

The Association Ibiza and Formentera Against Cancer is to take part in World Cancer Day, 5th February in San Antonio. We have been working very closely with the Sports/Events Manager at the San Antonio Town Hall and Dr Gonzalez from the Hospital Can Misses to celebrate this day and raise funds for a Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

The eventual aim is to offer screening every two years to all men and women aged 50 to 69. People in the invitation age range will be given a screening kit, so that the test can be done at home. Bowel Cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms, when treatment is more likely to be effective. It can also detect polyps. These are not cancers, but may develop into cancers over time. They can easily be removed, reducing the risks of bowel cancer developing.

The programme is at present only available in the Basque and Catalan areas of Spain. It is very costly because of the amount of people to be screened but the pilot scheme will be carried out in the San Antonio Area with the idea that the Balearic Health Service will take this over when we can give positive information on how the scheme has saved lives and will eventually save them money by not having to carry out bowel cancer operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

San Antonio was chosen for the pilot scheme as the authorities there have organised and arranged the activities for this fund raising event.

Programme for World Cancer Day in San Antonio 5th Feb.

The day starts off with a BICYCLE, NORDIC WALKING, WALK/MARCH which will leave from the bay area parking S´Embarcadero (in front of Thomas Greens) at 10.30 a.m.

This is not a race and it will be coordinated so that all participants arrive at the same time in San Antonio fountain area, roughly about 1 p.m. On arrival everyone including the general public will be invited to take part in gentle aerobics to get in the mood for a good day. At 2 p.m. there will be a BBQ.

There will also be a Bar, Raffle, Tombola, 2nd hand clothes and book stall (we need gifts for Tombola and raffle and 2nd hand clothes and books) and lots of other activities organised by the Town Hall will be set up for the activities in the Marquee.

This campaign is very ambitious but so was the breast cancer screening that this Association started in 1999 and has resulted in all women in Ibiza and Formentera being automatically called for a Mammograph on reaching the age of 50.

Please tell all of your friends about the 5th of February I’m sure its going to be a great day and if you could give your time as a volunteer we would be very grateful.

We need donations for the Tombola, clothes and books stalls, please contact Helen and Jacquie on 666 991 330 Tania on 666 991 336 or Lyn Carpenter 971 346094, anything left over from this event will be taken to Margaret Nawaz’s fund raiser on Easter Saturday on 7 April at Bar Cruce in Santa Eulalia

We will also be selling T Shirts at €5, T Shirt + BBQ €7, BBQ €5 children, under 5 free.

World Cancer Day 2012 has been themed ’Together it is possible’ because it is only by every person, organisation, government individually doing their part that the world will be able to reduce premature deaths from cancer by 25% by 2025.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

 

 

 

1/24/2012 4:59:06 PM

Burns Night – First Sitting

Last Saturday was the first of the two Burns Night Dinners that we are attending this year. This was held by the Masonic Lodge Concord 66 at Restaurant Chimichurri in San Agustin. The eastern side attendees travelled by coach so that we didn’t have to worry about drinking and driving, which turned out to be a smart move due to the fact that as we entered the bar we saw the large refrigerator display cabinet full of, although it wasn’t later, a range of continental beers, some which were 10% alcohol in strength. This gave us an ideal excuse to have our own little beer festival! We were called to dinner by the MC for the evening, Michael McDonald, who shouted some strange words at the haggis, which was then served with tatties and neeps, mashed spuds and swede to you and me, accompanied by a tot of whisky, to drink with or pour over the haggis. This was followed by a main course of roast lamb and our dessert of flan or sorbet. In between the courses Michael gave a minute by minute insight into the life of Robert Burns, it’s a good job Rabbie died at age 37 or we’d still be there now! Michael Glass, the outgoing Grand Master, presented a cheque for 2,000€ to Helen Watson, MBE, as a donation to Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera, being the amount raised for charity during his year in office. In her acceptance speech Helen thanked everyone who had helped to raise, and also contributed to, the donation. The traditional toast to “the lassies” was very humorously made by Julian Coby with a similar witty response delivered by Ann Talbot.

As the clock struck twelve, or there abouts, it was back on the bus to be dropped off in Sta Eulalia. It’s quite well known that we don’t normally stop out late, but it was an occasion and we just happened to spot the lights of Bar Click, so we called in for a “one for the road” drink to find the usual vibrant atmosphere that this cosy, intimate bar generates. The earlier “little beer festival” was beginning to take effect so it really was just the one. We’ll be back! We’re now looking forward to the “Second Sitting”, a Burns Night Dinner at The Terrace tonight, Wednesday 25th, which of course is the actual anniversary of Robbie Burn’s birthday.

 

1/24/2012 5:21:48 PM

Even More Celebrations

This last week or so has seen even more birthday celebrations. The first was on Sunday 15th Jan when Pam Deakin, MBE, celebrated her birthday. The problem, of course, is what do you give to the woman who has everything? How about a grandson? Pam’s “first” grandchild, Theo Alexander, arrived in the early hours of that morning, weighing in at 3.9 kilos (just under 9lbs). Baby, mum Libi and dad Jon, are all doing well. Then on Tuesday 17th, Bar Med Peter held a get together/party to celebrate his 57th birthday, with son Chris coming over from Madrid for the day to join in. Congratulations to you all.

 

1/24/2012 5:22:43 PM

Cinema

So, no cinema last week. It seems that the programmed film was sent from Menorca by boat and as the weather was bad, it didn’t arrive in time. This week’s film at teatroespana Sta Eulalia is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn one of a set of romantic fantasy films directed by Bill Condon and based on the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. Showing times are, Tues 24th Jan 5pm. and Wed 25th Jan 8.30pm. The three main characters are played by, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.

THEN. On Tuesday 31st Jan and Wed 1st Feb they will be showing the film that should have been shown last week, the 2011 Melancholia staring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland. The storyline is.

On the night of her wedding, Justine is struggling to be happy even though it should be the happiest day of her life. It was an extravagant wedding paid for by her sister and brother-in-law who are trying to keep the bride and all the guests in-line. Meanwhile, Melancholia, a blue planet, is hurtling towards the Earth. Claire, Justine’s sister, is struggling to maintain composure with fear of the impending disaster. The film is being shown at 7pm and 9-30pm on both evenings

 

1/31/2012 9:29:12 PM

Burns Night – Second Sitting

Last Wednesday we joined in the fun of the Burns Night Supper at The Terrace in Cala Llonga. The evening followed the traditional lines starting with the Celtic Grace, the toast to the Haggis. We then had our choice of Leek and potato soup, or the delicious Cullen Skink, smoked haddock and potato soup. The Haggis was then addressed by Ian, orated in his best Scottish accent, although a bit of “Portsmouthonian” kept creeping in, before the traditional Haggis, or the very popular vegetarian one, was served with the tatties and neeps plus our tot of the best whiskey. Dessert was either Tipsy Laird or Cranachan, two excellent homemade traditional Scottish dishes with lots of calories. To add a touch of difference to the evening Michele provided us with a small dictionary of Scottish dialect from which each table had to make a poem using such words as Aboon – above, Braid – broad/wide, Drouthy – thirsty, Kytes – stomachs and Skinking – watery, plus a few others. It really was hilarious to hear what people came up with especially when they tried to read it with a Scottish accent. A prize was awarded to Jack (Jock) McCue, a true Scot, who’s very amusing poem highlighted the fact that Robbie Burns couldn´t make it to the supper as, of course, there are no direct flights. Another absentee was one of Ian´s heroes, Harry Rednapp, who was expected to be playing live music, but “allegedly” he was too busy fiddling elsewhere! A brief Toast to the Lassies from Ian with an even briefer response from Michelle, while their rusty, sorry trusty, waitress Lyn attended to most of our needs, brought a close to a successful night of celebration of The Baird’s birthday.

 

1/31/2012 9:30:10 PM

A Tragic Occurrence

Gora, a 6 year old student from Santa Eulalia Primary School, passed away on Saturday 21st Jan in Can Misses Hospital. He had been admitted with severe gastric pains on the previous day and was diagnosed with gastroenteritis. He appeared to be recovering well, and even asked for food at one point, but then, inexplicably, his condition worsened and he entered into a state of shock. Doctors and nurses tried in vain to stabilize his condition, but sadly he passed away shortly after.

An autopsy has been carried out to establish the cause of his death, but at the time of going to press the result was not yet known.

A Muslim ceremony has taken place on the island however the family are from Senegal, and have very limited resources, so an appeal has been set up for anyone who would like to make a contribution to cover the expenses of the transfer to Senegal, the funeral and airline tickets for the family.

Donations can be made to the following account:

LA CAIXA: 2100 4508 81 2200033213

Essential. Please put as the concept of the donation the word “GORA”.

There are also donation tins available in some popular establishments around Santa Eulalia, including Bar Cosmi, White Island Shop, Herbasana health foods, Al.lots toys and several other places.

For more info call Donovan on 699 547900 or see

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1/31/2012 9:30:45 PM

World Cancer Day – “We Can Do It Together”

It’s full steam ahead for this exciting fund raising event being held in San Antonio this coming Sunday 5th Feb.

The day starts off with a BICYCLE, NORDIC WALKING, WALK/MARCH which will leave from the bay area parking S´Embarcadero (in front of Thomas Greens) at 10.30 a.m. Inscription opens at 10am with a 5€ fee for those taking part, which includes a T-shirt that’s been specially designed for the event, or for 7€ lunch is included. Children under 5 eat free.

This is not a race and it will be co-ordinated so that all participants arrive at the same time in San Antonio fountain area, roughly about 1 p.m.

If anyone wishes to take part in the Nordic Walking and they don’t have the poles, these can be reserved at no cost from the (“Gerencia de deportes”) Sports Department in San Antonio, all you have to do is give them a call on 971 34 84 94 Monday to Friday 9am-3pm

Programme in the Marquee and Fountain area of San Antonio

Walkers and cyclists arrive together at 1 pm Fountain Area

1 p.m. Aerobic exhibition Marquee or Fountain Area

2 p.m. Arroz de Matanzas lunch (rice cooked in chicken stock with chicken and pork)

From approximately 12.30 there will be a bar, music and dancing in the Marquee and in the Fountain Area stalls for Tombola, Raffle, 2nd hand clothes, books, and homemade produce, If you are able to offer home-made cakes, pastries, preserves etc. please contact Jane Bamber on 971 333232 or 690 691587 or bring them along on the day. We also need small gifts for the tombola, second-hand clothes and books to stock our stands, for contributions please contact Lyn on 971 346094 or Tania on 666 991336 or Helen and Jacquie on 666 991330

All funds raised on this day will go towards the Colon Screening Campaign of the Association Ibiza and Formentera Against Cancer.

We hope as many of you as possible will come along to enjoy the day because between us “We Can Do It”. Helen Watson.

 

1/31/2012 9:31:08 PM

World Cancer Day Appeal

Hopefully the weather will be kind and lots of you will turn out for the San Antonio World Cancer Awareness Day this Sunday. If you are the type of person who would like to do that little bit extra then perhaps you could have a good look round to see if you have something that you no longer need that would make an ideal item to sell or raffle to raise a few euros, or how about baking a cake for the produce stall. Anything you can do would be very much appreciated. For contact information see the article headed World Cancer Day above, or take it along on the day.

 

1/31/2012 9:31:43 PM

Cinema

This Tuesday 31st Jan and Wed 1st Feb teatroespana Sta Eulalia will be showing the film that should have been shown last week, the 2011 Melancholia staring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland.

The film is being shown at 7pm and 9.30pm on both evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

1/31/2012 9:32:14 PM

Heart warming Offers From M Wellness

We have put together some Valentine offers from MWellness:

Why buy your loved one a Rose, when you can indulge them with over 1,000 organic rose petals packed into one of our award-winning 2011 Dr Hauschka Rose Day creams? Our special gift set includes:

1 Rose Day Cream

1 Facial Toner

1 FREE Cleansing Cream

All for the price of 52.85€

Taking your loved one away for the weekend? Then surprise her with one of our Dr Hauschka Beauty Travel kits, includes all her needs for a weekend away! Only 15€

Surprise your partner on Valentine’s Day with our special packages:

2×1 Spa Days, only 25 euros per couple

While one relaxes, why not try one of our treatments?

Touch of Light Facial, 30 mins, 20€

Indian Head Massage, 15 mins, 20€

Neck, Back & shoulder Massage, 30 mins, 35€

We also have vouchers available for any of our treatments – just call or pop in to chat.

Call Mwellness on 971 338 840 email or <a href=”mailto:info@mwellnessibiza.com”>info@mwellnessibiza.com</a> or pop in.

Best Wishes. The M Wellness Team <a href=”mailto:info@mwellnessibiza.com”>info@mwellnessibiza.com</a>

M Wellness Ibiza C/ Salvador Camacho 8 Sta Eulalia

 

 

1/31/2012 9:33:50 PM

Don’t Forget Guys

Valentine’s Day is almost here. You know, the day that if you forget your deep in it, but help is at hand. Over the next two editions there’ll be all sorts of offers advertised in The Ibiza Sun. Beauty treatments, restaurants etc enabling you to make it just that little bit extra special. If that’s all too much for you or you want shout it out then send your Valentines message to the editor and he’ll publish it for FREE. Remember it’s the thought that counts, not the cost.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

2/7/2012 9:46:02 AM

A Really White Wedding

Last Saturday. 4th Feb, was the day that Albert (Appy) Hofstede and Vicky Lyne had chosen as their Wedding Day. They hadn’t planned for a White Wedding but one was delivered to them whether they wanted it or not. Vicky and Appy had met a number of years ago here on Ibiza and were “an item” for a while, however things didn’t go as expected and they both formed relationships with other partners. When both of those broke down the original attractions re-ignited and culminated in their joyous occasion at La Casita Restaurant. It will certainly be a day to remember with the snow showers and bitterly cold weather. The wedding was a wonderful occasion with Vicky looking stunning in her Wedding Dress along with her two bridesmaids, Natti and Bibi –Appy looked pretty good as well. There was just one slight hic-up. For the formal part of the day the plan was to travel to the town hall in Sta Eulalia on the Road Train, which unfortunately wasn’t able to run due to the weather and was substituted by a coach, although fortunately the cava was still served during the trip. We were amongst the evening guests and when we arrived the party was well under way, with DJ Dave Chandler (Smartibiza) in charge, well dancing is a very good way to keep warm. As the evening wore on and the “refreshments” took effect everyone was having a fabulous evening to end a fabulous day.

 

2/7/2012 9:47:06 AM

World Cancer Day – Together We did It!

Sunday morning (after the wedding party) we were up early to arrive in San An to give a hand with the running of the stalls for the two Cancer Associations on the island. As is the norm we arrived to find a number of other “volunteers” standing around waiting for someone from the town hall to arrive and open up the marquee and storeroom. Eventually they did and it wasn’t long before everything was set up and running. The sun was shining which helped warm things up a little. The walkers and cyclists set off from the far side of the bay for their respective excursions and made quite a sight as they passed along the promenade in front of the fountain square. There were a surprising number of people out looking for bargains and buying tombola and raffle tickets in support of the associations. At around 3pm 400 people sat to enjoy paella, by which time we had been asked to run one of the bars, unfortunately it was the soft drinks bar! It was about then that the weather took a turn for the worst and it threw it down, but it really had been a wonderfully successful occasion. At the time of going to press we don’t have the final figure of the amount raised to go towards the Colon Screening Campaign of the Association Ibiza and Formentera Against Cancer. We do know that the walk raised 2,367€ and that we won two raffle prizes, a month’s gymnasium membership and a diving lesson. Which brings us nicely to the point of thanking everyone who donated food, drinks, prizes and of course their time, without all of you it just wouldn’t have happened.

 

2/7/2012 9:47:44 AM

Satisfaction!

Yes we all need to be satisfied occasionally and on a wet cold Saturday morning, when you’ve been dragged into town to do some shopping, a desire can easily distract you from the task in hand. The desire for a sausage sandwich became just too much and Mel’s on the seafront in Sta Eulalia seemed to have a magnetic pull almost as strong as Es Vedra. Could their sausage sandwich and cup of tea satisfy the overwhelming yearning that had overtaken us? YES! Kate was able to douse the inner burning. The sandwich was just perfect and the tea served in a white porcelain pot and cup and saucer turned a simple snack into a breakfast to remember. But there’s always someone waiting to outdo you. Some chap on the next table ordered the Full Breakfast and when we saw it, and how much he enjoyed it, the desire to return and sample it ourselves was firmly planted in what’s left of our brains. See their ad for the satisfying opening times.

 

2/7/2012 9:48:13 AM

Is Love All Around?

Next Tuesday 14th Feb is Valentine’s Day, a day when you can show your partner that little bit of affection by sending a card or flowers or by making the effort to go out for a romantic dinner. But where to go? The beautiful Finca/Restaurant La Casita. Restaurant Can Bernat and The Royal Plaza Hotel in Ibiza town will always serve excellent meals with those important extra touches to make your evening special. In addition to their Valentines Menu, The Royal Plaza is offering you the chance to include an overnight stay plus breakfast at an amazing price. See their ads for full information.

Over in Es Canar, The Red Lion is holding a Valentines Charity Party Night, starting at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to go along, enjoy the buffet and buy a few raffle tickets. Eddy and Jo always put on a fun night, why not go and join in.

 

2/7/2012 9:48:38 AM

Spring Is In The Air

It may be hard to believe, with the weather as it has been recently, but spring is just around the corner. To bring some early cheer Pool Bar Restaurant Mariposa, on the Pueblo Asparagus, Cala Llonga, are holding a Spring Fair on March 18th which is also the English Mothering Sunday. There’ll be stalls selling home produce, bric-a-brac, books and much, much, more. Their renowned Roast Lunch will be available, reservations essential, and there are some FREE stall pitches available. See their ad for more information.

 

2/7/2012 9:49:12 AM

Cinema Teatroespana Sta Eulallia

Tues 7th Feb 8pm & Weds 8th Feb 9.30pm – The Conspirator (2010), directed by Robert Redford and staring Robin Wright, James McAvoy and Tom Wilkinson

Tues 14th Feb & Weds 15th Feb 7pm & 9pm – Margin Call (2011) starring Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey

 

2/14/2012 9:49:16 AM

Pancake Day Fete

Make a note that on Saturday 25th Feb a Pancake Day Fete is taking place at The Terrace in Cala Llonga, to raise funds to help a lovely local English family, residents of Cala Llonga, who have unfortunately found themselves in un-enviable circumstances. Full details will be available next week; however we do already know that there will be Pancake Races for all age groups, delicious sweet or savoury pancakes available, games, pig racing, a raffle and hopefully live music. It’ll all start at 1pm, races from 2pm. All you have to do is turn up with your frying pan, official fully approved racing pancakes will be provided. Don’t worry if it rains, there’s an undercover all weather track available. If you would like to donate a prize of some sort or make a donation then you call into The Terrace on a Monday or Friday evening or call Ian or Michele on 657 556457. This is a day not to be missed.

 

2/14/2012 9:49:36 AM

Cinema

This week’s English film at teatroespana in Sta Eulalia on Tues 14th Feb & Wed 15th Feb 7pm & 9pm is Margin Call (2011) starring Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Spacey.

 

2/14/2012 9:50:01 AM

Fiesta Time Again

As per the information in last week’s edition the Sta Eulalia Fiestas are now underway and continue until 16th March. There’s so much going on that it’s impossible to list it all without taking up the whole of the paper. There is a beautiful little programme booklet available from the town hall, tourist information office, plus many bars restaurants and shops. The main day is of course Tuesday 21st Feb, Carnival Day, with the parade “scheduled” to start at 5pm. So locate a programme and join the party.

 

2/14/2012 9:50:27 AM

On Tap !

For some strange reason one of us decided that we needed a new tap for the kitchen sink, which in turn of course meant a new sink. The other one of us decided it was best to agree. No problem, the sink was ordered and arrived sooner than expected. So what about the tap? As females seem to do we had to visit every kitchen sales shop before deciding to return to the shop where we bought the sink to buy the first tap we saw. So far, so good. We left home at 11.30am went back to the shop and guess what, they’d sold the tap. Off we went for coffee. The desire to eat took over again and we opted for a Chinese restaurant on the seafront in Sta Eulalia and due to the fact that one of us was driving we were very sensible in only sharing a bottle of wine. When we arrived back in Cala Llonga we called in to collect our post from Bar Toni. Fatal. Just the one then. After a few we thought we’d pop in to Bar Med to say hello and catch up on a bit of gossip. Just the one then! At around 10pm-ish we were ready for a snack and the lights of the Pizzeria Ses Veles attracted us like moths to a flame. Just the one then. For our nightcap, into Bar Bianca. Just the one then. We eventually rolled home at about 2.30am, without the tap. The next day we actually bought a tap from a place just 3 kilometres from home. Is it just us?

 

2/14/2012 9:51:05 AM

SKIKE-ING – The New Fun Sport

How do you fancy keeping fit, seeing parts of this beautiful island you perhaps haven’t even thought of, while at the same time having some real fun at a fraction of the costs of many other pastimes.

Sounds appealing? Then you simply have to try SKIKE-ING.

Skike-ing, The New Exciting Fun Sport, is a little like ski-ing on snow but you do it on any firm surface, tarmac, rough tracks, even grass and it’s much, much safer. You wear your Skikes like roller skates and push yourself along with ski poles. Don’t confuse Skikes with roller blades as there are a number of differences. Firstly they have wheels with inflatable tyres, enabling them to go over almost all terrains. They also have a unique effective braking system making it easy to slow down or stop. They fit onto almost any shoe, are light, comfortable and easy to adapt to. Tobi and Sven from OUTLINE TEAM IBIZA run training courses, excursions for beginners and the more experienced. Lessons start from just 15€ including all the necessary equipment and safety gear. Skiking is more dynamic than many similar sports. It helps to improve circulation, tones your whole body and is so much fun you’ll soon be hooked on it. Don’t think of it as a dangerous sport. Unlike other types of skates and skis it’s almost impossible to fall off and is extremely safe for the whole family. If you’re still unsure why not call Tobi on 619 135756 and reserve a place in the FREE trial lesson held every Saturday afternoon at 3pm meeting outside the Hotel Aguas de Ibiza (opposite the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia). You can also see the Skike-ing equipment in the window display at Holidays sports shop in the main street of Santa Eulalia. Go have some fun!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

2/22/2012 9:42:03 AM

A Strange Week

We’ve had a bit of a strange week having to make a bit of a mercy dash to the UK. BUT, we’ll be back in time to join in the The Pancake Day Fete/Fund Raiser.

This coming Saturday 25th Feb at The Terrace in Cala Llonga, to raise funds to help a lovely local resident English family who have unfortunately found themselves in un-enviable circumstances. There will be Pancake Races for all age groups, delicious sweet or savoury pancakes available, Games for adults and children, pig racing, a raffle and live music from Mr Frankie Riley. It’ll all start at 1pm, races from 2pm. All you have to do is turn up with your frying pan, official fully approved racing pancakes will be provided. Don’t worry if it rains, there’s an undercover all weather track available. If you would like to donate a prize of some sort, make something for the cake stall, or make a donation then you can call in to The Terrace on Friday evening, bring it along on the day, or call Ian or Michele on 657 556457. This is a day not to be missed, see you there.

 

2/22/2012 9:42:39 AM

Dr Hans Walter Mendez

While in England we learned of the sudden death of a good friend of ours, Dr Hans Walter Mendez, who it seems suffered a heart attack while taking part in an organised walk, one of his many pastimes. We don’t have any other information but will give you an insight in to the life of this amazing man in a future edition.

 

2/22/2012 9:43:06 AM

Cinema at Teatroespana, Sta Eulalia.

Showing this week is The Mole (unsuitable for under 12s) Tues 21st from 7pm and Wed 22nd Feb.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

2/29/2012 9:42:19 AM

Diary Dates – An Evening With A Difference

On Saturday 21st April the Ibiza Masonic Lodge 44 are holding a St Georges Day Dinner Dance for all Masons, their families & friends, at which Ian Robertson, co-author of the book “Roslyn Chapel – the truth behind the Da Vinci code”, will present his latest book on “Roslyn” as well as give a presentation about the Chapel.

This evening with a difference will take place at Hotel Pinet Playa, Cala de Bou, more details to follow in due course, and for those who wish to make it an extra special event, or avoid the drinking and driving problem, the Hotel will be offering a reduced rate nights’ accommodation, including breakfast, as will the Hostal Marino.

If you would like to reserve your place at the dinner, accommodation, or need more info’ then call Chris Langley 609 693988 or email <a href=”mailto:langleykirk@gmail.com”>langleykirk@gmail.com</a>

 

 

2/29/2012 9:42:44 AM

Easter Fair

Spring is in the air and once again Easter is just around the corner which means it’s time for the annual Easter Fair, organised by Margaret Nawaz in aid of Age Concern and Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera.

This year the fair takes place on Saturday 8th April in Bar Cruce, San Rafael. To help make the day a success Margaret desperately needs BRIC A BRAC, NEARLY NEW CLOTHES, JEWELLRY, UNWANTED GIFTS, BOTTLES, BOOKS, TOYS, in fact anything you can spare. Items can be left at THOMAS GREENS in San An or call Margaret on 971 196394

All proceeds to go to AGE CONCERN & IBIZA FORMENTERA AGAINST CANCER

PLEASE HELP THANK YOU.

Margaret

 

2/29/2012 9:43:04 AM

Cinema At Teatroespana, Sta Eulalia

Tuesday 28th Feb, 7pm & 9pm. Wednesday 29th Feb, 8pm.

The Iron lady – The award winning film that looks at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power. Stars: Meryl Streep, winner of Best Actress 2012 Oscars. Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant.

(We’re sorry if the information we gave you regarding last week’s film was incorrect, but it was the information sent to us and everyone who is on the cinemas e-mailing list.)

 

2/29/2012 9:43:42 AM

A Weekend Of Mixed Emotions

Ibiza has once again shown that despite the economic difficulties that are affecting many people when the chips are down the islands residents will do their best to help others. The Pancake Race/Benefit Day held at The Terrace in Cala Llonga last Saturday attracted an amazing amount of people. The Pancake Races were a lot of fun with Jack winning the youngster’s race, Georgie winning the ladies race. The men’s race caused a little controversy when Manolo who was first across the line, was disqualified for not tossing his pancake enough, meaning the prize went to Steve Holt the chef from The Fisherman’s in San An.

The main aim of the day was to raise funds to help the Holyomes family from the Bar Mediterraneo following the death of husband and father Peter who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 58. With raffles and games, including a very funny Doggy-Do game 2,315.60€ was raised, which included a donation from Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera, which was presented to Michele by Lyn Carpenter and Diane Glass. There are so many people and businesses to thank that it would be impossible to list them all. However special thanks must go to Ian and Michele from The Terrace for their organisation and ideas to make the day as successful as it was, also to Frankie Riley for offering his vocal talents to keep everyone entertained throughout the afternoon.

Peter’s funeral took place on Sunday 26th Feb, attended by family members from the UK, many friends that were made during the twenty two years that the family lived on Formentera, plus friends who they’ve made in the time that they’ve lived on Ibiza.

The internment was a simple non-religious but poignant occasion, which gave us all the chance to say “hasta luego” to a really nice guy

 

 

2/29/2012 9:44:31 AM

Pintxos 4 Peter Music/Charity Concert

Here’s your chance to have another great day out and help cancer sufferers.

On Saturday 10th March, mid-day to 5pm, there’s a music/charity afternoon on the terrace of Restaurant Marina Playa, Cala be Bou (just by the Hotel Hawaii). With live music from Vinnie and Backbeat, raffles and games, PLUS. a beer and a snack for just 2€, promises to make for an enjoyable worthwhile afternoon. See you there!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/7/2012 9:43:34 AM

CARITAS

A collection of tinned or dried food is being made for CARITAS who will be giving out parcels of food to homeless and destitute people on the island the week before Easter. The appeal runs from 1st-21st March. There should be a basket in the front of churches both in San Rafael and the Chapel of Lourdes, Sta Eulalia, until Sun 18th March. Please bring along any tins you can spare! They also need UHT milk, but even a tin of sardines would be terrific, it all adds up. Any and everything in the way of non- perishable food is welcome! For those who can’t get there and would like to help, the White Island Corner Shop, Sta Eulalia, Thomas Green’s and the Ibiza Property Shop, San Antonio are all helping to collect food as well (preferably in the mornings). Thanks again in anticipation of your support.

The English Speaking Church

 

3/7/2012 9:43:57 AM

Easter Fair

Spring is in the air and once again Easter is just around the corner which means it’s time for the annual Easter Fair, organised by Margaret Nawaz in aid of Age Concern and Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. This year the fair takes place on Saturday 7th April in Bar Cruce, San Rafael. To help make the day a success Margaret desperately needs BRIC A BRAC, NEARLY NEW CLOTHES, JEWELLRY, UNWANTED GIFTS, BOTTLES, BOOKS, TOYS, in fact anything you can spare. Items can be left at THOMAS GREENS in San An or call Margaret on 971 196394. All proceeds to go to AGE CONCERN & IBIZA FORMENTERA AGAINST CANCER. PLEASE HELP THANK YOU.

Margaret

 

3/7/2012 9:44:21 AM

A Dreadful Story

A young guy named Matt recently found 35 German Pointer pups abandoned in an old building behind Benirras beach. He called the police who arrived and immediately started to “dispose” of them. Matt intervened and managed to save 20 of them from a nasty end. He’s now trying to find loving homes for them. If you would like to adopt one of these lovable 8 month old dogs then call Matt on 687 732 646 or you can perhaps donate towards the cost of spaying/neutering or foster female dogs post op. Please remember though that a dog is not a toy, it’s a commitment that can hopefully last for years.

 

3/7/2012 9:44:59 AM

RIP

Jean Lankford, wife of Retired Vice Consul in Ibiza, Graham Lankford passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Eton on Sunday 19 February. She will be missed by everyone that was fortunate enough to know her.

 

3/7/2012 9:45:27 AM

Hans Walter Mende

We were amongst the mourners who attended the funeral of the man with “No Fear” on Friday 2nd March. Due to Hans’s involvement in many pastimes during his years here on Ibiza there were people from all of the walking groups on the island, the Classic Car Clubs, plus of course members of his family and many who were proud to be among his friends. We hope to be able to bring you an insight into his remarkable life in a future edition.

 

3/7/2012 9:46:16 AM

Happier Times

As is the norm, following Hans’s funeral a few of us decided to raise a glass in his memory at Cesar’s Bodega. It just happened to be the launch day of their new white wine, Tentacion, the first that they have produced and bottled from grapes grown in their Ibiza vineyards, as previously all of their white wines were imported from Italy.

The wine is 12.5% strength, has a very pleasant flowery aroma and is very good with or without food! Someone mentioned something about the body, but we don’t think we should comment on the waitress. The Bodega has a cafeteria for you to sample their wines, take a coffee, have a snack, or buy locally produced oils and Italian pastas etc.

 

3/7/2012 9:47:01 AM

A Mad March Saturday

The weather recently has been fantastic, so much so that Becky and Gaynor from The Bunch of Grapes in Cala Llonga decided to hold a short notice informal BBQ on the beach last Saturday. A quick nip off to the supermarket for the meat and back to the beach – superb. We had to leave halfway through as we’d promised to join Ian and Jack, The Ibiza Sun Local Footie Reporters, to assist them with their report on the important Pena Deportiva home game against C D Constancia (see their report). Constancia haven’t lost a game so far this season so a 0-0 score line wasn’t too much of a surprise, although it was quite a good game, with a few sparks flying towards the end. By the time we all returned to Cala Llonga the BBQ crowd had moved on to Flippers, sort of one or two for the beach. We returned to Flippers in the morning for a delicious “stop you in your tracks” English breakfast. It was then that we learned that on the Saturday night one local resident (we’ll call her Georgie to protect her identity) became somewhat “tired and sleepy” and was discovered fast asleep in the storeroom. Obviously one BBQ burger too many!

 

3/7/2012 9:47:29 AM

Pintxos 4 Peter Music/Charity Concert

Here’s your chance to have another great day out and help cancer sufferers. This coming Saturday 10th March, mid-day to 3pm, there’s a music/charity afternoon on the terrace of Restaurant Marina Playa, Cala be Bou (just by the Hotel Hawaii). With live music from Vinnie and Backbeat, raffles and games PLUS a beer or wine and a snack for just 2€, all of which promises to make for an enjoyable worthwhile afternoon. See you there!

 

3/7/2012 9:48:02 AM

Don’t Forget!

Friday 17th of March is St Patricks Day. The day when anybody can dress up in green, down a few pints of Guinness, and join in with the Irish celebrations. The following day Sunday 18th is Mothers Day in the UK, but of course we will all celebrate it here (if the Guinness hangover has subsided). There are lots of different places holding all sorts of events for the two days, just check out their ads in your Ibiza Sun.

 

3/7/2012 9:48:29 AM

Pool League

The new Pool League is up and running, however at present the interest seems to be San An based, a bit more geographical spread would be good. Also the entrants to date are all primarily English Speaking – would be great to get a Spanish, German etc team on board too. This particularly applies to anyone from the Santa Eulalia area. If you or a bar you use are interested in taking part then call Nick Gibbs on 638 923119 or contact him at <a href=”mailto:nickgibbs@theibizasun.com”>nickgibbs@theibizasun.com</a>

 

3/7/2012 9:48:57 AM

Cinema At Teatroespana, Sta Eulalia

Tuesday 6th March 7pm & Wednesday 7th March 8.30pm

The Iron Lady – The award winning film that looks at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power. Stars Meryl Streep, winner of Best Actress 2012 Oscars, Jim Broadbent and Richard E. Grant.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/13/2012 9:18:43 PM

Look Out – Look Out There Are Beetles About

Last week we and our neighbours have had a visit from a representative of the town hall in Sta Eulalia. He’s on the lookout for red palm weevil beetle infested palm trees. The red palm weevil is a member of Coleoptera: Curculionidae. The male and female adults are large reddish brown beetles about 3 cm long and with a characteristic long curved rostrum; with strong wings, they are capable of undertaking long flights. Damage to palms is produced mainly by the larvae. Adult females lay about 200 eggs at the base of young leaves or in wounds to the leaves and trunks; the grubs feed on the soft fibres and terminal bud tissues. They reach a size of more than 5 cm before pupation. Except just before pupating, they move towards the interior of the palm making tunnels and large cavities. They can be found in any place within the palm, even in the very base of the trunk where the roots emerge Usually the damage caused by the larvae is visible only long after infection, and by the time the first symptoms of the attack appear, they are so serious that they generally result in the death of the tree. The town hall official issues you a notice advising you that the tree must be attended to and also gives you a list of authorised gardeners who can undertake the work. Unfortunately you have to pay for the treatment; pruning, or felling of the tree and the cost depends on its weight. Failure to comply with the instruction can lead to a hefty fine. Remember that you are not allowed to do the work yourself, or to prune palm trees apart from during the months of January and February.

 

3/13/2012 9:19:45 PM

Jordi “The Hero”

Last Thursday we were in San Lorenzo walking through the picnic area when we saw a crowd of youngsters looking up into a tree. We then saw that a cat had become stuck quite high up in the tree and didn’t seem to be able to move. To our, and others, amazement one young man climbed up the pine tree, which had no lower branches, to rescue the young moggy. Although he received a “spraying” he didn’t give up and eventually managed to get hold of the cat and then scramble back to the ground. The cat immediately ran away, and true to form, climbed up the nearest tree. This time Jordi didn’t bother to go up after it. Well done anyway.

 

3/13/2012 9:20:06 PM

Patchwork Group

Are there any ladies who have an interest in patchwork? We would like to start up a small group in April, supporting, helping each other, passing on what knowledge we have and enjoying a fun afternoon. Ideally we would like to meet on a regular basis, possibly weekly, on a Friday afternoon. If you are interested please contact Pam on 971 33 19 98 Mob 690 052531 or <a href=”mailto:romsharpe1@telefonica.net”>romsharpe1@telefonica.net</a> or Barbara on 971 19 62 11 Mob 0044 7763 782261 or <a href=”mailto:bagregory23@aol.com”>bagregory23@aol.com</a>

Pam and Barbara

 

3/13/2012 9:20:28 PM

Don’t Forget!

This Friday 17th of March is St Patricks Day, the day when anybody can dress up in green, down a few pints of Guinness, and join in with the Irish celebrations.

The following day Sunday 18th is Mothers Day in the UK, but of course we will all celebrate it here (if the Guinness hangover has subsided). There are lots of different places holding all sorts of events for the two days, just check out their ads in your Ibiza Sun.

 

3/13/2012 9:21:04 PM

“Pintxos 4 Peter”

The fund raising day at Restaurant Marina Playa in Cala de Bou in aid of the Holyomes family was a tremendous afternoon. We’ve said it before and perhaps unfortunately will perhaps have to do so again in the future, that the generosity of the people of Ibiza seems to know no bounds. Raffle and Tombola prizes, cakes and savouries seemed to appear from nowhere. People, some who hadn’t even had the pleasure of meeting Peter and his family, came along to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with tapa for just 2€ and support them in their time of need. There was live music with Vinnie, whose 10 year old daughter Lucy accompanied him with Video Killed The Radio Star, a star of the future? Then on stage came Backbeat, featuring Chris, Patrick and Vicente with Gemima, a petite blonde girl who had one of the most powerfully pleasant, versatile, voices we’ve heard for quite a while, could she belt it out. Her Amy Winehouse and Adelle songs were amazing. We hope to hear more of her before too long.

The total amount raised was 1,094€ which was presented by members of Lodge 44 to a very emotional Marion Holyomes (see her letter in From Our Readers).

Should you fancy a Sunday with a difference the Restaurant Marina Playa are introducing an All You can Eat Sunday Brunch from 25th March 11.30am to 3.30pm for 14€ adults, 5,50€ children. Again there’ll be live music and if the Brunch is half as good as their tapas then it’s a “not to be missed” day.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/20/2012 11:27:58 AM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

Tues 21st March 7pm & Wed 22nd March 8.30pm the film is Drive (not suitable for persons under 18 years of age) starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston. A mysterious man who has multiple jobs as a garage mechanic, a Hollywood stuntman and a getaway driver seems to be trying to escape his shady past as he falls for his neighbour – whose husband is in prison and who’s looking after her child alone. Meanwhile, his garage mechanic boss is trying to set up a race team using gangland money, which implicates our driver as he is to be used as the race team’s main driver. Our hero gets more than he bargained for when he meets the man who is married to the woman he loves.

Tues 27th March 8.30pm Wed 28th March 7.30pm

The Decendants – Stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.

 

3/20/2012 11:28:19 AM

Supper Quiz Night

A Supper Quiz Night in aid of The English Speaking Church on Ibiza is being held this Friday 23rd at 7.30pm, at the home of Sarah Milburn in Sta Eulalia. Tickets cost 15€ which includes supper and 1 drink. For more information call Sally on 971 803275 or 690 144587

 

3/20/2012 11:28:40 AM

An Evening With A Difference

On the Saturday 21st April the Ibiza Masonic Lodge 44 are holding a St Georges Day Dinner Dance for all Masons, their families & friends, at which Ian Robertson, co-author of the book “Roslyn Chapel – the truth behind the Da Vinci code”, will present his latest book on “Roslyn” as well as give a presentation about the Chapel. This unique evening with a difference will take place at Hotel Pinet Playa, Cala de Bou, more details to follow in due course, and for those who wish to make it an extra special event, or avoid the drinking and driving problem, the Hotel will be offering a reduced rate nights’ accommodation, including breakfast, as will the Hostal Marino.

If you would like to reserve your place at the dinner, accommodation, or need more info then call Chris Langley on 609 693988 or email <a href=”mailto:langleykirk@gmail.com”>langleykirk@gmail.com</a>

 

3/20/2012 11:29:23 AM

Mother’s Day

Our Mother’s day was spent at the Spring Fair at Bar Mariposa in Cala Llonga, which was also a celebration day for our friends John Atkinson, a mere 70 years old, Brenda Macy, age details not supplied, and Lyn and Brian Vernon who were celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. Brian however was actually working as a waiter at the restaurant so didn’t have much time to celebrate, but Lyn did manage to drag him up for a dance to Sam and Johnny Hocking who played and sang some memorable numbers allowing us to dance while overlooking the bay of Cala Llonga on a beautiful calm day. Made you realise why we’re here. Our roast lunches were perfect, with a fruit Pavlova to follow, stunning. So just another quiet weekend!

 

3/20/2012 11:29:42 AM

The Best Of Either World

In Calle San Juan in Sta Eulalia the traditional sides of the UK and Spain can be found side by side. The Queen Vic offers draught English beers and ciders, darts, pool, excellent bar snacks and great value meals, in a really friendly atmosphere. Next door, you’ll find Bodeguita La Galera (formerly The Bolthole) which has been transformed into a delightful wine bar, with a typical wine cellar feel about it. There are more than 30 different wines to try, sold by the glass from 2€, or by the bottle from 11€. Tapas, snacks, teas and coffees are also available. So now you can have a European bar tour without having to walk too far.

 

3/20/2012 11:30:02 AM

Airport Advances

It seems that the airport modernisations are about completed. They still haven’t put the iconic name back on the front of the building though! We were there last week and spotted some new innovations that could well be useful to some passengers. There are now 2 internet desks, one in arrivals and one in departures, with 2 keyboards at each one, where you can go on-line and print your tickets or boarding cards. (This still doesn’t help those who seem to want to take photo copies of resident documents with them). There are also 2 terminals where you can make a photo-copy of your passport should it be needed. The only point we would raise is this. Who would want to trust putting their passport into a machine in Ibiza airport minutes before you need it to board your plane?

 

3/20/2012 11:30:23 AM

Service With A Smile

Shopping here to us is extremely pleasant compared to many other places. OK so you don’t always have many choice options but that takes all that decision making out of it. It’s also very nice when you are served with that extra friendliness and help. We received such service last week when we bought a new DVD recorder from Euronics Bappa Moria Electronics on Isidoro Macabich 66 in Ibiza town (opposite the post office). Not only were we able to barter and end up with a very good discount, but they actually went to the trouble to download the instructions in English and e-mail them to our computer. They speak very good English and their prices are very competitive. Their printer cartridges are possibly the best value around. If you visit them tell them you heard about them in The Ibiza Sun.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/20/2012 9:15:22 PM

St Patricks Day

Did you go all Irish at the weekend? We started our evening at Sandy’s in Sta Eulalia in time to watch the end of the England – Ireland rugby game. The close result England 30 Ireland 9 subdued some of those in green, but then The Lost Mountain Orchestra took to the floor and soon livened things up. We then moved on to Bar Med in Cala Llonga just in time for tapas, including a delicious Irish stew. Our attempts at River Dancing failed miserably and we didn’t do much better in the Irish quiz, however we did quite well in the Guinness consumption.

 

3/27/2012 10:15:13 AM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

Tues 27th March 8.30pm Wed 28th March 7.30pm

The Decendants starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller

With his wife Elizabeth on life support after a boating accident, Hawaiian land baron Matt King takes his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront the young real estate broker, who was having an affair with Elizabeth before her misfortune.

 

3/27/2012 10:15:46 AM

Hans Walter Mende. 27-12-35 to 18-2-12

In recent issues we’ve made reference to the passing away of a good friend of ours Hans Walter Mende and promised to give you an insight into his life. We would actually need a library to fit it all in, so here’s a brief résumé.

Hans Walter Mende was born in Wittlich Germany on 27th Dec 1935. His father was a forester which is perhaps why Hans developed a passion for nature, whether that be plants or animals. He studied economics obtaining a Doctorate writing a thesis on the Swedish social system and started teaching at University level. Shortly after this he married, but later divorced.

Hans always had an interest in Africa and in 1971 managed to obtain a position teaching German at a High School in Senegal, later moving to a University where he worked for five years. During this time he and his then wife travelled to and from Germany to Senegal by car crossing the Sahara desert several times. They did on one occasion find themselves in a tricky situation when their car became stuck in deep sand and they had to walk 90 kilometres across the desert to the nearest civilisation. Fortunately they always travelled with a good supply of water and a water purifier, which probably saved their lives.

In 1976 they decided to return to Germany via Spain stopping off in Ibiza. Having driven around the island they stopped for the night in Cala San Vicente, sleeping in their car. The following morning they were approached by a man who asked them if they were looking to buy a plot of land. They decided to have a look and fell in love with a piece of land overlooking the bay, agreed to buy it, contacted an architect who prepared the plans, and a year later started to build the house, in which Hans lived until his death in February this year. They had to return to Germany where Hans began studying at the University of Munich; again the main emphasis was on teaching German to foreigners. As research for his second Doctorate he went back to Senegal. During this time his curiosity took him to visit Guinea Conakry, which at that time was a very politically unsafe country following an attempted assassination of the President. He ended up being arrested and imprisoned without a trial, charged with smuggling of foreign currency. No-one, including his then wife, knew of his whereabouts. He eventually managed to get an inmate who was being freed to take a letter to the German embassy who managed to secure his release.

On his return to Germany he continued teaching German and economics while waiting for a possible position to become available in Africa. However he was diagnosed with heart problems undergoing a quadruple heart bypass operation. This meant that he couldn’t return to Africa to work and he therefore opted for retirement. But what does a person who had always been so active do in retirement.

Hans did have other passions in his life – horses. He owned two so made the decision to ride his favourite, Pedro, from Germany to Santiago de Campostela via the route of the Pilgrims. The journey took four and a half months during which he made many friends along the way. What did he do when he arrived? He turned around and rode to Ibiza. He actually wrote a book about this adventure, but from Pedro’s point of view. Unfortunately for us and many others it was only published in German. Ibiza then became his permanent home and he soon became absorbed in the island’s countryside, riding and walking its many kilometres of lanes and tracks, sometimes ending up in some precarious situations. It would be extremely difficult to find anyone who knew and loved so much about the island of Ibiza.

His other loves were his 1955 red convertible Mercedes SL 190, leading him to become involved in the Classic Car Club. He had attended every Ibicencan Fiesta and Festival, including riding his horse as one of the Three Kings at the Sta Gertrudis Kings parade. Hans even became involved in the islands politics, the Green Party of course.

He was also the instigator of the fund to improve the access for everyone to be able to visit the Cova des Culleram, the home of the Goddess Tanit, which resulted in the construction of the wooden steps and handrails. He must have driven the San Juan Town Hall crazy as he persisted with this project as he was a man who once he had an idea wouldn’t rest until he saw it completed, and he had recently begun to raise funds to restore the windmill at the entrance to Cala San Vicente.

Hans was a very independent and strong minded person with an almost childlike inquisitiveness; he wanted to know everything about everything. Just three years ago he undertook a tour taking in the Balkans, China, South Korea, Alaska, Canada and the USA. He was in the process of organising another such trip, but unfortunately he passed away before he could complete it. His death occurred during a walk in the San Juan area, which is probably the most apt way he could have wished for, walking in his beloved countryside with a group of friends.

He leaves two daughter and two grandsons to whom we extend our sympathies. It’s often said that someone is gone but not forgotten, that surely will be the case for Dr Hans Walter Mende, the man with “no fear”.

 

3/27/2012 10:16:13 AM

A Quieter Week

We’ve had a bit of a quieter week so instead of our usual style we thought we’d make a few light hearted comments on some of last week’s Ibiza Sun articles that drew our attention. The headline Language Reforms highlighted the changes to the Public Administration Law which ensures that Catalan is no longer a requisite for civil servants. At last someone is getting real. Teachers will still need to speak Catalan but let’s hope that the law will take away the necessity for children to be taught in it, but retain it as a second language, meaning that most parents will then have the “pleasure” of helping their offspring with their homework. Evidently one man in Palma is on hunger strike in protest against this new law, which brings us nicely to the Gardeners’ Corner item. It seems that eating too much red meat is bad for us because it means we perhaps consume too many GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), so the guy in Palma hasn’t got to worry about that then has he! Remember though that too many vegetables can also be very bad for you, especially if like a relative of ours you get run over by a tractor and trailer full of carrots.

We excitedly read the item, Finances, which stated that the Consel are about to start paying some of their suppliers. Hopefully those like us who shelled out money from our own pockets to help stage the March 2011 International Fair might at last be paid the amounts owed to us.

In the Readers Write section Big Bonzo complained bitterly about the Balearia ferry company. We agree that cancellations and missed boats due to timing misunderstandings, are a problem however we recently travelled to Valencia returning via Denia taking a car both ways and reserving a very good cabin for just 320€ (after residents discount and boy did they need some original paperwork and documents), so it ain’t all bad, perhaps luck of the draw.

In Flight Fiasco we read yet again that people have had problems when flying with Ryanair and claiming a Residents Discount when using photocopied documents. We have trawled the “terms and conditions (T’s & C’s) and although we can’t find anywhere where it states that photocopies are not acceptable we thought that it would be pretty obvious that original documents must be presented, sometimes this includes the certificate issued by your local town hall that shows your personal details including your registered address. Under the Travel Documentation (see below) it does state that all documents must meet Ryanair’s requirements, so basically they can make it up as they go along. Don’t get us wrong, we have no issues whatsoever with the way they operate, but just remember it’s just like going to any official place here, everything, including a photograph of your cat should be available in its original form. The other point to ask yourself is before you tick the box, “I have read terms and conditions etc” have you actually read them. Happy discounted flying!! TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION – It is each passenger’s personal responsibility to ensure that he or she has valid travel documentation which meets the requirements of Ryanair, immigration and other authorities at every destination.

We didn’t find anything to comment about in A Letter From Juan, which is probably a good thing as we hear he gets a bit tetchy if anyone passes any criticism.

And finally, we heard on the UK news that disturbingly 37% of deaths from liver cancer are caused by alcohol. Yes 37%. Hold on so doesn’t that mean that 63% aren’t. Thank goodness that we’re probably in the first group.

 

3/27/2012 10:16:58 AM

Ibiza’s Walk for Life

Come and join us for a pleasant stroll through the countryside and help raise some money for a good cause.

SUNDAY 15th APRIL 9.45 am meeting at the BAR VILLA MANCHEGO SAN ANTONIO (on the Cala Gracio Road near the roundabout) please bring sponsor money with you. SUNDAY 22nd of APRIL 9.45 am meeting at the bar NOELIA near to hotel La Cala

SANTA EULALIA. All money raised on these walks will go to Ibiza & Formentera Contra Cancer,and specifically, towards the cost of the colon screening campaign.

Help us to Save Lives with this COLON SCREENING program soon to start. For further info and sponsorship forms call Margaret 971 196394

 

3/27/2012 10:17:46 AM

Carma

Its Party Night this Friday at Cala Llonga’s newest bar. What was formerly Bar Bianca is now opening as CARMA. With live music, free snacks and tapas, it’s going to be quite a night. The bar is back in the hands of Marlena, who many of you will remember (we told her she’d be back) along with her friend Carolyn. Check their ad for more info. See you there!!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

April 2012

 

4/3/2012 9:30:54 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week is the 2011 biographical drama J. Edgar (137 mins) directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts

  1. Edgar Hoover was the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

Show times are: Tues 3rd April 7pm Wednesday 4th April 8.30pm

 

4/3/2012 9:31:40 PM

Easter Arrives

While driving around last week you could see the spring flowers opening up carpeting the island with colour. In the background there was the smell of fresh paint and the sound of sanders and jet guns. This week as you drive around you will see bars and businesses springing into life as Ibiza shakes off it winter camouflage and bursts into life. The direct flights have started, at last, and people with hardly any clothes on are adorning the streets. The “Opening Parties” have started already. On Friday we joined in at Bar Carry’s which was to open as Bar Carma, but due to some unforeseen circumstances it was a case of all change just before the opening after we mentioned it in our column last week. What was the first Opening Party this year in Cala LLonga attracted a decent sized crowed who as well as enjoying some very potent sangria and tapas listened to some really smooth sounds from guitarist/singer Rafa Peletey. We couldn’t stay too late due to early morning commitments on Saturday. We wish everyone a very successful season and no doubt we’ll be calling in to see a “few” of you throughout the summer. The children and schools are entering the spirit of Easter and we caught site of Brando proudly showing off his Easter hat and sweets. He as well as us wish you all a Happy Easter and hope that many of you will be able to get out and about to see and join in the local Easter parades and activities. Don’t forget the Easter Fair at Bar Cruce in San Rafael on Saturday. See the ad for more info.

 

4/3/2012 9:32:01 PM

Frail Pools

So did you spot it? The ad last week for Frail Pools was this year’s “spoof” as of course it’s an anagram for April Fools. A bit different as we normally sneak something into an article. Perhaps even Sue didn’t spot this one!!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

4/9/2012 11:15:13 PM

Annual Spruce-up

The committee of the Asociacion de Vecinos de Cala Llonga has organised the annual clean up of Cala Llonga beach and surrounding area this Sunday 15th April, meeting on the beach at 10am. Any volunteers are welcome and they should bring gloves just in case there are not enough to go round. The clean up takes around 3 to 4 hours and will be followed by a free beach BBQ for all helpers. Why not come and “do your bit” for your community.

 

4/9/2012 11:15:50 PM

British Consulate Ibiza

There are two questions that we’ve been asked on a number of occasions recently so here are the answers

  1. The Consulate will be opening again from 08.30-13.30 Monday to Friday from the 10.04.12
  2. The expiry date of the green residence card/paper is 10 years for a permanent resident or 5 years if not permanent.

 

4/9/2012 11:16:14 PM

We Did It Again

We hope you had an enjoyable Easter, although we hear that the weather hasn’t been too good. We spent our Easter in the UK where drought conditions existed and a hosepipe ban was put in place, then we arrived. We’d been on the ground for about 15 minutes before it started to rain, this then turned to snow accompanied by very strong winds. Perhaps instead of spending lots of money on save water campaigns the water authorities could just pay our air fare to various parts of the UK and the water shortage problem would simply disappear! We did find some heat though by spending an evening with our friends Dawn and Ian. After a couple of glasses of “Real Ale” in the Waltham Tea Gardens, yes they do sell beer, but not milk, it was off to take what is now the traditional English meal, a curry, in the Waltham village windmill, a most unusual setting for an Indian Restaurant. Thanks for a lovely evening once again. Now it’s back to the shops!

 

4/9/2012 11:16:37 PM

Well Plastered

During our flight we bumped into Martin Makepiece who was well plastered, but not in the alcoholic sense. It seems that in his excitement in preparing to leave for the airport to catch his Ryanair flight, he gave his forehead a nasty whack on the car door. He looked a little off colour and we hope he has made a good recovery so that he can bang his head against the wall again in an attempt to bring Ryanair and the Consell together to reach an agreement on winter fights later this year, although we read that airport taxes are to be increased substantially as part of the governments latest budget/austerity measures. Ah well, just another nail in the The Golden Goose!!

 

4/9/2012 11:17:00 PM

Off Their Crust

The UK newspapers, TV news stations and half the population are up in arms and united in their anger at a situation that has annoyed them intensely. Forget the oil tankers drivers “possible” strike, which has lead to rocketing fuel prices. Forget the fact that potatoes have doubled in price due to the drought. Forget the increase in postal charges. What is it that’s causing all the stress? The Chancellor has had the audacity to put VAT on pastys and sausage rolls that are purchased hot from take away outlets. Buy them cold, no VAT, buy them hot and they now cost 20% more. Evidently this move was to bring them into line with such places as fish and chip shops which have had to charge VAT for years. There’s even going to be a protest march to show just how much this has upset people. Silly tarts!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

4/17/2012 9:47:43 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week the 2011 silent movie, THE ARTIST (100 mins) starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman on Tues 17th April 7pm and Wed 18th April at 8.30pm.

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: “Who’s That Girl?” and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin’s world upside-down.

 

 

4/17/2012 9:48:12 PM

Out & About (again)

Last Saturday gave us the chance to dig out the dinner jackets and posh frocks to join the Concord Lodge 66 for their Annual Ladies Night Dinner Dance held at Restaurant La Casita. What a wonderful evening it turned out to be. Once again Johannes and his staff provided a magnificent 4 course meal and wines. Our M C for the evening Derek Talbot introduced the Worshipful Master Louis van Zyl and his wife Trish. Michael McDonald proposed the toast to The Ladies, thanking those whose partners were members of the Masonic Lodge, for their help and understanding, especially when they were at times wandering around mumbling and practising speeches. In her reply Trish referred to the wonderful work that Masons do in raising money for charities all over the world. She also, on behalf of the Ladies thanked their men for attending regular meetings which meant that at least on those nights they had sole use of the TV remote control. Trish also made it clear that it was a night for the ladies, not to be confused with ladies of the night. The evenings fund raising realised a total of 1,140€ for Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. Our entertainment and music was presented by Mr Frankie Riley. For most people the evening finished at La Casita, some choosing to travel home in the stretched limo’ but we of course had other ideas!

We just nipped down into Cala Llonga for a nightcap in “Pio’s”, The Golden Oldies Bar, some great music, before popping into a new venue, “el deseo”, where the music is of a more modern sound, two classic venues side by side. Sunday morning was a bit of a rude awakening, just 5 hours sleep before making our way wearily down to the beach to help with the village spring clean. With the weather being a bit threatening, in fact it rained quite sharply at times, it slightly reduced the number of volunteers but those who did turn out did a wonderful job collecting other peoples discarded items. We found sofas, chairs and tables, half a boat was dragged out of the sea, a lawn mower and even an engine-less quad bike, plus of course the “normal” bottles cans and plastic bags. Why can’t people dispose of their rubbish in the correct manner? So it’s all spick and span in Calla Llonga, let’s hope it stays that way! Why not come and check it out?

 

4/17/2012 9:48:55 PM

What’s In A Name?

It seems that we made a couple of typing errors recently involving the opening of a bar in Cala Llonga. What was formerly Richi’s Bar is now Carly’s, (not Carry’s as published, sorry about that) If you haven’t visited it then you haven’t discovered one of the villages little cosy retreats. Carly’s has a very intimate atmosphere, drinks are very competitively priced, they have an “early doors”, 5pm to 6.30pm, offer on cañas and house wines, at just 1€, plus free snacks. Opening hours are 5pm to whenever!

 

4/17/2012 9:49:13 PM

Sales Sales Sales

OK you bargain hunters. This coming Saturday from 10am to 9pm Sta Eulalia will be holding the annual Stock Clearance Sale, with 100 different shops and companies selling off their end of season goods at very much reduced prices. The sale takes place in Calle San Jaime, the main street, which will be closed to traffic. Some bars and restaurants will also be offering drinks and tapas at special prices. So go pick up a bargain.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

4/24/2012 9:27:04 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

Showing this week. Tues 24th April 7-00pm & Wed 25th April 8.30pm

The action thriller Haywire.

 

4/24/2012 9:27:31 PM

Done-Rome-ing

Thanks to our friend Mr O’Leary we were able to take a short break to Rome last week and meet up with our daughter who lives in Greece, who also has the services of Ryanair. The total cost of return flights for 4 people, 2 from here and 2 from Greece, was just under 200€. Our first impressions of Rome were not too good. Firstly there was the tremendous amount of traffic and secondly almost being ripped off at the taxi stand. First lesson, always ask the price and whether they will be using a metre. We knew our daughter had earlier paid 10€ for the journey to the hotel but we were quoted 25€. After a verbal confrontation, with a man who seemed to be running the rank, we agreed to pay 15€. The city itself is quite awe inspiring. We managed to see everything we wanted to and more. It just happened to be the anniversary of the present Pope’s election and he held an audience in the Vatican square. We don’t quite know whether he knew we were there but he arrived just as we did, plus another few thousand people of course. The queues to enter the Vatican and the museum were tremendous so we decided to give it a miss and return the following day. We’re so glad we did. Whether you’re a religious type or not, you can’t help being amazed by the vastness of the insides, everything is so big and the ceilings so high, the paintings are quite amazing. One of the biggest draws was the Sistine Chapel, however one of us wasn’t too impressed even though Michael Angelo is famed for painting the ceiling, some other works seemed far more spectacular.

The visit to the Colosseum stirred some deep thoughts when you were made aware of just what is supposed to have gone on there in front of 60,000 baying spectators. You may think that it was just the lions against the Gladiators, but it’s claimed that almost every type of animal was bought to Rome to fight for its life, always ending up on the losing side of course. The building and surrounding areas were badly damaged in the great fire in the year 64AD, which is of course when Nero allegedly fiddled while the city burned (is that where the taxi drivers got it from) following which much of the Colosseum was taken away to be used to rebuild the new city.

Another spectacle, there are so many, were the Holy Stairs, said to have been used by Pontius Pilot when condemning Jesus to crucifixion and bought to Rome by St Helena in 326AD. Anyone wishing to climb these stairs must do so on their knees and to see people doing it is quite emotional. There is so much to see in Rome so a short visit cannot take it all in, but we did our best. The Italian food was OK. We ate at various levels of restaurants from the small family places to some larger less intimate establishments. We still think that the best Italian food anywhere is served here on Ibiza at Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta.

On returning to Ibiza you realise just how peaceful it is by comparison.

 

4/24/2012 9:27:50 PM

Manos Unidos

On Sunday Sta Eulalia held a street party to raise funds for the poor and hungry people around the world. The lunch cost 20 euros a ticket and for that they had, allioli, country bread, olives, followed by Sufrit Payes and mixed salad. The Vino Payes seemed very popular, but there was also water, soft drinks followed by fresh oranges & bananas, a typical pastry then cafe caleta. All this was accompanied by the singing of Sante for people to dance to. Of course it wouldn’t be a fund raiser without a raffle in which the first prize was a Moped. Margaret Nawaz was helping to serve the food even after earlier in the day completing one of her 10 kilometre Walk For Life charity walks. The amounts raised at the street party and Margaret’s two charity walks will be available soon.

Actually we did feel a bit guilty seeing some 350 people eating a meal to raise money for the hungry after we’d just had a delicious Sunday Roast at The Gallery Restaurant. Well we needed a fix after all of the pasta and pizza. Two courses for 14€ or three courses for 16€ is excellent value.

 

4/24/2012 9:28:13 PM

KONINGINNEDAG – Dutch Queen’s Day

This year the Dutch Queens Birthday Celebrations will take place this Sunday 29th April (one day before the official day) at Bar Pio, The Golden Oldies Bar, in Cala Llonga. It all kicks off at 1.30pm. You don’t have to be Dutch to join in. If you can wear something with the colour orange on it then it’ll add to the party spirit, but don’t worry if you can’t, just go along and have fun.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/1/2012 9:28:56 PM

Fiesta Time In Sta Eulalia

The first Sunday in May, this year the 6th, is traditionally Sta Eulalia Day however as normal the town starts the celebrations a little earlier and carries on a little longer. The “What’s On” guide has a list of events.

 

5/1/2012 9:29:17 PM

Healing Ibiza

Also on Sunday the 6th May Healing Ibiza are holding a day of rejuvenation and inspiration for mind and body at Atzaró with the opening ceremony taking place at 12 mid-day. See their ad for more information.

 

5/1/2012 9:29:43 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

It appears that there were once again transport problems last week which led to the cancellation of the expected film showing. There are NO English films this week either due to the Fiestas.

 

5/1/2012 9:30:08 PM

Ladies Only!

Bar Med in Cala Llonga are holding an Anne Summers evening this Thursday 4th of May starting at 9pm. All females are invited for what promises to be a fun and titillating evening. We’ll try to smuggle an undercover reporter in there somehow!

 

5/1/2012 9:30:30 PM

Dutch Queen’s Birthday

When we woke up on Monday morning we knew we’d been to Bar Pio to join in the celebrations for Dutch Queen Birthday. Having had lunch there, a yummy home-made burger, popped over to San An to the Oscar Noha fund raiser, then returning to Pio’s to be lead astray by their Mojito’s, the fresh strawberry one is magnificent. It’s a good job that the Dutch queen only has one birthday unlike ours who has two.

 

5/1/2012 9:30:53 PM

Sta Eulalia Fiesta Events

The first Sunday in May, this year the 6th, is traditionally Sta Eulalia Day however as normal the town starts the celebrations a little earlier and carries on a little longer. Saturday 5th mid-day Banana Dance Studio are staging a Dance Spectacular in front of the Town Hall. At 5pm the agriculture exhibition and display of classic cars open. A painting exhibition opens at 7.30pm and at 8pm there’s a display of Portuguese Folk Dancing in front of the town hall. The day ends with a live outdoor concert by David De Maria next to the Palacio de Congreso (Congress Centre).

On Sunday 6th the Municipal Band take to the streets at 9.30am. There’s a Mass at 11am at Puig De Misa followed by country dancing, a parade of traditional horse drawn carts and more folk dancing. At 5pm a country market opens. 7pm country dancing (they must be a bit tired by now). A Mass at 7.30pm at the church in the main street. At the Congress Centre at 8pm Pena Escenica will be staging Mamma Mia, entrance 10€. There’s live music in the town hall square from 9pm and fireworks on the beach at midnight. We’ll be out and about and hope to bump into a few of you and will let you have the programme for the following weekend in next week’s edition.

 

5/1/2012 9:31:16 PM

The Gallery Restaurant – The Art Of Great Eating

One of the pleasures of living on Ibiza is having such a diverse selection of eating places. Whether you desire a snack or something more exotic and fulfilling, your wishes can be satisfied. However there are some restaurants that stand out from amongst the rest for the quality of their food, the friendly atmosphere and of course value for money. One such venue is The Gallery Restaurant in Calle San Vicente (Restaurant Street) in Sta Eulalia. Whether you choose to sit inside, where the walls have a display of paintings by Suzy Cavender, on view and on sale, or on the terrace watching the world pass by, you’ll soon be introduced to The Art Of Great Eating.

Over the last 9 years Miles has built a reputation that not only ensures clients return time and again, but also results in comments on social web-sites such as, “Simply wonderful – always” “Utterly outstanding” “Great food-great prices” are just a few. The 2012 menu incorporates some exciting new dishes as well as the classic favourites with his new enthusiastic team bringing a freshness to the high standard of service. A reputation is only achieved by aiming for the highest standards which isn’t possible without the greatest attention to;

Purchasing. Apart from the drinks, nothing is delivered to The Gallery. Everything is personally bought by Miles on a daily basis to ensure quality and freshness.

Preparation. The kitchen staff are totally committed to preparing every dish to ensure you have a meal that will make your eating experience a memorable occasion.

Presentation. Presenting a dish is an art in itself, and it’s only when your plate is served that it reflects the passion with which it was created.

The menu is so comprehensive that it wouldn’t do it justice by naming just a few items, however the restaurant is renowned for their tender juicy steaks and the extremely great value “Specials”. The amazing Sunday Roasts, if you haven’t tried it you’ve seriously missed out, also deserve a mention.

At The Gallery Restaurant there’s a delightful selection of English, European and Mediterranean dishes just waiting for you to enjoy, together with a wine list offering excellent wines at realistic prices.

When you find all of these things together then you have discovered “The Art Of Great Eating”.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/8/2012 9:21:30 PM

Fiesta Fun

Despite the current economic problems the Sta Eulalia Consel, aided by many local sponsors, once again put together a fantastic Fiesta. On Saturday we joined a very enthusiastic crowd to watch the Banana Dance Studio Spectacular. The age range of the participants went from around three years old to, shall we say “adults”. A lot of hard work had gone in to putting it together and the dancers seemed to enjoy it as much as the audience. Congratulations to all involved. We didn’t make the David de Maria concert as it started to drizzle and after listening to a couple of his songs on the internet we decided to give it a miss. Sunday was a different day all together. We managed to see the parade, visited the magnificent flower show, and spent a couple of hours at Carly’s Paella Party in Cala Llonga. Then it was time to go to a packed Amante at Sol Den Serra for their opening. Call back into the house, yes we do go there occasionally, for a quick change, then out to see a very entertaining Mamma Mia at the Congress Centre. We then met up with some friends for tapas prior to seeing the fabulous fireworks display, before eventually collapsing into bed, and boy did we sleep well. The Fiesta activities take a bit of a break for a few days until Saturday 12th May when there are all sorts of sporting events taking place. 10am Judo in Sta Gertrudis. In the Municipal Sports Ground 11.30am a Veterans football game. 5pm Indoor Football and at 6pm a darts competition. On Sunday 13th you can participate in a walk that leaves from outside the town hall at 9am. A Dog Agility exhibition also starts at 9am at the Sports Ground, plus an Indoor Football Competition at 10.30am. At 7pm two Masses take place, one at Capilla de Lurdes in the main street the other at Esglesia Vella.

 

5/8/2012 9:21:52 PM

M Wellness Goes 5 Star

We are very excited to announce that we are joining forces with Aguas de Ibiza to offer superior fitness and spa services. We will be moving all of the equipment and services from the current location to the Revival Wellness Club in the 5 Star Hotel Aguas de Ibiza. The Revival Wellness Club has its own entrance, separate from the hotel and will be open all year around.

The passion and experience of the M Wellness team will now be complemented by outstanding facilities plus a whole load of extra benefits. All the team will be moving with us, so you can expect the same level of dedicated services.

We are making the move over the weekend of the 13th May, opening in the new location from 16th May, with a launch party to follow. This means that the M Wellness club will be closed on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May as we move the equipment to the new location. We will be open on Wednesday 16th May at 08:00 at the Revival Wellness Club. The Revival Wellness Club is only 1 minute from our current location at the base of Aguas de Ibiza hotel, Salvador Camacho 9, Sta Eularia.

If you are an existing member your membership will be transferred across to the location at no extra cost.

Member Benefits: Full wellness centre with access to fully equipped gym, personal trainers, detox programme, slimming programme, full timetable of classes, state of the art 1,500m2 Spa by Clarins with relaxing treatments

Longer opening hours – Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm

Extended opening hours on Saturdays 10am – 10pm

Now open on Sundays 11am – 8pm

Discounts and special offers just for members

Enhanced quality of services including luxury bathrooms, dedicated personal training studio, rooftop yoga, private outside terrace and more.

Best Wishes from, The M Wellness Team – <a href=”mailto:info@mwellnessibiza.com”>info@mwellnessibiza.com</a>

M Wellness Ibiza

C/ Salvador Camacho 8 Sta Eulalia

 

 

5/8/2012 9:22:23 PM

Partners

The April 2012 edition of the Partners’ Newsletter is now available on line at <a href=”http://www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk”>www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk</a> This will be updated with any news and upcoming events as and when applicable.

The newsletter contains some extremely important and useful information on such subjects as the European Health Insurance Card (previously E111). What to do if you are unfortunately taken ill or suffer an accident while visiting another European country including the UK, plus contact details if you find that you are having difficulty accessing the Spanish health care system. Also remember that the newsletter is designed with your community in mind. If there is a topic you would like to see covered in a future newsletter, and it comes under the British Consulate Network’s remit, please let us know and we will consider it for a future edition.

 

5/8/2012 9:22:44 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

There isn’t an English language film this week; however on Saturday 12th May, at 8.30pm, the Soul and Body Gospel Singers will be staging a concert. Entrance costs 8€.

 

5/8/2012 9:23:06 PM

A Right Royal C*** -Up

Someone said to us last week that The Ibiza Sun now has less mistakes than in the past. Just to prove them wrong we dropped a right clanger last week. In making up the advert for Bar Mariposa’s Diamond Jubilee “Bling” Party we put the date as Monday 6th June, when of course it should have been Monday 4th June. (See their ad for more information). We hope we are forgiven and that it hasn’t damaged our chances on the Honours List.

 

5/8/2012 9:23:32 PM

Spotlight On Ses Savines

The Ses Savines Restaurant Beach Club is delightfully situated overlooking the beach and bay of Cala Ses Estaques on the outskirts of Sta Eulalia, just beyond the Palacio Congreso (the Congress Centre).

It would be very difficult to encounter such a relaxing venue and once discovered it’s also difficult to tear yourself away. Whether you choose to have lunch, dinner, a drink or a coffee you’ll soon become submerged in the peaceful tranquillity and calmness that Ses Savines has captured.

The menu offers a variety of the finest fusion of Ibicencan, Mediterranean and European dishes that are so different in their preparation and presentation. On a recent visit we chose for starters Melon Gaspacho Soup with Strawberry and Mint Leaf and Melon with Bellota Ham. Our main courses were tenderloin Beef Steak with green peppers and potatoes Au Gratin with fresh asparagus, a generously sized cod fillet on a bed of black rice with pine nuts. The excellent wines are very sensibly priced, a little unusual for a restaurant of this standard, however as it was mid-day we opted for a carafe of sangria. Following our coffees we just sat and enjoyed the view from the comfy sofas. The service is efficient, attentive, but un-intrusive, adding to our very enjoyable lunchtime.

 

5/8/2012 9:24:07 PM

From Callapso To Calypso

After we’d relaxed ourselves at Ses Savines it was time to liven up a little so we went to Cala Pada beach where the Calypso Steel band were performing at Brisa Del Mar. An amazing number of people had turned out to enjoy the sunshine and the Caribbean sounds of this increasingly popular group. It rounded off our Sunday perfectly.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/15/2012 12:50:00 PM

Medieval Weekend

We’ve been off the island for a few days and it seems that we missed a couple of events, including the opening party at Sta Eulalia’s newest restaurant, Le 27, a French restaurant in Calle San Vicente (Restaurant Street to you and us), but you can be sure that we’ll be visiting it shortly. We did however return in time to go to what some have described as “the best free show that the island offers to residents and visitors”, the annual Medieval Fair. For those who have never made the effort to visit this incredible event then they’ve missed out. The streets come alive with stalls displaying and selling all sorts of crafts, foods, plus street theatre, birds of prey, a very noisy gaggle of geese, plus donkey rides for the kiddies (just like Cleethorpes beach). We found that the prices being charged were very reasonable which lead on to us buying half the jewellery and handbags on sale. It’s also a chance to wander up through the streets of the old town and take in some magnificent views and it heralds the start of the summer season. Besides sampling a range of foodie treats, we also took a little diversion into the El Corsario Hotel, to sit on the terrace overlooking the fair and enjoy a Medieval G & T. We had a chat with a policeman who had been bought over from Majorca to help the local Bobbies control the crowds. He told us that the morning ferry from Majorca bought 800 people to visit the fair. Can anyone think of anything that happens on Majorca that would attract the same number of people from Ibiza? A visit to Ibiza town for us wouldn’t be complete without a trip down Calle de Virgin. Due to almost half the islands people being at the fair it was a little on the quiet side, but “the place to be” this year appears to be Dado where Jens and Dragon always make you extremely welcome, they serve a delicious Mojito (or two). To complete our first night back on the island we called in to Mr Cairo’s in Cala Llonga just in time to hear a young lady from Leeds called Nikki sing in the Karaoke slot. We don’t always enjoy Karaoke, but if this lass was singing on a regular basis we could be very tempted.

 

5/15/2012 12:50:22 PM

Upheaval Weekend

Regular readers will have seen the exciting news from MWellness concerning their move to the Hotel Aguas de Ibiza in last week’s paper. A “fly on the wall” told us that at the time of this week’s edition going to press the move was well underway, although perhaps a little more involved than anticipated. We hope to have news of the new venue opening in next week’s edition. In the meantime we wish everyone involved the best of luck with the move and their continued success.

 

5/15/2012 12:50:49 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

Ok film lovers, the English language films are back. This week’s showing is: We Need To Talk About Kevin – A Drama/Thriller, 112 mins, starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller., Storyline: Kevin’s mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. Times Tues 15th 19.30hrs and Wed 16th 20.30hrs

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

5/22/2012 10:21:38 PM

A Wheel Cheek

There appears to be someone who has a thing about stealing wheels. A few days ago a friend of ours had three wheels stolen from his Cherokee Jeep while it was parked outside what used to be The Athena Bar in Cala Llonga. The theft took place between 11am and 3pm on a Saturday afternoon; no-one seems to have witnessed the theft. This is the second time that a vehicle parked there has suffered the same fate. The last time three wheels were taken and then the thief had the audacity to come back and take the fourth. So who has them? As only three wheels were taken we are asking you to look out for a Reliant Robin sporting some expensive looking alloy wheels!

 

5/22/2012 10:22:13 PM

Ambassadors Visit

The British Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, accompanied by the Balearic Consul Paul Abrey, paid a brief visit to the island last week and the Ibiza Sun were invited to meet him and have a discussion on a few points of general interest.

He was very interested to hear how the current trend of all inclusive holidays was affecting local businesses. It was pointed out that although this type of tourist does generate many forms of employment, food and drink supplies, transport, hotel staff etc, it’s the small local restaurants and bars, many owned or run by UK ex-pats, that suffer when tourists choose to opt for this particular type of holiday. He extended his sympathies, but pointed out that the UK Government had no control over, or could not influence commercial decisions, made by international companies.

His Excellency was very pleased to report that it seems as though the campaign started last year to encourage tourists to ensure that that had adequate travel insurance in addition to applying for the EHIC (formerly E1-11) is proving to be successful. It’s still a fact that many travellers are prepared to spend more at the departure airport on food, drinks etc than they are on insurance, but gradually the message is getting through. The companies that tend to deal with the 18-30s tourists are this summer handing out leaflets called Costa Packet which highlights the costs of finding yourself with health or injury problems but without adequate insurance. The leaflet also encourages people to have a good holiday, enjoy what “party destinations” have to offer without becoming a nuisance, taking better care of their property such as passports and travel documents, finding themselves in trouble with the authorities due to excessive alcohol, or the abuse of illegal and dangerous substances.

During his visit to Ibiza in August last year he visited Space in the early hours of the morning to see for himself how the management and staff deal with such large numbers of youngsters, many of them a little under the influence of alcohol. He was impressed with their handling of crowd control, attempts to prevent drugs from being sold on the premises and the emergency procedures implemented. Hopefully all of this will help people to have a memorable stay on the island and also do what many residents would like to see, an improved image of our island home. His Excellency has asked us to pass on his best wishes to everyone in the hope 2012 turns out to be a happy and successful year. This meeting also gave us the opportunity to meet the three new members of the Ibiza Vice Consulate staff, Paddy-Anne, Elizabeth and Sarah, who have joined Sharon, Briege and Judith, which will ensure that the Consulate will be able to continue to provide their usual high standards of service throughout the busy summer season.

 

5/22/2012 10:22:36 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

Tues 22nd May 19.30hrs and Wed 23rd May 20.30hrs Shame, A drama directed by Steve McQueen and starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and James Badge Dale. Brandon is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control. Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

 

5/22/2012 10:23:01 PM

Diary Dates

The annual Ruta de Arte opened its doors at Palacio de Congresos in Sta Eulalia yesterday (Tuesday) and runs until 31st May. The exhibition by the island’s artists opens at 17hrs to 21hrs daily and entrance is free.

Also in Sta Eulalia on Sunday 27th May a Spring Fair and Craft Market is being held in Passeig S de S’Almeria, (the street in which Barclays bank is situated) a chance to see and enjoy some local customs.

On that subject we happened to see a little bit of a tradition in Cala Llonga last week. A guy called Pedro was touring the village offering his knife sharpening services, using a treadle grinder which is a copy of a 1930’s version. He originates from Madrid, but has been “at the cutting edge” on Ibiza for 3 years.

 

5/22/2012 10:23:52 PM

MWellness / Revival Welcoming Party

MWellness/Revival would like to welcome clients and supporters to our new location, at Hotel Aguas de Ibiza c/ Salvador Camacho Sta Eulalia (just a few metres down the street from our previous location). Please come and join us to celebrate the opening our new club on Wednesday 23 May between 5pm & 10pm to enjoy a glass of cava, nibbles and good feeling vibes. You can also take a tour of the new facilities including a 1500m2 Spa Oasis and English Patio. Everyone who joins us on the evening will receive a free spa day pass. Our team look forward to greeting you and be willing to answer any questions you may have.

Contact: 971 338 840 or <a href=”mailto:info@mwellnessibiza.com”>info@mwellnessibiza.com</a>

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/29/2012 9:23:39 PM

Butterflys

We’ve been a little bit like butterflies this week, flitting from place to place. It all started off last Wednesday at the opening party of Revival Wellness Club at the 5 Star Aguas de Ibiza Hotel in Sta Eulalia where James, Kelly and their team, formerly known as MWellness, have now re-located. It really is a superb location. You approach via a reception which has a cascading wall of water and then make your way to the various sections, gymnasium, spa, pools or calm garden area. Everyone attending was given a guided tour of the facilities which we thought were quite amazing and very, very relaxing. The team will be offering treatments and exercises to help you feel and look your best, both physically and mentally. Feel free to call in and have a look around. There’s always someone on hand to help with any questions you may have and we hope to have more news and information regarding Revival Wellness Club in future editions. Thursday saw another opening evening, this time at Le 27, Sta Eulalia’s new French restaurant in Calle San Vicente. We nipped in to wish them well to find that they were very busy – we’ll certainly be making a return visit soon.

On Saturday we only had two places to be at the same time, the opening of Rejuvenate – Aesthetics Beauty Salon in Cala Llonga. Karen has been in the beauty business for over 20 years recently working on a mobile basis but has now decided that a properly equipped salon allows her to provide a much better service to her clients as well as providing an opportunity for them to relax in quiet and tranquil surroundings. Karen will be giving you the chance to pamper yourself with the latest technological rejuvenating facials, manicures and pedicures at some very interesting introductory prices, such as –

A complimentary skin scan and consultation

Dermalogica Boost Facial and Jessica file and varnish – 40euros

Non surgical Facelift- 40 euros

Absorb Ibiza salt body exfoliation -40 euros

Dry heal Repair treatment-30 euros

Half leg wax, bikini line & eyelash tint – 25 euros

You’ll find her salon in the centre of the village, call in or call 677 237455

Then it was on to Bob Dutton’s 65th Birthday Party in S’Agamassa joining a number of his friends to help him celebrate the occasion. The invitation stated “drinks and nibbles” however his partner Lesley provided a delicious buffet with enough food to feed an army. We hope they both enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did.

 

5/29/2012 9:24:16 PM

What’s Next?

It looks as though this next week could be quite sociable as well. Tuesday 29th May is the opening night at a re-launched Bollywood Indian Restaurant in the port of Sta Eulalia, situated at the far end of the port in the stone tower building that was Rumours. Annar had “retired” from the catering world but the desire to serve the true taste of home cooked Indian food has drawn her back into the kitchen. We look forward to sampling some.

On Sunday 2nd June from 7pm Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta are opening their Cocktail Garden with live music by way of, what we refer to as, “The Silky Soft Sounds” of Lisa Ruddy plus DJ Steve (Atlantic Conveyor). The A La Carte menu will be available should you wish to sample some of Renzo’s incredible Italian food. Bookings are strongly advised; see their ad for full info’.

Just in case you’ve been on another planet we must remind you that Monday 4th June is Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Day. (How many of you still have your Coronation mug or spoon?) We’ll be joining the Bling Party at Bar Mariposa, Pueblo Asparagus, Cala Llonga. Joe and Di always host a great party and provide fabulous food. Backbeat will be supplying the music from 4pm, we can hardly wait to hear them again. At the time of writing this there were just a few places available, adults 13,50€, under 14’s 7€. Call 671 260578 or 666 807081 and perhaps we’ll see you there!

 

5/29/2012 9:25:16 PM

Contra Cancer Presentation

Last Tuesday the Association Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera presented the Palliative Care Unit of the Oncology department of Can Mises hospital with a new Dacia Duster vehicle to enable them to visit and assist cancer sufferers in their own homes. The keys were handed over by Helen Watson MBE, the President of the Association, to Snr Inasi Casas, Director of Health Care at the hospital and Dtra Pilar Rapun, head of the Palliative Care Unit, at a brief ceremony at Punicauto Ctra San Jose-Ibiza, who had been most helpful in supplying the vehicle at a very good discounted price. Rotulos Publicitarios Coll, had also donated the cost of painting the Associations logo on the cars doors. Helen thanked everyone involved and pointed out that the donation of the car was only possible due to the hard work of the committee, the many volunteers, the generosity of the general public in supporting the various fund raising events, the Associations sponsors and the fact that every cent raised stays here, and is only used to help cancer victims of the two islands.

We also learned that the two walks organised by Margaret Nawaz earlier this year raised just under 1,200€ which has been handed over to the association, as has the 80€ raised at The Terrace on their last quiz night of the winter, by auctioning off Ian to the highest bidding team. (They didn’t win by the way).

The next fund raising event is the Two Hour Walk Under The Moonlight on the evening of Tuesday 3rd July. More details next week, so you can now start seeking out your sponsors.

 

5/29/2012 9:25:34 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Tues 29th 19.30hrs & Wed 30th 20.30hrs – The Ides of March a drama directed by George Clooney and staring Paul Giamatti, George Clooney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

 

6/5/2012 9:08:31 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Tues 5th June 19.30hrs & Wed 6th June 20.30hrs.

Late Bloomers – A romantic comedy starring William Hurt, Isabella Rossellini and Doreen Mantle highlighting the struggles of Mary and her husband adjusting to retirement.

 

6/5/2012 9:09:00 PM

Island Sounds

Cinema not your scene, then here’s some live music info –

Weds 6/6 20.30hrs KATE McGREGOR – Acoustic Pop & Jazz, Marsol, Paseo Maritimo Santa Eulalia.

Mon 11/6 21hrs LISA RUDY TRIO Swing & Bossa, Villa Mercedes, San Antonio.

Tues 12/6 21 hrs LAS COLUMBINAS Mexican & Columbian Folk Songs, Rest’ Los Jarros, Es Canar.

 

6/5/2012 9:09:19 PM

Almost Partied Out!

Ok so it looks as though the opening parties are all but over, we do believe that what has been known as Mangos Beach Bar on the outskirts of Sta Eulalia is soon to re-open as Bar Babylon, although more on that in a future edition.

The new Bollywood Indian Restaurant in the port of Sta Eulalia had their opening party last Tuesday with what seemed to be half the island turning up to sample some of the tasty nibbles that are now part of the menu, Kebabs, Samosas and a delicious new Chicken starter. The party spilled out onto the pavement of the marina, and if our little tasters were anything to go by then many of them are sure to be making a return visit.

Then on Friday Seventeen in Siesta opened their Cocktail Garden. We were amongst the early arrivals and chose a Mojito, there’s a surprise, and a Strawberry/Vodka served by the delightful K K. The food was absolutely superb. Renzo has added some very interesting dishes to the already comprehensive menu. With the sounds of the “Silky Soft” voice of Lisa Rudi drifting over a packed garden restaurant it was a perfect evening. We were also the last to leave, another surprise!! Seventeen will be holding similar events throughout the summer, keep an eye open for the information in The Ibiza Sun.

 

6/5/2012 9:09:41 PM

Off His Crust??

So UK Chancellor George Osborne has abolished the infamous so called Pastry Tax, VAT on hot pies and pasties. What a farce, little wonder his initials spell out what many people think he should do.

 

6/5/2012 9:10:27 PM

“Bling”- ing Marvellous

That’s how we would best describe the Diamond Jubilee “Bling” Party at the Mariposa Pool Bar. A “Jubi-liciuos” buffet served to a very happy crowd, many of who dressed for the occasion, with the music from Backbeat helping to create a real street party, (without the rain), atmosphere. We had another terrific day, many thanks to Joe, Di and their wonderful team.

 

6/5/2012 9:11:06 PM

Please Please Please Please

  1. We were following a rental car a few days ago and witnessed a rear seat passenger throw a cigarette end out of the window. Unfortunately due to traffic conditions we weren’t able to let them know of our disapproval. Please don’t do this sort of thing as once again the island is tinder dry (that should bring a storm or two). There have already been a couple of small grass fires and we really don’t want any repeats of the serious fires we had last year.
  2. Please take care of your possessions. We’ve heard of cases where valuables have been left on car seats, the cars have been broken into and the items stolen. Similar thefts have taken place from bags left unattended on beaches. The hassle of sorting this out is quite horrendous and really spoils a holiday. We don’t have a lot of crime on the island and we don’t wish for you to become another statistic.
  3. Please be aware that although the sun is not yet at its strongest and at times the wind has made it feel a little cool you will still burn if you don’t use a suitable protection, or keep out of the sun during the hottest part of the afternoon. Remember no-one ever got sunburned in a bar. But if you do have a mid-day refreshment, don’t do what someone did last week, fall asleep in the full sun without sun cream, or you’ll win the hotel fancy dress competition for the best lobster.
  4. It’s very pleasing to see people relaxing and enjoying the island with it’s easy going laid back atmosphere, however it’s considered very impolite to walk down the street or worse still enter a restaurant bare-chested. The San Antonio Town Hall has recently introduced a law prohibiting such actions. The fine for failing to comply is 100€.

So that’s the nagging over, let’s all have a great safe summer.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

6/12/2012 9:25:28 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Tues 12th June 19.30hrs & Wed 13th June 2030hrs Man On A Ledge, starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell.

 

6/12/2012 9:26:28 PM

This Weeks Live Music

Fri 15.06 – 9pm Ibiza Big Jazz Band Teatroespana Sta Eulalia

Sat 16.06 – 3pm KATE McGREGOR Acoustic Pop & Jazz, Brisa de la Mar, Cala Pada.

Sun 17.06 – 3pm THE LOST MOUNTAIN ORCHESTRA, Brisa de la Mar, Cala Pada.

Mon 18.06 – 9pm LISA RUDY TRIO Swing & Bossa, Villa Mercedes, San Antonio, 9pm

 

6/12/2012 9:26:59 PM

We Thought It Was All Over – It Is Now

We thought that the Golden Jubilee celebrations were all over, but then up popped another. This one was held at The Nags Head in Es Canar, where members of the Concord Lodge 66 met up with a few friends to enjoy lunch and a few glasses of wine. Michael Mc Donald organised a “simple???” royal-istic quiz that seemed to have him as confused as the participants.

 

6/12/2012 9:27:33 PM

Diamond Geezers!

Two other people who were celebrating a Diamond event last week were Brian & Jo Robertson who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on Thursday 7th June. They did receive a letter of congratulations from Her Majesty and we’d like to add ours to it. They have both asked us to pass on their thanks to everyone for their cards and best wishes.

 

6/12/2012 9:27:51 PM

John Sutton

We have heard the sad news that John Sutton, who many will know as the proprietor of Pier 1 on the seafront in Sta Eulalia, passed away last week. We send our condolences to his partner Pauline, his family and friends.

 

6/12/2012 9:28:16 PM

Charity Moonlight Walk

This year’s Walk Under the Full Moon takes place on Tuesday 3rd July. This is a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Association Ibiza & Formentera Contra Cancer. Participants should meet at Bar La Cantina in Cala Llonga at 21.45 hrs – with their sponsorship money – leaving at 22hrs for approximately 2 hours. It’s a fun event, walking in the countryside in the cool of the evening and you also gain a pleasurable feeling knowing you’re raising money to help cancer sufferers and their families. A sponsorship form is printed on page **. If you need more info’ call Margaret on 971 196394. (Remember every cent raised stays here on Ibiza & Formentera).

Meanwhile on Sunday 17th June there’s a Music & Dance Concert at Blanca Dona, on the outskirts of Ibiza town, with around 700 (yes seven hundred) senior citizens from all over the island taking part. The evening is in aid of Manos Unidos and should be a very entertaining event.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

6/19/2012 9:09:11 PM

A Perfect End To A Difficult Week

Last week was a bit of a funny week, with one of us needing the care of Can Misses once again. Thanks for all the phone calls and messages, we’re pleased to report that all is now well. A huge thank you to the staff at the hospital for their prompt and caring attention.

Unusually we haven’t been around much so on Saturday we fancied a bit of a treat and wandered down to Restaurant L’Altre Balagar on the beach in Cala Llonga, where a new singer/guitarist to the island “Pixie” was performing to the very appreciative diners. We managed to have a little chat with this petite and charming young lady. She, her partner and 3 year old daughter only arrived here at the end of April, but she is already attracting a following to hear her sing, what she refers to as her, Raw Commercial sound. Basically Pixie, (she wouldn’t tell us her real name), takes modern day hits and adapts them to her own style. With her elfin appearance and smooth, sometimes “street busker” like renditions, which are perfect for restaurants or peaceful beaches, we think that she’ll make a big impact. Pixie will be performing at the restaurant every Saturday evening, with Spanish/Flamenco guitarist El Chacho playing every Wednesday.

Since our last visit, which wasn’t that long ago, L’Altre Balagar, (formerly Restaurant Cala Llonga), has made some very chic decorative alterations. The dining terrace now has improved softer lighting with an Arabian style draped ceiling, giving a cool Mediterranean appearance and atmosphere. The day time beach terrace changes to a cosy softly furnished chill terrace for the evening.

 

6/19/2012 9:09:36 PM

An Evening Of Fashion & Wine

Me Quiero, Ibiza’s leading pre-owned clothing boutique, is staging a Fashion Show this coming Sunday evening 24th June starting at 9pm. where you will be able to see nine models displaying fifty-two famous named summer fashions with leading name accessories. The show, for which there is no entrance charge, is taking place at Cesar Bodega Winery, situated on the road between Sta Eulalia and Ibiza. (An excellent excuse to escape from the football). On arrival you will be invited to a complimentary glass of Ebusus a new locally produced wine. The bar will then remain open throughout the evening. After the show you will be able to view some of the high quality, exceptionally reasonably priced items that Me Quiero has on sale. Tapas and snacks will be available. It promises to be a very enjoyable evening for you ladies out there, you are of course invited to bring your partners along, should you wish. Bodega/Winery Cesar stocks a wide range of locally produced wines in addition to some very interesting Italian ones, all of which will also be on sale during the evening.

 

6/19/2012 9:09:55 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Tues 19th June 8pm & Wed 20th June 9pm.

The Untouchables Starring; François Cluzet, Omar Sy and Anne Le Ny

 

6/19/2012 9:10:13 PM

This Weeks Live Music

Wed 20.6. 8-30pm KATE McGREGOR Acoustic Pop & Jazz, Marsol, Paseo Maritimo Santa Eulalia,

Sat. 23.6. 9-30pm THE LOST MOUNTAIN ORCHESTRA, Pontón de Talamanca, Fiesta de San Juan.

 

6/19/2012 9:10:34 PM

Fiesta San Juan

This Sunday 24th June is the longest day, the day of the Summer Solstice and the day of San Juan. This Fiesta is celebrated as the start of the summer and there will be events taking place across the island. In some places the celebrations include the age old jumping through the flames of a bonfire. This isn’t as popular as in the past. H & S and common sense prevailing. The village of San Juan on Ibiza usually has a Fiesta of fire and wine; sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between the two!!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

6/26/2012 9:19:01 PM

Bellissima News

We are extremely proud and pleased to welcome to our team, all year round stylists Zoe Adams and Rudi Micheletti, both offering a complete hair cut and colour service, as well as being experts in dressing hair out. You will be greeted warmly by Lillian Stone, our super apprentice, (she always needs models, so please pop by for a complimentary blow-dry and treatment). As always Kerry will be on hand to take care of all of your needs. You will see more of our part time beauty therapist Guilia in July and August when she covers maternity leave for Nicole, who will be back in September. Until then Guilia will be offering all beauty and nail services. Please call or pass by for a free consultation with any member of the team, and take advantage of a 20 percent discount with this article or copy of our advert.

 

6/26/2012 9:19:19 PM

Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Tues 26th at 20 hrs & Wed 27th at 21 hrs Les Infideles (The Infidels) Produced in France.

 

6/26/2012 9:19:36 PM

Dinner/Cocktail & Music

This Friday, 29th June, Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta are holding an evening of dining, cocktails and fabulous live music. The evening starts at 7pm with an opportunity to enjoy a meal or a pizza from the menu which, includes a set priced dinner, or simply sit in the charming garden and sip a Speciality Cocktail whilst listening to the delicious sounds of Jude La Joir and DJ Steve. Reservations are strongly recommended. See their advert for further info’

 

6/26/2012 9:20:11 PM

Sad News

It was with great sorrow that we learnt of the death of Ramon Ardura who passed away suddenly during the night of Wednesday 20th June at the age of 63. Ramon and his family recently moved to Ibiza from Valencia to take over what was the Calla Llonga Restaurant, restyle it and open as L`Altre Balagar. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

 

6/26/2012 9:20:29 PM

Charity Moonlight Walk

This year’s Walk Under a Full Moon takes place next Tuesday 3rd July. This is a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Association Ibiza & Formentera Contra Cancer. Participants should meet at Bar La Cantina in Cala Llonga at 21.45 hrs – with their sponsorship money – leaving at 22 hrs for approximately 2 hours. It’s a fun event, walking in the countryside in the cool of the evening and you also gain a pleasurable feeling knowing you’re raising money to help cancer sufferers and their families. A sponsorship form is printed on line or if you need more info’ call Margaret on 971 196394. (Remember every cent raised stays here on Ibiza & Formentera)

 

6/26/2012 9:20:48 PM

A Night Of Two Halves

What a mix of emotions we had on Sunday. The first half we were at the Fashion Show by Me Quiero, held at Cesar’s Winery Bodega which was an outstanding success. The 8 models demonstrated a range of summer fashions, to a very appreciative audience, most of which were snapped up when the show ended. We were all invited to sample a glass of Proseco wine, courtesy of Ernesto Balbinot, the owner and producer of the wine. He actually produces 600,000 bottles a year (that’s a lot of headaches). Me Quiero Boutique is situated behind the Campsa petrol station as you turn off the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road towards Portinax. The opening hours are 11am – 1pm and 6pm – 8.30pm. You are welcome to browse at your leisure. Cesar’s Winery/Bodega has a wide range of locally produced and imported wines on sale in addition to Italian foods. There is a cafeteria and bar that everyone is welcome to visit.

The second half, well do we really need to write about it, especially having spent the evening with a crowd of Italians!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

July 2012

 

7/3/2012 9:31:09 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

Tues 3rd July 20hrs & Wed 4th July 21hrs

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked

 

7/3/2012 9:31:57 PM

Oceans of Pleasure!

As part of The Ibiza Sun team we spent a very pleasurable evening last Thursday at the opening of Ibiza’s latest hotspot, Ocean Beach Club in San Antonio. (see the San An page by Nick Gibbs). What an incredible place. Tony Truman and Duane Lineker have really thrown the gauntlet down by launching this “new era on Ibiza” venue; it really has to be experienced to be appreciated. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting were carried out by Tony’s very eloquent and beautiful 8 year old daughter Kiki. It was quite an astronomical occasion, lots of heavenly bodies walking around in some “brief-ish” swimwear. We both enjoyed the erotic dancers for different reasons and the laser graphics over the pool were new era. The restaurant serves very interesting dishes at even more interesting prices, 20€ for a fillet steak can’t be bad can it? The drinks are a little above the level of some places, 11€ for a generously sized cocktail, but when you consider the surroundings and what is on offer we don’t think that’s over doing it. We send them our best wishes for their future success and we’re looking forward to a further visit when our wild child daughter arrives for a holiday.

We also enjoyed a very enjoyable evening at Restaurant Seventeen on Friday. We started out as twosome, were joined by Madam Fifi, Astro-blogger and his wife “The Queen Of Cakes”, plus a couple of wandering Wanderers. The Mojitos were going down like the value of the euro and before we knew it we’d wined, dined and danced to our hearts content. It’s a hard life!

 

7/3/2012 9:32:56 PM

Fashion Show Up-date.

In last week’s edition we ran an article about the Fashion Show held by Me Quiero at Cesars Winery Bodega on Sunday 24th June. We’ve now received some photographs from Chip Thorogood, a freelance photographer who divides his time between here and the UK. Want to see more, or need a photographer for a special occasion, then contact Chip at <a href=”mailto:Chip62@hotmail.co.uk”>Chip62@hotmail.co.uk</a>

 

7/3/2012 9:35:51 PM

They Are The Champions!

As expected, by many, the Spanish football team broke records, and Italian hearts, on Sunday night with a 4-0 victory. The “crisis” was almost forgotten as the noise of rockets and crackers took over the streets. Having taken an early meal at The Terrace in Cala Llonga (blue cheese pate followed by steak and ale pie, delish’), we watched the game at a crowded Bar Madison where Pepe was so excited he was almost bursting at the till! We sat next to a group of friends who were eating a take away pizza. When we asked why, when Spain were playing Italy, the reply was that you can’t get paella in a box. At half time our desserts were very kindly served on Bar Madison terrace by Michele from The Terrace, well we couldn’t risk losing our seats could we. At the final whistle the village went crazy, fireworks, cava, and car horns. When things quietened down we wandered home, then the night took a downward turn, because…….

….They are The B******S

When we arrived home we discovered that someone had attempted to break into our house. Fortunately as we have an alarm fitted they appear to have been scared off by the noise without taking anything, just a jemmied door to repair and replace. We used the 112 system to call the police and the Guardia Civil were there in no time to assess the damage and ensure that it was safe to enter the house. It does prove how effective an alarm can be and as the economic situation worsens break-ins are becoming more prevalent. There are a number of companies on the island that can supply alarms that aren’t over-sophisticated or expensive. It may be time to consider one if you don’t have one already

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

7/10/2012 9:32:39 PM

Cinema

This Week At Teatroespana Sta Eulalia, Tues 10th July 20hrs & Wed 11th July 21hrs

This Must Be the Place – Comedy/Drama

 

7/10/2012 9:33:28 PM

Not So Super Markets

So “everybody’s friend” Juan has at last become excited about something besides roundabouts, although one did get a mention in his column last week. He’s drooling about the opening of a new supermarket that is similar to those in the UK, the US or other places around the globe. Well sorry Juan, we don’t live there and many of us came here to get away from such commercialisation. We prefer to shop at smaller friendlier supermarkets, where you sometimes have to wait a while at the meat counter while all the local gossip goes back and forth, but where you meet up with people for a chat and perhaps a coffee in the bar next door. The larger supermarkets employ what we refer to as “sucker tactics” to encourage you to compulsively buy items that you never intended to buy when you left home, and it’s well known that many of the “special offers” aren’t special at all. We also prefer to buy our fruit and veg from one of the local markets, most of which sell genuine local produce, Sta Eulalia’s indoor market has a ambience of a truly Spanish market, chatter and clatter, not a bit like Sainsburys or Tesco. Local-ish residents can park in the nearby underground car park for half price. We also use the roadside stores supplied by the co-operatives on the island, who are unaffected by the straight banana brigade. Of course everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, but do we want to become a place where all the shops are chain stores, not for us thanks.

While on the subject of Juan’s letter he also made reference to the Consels refusal to issue more licences to people wishing to rent out their properties to holiday makers. We read in the UK Daily Mail On Sunday last week that on the Canary Islands there’s a real purge to impose fines, using a law that was introduced in 1995, of up to the equivalent of £15,000 on people who are breaking the law by renting out properties without permission. This is being seen as a good way to raise some badly needed money for the local consels. Up to 20,000 property owners could be affected, all of whom of course declare this extra income on their income tax declarations. The paper pointed out that the Balearic consels are also considering following suit, but with a maximum fine figure of the equivalent of £32,000. That’s not so super either is it?

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

7/17/2012 9:34:02 PM

No Rest for The Wicked?

Having spent a wet and soggy few days in the UK we thought we’d return to a bit of peace and quiet. Thought was the apt word! On Thursday, while on our way back from the beach, we bumped into some friends who were on their way to Bar Eqqus to listen and dance to Backbeat, couldn’t resist that, evidently they perform there every Thursday and at the Up & Inn on Tuesdays. On Friday Concord Lodge 66 held an informal dinner for members and friends at Mel’s on the seafront in Sta Eulalia. We were all met by Kate offering us a glass of cava before we sat down for a wonderful 3 course meal and wine. The food and service were, as is the norm at Mel’s, excellent, so much so that we believe that a return visit is on the cards. It was rather a late night so Saturday was spent relaxing until the lady of the house decided that a trip up to Portinax for an ice cream would be a good idea (yes we do have them in Cala Llonga). We arrived to find that the first night of their Fiesta was underway and we took a seat in a bar overlooking the bay. So, “which ice-cream would you like dear? A jug of sangria please ??????”. As dusk arrived HITSSESSION began what to us was the best outdoor disco we’ve ever seen. The 3 man team of DJ’s played a tremendous range of music from the 70’s through to the present, including some well known Spanish sounds, all re-mixed to dance rhythms. The lighting and backdrop were also quite amazing. The beach was packed with absolutely everybody bopping away, some swaying a little more than others, a truly fabulous Fiesta night. Cala Llonga is bracing itself for its forthcoming fiesta, details of which we will inform you of when the programme is completed.

 

7/17/2012 9:34:20 PM

And Finally

While out and about last week we met a man who told us that he has taken to drinking brake fluid. However he said it wasn’t addictive because he could stop whenever he wanted.

 

7/17/2012 9:34:40 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Tues 17th 20hrs & Wed 18th June 21hrs.

And If We All Lived Together (2011) 96 min – Comedy

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

7/24/2012 10:15:55 PM

A Perfect Response

We are referring to the letters sent in as a response to our “comments”, certainly not an “attack”, on Juan’s letter containing praise for the latest large supermarket to open on the island. We were in the UK, it chucked it down with rain every day and one of us was dragged around all the large supermarkets, the ladies favourite underwear store, plus many other commercial centres. It was then that we read on line the Letter From Juan about “that” supermarket, which inspired a little thought. We have rightly or wrongly detected a little bit of despondency in some of Juan’s columns recently and the same thing crossed our minds when we spoke to him recently. So we thought we’d give him a little criticism and see what happened, and BINGO, exactly what we wanted. So you see Juan, your column is well read and the public do appreciate your comments, if not ours sometimes, so chin up and keep on bashing those keys.

We must just pick up on a couple of the comments though. Firstly we didn’t say we didn’t want large stores, just not too many of them, as if we’re not careful town centres will become like those in the UK where every shopping centre has the same stores in the same high street slot and if you’re not careful you can quite easily forget which town you’re in. Yes we have in the past been known to be at it 24/7, that’s how the name Two Old Rockers came to be bestowed on us. However recent events have meant that this is probably going to be more 2/4 or less. Regarding “Beach Clubs” we’re not quite sure where the 1,000€ for a sun bed comes from. At the most recently opened venue entrance prices actually start at 10€. This gives you a clean beach towel and bean-bag style sun lounger with use of the pool. For 25€ you can have a luxury sun-lounger. At the higher end the idea is that you have a minimum spend figure of 50€ per person, however that includes free admission, large, up to 4 people, sun lounger, beach towels, use of the pool and your food and drinks to the value of 50€ each. A VIP pass costs 500€ but that’s for 10 people and again that includes food and drinks to that value. We don’t consider that a lot of money for a full day with nothing more to pay, and neither do many more if the amount of people using it is anything to go by. These places do provide quite a lot of employment, the employees need to rent somewhere and they need to eat and drink. So where do they go to shop. Perhaps the new large supermarkets? Full Circle!!!!

 

7/24/2012 10:16:12 PM

Dine & Dance

Why not treat yourself and your “someone special” by reserving a table at Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta, where on Thursday 26th July Jude La Joia will be singing live backed by DJ Steve Harris (Atlantic Conveyor). A Full A La Carte Menu, which includes some of Renzo’s delicious homemade pastas and pizzas, or a set price menu, will be available. You can if you prefer just sit, relax, take a cocktail or other drink in the beautiful garden and enjoy Jude’s incredible singing. See their ad for reservation info’.

 

7/24/2012 10:16:29 PM

Carin Placer

We understand that this influential internationally known artist has recently paid a visit to Ibiza. Carin was born in 1966 in Vienna but now lives and works in Monaco. Between 1985 and 1990 she attended the University for Applied Arts in Vienna, then from 1990 to 1991 the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, finishing off her studies from 1992 to 1994 at F.I.D.M. Design College in Los Angeles. Her works have been displayed at numerous internationally renowned galleries and at the moment one of her works can be viewed at Can Alfredo in Ibiza town. You can see more of her paintings at <a href=”http://www.askart.com”>www.askart.com</a>

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/1/2012 8:26:38 AM

Bellissima Baby Arrives

Pedro and Nicola (of Bellissima fame) are celebrating the safe arrival of Juliette on 7th July, weighing in at 3.2kilos, a baby sister for Isabella. By sheer coincidence Juliette has dark hair with natural highlights, that’ll save mum a lot of work. Nicola is taking a short break, however the highly qualified and highly skilled Bellissima team are there to attend to your beauty and hairdressing needs. Pop in, give them a call on 971 331812 or visit <a href=”http://www.bellissimaibiza.com”>www.bellissimaibiza.com</a>

 

8/1/2012 8:27:46 AM

Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

We have been advised that there are no English language films being shown at the cinema in Sta Eulalia during the month of August.

 

8/1/2012 8:28:02 AM

Carin Placer

We understand that the paintings of this influential internationally known artist, who recently paid a visit to Ibiza, can now be viewed in Gallery Al Fredo in Sta Eulalia. You can also see more of her paintings at <a href=”http://www.askart.com”>www.askart.com</a>

 

8/1/2012 8:28:20 AM

It’s Not Our Fault – It Just Happens

In an effort to slow our “social whirl” down a little we thought that a mornings fishing would be the ideal thing for some quiet and relaxation therapy. We headed for our usual fishing spot, the rocks close to what was previously called Mango’s Beach Bar, now re-furbished and opened as Bar Babylon, more on that shortly. We then received a “where are you” phone call from Astro Blog and his wife The Queen of Cakes. We’ll pop and see you for a spot of lunch! So we took a table at Babylon, which is now fully open and running, however before it is “officially” opened they have a few loose ends to tidy up, but it does look as though all the thought and ideas that have come to fruition so far are going to make it somewhere quite unique. As we were asked by our luncheon friends to accompany them at a Wedding Vow Renewal later we only took a snack, a spicy Caribbean Chicken, Cesar’s and Goats Cheese salads, with some very tasty sangria, watching enviously as someone on the table next to us ordered the immense House Special Hamburger, one for the future. We’ll let you have more info on Babylon when they release it.

 

8/1/2012 8:28:45 AM

Renewing Their Vows

Jason and Jo-Anne Rice were childhood sweethearts meeting when they were at school in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Their friendship blossomed and they married on 30th October 1992. They have two children, Delaney 16 and Jaydon 13. They decided that after 20 years of marriage that they would like to renew their wedding vows here on Ibiza, but didn’t have a clue about how to go about it, especially as they’d never been here before. That wonderful tool (sometimes) the internet came to the rescue when they found <a href=”http://www.blessings-on-ibiza.com”>www.blessings-on-ibiza.com</a> where Eileen and Paul sprang into action and organised everything for them at Restaurant L’Altre Balagar on Cala LLonga beach. As the sun started to go down and a refreshing breeze came in from the sea, Paul conducted a very moving and poignant ceremony. Eileen had baked and supplied the magnificent cakes and the restaurant served tapas and sangria. We all then left them to celebrate both their renewal and what was Jo-Anne’s 40th birthday. Congratulations to you both and we wish you many more years of wedded bliss together. As our morning of fishing hadn’t proved very productive we were once again “coaxed” into dining with our friends at The Terrace. So you see it wasn’t our fault, the day just happened.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/7/2012 9:57:30 PM

Fiestas, Fiestas, Fiestas

August is a busy Fiesta month. The first started on the 5th which is the Patron Saint’s day of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves of the cathedral in Ibiza Town. This fiesta continues until tonight 8th August finishing with floats, parades and fireworks.

The Patron Saint of the island, Sant Ciriac is, honoured with a communal meal on the 8th. Meanwhile on the 10th the little village of San Lorenzo celebrates its Patron Saints Day

The 15th is “the big day” in the Fiesta of Cala Llonga. (see the dedicated page for info). We believe that Figuretes also holds a Fiesta on the same day.

Then on the 16th Fiesta del Carmen is celebrated with a procession of ships in Ibiza Town harbour.

The 24th is the Fiesta de San Bartolomé in San Antonio and finally on the 28th it’s the turn of San Agustin to hold its Patron Saint’s day. Whether you’re a resident or visitor it’s well worth going out amongst the locals on their special day, meet new people, pick up a bit of culture, but watch out for the sangria!

 

8/7/2012 9:57:48 PM

Always Reliable Michael

When it’s a bit of a quiet week news wise there’s always someone who gives you some inspiration. In last week’s edition there were three articles that we think were directly or indirectly linked to Michael O’Leary. The first story told of his plans to reduce the number of Ryanair flights from Madrid and Barcelona by 492 due to the increase in airport taxes. Another 2,000 people out of work is just what the economy needs. Then Clive Till’s letter highlighted the Spanish government’s new attitude to Ex-pats who now evidently have to prove that they can support themselves and not become a burden on the state. i.e. don’t spend more than your income. What a pity the government ministers didn’t do that themselves in the past, then they wouldn’t be in the brown stuff they are now. So how can Michael O’Leary help? He’s a very shrewd and hard businessman so why not offer him the position of Minister of Finance in the Spanish government. He’d soon sort out the cash problems. He would perhaps introduce a penalty charge for anyone leaving a supermarket (new, old, large or small!!!) with over 20 kilos in their trolley. Those carrying baskets with under 10 kilos wouldn’t be charged. If you haven’t booked in on line before going to the supermarket, you would incur another 10€ penalty at the checkout. The last article referred to a criminal who was arrested for trying to break into a car. He was found to have 33 previous convictions for similar offences. Obviously the judicial system isn’t working on this guy, so why not sentence him to 33 return flights to the UK with Ryanair. We have no complaint against the airline, just the almost intolerable behaviour of some of the younger British passengers. He’d soon become tired of the noise, bad manners and swearing and perhaps that would surely be enough to make anyone go straight. Ryanair could also install swear boxes on their planes. Within weeks they’d collect enough to pay off the whole of the Euro-zone debts. Over to you Mr O’ Leary!

 

8/7/2012 9:58:16 PM

Fire Alarm

Just before lunch time last Friday a large plume of black smoke was seen rising beyond Cala Llonga towards the Sol Den Serra area. Following the forest fires last year this caused quite a lot of concern. Your intrepid reporter was soon travelling to the scene, camera in hand, discovering that the smoke was as a result of a fire on a boat out in the Sol den Serra bay. The police and rescue services were soon on hand, as there was concern that the boat was drifting towards the tree covered rocks above which are a number of houses. Fortunately the wind took the craft around to an area where there was little or no undergrowth and was left to burn itself out. The boat’s occupants escaped unhurt, but the owner’s insurance company might not be so lucky.

Once again this highlighted the concern of many regarding the possibility of a fire, so please think before discarding glass, or throwing down cigarettes. It’s a beautiful island, let’s all try to keep it that way.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/14/2012 7:27:19 PM

High Flyers

The Lewty family, Lucy, Paul, Perry, Teddy & Connie, along with their friends Mike, Sally, Alfie, Daisy & Hetty, recently held their “Annual Paper Aeroplane Competition” while on holiday at the Pueblo Asparagus. The launch took place from the top of Cardiac Hill into a warm evening breeze which helped to give their “craft” the required lift-off. We are very proud to report that the winning plane was made from a copy of The Ibiza Sun. (Evidently it had more creases than the Editors’ forehead). We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday.

 

8/14/2012 7:28:21 PM

We Don’t Think It’s All Over – Yet!

The Cala Llonga Fiesta is well underway, but it ain’t all over yet! Tuesday 14th from 9pm (we know some areas will have the paper in time) HITSSESIONS are presenting their amazing music show on the beach; while just off the beach at Bar La Cantina “The ever smiling” Santi will be playing live music for you to dance to. Wednesday 15th it’s the Big Day with the evening getting underway a parade of traditional horse drawn carts, country dancing, followed by live music and spectacular water fireworks at midnight. La Cantina are having an Hawaiian Party, with prizes for the best fancy dress, Pacific Cocktails and line dancing with Margaret. Then on Thursday up on the Pueblo Asparagus there’s a BBQ and “The Crankiest Quiz on Ibiza” at The Bunch of Grapes starting at 7pm. There’s also a chance to see Laura perform her unique version of Flamenco dancing at The Restaurant Wild Asparagus. You can of course choose to dine prior to the show, reservations recommended. (see their ad for info). Also on Thursday Bar Pio, down by the beach, have their weekly Authentic Curry Night which has changed nights due to the fiesta. On Friday evening from 10pm Passion Flamenca will be performing on the central terrace at Bar/Restaurant Equus, a truly magnificent show for all ages. Finally, as far as we know, on Saturday as usual singer/guitarist Pixie will be singing from around 9pm at Beach Side Restaurant L’ Altre Balagar. Buenas Fiestas.

 

8/14/2012 7:29:14 PM

A Seventeen Party

At Restaurant, Pizzeria, Cocktail Lounge, Seventeen this coming Friday you can dine and dance while listening to the Soulful Hip-Hop sounds of DJ Yuniq. The garden dining area has an air of calmness and tranquillity, which along with the range of foods lovingly prepared by Renzo and his kitchen staff, transport you into a world of peace and relaxation. Reservations are recommended and you will be welcomed and served by the charming, friendly, efficient team whose attentive but unobtrusive service will enhance your experience. (see their ad for reservation information)

 

8/21/2012 12:07:56 PM

Flower Power Party

If you fancy a “zany” trip back to the 60s and 70s then you need to be up at Bar Med in Cala Llonga on Thursday night from 8pm when Jennifer will be holding a 21 +1 Flower Power Party. There’ll, be music, dancing, some yummy food, special guests, and everybody is welcome to go and let their hair down. For many of us from that era that’s already happened but it would be great if you can put a flower or two in what’s left.

 

8/21/2012 12:08:17 PM

It Is Now

As the rabbit said “That’s it Folks” for another year anyway as far as the Cala Llonga Fiesta is concerned. We, and many others, have had a tremendous few days. As usual we’ve had a little too much to eat and drink, danced till we´ve almost dropped and really burned the candle from both ends. One of the highlights of the fiesta, as far as we are concerned, was on the Tuesday night when Hitssesion were on stage on the beach with their fabulous music, light and laser show. There really is something special about dancing barefoot on the sand. Someone said the show is just like going to one of the big clubs but without the hassle of queuing to get in, paying over the odds for drinks, then having to wait for ages for a “legal” taxi to show up to get you home. If you have an event coming and would like more info call 619 625762. Then of course on Wednesday night we had the Spectacular Water Fireworks Display, which get better every year. We did have one little “blip” when we went in to Bar El Deseo for an early evening 3,50€ cocktail. The Mojito was so good we decided to try another, but then spotted the cause of our downfall, a “Fiery Ferrari”. The waiter bought a drink in a rather large glass set it alight and the idea was to drink it through a straw while he poured a blue liqueur into it. Very warm and very “Fiery”. It didn´t take long to take effect which lasted until the following morning when we felt more like an “Old Transit Van” than a Ferrari. The Fiesta ended with a performance by Passion Flamenca on the terrace of Bar /Cafeteria Equus. Congratulations and thanks to the organisers and all of those who pulled out all the stops to make it a memorable occasion.

 

8/21/2012 12:08:35 PM

Opera

Puccini’s opera Tosca is to be performed at the Palacio de Congresos in Sta Eulalia on the nights of 10th 12th 14th & 16th September. Tickets are now on sale at Paula’s Ibiza tel 971 316191 or 648 045045 and from the 27th August from the town hall in Sta Eulalia.

 

8/21/2012 12:08:54 PM

Stranger Than Fiction

Last week a couple who own a Shop & Laundrette locked up at around 7pm and set off for the Cash & Carry. While on the way someone speaking with a Spanish accent called them on their mobile to ask if the laundrette was open. Having told them they were closed they continued to do their shopping. When they returned to their own premises about an hour later they discovered that someone had forced their way in and stolen a mobile air conditioning unit, a small amount of cash and a set of keys. They realised that the earlier phone call was probably a set up. They also remembered seeing someone sitting in the car park outside their shop in a black BMW X5, which although a little unusual didn’t cause any alarm at the time. Putting two and two together they called the number that was shown on their mobile phone and spoke to someone who denied any knowledge of the situation and shut the phone off. When they called again no-one answered. They then used the phone of a Spanish speaking friend and when it was answered they told the person at the other end that they had his vehicle details and unless the items were returned they would call the police. They also told them that they also wanted them to return the 260€ they had stolen, the reply was “We only found 60€” Low and behold a short time later a taxi turned up with all the stolen items including the cash. It seems that the taxi had been hired in San Antonio, but the driver didn’t know the identity of the person who had hired him. The following morning it was also discovered that a nearby apartment had also been broken into, seven passports and other documents had been stolen. A search of the surrounding area was carried out in case the thieves had discarded them but nothing was found. Another call was made to the previous phone telling the probable thieves that they must return them, however they denied having stolen them and accused the victims of harassment, leaving them with no option but to go to the British Consulate to make arrangements for replacements at a cost of over 600€. Then a little later the culprits called back and told them where the documents could be found. They had hidden them under some bushes and a missing purse was found under someone’s windscreen wipers. However it was too late to stop the issue of the new passports as the old ones had been cancelled. So what’s the moral of this unbelievable story? Simply be on your guard if someone calls you with some spurious tale or question, excluding Telefonica of course!! All the relevant information has now been passed on to the police and is the subject of an ongoing investigation

8/21/2012 12:09:26 PM

Restaurant Wild Asparagus

It was in 1968, before tourism had really discovered Ibiza, that a small bar opened on the hillside overlooking the beach and bay of Cala Llonga. The bar was The Wild Asparagus. With its straw roof and simple wooden furniture it soon became a place for people to meet, take a drink, discuss the day’s events and the possibilities for the future. The idea of the Pueblo Asparagus complex was born and started to come to fruition and as the complex developed the Bar followed suit to become a restaurant.

Forty six years later the Restaurant Wild Asparagus is still in the hands of one of the original owners, Luis, although now partnered by Head Chef Miguel and their team, all dedicated to making it one of the friendliest dining venues you’ll ever come across.

The Restaurant Wild Asparagus has managed to retain many of its original features and somehow its original quaintness and charm. The furnishing, the pleasing to the eye decor and memorabilia that has been accumulated over the years, leave you in no doubt that you’re in a Spanish restaurant.

Of course the most important factor in any restaurant is the food and this is where Miguel and his kitchen assistants excel. The menu offers a wide range of Spanish/Mediterranean and international dishes plus daily specialities, such as the slow roasted shoulder of lamb, or a more contemporary Sunday Chicken Curry with a multiple selection of dips and pickles. Add to these the market fresh fish dishes and it can make deciding which to choose take a little time. Not to worry, Luis will make you a refreshing cocktail or perhaps a G & T which you can sit and sip while taking in the privileged views of the bay and beach of the village of Cala Llonga below. Be sure to save a space for dessert, as Mati will do her best to tempt you with her trolley of mouth-watering cakes, pastries and seasonal fruits. (Stilton cheese, fresh pineapple, with a glass of port is one of our favourites). There is of course a “Special Menu” for young diners.

The comprehensive wine list allows one to sample some of Spain’s fine wines at realistic prices, however the ever popular house wine is excellent and shouldn’t be easily dismissed. Whatever you decide to eat or drink, and whether you choose to sit inside or out on the terrace you will, like many before you, soon become embraced in the ambience that is The Restaurant Wild Asparagus.

The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm, plus Sunday lunch 1pm – 3.30pm. The sea view bar and terrace are open to non-diners.

For reservations tel 971 196409

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/28/2012 7:32:25 PM

21 + 1 Party

We all had a “fab” time at Jennifer’s 21 +1 Flower Power Party last Thursday night up at Bar Med in Cala Llonga. Give some people a chance to dress up and they are up for it at the drop of a “Ban the bomb” sign. With friends from the UK, Formentera and of course the local hippy types all joining in, along with special guests Austeeeeen Powers, Twaggy and Merry Quant. We enjoyed some delicious food and a couple of liquid refreshments before Jennifer cut the cake, a gift from “The Queen of Cakes”. We know she had a wonderful time, with the party going on until the early hours.

 

8/28/2012 7:32:42 PM

Erotic Art

Pashat and Patrick, who have owned Sa Majeste, the erotic/fetishism shop in Calle de Virgin, for the last seventeen years, have now opened a gallery to exhibit erotic paintings and drawings of some of the most famous artists in this particular field.

We were invited to attend the opening evening last week which featured some of the exclusive and unique illustrations by Alex Varenne, the famous international illustrator and author of major erotic comics, such as “Fragments Erotiques” or “Les larmes du sexe”. Alex is delighted show his original works of eroticism and fetishism in black and white to the art lovers of Ibiza.

We also had the chance to meet and talk to Silvio Magaglio, a Parisian photographer who specializes in street art. For years he published his graffiti photos in a magazine called Radikal. His work is currently an evolution of this urban culture. A piece of his work was seen in Ibiza last summer showing a naked girl tied-up to a wall. This summer Sa Majesté is supporting this new talent, introducing him to world of erotic art. For the 2012 exhibition Pashat is also presenting famous artists and new talents: Bamboo, photographer & visual artist in Ibiza for 30 years, introduces his forthcoming photography book.

David Cantero, official illustrator of the Matinée Group parties, presents “The Gods also come to Ibiza”. An intriguing set of paintings depicting Greek Gods’ portraits as how he believes they would look if they arrived on Ibiza today. Jeroen, animator for Disney and official illustrator for Sa Majesté, presents original signed illustrations.

Special Asian Antiquities & Exotic Collections from all over the world will be shown including rare pieces. The gallery will remain open, evenings only, until the end of September. There is no admission charge. Need to know more? See samajesteibiza.com

 

8/28/2012 7:33:01 PM

Another “OOPS” Or Two

In Cala Llonga around 7pm last Tuesday evening a driverless rented Citroen C3 that had been parked on a hill suddenly careered out of control across the road and wedged itself at the top of an alley way, having collected a telephone kiosk and a lamp-post on its way. Fortunately no-one was injured and the damage that was caused was soon removed or repaired. Then, perhaps in an attempt to go one better, at 6.30 am on Saturday morning a driver lost control of his vehicle collided with two parked cars and destroyed a wall just a few metres from the previous incident. Again no-one was injured.

 

8/28/2012 7:33:17 PM

Opera

Puccini’s opera Tosca is to be performed at the Palacio de Congresos in Sta Eulalia on the nights of 10th 12th 14th & 16th September. Tickets are now on sale at Paula’s Ibiza tel 971 316191 or 648 045045 and from the 27th August from the town hall in Sta Eulalia.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/4/2012 12:53:18 PM

A Look At Lio’s

Over the past few years when we’ve been on our “social whirl”, we visited all of the big, and many of the smaller, clubs and music venues on the island. One of our favourites was El Divino. We have had to slow down a little but last weekend we returned to what was El Divino but is now Lio’s. The re-vamp has altered and improved the visual appearance; however they couldn’t improve the view of the old town. The evening kicked off with a Cabaret involving acrobats, contortionists, seductive singers and dancers, before the DJ’s took over and the mood changed to a more up-beat tempo, much like “the old days”. Lio’s is a venue to which you can certainly dress to impress, or wear very little to impress if you so desire, although smart casual is the norm. If exotic dining is your desire then imagine some of the finest foods available and eating them in the open air with the lights of Ibiza Town reflecting on the sea before you, it’s quite seductive, you almost feel as though you are floating on water. We were quite impressed and hopefully will be making a return visit before too long.

 

9/4/2012 12:53:44 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

The new season of English language films returns tonight Wed 5th Sept with screenings at 7.30pm & 9.30pm, showing; Moonrise Kingdom (94 mins) A comedy, drama, romance, staring Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward and Bruce Willis. A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.

Hopefully lots of you will support these showings this winter as it would be a shame to lose this hard fought for facility.

 

9/4/2012 12:54:04 PM

Opera

Puccini’s opera Tosca is to be performed at the Palacio de Congresos in Sta Eulalia on the nights of 10th 12th 14th & 16th September. Tickets are now on sale at Paula’s Ibiza tel 971 316191 or 648 045045 and from the 27th August from the town hall in Sta Eulalia.

 

9/4/2012 12:54:27 PM

A “Rattling” Good Day

The Association Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera held a Flag Morning at the airport from 8.30am to 12.30pm last Wednesday, a peak time for UK flights. The “volunteers” managed to “persuade” departing travellers to hand over a total of 618.54€ (the same event last year raised 465.95€). The Director of the airport Elena Mayoral and Isabel Sepulveda the Press Officer for the airport paid a visit to the stand to wish everyone a successful day. A delighted Helen Watson MBE, President of the Association, would like to thank those who spared the time to help and of course those who spared the cash to make it such a lucrative morning. It was also Helen’s birthday last Wednesday and we hope that she enjoyed the rest of the day.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/11/2012 12:18:41 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

This week there isn’t an English language film. The cinema is showing Monsieur Lanzhar a film made in French, with English subtitles. Showings are Wed 19th at 7.30pm & 9.30pm. On Wed 26th at 7.30pm & 9.30pm the programmed film is Give Up Tomorrow. A documentary style film the story line being; When a teenager from a political family in the Philippines is accused of a double murder, the country’s entire judicial system is put to the test after years of alleged corruption.

 

9/11/2012 12:19:03 PM

Dubious Practices?

Over the last couple of weeks we have personally experienced and also heard of some practices that appear to be quite dubious if not downright disgraceful. It seems that some venues “leak” information that a certain celebrity or DJ will be making an appearance “sometime” during the day or night. This then attracts more paying visitors to the venue, most of them tourists, once there they find that the entrance price has increased and low and behold the “Celeb” doesn’t show up. The other, shall we use the word “scam”, is to advertise a price and at the last minute change the profile of the occasion, again doubling the entrance price. If the supposedly famous people allow their names to be used in this fashion then they should be ashamed of themselves. If their names are being used without their permission then surely they should sue the offending venue and donate any compensation gained to a charity. You may detect a hint of bitterness in this article, but as we stated earlier it was tried on us. We even checked the internet and rang a venue and were told what the entrance price was only to find it had doubled by the time we arrived. This is just the sort of activity that earns places a bad name and in this age of electronic wizardry it’s all over the world in seconds. So please cut it out or move somewhere else.

 

9/11/2012 12:19:20 PM

Land Of The Living Med

There’s goona be a hauntingly good party in Cala Llonga on Sunday 23rd Sept. Full details next week.

 

9/11/2012 12:19:56 PM

They Gave Us Wings!

With approximately 23,000 people crowded together in temperatures of 35 degrees and no shade, the 3rd Red Bull Flying Day took place last Saturday in the port of Ibiza. This prestigious event, which was transmitted around the world, attracted entrants from across Spain, some travelling hundreds of kilometres to participate. We were able to take a close-up view of the “flying machines” prior to the departure times which started at 4pm. There were some incredible constructions, an elephant, an octopus, a paella, cookies, a castle, even a dancing prawn who flew a craft made up of 5000 balloons and the eventual winner the Ibiza Flying Disco Tractor, constructed and piloted by the youngest entrants aged between 16 and 20 years which achieved the maximum score of 30 points. The prize for the furthest distance went to Redbullando, 17 metres, however they lost points as their craft became stuck on the “runway” on their first attempt. The spectators, meanwhile, thought that some of the judges’ decisions were a little contentious. Whatever possesses someone to spend months thinking of, then constructing something that may possibly fly and if it does then it’s only for about 3 seconds, after which it crashes into the sea, beggar’s belief, but someone has to do it. Once the event was underway it was all a bit crazy and it was fairly obvious that some of the “pilots” and support crew wouldn’t have passed a breathalyser test. Most succeeded in a launch but a couple of them did fall off the side of the launch ramp, while others sort of slid off the edge. It was a spectacularly entertaining day for the competitors, spectators and a real feather in the cap for Ibiza.

 

9/11/2012 12:20:25 PM

Air Transport Photographic Exhibition

In Ibiza town on the pavement in Paseo de Joan Carles, the road leading down to Marina Botafoc, there are some display stands containing some very interesting photographs showing the start of and the development of Ibiza’s air transport. They show the story starting with the arrival of the first sea planes in 1936, the building of the airport and the various stages of its growth and modernisations to keep up with the ever increasing number of flights and passengers. One photo shows a group of passengers arriving in fur coats and hats. It was either very cold on early aircraft or they were pioneers of the “wear as much as you can on low cost flights” brigade. There are also pictures of some of the towns and villages, some almost unrecognisable compared to today. This “free” street exhibition runs until 30th Sept.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/18/2012 11:54:08 AM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wed 19th at 7.30pm & 9.30pm the cinema is now showing Give Up Tomorrow, a documentary style film about a teenager from a political family in the Philippines accused of a double murder causing the country’s entire judicial system to be put to the test after years of alleged corruption.

On Wed 26th Sept 7.30pm & 9.30pm the film is Hysteria, a comedy romance set in Victorian London. Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor struggles to establish himself, and is hired by a doctor to investigate treatments for women diagnosed with female hysteria using ‘pelvic massage’. The doctor’s two daughters develop an interest in the young Dr. Granville, each tempting to woo him.

 

9/18/2012 11:54:35 AM

Congratulations

Ger and Berno became “man and wife” when they were married at Restaurant La Casita last Friday, with relatives and friends from Ireland, the UK, and Ibiza in attendance. Following their meal everyone enjoyed the dancing with music from the steel band which Berno plays in and The Lost Mountain Orchestra. However once the music had stopped those from “The Emerald Isle” continued the party by singing unaccompanied. We would like to send them both our best wishes for their future health and happiness together.

 

9/18/2012 11:55:19 AM

Masonic Dinner

Concorde Lodge 66 held the last of their series of Summer Dinners at Mel’s Bar on the seafront in Sta Eulalia last Thursday. Once again our meal was delicious and exceptional value for money. Kate and her staff pulled the stops out once again. Thanks must go to Paul and his trusty assistant Eileen for their organisation of what has proved to be a winning formula. We eagerly look forward to next summer.

 

9/18/2012 11:55:41 AM

An Evening of Fine Food & Music

This is what is on offer from 7pm at Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta this Saturday evening. Renzo and his team will be ensuring that the food is up to their usual high standard while Barbara and her girls will ensure that you receive the best possible service. Add to this the voice of Jude la Joia softly drifting across the gardens, DJ Steve Harris (Atlantic Conveyor) with his “chilled sounds” and you have the perfect ingredients for a first class evening out that won’t stretch the wallet too far. Table reservations are recommended, tel 971 330930 or see their ad for more info.

 

9/18/2012 11:55:57 AM

The Fruit That Changed Our Lives

Have you ever thought how the apple has changed our lives throughout history? Firstly there was Adams apple in the Garden of Eden. Look what that lead too! Then there was the one that hit Isaac Newton on the head and of course Steve Job’s Apple computer. Now Apple has introduced the revolutionary new i Pad 5 in the USA and will obviously follow this up with a worldwide launch later. Another famous apple was the one the William Tell was supposed to have shot off the top of his son’s head. How come the lad took all the risks but hardly anyone knows his name.

 

9/18/2012 11:56:15 AM

Land of The Living Med

If you fancy a bit of a ghoulish night then at Bar Mediterraneo in Cala Llonga are holding a Zombie Night this Sunday starting at 9pm. With music, snacks and tapas as well as Creepy Cocktails it should really be quite an eerie evening. There’ll be a free shot for those who dress up. Don’t miss this hair-raising evening.

 

9/18/2012 11:56:37 AM

Winter Fuel Payment

Due to a recent EU ruling the qualifying rules for claiming the UK Winter Fuel Payment have been changed. It now seems that anyone who was born before 5th July 1951, and has previously worked in the UK, may be eligible to make a claim for this benefit. It is not automatically paid. The procedure is quite simple visit <a href=”http://www.direct.co.uk”>www.direct.co.uk</a> and follow the links or just Google Winter Fuel Payment, which will lead you to the correct link so that you can download the claim form. The site still states that you should be in the UK for at least 1 day between 17th & 23rd September 2012, “the qualifying week”, however when we telephoned the Pension Centre we were advised to ignore this. If you don’t have access to a computer then you can call the International Pension Centre on 0044 191 218 7777. They are always friendly and helpful, or you can write to The Pension Centre at International Pension Centre, Tyneview Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE98 18A. England. We must say thank you to a couple of friends for passing this information on to us (we’ll call them Colin and John to protect their identity). We know that Colin is particularly pleased that those living out in the sun are now able to be on a par with those shivering back in the UK. We jokingly asked the Pension Centre if we could claim a Summer Cooling Allowance to help pay for our air conditioning bills and were told that this is actually a frequently asked question. Of course the answer is a resounding NO!

If you are successful with your claim you might like to use the money towards the cost of buying the wood burning stove advertised on the classified ad’s page.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/25/2012 6:15:56 PM

MWellness rebrand

When James & Kelly moved to Ibiza in May 2011 and took over MWellness, it was always their vision to create the space for their clients to develop their passion for healthy living.

Over the past 15 months, we have gathered a professional team of trainers, teachers, advisors and doctors and set up our HQ at Revival Wellness Club in 5* Aguas de Ibiza.

Our focus is to give the time, space and experiences for you to reach your potential. So whether that’s hitting the reset button on healthy eating through our detox programme, rediscovering your love of fitness, whipping you into shape to feel body confident or helping with rehabilitation we are ready to serve you.

We want a brand that represents our focus so we are pleased to announce our new brand: 38° North: Reset your coordinates.

We would like to thank you, our members, for supporting us as we have made these changes and we can assure you that we will continue to upgrade our offerings as we continue into 2013 and beyond as 38° North.

 

9/25/2012 6:16:12 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wed 26th Sept 7.30pm & 9.30pm the film is Hysteria, a comedy romance. In Victorian London, Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor struggles to establish himself. He is hired by another doctor to investigate treatments for women diagnosed with female hysteria using ‘pelvic massage’. The doctor’s two daughters develop an interest in the young Dr. Granville, each tempting to woo him.

 

9/25/2012 6:16:36 PM

Zombies Night Out

Last Sunday night the Zombies turned out in force and found their way to “A Night Of The Living Med” at Bar Med in Cala Llonga, it was also Marion’s ??th birthday party. The fancy dress boxes had obviously had a good bashing and there must now be an island shortage of face paint and white make-up. A few passing tourists had to take a second glance, it’s not every night that you walk past a terrace full of people with ripped tee-shirts and fake blood all over their faces. Perhaps in some of the places they frequent the blood isn’t fake! The night passed very quickly and as any Zombie will tell you it’s a necessity to be home before daylight.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

October 2012

 

10/2/2012 6:36:36 PM

60 Up

Jo and Brian Robertson celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 7th, the same day as HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Price Phillip. As there were all sorts of celebrations going on at that time they decided to hold their own party later in the year. So last Tuesday they invited their island friends to a celebratory lunch at The Bunch of Grapes in Cala Llonga. Frankie Riley, in his new jacket, entertained us throughout the afternoon. Becky, with assistance from Manolo, provided a magnificent buffet. Jo and Brian have asked us to thank Manolo and Becky, Frankie, and everyone who joined them, for making the occasion so special.

Did you hear that Frankie and Sue Riley are grandparents again with the recent safe arrival of Eliza Florence who arrived on 22nd September. Congratulations all round.

 

10/2/2012 6:36:56 PM

Over The Moon

No we haven’t become footballers, but we have learned that we are to become Grandparents in early April. Our youngest daughter Elaine and her partner Garry announced this on their recent holiday here; however they asked us to keep it under wraps until now. So this might mean a Ryanair season ticket and perhaps a few adjustments to our lifestyle!

 

10/2/2012 6:37:30 PM

Healing Ibiza Day

On Sunday 7th October at Atzaro, one of Ibiza’s most beautiful venues, there is an opportunity for you to experience a day of inspiration for the mind, body and soul. Healing Ibiza will be offering workshops and speakers demonstrating Yoga and other soothing relaxing activities. Lovely, tasty, healthy food and fresh juices, healing herbs, crystals and other organic products will be on sale. There will also be a play area for the children. Throughout the day there will be live music and entertainment. This a day to enhance your senses through sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. To enjoy and experience therapies such as Reiki, Bowen, Yoga, Massage, Crystal and Sound Healing, Oracle Readings, NLP, Cranio Sacral, Re-connective Healing etc

The organisers are proud to announce that the proceeds from this Healing Ibiza Day will go to supporting projects on Ibiza. Proceeds from previous Healing Ibiza Days have helped the Sama Sound Foundation, the Alzheimers Society of Ibiza and the Ibiza Preservation Fund.

Organisers, therapists, helpers, DJ’s and entertainers will all give their time for FREE! You are more than welcome to come along and enjoy the day or to volunteer or donate! For more info visit <a href=”http://www.healingibiza.com”>www.healingibiza.com</a>

 

10/2/2012 6:37:53 PM

Put “The Fry” Back Into Your Friday

Autumn is here and the winter isn’t far away, so now is the time to put “The Fry” back into your Friday with a visit to The Terrace in Cala Llonga, where they are now re-introducing their much awaited Fish and Chip Nights. With white flaky fish prepared in golden homemade beer batter, (gluten free batter available on request), crispy real potato chips, accompanied with minted mushy peas, it’s a true Friday night treat. You might even like a slice or two of bread and butter for that all important “Chip Buttie”. Of course you then have to decide if you like your Buttie with stacked chips or lined up chips and whether you like a posh cut, corner to corner, a working class cut, straight across the middle, or just folded over, transport cafe style. If you’re not a Fish and Chip fan then you can opt for the house tapas, available until the end of October, or a tasty homemade curry. The desserts are all prepared in-house, our favourite is the Treacle Sponge Pudding with custard, cream or ice cream, Mmmm, just the thing to round off a typical British meal. These nights have always proved to be very popular and table reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment. The Terrace, a TripAdvisor recommended restaurant, is also open every day from 6.30pm for their tapas, the very popular 3 Course menu at just 14.95€ and the Children’s Special Menu at 5,50€. Call 971 196722 Make a note in your diaries! Michele’s Quiz Nights start on Monday November 12th 8pm, bar open from 6pm.

 

10/2/2012 6:38:11 PM

10/9/2012 9:25:45 PM

Cinema

This week’s English language film showing at teatroespana in Sta Eulalia this Wednesday 10th Oct is; The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton Show times are 6.30pm & 9pm.

An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum’s novels, centred on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

10/16/2012 8:28:37 AM

38° North: reset your co-ordinates

Get Yourself In Shape At Revival Wellness Club

You might be thinking how you would like to get that bit fitter, thinner or stronger. At Revival Wellness Club, we take our clients fitness very seriously indeed; an initial free consultation with one of our resident experts Faye or Colin will help you figure out what your goals are and what exercise program we think will get you that bit fitter, thinner or stronger. Not Sure? Come For A Free PT Session First

We realise personal training is not for everyone which is why we offer a free session so you can see how we work and whether our training style is right for you. At the end of the session we will write up our findings and advise you what the most appropriate next steps should be. So if you are interested, tear off one of the contact slips and get in touch! Call: Kelly Morgan 971 338 093 or Faye on 618756951

<a href=”mailto:kelly@thirtyeightdegreesnorth.com”>kelly@thirtyeightdegreesnorth.com</a> <a href=”http://www.thirtyeightdegreesnorth.com”>www.thirtyeightdegreesnorth.com</a>

Revival Wellness @ Aguas de Ibiza C/Salvador Camacho Santa Eulalia des Riu

 

 

10/16/2012 8:28:54 AM

Elbo-therm – A Unique Heating System

With winter approaching many people’s thoughts will soon be turning to heating their homes during the colder months. Some of course enjoy a traditional log fire, which although takes a lot of beating, creates a tremendous amount of smoke and dust around the house, plus of course they can, if not ventilated correctly, be quite harmful to your health, especially if you have bronchial or asthmatic problems.

There is now a unique alternative. Elbo-therm is an attractive efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. Want to know more? Then on Saturday 20th you can visit the exhibition of the Elbo-therm heating which will be held at Tur Vaquetes in Sta Eulalia from 9am to 2pm. You are invited to a glass of cava while viewing this unique heating product.

 

10/16/2012 8:29:10 AM

Watch Out For This One

As a result of our recent good news we’ve just spent a few days in the UK, and very pleasant it was, with no rain. Our journey was quite uneventful apart from the return when we tried our bag sizes in one of those frames, only to find that one bag was “a little” too big. So it was a case of jiggle stuff around and end up wearing extra clothes and our jacket pockets full of cheeses. Guess what, they never even checked it!

While we were in England we did pick up a couple of useful bits of information. It appears that one airline, wizzair, or should that be “swizzair”, are introducing a new cabin baggage policy. From 24th Oct you will be able to take on board one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 10 kilo and measuring up to 42cms x 32cms x 25cms for free, as long as it fits under the seat in front of you. If you want to take a larger one on board, not exceeding 10 kilo and 56cms x 45cms x 25cms, it must go into the overhead locker and you will be charged 10€ for it. Rumour has it that a certain Irish man is going absolutely berserk because he didn’t think of this first. Like the headline says, “Watch out for this one”.

Another piece of information we learned was that people aged between 55 & 74, referred to as The Baby Boomers, are costing the UK National Health 10 times more in alcohol related illness and problems than the 16–24 year olds. So there you go, us wrinklies can still beat them at something!! Anyway we returned on Saturday having missed that drop of rain that hit the eastern side of the island, causing lots of damage to property and vegetation. One restaurant we know of had rain water a metre deep in the kitchen and have had to close early for the winter. We’d waited weeks for the annual autumn storm and then went and missed it.

 

10/16/2012 8:29:28 AM

Winter Warmers

As is the norm many places are closing down for the winter, some a little too soon in our opinion. Our flight from East Midlands last Saturday was packed with just one empty seat, so visitors are still arriving. As we all know the only direct flights this winter will be to London City Airport, not a bit of good to the majority of the UK population, so there will most certainly be less outsiders around, but it does appear that there’s still going to be a lot going on to warm up your winter. Make sure you find your copy of The Ibiza Sun each week where we’ll try to keep you up to date with all that’s happening. But business owners remember, we can only print it if we know about it.

 

10/16/2012 8:29:47 AM

It’s Closing Party Time!

So here we are at the end of the season and the closing parties are well under way. You know what a closing party means, that’s the night when most of the people who came to your Opening Party return for a second visit. Not being that type of people of course a number of The Ibiza Sun team went along to Amante last Sunday to enjoy a vibrant occasion which was, as the younger ones say, “rammed”. Gretat music, fabulous Mojitos and an amazing mixture of people. It was easy to see why Amante has had such a successful year and why it’s become one of the islands sort after venues. If you didn’t make it this year, then make a note not to miss it next year

 

10/16/2012 8:30:06 AM

A Weekend Of Speed

This coming Saturday and Sunday sees the return of the annual sprint racing on the road between San Vicente and San Juan. We haven’t yet seen the official programme, well there’s plenty of time, but normally on the practice day Saturday, the racing starts at around noon. On Sunday, the main race day, it all roars off from 10am. This year once again there are entrants from all over the mainland plus lots of local budding speed stars, no not the taxi drivers, although we do know one who will be taking part. It’s a fantastic weekend for speed freaks, but get there early or you’ll face a long walk as the road is usually closed from 2 hours before racing starts.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

10/23/2012 9:21:36 PM

Elbo-therm Heating System

The recent demonstrations/exhibitions of the Elbo-therm Infra Red heating system attracted a considerable amount of interest. Available in an amazing range of colours the aluminium panels give it attractive appearance, simplicity of installation, cost effectiveness and the fact that if you move home they’re so easy to take it with you. There is also the option of selecting a photograph or a picture to be put on the panel making it an attractive addition to your home, or even set in a mirror. For more no commitment information about this unique system call 689 890623

 

10/23/2012 9:21:55 PM

Fit Kids

It’s just a few more days until the clocks are changed to winter time. Perhaps now’s the time to look for something to occupy your youngsters in the evenings. At 38 Degrees North, formerly M Wellness, every Tuesday from 4–5 pm there is a non-contact Kick-boxing training session for 6-10years olds. The lessons are run by Faye Maloney twice British Kick-boxing champion and are designed to improve a child’s discipline, strength, fitness and confidence. It’s also an opportunity for them to meet new friends. The course costs 28€ per month and places can be reserved by calling 971 338093 or Faye on 618 756951

 

10/23/2012 9:22:20 PM

Fockers United

Barry and Simone Shine have just entertained a few visitors, 27 of them, 26 Essex-ers and 1 Scouser. Their families decided to descend on the island for 3 days to celebrate 3 birthdays. Charlotte’s 18th, Emma’s 30th and Nicole’s 40th. We bumped into them at Bar La Cantina in Cala Llonga where a BBQ/Party was well under way with everyone adorned in individually name “Fockers” T-shirts. It must be said that some were a little subdued following the previous evenings activities. We hope you all enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you on your next trip.

 

10/23/2012 9:22:41 PM

At Last!

Have you noticed that at last all of the cranes at the top of the old town in Ibiza, which seem to have been there forever, have been removed? So at last we can appreciate the un-interrupted skyline once again.

 

10/23/2012 9:22:58 PM

Partners

The latest Newsletter is now available on line by visiting;

<a href=”http://www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/living-in-spain/pensions-benefits/”>www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/living-in-spain/pensions-benefits/</a> This contains information on which benefits you are entitled to when living in Spain plus much more useful information.

 

10/23/2012 9:23:30 PM

Final Destination

Paul and Eileen Spargo met on a UK bound plane and were immediately attracted to each other. To say that their friendship “took off” is an understatement and they were married in the UK last November. They also wanted to hold a celebration here on Ibiza, but due to numerous factors it took until last Saturday to arrange it. Family and friends were invited to join them for a celebration dinner and party at Restaurant La Casita. The theme for the evening was “airline”. Following the reception drinks and when everyone had “checked in”, we were asked to board our flight with each table representing a UK airport. Following our meal, no airline food but traditional roast beef, followed by some very special cakes made by “The Queen Of Cakes” herself, we were set for landing but not before we had opened our in-flight bags to find a cardboard plane to construct and launch around the room. Perhaps you can visualise a group of “mature” adults trying to out-do each other’s flight path. We landed on time to the sound of “the bugle call” when it was time to start the dancing. All too soon it was time to pack up and head for our final destination, home. There were no scratch cards, Paninis, or duty free goods to buy and we’ve never been in a room with so many Masons without having to buy a raffle ticket! We wish Paul and Eileen every happiness on what we hope will be a “low cost” journey through married life.

 

10/23/2012 9:24:01 PM

Eloped?

While wandering around Sta Eulalia last week we saw a sign on the door of Wok-tail which read “We’ve gone away to get married. We re-open on Nov 6th”. We send our congratulations to Diana and Jamie.

 

10/23/2012 9:24:23 PM

One For Juan – The Perfect Giratory

We, along with others, have in the past commented on Juan’s affection for roundabouts. We have now discovered that in the UK there is actually a Roundabout Appreciation Society. If by chance any member of this group read this on line we wonder if we could nominate him for honorary membership! Evidently they have just awarded the quirky title of Best Roundabout in Britain to a roundabout in Holgate, York, which actually has a full size working windmill in the centre. Makes the hand and Podencos on the Pacha roundabout look a little on the simple side.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

10/30/2012 12:14:45 PM

English Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This week’s English language film showing on Wed 31st Oct at 6pm & 8pm is Redencion (Original title Tyrannosaur). Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Stars Peter Mullan, Archie Lal and Jag Sanghera.

 

10/30/2012 12:15:02 PM

Spooky!

Fancy a bit of a “Spooky Night” then you need to be up at Bar Mediterraneo in Cala Llonga from 9pm tonight Wed 31st Oct. With Freaky Fun, Ghoulish Grub and music from Cryogenic Chris it promises to be a hauntingly good evening and a bit of a scream!

 

10/30/2012 12:15:18 PM

Fashion Show

Me Quiero, Ibiza’s leading pre-owned clothing boutique, are staging their 6th Fashion Show on Saturday 10th November at Cesar’s Bodega Winery, which is situated on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road, The show will start at 7pm and feature 8 models displaying just a few of the clothes and accessories the boutique has on sale. These and much more will be on sale after the show. Wine and snacks will be available during the evening.

 

10/30/2012 12:15:37 PM

Firefighting Goats

Santa Eulalia has become the first area on the Pitiuses to use goats for clearing forests to reduce the risk of forest fires. Some 60 locally bred goats will be used for two months to clean a strip 30 meters wide to separate the wooded area of the southern part of the Puig de sa Creu d’en Ribes and the district of Can Guasch. This will serve as a pilot scheme and if, after completing a two month trial, it proves to be successful, they will be moved to a second phase that will serve to clear a belt of the forested area on the perimeter of the town. The use of these animals to do these jobs will bring significant savings. The budget starts at around 5,500 euros while according to IBANAT to use manpower would cost approximately 28,000 euros. This raises a few questions. Are we becoming a “nanny” state? How much are the goats charging an hour to eat? “But” shouldn’t it be the other way round? What happens if there is a fire in the area where they are munching? Are they going to be trained to use a hosepipe, or will it be a case of first to arrive gets the most roast goat? Only “kidding”.

 

10/30/2012 12:15:53 PM

Mariposa Correction

There was a “slight” mistake in the advert for Pool Bar Mariposa last week. Di, Joe and Molly are taking a short break and re-open on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December, following which they will be open every weekend. They will be holding their Christmas Fair on Sunday 9th December. More details in future editions. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 

10/30/2012 12:16:09 PM

Cacatua Farewell

Antonio and Georgie who have been running Bar Cacatua in Cala Llonga are moving on. Your “little chickens” will miss them and we wish you every success in any future ventures.

 

10/30/2012 12:16:33 PM

Why?

On a recent walk into Sta Eulalia we crossed the footbridge over the river and were a little bemused to see quite a number of padlocks attached to the cables of the bridge. Does anyone know why they are there? We have been told that this is a common practice on the bridges in Venice, so perhaps our Italian visitors had something to do with it.

 

10/30/2012 12:16:52 PM

Rubbish!

The re-cycling plant behind Cesar’s Bodega on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road has now closed and a new facility has opened in Calle Venecia, which is on the Sta Eulalia to Es Canar road, one turning before the entrance to the Eroski supermarket if travelling from Sta Eulalia (or one after if coming from Es Canar). Look for the sign Deixalleria. There have been a few changes to the system as you now have to have your vehicle weighed on the way in and out so that the amount you dispose of can be recorded. For garden rubbish you are allowed 1,000 kilos a year for free, after which you’ll be charged 89 cents a kilo. Rubble, i.e. concrete, bricks etc, you’re also allowed 10,000 kilos a year for free, after which a charge of 27 cents a kilo applies. Electrical appliances, scrap metal, toilets, boilers can all be disposed of free of charge. There are now 6 Deixalleria sites on the island. The other 5 are situated in Can Guerxo San Jordi, Cala de Bou, Ca na Palava, Montecristo San Antonio and Ses Piasses. Opening time are Mons 11.30am – 1.30pm & 3.30pm – 8pm. Tues to Sat 10am – 1.30pm & 3.30pm – 8pm. Suns 10am – 1.30pm.

On this subject, while out walking last week in the Cala Conte/Cala Bassa area we were very annoyed and disappointed to see so much dumped rubbish, especially builder’s rubble, toilets and paint tins, in what is normally quite a beautiful part of the island. Unfortunately it’s not just in that area. On the road from Sta Eulalia to Cala Llonga, near Terranova, there are bins where other items are regularly dumped. It’s a real eyesore. The Consells around the island have done their bit by opening new re-cycling areas (Deixallerias) so we are appealing to everyone to use them and not continue to dump their rubbish anywhere they think they can.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

11/5/2012 10:29:22 PM

Fashion Show

Me Quiero, Ibiza’s leading pre-owned clothing boutique, are staging their 6th Fashion Show this coming Saturday 10th November at Cesar’s Bodega/ Winery, which is situated on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road, The show will start at 7pm and feature 8 models displaying just a few of the clothes and accessories the boutique has on sale. These and much more will be on sale after the show. Wine and snacks will be available during the evening as will be some exclusive Italian foods and cheeses in the Bodega’s shop. There is no entrance charge to what promises to be a very enjoyable evening. Seat reservations are not necessary, but if you need more info call 606 502858

 

11/5/2012 10:30:12 PM

Live Theatre

At 8pm on Sunday the 25th Nov Penya Esencia are staging the popular musical Grease at the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia. Tickets are now on sale at Holidays sports shop in Sta Eulalia priced at 18€, groups of 15 or more 16€, or you can take a chance and pay on the door for 20€. Is this the one that you want?

 

11/5/2012 10:30:28 PM

Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday’s foreign language film is The Delicacy, a French comedy with Spanish subtitles. We understand that the showing times are 7pm & 9pm.

 

11/5/2012 10:30:46 PM

Look Out – The Beetles Are About

The Red Palm Weevil, the beetle whose larvae attack palm trees, is devastating the palm trees on the eastern side of the island and seems to be focusing its attention on the Cala Llonga area at the moment. If spotted soon enough the tree can be treated, but in the majority of cases by the time the infection is detected it’s too late to do anything but have the tree cut down and taken away. This is where you have to be careful. Only certain companies are authorised to carry out the work, you aren’t allowed do it yourself, your local town hall has a list of approved companies. This is leading us to hear of, shall we say “opportunism” in pricing for the work. We know of some charging 500€ to remove a tree while hearing that others are quoting more than double this price. So if you are unlucky enough to find you have an infected tree make sure you obtain a number of quotations for any work needed. If you do have such a palm tree and choose to do nothing you may find that the Consel will remove it, as they are permitted to do, at a much higher cost and you could end up with a large fine being imposed on you. These beetles don’t love you, yeah, yeah, yeah!

 

11/5/2012 10:31:06 PM

Doctors Appointments

Now’s the time of year when the coughs, colds and “man flu” take their toll and many of us also decide to have a check up or at last go and see someone about that niggling complaint that’s driven us mad throughout the summer. If you haven’t already done so perhaps you’d like to use the new on-line system for making your appointment. It’s very simple. You just log on to <a href=”http://www.ibsalut.es”>www.ibsalut.es</a> which will then take you to a link with the option of making an appointment to see your doctor or nurse. You just type in the number of your tarjeta sanitaria and date of birth. You will then be shown the appointment list, just tick the time and date you want. The site confirms your appointment and that’s it. All you have to do then is go and sit in a waiting area where everybody is coughing and sneezing over everybody else.

 

11/5/2012 10:31:34 PM

Ghouls & Ghosts

Last week’s Halloween Party at Bar Med certainly bought the Ghouls out. A great turn out with everyone getting into the “spirit” of the evening, making the best or worst of themselves. (If you get two Ghouls together do they become Ghoulies?) Our ghostly host, Cryogenic Chris, managed to “dig up” some really difficult questions for the “spooky” quiz, which was won by the Spargo Coven. Heaven knows what their taxi driver must have thought when his passengers were three witches and a skeleton. Meanwhile the streets of Sta Eulalia were “alive” with all sorts of ghostly figures, of all ages, tricking and treating. Fortunately the following day was a fiesta so it didn’t matter that people were roaming the streets ‘til the early hours.

It was also a week of closing parties and some “we are taking a short break” parties.

The final one taking place at The Terrace on Saturday, where next Monday 12th Nov it’s the first of Michele’s Winter Quiz Nights. We can almost taste the egg sandwiches now!

Another venue taking a “mini-break” is Bollywood Indian Restaurant situated in the marina in Sta Eulalia. They are closed until 22nd November when they will re-open to serve your favourite Indian foods.

Definitely not closing is The Queen Vic in Sta Eulalia, in fact starting this coming Saturday 10th Nov they are starting their Winter Market. With all sorts of English foods, meats cheeses etc, plus some delicious home-made products. Fresh homemade meals will also be available as will the English footie. Can’t make it on Saturday? Then perhaps a traditional Sunday Roast appeals to you. See their ad for opening times and remember The Queen Vic is your “home from home”.

So that bought what is always a strange couple of weeks to a close and we can all now settle down to re-discovering the island and some of our favourite winter haunts, before many of us find ourselves flying away for the festive season. Don’t forget to keep picking up your copy of The Ibiza Sun where you’ll find info on what’s going on, if anyone out there tells us of course.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

11/13/2012 10:28:22 AM

Fashion Show Success

Last Saturday’s 6th Fashion Show by Me Quiero, held at Cesar’s Bodega/Winery, was in our opinion the most successful yet. The appreciative audience enjoyed the display of the high quality pre-owned clothes and accessories the boutique has for sale. The models and their dressers had obviously put a lot of thought into which clothes and accessories projected the style and personality of each of the models. However Jesus who paraded in his man-kini at the start of the show had not had the benefit of such skills. After the show there was a sale of the modelled and other clothes at very realistic prices and many items were eagerly snapped up. There was also the opportunity to sample some of Cesar’s wines, including those made on the island, plus some of their Italian foods, especially the Parmesan cheese. Me Quiero Boutique, which is situated just off the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road behind the Cepsa petrol station is open Mon-Sat 11am – 1.30pm. You are welcome to browse at your leisure or call 606 502858 Cesar’s Bodega/Winery is open Mon-Fri 10am-3pm & 5pm-8pm. Sats 9am-3pm.

 

11/13/2012 10:28:47 AM

Padlocks

Many thanks to Barbara Gregory for filling us all in on the reason for the padlocks on the footbridge over the river in Sta Eulalia. As you can see from our photo there aren’t quite as many as there are on the bridge in Cologne. The other point is that we were under the impression that “love locks” were handcuffs!!!!

 

11/13/2012 10:29:06 AM

Bargain Bounty

Next Tuesday Nov 20th from 11.30am to 3pm there’s a “Bargain Bounty” being held at S’Hort De Can Masia, Sta Eulalia in aid of the English Speaking Church. There will be stalls selling bed & bathroom items, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, jewellery and much more. For more information call Sarah on 971 339835 or 670 704711. This event is much more than a jumble sale.

 

11/13/2012 10:29:27 AM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Wed 14th Nov 7pm & 9pm – The Deep Blue Sea Drama/Romance starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Ann Mitchell.

 

11/13/2012 10:30:03 AM

Elbo-therm. A Unique Heating System

With winter approaching many people’s thoughts will soon be turning to heating their homes during the colder months. Some of course enjoy a traditional log fire, which although takes a lot of beating, creates a tremendous amount of smoke and dust around the house, plus of course they can, if not ventilated correctly, be quite harmful to your health, especially if you have bronchial or asthmatic problems.

There is now a unique alternative. Elbo-therm is an attractive, efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. Want to know more? Then see their ad’ or this coming Saturday, 17th Nov, you can visit the exhibition of the Elbo-therm heating at Tur Vaquetes in Sta Eulalia from 9.30am to 1.30pm, or call 689 890623, to be warm and cosy this winter.

 

11/13/2012 10:30:37 AM

News from Bellissima

With summer officially over, and as we relax back into winter, hopefully we all have a little more time to ourselves, for this reason we at Bellissima have put together some tempting winter offers for you to enjoy, please check below for something to suit you…

COLOUR ME PRETTY!

The Bellissima hair team has just returned from an amazing trip to our colour academy in Italy where we have been training in the revolutionary colour system NEW YORK COSMETIC EXPERIENCE (NYCE).

The colour and products are unbelievably natural, calling themselves “oils” rather than colour, the pigments are mixed with jojoba, grape seed and flaxseed oils. They are gentle and actually treating the hair rather than damaging it. It still has incredible colour results, complete coverage, long lasting and full of vibrancy and shine.

Each colour service is completely individual and tailored made for you. We combine the above products with the most modern techniques which creates a totally unique colour experience.

Our colour technician Zoë says…, “Gone are the days when your colour treatment damaged your hair and required high maintenance and upkeep. After a high demand for a more organic product we approached Toni and Guy who have awarded bellissima the title of “ambassadors” of their new colour range NYCE. To achieve this title we have committed ourselves to ongoing education and product technology to give you, the client, the best colour service available on Ibiza”,

Zoe, who is an award winning colour technician and stylist, would like to offer all existing and new clients a complimentary consultation in the salon, as well as a free blow-dry with every colour service, or a free white caviar conditioning treatment with every cut and blow-dry.

NYCE treatment list

Natural glossing

Vibrant non commitment colour, which leaves the hair healthy and shiny.

Full head – 45euros

Permanent colour

NYCE have created a colour chart full of both classic shades and this season’s hottest colours, applied with the expertise of your NYCE colourist and combined with other NYCE treatments, for natural, healthy and individual hair. Full head – 45euros

Highlights

Highlift tint and bleach without ammonia for amazing blonde results that can be blended and mixed to obtain tones that are chosen just for you. Our colour technician’s goal is to achieve extremely expensive looking and natural highlights with precision application and a thorough service. Half head – 55euros Full head – 70euros

Creative and fashion colour

This season’s latest colours and techniques combined and worked into your haircut, from simple slices of colour to a full dip dye. We also offer balayge application where your hair will be back combed or plaited before the colour to achieve unbelievably natural looking highlights for a very personal look. (Price based on consultation, from 25 euros)

Veggie dust

For “au naturals” Highly concentrated pigments taken straight from the earth, beautiful vibrant and rustic colours. Also used as an intensive shine treatment. Full head – 40euros

Dye mask

10 beautiful shades, from Indian copper, iced lavender and chestnut brown. This is an intensive conditioning treatment mask, with a hint of colour, perfect to refresh existing colour or to experiment with different non-commitment shades. Salon application 10euros or 16.50 euros retail

BEAUTY AND SKIN CARE

Our beauty treatment of the month has to be our signature Dermalogica Facial. Combining Dermalogica’s amazing products with a tailor made bellissima facial. Your treatment will start with a relaxing stress relief back massage to help you unwind and unblock lymphatic system, followed by exclusive “face-mapping” which is a Chinese facial diagnosis. This will determine your skin type and needs and we will then create a personal facial just for you.

Skin care therapist Nicole, who trained at the Dermal Institute says, “Beauty comes from within and Dermalogica has trained us to understand that whatever is going on inside the body will show upon the skin. This gives us a great opportunity to understand what’s really going on before treating the outside effects with this amazing organic product line. Combing these two philosophies is what’s important to obtain optimum health and beautiful, youthful skin. I will always recommend drinking more water before I recommend an eye cream, but combing the both is the real trick”.

Nicole would like to offer a free consultation and face-mapping session to all clients existing and new, plus a free Indian head massage with every facial booked.

We also offer a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, shellac, o.p.i , massage , body treatments and aesthetic cosmetics. Please check us out on facebook for weekly offers and <a href=”mailto:info@bellissimaibiza”>info@bellissimaibiza</a>. Gift vouchers and Christmas products hampers are now available. Call us on 971 331812.

We hope to see you soon!

 

11/20/2012 3:45:14 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Wed 21st Nov 7pm & 9pm. Hope Springs a comedy/drama/romance starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell

 

11/20/2012 3:45:29 PM

Live Theatre

At 8pm this Sunday the 25th Nov Penya Esencia are staging the popular musical Grease at the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia. Tickets are now on sale at Holidays sports shop in Sta Eulalia priced at 18€, groups of 15 or more 16€, or you can take a chance and pay on the door for 20€. Is this the one that you want?

 

11/20/2012 3:45:51 PM

Saturday Indoor Market

The Queen Victoria, in Sat Eulalia, is now holding an indoor market every Saturday starting at 12.30pm, which has now really started to become popular, which is no surprise when you see the range of goods on offer. With Jean’s scrumptious homemade pies, pastries and pickles, plus English cheeses and Cathy’s mouth-watering cakes to mention just a few. There are also birthday cards, pre-owned clothes and books. If you would like to have a stall there are some places left, but get in quickly in time for the festive season. The Queen Vic’ is a truly friendly bar in which to spend some time, and you’ll always receive a warm welcome.

 

11/20/2012 3:46:10 PM

Contra Cancer Fair Update

The committee of the Association Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera held its latest meeting earlier this week and is pleased to report that the response to its appeal for donations of items to sell or use as prizes at the fair to be held at the Recinto Ferial on Sunday 16th December has been very positive. However!!! They would still be very grateful of any items or goods that you may be willing to part with. You may also be able to bake a cake or make any edible or sellable foods. Members of the Association are visiting businesses in the hope that you are willing to support this bi-annual event that raises so much money, all of which goes to help cancer sufferers and their families on Ibiza and Formentera. They will also probably be carrying raffle tickets for you to buy. This year there will also be a youngsters painting competition sponsored by Sirenis Hotels with a number of schools taking part. There are two age groups 8-9 years and 10-12 years with some wonderful prizes, the first prize being an All Inclusive 1 night in Sirenis Hotel Port d’es Torrrent for 2 adults and 2 children, including entry to the water park. If you have a young one whose school isn’t involved but would like to enter the competition then they can do so by leaving their paintings in any local Town Hall, except Ibiza town where they can be left at Hotel Royal Plaza. We will keep you up to date with the progress, but in the meantime be sure to mark this date on your calendar or diary. For information on where to leave your donated items or to offer your help prior to, or on the day, then please call Lyn on 971 346094 or 677 630514

 

11/20/2012 3:46:44 PM

A Little More Glamour

Following last week’s article on Me Quiero’s Fashion Show a number of readers have asked if we can print more photos. Evidently they seem to think that the paper needs a little more glamour, so here they are.

 

11/20/2012 3:48:04 PM

Le 27 – A Taste Of France on Ibiza

You probably won’t need any reminding that last week was a little on the damp side, so much so that our usual Wednesday winter activity, walking, was a definite no no. So what else could we do? We joined the throngs of people visiting either IKEA or Decathlon. We chose the latter. After an hour or so of trying on and purchasing a number of items at very competitive prices, hunger struck and we decided to visit the French Pizzeria Le 27 in Sta Eulalia, a venue we had been meaning to visit during the summer but it always seemed to be full. The story behind Le 27 is that owner, Jacques, ran a very successful restaurant with that name in the port of Marseille from 1976 to 2000. He and his wife then moved here for a rest, however he didn’t lose the urge to be in a kitchen and when number 27 Calle San Vicente (Restaurant Street) became available the urge to re-invent Le 27 was just too strong to resist. On entering (it was too wet to sit outside) we were immediately struck at how intimately “Bistro” it felt and appeared. The A La Carte menu, which is perhaps best described as classical French, offers a discerning diner gastronomically delightful dishes that you perhaps won’t find anywhere else on the island, plus an option to enjoy a freshly prepared pizza cooked in a wood burning oven. We opted for the 2 course lunch-time menu of the day priced at 13,95€ which included a drink, however we added a bottle of wine, well we had missed our walk and needed to spoil ourselves, selecting Grilled Red Pepper with anchovies, the chef’s special Omelette and we simply couldn’t resist the Bouef Bourguignon for our main dish, it was absolutely divine. Evidently the Thursday “Plate Of the day” Moules in a white wine sauce with homemade Pomme Frites is one of the most popular dishes with British diners.

Back to the wine. The prices start at just 11,50€ for a very good quality wine. The wine list is very explanatory and includes some fun wines such as Mala Vida which comes from Valencia and sports a label showing the fun side of life; it was certainly fun to drink. Of course one of the most popular French wines at this time of year is Beaujolais Nouveau which Le 27 has a good supply of!!

We felt really at home in Le 27, enjoyed an excellent lunch including wine for under 40€, and won’t leave it too long before we make a return visit. Opening times are Tues 1pm – 3.30pm. Wed Thurs & Fri 1pm – 3.30pm & 6.30pm – 11pm. Sat 6.30pm – 11pm. Sun & Mon closed.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

11/27/2012 9:41:40 PM

English Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Wed 28th Nov 7pm & 9pm. This weeks film is To Rome with Love a Comedy/Romance starring Woody Allen, Penélope Cruz and Jesse Eisenberg.

We were amongst a decent size audience for the 7pm showing of last week’s film, but it looked as though only 2 people turned up for the 9pm showing. This is such a shame as it would be a real pity if this weekly English language film session was cancelled due to lack of interest. They show some very good films and it only costs 6€ per person. Over to you…

 

11/27/2012 9:42:08 PM

December Market & Party

This coming Saturday there’s a second hand goods market at bar Toni in Cala Llonga. It all starts at 10am, a paella will be served at around 2.30pm, just 6€ per person, with live music from El Chacho at 6pm. If you would like to have a stall then just call into the bar and reserve a place. Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the day.

 

11/27/2012 9:42:27 PM

Art Exhibition

Also this Saturday 1st Dec at 8pm an exhibition of paintings by Fernando Gascon opens in the Sala de Exposiciones in C/ San Jaime in Sta Eulalia. The exhibition runs until December 15th. Fernando is donating some of his works to be auctioned in aid of Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera, a very generous gesture. You can see some of his work at <a href=”http://www.fernandogascon.es”>www.fernandogascon.es</a>

 

11/27/2012 9:43:11 PM

It’s Coming!

Yes that nine lettered word that sets some people’s heart racing and their credit cards trembling is just around the corner. We’re talking about Christmas. Including today, Wednesday, there are just 21 shopping days until the big day, bear in mind that the 6th & 8th of December are Fiesta days.

One of the first festive season events we’ve heard about is the Christmas Fair being held at the Mariposa Pool Bar on Pueblo Asparagus, Cala Llonga, on Sunday 9th December starting at midday. You’ll be able to finds lots of Christmas foods, gifts, cards and all the other usual seasonal stuff, plus of course a visit by Father Christmas. This is always a very popular event so if you would like to reserve a Mariposa Traditional Christmas Turkey Lunch, with an option of pork or beef, or a space for a stall, then booking is very strongly recommended. See their ad for further info.

 

11/27/2012 9:43:31 PM

Is This The First Of Many?

Some people just can’t wait for Christmas to arrive, including some construction workers on the outskirts of Cala Llonga who put up a Christmas tree two weeks ago. There won’t be any problem with anyone thinking about helping themselves to any of the decorative items as there are two rather large dogs guarding the site.

 

11/27/2012 9:43:50 PM

Christmas Gift Of The Year

One of this years´ most sought after gifts won’t be a pink vacuum cleaner! This year it’ll be one of the range of Ryanair clocks, all of which are available in blue and yellow. Firstly there’s the wall clock. It doesn’t chime, but every fifteen minutes it emits the sound of bugles. It measure less than 45cms x 25com x 20cms and weighs just under 10 kilos. For an “extra payment” you can buy the talking alarm. This wakes you every morning to the sound of a bugle followed by “Welcome to the day. You’ve just been woken on time by another Ryanair Speaking Clock, which wakes up more people on time than any other speaking clock” If you prefer the wrist watch then your percentage of arriving anywhere on time will be higher than anyone else, unless they also have one of course!!! These time pieces are only available on line, with the option of an “extra 5€ per posting” for priority delivery. You must also print out your own copy of the guarantee or Santa will impose an “extra charge”.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/4/2012 9:21:08 PM

Art with a Heart

Fernando Gascon opened his exhibition of his paintings last Saturday in the exhibition centre in the main street in Sta Eulalia. We were amongst a good sized crowd of art lovers to view some very interesting works. Fernando’s works cover a wide scope of styles and techniques ranging from still life to action, using oils, paints and watercolours. We were intrigued by how he’d managed to almost create a 3 dimensional concept in some. He has donated five of his paintings that are on display to raise money for the Association Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera, a very generous gesture. People can make an offer for them and the person who makes the highest offer will take possession of their chosen painting/drawing at the end of the exhibition which runs until 15th Dec. Entrance is free.

 

12/4/2012 9:21:29 PM

A Christmas Fair, Mi Duck!

Just a reminder that there’s a Christmas Fair at Bar Mariposa, Pueblo Asparagus, Cala Llonga this coming Sunday 9th Dec starting at midday. There’ll be stalls selling all sorts of seasonal foods, gifts, cards etc. You can also, if you reserve a place, enjoy a Mariposa Christmas Dinner. Santa has promised to call in at around 3pm with a gift for every youngster. Believe it or not there will also be Duck – of the plastic variety – Racing and other games from which the proceeds will go to Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. Each duck costs 2,50€, (evidently they’re selling so fast you could say they’re flying out of the window), the race will take place in the pool and the winner will receive a turkey (which won’t be flying anywhere). There was also going to be some pigeon – of the live variety – racing, the idea being to release them after people had guessed how long it would take them to return to their loft some 2 kilometres away, but there was a technical problem. The owner of the ducks and pigeons (we’ll call him Bob to protect his identity) decided that it would be a good idea to do a test flight and released the pigeons at 9.38am last Friday. When we spoke to him at 10am on Sunday morning none of the pigeons had returned. Obviously they’re not homing pigeons. As they say “never work with children or animals” Ho Ho Ho! See the Mariposa ad for full details and reservation phone numbers.

 

12/4/2012 9:22:17 PM

Bargain Bounty

The “Bargain Bounty” day held Tuesday Nov 20th at S’Hort De Can Masia, Sta Eulalia in aid of the English Speaking Church, raised an incredible 2,800€. Congratulations to the organisers. However we did hear that there was a little local difficulty regarding parking which led to a visit by the police. Perhaps they thought it was another rave/illegal party.

 

12/4/2012 9:22:52 PM

Le 60

On Monday 26th Nov at Restaurant Le 27 there was a crazy 60th party for Annar, who along with husband Jaques actually runs the restaurant. They were both also celebrating their 6th wedding anniversary. Due to us being involved with finishing off articles for The Ibiza Sun we were a little late in arriving by which time people were dancing in the street to the sounds of the 60’s being played by Annar’s brother-in-law Christoph. We were, thank goodness, in time for some delicious French food and wine. It was one of the craziest parties we’ve been to for a while, especially in the middle of the afternoon. We know everyone had a great day and we hope that the following morning wasn’t too hard to face.

 

12/4/2012 9:23:40 PM

English Language Cinema At Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this Wednesday 5th Dec. at new start times of 6.30pm & 8.30pm is Bel Ami a drama starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas

 

12/4/2012 9:24:00 PM

Dear Cinema-goers

December arrives with the most anticipated events for children, and not so young. The Teatroespaña has prepared a schedule designed to please one and all. Animation films like ‘Hotel Transylvania’ or Frankenweenie’se can follow morning sessions and from the 24th Dec a host of special activities for children like storytelling, theatre, clowns and magic shows. Important note: the adult public is welcome. Besides having the perfect excuse to enjoy as children with children’s programming, you have your space at the Teatroespana, with films like ‘Bel Ami’ or ‘Name’, gospel performances, clowns. In addition to all of this on Friday 21st at 9.30pm there’s another chance to see ‘Dinner for One’, scenic Penya assembly had a great success with their presentation last year of this short play which although of English origin is traditionally shown at this time of year in Germany. Entrance tickets 8€. Regards and seasonal greetings.

Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/11/2012 1:12:59 PM

Christmas Starts Early

Well we’re now well into the seasonal party mood. Last Saturday the Masons, Walkers, Wanderers and even some of the Wobblers, joined forces for a “full of fun” Dinner Dance at Restaurant La Casita. Once again Johannes and his staff prepared and served a delicious 3 course turkey dinner, with some excellent wines, during which Richard Teff , the Lodges incoming Grand Master, presented a 2,000€ cheque to Helen Watson MBE for Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera, which had been raised during Loius Van Zyl’s year as Grand Master. The evening raised a further 890€ which will be used for future charity donations. Our entertainment was provided by Frankie Riley who soon had us all dancing around the fountain which brought a very enjoyable occasion to a close. We didn’t seem to be in bed for very long before it was time to head up to Bar Mariposa for the Christmas Fair. It still seems a little strange buying Christmas cards and foods while wearing summer-ish clothes and sunglasses. There were some yummy homemade cakes, pickles and sweets on sale as well as cards and other important seasonal stuff. The eagerly awaited Duck Races caused a bit of a panic when the slight breeze started to send them the wrong way, however the two organisers (we’ll call them Policeman Bob and Careful David to protect their identity) soon had all 100 ducks heading more or less in the right direction. It was really different and great fun and along with the other raffles and games a total of 700€ was raised for Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. We sat in the glorious sunshine to enjoy our second delicious turkey dinner, which again felt really strange, especially eating two lots of sprouts in less than 24 hours!!! Was that what effected the ducks? Oh by the way, the pigeons mentioned last week still haven’t arrived home. Santa called in as promised and handed out gifts to all the children, some who were to say the least a little apprehensive. So there we are, Christmas is well and truly here and we hope you enjoy the build up and the event itself. We hope to see you all at the Contra Cancer Christmas Fair on Sunday.

 

 

12/11/2012 1:13:18 PM

Christmas Treats From Bellissima

Yep, it’s that time of the year when the unprepared males go into a panic. Why? What to buy our special person for Christmas. Well relax, help is at hand at Bellissima in Sta Eulalia. This year we have prepared some very special Christmas Goodie Bags containing a selection of Label M products, vouchers for salon hair and massage treatments and a designer Clutch bag by Giles. You can if you wish personalise your own Goodie Bag with the free help and advice of the Bellissima team of experts. These desirable gifts are priced from just 20€. If you prefer we have gift vouchers to the value of your choice, giving your loved one the opportunity to relax with a facial, massage, hair or beauty treatment. The ideal post Christmas treat.

Now for the ladies! For that “Special Festive Night Out” from now and throughout the Christmas and New Year period we are offering a Party Hair & Make-up package. The hair treatment includes a wash & blow-dry, Airbrush styling and Big Bouncy Blow Dry’s from 35€. The beauty treatment allows you to choose from the latest trends including the 1940’s Sultry Look for as little as 35€, or combine the two for just 60€. With the help of Bellissima you’re sure to be the one that everyone notices wherever you go this Christmas. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013.

 

12/11/2012 1:13:38 PM

English Language Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

There isn’t an English language film this week. Teatroespaña are showing a French film, Le Prenom (El Nombre) at 6.30pm & 8.30pm on Wednesday 12th Dec.

While in the cinema last week we met Mia Sage who has just released her first ever book entitled How to Talk To Men. This sounds a very interesting novel and we hope to be reading and reviewing it very soon.

The next day we were introduced to Emanuela and Richard Cooper whose actress daughter, Robyn Cooper and life-time friend, Lilly Lowe-Myers are planning to stage a Musical/Comedy play at Teatroespaña in Sta Eulalia on Thursday February 7th next year. On Friday 8th February it will be staged at Restaurant Chimichurri which is situated just off the San Antonio to San Jose road. We will give you more details about both evenings nearer to the dates. The play, ‘Truth’s Vision: Work, Love and I’ is an Award-Winning 50 minute show, a roller-coaster of drama, song, dance and martial arts; created and performed by Robyn & Lilly. Make a note of the dates in your next year’s diary.

On a further cultural note. This Friday 14th Dec at 7pm, Suzy Cavendish will be opening an exhibition, at D Shop Gallery, which is situated on the Ibiza to San Miguel road close to the ITV station and opposite restaurant Amalure. Everyone is invited to the exhibition which includes some of her latest paintings, In addition to her own work paintings by Miguel Sotos will be on show. The exhibition will run until the end of January. Live Theatre. On Fri 14th & Sat 15th Dec Morna Valley International College are staging “Cruisin” a 50’s Rock & Roll Musical at the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia. Directed by Johnny Hocking, curtain up is at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 10€ or 15€. Call 971 197672 or they will be on sale at the door 1 hour before the show starts.

 

12/11/2012 1:14:02 PM

Wife Swap!

In last week’s paper we included an article about a 60th birthday party at Restaurant Le 27. We did state that we enjoyed “some” very good wines and it was perhaps that which led us to become a little confused and mix up the names. It was actually Fawzia’s 60th birthday. It’s Fawzia who’s married to Jaques and they are the owners of the restaurant. Christoph is Annar’s husband and Fawzia’s brother-in-law. Annar and Christoph are the owners of Bollywood Indian restaurant in the marina in Sta Eulalia.

See how simple it is to get things mixed up! Anyhow this leads us nicely into letting you know that for the next few days at Le27, lunchtimes and evenings, they are offering a special outdoor Oysters & Wine tasting in addition to their excellent value and quality set meal. Just make sure you leave with the person you went in with!!!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/18/2012 9:27:06 PM

A Hectic Week

For us and many others it’s been a bit of a hectic week, spending three days preparing stands, collecting donations, selling raffle tickets etc and a full day on Sunday at the Contra Cancer Fair. As tiring as it was it was well worth it when 6,700 people paid to come along to enjoy the event and support a worthy cause, even though there isn’t a great deal of money around at the moment. The total amount raised wasn’t confirmed in time for this week’s edition. Despite all of this we still found time on Friday to call in to Residencia Casa Para Mayores to wish Molly Chandler a happy 100th birthday. We arrived just as she was opening her telegram from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Molly was born in Birmingham but came to live here in 1965 and according to her daughter Josephine she has led a “very colourful life” As Molly leaned forward to blow out the candles on her cake she accidentally dipped her fingers into the cream topping, then immediately licked her fingers saying “if you can’t do this when you’re a hundred years old when can you do it”, before making a short speech to thank everyone for coming to her special party, especially her family who came over from the UK. We hope you enjoyed your birthday Molly; you are a truly amazing lady.

Sorry Jezza but wE din’t have time to get our eyes tested

 

12/18/2012 9:27:25 PM

Med Christmas bash!

This Friday 21st Dec from 9pm Bar Mediterraneo in Cala Llonga are holding a Christmas Sing-a-long Party with Frankie Riley, Skiffle King Ron and Skifflette Claire leading the singing and dancing. Fancy dress is optional and there’ll be FREE food for everyone. See their ad for info.

 

12/18/2012 9:27:45 PM

Winter Warmth

This coming Saturday morning 22nd Dec, 10am to 1.30pm, Elbotherm are once again exhibiting their unique infra-red heating system at Tur Vaqueta electrical shop in Sta Eulalia. See their ad for more information and call in to see it in operation. It may be the ideal system to solve your heating and damp problems. Especially as it seems many of you have received your Winter Fuel Allowance!!!

 

12/25/2012 9:40:27 PM

A Charitable Time

About the beginning of May a little black and white dog appeared in Cala Llonga. He was very scared of people and you just couldn’t get close to him, someone had obviously beaten him very badly. Every day I talked to him and left food and water for him. The season was getting under way and many bar and restaurant owners left food for him too plus several tourists but you still couldn’t get near him. After about 3 months I finally got him to feed from my hand but still couldn’t stroke him and he was terrified of any sudden movements. Bit by bit he got more confident and would sit on the terrace of our bar with customers while they had a drink but only if no one tried to touch him. He loved to play on the beach with other dogs, in particular Cutie! Summer was full on and the little dog was still in the village. I said to my husband, “we can’t keep calling him “the little dog””, so he named him Lucas. One day in August I was talking to a Lady about Lucas and she said she had been watching him for days and wanted to take him home, I told her that there was no way she would be able to catch him as he was so scared of people and we would have to wait until the end of the summer and see if he was a little more people friendly.

To cut a long story short, the season finished, the tourists went home and we were back to just the locals and a quiet village. It was starting to get wet and cold so we had to do something to sort Lucas out.. I went to the vet and told them about him and that he had a home if we could just sedate him to get him there so they gave me some tablets to give him to calm him, obviously we couldn’t just give them to him outside because if he wandered off we would never find him and he might get run over or have an accident being a bit doped so we made a plan….Pam met me one cold morning at the bar and with Cuties help we lured Lucas in. He was a bit panicked at being enclosed but eventually we managed to feed him the tablets. After about an hour the tablets finally did their job and for the first time ever we stroked Lucas, Pam put a collar and lead on him and carried him to the car, he sat on her lap while I drove to his new home. We had a very very tearful goodbye and left him in the loving hands of his new owner. She rang me every day with a progress report, she massaged him every day to get a bit of hands on therapy, removed all the ticks in his long coat and did all she could to make him more confidant but all was not well, she had 5 other rescue dogs and one of them would not take to Lucas and kept attacking him. She rang me and said she couldn’t keep him so one very wet and cold morning me and Pam (and Cutie of course) went over to talk to her to see what we could do. It resulted in us taking Lucas. Pam said she would have him but not until 10 days later so we brought him to my house and tried to introduce him to our dog, who is also a rescue dog that we have had now for 2 years and he still has a couple of issues. Anyway, we walked in the pouring rain with the two dogs and my dog was not having any of it and would not accept Lucas, two males neither operated, not a good combination. So here we were, wet through and no home for Lucas. We rang around a few people but no one could have him and then we spoke to Lynn. She said that her and Jack would look after him until Pam could have him so we took him there. He loved his time with them and was very happy and started to grow in confidence with people. I can’t thank them enough for having him. A couple of weeks ago he left Jack and Lynn’s and went to his new permanent home with Pam and Cutie. Pam has made amazing progress with him, more than ever thought possible…we thought it would be a very long and slow process to get him “normal” but that was not the case, she can walk him and let him run with Cutie and he comes straight back, he follows her everywhere and loves to be stroked and is probably one of the happiest little dogs ever. I adore Lucas and wished that I could have had him but I couldn’t and am so happy that he is with Pam.. So, for all of you in Cala Llonga wondering where he went, you now know! Vicki. Bar Pio.

This letter coincides with a recent meeting we had with Katje from DOU, one of the island’s dog rescue centres. Duo was set up by a lady called Christiane in the early 90’s and has cared for and found homes for hundreds of dogs since then, 90% of which were taken to Germany. The organisation is now run by Fernando Luis and Katje. During our meeting it was explained to us that DUO are no longer allowed to take in stray or abandoned dogs, these should be reported to your local police who will take them to the Consell-run dogs home at Sa Coma (up the lane opposite Hypercentro). They are then checked to see if they are chipped and if so the owner is contacted and a charge is made for the care of the dog. If the dog doesn’t have a chip, or the owner cannot be traced, then after 21 days he/she is passed on to DUO. At the moment they have 80 dogs looking for a home, some are more difficult to re-home than others due to age, infirmity or breed. As the economy worsens more dogs are being abandoned by their heartless owners and caring for these animals takes quite a lot of money and donations are always welcome and can be made via their website <a href=”http://www.duo-ibiza.de”>www.duo-ibiza.de</a> This year instead of buying and sending Christmas cards we have made a donation to DUO and hope that no-one was offended if they didn’t receive a card. If you would like to help any of these groups the ones we know of that operate on the island are; DUO 971 197430 Care for Cats 971 335628 mornings are the best time to call. You may not be able to make a cash donation; however these organisations are always looking for sheets, blankets and towels to help give their animals a little extra comfort, especially during the colder winter months. On a final note! If you are considering buying, or perhaps better still, adopting a dog please ensure you have the time, space, finances and energy to care for it correctly, as is said a dog isn’t just for Christmas and they are not toys!!

 

12/25/2012 9:40:57 PM

We Love Space Ibiza: Last Night A Dj Saved My Life

Throughout the Ibiza 2012 summer season, the Last Night A DJ Foundation (LNADJ) harnessed the positive energy of long-term club night We Love Space via a unique philanthropic project, translating it directly into financial gain for charity.

The co-project has raised in excess of 31,000€, purely attributable to the generosity of the thousands of clubbers who put their hands in their pockets at We Love every Sunday.

Guest list patrons were asked to contribute 5€ to the LNADJ charity tub, while LNADJ representatives moved around the club to raise awareness and accept donations

Official photographers captured images of clubbers with LNADJ and We Love logos, downloadable via a QR code. Clubbers had the option to donate and promote the charity via image sharing on social media platforms. Some of the charitable organisations chosen to gain from the support of the project are Ibiza Limpia, Drop for Drop, Samasound, Get Tested, House the House.

Over the coming months, We Love Music and LNADJ have pledged to be completely transparent as to where every cent of monies raised will go. Updates of distribution and how it benefits each of the chosen charitable organisations will be available on the We Love Music and LNADJ websites.

LNADJ are well known for their drive, enthusiasm and for actually making things happen. Having already commenced the distribution of the funds raised this year, organisation founders Jonny Lee and Ian Kennedy are currently planning how to move the project further next year. With an image bank of over two thousand photographs to draw upon already, they are already equipped with the perfect PR platform to build

on in 2013.

About We Love Music

We Love Music are globally recognised as forward thinking pioneers on every level, be it music, events, charity or otherwise. Their cutting edge line-ups and no-nonsense attitude attracts the more discerning clubber, one who is inclined to look beyond the commercial gains of your run-of-the-mill Ibiza club night.

As We Love Music’s Mark Broadbent (Musical Director) and Darren Hughes (We Love co-founder and promoter) said “An idea as wacky and off-centre as this deserves to have everybody who is involved within our scene onboard. Count us in!”

Jonny Lee – LNADJ

<a href=”mailto:jonny@lastnightadjsavedmylife.org”>jonny@lastnightadjsavedmylife.org</a> <a href=”http://www.lastnightadjsavedmylife.org”>www.lastnightadjsavedmylife.org</a>

Leena Sharma – We Love <a href=”mailto:leena@welove-music.com”>leena@welove-music.com</a> <a href=”http://www.welove-music.com”>www.welove-music.com</a>

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

January 2013

 

1/1/2013 3:30:28 PM

Happy New Year

We hope your Christmas and New Year were as good as ours. We spent the festive season in a very, very, wet UK, travelling via Barcelona and spending 9 hours sightseeing and generally mooching around. We were quite amazed when we walked into the covered market, where the vibrancy of the colours was simply stupendous. The fresh fruits and juice stalls particularly were so vivid, unlike some raffle ticket colours! They looked more like a painting than a market stall. Our next unusual encounter was on the Riviera of the North of England, Cleethorpes, where again we could hardly believe our eyes when we saw what must be a world’s largest Magpie egg. (see photo). All that remains is to wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2013.

 

1/1/2013 3:30:44 PM

That Piece Of Green Paper!!

The Certificado De Registro Ciudadano La Union, which we all love, is a real pain in the passport when you have to keep unfolding it to present it to whoever deems fit to want to see it whenever you travel with a discounted ticket. The new issue is a sort of plastic credit card sized one. However, if you so desire, you can change your existing paper one for the new style plastic one. All you have to do is go along to the police station in Ibiza and explain what you want. They will give you a day and a time for you to return and 2 forms to complete. One form is the application and the other is for you to pay 10,30 euros into a bank prior to returning. When you do return take your existing form plus your passport and they will then issue you a new certificate while you wait. The timings “seem” to run pretty much to time. While we were changing ours we asked about the expiry date of the old and the new certificate and were assured, as were other people, that there is no expiry date for them. We hope you find this information useful, which is more than can be said for the certificate!

 

1/1/2013 3:31:01 PM

Cheap Taxis!

Taking a taxi from Cala Llonga to the airport costs around 29 euros, which ain’t cheap. However we believe we’ve found a cheaper alternative. While we were in Ibiza town recently we pulled up behind a driving school car. On the back was a sign offering driving lessons for 20 euros an hour. So that’s it! Don’t book a taxi, just book a driving lesson and head for the airport. While driving there please take the opportunity to show the instructor how he or she should teach their learner drivers to go round a roundabout in the “correct” manner.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/8/2013 11:08:49 AM

A 40’s Celebration

Manolo from “The Bunch Of Grapes” in Cala Llonga celebrated his 40th Birthday on Wednesday 2nd Jan with a party at his bar. His friends had clubbed together to present him and his wife Becky with a trip to Madrid to tour the Bernabeu Stadium plus tickets to see the home game with Getafe. His “friends” also bought and forced him to wear a Barcelona football shirt which will probably give him nightmares for months. We hope you both thoroughly enjoy your trip.

 

1/8/2013 11:09:07 AM

The Joys of Travelling

By the time this article is printed most of you will have returned from your festive seasons’ travels. Aren’t they a joy? The second flight of our return journey was with Vueling from Barcelona. When we printed our boarding cards we were allocated seats, not together though, unless we paid an extra 3€, didn’t go for that one. We assumed that the boarding would therefore be a lot quicker and simpler than the usual free for all of other low cost airlines. Forget it! On arriving at the departure gate the man in front couldn’t find his boarding card. Did he move to one side while he looked for it? No. The plonker stood there blocking one side of the gate while his hand luggage was on the floor blocking the other. When someone suggested that it be kicked out of the way (we’ll call him me to protect my identity) he decided to move it to allow others to pass. So we boarded the plane only to see mayhem. Many of the passengers didn’t seem to understand the allocated seat system and just sat where they thought fit. One guy, guess who, yes the Plonker, took an aisle seat and was most indignant when a Spanish lady told him he had to move as it was her seat. The steward arrived and tried to sort things out and asked the man for his boarding card. Yes your there before me, Plonker couldn’t find it. Eventually when he did he was moved to his centre seat some three rows further back. Can anyone explain why with allocated seating the person sitting next to the window always arrives after the people sitting in the centre and aisle seats? Anyway we’re back, but given the choice we wouldn’t opt for allocated seating again, we much prefer the Stansted stampede!

 

 

1/8/2013 11:09:27 AM

The Night & Day of “The Kings”

This year we joined a group of friends to see “The Kings” arrive in Ibiza town. An age old tradition that’s as popular now as it’s always been. We met up at Zaguan to enjoy a few montaditos before moving out into the street to watch the traditional parade. It was quite spectacular, but you needed a crash helmet to protect your head from the sweets raining down. Perhaps another year they could throw them underarm! As the present giving drew closer the little ones became more and more excited as they moved on to Vera de Rey to await their turn to visit one of the kings. The following morning we had to go back into town to try and recover our camera, which we believe we left in Zaguan, however true to form they were closed for the holiday. As we made our way home we passed through Jesus at 1pm just as The Kings were arriving so it was a case of let’s see it again. It was a bit surreal (have been waiting for the opportunity to use that word for ages) standing in the hot sun listening to Christmas carols and watching a group of children dressed up as Santa Clause. So it really is time to get back to normal, whatever that is. Oh by the way, we found the camera under the car seat! Happy New Year!

 

1/8/2013 11:09:50 AM

Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

We believe that the English language film this week is The Impossible staring Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland and showing on Wednesday 9th Jan at 6.30pm and 8.35pm.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

1/15/2013 12:47:25 PM

A Blow Job for Life

It looks as though some slick sales person has persuaded the islands town halls to buy a number of those hand held leaf blowing machines. Perhaps the same person who flogged the Snow Ploughs to them!!! Wherever you go you’ll see a man in an orange jacket using one. The guy that clears the road down into Cala Llonga has the job perfected to give him “A blow job for life”. At around 9am he makes his way down the road happily blowing the leaves off the pavement back under the hedge rows, making no attempt to clear them up. By the next morning all the leaves are back on the pavement and he blows the same leaves back again. Clever or what!

 

1/15/2013 12:47:44 PM

Buddy’s Is Back

With new owners, Rob & Dini, new style and decor and new ideas on foods and snacks, Buddy’s has re-opened in Cala Llonga. It’s now a smaller more intimate place to meet, chat, take a bite to eat, a drink and just relax. Open Thursdays to Sundays from 5pm it’s sure to become a popular venue for all. You will find Buddy’s at the T junction at the bottom of the village just as you turn towards the beach.

 

1/15/2013 12:48:04 PM

English Language Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday at 6.30pm & 8.45pm Teatroespana are showing Argo, which was awarded best drama in 2012 at Golden Globes. A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran, it stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

Advance notice. The film programmed for Wednesday 23rd Jan is the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, showing at 6.30pm & 9pm.

 

1/15/2013 12:48:26 PM

Live Theatre

This Friday 18th Jan Morna Valley International College are staging another performance of “Cruisin” a new 50’s Rock & Roll Musical at Can Ventosa in Ibiza town Directed by Johnny Hocking, curtain up is at 7.30pm. Tickets cost 10€ for adults or 5€ for children. Call 971 197672 or they will be on sale at the door 1 hour before the show starts. The proceeds of this performance will all be donated to Manos Unidos, so why not treat yourself to a night out while at the same time helping the poorer people of the world.

 

1/15/2013 12:49:34 PM

OH What A Night!

San Antonio’s Flower Power Night, just one of its Fiesta events, was an outstanding success. We decided that as we would “probably” have a couple of beers that we’d stay overnight and booked into Hostal Mari. What a lovely place. Good sized rooms, spotlessly clean and just 38€ for the double room. After a very good quality and value meal at Koppas it was time to get into our 60’s gear and hit the streets. Our first stop was a street party at El Quijote, opposite the church, then making our way down to the square. This year a number of establishments had really taken Flower Power on board and were selling food, drinks and playing outdoors, enhancing the already vibrant evening. It’s quite amazing how the “age of Aquarius“ spans the age groups, from young teens to us not so young Rockers, all out to enjoy the peace and love. The marquee was packed with people the majority of who were in their 60’s gear dancing to the various DJ’s mixes of all the fave raves from the past. A brilliant night, such a different atmosphere to that in the summer months, but of course no UK TV cameras to show the other side of life here. Those who don’t choose to visit San Antonio due to its reputation should give it a try in the winter. The area up by the church and market has a typical Spanish feel to it with lots of excellent shops, quiet bars and restaurants to enjoy. Felices Fiestas.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/22/2013 12:03:09 PM

Beach Bootcamps

Commando Fit Ibiza are outdoor fitness specialists who offer Beach Bootcamps and Personal Training on the Island. Their Beach Bootcamps have been taking place for one year on Santa Eulalia beach (nearest lifeguard post to Siesta) 4 x per week: Tuesday 8am-9am and 9.30am-10.30am and Friday 8am-9am and 9.30am-10.30am and cost 7 euros per session. The workouts are designed to be challenging and effective but are also suitable for all fitness levels as Commando Fit Ibiza offer a range of exercises to suit both beginners and advanced l participants. The beach bootcamps are designed to be a whole body workout and typically include the following: circuits, TRX suspension training, core conditioning, interval training and much more. They are sociable sessions and a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

Every Wednesday at 4pm in Santa Eulalia, Commando Fit Ibiza are also running a FREE 30 minute run club for all fitness levels, meeting by the main fountain by the beach every week.

Due to the success of the Santa Eulalia bootcamps Commando Fit Ibiza are currently running 4 week Body Blast Bootcamps on Talamanca beach, these are a 4 week progressive package and include a food diary analysis and a trek as well as varied bootcamp sessions 3 times and are a highly effective way of achieving results in a short time frame.

Commando Fit Ibiza also offer Personal Training at any location on the island at a discounted rate for winter residents. They will bring their equipment to your door. Training sessions are tailored to each individual’s goals and group personal training sessions are also available for those wanting to split the cost with their friends and train together at a suitable location. Commando Fit Ibiza’s Trainer Neil Beechey is a fully qualified Advanced Personal Trainer and Ex Royal Marine Commando, he specialises in weight loss, sports conditioning, and has experience in pre and post natal exercise programmes. For more information email <a href=”mailto:info@commandofitibiza.com”>info@commandofitibiza.com</a> Tel: (0034) 693 565 666 or visit their facebook page <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/IbizaFitness”>www.facebook.com/IbizaFitness</a>

Many people have voiced their desire to have live theatre on the island so here’s your opportunity.

Truths Vision

Robyn Cooper and life-time friend, Lilly Lowe-Myers are staging this Musical/Comedy play at Teatroespaña in Sta Eulalia on Thursday February 7th doors open 8pm, curtain up 8.30pm. Tickets cost 10€ adults, 5€ children. On Friday 8th February it will be staged at Restaurant Chimichurri, situated just off the San Antonio to San Jose road. Ticket prices for the show and a buffet dinner are 20€. Places for both shows can be reserved by calling 971 330969 or 663 445862 or by e mail <a href=”mailto:theatreinibiza@gmail.com”>theatreinibiza@gmail.com</a>

The comical and uplifting ‘Truth’s Vision: Work, Love and I’ is an Award-Winning 50 minute show, a roller-coaster of drama, song, dance and martial arts; created and performed by Robyn & Lilly.

Truth and Vision are the characters who lead us through the confused waters of Grace’s story. But things are not quite as they seem. As Grace’s rather dysfunctional, yet comical life unfolds before us, we soon discover that Truth and Vision are two sides of Grace’s personality. The show is a quirky and uplifting exploration of the internal battle between ‘No, I couldn’t possibly…’ and ‘Yes, I can!’.

Winner of Quirksome Act2 Theatre Development Award 2012.

Profits from the show will be donated to the orphanage in Sta Eulalia and after each show there will be an opportunity for anyone who wishes to make a donation.

 

 

1/22/2013 12:03:27 PM

Winter Fuel Allowance News

Towards the back end of last year we gave you information on how to claim the UK government’s Winter Fuel Allowance. It now seems that some of you may be able to claim for some previous years. If you were 60 years of age in the qualifying weeks 5-11 Jan 1998. 9-15th Nov 1998 or 20-26 Sept 1999 you may be eligible for a further payment. All you need to do is visit the Department of Work and Pensions web site, download a claim form, complete it and send it in. Good luck.

 

1/22/2013 12:03:50 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday 23rd Jan at 6.30pm & 9pm Teatroespana are showing the 2012 James Bond film, Skyfall, staring Daniel Craig. Be sure to get there early.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/29/2013 12:20:20 PM

A Birthday Celebration

Concord 66 Lodge held their annual celebration of the birthday of The Baird – Robert Burns, last Saturday at Restaurant Chimichuri in San Agustin. Hosted by Michael McDonald (he is a one) the evening was a light-hearted look at the life of this icon in the world of poetry and songs. After the traditional Selkirk Grace, the Haggis was presented before being addressed with the Ode to the Haggis and prepared for serving, accompanied by a chupito of whiskey. After dinner it was time for the traditional Address to the Ladies, excellently delivered by Barry Dolby, which drew some raucousness from the men, where the equally comical reply from Maureen McDonald was loudly cheered by the ladies. The evening wouldn’t have been complete without Jimmy’s rendition of My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose followed by the singing of Auld Lang Syne, written of course by Robbie himself. A total of 700€ was raised in the raffle and mini-auction which will be passed on to Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. Thanks must go to Joe Ritchie of Thomas Green English Food Shop in San Antonio for generously donating the Haggis.

 

1/29/2013 12:21:10 PM

Consulate News

In November it was announced that Andrew Gwatkin, Consul General in Barcelona, was to extend his role to cover the whole of the north-east of Spain, including the Balearic Islands. Included in the announcement was the fact that eight additional frontline staff were to be appointed across the Consulates in Spain. Andrew made a visit to Ibiza last week and a member of The Ibiza Sun team was invited to meet him and put to him any questions that we were aware of that were of concern to local residents. We asked –

If front-line services are being increased will this apply to Ibiza?

There are 3 full time and 3 part time summer staff at the Ibiza office. This worked extremely well in 2012. There are no plans to change this, however if additional staff were to be required then they can easily be bought in from other Consulates.

People claim that when telephoning it can sometimes take quite a while to get through to the department you need. Can anything be done to improve this?

The present system works well and helps to filter out calls that are not Consular issues, therefore releasing local Consulates to deal with the more important problems and concerns. I will see if there are any technical issues that can be implemented to speed things up a little.

Is it possible to return to the previous system where a direct call to the Consulate in Ibiza would be possible?

No. This is a decision made in London and is not, at the moment, open to change.

In the press release in November it stated that on Menorca an Honorary Consul is used. How does this work and could this be used on Ibiza?

An Honorary Consulate is a local person with a good knowledge of the island and Consulate affairs who refers relevant matters to Palma. Support from there or Barcelona can be provided if necessary. The two islands are totally different in their Consulate needs. There are no plans to reduce the Ibiza’s staff or standing. The issues here, especially during the summer, demand a fully staffed Consulate.

Some tour companies feel that these recent changes are detrimental to the Balearic Islands, as they believe that it will reduce services. Is this correct?

The changes made are at the higher levels and frontline staff is being increased. Consuls and vice Consuls are the organisers, collecting and collating information. This can be carried out much more efficiently at a central point with direct access to Madrid and London. The experts at dealing with everyday matters are the local Consular staff, who can at any time call for additional help. Service to the public has not and will not change.

In the latest issue of the Partners Newsletter the subject of Domestic Violence is highlighted. Do you feel that this problem is on the increase?

In the past this has always been a hidden problem, however there is now much more awareness. The Spanish government and police are focusing on this subject with much more help and information available. There is now a zero tolerance attitude to domestic violence. Consulates can help by directing any affected person to the correct channels. The latest Partners Newsletter lists the names and telephone numbers of the bodies who can be of assistance to anyone who needs it.

Andrew is hoping to spend more time on the Balearic Islands and The Ibiza Sun Team send him our best wishes for success with his new responsibilities.

 

1/29/2013 12:21:52 PM

Elbo-therm – A Unique Heating System

We are now well into the winter, however February has in the past been one of the coldest, dampest months. You don’t have to spend the rest of the winter huddled up in front of a smoky dusty wood fire that warms you at the front but still leaves your back feeling cold. There’s now a unique alternative. Elbo-therm is an attractive and efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes in aesthetically pleasing marble, with a wide range of colours, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. One other major attraction is the fact that if you move home this system can easily taken with you. Want to know more? Then on Saturdays 2nd & 9th Feb you can visit the exhibition of the Elbo-therm heating being held at Tur Vaquetes in Sta Eulalia from 9am to 2pm. There is also a permanent display if you are unable to make these times and dates. To view costs nothing, to be warm and comfortable is everything. For more info call 689 890623 or e mail <a href=”mailto:baleartherm@gmx.de”>baleartherm@gmx.de</a>

 

1/29/2013 12:22:15 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

We must apologise for giving you the wrong information regarding last Wednesday’s film. We were advised that they would be showing Skyfall, however on Tuesday afternoon, after the paper’s deadline, the cinema advised us that the film had been changed. We are told that this Wednesday at 6.30pm & 9pm they will be showing the 2012 film The Life Of Pi. A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While castaway, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor, a fearsome Bengal tiger. Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain

 

1/29/2013 12:22:33 PM

Partners News Letter

The latest issue of the Partners News Letter is now available on line at <a href=”mailto:enquiries.Social-Sec.Spain@fco.gov.uk”>enquiries.Social-Sec.Spain@fco.gov.uk</a>

This month it concentrates on reporting benefit fraud, advice on accessing state healthcare as a Spanish resident, plus telephone numbers and information on where to find help and advice should you be the victim of domestic violence.

 

1/29/2013 12:22:52 PM

Where Is The Love?

As you all know Thursday Feb 14th is Valentine’s Day. At the moment we haven’t heard of much in the way of events for you to take your loved one too, apart from;

The Red Lion in Es Canar where there is a VALENTINES CHARITY NIGHT starting at 8pm. The theme will be VICARS & TARTS with a prize for the best fancy dress. The evening is in aid of Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. There’ll be a buffet, karaoke, play your cards right and a raffle. If anyone would like to make a raffle prize donation it would be very much appreciated. If something a little more romantic is what you are looking for the The Gallery Restaurant in Sta Eulalia have a Valentines 3 course dinner for 25€ per person, which includes a welcoming glass of cava. During the evening Kaye will be singing your favourite romantic songs.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

2/6/2013 9:54:32 AM

A Brian Teaser!

Can you figure out the difference between Balearics and Belarus? Answer next week.

 

2/6/2013 9:54:47 AM

The Islands Latest “Hot Spot”

Last Wednesday at around 1.30pm a local police car, sirens blazing, entered Cala Llonga at high speed. It wasn’t long before one of the papers intrepid reporters was on its tail. It was found that a rubbish container at the bottom of the village was on fire, which the police controlled with a fire extinguisher until the fire brigade arrived, about 30 minutes later. OK, so it wasn’t a major incident but it did make us realise that the sooner the “promised” fire station in Sta Eulalia is built the better. It also made us realise that we should go out and buy a fire extinguisher for the house. You may think it might be a good idea to purchase one yourself!

 

2/6/2013 9:55:19 AM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday 6th Feb at 6.30pm & 8.30pm Teatroespana in Sta Eulalia are showing the fantasy film Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

 

2/6/2013 9:55:48 AM

“Truths Vision”

Many people have voiced their desire to have more live theatre on the island so here’s your opportunity. There is something to do in the winter!!!!

“Truths Vision”

Robyn Cooper and life-time friend, Lilly Lowe-Myers are staging this Musical/Comedy play at Teatroespaña in Sta Eulalia on Thursday February 7th doors open 8pm, curtain up 8.30pm. Tickets cost 10€ adults, 5€ children. On Friday 8th February it will be staged at Restaurant Chimichurri, situated just off the San Antonio to San Jose road. Ticket prices for the show and a buffet dinner are 20€. Places for both shows can be reserved by calling 971 330969 or 663 445862 or by e-mail at <a href=”mailto:theatreinibiza@gmail.com”>theatreinibiza@gmail.com</a>. You can also pay on the door.

The comical and uplifting ‘Truth’s Vision: Work, Love and I’ is an Award-Winning 50 minute show, a roller-coaster of drama, song, dance and martial arts; created and performed by Robyn & Lilly.

Truth and Vision are the characters who lead us through the confused waters of Grace’s story. But things are not quite as they seem. As Grace’s rather dysfunctional, yet comical life unfolds before us, we soon discover that Truth and Vision are two sides of Grace’s personality. The show is a quirky and uplifting exploration of the internal battle between ‘No, I couldn’t possibly…’ and ‘Yes, I can!’. Winner of the Quirksome Act2 Theatre Development Award for 2012, profits from the show will be donated to the orphanage in Sta Eulalia and after each show there will be an opportunity for anyone who wishes to make a donation.

 

2/6/2013 9:56:06 AM

Coming Shortly

This innovative production has re-stimulated the desires of the islands am-dram enthusiasts, which has resulted in the possibility of a further stage production taking place in April. However this depends on your support for Truths Vision and response to the appeal for future participants. See Letter from Juan and supporting ads. You don’t have to be a professional actor, all you need is enthusiasm and commitment, the others involved will help you through. If you have the slightest desire to do something on stage, or in a supporting role, then this could be the opportunity you have been waiting for. Why not get up and do it. Your theatre needs you!!!

 

2/6/2013 9:56:23 AM

Elbo-therm – A Unique Heating System

We are now well into the winter, however February has in the past been one of the coldest, dampest months. You don’t have to spend the rest of the winter huddled up in front of a smoky dusty wood fire that warms you at the front but still leaves your back feeling cold. There’s now a unique alternative.

Elbo-therm is an attractive and efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies.

The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, with a wide range of colours, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. One other major attraction is the fact that if you move home this system can easily be taken with you. Want to know more? Then this Saturday 9th Feb you can visit the exhibition of the Elbo-therm heating being held at Tur Vaquetes in Sta Eulalia from 10am to 2pm. There is also a permanent display if you are unable to make these times and dates. To view costs nothing, to be warm and comfortable is everything. For more info call 689 890623 or e mail <a href=”mailto:baleartherm@gmx.de”>baleartherm@gmx.de</a>

 

2/6/2013 9:56:48 AM

Shrove Saturday

This Saturday, the 9th February, the fabulous Pancake Race Day Fete at the Terrace Restaurant in Cala Llonga takes place from 12 o’clock midday. In addition to the Pancake Races, which are for all ages, there will be raffles, tombola, Pig Racing, books stalls, bric a brac and more, plus of course delicious sweet or savoury pancakes

This year it will be a fund raising day for a local 4 year old boy called Marcos Luna and his family. Marcos is at this moment in Palma receiving treatment for Leukaemia. His mother has had to give up her job to be at his bedside and his father is only able to visit at weekends. The monies raised will help them with the travel and accommodation whilst he receives his lengthy treatment.

Residents on this fabulous Island are always keen to help a good cause and we are asking for your help again. We are looking for donations for raffle prizes, tombola and other games prizes, cakes and buns etc for a cake stall, plus volunteers to help to run the stalls.

If you are able to donate either prizes or time please contact Michele on 669 128254. Further details of the fabulous Pancake Race Day Fete are in the ad’. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible to come and enjoy what is perhaps one of the biggest fun days of the year.

 

2/12/2013 11:53:16 AM

A Brian Teaser!

Last week we asked if you could figure out the difference between Balearics and Belarus? If you can’t then don’t worry you’re not on your own, the postal service’s don’t seem to know either. We posted a parcel in the UK on 27th December, correctly addressed to Ibiza, however somewhere along the way the word Balearics had been changed to Belarus. It eventually arrived here with some funny writing and official stamps on it on 4th Feb. Teaser solved!

 

2/12/2013 11:53:55 AM

Carnival Time

The streets of Ibiza town were packed with people on Sunday morning to see this year’s Carnival Parade. Although a little chilly it didn’t chill the enthusiasm of those taking part, hundreds of them. We never knew that there were so many dancers on the island. The colours and sounds created an excitingly infectious atmosphere. On Tuesday it’s the turn of Sta Eulalia and San Antonio to stage their parades and we hope to have photos in next week’s paper.

 

2/12/2013 11:54:35 AM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday 13th Feb Teatroespana in Sta Eulalia are showing the one you’ve all been waiting for, Skyfall, staring Daniel Graig as James Bond and Judy Dench as M. Film times are 6.30pm & 9pm. You may need to be there early.

 

2/12/2013 11:56:05 AM

Incredible!

What an incredible day the Pancake Race Day at “the terrace” in Cala Llonga last Saturday turned out to be. The morning started off a bit wet and windy but it brightened up in the afternoon. The “racing” was as competitive as ever, but the main aim of the day was to raise money to help the family of Marcos Luna, the 4 year old boy from Sta Eulalia who is in hospital in Palma being treated for leukaemia, his mother having to give up her job to be at his bedside. A total of 1,640€ was raised from raffles. tombola, bric a brac, cakes, books and pig racing, which is quite an achievement considering the current economic climate. The people of Sta Eulalia and Cala Llonga opened up their hearts and wallets to contribute towards this very worthy cause. A cheque for the amount raised was presented to Jose “Flipper” Ortiz and his wife Louise, Marcos’ Godparents.

Ian & Michele, from “the terrace” would like to send their sincere thanks to the following businesses who generously donated items for the raffles/tombolas and other stalls; Bar Mariposa, White Island. Cadena Multihogar, ICK Fashion Accessories, Fereteria Mari, Tur Rubio Vaquetas, Revival – 38 Degrees North, Bar restaurant Noelia, Queen Victoria, El Puntal, Restaurant Kathmandu, Bellissima, Shanaga, Di-Vertit, Bar Mediterráneo, Electro Domesticas Milar, Spirit Of Ibiza, Carlin, Floristeria Clivia, Jugueteria Tur, Hotel Royal Plaza, Excelsior Perfumerias, Inseparables Pet Shop, Floristeria El Ramo De Flores, Peter the Butcher, Frankie’s Cala Llonga, Tobacos Cala Llonga. They would also like to thank the friends and neighbours who also donated items and gave up their time to make the day so successful, along with Frankie Riley for providing the afternoon’s musical entertainment and The Ibiza Sun for the assistance with the advertising and promotion. Marcos is still a poorly young man but seems to be responding to treatment. Let’s all hope that he will soon be back home in Sta Eulalia.

 

2/12/2013 11:56:28 AM

Truth’s Vision

If you weren’t amongst those who saw the theatrical offering at either of the two venues in which it was staged, Teatroespana in Sta Eulalia or Restaurant Chimichuri in San Agustin then you missed a real treat. Written by Lily Lowe-Myers, who along with her lifelong friend Robyn Cooper, treated us to a first class performance of a story that swung between moments of comedy and drama. They were so professional and enthusiastic; you could almost feel their enthusiasm and enjoyment of performing. It’s quite a while since we had live theatre on the island and hopefully this will continue with the proposed staging of Affairs At The Hart sometime in April. Watch this space!

 

2/12/2013 11:56:53 AM

How to Talk To Men

Towards the back end of last year we met a delightful young lady by the name of Mia Sage. Mia was in the process of launching her first book “How to Talk to Men” and it was suggested that we might like to read and review it. Having completed it we can now put into print our thoughts about this intriguing read. The inside cover advises that a sense of humour is required. Mia is a well known relationship coach and trainer who tours the US and Europe holding seminars to help to build stronger healthier marriages and families.

The book is a light-hearted look at how a woman can “catch and coach” her man so as to extract the most from him and encourage him to respond to her desires. Mia shows you how to select Mr Right by figuring out how his mind works and what makes him tick. The first chapter guides you on how to seek out the ideal man, or how to encourage him to seek you out.

In the second chapter headed “Mythology” Mia refers to tales and parables, how they show that even bad situations and predicaments can have a happy ending, giving them a modern translation to reflect how they affect the way we should perhaps look at our lives and loves.

The third chapter leads you to “Typology”, which explains the makeup of the different types of man you may wish to attract. Reading this chapter through a man’s eyes was quite enlightening when you actually see into which category you fit. It then moves on to “Sexuality” where Mia gives an insight into how a woman can lead her partner into providing her with the love and affection she needs to stimulate her desires. The opening paragraph states “They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That might be one way. The more direct route is through his penis.” Evidently a man’s view on sex is very different to a woman’s, the secret seems to be to understand the difference and use it to your advantage.

The chapter entitled “Chemistry” is quite thought provoking, clarifying how our bodies react to others. How our testosterone or oestrogen levels affect the way we behave.

How to Talk To Men then goes on to highlight how the same techniques can be employed in the world of business enabling a woman to achieve success in what is deemed to be a man’s world. This can lead to earning a great deal of money which when done as part of a relationship enhances your lives together improving your appreciation of each other. It also highlights the fact that money isn’t everything, but it’s a lot better than poverty (my mother always warned us that when poverty came in the door, love flew out of the window).

Perhaps the most intriguing chapter is the one headed “Healing”. We’re not talking in the medical interpretation, but how a woman can find a man who has perhaps gone through a relationship breakdown who needs the inner love coaxing out of him, when if done the right way will produce the kind loving person you are seeking. You must evidently bear in mind that contrary to beliefs men are very much the weaker sex emotionally. Mia tells us that you don’t have to be a witch to put a spell on a man, but being enchanting can have the same effect. Again your feminine skills in this field can be used in personal or business relationships. Of course some men are emotionally damaged beyond repair and should be avoided at all cost.

Moving on the book also covers the psychology of partnerships and how we relate and react to each other. Mia admits that she admires the way men can fix things, however she believes that women are more emotionally intelligent. (She doesn’t mention reverse parking or map reading).

In the chapters headed “coaching and training” we are given an explanation as to why men gather together in groups or teams to talk or to play games together. A clever woman will take an interest and try to understand those games (not too sure about cricket) and coach her man to her way of thinking. Hopefully this will result in him wanting to play games with her. There are also ways for a woman to use her feminine guile to encourage her partner, whether that be in business or personal, to be more attentive by appreciating the things he achieves. Evidently nagging at man gets you nowhere; a whisper at the right time is much more effective than a shout at the wrong time. The word entertainment refers to a woman keeping her man interested in her so that he wants to play at home and not away. Fitness and keeping both of you in shape helps to keep the interest at its peak. Mia suggests that dancing is the best and easiest “pleasurecise”. Finally Mia thanks you for reading her book and invites to contact her with your own comments, input and experiences to pass on to others at <a href=”mailto:info@howtotalktomen.org”>info@howtotalktomen.org</a>

So to sum up our thoughts having read How to Talk To Men, although the book was written with women in mind having read it from a man’s point of view it really does give you a clearer picture of how us mere males are viewed by the fairer sex and how you ladies can, as most of you know, get your own way. The book encourages you to use a slightly different approach to finding and keeping the man you’ve always wanted.

It includes some thought stirring and comical anecdotes such as “finding a good man is like mining for gold. You have to sift through a lot of dirt to find a vein” “When you realise how simple men are, you will see how much fun it is to play with them” “You may have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince” “Some people think that breasts open doors, that’s why they call them “knockers”. But great boobs only knock. It’s your smile that opens the door to a man’s heart”.

The price of this book shouldn’t be looked at as an expense but as in investment into a new, or how to improve, an existing relationship. You could perhaps look at it as a reference book for your future relationship and happiness.

How to talk to men is available in a hardback version priced at 30€ at Libro Azul in Sta Gertrudis, directly from Mia at Calle del Mar 1BJ, Local 2 07840 in Santa Eulalia or on tel 971 339 616, or from Amazon or on her website <a href=”http://www.howtotalktomen.org”>www.howtotalktomen.org</a>. Please note on the website it includes shipping & handling so the price is 35€.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

2/19/2013 10:19:48 AM

Carnival Sta Eulalia

It was Sta Eulalia’s turn to stage a Carnival Parade last Tuesday and although not as grand as that of Ibiza town it was no less enthusiastic, although it was less political. It started out 5.30pm, on time, winding its way through the packed streets, eventually arriving in the port. It’s quite remarkable to see the originality and ingenuity that goes into making the various costumes and floats so colourful and vibrant. So now it’s back to the drawing board looking for ideas for next year.

 

2/19/2013 10:20:21 AM

Valentine’s Night

Before reading this you need to have a pen & paper to hand then make a note to remember to reserve a Valentine’s Dinner at the Hotel Royal Plaza in Ibiza town next year. We had one of the most memorable evenings you could imagine last week. We arrived mid-afternoon so that we could take a stroll up to the Museum of Contemporary Art up in Dalt Vila – well worth a visit. We then checked into the hotel making our way to our spacious room where the king size bed was decorated with paper rose petals in the shape of a heart, chocolates, plus beautifully soft dressing gowns and a large red feather????? The room’s drinks fridge cava was soon disposed of before we eventually made our way to the beautifully decorated dining room. A welcoming glass of cava was served prior to a most wonderful dinner of Iberian ham with bread and tomato, cream of mushroom soup with truffle, lobster with a mango vinaigrette. Our green apple sorbet with calvados, was followed by either veal medallions “cafe de Paris” with potatoes, artichokes and piquillo peppers, or fillet of turbot with crushed pink peppers, rice with Jasmine flowers and nuts. A romantic meal wouldn’t be romantic without chocolate so the mascarpone coupé with a chocolate topping was the perfect course at the end of a perfect dinner, which was accompanied by Torres de Casta rose and Val Todil Crianza red wines. Time for bed, where’s that feather? Rising fairly late it was time for breakfast from the extremely tempting buffet. Now for the surprise! The cost of all of this, dinner, the room and breakfast was just 60€ per person, simply amazing value. We should also mention the service which was extremely efficient and very friendly. This along with the hotels style, took you back to the times when staying in a hotel was something special. It may sound silly but we, along with other guests, were actually slightly reluctant to leave, we had all enjoyed the experience so much. Then things took a turn for the worse. As we were diving home at around midday we had to stop at a red traffic light, unfortunately the car behind the car behind us didn’t. The result was we were hit at rear and then spent the next hour sorting out the paperwork. While doing this the feather somehow disappeared. Never mind we may be lucky enough to receive one next year. Remember that Hotel Royal Plaza is open all year round, the restaurant serving speciality Mediterranean and Basque cuisine. Go on spoil yourselves.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

2/26/2013 9:18:44 PM

Every Dog Should Have It’s Day

You can make it happen by going along to the Dog Walk Day in aid of Can Dog being held in Es Canar this coming Sunday. The idea being that everyone meets at Mo’s Bar, situated on the road that leads to the Hippie Market. At 11 am set off for a walk lasting approx 1 hour. You can walk with or without your dog. After this you can enjoy a fun afternoon at Mo’s with BBQ and Live Music from Lauren Kay-Cee. (see ad for full info).

In 2012 Can Dog took in a total 1,410 dogs. Of these 691 were returned to their owners and 387 were found new homes. Unfortunately 26 died, or had to be destroyed, which left a total of 145 who are still in their care. They are also looking after three abandoned donkeys. Due to the fact that can Dog doesn’t have charity status the Consel provide some funds for food, but only for 21 days a month, the rest is paid for out of the pocket of Jose Arranda – not really a sustainable situation. So please try to go along and make a small donation – just 5€ buys 10 kilos of dried dog food. They are also in need of old blankets, sheets, towels, collar and leads plus any doggy type toys. They are also desperate for someone kind enough to donate any dog transporter boxes they may no longer need. If you would like to make a donation but can’t manage to go along on Sunday then call Emma on 669 734012 who will arrange collection. But remember, you would be barking mad to miss this day!!!!

 

2/26/2013 9:19:06 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Wed 27th Feb 6.30pm & 9pm The Master. (2012) 144 mins. A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader. Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams

 

2/26/2013 9:19:33 PM

Wembley Wimps

We don’t know about you but we were utterly disgusted with the “Wembley Wimps” who politically in-correctly decided not to play the National anthem at the Capital One Cup Final on Sunday in case it upset a few people. They should be kicked into touch, someone with some backbone should be appointed and if any team or its supporters don’t like the national anthem being played in England then they should leave the ENGLISH football league immediately and go play somewhere else. Just our unbiased opinion of course!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/5/2013 11:52:50 AM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This week’s film on Wednesday 6th March at 6.30pm & 9pm is the award winning, highly acclaimed, 2012 film Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn.

On Wednesday 13th March 6pm & 9pm the cinema is showing Django (a Western not suitable for under 16s) starring Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo.

 

3/5/2013 11:53:28 AM

Gale Damage

Last Friday’s gale force winds resulted in a large bough of a pine tree on the Pueblo Asparagus complex to come crashing down onto an apartment roof and three parked cars. One of the owners of the apartment was sitting watching TV and didn’t realise what had happened until a neighbour knocked on her door to advise her of the situation. Fortunately it doesn’t appear that any structural damage occurred. Not quite so lucky was the owner of two of the parked cars. He was actually off the island for a few days and has arrived back to discover that one vehicle, a Nissan Micra, appears to be a total write off while the second, an Opel Astra, has suffered slight damage to its roof. The third vehicle’s rear screen was smashed. The forecast seems to be for some more unsettled weather, so perhaps batten down the hatches!

 

3/5/2013 11:53:51 AM

Is Spring In The Air?

It certainly is up at Bar Mariposa in Cala Llonga where they are preparing for their Annual Spring Fair to be held on Sunday 31st March starting at midday. This year the day will be raising funds to help Marcos Luna and family; this is the 4 year old boy suffering from Leukaemia. It’s also hoped that the “Revealing” of the Sunshine Girls 2014 Calendar will take place. With all sorts of activities and games it’s sure to be a great day out. There are just a few spaces left for anyone who would like to have a stall for a small donation. See their ad for more info.

 

3/5/2013 11:54:26 AM

Easter Fair

This year’s Easter Fair is being held on Saturday 30th March 10am – 4pm, at Bar Cruce in San Rafael. This is again a charity fund raising day. The proceeds will be divided equally between Age Concern and Los Olvidados an organisation caring for the island’s disabled. The organisers are appealing for donations of raffle/tombola prizes, cakes and other home produce, jewellery, good quality bric a brac and used clothes. Either call Margaret on 971 196394 or items can be left at Thomas Greens English food shop on the bay road between San Antonio and the bay.

 

 

3/5/2013 11:54:48 AM

Store Wars

We don’t wish to become involved in the current “Store Wars” battle of opinions that has carried on in recent issues, we ended up with enough confrontation the last time we aired our views. However, (there’s always an however) last Thursday we went into the Sta Eulalia branch of one of the nationally well known supermarkets to buy just a couple of items. We were quite disgusted at the filthy state of the shopping baskets. The staff didn’t seem very interested so we e-mailed the head office to complain. Monday morning we received a reply saying that our complaint had been passed to the relevant department to deal with so as to ensure continued service and satisfaction to their customers. We’ll wait and see!

 

3/5/2013 11:55:16 AM

They Had Their Day

Last Sunday’s Dog Walk in aid of Can Dog was a lovely morning out. Ten dogs, you’d have thought there would be more, plus a number of non-dog owners set off, armed with lots of plastic bags, leaving Mo’s Bar going up to Cala Martina and then through some tracks and paths in the countryside around es Canar. It’s quite surprising just how many of these are unknown by many island residents. Someone’s pooch even poked its head out through a drainage hole in a garden wall to see what was going on. We then returned via Cala Nova to Mo’s Bar, where Klaus, who in the past was the owner of Hostal Flamingo, was in charge of the BBQ. The day wasn’t just about money, but more about donations of food and other “doggie” stuff to help Can Dog look after the dogs in their care due to cuts in aid from the Consel. Pepe and Jesus from Can dog came along to thank those who had taken part or made generous donations. They were also full of praise for Emma who had arranged the event. If you were unable to make it on Sunday but would like to donate any food, old blankets, sheets, or any other items call Emma on 669 734012 who will arrange collection. Should you be considering adopting a dog then Can Dog have a number of pups and adults all seeking loving owners, however remember they’re not toys and can demand quite a bit of commitment.

 

3/5/2013 11:56:35 AM

Doggie Update

In last week’s edition there was a story about the dog that had been found with a bullet wound. We are happy to report that following surgery he is making a good recovery and should soon be well enough to be offered for “adoption”. Can Dog can be contacted on 971 325284. Please remember if you find a stray dog the correct thing to do is contact your local police station.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/12/2013 12:25:16 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

On Wednesday 13th March at 6pm (Note earlier start time) & 9pm the cinema is showing Django Unchained (165 mins – not suitable for under 16s) starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio

 

3/12/2013 12:25:34 PM

Gospel Concert

The Can Blau Gospel Singers are staging a concert at the Congress centre in Sta Eulalia this coming Saturday 16th March starting at 8pm. Entrance is free but there will be a donation facility available and any money donated will be passed to the Alzheimer Association on Ibiza. Spaces are limited so be there early.

 

3/12/2013 12:25:54 PM

New Tax Nightmare

The Spanish government has recently announced new legislation concerning tax requirements for anyone who was a Spanish resident at any time during 2012 and who has assets outside of the country (non residents are not affected). If these assets exceed 50,000€ then they must be declared on a new form 720 by 30th April 2013, which we believe should be submitted electronically. In future years a declaration will only be required if an asset increases by more than 20,000€. There are heavy fines for late submission or any errors made on such a declaration. The penalties for failure to declare any assets can only be described as severe. Should you not declare these assets and the authorities discover them then the penalties are much more severe and can attract a fine of 150%, yes 150%, of any amounts they discover. Assets fall into three categories, 1. property, 2. bank accounts 3. other investments such as shares, bonds, life insurance linked investments, or any accounts, savings or property to which you have access to, even if its actually in the name of a third party. There still seems to be some confusion amongst different advisers as to whether the total of 50,000€ is per category or as a total of them all. We went along to have a chat with Pablo Sheppard of Ebusus Business Consultants in Ibiza who was most helpful in explaining how this new legislation may be implemented, but it soon became clear that (a) not many people are aware of this new requirement (b) how it will effect them. We will be attempting to find out more information, but at this stage we wouldn’t wish to mis-inform anyone and can only advise you to seek professional advice if you think you may be affected by this new legislation. There are a number of internet sites where you can learn about this form 720. Just type in your search bar Form 720 Spain (there are other form 720’s relating to other countries) and pick up a link from there. A decent one we found was <a href=”http://www.jullastres.es”>www.jullastres.es</a>.

We must emphasise that this is not an April Fools wind-up but a serious attempt to advise you of what is about to hit many of us.

 

3/12/2013 12:26:15 PM

Is Spring In The Air?

It certainly is up at Bar Mariposa in Cala Llonga where they are preparing for their Annual Spring Fair to be held on Sunday 31st March starting at midday. This year the day will be raising funds to help Marcos Luna and family; this is the 4 year old boy suffering from Leukaemia. It’s also hoped that the “Revealing” of the Sunshine Girls 2014 Calendar will take place. With all sorts of activities and games it’s sure to be a great day out. There are just a few spaces left for anyone who would like to have a stall for a small donation. See their ad for more info.

 

3/12/2013 12:26:32 PM

Easter Fair

This year’s Easter Fair is being held on Saturday 30th March 10am – 4pm, at Bar Cruce in San Rafael. This is again a charity fund raising day. The proceeds will be divided equally between Age Concern and Los Olvidados, an organisation caring for the islands disabled. The organisers are appealing for donations of raffle/tombola prizes, cakes and other home produce, jewellery, good quality bric a brac and used clothes. Either call Margaret on 971 196394 or items can be left at Thomas Greens English food shop on the bay road in Cala de Bou (San Antonio).

 

3/12/2013 12:26:49 PM

Gleaming !!!!!

Last week we wrote about the state of the shopping baskets in a supermarket in Sta Eulalia. We had emailed the head office who replied saying they would look into it. Well they have. Firstly we received a telephone call from the manager who apologised and told us that he would personally make sure the matter would be put right. We re-visited the store this Monday morning and are happy to report that the baskets are now at the standard of cleanliness they should have been in the first place.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/19/2013 9:44:49 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This week it’s Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

 

3/19/2013 9:45:17 PM

New Tax Nightmare 2

Last week we gave you some outline information regarding the new legislation, the completion of form 720 and making a declaration of assets outside of Spain with a value in excess of 50,000€. This must be done by 30th April 2013 or heavy penalties could be imposed for non-compliance. There was a point that we were unsure of but has now been clarified. Assets fall into three categories – property, bank accounts and other investments such as shares, bonds etc. The new law states that the 50,000€ limit applies to each category. This is quite a complicated new requirement and again we would urge anyone who thinks that they may be affected to seek professional advice. There are a number of internet sites where you can find out more, such as <a href=”http://www.jullastrs.es”>www.jullastrs.es</a>. We have also received the following press release.

The British Embassy has updated its guidance on taxation for Britons who are resident in Spain, following the recent Royal Decree that reinforces an existing obligation on all residents in Spain – both Spanish and foreign nationalities alike – to file an annual informative declaration of assets held overseas. The Decree allows for tougher penalties for non-compliance. The guidance can be found on the ‘Finance’ page of the ‘Living in Spain’ section of the British Embassy website at <a href=”http://www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk”>www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk</a>

The Ibiza Sun will try to keep you advised of any updates, in the meantime we would again like to thank Pablo Sheppard of Ebusus in Ibiza town for his time and help which has enabled us to keep you informed of this new requirement. So it’s over to you!

 

3/19/2013 9:45:36 PM

Spring Has Sprung

Yes, spring is definitely in the air. The fields are full of flowers and businesses are opening faster than daffodils. Le 27 in Sta Eulalia re-open this Thursday and will then be open Tues – Fri 1pm – 3.30pm & 6.30pm to 11pm, Sat 6.30 to 11pm. They offer a great value menu of the day, A La Carte and lovingly prepared pizzas. Le 27 is a restaurant with a Bistro ambience serving some rather interestingly different dishes.

Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta has take a slight change of direction and with some skilful resourcing have succeeded in reducing costs and are passing these savings on by reducing some of their menu prices. Which is good news in the current economic climate. In addition to their outstanding A La carte Menu a new 2 course set menu at just 17€, with an option to add another course if desired, is available and is changed weekly, to incorporate the changing seasonal availability of the freshest meats, fish and vegetables. In May they plan to open a new Tapas Garden which will open daily at 6pm giving you the opportunity to sample tempting food at very “economically interesting” prices.

Last Sunday we were out reconnoitring a walk for one of the island walking groups and it just so happened that we passed, well not quite, Tipic Beach Bar at Es Canar and popped in for a shandy. We then learned that on a Sunday afternoon you can turn up with your own meat, which their chef will cook for you. They provide salads, bread, cutlery and crockery, free of charge, all you are expected to do is buy drinks. Sounds like a brilliant offer to us!!

 

3/19/2013 9:45:52 PM

Treasure Hunt

What has become an annual event “The Treasure Hunt” took place last week. This year the task of organising the event fell on last year’s winners, Ian & Michele and Pete & Jo from The Terrace in Cala Llonga. We all descended on FAB in Jesus for an early morning coffee and yummy bacon sandwiches before setting off at staggered times to find the answers to some very ingenious questions around Jesus and Botofoc. We did become a focus of attention from business owners as we scanned various buildings for answers. After completing the course it was back to Bar Bocana in Cala Llonga for lunch followed by a raucous answers time and prize giving. Not being ones to brag we won’t let on that the team we were in – Clueless, ourselves, Cliff and Judith – took first prize. Straws were then drawn to see who would have the honour of setting next year’s hunt. The “lucky” winners were Brenda & Brian Macey along with John and Jean Atkinson. Many thanks to this year’s organisers and best wishes to next year’s, which will, we are sure, be just as successful.

 

3/19/2013 9:46:18 PM

A United Effort

The Neighbours Association of Cala Llonga held a meeting in Bar Toni last Tuesday to formulate some new ideas for promoting the village to attract more visitors, both locals and tourists. A surprisingly high number of people of different nationalities turned up and some very interesting ideas were put forward. It was decided to establish a group of those who were prepared to give time to help the Association in their promotion efforts. The first event actually took place on Saturday with a Harlem Shake on the beach. A what you may ask, which were our first thoughts. This is a craze that seems to be rapidly spreading around the planet on social media sites such as You-Tube. (We will have had to come out of the dark ages to catch up on this type of communication). The Cala Llonga version should be available for viewing on You-tube from today. Some of the mature generation may think that this is a bit too high-tec, but credit where it’s due, at least the young people are doing their best to promote not only Cala Llonga but the whole of Ibiza. Keep it up kids!!

 

3/19/2013 9:46:38 PM

50 Up!

Following our Harlem Shake viewing it was back to Bar Pio to raise a glass or two of cava with Les & Val Shipton who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married in Bolton Lancashire on 16th March 1963 and moved to the island in autumn 1997. We wish them many more years of togetherness.

A little bird told us that Bar Pio now have an English food market, the next one being on Good Friday 29th March 5.30pm to 7.30pm, preceded by one at Mo’s Bar in Es Canar 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Two good opportunities to buy those all important Easter Eggs.

 

3/19/2013 9:47:16 PM

Calendar Girls

A group of local ladies, mostly of a “mature” age, who enjoy water aerobics in summer and line dancing & keep fit in the winter, decided they wanted to raise money for the fight against cancer.

So, based loosely on the original Calendar Girls film, they began collecting donations from generous local businesses and friends to cover the production of a calendar for 2014.

The photographer was the husband of one of the group who willingly donated his services!

The calendar will be revealed at the Spring Fayre on Easter Sunday 31st March at the Mariposa Pool Bar in Cala Llonga. It will be priced at €10 and the ladies hope to raise €5000 for the Ibiza and Formentera Against Cancer association.

Calendars will also be available at Kim’s supermarket and Wild Asparagus Laundry in Cala Llonga, the White Island shop in Santa Eulalia and Thomas Greens in San Antonio or contact 971 196211 for further information.

Statistically, 1 in 3 of us will be affected by cancer in our lives, so please dig deep and help eradicate this awful disease.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

3/26/2013 12:28:48 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesdays film showing at 6.30pm & 9pm is Flight a drama starring Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle.

 

3/26/2013 12:29:09 PM

Egg-citing Weekend

As you probably already know this coming weekend is the weekend of mixed emotions. Firstly we’ll look at the Party Celebration side of it.

This year’s Easter Fair is being held on Saturday 30th March 10am – 4pm, at Bar Cruce in San Rafael. The proceeds of the fair will be divided equally between Age Concern and Los Olvidados an organisation caring for the island’s disabled. The organisers are appealing for donations of raffle/tombola prizes, cakes and other home produce, jewellery, good quality bric a brac and used clothes. Either call Margaret on 971 196394 or items can be left at Thomas Greens English food shop on the bay road in Cala de Bou (San Antonio).

Bar Mariposa in Cala Llonga hold their Annual Spring Fair on Sunday 31st March starting at midday. This year the day will be raising funds to help Marcos Luna and family; this is the 4 year old boy suffering from Leukaemia. It’s also the day of the “Revealing” of the Sunshine Girls 2014 Calendar. It’s your chance to support the island’s Contra Cancer Association by buying one of these “titillating” calendars featuring a group of very brave local ladies. With all sorts of activities and games, plus entertainment from “Mr” Frankie Riley, it’s sure to be a great day out. There are just a few spaces left for anyone who would like to have a stall for a small donation. See their ad for more info.

On a more sombre note it must be remembered that Easter is also a very religious occasion on the island. There are parades taking place all over Ibiza, which to some may seem a little sombre but are well worth going to see if only to be enthralled by the devotion and commitment of those taking part. Church will also be holding services that you might like to attend (see View From The Pew). Of course the best way to support all of these events is to go along and join in.

We won’t be able to join you all as we are in a freezing cold UK awaiting the arrival of our first grandchild. Ibiza may be the ”white island” but it ain’t half as white as it is here, with a good deal of snow and a wind that goes straight through you. So enjoy your Easter whatever you decide to do.

 

3/26/2013 12:29:27 PM

Art & Music

Sandy’s Bar in Sta Eulalia are holding an Art & Music Night this Wednesday, starting at 8pm. With pictures of 40’s music icons followed by their Jam Session at 9.30pm, it sounds like just the thing to start your Easter.

 

 

3/26/2013 12:29:47 PM

More Tax Nightmare News

For the last two weeks we’ve been giving you some information regarding the new Asset Declaration requirements. It seems that some have had difficulty in viewing the advice issued by the British Consulate in Madrid so here it is:

Britain has a double taxation agreement with Spain to ensure people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. In accordance with Spanish and international law, all residents in Spain (nationals and non-nationals alike) are required to declare assets or groups of assets held outside Spain. Assets may include bank accounts, securities, rights, insurance, annuities, property, etc and the declaration is a separate exercise to the annual tax return. To reinforce this obligation, and as part of the Spanish Government’s recent ant-fraud law, the Government on 15 November 2012 passed a Royal Decree that requires all residents in Spain to file an annual informative declaration of assets held overseas by 31 March each year. Exceptionally for 2012 declarations, the deadline is 30 April 2013.

Severe penalties for incorrect, incomplete or late reporting can be incurred and the legislation also means that criminal charges can be brought in the case of non-compliance. The requirement and potential penalties are in line with standard international tax practice.

Taxation is a complex issue and it is strongly recommended that professional advice is sought.

The updated guidance is intended to remind British residents in Spain of their existing tax obligations. Taxation is a complex issue and the British Embassy and British Consulates are unable to assist with any personal enquiries or provide any further detailed information about taxation in Spain. British residents requiring further help should seek professional tax advice.

So there you have it. We hope that this is some help and once again thank Pablo Sheppard of Ebusus in Ibiza town for his assistance.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

April  2013

 

4/2/2013 7:26:09 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

There isn’t an English language film this week. It’s the turn of the French community; the film being shown is Amor. However on Weds 10th April at 6pm & 9pm the long awaited Cloud Atlas is being shown starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry & Hugh Grant.

 

4/2/2013 7:26:32 PM

Did You Spot It?

So did you spot the April Fools story last week? It was of course the Nuclear Fears article. Captain Alfo Pilor is an anagram of April Fool. Sorry folks! The photo was actually genuine and was taken by Kevin Chambers whilst sailing between Ibiza and Majorca last autumn.

 

4/2/2013 7:26:49 PM

How Was It For You?

So how was your Easter? Over here on the east coast of the UK it’s been cold enough to freeze!!! you know the rest! On Saturday morning at 9am, the skies were jet black, the snow was blowing in from the North Sea and we saw people walking about in those Croc sandals and wearing shorts. There are only three reasons that we can think of for this strange behavior – 1. They’re on their holidays and having bought the gear they are going to wear it come what may. 2. They haven’t anything else to wear. 3. They’re completely bonkers. Hopefully they’re actually practicing for a summer holiday in Ibiza minus the snow.

 

4/2/2013 7:27:14 PM

Easter Fairs

Last Saturday’s Easter Fair at Bar Cruce in San Rafael raised a total of 4,550€ which will be divided equally between Age Concern and Los Olvidados. Magaret Nawaz has asked us to pass on her thanks to everyone who helped her by making donations, putting the event together and assisting on the day, with a special thank you to Joe of Thomas Greens English Food shop in San Antonio. The Fair held at Bar Mariposa on Sunday exceeded all expectations with people from all corners of the island turning up to enjoy a sunny day’s entertainment. The “revealing” of the 2014 Sunshine Girls Calendar was very well received, with local TV station IB3 taking a keen interest. The calendar is now available at Bar Mariposa and Wild Asparagus Laundry/Shop Pueblo Asparagus, in Cala Llonga, White Island in Sta Eulalia, Thomas Greens in San An, priced at just 10€. The other highlight of the day was the head shaving for charity by Mariposa owners Joe & Di with Di raising 800€ alone. It must be said that Joe had a “head start” and was almost there already. A total of 1,500€ was raised and will be presented to the family of Marcos Luna (the young boy suffering from leukaemia).

 

4/2/2013 7:27:33 PM

Sponsored Walks

Margaret Nawaz’s next fund raising events are two Sponsored Walk in aid of The Association Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. Margaret is appealing for as many of you as possible to join in these pleasant strolls out in the campo on a Sunday morning. The first walk takes place this coming Sunday 7th April in San Antonio, meeting at Bar Cebo (next to Thomas Greens) at 9.45am for a beautiful 2 hour walk. The following Sunday we meet at Bar Noelia (near Hotel La Cala) in Sta Eulalia again at 9.45am, again for a 2 hour walk. Please remember to bring sponsorship money with you. For sponsorship forms or info call Margaret on 971 196394.

 

4/2/2013 7:27:50 PM

An Invitation

Mi Quiero Boutique are holding an Open-day on 13th April, 11am–4pm, to which everyone is invited to enjoy a glass of Cava and to view the latest summer collection of pre-owned high fashion clothes and accessories. Mi Quiero Boutique is situated behind the Cepsa petrol station on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road; just as you turn off on to the Portinax road. Gudrund and Isabell look forward to welcoming you.

 

4/2/2013 7:28:10 PM

They’ve Moved

Bellissima Hair & Beauty have moved to a stylish new location. They are now situated in Hotel Aguas de Ibiza (just across the road from their previous salon). They will also be opening a “pop up” hair and beauty boutique at “la galeria elefante” near Sta Gertrudis. See their ad for full information. We send them our best wishes for their continued success.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

4/9/2013 10:56:48 PM

An Early Surprise!

Caroline Wilson is shortly to celebrate her 60th Birthday, but is sneaking away on the actual date, perhaps in an effort to avoid any surprises; however some people decided that she wasn´t getting away with it. Two “friends” (we´ll call them Brenda and Leslie to protect their identity) organised a surprise party for her last week. Caroline went to Restaurant Es Pins with husband Pete for a meal, as they approached she saw banners and balloons and said “oh look it’s someone’s 60th”. As her birthday is some time away she didn’t even suspect that the party was for her (well she is blonde). When she saw all of her friends inside the water works turned on. We missed out by being in the UK but join in with everyone else to wish her a very happy 60th birthday.

 

4/9/2013 10:57:29 PM

Cala LLonga Spring Clean

The annual spring clean in Cala Llonga is taking place this coming Sunday 14th April. You are invited to meet on the beach at 10am where gloves and plastic bags will be provided and then groups will move off around the village to collect whatever has been left lying about. Following the clean up it’ll be party time with children’s games, football, a tombola and singing and dancing to “Mr” Frankie Riley. It’s a wonderful way to meet other residents, help smarten the village up before the tourists arrive, and gives you a feeling of community involvement.

 

4/9/2013 10:57:53 PM

English Language Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Wed 10th April at 6pm & 9pm the long awaited Cloud Atlas is being shown starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry & Hugh Grant.

 

4/9/2013 10:58:11 PM

Sponsored Walk

The second of the sponsored walks organised by Margaret Nawaz in aid of Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera is scheduled for this coming Sunday, meeting at Bar Noelia (near Hotel La Cala) in Sta Eulalia at 9.45am, for a 2 hour walk. Please remember to bring sponsorship money with you. For sponsor forms or info call Margaret on 971 196394. Margaret had asked us to thank Jo, Eddy & the customers of the RED LION bar in Es Canar for raising 285€ to sponsor her walks – a great start.

 

4/9/2013 10:58:31 PM

An Invitation

Just a reminder that Mi Quiero Boutique are holding an Open-day this coming Saturday 13th April, 11am–4pm, to which everyone is invited to enjoy a glass of Cava and to view the latest summer collection of pre-owned high fashion clothes and accessories. Mi Quiero Boutique is situated behind the Cepsa petrol station on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road; just as you turn off on to the Portinax road. Gudrund and Isabell look forward to welcoming you.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

4/16/2013 11:24:03 AM

It’s A Girl

The event that we thought may never happen finally occurred at 10.24am on Sunday 14th April with the safe arrival of our “first” grand-daughter, Mila, who weighed in at 7lb 1oz (3.220 kilo) measuring 21½ inches (55cms). Our daughter Elaine and partner Garry managed to come through it all mostly unscathed. Just like other new Grand-parents we are totally and utterly delighted. We would like to thank everyone for their kind enquiries and congratulation messages.

Editor – Everyone in the office would like to send their congratulations to Elaine and Garry and, of course, to Brian and Di on the birth of Mila. We look forward to seeing her in Ibiza soon!

 

4/16/2013 11:24:52 AM

We Are Not Alone

Another recent arrival was a new family member for Peter & Jo Collins when their daughter had her baby Cienna Charlotte on Saturday 13th April at 6.40pm. Congratulations to you all from the slightly larger Rockers family.

 

4/16/2013 11:25:37 AM

Boringly P C.

The arrival of our first Grand-child in the UK is of course very exciting. Apart from that the rest is very grey and boring. The grey is the sky, the boring is the UK lifestyle. We know that we have a bit of a reputation for partying, but it just doesn’t seem to happen here. A good example was an evening out to an “entertainment centre” where there was a comedy act on stage. The duo did their best to bring out a few smiles but it just didn’t happen. The only joke we found funny was when one performer said that while waiting to come on to stage he’d been on one of those adult chat lines. When he checked his phone he found that he’d spent £525. His punch line; “That’s the last time I’ll call Stuttering Sluts”. Well we found it funny. Then it was time for the highlight of the evening – bingo. We’ve never really been fans of it and now we dislike it even more. P C has moved in making it much more boring. No “Legs eleven” “Two little ducks” or even “On its own”. The two “more than slightly overweight ladies” had no chance. The only number that raised any response was 69 with a muted “ooh la la” permitted. Can’t wait to come back home to some freedom of speech and opinions.

 

 

4/16/2013 11:25:58 AM

To “D” Or Not To “D”

That is the question? Just less than two weeks before the new Declaration for Spanish residents who have assets of over 50,000€ in any one of three categories has to be completed. The question is, are you affected? If so then you need to get your skates on as the gathering of the information you need can be quite involved and a little frustrating. Just in case you aren’t aware of just how this new requirement may affect you then we would refer you to the website <a href=”http://www.jullastrs.es”>www.jullastrs.es</a> where everything is explained, including the punitive penalties than can be imposed for non-compliance. Guidance can also be found on the ‘Finance’ page of the ‘Living in Spain’ section of the British Embassy website at <a href=”http://www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk”>www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk</a> If in doubt then we strongly recommend you seek professional advice.

 

4/16/2013 11:26:17 AM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday 17th Apr the English language film is OZ, The Great & Powerful (not suitable for under 7’s) showing at 6.30pm & 9pm and starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz

 

4/16/2013 11:26:39 AM

Serious E-Mail Warning

If you get an email claiming to show nude photo’s of Susan Boyle – do not open it. It contains nude photo’s of Susan Boyle.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

4/23/2013 12:53:28 PM

Pedestrians Beware

Due to us being off the island for a while we’ve been a little out of touch with what’s been going on, however we kept up to date reading The Ibiza Sun on line. There were two stories in last week’s edition that caught our attention. The first was headed; Road Fatalities which stated that the Transport Institute reported that 47.3 percent of the people who died on the roads in Spain during 2012 had consumed alcohol, drugs or other substances which affected the driver’s concentration. That must mean that the other 52.3 per cent, a higher proportion, were sober. It was also revealed that 51 percent of the 164 analysis carried out on pedestrians who had died as a result of a car accident tested positive for these substances, 9 percent more than in 2011. Was the reason for this increase that they had become sensible and not driven but still ended up dead? We certainly don’t condone driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, but it makes you wonder if it really is safer to walk.

The other article we spotted concerned the opening of a new sub police station in the Sa Peña area of Ibiza town, which will only be operative in the daytime. If you haven’t been into that area during the day then we can tell you that it’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop, but at night it’s totally different with all sorts of naughty stuff going on. So what a wonderful time to close the police station!

 

4/23/2013 12:53:44 PM

Queen’s Night Celebration

This year’s Dutch Queen’s Night Celebrations are taking place at Music Bar Pio in Cala Llonga this coming Sunday 28th April starting at 2pm until “late”. With snacks and music, a dress code of orange (optional) and a prize for the best orange outfit. The Dutch community certainly know how to party, so why not go along and join in. This is actually the last Queen’s Day as next year it will be King’s Day. The day’s name may change but the partying will be the same as ever.

 

4/23/2013 12:54:02 PM

And Finally

We were walking along a pavement last week when we saw a man in a combat camouflage jacket approaching another man wearing a high visibility jacket. When they passed each other they cancelled themselves out and disappeared!!!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

4/30/2013 12:56:00 PM

Fair Comment??

We felt that the letter from Anon UK in last week’s edition criticising our knocking of the UK the week previously made some very fair comments, however (there’s often an however), without wishing to become embroiled in a battle of words which happened recently regarding small businesses verses larger businesses, we would like to make a couple of points. Firstly the sun did shine one day and it did make a difference, you could actually see the daffodils, which made us feel a lot better. It does appear that we bought the horrible weather back with us. Regarding the oligarchy type of government, (for those who aren’t sure what that is, it’s a government where the power is in the hands of a small number of people) if more residents registered to, and exercised the right to vote, then we would perhaps have a greater say in the decisions made on our behalf. Unfortunately it’s doubtful if our granddaughter will be educated here so the problem of being taught in Catalan won’t arise (again we should be more involved in politics so that this situation wouldn’t occur) she will probably be educated in Lincolnshire, where the way things are going the majority language will perhaps be Polish by the time she starts school. Yes we’d love her to go to university, but why here on the island. The majority of UK students move away from their hometown to attend university. When our daughter attended her higher education she went to London, a round trip of 616 kilometres – 386 miles, but we didn’t have an oligarchy government to pay 50% of the travel costs for us to visit her. Thanks anyway Anon UK, we do appreciate feedback, at least it proves there’s someone out there reading our bits and pieces.

 

4/30/2013 12:56:17 PM

Eh-Up!

Our journey back from the UK involved a delightful drive to Manchester along the M62. Becoming fed up with crawling along through miles of road works we decided to stop off for a coffee at a Costa-bob or two-Service Station. As we queued we were behind a man who asked for a normal coffee. The girl behind the counter poured and presented it and politely said “that’s £3.29 please”. The man who must have strayed across the border from the next county, used that well known term “ow much”. £3-29 Sir” was the reply. His response “thamusbejorkin” and he walked away. Brilliant! Guess what? We don’t even think his name was Colin.

 

4/30/2013 12:56:35 PM

Viva Cala Llonga

This is the name given to a newly formed vibrant committee, which will run alongside the Asociacion de Vecinos, to promote the village, it’s businesses and attractions to make the visitors’ experience of their time spent in the resort as enjoyable and memorable as possible. They have some exciting ideas that will be of interest to both tourists and residents alike. The next event on their calendar is a “Day Of Fun & Games” on Sunday 26th May. We’ll give you more information as soon as the programme is prepared. You can visit their Facebook page to keep up to date.

 

 

4/30/2013 12:56:51 PM

Did You See It?

There was an orange glow in the skies over Cala Llonga on Sunday. It wasn’t the long lost sunshine but the glow from the Dutch Queen’s Day Party held at Bar Pio. Despite the dodgy weather a good crowd of Dutch and non-Dutch celebrated the Dutch Queen’s day, which is actually on the 30th April. Make a note that next year the celebration will be on 27th April which is the birthday of the new king.

 

4/30/2013 12:57:07 PM

Sta Eulalia Day

This coming Sunday is Sta Eulalia Day, which is the first day of the May Fiesta. There is so much going on throughout the month that it’s difficult to list them all, so why not pick up a programme from the town hall, tourist office or kiosk. You can, if you prefer, visit the town hall’s website <a href=”http://www.santaeulalia.net”>www.santaeulalia.net</a> – there are all sorts of activities to enjoy. Why not go along and spend a day in the town. You’re bound to find something going on.

 

4/30/2013 12:57:23 PM

Moscow Ballet

The Moscow Ballet are performing Swan Lake on Monday 6th May 9pm at the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia. We don’t have ticket information but they can normally be purchased at Hollywood Sports shop in the main street.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/7/2013 12:24:28 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday’s English film is the 2013 crime thriller Broken City showing at 7pm & 9pm, staring. Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones.

 

5/7/2013 12:24:47 PM

Sounds Of The Caribbean

The Calypso Steel Band are commencing their Summer Season on Friday10th May at Samovar Restaurant in Siesta at 9pm. They are also playing there on Tues 28th May.

 

5/7/2013 12:25:11 PM

Fiesta Sta Eulalia

What an incredible weekend it was in Sta Eulalia for the main days of the Spring Fiesta. We don’t think that we’ve ever seen the streets so full. The big attractions for us were the Banana Dance Studio spectacular show on Saturday, the Flowers & Plants exhibition in the Teatroespaña and the performance of The Lost Mountain orchestra on Sunday evening. With the changes to the Town hall square almost completed, (not sure about the marble blocks which act as seats, because we know someone who’s bound to fall over at least one of them), it was a truly entertaining weekend.

 

5/7/2013 12:25:30 PM

Back In Time

It’s time for the Ibiza Medieval Fair, the event that attracts over 100,000 visitors every year over three and a half days of festivities. This year it takes place this coming weekend from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th May. The streets of Dalt Vila will be transformed into a great open-air Medieval Market with the streets filled with artisans, silversmiths, spice traders, artists, and chocolate makers, plying their trades while bird handlers, dancers and minstrels, wander through the narrow streets turning them into an exciting spectacle with a mass of colours, aromas and flavours from several continents.

There’s an extensive programme of events taking place from morning to night throughout the weekend, including live music that accompanies the celebrations. This weekend attracts visitors from far and wide. Why not be amongst them?

 

5/7/2013 12:25:56 PM

Wild Times!

The opening night at the Restaurant Wild Asparagus last Thursday was quite a wild night. A packed restaurant and bar. Great food, Party Music going on ‘til the early hours, with Helen celebrating her birthday along with her bevy of beauties. Everything to start the restaurants 45th year of serving the finest international cuisine. Meanwhile down at Bar Cacatua Georgie celebrated her 33rd Birthday on Saturday. Georgie, like quite a number of females, has “a thing” about shoes, so the present from her brother in law and sister in law, Manolo & Becky from The Bunch of Grapes (now open every day from 6pm) was just perfect. Still on the Pueblo Asparagus, Sunday 19th May will be your last chance to enjoy a Sunday Roast at Bar/Restaurant Mariposa. Be aware that like most Sundays during the winter unless you reserve a table you could well be disappointed.

 

5/7/2013 12:26:14 PM

A New Arrival

He has finally arrived! Luke, a son for Julie & Chris from The Queen Vic in Sta Eulalia arrived on 28th April at 11.50am. He weighed 8.26lbs and of course everyone in the family is “over the moon”. Congratulations from all at The Ibiza Sun

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/14/2013 9:57:16 PM

Amazing Again

That’s the only word we can think of to describe this year’s Medieval Fair in Ibiza town. This year we went along early evening on Friday when it was a little quieter, although it did become very busy later on. The colours and aromas that hit you are simply wonderful and the flavours of the different nibbles offered worked up an appetite to sample some of the mouth-watering foods being cooked over hot coals. However (that word again) the prices on the non-food stalls were generally very reasonable, but we thought that food providers were a “little” cheeky with their pricing. If you were amongst the thousands who visited the fair we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

 

5/14/2013 9:57:44 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This week’s English language film is Anna Karenina (130 mins) 7.30pm & 10pm (Note new times) Made in 2012 starring Matthew Macfadyen, Keira Knightley, Jude Law.

 

5/14/2013 9:58:01 PM

Parking Mad?

Sta Eulalia Consel have made some changes to the parking bats in Calle Mariano Riquer Wallis which have resulted in fewer parking places. People are complaining that they are now having to drive round and round to look for somewhere to park. Why? The underground car par behind the town hall is almost always half empty. To encourage motorists to use it they have changed the residents discount from 50% to 65%. All you need to do when you return is go to the office with the ticket you obtained on the way in with some proof of being a property owner in the borough. You will then be given a second ticket. Put the first ticket into the pay-station which will show the amount due. You then put the second ticket in and the price then reduces. Pay that amount and away you go. Last week our original amount due after three hours parking was 3,15€, but with the discount we only paid 1,10€. Not only is that a bargain, but we were able to relax while doing our shopping and coffee-ing without having to worry about the “Ritas” sticking a ticket on the car if our coffee just happened to be hot. Another bonus was that our car was nice and cool when we returned to it.

 

5/14/2013 9:58:18 PM

Viva Cala Llonga – Mad Hat Day

Sunday 26th May is Mad Hat Day in Cala Llonga with fun and games on the beach (brings back memories) from midday, followed by music and dancing around the village from 7pm. See poster/ad for full info. Find or make a hat and come and join in – IT’S FREE!

On the same day there will be a Mad Hatters Tea Party up at The Bunch of Grapes on the Pueblo Asparagus. More info next week.

 

5/14/2013 9:58:39 PM

Rumours!

We are hearing from “reliable sources” that the recently formed Viva Cala Llonga Committee, along with the Asociacion de Vecinos have succeeded in persuading Sta Eulalia Consel to permit the return of the Thursday Evening Street Market. Negotiations are continuing and we will keep you fully advised of developments as and when they occur.

 

5/14/2013 9:58:58 PM

A Re-Opening Party

The new owners of Bar Toni in the centre of Cala Llonga are celebrating the re-opening with a Fiesta on Saturday 18th May. Live music from 9pm (ish) with Chris, tapas plus the possibility of a drink or two is on offer to everyone.

Meanwhile in Sta Eulalia Restaurant Le 27 are celebrating their first anniversary with some special dishes for you to savour. Congratulations and best wishes for your continued success.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/21/2013 12:39:47 PM

A “Diamond” Act

Last week we called in at Mr Cairo’s in Cala Llonga on the night that Diamond Glass were performing their Drag Queen Show. We’ve seen them many times in the past but we must say that the new show really is a polished performance. The duo now comprises of James & Chris – for some reason with the stage name of Fanny – with Avril backstage. The whole show was sharp witty and involved quite an amount of audience participation. They perform at Mr Cairo’s every Monday and Thursday nights plus various locations around the island including Playa Bella every Wednesday. So keep an eye open for their posters and treat yourselves to a great evening’s entertainment.

 

5/21/2013 12:40:01 PM

Happy Birthday

We’d like to wish Alan Douglas (The Wanderers Official Photographer) a Happy Birthday for last Saturday. We joined him along with his wife Leonne and friends at Es Pins on Friday for a lunch-time get together. A friend (we’ll call her Brenda to protect her identity) made Alan a cake but couldn’t put the right number of candles on it because that would have made it too heavy to carry!!

 

5/21/2013 12:40:32 PM

Viva Cala Llonga – Mad Hat Day

This coming Sunday 26th May is Mad Hat Day in Cala Llonga with lots of fun and games on the beach (brings back memories) from midday, followed by Passion Dance performing Flamenco dancing around the village from 7.30pm. See poster/ad for full info. Find or make a hat and come and join in – IT’S FREE!

On the same evening starting at 7pm there’s a Mad Hatters Tea Party up at The Bunch of Grapes on the Pueblo Asparagus. There’ll be Mad Hatter’s hat making kits available, a Buffet, plus Sangria. Passion Dance will be starting their village tour here at 7.30pm.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

5/27/2013 9:30:47 PM

A Tornado Closer To Home

The dreadful tornado that tore through Oklahoma last week was quite horrifying and having seen the devastation on the news our hearts go out to those who have lost everything, some lost more than possessions. Closer to home a tornado was spotted out at sea on the eastern side of Ibiza last week. These seem to be happening on an increasing number of occasions. Let’s hope that we are never hit by one as disastrous as the one’s in the USA. We received a photograph from the Green family who were on holiday at a hotel in Cala Llonga. We understand that it was their first wedding anniversary on 24th May and we send them our thanks for the photo and congratulations on their anniversary.

 

5/27/2013 9:31:05 PM

Missed ‘em Again

We hear that Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife were spotted taking coffee at a restaurant in Benirras on Sunday. Firstly we would like to welcome them to the island – there visits seem to be becoming an annual event. What we would like to know is why they always seem to visit Ibiza when we are off the island. Surely he isn’t concerned about being “paperazzied” by The Two Old Rockers . The other question is how come they can find a beach front seat at a Benirras restaurant on a Sunday.

 

5/27/2013 9:31:42 PM

Mi Quiero

Ibiza’s leading pre-owned clothing and accessories boutique, Mi Quiero, held a fashion show at Bodega Cesar last Sunday evening. Due to a “technical hitch” we failed to carry the advert regarding the event for which we sincerely apologise. If you haven’t made a visit to the boutique, which you will find situated behind the Cepsa petrol station on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road, then you could be missing out on the opportunity to view some fantastic fashions on sale at a fraction of their original prices. Gutrund warmly welcomes you to browse at your leisure. The opening hours are Mon-Sat 11am – 1.30pm. Should you wish to visit outside these hours call 606 502858

 

5/27/2013 9:31:59 PM

Romancing The Home

Toni Rodriguez and Marita Capelin were married on Monday 25th May. They had decided that an informal style occasion would be their choice, but where could they find a suitable venue? After searching and viewing various locations they realised that the ideal place was actually in the garden of Marita’s parent’s home. The garden was tastefully decorated with white bows and red flowers giving a simple but romantic open air setting. Following the official ceremony, conducted by the registrar from Sta Eulalia town hall, Toni, who is a chef at Can Careu and Marita, who also works there but involved in caring for the horses, were taken to Formentera by private boat for a few days honeymoon. The Ibiza Sun Team send them our congratulations and best wishes for their future together.

 

5/27/2013 9:32:14 PM

Viva Cala Llonga

The Mad Hat Day, the first event of this new international groups programme to give visitors a day to remember, took place last Sunday, as did The Mad Hatters Tea Party. We hope all went well and we will bring you a full report and photos next week.

 

5/27/2013 9:32:34 PM

It’s Back!!

The long awaited return of the Cala Llonga Street Market is scheduled for this coming Thursday evening from 7pm. It’s taken a lot of time and effort to persuade Sta Eulalia town hall to agree to re-start this so we would hope that lots of you will turn out to support it.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

6/3/2013 4:46:59 PM

Taxing Times

Just in case you aren’t aware resident tax payers have until 30th of June to submit their returns. It does appear that the tax authorities are becoming a little more “inquisitive” so if you have in the past submitted your declaration yourself it may be the right time to seek professional advice. Having spoken to a few fellow “contributors” it’s clear that some of them are paying over the odds for the advice they are receiving. If you are in this situation then there’s still time to shop around for a better deal. Good luck!

 

6/3/2013 4:47:32 PM

Viva Cala Llonga “Mad Hat Day”

What an enjoyable day on the beach last Sunday with fun and games for kids and parents alike! Followed by a wonderful evening.

There was a sandcastle competition won by the Smith family who were staying in the “El Pinar”, lots of games and races with medals won and a fantastic tug of war with a final “tug” of about 25 contestants on each side! A few more perhaps on the girl’s side that ensured female domination!!!

The children were entertained all day with games, races and face painting and a wonderful bouncy castle kindly donated by Paco who owns the little fun fair in Cala Llonga, and we thank him very much for his help to make this day a success. A special thanks must also go to our tourist volunteers who so kindly donated their time both throughout the day and into the evening, Kevin, Janet, Jenny & Pete.

In the evening there was a trial for the new artisans market behind the beach that will start on the 6th of June and be held every Thursday evening offering quality crafts and goods.

Passion Dance provided the evening spectacle with a Flamenco dance pair who danced their way through the village starting at the top in the Asparagus complex and ending down by the beach, their performance was enjoyed by all who saw them.

Several bars and restaurants made a special effort throughout the day and the wonderful new Viva Cala Llonga t-shirts were worn and are now available in most bars and restaurants in Cala Llonga.

So a million thanks to volunteers, committee members and sponsors for making the day a real success.

Brace yourselves for the next event Thursday 27th June, “Flower Power” Live music and dancing the night away! Keep in touch on the Viva Cala Llonga facebook page and “The Ibiza Sun”

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

6/10/2013 5:06:53 PM

With Sorrow

We have recently learned that June Cairnes passed away in late April aged 80 years. June had been a long term resident of Sta Eulalia and was involved in the island’s walking groups and a number of it’s charities. We send our condolences to her family and friends.

 

6/10/2013 5:07:08 PM

Is It, or Isn’t It?

We’re talking about the “pedestrianisation” of the town hall square in Sta Eulalia. Quite a lot of OUR money seems to have been spent and it was looking as though we would finish up with an attractive traffic free town centre. However two of our friends (we’ll call them Terry and Helen to protect their identity) were sitting outside The Royalty, taking coffee and in fifty minutes counted 38 cars, 2 motorcycles, 1 taxi and 2 vans drive through the new pedestrianised area. So, is it or isn’t it? Then of course there is the new ramp/zebra crossing that has been installed in front of the town hall to the paseo, crossing the main street. Unfortunately this has now resulted in there being three crossings within just a few meters of each other. There now appears to be more people crossing the road than there is on the pavements. This is causing tailbacks of traffic, sometimes as far back as the roundabout at the junction of the main Ibiza road and the Sta Eulalia ring road. When we were leaving the town on Wednesday morning traffic was at a standstill. It was taking so long to enter the town that one driver found it necessary to get out of his vehicle, half-way across the bridge and relieve himself, without taking any precautions to cover the parts that the lager had obviously reached. Surely someone must notice that the town keeps grinding to a halt which will result in people avoiding Sta Eulalia to the detriment of the local businesses, who of course are some of the main contributors to the town hall coffers. So come on whoever is in charge of planning, if there is anyone of course, sort it out, preferably before the mid-season rush really kicks off.

 

6/10/2013 5:07:26 PM

Back In A Whirl

Having recently returned from a visit to the UK that social whirl seems to have gathered us up again. Hardly off the plane before it was the now annual “Curry Afternoon” at Cliff & Judith’s home in Siesta. Delicious again! It was then off to the cinema to see Anna Karenina, the Marmite film, you either loved it, as we did, or hated it, as did others.

We spent Thursday evening visiting the new evening market in Cala Llonga. It seems there were a few “teething problems” the previous week when there were unforeseen difficulties with electrical services and the weather. This week there were an excellent variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, jewellery, clothes, all at sensible prices, plus live music from Angel. The market drew quite a good number of people, many who had been attracted out of the hotels, including the All Inclusives and seemed to be spending freely. The market will be held on the promenade every Thursday evening from 6pm. In addition to the market Cala Llonga has an excellent range of restaurants and bars for visitors to enjoy, so instead of shopping in the heat of the day why not pay a visit to Cala Llonga’s latest evening attraction.

On Saturday we were amongst the guests of Gerry and Mary Beth Andrews who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary at Restaurant La Casita. An afternoon of excellent food and company. We learned that Gerry and Mary-Beth met and were married within 6 months. There wasn’t a shotgun in sight, as Gerry said “it just sort of happened”. Thank you to all our hosts, but we’d just like to know the answer to one question. Who was the guy who was also at both of these occasions and who seemed to be watching us and making notes? It wasn’t that Juan guy stalking us again was it?

 

 

6/10/2013 5:07:42 PM

Fiesta In Siesta

This Thursday evening from 6pm to midnight there’s a street Fiesta in Calle los Rosales in Siesta. Tapas, cava, wine, cocktails and children’s entertainment are just some of what will be on offer. There’ll be live music from Miri & The Bartsch Brothers plus a DJ. So, let’s go party.

 

6/10/2013 5:08:00 PM

Renewal Of Vows

Sheila and Gary Clayton have been married for 39 years and live in Ely, Cambridgeshire close to their daughter Bonnie, her husband Jason and children Ella and Cody. Last Wed, 5th June, would have been the birthday of their youngest daughter who tragically died 8 years ago in a road accident aged 15. They chose this date to celebrate and bless their lives together and were joined by family and friends on the beach in Cala Llonga where Paul Spargo conducted a very moving, and emotional service, albeit that they were standing on the edge of the sea on rocks with a very strong wind blowing.

 

6/10/2013 5:08:22 PM

We have received the following;

Sheila & Gary would like to thank all their family and friends for making their day so special, especially to Paul for the most beautiful personal service ever, to Alan for the most wonderful treasured photos, to Eileen for the special cakes, Michele, Ian, Jo and all the staff at The Terrace for the fabulous meal and service and to the amazing Barbara and her Steel Band for the most unique musical party.

The memories of that day will live with us forever. Thank you x x x x x

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

6/17/2013 11:13:43 PM

Flower Power!

On Thursday 27th June you can bring back the sixties memories by joining in the Flower Power Parade in Cala Llonga. Organised by the new Viva Calla Llonga team the parade will start out from the car park in front of The Wild Asparagus Restaurant at 7pm. The Skiffle Kings will be playing on a float which will visit the car park at Pool Bar Cacatua then move down into the village stopping at various locations. So dig out your hippie gear or just put a flower in your hair and follow the float dancing the evening away. It’s going to be a “fab” occasion for everyone to join in. You can then stop off and visit the Thursday evening market to pick up some handmade jewellery, hats, leather goods and more. Viva Cala Llonga.

 

6/17/2013 11:14:05 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday’s English language film is the 2013 blockbuster The Great Gatsby staring Leonardo DiCaprio showing at 7pm and 9.30pm. There isn’t a film in English on Wednesday 26th June.

 

6/17/2013 11:14:23 PM

Out Of Touch

We don’t always agree with Big Bonzo’s views, but we must fully endorse his comments in last week’s edition regarding the new law which “technically” puts an end to the Sunday afternoon drumming sessions on Benirras beach. The town halls keep ranting on about culture seeming to think everyone wants to visit a church or museum. The hippies invented what is one of the most cultural summer events which draws people from all over the island while the other consel cultural places are mostly empty. Ah, there we have it – jealousy! These people are so out of touch with reality. If it’s too noisy for anyone then the consel should provide them with ear plugs, and by the way these hippie types make and sell fantastic Mojitos at a fraction of the price of the local rip-off joints. Oh, that’s anothe word open to interpretation!

 

6/17/2013 11:14:51 PM

L’Altre Balagar

The Ardura family have returned to Ibiza from their winter break to continue the dream of running a beach side restaurant in Cala Llonga at Restaurant L’Altre Balagar, with its enviable beach-side location. Last season they developed the restaurant into a place where the emphasis is on presenting a menu with a difference, reflecting the family roots from Valencia and Asturias. From hot or cold starters through to main courses of pastas, pizzas, meats, fish, or the rice dishes including the House Special Valencia Paella, there are dishes on the menu that you probably won’t find anywhere else on the island. Other favourites are the dish listed as “Meat to stone”, pieces of tender steak served with a very hot marble block on which to cook your steak to your own personal taste. The “Fish and Shellfish Mixed Grill” served for 2 people is exceptional value for money. The vegetables which accompany the main dishes are prepared with a little ingenuity. Salads can sound pretty much the same on menus but at this restaurant they are so very different, ideal for lunch or dinner on those hot summer days and evenings. The desserts are all home-made. If it’s just a snack that you’re after then there’s a range of sandwiches, rolls, burgers and jacket potatoes with a choice of toppings, plus a full breakfast selection. One of L’ Altre Balagar’s other attractions is its location. Perfectly situated at the side of Cala Llonga’s beach, where there are swings and slides for the little ones, it’s a beautiful place to sit and sip a cool cocktail as the sun sets behind the bay when the sea colour becomes an even deeper blue and contrasts with different shades of green from the surrounding pine clad hillsides. The restaurant terrace then changes to a more chilled out venue with canopy covered sofas and soft music. On a Saturday evening you can dine while listening to the gentle voice of singer and guitarist Pixie, whose music is the ideal background to accompany your meal. To reserve your table call 971 196474

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

6/24/2013 10:19:47 PM

Flower Power Reminder

Don’t forget this Thursday 27th June you can bring back the sixties memories by joining in the Flower Power Parade in Cala Llonga. Organised by the new Viva Calla Llonga team the parade will start out from the car park in front of The Wild Asparagus Restaurant at 7pm. The Skiffle Kings will be playing on a float which will visit the car park at Pool Bar Cacatua then move down into the village stopping at various locations. So dig out your hippie gear or just put a flower in your hair and follow the float dancing the evening away. It’s going to be a “fab” occasion for everyone to join in. You can then stop off and visit the Thursday evening market to pick up some handmade jewellery, hats, leather goods and more from the increasing number of stalls that the market is attracting – Viva Cala Llonga.

We are on our annual trip to Greece, it ain’t half hot mum, but should be back in time to be dancing in the streets, hope to see you there.

Our trip hasn’t been “uneventful”. While driving through a thunderstorm at night we collided with a large dog which appeared from nowhere and disappeared, a curtain rail fell onto one of our heads, the same person smashed the screen on a new mobile phone, which we’d had for just 24 hours and we deposited the rental car into a very soft sand dune. It took 6 people to help dig and push us out. Hopefully we should manage to escape and make it home without any more minor difficulties.

 

6/24/2013 10:20:46 PM

Congrat’s Old Boys

A little bird (we’ll call her Maureen to protect her identity) tells us that Michael McDonald reaches the grand old age of 70 on 27th June. We believe that he will be in the UK for the occasion (anything to avoid buying us a drink). By some strange coincidence Juan who submits Letter from Juan also celebrates his 70th on 27 June. We hope you both enjoy your special day.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

July 2013

 

7/1/2013 10:34:37 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

This Wednesday 3rd July the Teatroespania in Sta Eulalia are showing Man Of Steel (Superman) at 7pm and 9.30pm. Staring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon. It’s a modern version but he still wears his underpants outside his trousers!

 

7/1/2013 10:34:52 PM

Costly Honesty

Imagine walking through the street and on the pavement in front of you is a cheque. You pick it up and see that it’s for the amount of 2,800€ made out as El Portador, in other words it could be cashed and not put through an account. In addition there’s a 50€ note and some other foreign currency notes clipped to the cheque. This happened to a friend of ours last week. So what do you do? Being the honest sort he took cash and cheque to the Banco Santander where the cheque account was held. The cashier thanked him for his honesty as did the manager, telling him that the cheque had in fact been cancelled and they were aware of who the owner of the cheque was. He left the bank feeling quite proud of his actions, then it hit him. He’d had to pay 90 cenitimos to park while doing his good deed. Just goes to prove you can take the man out of Yorkshire – you know the rest.

 

7/1/2013 10:35:12 PM

Mugged X 2

We’ve heard of a couple of unfortunate “muggings” being carried out in Sta Eulalia recently. The first one happened to a friend of ours one evening at around 11pm when he and his wife were returning to their car in what is locally referred to as the dirty car park close to the Hotel Tres Torres. As he was putting his belongings into the boot of the car a youth approached from behind and grabbed the bag he was carrying. Our friend won’t mind us stating that he isn’t one of the youngest people around and he was knocked to the ground and the youth made off with his bag, which of course contained his documents. Our friend suffered cuts and grazes which were treated at the local health centre, although his health card had been stolen. When they reported the incident the police told them that there have been a number of similar incidents around the town so be aware if you park somewhere unlit.

The second “mugging” concerns Barclays Bank. Barclays opened in Sta Eulalia around 5 years ago and the number of customers has steadily increased due to the efficiency and professionalism of the staff, plus the fact that everything can be dealt with in English. Now, however, the branch is to close on 26th July with all the accounts being transferred to the Ibiza town branch. This will cause a good deal of inconvenience, particularly to business clients who don’t really have the time or inclination to go into Ibiza, search like mad for a parking place, so that they can pay money into their accounts. We spoke to the manager of the Sta Eulalia branch who told us that this is part of a large reduction of branches and staff across Spain and that the decision was made in London. As Big Bonzo once stated, “The banks aren’t there for our benefit are they”, We’re sure that the other banks in Sta Eulalia will welcome you with open arms, some of which are more of an attractive destiny than others!!

 

7/1/2013 10:35:32 PM

We’re Back

k, we are back from our trip to Greece to the cool of Ibiza. A lot of people are complaining that it’s not as hot as expected at the moment; they should try where we have been. When we arrived the temperature was around 30 degrees, not too bad we thought. Then after a couple of days the high 30’s to low 40’s were the norm. It was impossible to do much beside swim and stay in the shade. The economic situation in Greece is quite dire but the Greeks being Greeks just seem to get on with things and drink another frappe (iced coffee). Eating out is relatively cheap, but petrol prices range from 1.63€ to 1.70€ a litre. Makes you wince when you fill up. Our trip involved stopping overnight both ways in Bergama, close to Milan. We discovered a fabulous small family run hotel, Stile Libero, in the pristinely clean village of Orio Al Serio, just 1 kilometre from the airport. The hotel owners were so friendly and helpful, the spacious rooms were modern and exceptionally clean and comfortable. The village was like somewhere from Stetford Wives or Port Meriden in The Prisoner, a couple of very Italian restaurants plus a small Café/Bar which amazingly sold Fullers London Pride dark beer. If you happen to overnight at Bergama or just fancy a taste of Italy then we would highly recommend Hotel Style Libero.

 

7/1/2013 10:35:48 PM

Flower Power

Last Thursday’s Flower Power Night in Cala Llonga was a total success. The “float”, a lorry kindly supplied by Ros Transportes Sta Eulalia, set off from the Pueblo Asparagus calling in at several locations through Cala Llonga. As the evening progressed the number of people following increased, attracted by the sounds of The Skiffle Kings who put in a magnificent performance of sounds from the 60’s and 70’s. With a mood of love & peace spreading the tourists and locals were joining in and dancing in the streets and enjoying a night they’ll remember and talk about when they return home. The evening market was very busy and is turning out to be a real asset to the village. (More on this in a later edition). Congratulations to the Viva Cala Llonga organizers and again special thanks to Ron & Barry (The Skiffle Kings) and Juanito from Ros Transportes. We’ll give you the info for the next Viva Cala Llonga event as soon as we have it.

 

7/1/2013 10:36:03 PM

Something Different

If you are here on holiday, or you have visitors who fancy something different then throughout the summer as part of the Viva Cala Llonga events there’s a “free to enter” Bar/Restaurant Quiz available. The idea being that during your stay you can visit the various establishments to find the answer to a simple question. Once your question sheet is completed hand it in to any participating venue and you’ll be entered into a Prize Draw to win an apartment holiday in 2014. Question sheets can be found in almost every bar and restaurant in the village. Why not give it a try. Good luck.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

7/8/2013 10:07:33 PM

There is nothing from The Far East this week as Brian has decided to take a few days break in Can Misses. Nothing too serious we are told and he will be back next week.

For those of you wanting to go to the pictures this week there doesn’t appear to be anything on in english at Teatroespaña in Santa Eulalia, although for all you trekkies they will be showing the new Star Trek film next week.

 

 

7/15/2013 10:00:46 PM

English Language Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

This Wednesday, 17th July the English language film is Star Trek – Into Darkness. (2013) 132mins (not recommended for under 12s) 7pm & 9-30pm. On Wednesday 24th July the film is Sightseers (2012) 89mins 7pm & 9pm and starring Alice Lowe, Eileen Davies, Steve Oram (not recommended for under 16s).

 

7/15/2013 10:01:03 PM

Closer To Home

Due to, shall we say, a technical difficulty we have been spending most of our time in Cala Llonga, enjoying some of the local happenings. The Thursday evening market is growing in popularity week by week with now around 50 stalls along the promenade and an increasing amount of visitors. The emphasis is on locally produced handicrafts such as jewellery, leather goods, clothes, herbal remedies, essences and much more. We spoke to a number of tourist shoppers who in general were delighted with the market and were surprised that the prices of the items on sale were so inexpensive. Hopefully the market will go from strength to strength and become a “must go to” occasion. We also managed to find our way to L’Altre Balagar on Friday evening just in time to hear Pixie entertaining diners with her unique interpretations of popular hit songs. One young couple on holiday from Cumbria were so taken with Pixie that they told us that they could listen to her every night of their holidays if that were possible. We enjoyed a very imaginative house salad, followed by succulent steak and duck dishes and, believe it or not, made it home on the same day that we went out.

 

7/15/2013 10:01:21 PM

Viva Cala Llonga!

The next event on the Viva Cala Llonga calendar is a “Caribbean Night” on Saturday 27th July. (We’ll have to miss this one unfortunately) There’ll be music from the Calypso Steel Band outside the tobacconists in the main street and a Reggae Band playing down on the beach. It looks like being a lively evening.

 

7/15/2013 10:01:39 PM

Moonlight Charity Walk

The annual charity event with a difference, a 2 hour Walk Under A Full Moon, takes place next Tuesday 23rd July, departing from Bar La Cantina in Cala Llonga at 10pm. Anyone wishing to take part is asked to meet at 9.45pm, bringing their sponsorship money with them. It’s a wonderful way of raising funds which will be donated towards the Colon Screening Campaign here on Ibiza. For more information call Margaret on 971 196394 or see their ad in the paper.

 

7/15/2013 10:02:11 PM

Gracias

Just a quick thank you to Elena and Laura at Bar Madison for our “free” Spanish lesson last week, (tuve) !! We would also like to thank everyone who sent us get well messages and e-mails following another slight hic-up last week.

 

7/15/2013 10:02:29 PM

Farewell

A funeral service for the late Joyce (Joy) Pauline Rowland took place at Puig de Misa Santa Eulalia on Wednesday 10th July, with a cremation taking place the next day in Palma, her ashes will then be spread at Puig de Misa.

Joy was born on Oct 15th 1927, and passed away on 7th July after a long and bravely fought illness. She had been married to husband Norman for 51 years after meeting at a Butlin’s Holiday Camp, they had 3 children. We send them our sincere condolences.

 

7/15/2013 10:02:49 PM

Not So Easy-Jet

Just in “case” you haven’t heard from July 1st Easyjet have introduced new hand luggage rules. The maximum size piece of cabin baggage has been reduced to 50cms x 40cms x 20cms. There’s no weight restriction, but you must be able to stow your baggage in the overhead locker without assistance.

 

7/15/2013 10:03:10 PM

Dippers!!!

We don’t want to cause too much concern but we are hearing a number of stories of pick-pocketing incidents around the island. The scenario seems to be the same, someone or perhaps more than one person stands very close to you and another “bumps” into you, while you’re attention is on the second person then the first one either takes your wallet from your back pocket, or your purse from your handbag. These are isolated cases but please be aware that there are experts at this type of activity out there. One such couple tried to lift the wallet of a neighbour of ours while he was in the chemists shop, fortunately he became aware of what was happening and back elbowed the person in the stomach, well our friend is on the “big” side.

 

7/15/2013 10:03:30 PM

Putting The Island In The Shade

Photographs in the local Spanish press recently showed how successfully the new landing stages at Botofoc were working, with four ships, one a very large cruise ship, all discharging their passengers at the same time. The only criticism they had was that there isn’t any shade for people to wait in while waiting for taxis. What the photos also unwittingly showed was that there weren’t any taxis, just a line of people standing in the sun. On our recent trip to Greece we took taxis at Bergama airport, twice, and Thessaloniki and didn’t have to wait at all. Only when we returned to Ibiza did we encounter any queues with not a taxi in sight. It was also the only place we had to wait 30 minutes for our luggage. People who cruise are usually reasonably well off and the tourism board is always going on about how important they are to the islands’ economy, but will they want to book a trip that calls into Ibiza knowing that they will have to stand and fry in the sun while waiting for that elusive means of transport. Mind you we also read that the police impounded 16 pirate taxis in June, no wonder there aren’t enough to go round!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

7/29/2013 9:34:26 PM

Gas Con-Men Return

We are hearing that the annual visit by the gas conmen is now well under way. Below is a letter we have received regarding these despicable people. PLEASE, PLEASE, don’t let them into your home. The authorities are aware of this practice but they are not actually doing anything illegal; they are charging way over the odds for a simple job which you probably don’t need doing. They do intimidate people with threats of prosecution if you fail to let them undertake the work, but again we would remind you that you do not have to let them do anything. Once you allow them to carry out any work they can charge you what they like.

“Remember last year when an elderly friend of ours in Siesta got conned out of 400 euros for 1 length of flex gas hose. Well the same people called on her again recently and said it had to be replaced again, but it would be more expensive this year because there were more checks to do. Luckily her grandson was there and he told them he’d have to speak to his dad. They left a card with a phone number on which I tried to ring, no luck, but it looks like the con is going around again”. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

 

7/29/2013 9:34:45 PM

Moonlight Charity Walk Success

The Moonlight Walk (organised each year by Margaret Nawaz) held on Tuesday 23rd July was a great success. Over 48 people, adults and children, gathered at La Cantina and commenced an enjoyable two hour Moonlight Walk around the countryside of Cala Llonga & Roca Lisa. Participants, included tourists and residents from across the island, helped to raised €2,170 for Ibiza y Formentera Contra el Cancer – Colon Cancer Screening Programme, which recently commenced on a phased basis in the greater San Antonio area.

Many thanks to all those who walked, sponsored walkers and assisted Margaret in raising this wonderful contribution for the Ibiza y Formentera Association’s fight against Cancer.

 

7/29/2013 9:35:05 PM

Important Partners Newsletter Information

The July Partners Newsletter is now available for reading at <a href=”http://www.gov.uk/fco”>www.gov.uk/fco</a> It contains some very important information including clarification on the use of the EHIC (formerly E111) about which we have received numerous queries and complaints. Below is an extract from the newsletter.

“As you may have heard recently in the news, there have been questions raised around the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) being accepted in Spanish public healthcare facilities. The UK Department of Health is aware of this issue and has raised it with the Spanish authorities. It is important for visitors to Spain to know that they can use the EHIC to access all necessary medical care in public hospitals and healthcare centre’s and that this cover is not just limited to emergency care.

Even if someone has taken out travel insurance, they have the right to insist that their EHIC is accepted. Tourists that do not have their EHIC with them can call the Overseas Healthcare Team (OHT) in Newcastle to apply for a Provisional Replacement Certificate.

They can be contacted on 0044 191 218 1999.

There are hospitals in Spain that offer both private and public health-care and it is up to the patient to make sure their EHIC is accepted if they want to be treated under the state scheme. If you find that you or someone you know visiting Spain is being denied necessary care on their EHIC, please call the Healthcare Team at the British Consulates in Madrid and Alicante on 902 109 356. Alternatively you may also contact the OHT on the number given previously”.

We know of and have recent experience of the emergency services, which by the way are quite exceptional in the care that is given to patients. However we must stress that they sometimes assume that if you’re not a resident then you have private travel cover. As stated above it’s up to you or the patient to make sure you are taken to a public health hospital otherwise you could end up with a large bill.

 

7/29/2013 9:35:24 PM

Viva Cala Llonga Party Night

“Brilliant” – “A fabulous night” – “Best night we’ve had on Ibiza” – “Terrific”. These are just some of the comments we’ve heard about last Saturday’s Caribbean Party Night in Cala Llonga. We bumped into Steve, Fiona and Alex who were on holiday from Cumbria, enjoying a beer or two at Bar Madison, who described the night as “FANTASTIC”. Unfortunately we were off the island “basking” in the English summer, which looks as though it’s all over except for the mopping up. Cala LLonga village was alive with the sound of the Calypso Steel Band and dancers plus Jah Bless Reggae Band. There’s more to come, details in next week’s edition of “your” Ibiza Sun.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/6/2013 9:39:17 PM

Bar Toni – A New Age

As you enter Cala Llonga one of the first places you encounter is Bar/Restaurant Toni, which was actually the first bar to open in the village. Ever since it’s opening it has been one of the main meeting places for locals to have their afternoon drink and discuss the day’s events. Restaurant Bar Toni – A New Age is now in the hands of Pepe whose intention is to retain the “number one” status by offering the most succulent of meats, all prepared to order and cooked on the Charcoal BBQ, to give your meal that distinctive taste that only comes with food prepared in this way. The spacious terrace dining area, with its teak furnishings and oriental décor, emanates a Colonial atmosphere, ideal for enjoying the cool of the evening. The comprehensive menu offers a full range of meat, fresh fish, pasta and vegetarian dishes, plus a children’s menu. There is also an excellent Dishes Of The day Menu at 7,80€. If you’re just taking a drink then there’s a comfortable sofa area for just that. You really should try a glass of Victoria’s Sangria at 3€ (1€ from each sale goes to the village Fiesta fund).

The internal bar is now re-vamped in a mixture of modern minimalistic/traditional style with a range of drinks which includes a low alcohol draught shandy, a real thirst quencher. The tables are set, the Charcoal is glowing, all ready for you to enjoy The New age! Bar Toni is open from 7am for their “Special Breakfast Menu” the BBQ kitchen opens at 7pm to 2am. Tel 971 196158

 

 

8/6/2013 9:39:34 PM

Spotlight On Restaurant Seventeen

Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta is situated away from the busy Sta Eulalia centre and has to be one of the most chilled out and peaceful places you could wish to find. Renzo and Barbara are always looking for new ideas to present to diners and have taken a slight but interesting change of direction. This Italian Restaurant no longer has Pizza on the menu, but offers a superb A la Carte menu, which includes some traditional Italian pasta and risotto dishes plus a 2 course set menu at just 17€, with an option to add another course if desired. This is changed weekly and reflects the seasonal changes available on the island’s markets.

Whether you choose to sit indoors or out on the terrace you will soon feel the welcoming ambience that is Restaurant Seventeen.

Another innovative addition is the new serene Tapas Garden where you can sit in a lemon tree shaded lawned area to enjoy some tantalizing European and Asian tapas, with an Italian twist, starting at an amazing 1,50€ for a cooling cucumber salad. This is just one of the 17 (had be that amount) on the tapas menu. Other tempting tapas include Meat Balls, Chicken Sate, Asian Style Lentils, King Prawn Gratin, or how about Artichoke and Black Pudding in Puff Pastry. On a recent visit we chose the Festival of Tomatoes, Padron Peppers, Spicy Fish Cakes and the Black Pudding in Puff Pastry. With our drinks, a shandy, a glass of house wine, plus a tonic water our bill was just 19.50€. The quality and presentation were as you would expect from any high standard restaurant. At Restaurant Seventeen you now have the options of a superb A La carte menu, our favourites are the Lamb Chops in Herby Breadcrumbs and the Fresh Cod Fillet Papillote with black olives and thyme, the Tapas Garden or the Calming Cocktail area, perfect for a romantic encounter.

You could say spoiled for choice, or better still choose to be spoiled at Seventeen. Open every evening from 6.30pm to 11pm. Tel 971 330930

 

8/6/2013 9:39:51 PM

Pure Embarrassment

We read, with more than a little interest, the story in last week’s paper headed Pure Pleasure Parties, at which it’s alleged no-one wears clothes, just a mask. Well we have to say this is nothing new. We once went to a party of this type. On entering we were guided to an “un-changing” room where we undressed and put on our masks. We then moved into the party area where everyone was similarly “un-attired”. The only embarrassing thing was that the majority of the other guests recognized us!!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/13/2013 9:32:06 AM

Viva Fiesta – Come And Join In

It’s Fiesta time in Cala Llonga. This year the Association of Vecinos has additional input from the Viva Cala Llonga team, which has resulted in a number of extra attractions as shown in the programme.

Of course to keep up with all that’s going on you’ll need some energy input. Restaurant El Deseo has the perfect cocktail to put you in the party mood and if you sample them before 7pm then they’re just 4€ each. Cut out the voucher in their ad and you’ll get a free cocktail with every main course ordered. The authentic Mexican and European menu has something for everyone.

At Bar Pio (The Golden Oldies Music Bar) you’ll always encounter a fun/friendly atmosphere and some tasty Dutch and English snacks with a range of cool refreshing beers and ciders. The “Funkiest” Bar in Cala Longa!

The Terrace Restaurant serves an amazing value home cooked 3 course dinner for just 15.50€ with a children’s 2 course meal for 5.50€. There’s also a tempting Tapas menu. (Bookings highly recommended)

At Restaurant Altre Balagar you’ll have the option of taking a table right on the beach to drink, dine and watch the show, table reservations aren’t necessary but you’ll need to be there early as this restaurant is becoming more and more popular.

Bar Toni’s menu includes the tenderest of BBQ’d meats, fish, pasta dishes, all freshly prepared and served on the charming colonial style terrace. Excellent wines at very reasonable prices. On Wednesday, from 9pm, you can dance on the terrace to “the ever smiling” Santi.

Cafeteria Equus is the place to be if you wish to see some spectacular dancing on Wednesday and a Cabaret Show on Thursday. These spectacular, not to be missed, floor shows both start at 10pm.

If it’s a quieter location you’re looking for to enjoy the goings on then you can have a perfect view of the fireworks from the terrace of The Restaurant Wild Asparagus perhaps after tasting some of their internationally renowned food.

If the day is a bit on the warm side then a delicious salad or daily special at Pool Bar Mariposa would be the perfect start to the fiesta.

Up at La Casita in Valverde you could choose to enjoy a lunch or early evening dinner in their beautiful garden before moving down to the village for the evening’s entertainment.

The Viva Cala Llonga Hippy Market will be taking place on the paseo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7pm. This gives you the opportunity to buy this year’s fashion “must have”, a Viva Cala Llonga T-shirt for just 8€, or a fan to keep you cool for 3€.

Whatever you choose to do we hope you enjoy the Cala Llonga Fiesta

 

8/13/2013 9:32:37 AM

Birthday Bashes

There seems to have been a continual string of Birthday Bashes this week. It all started on Tuesday with a little Gin & Tonicy afternoon for Lorraine at Bar Cacatua. On Wednesday there was a party for Jo at The Terrace (we won’t let on that it was her 50th to save any embarrassment). Then on Thursday it was the turn of Steve –Taxi-from the Asparagus Laundry and Di from Bar Mariposa to celebrate their 50th and 40th respectively, they also held a joint Caribbean Night Party on Monday, while on Friday it was the turn of Becky from the Bunch Of Grapes to celebrate her 40th with a lively terrace party We tried to figure out why there were so many birthdays at this time of year but only came up with the idea of them all being Christmas present babies! We hope you all enjoyed your special day.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/20/2013 5:11:27 PM

Festival Of Opera

Tickets are now available for the Festival Of Opera which is taking place on 9th & 15th of September in the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia. They can be purchased in Ibiza town from Edificio Brisol from 12 – 24 August, Mon-Sat 12:00 – 15:00, and in Sta Eulalia, from the town hall 26 August – 9 Sept, Mon-Fri 9:00 -14:00. Sat 10:00 -14:00. For more info call 0034 – 648 045 042 or 0034 – 971 31 61 91

 

8/20/2013 5:11:45 PM

Four Days Of Fun

We had a terrific time over the four days of the fiesta in Cala Llonga, far too much of some things and not nearly enough of others! From start to finish almost everyone (see below) had a fiesta to remember. Parades, music and dancing, fireworks sandcastle competitions, beach games and the hippy market, were just a few of the attractions of this years extended fiesta. Below are a few photos of some visitors and locals enjoying themselves. Viva Cala Llonga.

 

8/20/2013 5:12:02 PM

Party Poopers!!!

For some reason the local police took a hard line with the partying during the Cala Llonga Fiesta, imposing warnings and closing down any music after midnight, sometimes saying there had been denuncias. We think that there can only be one of two reasons for this. Sheer bloody-mindedness, or some sad person or persons who can’t stand the sight or sound of people having fun. If it’s the first one then it’s about time the authorities learned that visitors enjoy having a bit of a party and closing everything down at midnight does absolutely nothing to encourage them to return. If it’s the second, then as we’ve stated before, these people should pack their stuff and leave. We and many others would be only too pleased to help them.

 

8/20/2013 5:12:18 PM

Reputations!

It takes quite a lot of time to build certain reputations but as this postcard, sent to some of our friends shows, some have managed it quite easily.

 

8/20/2013 5:12:36 PM

Don’t Forget

The party continues at El Deseo with Happy Hour Cocktails for 4€ from 11am to 7pm. Why not just pop in and try one in the heat of the day or on your way back from the beach, perfect!! See their ad for info on how to get your free cocktail.

If you’re looking for somewhere really chilled out, with unbelievably priced tapas served in a lemon tree shaded garden, then Restaurant Seventeen in Siesta has to be the place – you’ll love it.

(This week’s column submitted courtesy of Bar Bocana internet, Telefonica let us down again!!)

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

8/27/2013 9:43:40 PM

A Big Day

Paul and Sarah are both residents of the Isle Of Man, however they and their families have holidayed on Ibiza since 1974, most of which have been taken on the Pueblo Asparagus on the hillside overlooking the bay of Cala Llonga. They met 4 years ago and as one of their friends told us, immediately fell madly in love, they have two beautiful children Bo and Carter. Following a Civil Marriage they held a blessing on Monday 26th Aug in the open air church on the Pueblo Asparagus conducted by Terry Freeth, after which a Special Tapas reception for their 100 guests, 80 adults and 20 children, was held at the Restaurant Wild Asparagus. This was followed by a BBQ on Tuesday evening at The Bunch of Grapes.

Having met them we have to say what a lovely family they are and we send them our sincere best wishes for their life together. We did ask whether there would perhaps be an increase in the patter of tiny feet, but didn’t receive a definitive answer, however it must be pointed out that there are three legs on the Isle of Man emblem!

 

8/27/2013 9:44:02 PM

Full Moon Dinner

What a delightfully elegant evening we had last Thursday. We joined a group of friends for the Full Moon Dinner Party on the rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Royal Plaza in Ibiza town. After a welcoming glass of cava we sat down to enjoy Galician style octopus with lemon flakes, chupachups of sausages and caramelized walnuts. Then came mixed lettuce with Norwegian salmon with a tropical and passion fruit vinaigrette. For the main course we had a choice of roast lamb stuffed with spinach, raisins and pine nuts flavoured with mint or sea bass with seafood and crunchy arugula. Our dessert, strawberries and white chocolate dome with cinnamon custard rounded off an exotic dinner in a fabulous setting looking out to the port and Dalt Vila as the moon rose into a clear night sky. So what was the cost? Just 30€ per person. Wine (we chose mid range prices) and coffee were extra, even then our bill including tip – the service was first class – was 50€ each, tremendous value. The next Moonlight Dinners are on 19th Sept and 18th Oct, why not treat yourselves. Tel 971 31000 for reservations.

 

8/27/2013 9:44:20 PM

A “Leverly” Afernoon

Last week we discovered that a spirit level is the most important item when making a paella. We had a “leverly” afternoon, thanks.

 

8/27/2013 9:44:55 PM

Photo Of The Year?

Below is a photo of a situation that many of you on the eastern side of the island never thought would be possible. It was taken at 12.12pm last Saturday morning in the Sta Eulalia post office. So what you may ask. Look again, NO QUEUE!

 

8/27/2013 9:45:22 PM

Sugar Chic – Sta Eulalia

Have you found time to call in to see and taste the delights that are available at Sugar Chic Shop & Café on Calle Ricardo Curtois 8 in Sta Eulalia? If not then you really have denied yourself a delicious experience. With its un-missable exterior candy stripe pink and white which is also the colour scheme that is also used on the interior, Sugar Chic has an array of everything you can possibly think of for the preparation and presentation of cakes, including recipe books in English. Cake making is now the “in” thing, stay in and bake something to impress your friends and visitors.

In addition there’s a very chic café serving coffee, beers, soft drinks and some truly tantalising fresh fruit smoothies, 3,80€ each, all of which of course can be accompanied by one of the deliciously indulgent house cupcakes, freshly made every morning by Maribel and available in a variety of flavours including, kiwi, carrot, chocolate, Irish coffee, Mohito and more for just 3€. We seem to becoming cupcake and coffee-holics, just can’t resist them. If you’re looking for a really spectacular special occasion cake then Sugar Chic can supply it, just ask.

Tucked away in a corner is a children’s play area where the little ones can use their imagination to play away whilst the grownups enjoy their shopping or refreshments. The whole ambience is very relaxing and family friendly but popular with all ages.

If you have a yearning to learn a little more about cake making and decoration then Maribel holds regular classes. On 7th & 8th Sept London based Carlos Ischetti will be holding courses on the making of cake models/figures. It involves 8 hours tuition and a meal. For information on either of these call in or phone 971 330014 or 663 430781.

Otherwise pop in for a cup cake and a little of whatever you fancy. Sugar Chic is open 9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm. As Sugar Chic’s motto states “Keep Calm And Eat Cupcakes”

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/3/2013 10:33:28 PM

Bizarre!

So where were you when the storm finally arrived? Believe it or not we found ourselves stranded in Regina’s bar/restaurant in Cala Llonga. We had only called in to say hello to a friend of a friend when everything went crazy. No problem, order some tapas, a bottle of wine and wait for the storm to pass. Just as the storm was at its worst, deafening thunder, incredible lightening, torrential rain, water gushing down the street, the door opened and in came two men, soaked to the skin, so wet that their shirts were transparent and sticking to them. Believe it or not out of a plastic bag they produced two guitars and started singing “Guanta La Mara”. They finished their routine to tremendous applause, went round with a hat, then left to continue visiting the other bars. Bizarre or even surreal!

 

9/3/2013 10:34:09 PM

Ah Well!

That makes us feel really bad about showing you the photo below which we just couldn’t resist taking last week.

 

9/3/2013 10:34:30 PM

The Secret Is Out

This year’s “Day Of The Tourist” is taking place on Thursday 19th Sept. In the past it seemed to be a closely guarded secret with the information sliding out, rather than being released, just a few days before, or even after, the event. Well we’ve managed to crack the code. We have learned that it will take place every third Thursday of September. We’ll try to find out what’s going on in your area this year and bring you the info. If you know of anything happening please send details to <a href=”mailto:editor@theibizasun.com”>editor@theibizasun.com</a>

 

9/3/2013 10:34:52 PM

Congratulations

A very young at heart lady, Marie Ebbesen, who is an avid Ibiza Sun reader and one of Ibiza’s renowned artists, celebrated her 90th birthday recently along with family and friends from around the globe. The party was held on the eve of her birthday and at the stroke of midnight Marie insisted that everyone join her in the pool. This is just typical of Marie who underwent a hip replacement just a few months ago. Congratulations from The Ibiza Sun Team who wish you many more Happy Birthdays.

 

9/3/2013 10:35:17 PM

Party-Party-Party

There’s going to be a party at El Deseo on Sunday 15th Sept from midday to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. A 3 course Mexican meal including a special Aztec dish, Pazole, a drink, (a Mexican beer or glass of wine) for just 15€ per person. We recommend you reserve your place as soon as possible. See their ad for full info.

 

9/3/2013 10:35:37 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

IT’S BACK. The English Wednesday night films return on Wednesday 11th Sept with the showing of two films. At 7.30pm the animation Disney film Planes 91 mins. At 9.30pm Now You See Me, a crime thriller with a twist115 mins.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/10/2013 12:37:50 PM

Spotlight On Bar Toni

s you enter Cala Llonga one of the first places you encounter is Bar/Restaurant Toni, which was actually the first bar to open in the village. It is so easy to pass by and continue down into the village, but you are perhaps passing an opportunity to taste some delicious local and international dishes. Restaurant Bar Toni is now in the hands of Pepe whose intention is to retain the “number one” status by offering the most succulent of meats, all prepared to order and cooked on the Charcoal BBQ, to give your meal that distinctive taste that only comes with food prepared in this way. The spacious terrace dining area, with its teak furnishings and oriental décor, emanates a Colonial atmosphere, ideal for enjoying the cool of the evening.

The comprehensive menu offers a full range of meat, fresh fish, pasta and vegetarian dishes, plus a children’s menu. Bar Toni have now introduced a “must try” excellent high quality Menu Of The Night, 3 courses with a selection of 5 dishes for each course for 12,50€. We have recently had the pleasure of dining here and have found the meat dishes to be of the highest quality and cooked exactly as we ordered. We also enjoyed the locally sourced grilled vegetables. Bar Toni is not one of those places where your food is pre-prepared and arrives in five minutes, the chef loves his work which is reflected in the food you are served.

If you’re just taking a drink then there’s a comfortable sofa area for just that.

The internal bar is now re-vamped in a mixture of modern minimalistic/traditional style with a range of drinks which includes a low alcohol draught shandy, a real thirst quencher. The tables are set, the Charcoal is glowing, all ready for you to enjoy. Bar Toni is open from 7am for their “Special Breakfast Menu” the BBQ kitchen opens at 7pm to 2am. Tel 971 196158

 

9/10/2013 12:38:06 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

IT’S BACK. The English Wednesday night films return on Wednesday 11th Sept with the showing of two films. At 7.30pm the animation Disney film Planes 91 mins. At 9.30pm Now You See Me, a crime thriller with a twist115 mins.

 

9/10/2013 12:38:20 PM

Day Of The Tourist

At the moment we haven’t heard of any activities for The Day Of the Tourist on 19th Sept apart from what’s happening in Cala Llonga. The regular weekly market will be held, there’ll be a live group playing on the paseo and groups of street entertainers, fire-dancers, jugglers, and the like, will be wandering around the village to entertain you. So if you don’t hear of anything else then Cala Llonga seems to be where it’s at.

 

9/10/2013 12:38:34 PM

Party-Party-Party

There’s going to be a party at El Deseo on Sunday 15th Sept from midday to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. A 3 course Mexican meal including a special Aztec dish, Pazole, a drink, (a Mexican beer or glass of wine) for just 15€ per person. We recommend you reserve your place as soon as possible. See their ad for full info.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/17/2013 4:03:13 PM

700 Up

Before we start our weekly prattle we must congratulate everyone involved in the production of the 700 editions of what we hope is your favourite newspaper. From its humble beginnings it has evolved into the popular read it is today. Although we aren’t there this week we’ll certainly be raising a glass (or two) today to wish continued success to The Ibiza Sun and it’s team of dedicated, unpaid contributors.

 

9/17/2013 4:03:30 PM

Autumn Travels

So here we are in the “jolly” old UK. We came over on the return leg of the notorious late night flight from Birmingham and were somewhat apprehensive as to what the behaviour of some of our fellow passengers might be. They must have had a seriously tiring holiday as most were asleep before we were hardly off the ground. In fact it was so quiet that you could almost hear one of their ecstasy tablets drop.

Our trip was a two reason affair. The first to attend the wedding of the son of some very good friends of ours. The wedding took place in the Cotswolds, just south of Stow on The Wolds. The setting was magnificent, a beautiful hotel with the ceremony taking place outdoors in a gazebo backing on to some open fields. Everything went very smoothly apart from the fact that as the bride and groom were exchanging vows and rings the cattle in the field behind them insisted on spending the afternoon bonking like crazy. By sheer coincidence we found out that the brides parents are taking a holiday on Ibiza at the end of this month and we hope to meet up with them to show them some parts of the island that they wouldn’t perhaps venture to. We spent one night in Cheltenham, the town which must have the most traffic lights anywhere in the UK. If you’re thinking of starting up a business then this is the place for a light bulb factory, they must get through thousands. We then spent a wonderful few days “grand-parenting”, lots of coos ahs and shops, around the various Cotswold towns before heading up t’ north to the granny grotto in Cleethorpes then heading home to a bit of sunshine and warmth.

 

9/17/2013 4:03:50 PM

Missing Out

While we’re away we have missed out on a few “occasions”. We missed the Mexican party at El Deseo, this coming Thursday’s Day of The Tourist celebrations, which are taking place around the island. If there’s nothing going on in your area then head over to Cala LLonga where you can visit the evening market, listen to live music from Can funk and see street performers wandering around the village.

We’ll no doubt catch up with what went on when we get back from our Autumn Travels.

 

9/17/2013 4:04:06 PM

A Night Of Art & Fine Food

Harald Heindrichs is holding an exhibition of his vibrant paintings and glass creations at restaurant la Casita this Saturday 21st Sept from 6.30pm. Harald’s works are a recreation of his vision of the world around us, imaginative and stimulating to the eye and mind, reflecting his dreams, passions and desires. His paintings are an interpretation of his visual experiences throughout his life. Harald’s mirrors and Tiffany table lighting are meticulously hand crafted using high quality materials, with special attention given to the selection of the opalescent glass, which creates the impression that it’s not the lamp but the glass that’s glowing. During the evening you are welcome to dine in the beautiful La Casita restaurant where you will enjoy some of the most delicious local and international food served on the island. There will be a choice of a full a la carte menu or the 3 course “desgustacion” menu with a choice of dishes for each course priced at 29€. Can you think of anywhere better to be this Saturday? For table reservations call 971 330293

 

9/17/2013 4:04:27 PM

Balear-therm – A Unique Heating System

It’s been so hot recently that it may be hard to realise that winter is fast approaching (do you realise it’s only 14 weeks to Christmas). Are you in the process of ordering your winter wood, then stop and perhaps think about a more modern, cleaner and economical form of heating your home, during the colder months. Some, of course, enjoy a traditional log fire, which although takes a lot of beating, creates a tremendous amount of smoke and dust around the house, plus of course they can, if not ventilated correctly, be quite harmful to your health, especially if you have bronchial or asthmatic problems. There is now a unique alternative.

Balear-therm is an attractive efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. No more sitting there roasting at the front and shivering at the back. Put an end to all those trips outside to bring in the wood, why does it always seem to rain when your fire needs refuelling? For a no obligation quotation call 689 890623 or 636 748666

 

9/17/2013 4:04:45 PM

English Language Films At Teatroespana

This Wednesday’s film is the animated Epic 102 mins (suitable for all the family) showing at 7pm followed by a film in French, Un Plan Parfait at 9-30pm.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/23/2013 10:25:12 PM

Balear-therm – A Unique Heating System

It’s been so hot recently that it may be hard to imagine that winter is fast approaching (do you realise it’s only 13 weeks to Christmas). Are you in the process of ordering your winter wood, then stop and perhaps think about a more modern, cleaner and economical way of heating your home, during the colder months. Some, of course, enjoy a traditional log fire, which although takes a lot of beating, creates a tremendous amount of smoke and dust around the house, plus of course they can, if not ventilated correctly, be quite harmful to your health, especially if you have bronchial or asthmatic problems. There is now a unique alternative.

Balear-therm is an attractive efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. No more sitting there roasting at the front and shivering at the back. Put an end to all those trips outside to bring in the wood, why does it always seem to rain when your fire needs refuelling?

Want to know more? Then on Saturday 20th you can visit the exhibition of the Elbo-therm heating will be held at Tur Vaquetes in Sta Eulalia from 9am to 2pm. You are invited to a glass of cava while viewing this unique heating product.

 

9/23/2013 10:25:34 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday’s (25th Sept) film is The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, showing at 7pm and 10pm. Gonna be a couple of full houses! This film has received a mixed reception from film critics, but the public seem to love it.

 

9/23/2013 10:25:51 PM

Home Again

Once again our trip to the UK is over and it’s back to the reality of Ibiza? We’ve had a great trip but it’s always good to be back home. We don’t usually buy an English daily paper while here on the island but do so while in the UK and learn some really fascinating facts. We read that evidently 1 in 10 British sausages contain the Hepatitis E virus which it’s claimed causes around 20 million infections worldwide, resulting in 57 thousand deaths a year. Those most commonly affected are in the 15 to 40 age range. So we don’t seem to have a lot to worry about as we never eat more than 3 and aren’t anywhere near those age groups. Oh, by the way enjoy your breakfast. On a slightly more relevant topic, did you know that in the UK there is a chart that records the amount of Viagra consumption throughout the country? It’s claimed that Coleshill in North Warwickshire is the number 1 Viagra popping “hotspot” while London has the lowest amount of consumers. Perhaps they still prefer “a stiff upper lip”.

 

9/23/2013 10:26:09 PM

They Made It!!!!

It may or may not come as a surprise to you that Ryanair are top of the list for uncaring attitude to airline passengers. We’ve just booked late season return flights, 2 people, Ibiza-Birmingham, returning Birmingham to Ibiza via Barcelona 220€. So what do you want, cheap and occasionally cheerful or fancy and very often fleeced?

 

9/23/2013 10:26:45 PM

New Arrival

We are very pleased to announce the safe arrival of another grandson for Helen Watson MBE and husband Manolo. Daniel arrived safely on 17th Sept, the second son for their daughter Rachel, son in law Alfonso, and of course a brother for Aaron James who was 4 years old on 24th Sept. Congratulations to all of you, but can Alfonso think of a more original Christmas gift for Rachel!

 

9/23/2013 10:27:03 PM

Congrat’s!

We have a couple of birthdays to mention. Firstly to Marion, who is the “driving” force behind The Ibiza Sun delivery team on the sunrise side of the island who celebrated her birthday on Monday 23rd Sept. Secondly to Mike Glass who celebrated reaching the grand age of 80 last week. Best wishes to you both from The Ibiza sun Team.

 

9/23/2013 10:27:21 PM

Music Video Festival

The submission process is now open for the new Music Video Awards. Launched in London on the 12 Sept the awards presentation will be taking place here on Ibiza at Hotel Garbi on 11th October. Music video film-makers can submit their works to be judged by a jury of leading international film-makers and music industry professionals. Rupert Bryan, co-director of the Ibiza Music Video Festival and Awards says, “Ibiza will be a wonderful launch-pad for the first Music Video Festival and Awards as it offers great production facilities and locations for making music videos as well as being renowned as the dance capital of the world. The enthusiasm and ideas for this one-day event have been so overwhelming that we are already considering building in more days for the next one”.

Elizabeth Fear, co-director added, “In addition to public screenings, we are also hosting industry only events for music video producers and production executives which will include discussions, Q&A’s and demo screenings. The festival will culminate in an awards ceremony and a party”.

The festival is open to emerging and established music video talent with the sole objective being to showcase the best of their productions. Entrants are invited to go to talenthouse.com to upload their video, nominating themselves for a maximum of three categories ranging from best director, best production design to best styling, colouring or VFX. The festival is open to all music video professionals to attend and not just to those submitting music videos for the festival or awards. To register to attend the festival go to <a href=”http://www.wish4ticket.com”>www.wish4ticket.com</a>

To submit a video go to <a href=”http://www.talenthouse.com/film-for-the-ibiza-music-video-festival”>www.talenthouse.com/film-for-the-ibiza-music-video-festival</a>? For press and other enquirers contact Elizabeth Fear (0034) 629 676864

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

9/30/2013 10:23:23 PM

Charity Coffee Morning

On Tuesday 15th Oct a Coffee Morning is being held, from 10.30am to 2pm, at Casa Blanca C./ Monte Tiede in Cala Llonga, with the proceeds going to Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera.(Follow the coffee cup signs from the main road into Cala Llonga). Everyone is invited to attend and donations of cakes, biscuits or raffle prizes would be very much appreciated. If you’d like to make a donation or require more information call Kim on 971 196322

 

9/30/2013 10:23:43 PM

Something To Look Forward Too?

It looks as though Sta Eulalia Consel are about to achieve one of their “burning” ambitions. They are to be the first borough on the island to build a crematorium. There are a few “technical difficulties” (isn’t there always) to sort out, but it’s hoped that building will start in 2014. Many will hope that these plans will come to fruition and not disappear in a puff of smoke like the previous proposals.

 

9/30/2013 10:24:00 PM

Car Sale

If you’re looking to change your car then you’ll be interested to learn that the Annual Vehicle Stock Clearance Sale takes place over the weekend 4th – 6th October at the Recinta Ferial on the outskirts of Ibiza town. Garages will be offering new and used vehicles at discounted prices to clear stock for the New Year models and registration.

 

9/30/2013 10:24:19 PM

Great News For Film Lovers

Teatroespaña cinema in Sta Eulalia is now showing films in their original languages on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and we should be receiving more advanced notice of the programme. This week’s film is Jobs. The price of a ticket for Wednesdays has been reduced to 4€, the other nights the price is 6€ with a reduction to 4,50€ for pensioners. We were amongst the 10 people who turned up to see the 7pm showing of The Lone Ranger last week, but hopefully now that the nights are to become darker a few more may make the effort to support the cinema otherwise we could well lose it which would be a real shame.

 

9/30/2013 10:24:50 PM

Medieval Meander

Not to be outdone by Juan poaching on our territory, we nipped over to San Antonio on Sunday to have a meander around the Medieval Market. With the vibrant colours of the stalls, the sample tastes of various foods, the street artists, all made for a really enjoyable evening. We bumped into a few faces from “over there” who seemed surprised that anyone had made the arduous trip across the island from “over here”. We still can’t understand why people have a downer on the town. It did seem a little odd walking along the harbour with everyone wearing a shirt or top. We then wandered through the West End to catch a little of the renowned San An atmosphere but it was all a little quiet, perhaps we were too early. We were persuaded by a delightful young lady named Alex to take a beer in The Godfather Bar. It was then time to eat and we discovered Restaurant es rebost de can prats, a very typical Ibicenco restaurant opposite the church and just a few paces from the West End. The food was excellent, the service very attentive but non-intrusive. We thoroughly enjoyed it which was a perfect end to our meanderings.

 

Cala Llonga Market News

The Viva Cala Llonga team have decided to continue the Thursday evening market for at least another two weeks, with the last one probably being held on 10th October when in addition to the market there will be live music. The market has developed its own unique atmosphere and is well worth a visit. We’ll keep you advised.

 

9/30/2013 10:25:40 PM

OOP’S

It’s come to our notice that the ad we have been running for Sugar-Chic in Sta Eulalia showed an incorrect address. The address should be Calle Del Mar 19. We sincerely apologise for this and hope you were still able to find it as it is just a yummy place to visit. (See editorial).

 

9/30/2013 10:26:07 PM

Sugar Chic, Sta Eulalia

Have you found time to call in to see and taste the delights that are available at Sugar Chic Shop & Café on Calle Del Mar in Sta Eulalia? If not then you really have denied yourself a delicious experience.

With its un-missable exterior, candy stripe pink and white, which is also the colour scheme that is used on the interior, Sugar Chic has an array of everything you can possibly think of for the preparation and presentation of cakes, including recipe books in English. Cake making is now the “in” thing, stay in and bake something to impress your friends and visitors.

In addition there’s a very chic café serving coffee, beers, soft drinks and some truly tantalising fresh fruit smoothies, 3,80€ each, all of which of course can be accompanied by one of the deliciously indulgent house cupcakes, freshly made every morning by Maribel and available in a variety of flavours including, kiwi, carrot, chocolate, Irish coffee, Mohito and more for just 3€. We seem to be becoming cupcake and coffee-holics, just can’t resist them. If you’re looking for a really spectacular special occasion cake then Sugar Chic can supply it, just ask.

Tucked away in a corner is a children’s play area where the little ones can use their imagination to play away whilst the grownups enjoy their shopping or refreshments. The whole ambience is very relaxing and family friendly but popular with all ages. If you have a yearning to learn a little more about cake making and decoration then Maribel holds regular classes. For information call in or phone 971 330014 or 663 430781. Otherwise pop in for a cup cake and a little of whatever you fancy. Sugar Chic is open 9am – 2pm & 5pm – 10pm. As Sugar Chic’s motto states “Keep Calm And Eat Cupcakes”

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

October 2013

 

10/7/2013 9:36:58 PM

A Serious Warning

If you receive an e-mail allegedly from someone you know which states that they are in a difficult situation and need you to send them some money which they will pay back to you when they return, DELETE IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We know of someone on the island who’s internet account has been hacked into and lots of their contacts have been sent such an e-mail. You have been warned.

 

10/7/2013 9:37:13 PM

A Special Anniversary

Steven and Deborah Robson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on 1st of October. To make the day extra special they held a ceremony to renew their wedding vows here on Ibiza, with a very emotional and touching service conducted by Terry Freeth at Puig De Misa in Sta Eulalia, which included two beautifully delivered addresses by Kenzie 10 and Aimee 11. Friends and family came over from the UK including Margaret, Steven’s mum who is in her early 80’s. Following the service they took the Cala Llonga Road Train to Amante Beach Club for a celebratory dinner, which was followed by a “few” nightcaps in Restaurant SOS. We really enjoyed meeting Steven Deborah and their family and we send them our best wishes for their continued happiness together.

 

10/7/2013 9:37:36 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

THE CINEMA IN STA EULALIA IS CLOSED THIS WEEK.

Next Wednesday, Thurs, Fri & Sat at 7pm an animated Spanish film, Justin y la espada de valor, is showing. At 9pm on the same 4 evenings the English language film is The Spirit Of 45 – a 94 minute documentary film on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

 

10/7/2013 9:37:55 PM

Charity Coffee Morning Reminder

Next Tuesday 15th Oct a Coffee Morning is being held, from 10.30am to 2pm, at Casa Blanca C./ Monte Tiede in Cala Llonga, with the proceeds going to Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. (Follow the coffee cup signs from the main road into Cala Llonga). Everyone is invited to attend and donations of cakes, biscuits or raffle prizes would be very much appreciated. If you’d like to make a donation or require more information call Kim on 971 196322

 

10/7/2013 9:38:14 PM

It’s All Slowing Down – Or Is It?

It’s that time of year when everything starts to slowly grind to a halt, or does it? This week sees Cala Llonga hold its final Thursday Evening Market of the year. To make it a special party night there’ll be live music from Can Funk who play an amazing mix of the funkiest cover songs. If you fancy something a little more romantic, also on Thursday 10th Oct there’s a Special Candlelit Dinner being held at Restaurant La Casita with live music from Kate McGregor and Volka. (see their ad for info). Friday is the day/night of the first ever Ibiza Music Video Festival being held at Hotel Garbi in Playa den Bossa. You can buy tickets on line at WISH4TICKET.COM On Saturday El Deseo hold their Closing Salsa Fiesta Party again with live music and as always their cocktails are just 4€ before 7pm. It’s going to be some party! (see their ad for more info.)

Fancy something a bit “racier” then on Saturday and Sunday you need to up at San Vincent/San Juan for the annual Pujada, a sprint road racing event with some super-fast cars, motorcycles and even the world’s fastest truck. The road is closed at midday Saturday and 8am Sunday. Take a picnic, find a good viewing spot and enjoy some sounds, smells and sights of motor sport at close hand. So it hasn’t slowed down at all has it?

 

10/7/2013 9:38:32 PM

What Do You Do On A Damp Sunday?

So what a downpour, very welcome though and that muggy feeling has been well and truly washed away. So what do you do when it’s like that? Our neighbours decided to pop into Sta Eulalia, but they couldn’t find anywhere suitable to park so came back to Calla Llonga just as the heavens opened up. As one of them isn’t very mobile at the moment they had to sit in the car on their drive for almost 45 minutes until the rain eased. We also decided to pop out for some lunch and headed down to Restaurant Altre Balagar overlooking a very damp beach, with some very confused looking tourists wandering around wondering what to do. After our lasagna and rack of lamb we sampled some absolutely fabulous Whisky Tart, with a little extra “Scottish juice” added to brighten up the day. Then we nipped into Bar Rest Mariposa to wish Molly a happy 11th birthday who was extremely excited about her present from mum and dad, tickets to see One Direction next year. Someone not quite so happy was a Tottenham Hotspur supporter (we’ll call him Malcolm to protect his identity) who not only had to sit and watch his beloved Spurs lose 3-0 at home to arch rivals West Ham, but also suffer the moment when some bright spark, who will remain nameless, obtained one of those children’s bubble pots, blew the bubbles while others sang that well known West Ham anthem, “I’m forever blowing bubbles”, at which point he decided it was time to leave. Sorry Malc’, we’re fairly sure they’ll be up there at the end of the season. Finally we took a nightcap at The Terrace and caught up on some really amazing gossip and also found out that they will be serving their Friday night Fish & Chips up to and including Friday 1st November. So that was it, let’s hope it doesn’t rain too often!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

10/14/2013 9:00:39 PM

Music Video Awards Night

What a wonderful evening the first Ibiza Music Video Awards Festival turned out to be. Supported by San Jose town hall, and several local businesses, the Festival was held last Friday at the magnificent Hotel Garbi in Playa den Bossa, where the terrace was alive with personalities from the world of music video production. Over 150 videos were submitted and it must be said that the standard of production was extremely high. Besides the contest throughout the day there was the opportunity to meet and listen to talks from some of the leading figures in the world of video music. Prizes were awarded for the categories: Director, cinematographer, producer, colour effects supervisor, production designer, editor, visual effects, special effects, makeup, costumes and best concept.

The co-directors of the festival, Elizabeth Fear and Rupert Bryan, must be congratulated for organizing this first ever event which it’s hoped will become a regular date on both the islands and international music scene calendar. We feel we should mention Hotel Garbi, whose owner Toni made everyone so welcome to what is a stunning four star hotel. It just felt right, from the entrance doors at the front, to the beach-side terraces and the incredible pool area. The lighting enhanced the feeling of luxury and comfort which anyone can sample by calling in for a meal in the beachside restaurant, or sip a drink at the edge of the sea.

 

10/14/2013 9:00:54 PM

Party Party

We just about managed to save enough energy to pull in a couple of closing parties. The first being a final closing party at Mr Cairo’s where Warren and David have, after 11 years, decided it’s time to move on. Their Laser Entertainment business will still carry on but they will discontinue running the night-spot. Over the years they have provided the village and its visitors with some outstanding performers and performances from singers, dancers, hypnotists and Drag Shows, plus quizzes and bingo. We personally feel that Cala Llonga will miss them and Mr Cairo’s immensely, we wish them every success in whatever the future holds for them.

Our last (possibly) was last Saturday’s Closing Party at El Deseo. The terrace was jam packed with party-goers with live Salsa music from Leo’s 5 piece band. We also took the opportunity to try some of their steaks, which we had heard described as ”big enough to come off a dinosaur”, they weren’t kidding, we’ve never seen such large steaks, which were cooked just as we like them, Certainly be tasting them again when they open in March 2014.

 

10/14/2013 9:01:28 PM

Poppy Appeal 2013

As is the norm Poppies and donation tins will be distributed in various locations around the island. Hopefully many of you will find it in your hearts to make a donation, however small. As the supermarket ad states “every little helps”. Below is a copy of the information we have received from the Royal British Legion.

This year‘s Poppy Appeal campaign runs from October 26 to Nov 11. Every Poppy helps the Royal British Legion to support the British Armed Forces past and present and their families both in the UK and overseas. There is no minimum donation and your contribution truly counts whatever the amount!

A beneficiary and her two young children recently supported by the Legion in Spain following a family breakdown wrote: I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and help that you have offered to me at this difficult time. You have been so kind and helpful and I really don’t know what I would have done…

The right way to wear a poppy: It is a matter of personal choice whether an individual chooses to wear a poppy and also how they choose to wear it. There is no right or wrong lapel, leaf position, time of day, or start date to wear your poppy. The best way to wear a poppy, is to wear it with pride.

When to wear a poppy: The correct time to wear a poppy is whenever you feel that you want to stand shoulder to shoulder with all who serve. Traditionally, our Poppy Appeal runs for the two weeks leading up to Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday, whichever is later. Poppies are offered during the campaign but you can wear a poppy all year round to show your support for the Armed Forces‘ community past and present – whether this be a pin, brooch, wrist band or the paper poppy.

 

10/14/2013 9:01:51 PM

Pujada Apology

Like many other newspapers we sometimes rely on “sources” for our information. Unfortunately one of our normally reliable “sources” gave us some incorrect information regarding the Annual Pujada (Sprint road racing). It is actually taking place this coming weekend Sat 19th & Sun 20th of Oct when there’ll be some super-fast cars, motorcycles and even the world’s fastest truck racing along the road between San Vicente and San Juan. The road will be closed at mid-day Saturday and 8am Sunday. Take a picnic, find a good viewing spot and enjoy some sounds, smells and sights of motor sport at close hand. So apologies once again and we hope you’ll enjoy the racing this weekend.

 

10/14/2013 9:02:08 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This Wednesday, Thurs, Fri & Sat at 7pm an animated Spanish film, Justin y la espada de valor, is showing. At 9pm on the same 4 evenings the English language film is The Spirit Of 45, a 94 minute documentary film on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

 

10/14/2013 9:02:23 PM

Charity Walk

On Sunday 27th October there’s a Charity Walk to raise money for Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. The meeting point is Bar Jacaranda in Es Canar at 9.30am. The walk takes you through the countryside and is about two hours. For further information see the poster or call Margaret on 971 196394

10/14/2013 9:02:41 PM

Partners- Important Information

The October issue of the UK Government’s information letter Partners is now available for viewing on line. However there a couple of items which we feel will be of interest to those who perhaps don’t have internet access.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

10/22/2013 11:52:27 AM

Charity Updates

The Coffee Morning held in Cala Llonga last Tuesday raised 363,87€ for Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. We called in as we were out delivering the paper to enjoy a coffee and some delicious cakes. We would like to remind you all that this coming Sunday 27th October there’s a Charity Walk to raise money for Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. The meeting point is Bar Jacaranda in Es Canar at 9.30am. The walk takes you through the countryside and is about two hours. For further information see the poster or call Margaret on 971 196394

 

10/22/2013 11:52:42 AM

Un-charitable Info!

We have been made aware that there are quite a few forged 50€ notes in circulation on the island. We have actually seen one and they are very good copies. The one thing you can check for is that they are just a fraction larger than the genuine ones. If you place a genuine note over the top of a suspected forgery the right side white edge will stick out. Be aware, it’s a lot of dosh to lose.

 

10/22/2013 11:52:57 AM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This week’s film showing at 7pm on Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun is A Late Quartet starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener. Members of a world-renowned string quartet struggle to stay together in the face of death, competing egos and insuppressable lust.

 

10/22/2013 11:53:14 AM

Moonlight Dinner??

With last Friday being an evening of a full moon we, along with Astroblogger and The Queen of Cakes, decided it was time for a romantic night out. Our original idea, a rooftop dinner in Ibiza town failed as it didn’t take place. So we headed to Hotel Aguas de Ibiza for a rooftop cocktail, failed again, it closed at 7pm even though the moon rose at about 7.30pm, their loss! So it was a case of heading into Sta Eulalia to one of our friends favourite restaurants, but we sort of failed yet again. On the positive side we stumbled across a street party being held by the businesses of Calle San Vicente (known as Restaurant Street to many). There were tables down the centre of the street with most of the restaurants having stalls offering some of their specialty dishes. For just 12€ you purchased 7 tickets which you exchanged for food or drinks, 1 ticket for each. Just as we sat with our selections The Lost Mountain Orchestra started the entertainment and within just a short time the street was jammed full of people singing and dancing the night away. We couldn’t see the moon, but as we were having such a great time it really didn’t matter, we’d succeeded. Nice one Calle San Vicente.

 

10/22/2013 11:53:34 AM

Afternoon Delight

Why not treat yourself this coming Sunday 27th Oct by going to Bar Pio, down by the beach in Cala Llonga, where Volker (from Lost M. Orchestra) and Blanca (from the Dutch band GetBack) will be playing live music from 4pm to 7pm. There’s sure to be a good crowd and delicious food and snacks will be available to sustain you through the afternoon. Following the live session it’ll be sounds from the 60’s 70’s & 80’s, the Golden Eras of music.

Bar Pio is open Mon – Fri from 6.30pm (5.30pm from 1st Nov) and from 1pm Sat and Sun and will be holding various activities over the coming weeks including more live music, a weekly Christmas Market, Pool Competitions. Orders for Peter the Butcher are now being taken. The normal menu will be on offer plus some special winter warmers. So Bar Pio seems to be the place to be!

 

10/22/2013 11:53:50 AM

Mayol Takes The Championship

The 29th Pujada a sa Cala (the sprint road race) experienced one of the most exciting finishes ever recorded as it wasn’t known until the last race who was going to be crowned Champion with Pedro Mayol and Lorenzo Ruby tied on 247 points, but it was Mayol who took the crown after recording the fastest time in the first session.

Henry Perello was victorious in the passenger car category with local driver Jose Joaquin Fernandez, having to settle for second place.

Tension mounted as the day’s competitions progressed. In the first race of the day there were four stoppages caused by incidents, the most serious involving Daniel Lopez, who suffered a serious accident in his Volkswagen Golf. Overall it was yet another exciting weekend of racing keeping Ibiza firmly on the map in the motor sport world.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

10/28/2013 6:38:23 PM

An Afternoon of Fashion

Here’s some advance news for the ladies. On Saturday 9th Nov, Me Quiero, Ibiza’s leading pre-owned fashion boutique, is staging a fashion show at Cesar’s Winery/Bodega, which is situated on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road. We will have full information in next week’s Ibiza Sun.

 

10/28/2013 6:38:40 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This week showing at 7pm Wed, Fri, & Sat is Rush – a recreation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and starring Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde.

 

10/28/2013 6:38:58 PM

Poppy Appeal 2013

Collection tins and Poppies are now being delivered to various locations around the island. On the Eastern side you will find them in Cala Llonga at Bar Mariposa, and the Tobacconists. In Sta Eulalia at White Island shop, The Queen Vic, The Tall Ships. In es Canar at Tabacos 2 and Mo’s Bar. We hope as many of you as possible will find it in your hearts to donate something, however small, to this important charity and “Wear your Poppy with pride”.

 

10/28/2013 6:39:14 PM

So Good They’re Doing It Again

Last Sunday’s “Afternoon Delight” at Bar Pio in Cala Llonga was an incredible success with over 150 people packing the bar, the terrace and the street to listen and dance to live music. In fact it was so good that they’re doing it again.

This Sunday, 3rd Nov from 4-7pm, Leo Vanelli will be playing Caribbean Fusion sounds. Delicious food and snacks will be available. As we said last week, Bar Pio is proving to be “the place to be!”

 

10/28/2013 6:39:30 PM

Talking Rubbish!

OK you might well say that we do a lot of that anyway, but this time we’re being serious. Two to three issues ago there were a couple of letters sent in regarding the amount of rubbish there is around the island, with one correspondent laying the blame on tourists and visitors. Obviously they were quite entitled to their opinion but we cannot let it pass without adding our little bit. Forget the odd bottle, drinks can or fast food package in the town centers, which does get cleared up, the real problem lies out in the countryside where you’ll find cars, boats, toilets, sinks, bathroom/floor tiles and paint tins etc, as we saw only recently while walking near Cala Conte. None of this can be blamed on visitors but the mindless, uncaring morons who are too lazy to use the excellent disposal/re-cycling plants we now have. But of course that might mean paying a few Euros if they are business people, where as private individuals pay nothing. Perhaps this is the secret. If it was free of charge for everyone would that mean less rubbish being dumped in the countryside, maybe not – once a moron always a moron – but surely it would be worth a try.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

11/6/2013 9:11:54 AM

English Language Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

Showing this week at 7pm on Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun is The Butler (2013) 132 min – Biography | Drama. As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society. Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack.

 

11/6/2013 9:12:11 AM

An Afternoon Of Fashion

Just to remind you that this Saturday 9th Nov, Mi Quiero, Ibiza’s leading pre-owned fashion boutique, is staging a fashion show at Cesar’s Winery/Bodega, which is situated on the Sta Eulalia to Ibiza road. The show will commence at 4pm with the boutique’s clothes and accessories for all age groups being modeled for you to enjoy. Following the show all of those items plus many more winter fashions will be on sale. It’s an opportunity to enjoy an elegant afternoon, perhaps sampling a glass of Cesar’s locally produced wine.

 

11/6/2013 9:12:28 AM

Sliding To 75!

One of our friends from Cala Llonga (we’ll call him Crossword Bryan to protect his identity) recently decided his Saab car was getting a little old so he thought he’d treat himself to a new Volvo. Off he went to the UK to spend a few quid and drive his shiny new car back to Ibiza. He drove around the island grinning like a Cheshire cat, he was as proud as punch. A couple of Sundays ago he had his usual lunchtime refreshments, but when he returned to his car he was very annoyed to find that he was blocked in by, believe it or not, a Volvo. He returned to the bar asking who’s car had blocked him in. It was pointed out to him that the Saab at the front wasn’t his, but the blocking Volvo was. Oops, he’d somehow forgotten that he had a new car. Feeling slightly embarrassed he drove away. Unfortunately the story doesn’t end there. As he drove down a hill and rounded a bend he encountered a patch of loose gravel that had been washed down the hill by recent rain, causing the car to slide to the right colliding with a rather high kerb, which resulted in the wheel, tyre, steering and suspension being damaged, plus two internal airbags were inflated leaving his two week old Volvo un-drivable. Luckily he had Volvo Care included in the purchase so it was arranged for the car to be taken to Gandia for repair.

On the brighter side Bryan celebrated his 75th birthday on Tuesday 29th Oct with a party at The Bunch of Grapes, with music from ”Mr” Frankie Riley and a fabulous buffet prepared by Becky and Manolo. Sorry we couldn’t be there Bryan but our sources told us that you had a very enjoyable day.

 

11/6/2013 9:12:45 AM

Dark Nights – Warm Places

Now the darker nights are here and the temperature has dropped considerably it’s time to think of some warming evening venues and you will find it hard to find a warmer one than at The Queen Vic in Sta Eulalia. They are closed on a Monday but open every other weekday at 6pm ‘til late, serving some delicious home prepared food. Shortly to be announced is a Quiz Night on Tuesdays, Thursdays from 8pm is Bingo and Lucky 13 Cards, with complimentary snacks. On Saturday they hold their weekly market with lots of freshly made cakes and British groceries, with the accent now moving to typical Christmas Fayre, cards etc. A Great British breakfast is served on Sat & Sun from 10.00am, with their ever popular Sunday Roast served from 1-6pm. With pool, darts and a full Sky Sports programme there’s something for everyone.

 

11/6/2013 9:13:02 AM

A New Venue In Cala Llonga

Thursday 14th November sees the opening of a new venue in Cala Llonga. Baron will be opening with live music, your first drink is free and there will be complimentary snacks available. Hosts, Rob & Dini, are planning to offer something slightly different. From the 20th Nov they will be serving Asian food on Wednesdays, with Saturdays being Games Day, chess, backgammon, cards, board games, Perudo and more. It’s a chance for friends and families to sit down and have some fun and games. A pool table will be available. Baron will open Weds to Sun at 6pm ‘til late and is also available for private parties. It’s a cosy place to pass a few autumn and winter evenings. See their ad for full info.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

11/11/2013 7:08:08 PM

A Lot Of A Do!

Last Sunday’s Beach Party in Cala Llonga held by the Viva Cala Llonga Team was one hell of a do. At one stage it looked as though it might be postponed due to dark clouds and the possibility of rain, but perseverance paid off, the skies cleared and the sun shone throughout the afternoon. The free BBQ, which was a bit of a magnet, was lovingly prepared by Claudio. Everyone enjoyed it but one 3 year old little lady (we’ll call her Evie to protect her identity) complained that there wasn’t any cucumber being served. “Mr” Frankie Riley provided the music and was originally booked to play for two hours, but due to a date mix up the other entertainers failed to arrive, so being the true showman he is Frankie continued to play for the whole five hours. In fact if he’d gone on any longer he’d have needed a torch. He was joined on stage, well on sand, by Ron from the Skiffle Kings and his daughter Claire, which was much appreciated by everyone. Those reading this in the UK might find it hard to believe that in November we were dancing on the beach in T-shirts and shorts. It was a fitting end to a first year of successful events.

So, how do the Viva Calla Llonga Team follow that? On Saturday 30th November they’re holding a Christmas Street Market in the centre of the village. If you would like to reserve a spot then contact Charlotte on 618 178059, especially if you can offer something Christmassy to sell. More info closer to the date, but put it in your diary now. Visit Viva Cala Llonga on facebook

 

11/11/2013 7:08:24 PM

As Some Doors Close

Lots of places have now closed their doors for six months but this Thursday 14th November sees the opening of a new venue in Cala Llonga. Baron will be opening from 4pm with live music, your first drink is free and there will be complimentary snacks. From the 20th Nov they will be serving Asian food on Wednesdays, with Saturdays being Games Day, chess, backgammon, cards, board games, Perudo and more. It’s a chance for family and friends to sit down and have some fun and games. A pool table will be available. Baron will open Weds to Sun at 4pm ‘til late and is also available for private parties. It’s a cosy place to pass a few autumn and winter evenings. See their ad for full info.

 

11/11/2013 7:08:40 PM

Lets Get Quizzical

The Queen Vic in Sta Eulalia have now started their anticipated Quiz Nights. They’ll take place every Tuesday at 8pm, free snacks will be available. Thursdays from 8pm is Bingo and Lucky 13 Cards, also with complimentary snacks. On Saturday they hold their weekly market with lots of freshly made cakes and British groceries, with the accent now moving to typical Christmas Fayre, cards etc. A Great British breakfast is served on Sat & Sun from 10.00am, with their ever popular Sunday Roast served from 1-6pm. With pool, darts and a full Sky Sports programme there’s something for everyone.

 

11/11/2013 7:08:56 PM

The Piano-man

This coming Sunday 17th Nov there’s a real treat in store for music lovers. Abby, ‘The Piano-man” is playing at Bar Pio in Cala Llonga. Abby plays a wide variety of soul, oldies and more. See their ad on the back page for info. Tip of the week, get there early!

 

11/11/2013 7:09:10 PM

A Sad Passing

We have recently learned that Freddy Lowe, who along with his wife July, ran Freddy & Julie’s Bar in Es Canar, passed away on 26th October at the age of 67 following a short illness. They moved to the island fifteen years ago and soon became accepted as a vital part of the village’s social life. July had asked us to thank everyone for their messages of condolence, to which we would like to add ours, and the hundreds of e-mails she received.

 

11/11/2013 7:09:26 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week at 9pm Wed, Fri. Sat & Sun (Please note new time) is Captain Phillips – 134 min – Not suitable for under 12’s. The film is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. Stars Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman.

The cinema have apologised for the non-screening of the film Rush two weeks ago due to technical problems. These hopefully have now been resolved.

 

11/11/2013 7:09:43 PM

Balear-therm – A Unique Heating System

If you haven’t yet made the final decision regarding your heating this winter then you should visit Tur Vaqetas electrical store in Sta Eulalia this coming Saturday from 10am-1pm where, Balear-therm will be demonstrating their unique heating system.

Balear-therm is an attractive efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. No more sitting there roasting at the front and shivering at the back. Put an end to all those trips outside to bring in the wood, why does it always seem to rain when your fire needs refuelling?

So why not pop in and view it for yourself, there’s no obligation and you will be invited to a glass of cava. If you can’t make it this week then there will be further exhibitions on 14th & 28th December.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

11/19/2013 3:31:25 PM

Bargain Hunt

We all gather stuff over the years, a lot of which is put away “just in case” never to see the light of day again. Dave and Kim Hall have decided that it’s time to reduce the amount of unwanted/unnecessary items they have, so this coming Sunday 24th Nov 11am to 3pm they are holding a Jumble/Bric a Brac sale at their house, Casa Blanca Blanca C/ Monte Tiede. Cala Llonga. (Go down the hill into Cala Llonga and take second turning left, then first left. Just follow balloons). They have all sorts of things to sell at bargain prices. Remember, one person’s junk can be another person’s treasure.

 

11/19/2013 3:31:43 PM

Hush-Hush

We’ve found out that Restaurant Seventeen, Calle Los Liriosin Siesta, are now opening Mon – Thurs, midday to 3pm and Fri midday to 11pm with a set meal menu. It’s a beautiful little restaurant, a perfect place to treat yourself or that other person in your life to an afternoon delight!

 

11/19/2013 3:32:00 PM

Christmas Street Market

So as not to clash with other events the Viva Cala Llonga team has changed the date of their Christmas Market. It will now take place on Sunday 1st December from 12 midday. With stalls, offering a mixture of traditional handicrafts, that make ideal Christmas presents and seasonal goodies, games, delicious Mulled Wine, roasted chestnuts, a Tombola and hopefully a visit from Father Christmas, it’ll be the perfect start to your festive season.

If you would like to reserve a pitch then contact Charlotte on 618 178059, especially if you can offer something Christmassy to sell. Put it in your diary now. Visit Viva Cala Llonga on facebook.

 

11/19/2013 3:32:36 PM

Play It Again Abby!

What a great gig at Bar Pio last Sunday, the place was heaving. So good, that due to everyone enjoying the music from Abby “The Pianoman” so much a repeat performance will take place this coming Sunday 24th Nov 4 – 7pm. Not to be missed! Bar Pio have a Thomas Green English Market starting this Friday 6pm – 7.30pm, and every Friday from now on! Mmmm, all those treats from back home!

Meanwhile Chris Langley was the entertainer at the opening of Baron last Thursday. It didn’t take long for him to ”have ‘em rockin” and create a party night to remember. Another great night out in Cala Llonga. Unfortunately we were unable to make it to either due to us making close contact with the nasty bug that seems to be sweeping the island. We hope to be out and about again this weekend.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

11/26/2013 12:14:07 PM

Clothes Swap!

They say a change is as good as a rest. So, this Saturday 30th Nov from 5pm onwards you can take any unwanted clothing to The Bunch Of Grapes, Pueblo Esparagos, Cala Llonga and exchange them with other peoples unwanted items. Anything left over will be donated to Caritas. (Sorry but it’s only clothing and not partners!). The bar will be open.

 

11/26/2013 12:14:24 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week Wed, Fri Sat & Sun at 7pm is; Don Jon (2013). A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. A comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore.

 

11/26/2013 12:14:41 PM

Farewell Titch

Michael Johnson lived and worked in Cala Llonga for about 30 years and was probably one of the best known people in the village. However we, and many others, never actually knew his name, he was always called and referred to as “Titch”. For years he could be seen walking up or down the main street on his way to and from work. Due to illness he returned to the UK earlier this year, but sadly passed away on Tuesday 19th Nov. We would like to offer our condolences to his family and friends.

 

11/26/2013 12:14:57 PM

Group Activities In Siesta

Agrupacion Siesta offers a range of activities that you may wish to join in with. They hold language courses including Spanish for foreigners, art, keep-fit classes for adults, including one for the more mature, Yoga and ballroom dancing. It’s also available for conferences and exhibitions. It does appear that it’s very much under used and it would be a shame to lose it. Agrupacion Siesta is open to everyone and can be found on C/Las Violetas in Siesta Tel 871 718976 or 685 116564 <a href=”mailto:canfitagrup@hotmail.es”>canfitagrup@hotmail.es</a>

 

11/26/2013 12:15:16 PM

Slider Update

You may recall the story a few weeks ago regarding a friend who damaged his new Volvo. Well we’re pleased to tell you that it has now been repaired and returned to him. We are now hearing from two other friends of his (we’ll call them Andrew and Lorraine to protect their identity) that for some strange reason he has now developed a taste for oxtail soup. Just village gossip of course!!!

 

11/26/2013 12:15:48 PM

Up & At It Again

OK, a week of being indoors for both of us is more than enough, so on Sunday it was time to get back out there. We’d heard how good the Sunday afternoon performance of Abby “The Piano man” at Bar Pio had been the previous week, so as he was performing there again last Sunday we made a bee-line to see for ourselves – we weren’t disappointed. Bar Pio was packed with a multi-national crowd from all corners of the island, including Boogying Betty from San An, who although not the youngest person there was up and dancing to Abby’s infectious sounds. He is an absolutely amazing guy, he played nonstop for four hours plus, in fact if his wife hadn’t insisted on him stopping he’d have gone on all night. Don’t worry if you missed it. Due to the demands of the bar’s customers he’s making another appearance this coming Sunday 1st Dec 4-7pm, which links in nicely with:

Viva Cala Llonga Christmas Market

You really must start your Festive Season with a visit to the Viva Cala Llonga Christmas Market taking place from midday this coming Sunday 1st December. With stalls, offering a mixture of traditional handicrafts, that make ideal Christmas presents and seasonal goodies, games, delicious Mulled Wine, roasted chestnuts, a Tombola, seasonal foods, plus a chance to see Father Christmas in his Grotto. It’ll be the perfect start to your festive season. Ho Ho Hope to see you there!!

There are spaces available so if you would like to reserve a FREE pitch then contact Charlotte on 618 178059, especially if you can offer something Christmassy to sell. Visit Viva Cala Llonga on facebook

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/2/2013 9:28:19 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week Wed, Fri Sat & Sun at 8pm is The Family (2013) 111 min – A Comedy/Crime/Thriller not suitable for under 16’s.

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard Stars: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron.

 

12/2/2013 9:28:35 PM

Forthcoming events

Wed 11th Dec. 8.30pm – Blue, The Last Days Of Ibiza 81 mins (Castellano with English subtitles)

Thurs 12th Dec. 7.30pm – Ibiza Big Jazz Band. Entrance 3€

Fri 13th Dec 9pm. Dinner For One. Short comedy play made famous by Freddie Frinton. Entrance 8€.

Sat 14th Dec. 6pm. Christmas Concert. Free entrance

Sun 15th Dec. Humour In Times Of Crisis (in Castellano) Entrance 5€

Please bear in mind that seating capacity is limited.

 

12/2/2013 9:28:53 PM

A Superb Day

Those are probably the best words to describe the 1st Viva Cala Llonga Christmas Market which took place last Sunday. Despite the heavy overnight rain and high winds the true “Brit grit” spirit, together with some “Dutch courage” and “Spanish passion” meant that everything went ahead as planned. There were a variety of stalls all doing very good business, games, including the local specialty, Pig Racing, deliciously warming Mulled Wine, a lovingly cooked paella and of course a visit from the one and only Father Christmas, to delight the little ones, plus a few mature children. There was a real pre-Christmas spirit in the air, perhaps the Mulled Wine had something to do with that. Congratulations to the Viva Cala Llonga Team.

Cala Llonga folk being Cala Llonga folk then moved on to a very busy Bar Pio to sing and dance the afternoon away with Abby, fast becoming a village regular with, by popular demand, another performance this coming Sunday 4–7pm. So we’ve started our Christmas and hope your pre-festive season will be just as enjoyable.

 

12/2/2013 9:29:11 PM

Can You Help?

We have been contacted by a lady in the UK who is trying to trace her son. David Smithyman moved to the island about four years ago along with his friend Martin Pollard and it was believed they were working in the San Antonio area. His mum hasn’t heard from him for a while and is becoming a little concerned. David is described as 5ft 7ins tall has dark brown hair and is aged 46. If you read this David, or anyone knows of his whereabouts, please contact The Ibiza Sun office, we will then hopefully be able to let his family know that he is fit and well.

 

12/2/2013 9:29:28 PM

Prize Winners!

Last Tuesday we teamed up with The Queen Of Cakes and Astro-blog to test our brains at The Queen Vic’s weekly quiz. There was a nice group of people, 5 teams in all, a very clever Quizmaster, Simon, who had obviously put a lot of work into preparing the evening’s questions and some tasty half time snacks. If you’re a quiz lover then it’s well worth popping along on a Tuesday evening. We don’t wish to brag but we did win a prize, a packet of crisps, it was the booby prize for finishing last. Things can only get better!!

 

12/2/2013 9:29:46 PM

Did You Receive Yours?

It seems that most of those entitled to it have received their Winter Fuel Allowance from the UK government. Check your bank to see if yours has arrived and spend it well.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/10/2013 7:15:14 PM

Island Carol Services

The English Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera invite your friends and neighbours to join us at our Carol Services at San Rafael on Sunday 15th December at 10.30am. (There will be a sale of home produce afterwards at Restaurante Clodenis – next to the church) and then again in Santa Eulalia on Sunday 22nd December at 11.00am. Christmas cards will be on sale at both services.

In addition to these it’s hoped that a few kind hearted people will attend Sa Residencia on the outskirts of Jesus at 12 noon on Tues 17th, 24th and perhaps 31st December to sing a few carols to entertain the elderly English residents who sometimes feel a little left out of things at this time of year. If you have a few minutes to spare then what better way to spread a little Christmas spirit.

There will be a Carol Service at 9am at San Rafael church on Christmas morning – followed by a friendly breakfast at the Hotel Montesol in Ibiza.

 

12/10/2013 7:15:28 PM

Sta Eulalia Christmas Market

This coming weekend, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December there’s a Christmas Market being held in “Es Mercat” (the indoor market) in Santa Eulalia. Stallholders will be offering “tastings” of their products and there will also be stalls selling handicrafts and gifts. Why not pop in and sample some local festive atmosphere. For more info call Gabriella on 618 379291

 

12/10/2013 7:15:51 PM

Our Alternative To Christmas Cards

This year instead of handing out loads of Christmas cards we are donating some dried dog food to Can Dog and hope that anyone expecting a card from us won’t be offended. We aren’t being a pair of Scrooges but we think it seems a little silly handing out cards to people we’ll see and wish a Happy Christmas to anyway. We’ll still send cards to family and friends in the UK who we won’t see.

On the subject of Can Dog we have been asked to let you know that sometime in February there will be another sponsored dog walk to which any dog lovers can participate, with or without a dog, to raise much needed funds for this organization. More info in the New Year. In the meantime if you have any old sheets or towels to dispose of then please drop them in to Mo’s Bar in Es Canar, the Queen Vic or White Island shop in Sta Eulalia. If you’re a dog owner who’s treating your pooch to a new bed, jacket, collar etc, then please donate the old one to Can Dog. If you want to know more call Emma on 669 734012

 

12/10/2013 7:16:09 PM

English Language Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

No English language film this week folks, but there’s some wonderful alternative entertainment on offer.

Wed 11th Dec. at 9pm – Blue – The Last Days Of Ibiza 81 mins (Castellano with English subtitles). Free entrance

Thurs 12th Dec. 9pm – Ibiza Big Jazz Band. Entrance 3€

Fri 13th Dec 9pm – Dinner For One. Hilarious short comedy play made famous by Freddie Frinton. Entrance 8€. Tickets available from Holidays Sports Shop.

Sat 14th Dec.6pm – Christmas Concert. Free entrance

Sun 15th Dec.8pm – Humour In Times Of Crisis (in Castellano) Entrance 5€.

Please bear in mind that seating capacity is limited for all performances. Also note that some times have been changed since last week’s edition.

 

12/10/2013 7:16:28 PM

A Christmas Gift With A Difference

Author Trevor Hunt – known as ‘Taj’ to many of his friends on Ibiza – whose collection of 14 short stories based on the island was first published in 2005 (now updated and available as an eBook), now has his own website to promote his books:- <a href=”http://www.TrevHunt.com”>www.TrevHunt.com</a> online jokes ~ list of books ~ sample extracts plus eBooks for all formats. Critics comments include: “Trev Hunt transports you to a world of love, comedy, drama and intrigue – brilliant!” Guy Bellamy

“I have just read ‘A Victimless Crime’ from Ibiza Shorts with a glass of wine beside an open fire, and was gripped!” Alastair Sawday

Trev’s team have tried to keep the website simple, not flashy, so it will view well on all modern devices. His books are keenly priced to sell, professionally produced by ‘The eBook Partnership’, and available globally for all forms of eBook – even if you don’t, for instance, own a Kindle you can download a free Kindle app for Laptops or Android devices, enabling you to buy and read eBooks bought from Amazon.

So why not visit <a href=”http://www.TrevHunt.com”>www.TrevHunt.com</a> to check things out – and possibly use the link to buy a book or two, some of which are ideal for those who like a little Ibiza nostalgia.

 

12/10/2013 7:16:50 PM

Christmas Gathering

On Sunday 15th December Gabi will host the final Coffee, Cake & Much More Gathering for 2013 in Cala Llonga in aid of Ibiza & Formentera Contra Cancer. Come join in the fun where friends and family will gather together to enjoy a selection of delicious homemade cakes and savories, while catching up with old and new friends over a cup of coffee, tea, mulled wine or cocktail. You can do some Christmas shopping from the Clothes, Books/DVDs, Bric a Brac and Home Produce Stalls, try your hand at winning one of the many fabulous prizes from the Tombola and Special Raffle and round the afternoon off with a photo of yourself and a very special visitor in a Red Suit!!

The fun begins from 12.30pm at Gabi’s, Calle de Monte Perdido – travelling from Santa Eulalia take the left turn just before you come to the turn for Cala Llonga, travelling from Jesus take the right hand turn after the Cala Llonga turn………and follow the Coffee Cup Signs up the road. For further information, or if you would like to donate something to this event, phone 666 991 336. Gabi

12/10/2013 7:17:08 PM

Balear-therm – A Unique Heating System

The damp and cold days are just ahead so it may be time for you to think about a new modern and efficient heating system. Balear-therm is an attractive efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. No more sitting there roasting at the front and shivering at the back. Some people of course enjoy a traditional log fire, which although visually takes a lot of beating, creates a tremendous amount of smoke and dust around the house, plus of course they can, if not ventilated correctly, be quite harmful to your health, especially if you have bronchial or asthmatic problems.

If you’d like to see the system working then this coming Saturday the Balear-therm system can be seen at Tur Vaqueta electrical store in Sta Eulalia from 10am – 1.30pm. You will be able to have any questions answered; you’ll also be invited to enjoy a glass of cava. If you can’t make that then there’ll be another chance on the 28th December or call 689 890623 to arrange a free no obligation quotation. Why not make 2014 your year of modern comfort.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

 

 

 

 

12/16/2013 10:07:38 PM

It’s Almost Here!

We’re not sure whether it’s being grandparents or whether it’s a return to a second childhood, but this year we’re feeling really festive. However, there’s always an however, one of us decided that she wanted to go to “a real” supermarket, that one near San An that sounds small but is rather large. The other of us agreed but wouldn’t go shopping on an empty stomach. We called in at Bar Can Ramonet, situated between Pikes and Can Rich, and chose a plate of mixed monteditos, what a good decision that was. Lovingly prepared by Christina and served by a very friendly Toni it was an exceptional value plate of slices of toasted rustic bread topped with various meats, cheeses and tortilla. Made the whole trip worthwhile.

Our first Christmas “do” was with the Wanderers and Wobblers last Wednesday for their Christmas lunch at Bar Mariposa in Cala Llonga where, after having eaten our delicious Christmas dinner, we were entertained by two visitors to the island, Jethro (AKA Barry Dolby) with his hilarious routine and Santa (AKA Brian Macey) with his sack of presents.

On Friday morning we called in at the indoor market in Sta Eulalia where, in addition to the usual 20 stalls, some of the islands “Artisaners “ were displaying and selling their Christmas handicrafts. We’re regular users of the market to buy our meat, fish, fruit and veg. It’s been open for 30 years and it really has a lovely jovial atmosphere with outstanding quality local produce. You will also find a cobbler, a delicatessen, a stall which stocks a wide range of International imported delicacies, plus a wonderful stall selling dried fruits and pick & mix olives etc. It’s a place that many people forget about when they’re shopping in the large supermarkets, but we think that it’s well worth making that little extra effort, especially at this time of year, to buy and sample some of the freshest foods you’ll find anywhere. A bit of good news is that the charges for the nearby underground car park have been reduced to just 61 cents a hour.

Friday night was theatre night when we were in the full house at Teatroespaña to see the classic comedy Dinner for One, which is becoming an annual tradition. Performed by members of La Pena Escenica it had people crying with laughter. The amazing thing about Diner For One is that although made in the sixties in the UK it’s hardly heard of there, however in Germany it’s been televised in English every New Years Eve for 46 years. On Saturday there was a Christmas street market in Cannon Square in Sta Eulalia with stalls selling home-made cakes and food, Christmas gifts and much more, plus dancing by one of the towns dance studios. All helping to set a festive feeling in the streets. On Sunday morning a very successful Gathering To fight Cancer morning was held in Cala Llonga. Full report next week. Sunday isn’t Sunday without going to Bar Pio, down by the beach in Cala Llonga, to listen and dance to the amazing Piano-man Abby. This guy just won’t stop. His infectious songs just make you want to dance. If you’ve not made it yet then he’ll be there next Sunday 4-7pm (ish). While on the subject of Bar Pio their Friday evening indoor English/Christmas Market, with all those seasonal goodies, plus cards, gift wrap etc will be available this week. Happy Christmas everyone!!

 

12/16/2013 10:07:56 PM

Christmas Quiz

When you’ve wrapped all the gifts, baked all the mince pies and stuffed whatever you’re going to stuff, how about a little light relief. Bar Mariposa are holding a Christmas Eve Guys verses Gals Quiz Night starting at 6pm. It promises to be just the thing to get you in the mood for the big day.

 

12/16/2013 10:08:16 PM

Even More Christmas Fun

This Friday 20th Dec Moe’s Bar in Es Canar is holding a Christmas Fun Day with lots of stalls, games, BBQ, mulled wine and more. It all starts at 1pm. See their ad for full info.

 

12/16/2013 10:08:39 PM

Live Theatre

Morna Valley International College are staging Return To The Forbidden Planet at the Congress Centre in Sta Eulalia this Wed & Thurs 18th & 19th December, curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets available on the door. Directed by Johnny Hocking the show stars the students from the college plus Sam and Johnny and is based – very loosely on the 1956 film Forbidden Planet which was a sci-fi version of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Summary: On a stormy night way back in the winter of 2009, mad scientist Doctor Prospero worked late in his laboratory, aided only by his wife, Gloria, as he developed the elusive formula with which he would change the world. The apparently faithful Gloria, however, duped him and sent him off into hyper-space in an old spacecraft. Unknown to Gloria, her infant daughter, Miranda, slumbered peacefully in to the craft and was catapulted light years into the future in her father’s company. Fifteen years later, a routine survey flight under the command of the chisel-jawed Captain Tempest leaves earth’s orbit with a new Science Officer aboard – a hard and bitter woman. As a shower of meteorites hits the ship, the Science Officer flees, and the craft is pulled inexorably towards the plant D’Illyria – the Forbidden Plant. The adventure begins ……. The show is full of top hits from 60’s and 70’s, a must for any lover of the big hits from the 60´s and 70´s. A cult juke box musical!

 

12/16/2013 10:08:55 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this Wednesday 18th Dec at 6pm & 8.30pm. Rush (2013) a re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda starring Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde. We saw this film in the UK and it’s one of the few films that we would see again and it’s not just for men.

 

12/16/2013 10:09:32 PM

Missing Man Traced

In Edition 711 we issued an appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of David Smthyman. We’re pleased to report that following information received at The Ibiza Sun David has been traced to Tenerife where he is safe and well and has made contact with his mum. Good result!

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

12/24/2013 9:29:29 AM

Colon Cancer

Ibiza & Formentera’s 1st Early Detection Screening Programme

On a mild December evening, members of the public gathered together in Club de Diario de Ibiza to hear about Ibiza & Formentera’s Association Against Cancer (IFCC) Screening Programme Initiative for Colon Cancer. The title of the Talk ‘Early Detection – an effective weapon against cancer’ brought together medical experts from Can Misses & San Antonio Health Centre (Dr. José González García & Dra. María José García Gutiérrez) who shared their expertise, IFCC President (Helen Watson) and the Screening Programme’s Patron – actor Pepe Ruiz who shared his personal experience of dealing and overcoming cancer.

After Breast Cancer for women and Prostate Cancer for men, Colon Cancer is a leading cause of cancer for both genders in Spain, with over 30,000 cases diagnosed each year. One in four people will suffer from this disease and while it can present at any age, the at-risk age group is from 50 – 69 years. When detected early, eight out of ten people can be treated successfully. There are three important messages –

  1. Take steps to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer:

Do not smoke.

Eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and foods that are high in fibre such as wholemeal bread and cereals with fibre in.

Watch your weight as being overweight can increase your risk of developing bowl cancer.

Eat only a little red and processed meat every week – red meat includes beef, veal, pork and lamb.

Do at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five or more days a week (Moderate exercise means you get warm, mildly out of breath and mildly sweaty).

Reduce the amount of alcohol that you drink and follow the recommended guidelines which are –

2-3 units or less for females Per Day.

3-4 units or less for males Per Day.

Wine – ½ 175ml = 1 Unit Per day.

Beer/Lager – 1 Pint – 2 Units Per day

Spirit – 25ml spirits = 1 Unit. Per day.

  1. Know the relevant symptoms – know what is normal for you.

A feeling that you still want to go to the loo even after you have just been.

Bleeding from the bottom without a reason such as piles, or bleeding when straining.

If the blood is dark in colour, please see your doctor.

Sudden weight loss without dieting.

Unexplained extreme tiredness.

Bloating, swelling or severe pain in the tummy or bottom.

Look in the toilet before you flush for any blood or mucus in or on your stool.

A persistent change in bowel habit, for example, going more often, diarrhoea or constipation that lasts for more than 4 – 6 weeks.

3.Take part in Ibiza & Formentera’s Colon Screening Programme

Earlier this year the Bowel Cancer Screening commenced in Ibiza and Formentera. The aim is to screen people in the age group 50 -69 years (target group). The programme will be implemented across the islands on a phased basis, area by area, starting in the greater San Antonio area and part of the municipality of San Jose. Each month from May 2013, on a phased basis people in these areas, who are registered with a Spanish GP, will receive a letter inviting them to take part in the screening programme.

When you receive your letter please take it to The Health Centre in San Antonio to make arrangements for your test. 98% of tests will have a normal result or call our Screening Helpline on 617199678 Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 11am. The test is simple, quick and painless and can be carried out in your own home. Doing the screening test may save your life.

IFCC, Working together to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer

If you are a resident of the islands requiring cancer-related assistance or you want to join the Association, contact IFCC on our helpline’666 991336

Visit our Website: <a href=”http://www.ibizacancer.com”>www.ibizacancer.com</a> Or follow us on Facebook:www.Facebook.com/IFCCancer

We actually attended the launch meeting for the Colon Screening programme and it seems that early detection is the most important factor. The test is simple, quick and is completed in the privacy of your own home. The few seconds it takes could well save your life.

 

12/24/2013 9:30:11 AM

Now You See It – Now You Don’t

What are we talking about? The new bus station in Ibiza town – the construction, opening and attempted running of which has been a complete and utter farce. To start with buses couldn’t enter the underground station, when they did the place was extremely hot and full of diesel fumes. Then the company who were running it charged so much for each bus to use it that the operators were out of pocket on almost every journey. So what has happened now? The buses are back to where they used to be (more or less) on Avda Isador Macabich. The Consel should hang their heads in shame for allowing this situation to develop, in fact quite a number of them should roll. Will they? Not on your life. Drinks and breweries spring to mind!

 

12/24/2013 9:30:41 AM

Es Canar Christmas Fair

Last Friday’s Christmas Fair held at Moe’s Bar in Es Canar was a very enjoyable day, despite, shall we say, the inclement weather. We called in to sample a drop of Mulled Wine, a couple of Burgers plus some very tasty homemade pastries and cakes. A fabulous Christmas cottage cake, made by Raine was one of the prizes that could be won, not by us we’re sorry to say, but by Jason from Granny’s. The proceeds of the Fair went to San Carlos school to help with extracurricular activities from which many of the pupils will benefit.

 

12/24/2013 9:30:59 AM

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

By the time most of you read this your Christmas celebrations will be drawing to a close, but don’t despair. You have New Years Eve to look forward to. If you haven’t decided how you’ll see the New Year in then here are a couple of suggestions.

At Restaurant La Casita you can enjoy a 6 Course Gourmet Dinner with live music from The Lost Mountain Orchestra making for a real party to welcome in 2014. Johannes and his staff are experts in ensuring your evening is one to remember. La Casita will remain open up to and including 6th Jan, after which they will close until 8th Feb 2014.

Looking for a fabulous deal? How about an 8 course Gala Dinner, with wine included, dancing to Samantha & Johnny Hocking, a nights’ accommodation and breakfast, the Hotel Royal Plaza in Ibiza town are offering all this for an amazing 135€ per person. You can opt for the Gala Dinner only at 110€ per person. The Hotel Royal Plaza has a style and charm reminiscent of bygone times of luxury and service.

For full info and reservation details see their ad.

Whatever you choose to do we’d like to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

 

12/24/2013 9:31:26 AM

Last Chance!

If you want to end the year on a “High Note” then how about an afternoon of music and dancing to Abbi “The Pianoman” at Bar Pio in Cala Llonga on Sunday 29th Dec 4-7pm (ish). This will be the amazing Abbi’s last performance for a while as Appi and Vicky are taking a well deserved break. All three have certainly helped brighten up the autumn Sundays and we look forward to their return on 7th March 2014.

 

12/24/2013 9:31:46 AM

Balear-therm. Making 2014 A Year Of Comfort

 

The damp and cold days are just ahead so it may be time for you to think about a new modern and efficient heating system.

Balear-therm is an attractive efficient infra-red heating system that’s easily installed, economical to run, that not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, where as other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. No more sitting there roasting at the front and shivering at the back. Some people of course enjoy a traditional log fire, which although visually takes a lot of beating, creates a tremendous amount of smoke and dust around the house, plus of course they can, if not ventilated correctly, be quite harmful to your health, especially if you have bronchial or asthmatic problems. If you’d like to see the system working then this coming Saturday 28th Dec the Balear-therm system can be seen at Tur Vaqueta electrical store in Sta Eulalia from 10am – 1-30pm. You will be able to have any questions answered; you’ll also be invited to enjoy a glass of cava, or call 689 890623 to arrange a free no obligation quotation. Why not make 2014 your year of modern comfort

 

January 2014

 

1/1/2014 2:15:47 PM

Made It

Hope you had a wondrous Christmas. Our day was spent at home on Ibiza and after “pressie time” we went to meet up with a few friends, including madam Fifi, in a few places before having our delightful Christmas lunch at Restaurant La Casita. We didn’t make it a late night as we were leaving for the UK on Boxing Day. We had picked up some bargain priced, direct to London City, tickets with British Airways for just 70 euros each one way, (who wants to fly on Boxing Day?). We have been hearing so many comments about these flights that we were wondering what to expect. The first thing we noticed was the slightly extra leg room in the normal class seating. The next was that the cabin crew were almost the same age as us. Then we awaited the “inclusive” food some had raved about. We were served a roll and a scone, both about the size of a 50p coin and some luke warm tea. (Should have gone for the wine) Ah well, it was free you may say. No it ain’t, it’s included in the price of the ticket. Arriving at London City Airport is quite civilised compared to some other airports, but it did seem a little eerie driving through the east of London with hardly a vehicle in sight. The weather forecast was dreadful but we made it to our destination without a spot of rain falling on us, however just as we were indoors the heavens opened and it was a case of “batten down the hatches”. So we have New Year’s Eve’ to look forward to and send you all our best wishes for a Happy and above all Healthy 2014.

P.S. We are returning with Ryanair!!!

 

1/1/2014 2:16:03 PM

Farewell Leslie

It was with great sadness that we learned that a good friend of ours, Leslie Dutton, passed away on the 26th December, Boxing Day, at the age of 63 after a short illness. Leslie and husband Bob spent a number of years living between Ibiza and the Isle of White, which is where she passed away. She was a lovely lady, a fabulous cook, and will be much missed by those who knew her. We would like to send our sincere condolences, and those from her friends in the Wanderers and Wobblers groups, to Bob, their family and friends.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/6/2014 8:29:01 PM

That’s it For Another Year

We hope your Christmas and New Year festivities went well and that your bank balance will soon recover. We are in the process of returning to the island having spent some wonderful Grandchild/family time on a rather windy and wet east coast of the UK. Obliviously a little of that time had to be spent doing the “S” word thing. We did the Moaning & Spending, as well as the Brian Hates Shopping and Not Excitingly Tempting stores, plus many others. If you thought that times were hard then think again, people in the UK seem to have gone into a spending frenzy – the credit card companies must be rubbing their hands and champagne glasses together. We’re really looking forward to coming home hopefully to be outdoors, do some walking, perhaps a little fishing under clear blue skies with some winter sunshine. The wild flowers will soon be carpeting the island, with the almond blossom heralding the oncoming of spring to our wonderful little chunk of rock in the Mediterranean. Every silver lining has a cloud, it’ll soon be time to think about painting the house.

 

1/6/2014 8:29:17 PM

Shhhh!

A new craze that we hear is sweeping the UK is Shhhh Dating. Evidently the idea is to cut out all the rubbish that people can write about themselves on Internet dating sites. You all meet at a pub or restaurant, but instead of talking you have to communicate by hand signals, gestures and body language. If after this first encounter there is an attraction then you move on to the next stage when you can actually speak to each other. We were quite intrigued to see this on TV but our minds couldn’t quite solve the question, what’s the hand signal for “your place or mine”?

 

1/13/2014 9:04:08 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

We’re sorry that we couldn’t advise you that The Hobbit was screened last week, but we didn’t receive the information until after the paper’s deadline. There isn’t an English language film this week; the cinema is showing the Italian film La Gran Belleza.

From Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th Jan the English film is The Physician (2013 150 mins) staring Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgård, Emma Rigby. Set In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon’s apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

And don’t forget that in January entrance to the cinema is reduced to 4€.

 

1/13/2014 9:04:26 PM

Wilted

That’s how we, plus another two of The Ibiza Sun Team, and probably quite a few others, felt on Sunday morning after a night at the Flower Power party in San An, which is just one of the events in the town’s Fiesta programme. The West End streets were decked with all sorts of 60’s decorations, live music, including our old mate Chris Langley and a Town Hall mobile disco (that’s where your taxes go). The bars had really gone to town, some had BBQ’s in the street, smoke machines, dancing, everything to make a spectacular event. We discovered Bar Entice in Calle Llevana where we had some interestingly yummy tapas, well worth a visit. Everywhere there were people dressed in spectacularly colourful outfits, with ages ranging from tots in pushchairs to “the more mature” who probably were around at the time when Flower Power prevailed. The nights main attraction was of course the marquee in the square where the DJ’s played well into the morning, backed by some amazing lighting effects, not quite 60’s but fab’ anyway. Well done San An, another great party that once again showed the town’s better side.

 

1/13/2014 9:04:44 PM

Warblers Wanted In Cala Llonga

Do you enjoy singing? Do you sing in the shower? When you’re working or walking the dog? Would you like to get together with other “warblers”? Then Cala Llonga needs you. The Association of Neighbours are forming a choral group which obviously needs people to join in. There is to be a meeting held at 8.30pm on Monday 3rd Feb, the venue is still to be decided, however if you need more information then it’s available from Jane in the village tobacconists, by phoning her on 639 169701 or Pedro on 626 295623.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/20/2014 9:10:53 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th Jan the English film is; The Physician (2013 150 mins) staring; Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgård, Emma Rigby. Set In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon’s apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

 

1/20/2014 9:11:18 PM

Please Leave Us Alone

It looks as though 2014 is starting out as a year of total lunacy. Last week’s Ibiza Sun headline story is just one of the three recent cases of what we, plus many others, feel is unnecessary PC interference. You may recall that those faceless bureaucrats have issued a directive declaring that bars and restaurants are no longer allowed to refill olive oil bottles. They now have to be replaced by quarter of a litre bottles or those stupid plastic sachets that squirt out all over you when you try to open them, just like those containing milk that are used by some airlines. The second idiotic move is from a zoo in Devon where someone has decided that monkeys should no longer be fed bananas as they contain too much sugar. Does this mean that every banana sold should carry a health warning for humans? Then the one that takes the biscuit, so to speak, is in North East Lincolnshire. Again a “person” has stated that when birthday parties are held on Council run properties Birthday Cakes cannot be served as they are unhealthy. We all read about obesity problems in the UK, but if restrictions like this are allowed to continue then in a few years time suicides will be the greatest problem. How the hell we all got to live to our current age without all this “life control” is a mystery, but at least the majority of us enjoyed getting here, not so sure that the youngsters of today are going to be allowed to.

 

1/20/2014 9:11:49 PM

Early Birthday Party

Samantha (Sam) Holyomes celebrates her 17th birthday on January 31st, however just to make sure she didn’t miss out she held a Pyjama Party at the families Bar Med last Friday. We hope you enjoyed your evening Sam, and we’d like to wish you a Happy Birthday for the 31st.

 

1/20/2014 9:12:08 PM

Cessation of the Stansted Stampede!

If you haven’t heard Ryanair are pursuing a policy of improving their Customer Service. Not before time some may say. They have already changed the hand baggage allowance to include 1 extra medium size bag/computer case, in addition to which from 1st February they are to introduce an allocated seating system in an attempt to eliminate stress and queues at the boarding gates. Hooray!! So no more hanging around the departure gates waiting to dash to the appointed one so as to be as near the front of the queue as possible, unless you’d reserved a seat or priority boarding. We noted on a recent trip that there is now a notice on the baggage measuring frame, stating that only the first 90 bags will be allowed into the cabin, the rest will be taken and put into the hold. A tip; don’t leave any valuables, including your passport, in your bag if it’s taken from you and carry a small lock just in case you are separated from your hand luggage. Happy travelling.

 

1/20/2014 9:12:24 PM

Left Luggage Tip

For some strange reason there isn’t a Left Luggage facility in Terminal 2 at Barcelona airport. If you have a few hours between flights and want to go into the city it’s a real pain to take the courtesy bus to terminal 1 and then search out the one there. Of course you then have to do the reverse when you want to reclaim your luggage. We found what we think is a very simple and easy alternative. We took the airport bus to Plaza de Catatlunya, the end of the route, crossed the road in front of the large El Corte Ingles store into Calle Estruc and found Locker/Barcelona, where for a few Euros we were able to leave our stuff for 6 hours while meeting with friends and having a leisurely enjoyable lunch, much more civilized than hanging around the airport.

 

 

1/20/2014 9:13:07 PM

Partners Update

Dear Readers;

Have you heard about the British Embassy’s new Facebook page containing lots of information relevant to you? So far, 2000 British nationals in Spain have “liked” it, so don’t get left behind! Click on <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/BritsLivingInSpain”>www.facebook.com/BritsLivingInSpain</a> and press the button “Like. Please also share with friends and family.

You will find information such as how to renew your passport on-line, the benefits of registering on the padron, and where to go for any questions on accessing healthcare in Spain. Go on, click like! You won’t regret it.

You can find out more about the page in the next edition of the Partners’ Newsletter which will be distributed a little later than usual this month due to a few delays caused by the Christmas/New Year holidays. You can expect it to land in your inbox around the end of January/beginning of February so keep your eyes open!

Partners’ Newsletter Team

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

1/27/2014 9:59:24 PM

A “Blue Tide”?

We read that 14,500 people signed the weekend petitions against Cairn Energy’s proposed plans to explore for oil of the coast if the island. We do have some sympathy with their protests but would like to ask how many of them used their cars to travel to and from the Vera de Rey and how many went home to enjoy their oil fired central heating?

Some 560 signatures were collected at the San Jordi market on Saturday, however the neighbours of that area are regularly complaining about the number of vehicles blocking their roads by people going to the market. So how “blue” are these Ibi-nimby’s?

 

1/27/2014 9:59:45 PM

There Is Life Out There!

It’s been so quiet recently that we thought everyone had either hibernated or emigrated, but with a little searching we’ve found a few people out enjoying themselves. Last Friday we joined “The Friday Feasters” (a group of people who meet every week to sample some of the Menu del Dias on offer around the island) at Bar Harmony in Cala Llonga for a very tasty 4 course lunch, including a drink for 9.90€. Saturday 25th Jan was of course the anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns. Once again a Burns Night Supper was held at restaurant Chimichuri in San Agustin. It’s always a bit of a crazy event, but this year it seemed livelier than ever – perhaps the whisky helped. The full traditions were followed, the Selkirk Grace, followed by the piping in and presentation of the Haggis, which was then addressed by Michael McDonald, who also gave us a “brief” insight into the life of “The Baird”. The Haggis, which was generously donated by Joe Ritchie of Thomas Greens, was served with Tatties and Neaps (mashed potatoes and swede to us Sassenachs) with a shot of the golden juice! This was followed by roast lamb and veg. A very entertaining Toast to the Lasses was proposed by Barry (Jethro) Dolby, with an equally poignant response by Eileen (Ibiza Cakes) Spargo. The evening drew to a close with the traditional singing of Auld Lang Syne. A raffle raised 300€ for Age Concern and a cheque for 2,125€ was presented by Michael to Lyn Carpenter of Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera, the proceeds from events held by Concorde Lodge 66 in 2013.

If all that wasn’t enough and as it was such a beautiful day we decided to have a little Sunday drive around. First stop was the Sunday Market at Cala Lenya which was absolutely packed with bargain hunters and people just out to enjoy the sun and music, which this week was provided by Flamenco guitarist/singer El Chacho (next week it’s the turn of My Generation). From its humble beginnings the market has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the places to be on a Sunday. Next stop was Santa Ines to check out the almond blossom. It’s not quite at its best yet, but in another week it should be perfect. The lanes were alive with families wandering around taking in one of the annual breathtaking sights the island offers. We started to become a little peckish and decided to head west to find somewhere to satisfy our hunger, finally opting for Restaurant Zafiro in Cala De Bou, which again was full to bursting. After our meal the sofa then became the attraction of the evening, heading home as the sun slowly sank, leaving a beautiful red Ibiza sky. It was quite amazing to see so many out and about, the sun certainly tempted folk from their homes following some pretty dismal days recently. Let’s hope it continues.

 

1/27/2014 10:00:01 PM

Which Way ?

We were driving up Calle Juan Tur Tur in Sta Eulalia last week, the road going between Eroski and the BP garage, and noticed a couple of people waving to us. Who’s that we thought, or are they just being friendly. We then realised that this road has now been made one way from the Spar shop to White Island shop. We understand that there are going to be a few more changes so just be aware of us coming towards you! While in Sta Eulalia we also noticed some posters advertising a “Re-Birthing” course. Surely the first time round was enough without going through it again.

 

1/27/2014 10:00:17 PM

Are you suffering from it?

Tuesday night is Quiz Night at the Queen Vic where we haven’t yet managed to scoop the first prize, the younger ones seem to pip us at the post, now we know why. As you mature your recollection of events can tend to taper off. This isn’t due to old age because a friend (we’ll call her Cheryl to protect her identity) tells us that it’s due us suffering from YDS, Youth Deficiency Syndrome. Brilliant! We now need to have this officially recognised so that we can reap the rewards that seem to handed out to anyone with a syndrome.

 

1/27/2014 10:00:35 PM

English Language Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia.

If you went to the cinema last week to see the English language film then we understand that it wasn’t in English. The cinema only advised us of this on Tuesday morning after The Ibiza Sun was printed.

To make up for it this week they are showing two films in English (we hope) on Wed, Fri Sat & Sun. At 6.30pm each night is Much Ado About Nothing. A modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. Stars: Alexis Denisof, Amy Fran Kranz Acker, Then at 8.30pm you can see; The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly.

Remember that admission is just 4€ during January.

Yours, The Two Old Rockers

 

2/3/2014 9:15:17 PM

Make It a Valentines Night To Remember

Sorry fellows, but as we’ve said in the past, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you have two options; either do nothing, to which your partner will probably just let go over their heads, BUT, this will be stored away and won’t be mentioned again until that inevitable disagreement when you’ll probably hear, “You didn’t even buy me a card or take me out on Valentine’s Day”. We do understand that finding a suitable card on the island can be difficult, however a special night out isn’t that difficult to organize and can be just the answer you’re looking for.

This year’s Valentine’s Night Menu offered at The Royal Plaza Hotel in Ibiza town is a 7 course meal including wine for just 45€ per person. There is also the option of adding an overnight stay with breakfast for an incredible 30€ per person. You can if you wish add the Saturday night for 40€ more. How about that for a few “brownie points”? See their ad for more details.

Restaurant La Casita, in Valverde, re-opens this Saturday 8th Feb where there will also be a Valentines Night Candle Lit Dinner with music from The Lisa Rudi Trio, which in addition to the silky voice of Lisa, includes Volka Schmitz on guitar and Victor Gresley on piano/keyboard. Menu details on request. See their ad for more information and winter opening times.

 

2/3/2014 9:15:32 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

This week’s English language film is Inside Llewyn Davis (2013 104 mins) starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman. A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

 

 

2/3/2014 9:16:00 PM

Can You Help?

A couple who are new to the island were walking along the beach at Ses Salinas on Wednesday 15th Jan when they lost their Panisonic Luminex Red camera. The memory card holds a number of family photos. There is a 50 Euro reward for its return. If you can help call 0044 07764883910 or email <a href=”mailto:aldrington@gmail.com”>aldrington@gmail.com</a>

 

2/3/2014 9:16:40 PM

One Day – Five Freezers

So there I was, just your normal block of vanilla ice cream, happily sitting minding my own business, in the freezer cabinet at the Suma Supermarket on the road from Sta Eulalia to Cala Llonga, when, at 11am, I was selected and paid for by an English couple. After being purchased I travelled about 20 metres before being placed in the freezer at Bar Es Yerns while my new owners met and took “refreshments” with some of their friends. After a little while I was removed and placed into the small boot of their sports car and driven to the next village called Cala Llonga. Once again I was placed in the freezer of a bar, this time Bar Bocana, again my new owners took “refreshments” while I chilled out. Just as I was becoming used to the idea of settling here I found myself back in the boot of the car travelling just a short distance to the freezer at Bar Harmony. This freezer was the coolest yet, I was really feeling at home, but no, after more “refreshments” off we went again to a place that these people called home, (evidently they’re not there very often) and placed in their home freezer. By now it was 5pm and I started to wonder how many blocks of vanilla ice cream have found themselves in five different freezers in just six hours. Then after just a couple of hours rest I was taken from my new home, had 30% of me chopped off and served on hot cherries. So blocks of ice cream, be aware of the TOR‘s on the lookout to restock their freezer!

 

2/10/2014 8:05:15 PM

Fiesta – Sta Eulalia

This year’s Fiesta in Sta Eulalia has now commenced and there is a month of various events to tempt you into the town, culminating with the Carnival Parade on Tuesday 4th March. As usual there’s so much going on that we’d need a complete newspaper to list them all. This Wednesday 12th Feb is Sta Eulalia Day which offers a walk from the Plaza España, (the Town Hall square) gathering at 9am, to Cala Llonga. At 11am there’s a Mass followed by country dancing up at Piug de Missa, which then moves down to Plaza España, after which Jazz & Blues Mafia take to the stage. At 7pm A Children’s Spectacular (if the weather is bad it moves to Teatroespaña). 8pm sees a concert of the Banda Musical Virgen de la Estrella in Caplia de Lourdes (the church in the main street). Last but not least at 9pm The Soul Family Orchestra performs live in Plaza España. (In case of bad weather they will be at Punt Jove). You can pick up your events programme at the Tourist Office, the Town Hall, or many other locations around the town, or visit – <a href=”http://www.santaeulariadesriu.com”>www.santaeulariadesriu.com</a> Come and join in the fun and let the vibrancy of Sta Eulalia bring the fiesta out of you!

 

2/10/2014 8:05:30 PM

Time To Let The Love Flow!!!

You shouldn’t need a reminder but here it is anyway. Valentine’s Day is this Friday and you have two options; either do nothing, to which your partner will probably just let go over their heads, BUT, this will be stored away and won’t be mentioned again until that inevitable disagreement when you’ll probably hear, “You didn’t even buy me a card or take me out on Valentine’s Day”. We do understand that finding a suitable card on the island can be difficult, however a special night out isn’t that difficult to organize and can be just the answer you’re looking for.

This year’s Valentine’s Night Menu offered at The Royal Plaza Hotel in Ibiza town is a 7 course meal including wine for just 45€ per person. There is also the option of adding an overnight stay with breakfast for an incredible 30€ per person. You can, if you wish, add the Saturday night for 40€ more. How about that for a few “brownie points”? See their ad on the front page for more details.

Restaurant La Casita, in Valverde, one of Ibiza’s most romantic locations, has now re-opened and is offering a Valentines Night Candle Lit Dinner with music from The Lisa Rudi Trio, which in addition to the silky voice of Lisa, Volka Schmitz on guitar and Victor Gresley on piano/keyboard. Menu details on request. See their ad for more information and winter opening times.

 

2/10/2014 8:05:48 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

There isn’t an English language film this week as the cinema is being held in reserve for fiesta events that may need to move indoors due to bad weather. Showing next week Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun at 6pm each day is The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) 180 min. Not recommended for under 16’s. Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie.. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

 

2/10/2014 8:06:56 PM

Lost Dog

A 3 year old, castrated, Black Labrador dog called “Bear” has gone missing, possibly stolen, from (Serra/Benimusa, Sant Antoni/San Agustin. Area). He was last seen on Friday 31st Jan and was wearing a silver choker/collar. If you have any idea where he may be then please call 971 342243 or 606712126.

 

2/10/2014 8:07:15 PM

Partners

The latest issue of the Partners information site can now be viewed at <a href=”http://www.gov.uk/fco”>www.gov.uk/fco</a> This issue highlights the new facebook page which gives advice on such topics as how to report a crime, renewal of or replacement of lost passports, plus your rights to healthcare. Just go to <a href=”http://www.facebook.com/BritslivinginSpain”>www.facebook.com/BritslivinginSpain</a> More than 60000 people have visited the site since November.

 

2/17/2014 9:17:36 PM

Valentines Delights

From what we’re hearing Valentines Night bought the romance out of people with some excitingly tempting meals, dancing and well you know what we mean! We re-visited The Royal Plaza Hotel in Ibiza Town where after checking in to our beautifully decorated room we enjoyed a fabulously exotic dinner followed by dancing to Vinnie. The hotel was really busy with couples and groups all receiving the service for which the Royal Plaza is renowned. The “deal” included room and breakfast at which some were a little quieter. Of course when the evening was drawing to a close our “moth-ing” instincts came to the fore and we set off to find some bright lights, but couldn’t believe just how quiet the town was. We did know of a couple of old favourite haunts and headed there for a nightcap before making our way back to the hotel. Well it was Valentine’s night!

Meanwhile up at a packed Restaurant La Casita, one of the island’s most romantic settings, guests were enjoying a starter of seafood, then a soup, followed by fillet steak, or rack of lamb and a choice of postre while listening and dancing to the sounds of The Lisa Rudi Trio. We hope you all enjoyed this special day as much as we did.

 

2/17/2014 9:17:52 PM

Any Old Iron?

For the last couple of weeks we’ve spotted a very strange looking lorry parked at the side of the road entering Cala Llonga. Our curiosity lead us to having a closer look. It turns out to be a mobile re-cycling plant where you can dispose of all your unwanted items that aren’t normally put in the waste bins. Such things as garden waste, TV’s, fridges, tyres, building rubble, car batteries and many other items. The lorry visits Cala Llonga on a Thursday afternoon and moves to various other locations around the island. The attendant is very helpful, there’s no charge, but you will need your NIF/NIE number as ID. This is a very innovative idea, so it would be rather nice if people made use of it rather than dumping their rubbish in inappropriate places.

 

2/17/2014 9:18:09 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week, Wed, Fri sat & Sun 19th 21st, 22nd & 23rd Feb at 6pm each day is The Wolf of Wall Street. Not recommended for under 16’s. Stars: Leonardo Di Caprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie. Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

 

2/17/2014 9:18:26 PM

Notes For Your Diary

It may seem a little premature but the villagers of Cala Llonga are already planning events for the spring and summer. The first will be 10th Annual Pancake Race Day on Saturday 8th March. There’ll be races in the main street for children and adults, with an opportunity to sample some delicious savoury or sweet pancakes at The Terrace. The village clean-up takes place on Sunday 13th April. On Fri 18th Apr there’s to be an Easter Fair at Bar Mariposa, Pueblo Asparagus.

The Viva Cala Llonga team are also “on the ball” having programmed events for a Beach BBQ on 11th May, Beach Games & fun for all the family on 25th May, a Flower Power Night on 26th June, a Flamenco Spectacular on 28th July and a full programme of entertainment for The Day Of The Tourist on 18th Sept. The Thursday evening market will start on 1st May where it’s planned to have music and entertainment on many of those evenings.

The Associacion de Vecinos are to arrange a schedule for Fiesta Day on 15th August. Full details of each event will be published nearer to the relevant dates.

 

2/25/2014 12:49:10 PM

Shrove Saturday – Pancake Race day

On Saturday, the 8th March the fabulous 10th Annual Pancake Race Day & Fete takes place from The Terrace Restaurant in Cala Llonga. The bar opens at 12 midday, delicious sweet or savoury pancakes will be served from 1pm. Races in the main street will start at around 2pm, with races for children and adults. If the weather isn’t good then there is an alternative under cover course. In addition to the Pancake Races, there will be a bring & buy mini-market, with bric a brac, the Calendar Girls will be selling homemade cakes etc. (Spaces can be reserved by calling Ian or Michele on 657 556457). Plus live music from “Mr” Frankie Riley. Hopefully the ever popular Pig Racing will also take place. Once again it promises to be a terrific day out; all it needs is you to take part, or just go along for the fun, enjoy a pancake and to cheer on the racers. See their ad for more info.

 

2/25/2014 12:49:27 PM

Charity Dog Walk

Fancy a great morning out, while raising a little cash for a couple of worthy causes? Then on Sunday 9th March there’s a 5 Km Charity Dog Walk (you don’t actually need a dog) starting from Moe’s Bar in Es Canar at 12 midday winding through the countryside before returning to Moe’s for a BBQ and more. If you can arrange some sponsorship all well and good, if not then just bring along any dog related items that can be donated to Can Dog, who do a wonderful job in looking after and finding homes for our 4 legged friends. Collars, leads, dog food, old towels and blankets are all welcome. Items, or cash donations, can be bought along on the day, left at The Queen Vic or White Island shop in Sta Eulalia, or Thomas Green’s in San Antonio. If you have a large amount of items then call Emma on 669 734012 and she will try to arrange collection. The day will also be raising funds to help year 6 at San Carlos school to go on a school trip. We joined in last year and it was a really enjoyable day out. We look forward to seeing you and perhaps your dog there.

 

2/25/2014 12:49:42 PM

Out Of Hibernation

At the back end of last year the hottest place to be on a Sunday afternoon was Bar Pio in Cala Llonga, listening and dancing to Abby “The Pianoman” Well they’ve all had a rest and are now out of hibernation, ready to help you shake off the winter blues. This Sunday Bar Pio opens at 1pm, Abby takes centre stage from 4-7pm (ish). Appy and Vicki look forward to welcoming you! It’s the only place to be. The bar will then close until Friday 7th, then will be open Monday to Friday from 5.30pm and from 1 pm on Saturday & Sunday with Abbi making another appearance on Sunday 9th March.

 

2/25/2014 12:49:57 PM

Get Qizzicle

Just to let you quiz lovers out there know that The Queen Vic in Sta Eulalia has re-opened after a short break and re-introduced their popular Tuesday Quiz Night which starts at 8pm each week.

 

2/25/2014 12:50:21 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

The English language film this week, Wed, Fri, 26th, 28th Feb & Sat & Sun 1st, 2nd Mar, at 6.30pm each evening is August: Osage County a drama looking at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Starring; Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts.

We went to “the flicks” again last week to see The Wolf of Wall Street. Although one of us wasn’t too impressed by it, it was pleasing to see how many are now using this facility. The norm seems to be then going for a curry at Kathmandu; however we decided to give Hostal Central a try and were very impressed. Then we called in at The Royalty to listen to the Norberto Fernandez Trio. The place was packed with jazz lovers, but once again one of us (the same one) didn’t seem to enjoy it, but if it’s your type of music then it’s well worth going along on a Friday evening.

 

2/25/2014 12:50:40 PM

Elbo-therm – A Unique Heating System

Next Monday & Tuesday 3rd & 4th March from 9.30am to 1.30pm, Elbo-therm will be holding an exhibition of their unique heating system at Tur Vaquetes electrical store in Sta Eulalia. You are invited to a glass of cava while viewing this attractive, efficient, easily installed heating product. Some may enjoy a traditional log fire, which although takes a lot of beating, creates smoke and dust around the house, plus they can, if not ventilated correctly, be quite harmful to your health, if you suffer from bronchial or asthmatic problems.

Elbo-therm’s infra-red system not only gives you that all around feeling of warmth and comfort, but also puts a stop to mould, damp and dust, ideal for people with allergies. The system comes as aesthetically pleasing marble panels, a heat generating picture, or mirror, ideal for bath and shower rooms (no more steamed up mirrors). This creates a pleasant ambient feeling that also heats walls, ceilings and furniture, whereas other atmospheric heating systems only heat the atmosphere. You have nothing to lose by calling in to have a look, but perhaps a lot to gain from this modern, ecological, efficient and attractive alternative heating source.

 

3/3/2014 10:13:18 PM

Hasta Luego Amigos!

There are two families who are on the move. Firstly the Holyhomes bunch are leaving Bar Med in Cala Llonga after four years, which have, at times, been great fun but at others tinged with sadness. Prior to this they lived on Formentera for twenty two years. To say farewell they are holding a “We are moving on party” this Wednesday evening 5th March to which everyone is invited. Mum, Marion, and her daughter Jennifer have delivered The Ibiza Sun on the eastern side of the island and will continue to do so for a little while longer. The whole “team” thank them for their input, adding to the success of the paper. Son Chris is one half of the Diamond Class Drag Act, which we hope will also continue, while younger daughter Samantha has concentrated on being Samantha!

We also have to say farewell to Les and Sheila Hearn who have had a connection with Ibiza for 20 years but have decided that the mainland has a number of advantages for them at this particular time of their lives. When they first came to the island Sheila soon became known as “Little legs” due to her slight stature and the fact that when riding her moped she couldn’t reach the ground with her feet and had to dismount every time she came to a stop, while riding around carrying out her upholstery/curtain making business. She then changed direction becoming well known for her baking of special occasion cakes. Les meanwhile became involved in the running of the Pueblo Asparagus complex finally ending up as overall president. We would like to send them all our sincere best wishes for their future and wish them every happiness wherever they finally settle.

 

3/3/2014 10:13:38 PM

Shrove Saturday – Pancake Race day

Don’t forget that this Saturday, the 8th March the fabulous 10th Annual Pancake Race Day & Fete takes place from The Terrace Restaurant in Cala Llonga. The bar opens at 12 midday, delicious sweet or savoury pancakes will be served from 1pm. Races in the main street will start at around 2pm, with races for children and adults. If the weather isn’t good then there is an alternative undercover course. In addition to the Pancake Races, there will be a bring & buy mini-market, with bric a brac, the Calendar Girls will be selling homemade cakes etc. (Spaces can be reserved by calling Ian or Michele on 657 556457), plus live music from “Mr” Frankie Riley. Hopefully the ever popular Pig Racing will also take place. Once again it promises to be a terrific day out; all it needs is you to take part, or just go along for the fun, enjoy a pancake and to cheer on the racers. See the ad for more info.

3/3/2014 10:13:56 PM

Charity Dog Walk

Then to help you recover with a great morning out, while raising a little cash for a couple of worthy causes, on Sunday 9th March there’s a 5 Km Charity Dog Walk (you don’t actually need a dog) starting from Moe’s Bar in Es Canar at 12 midday winding through the countryside before returning to Moe’s for a BBQ and more. If you can arrange some sponsorship all well and good, if not then just bring along any dog related items that can be donated to Can Dog, who do a wonderful job in looking after and finding homes for our 4 legged friends. Collars, leads, dog food, old towels and blankets are all welcome. Items, or cash donations, can be bought along on the day, left at The Queen Vic or White Island shop in Sta Eulalia, or Thomas Green’s in San Antonio. If you have a large amount of items then call Emma on 669 734012 and she will try to arrange collection. The day will also be raising funds to help year 6 at San Carlos school to go on a school trip. We joined in last year’s walk and had a really enjoyable day out. We look forward to seeing you, and perhaps your dog, there.

 

3/3/2014 10:14:14 PM

Calendar Girls Success

You may remember that last year a group of ladies in Cala Llonga decided to make and sell a calendar to raise money for Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. Calling themselves “The Calendar Girls” they posed for some tastefully suggestive photos and as a result have raised an incredible 5,045€. They will hopefully add to this by selling homemade cakes at the Pancake Race Day in Cala Llonga this coming Saturday. Then on Good Friday 18th April, a presentation of a “giant” cheque for the final amount will be made to Helen Watson, Chair of the Association Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera along with other committee members, at the Bar Mariposa Easter Fair on Pueblo Asparagus Cala Llonga. The press and Spanish TV will be invited so if you are on the island at that time, do come along, have an enjoyable day, see them conclude the fund raising, ending where it began, at last year’s Mariposa Easter Fair.

 

3/3/2014 10:14:50 PM

Beat the Evil Weevil

We have all witnessed the devastation to the palm trees on the island caused by the red palm tree weevil. Fortunately there now appears to be a solution.

SOSpalm is a proven way of endotherapy against red palm weevil in palm trees. Thorough research has been done and several official reports are available online and pdf downloadable as well (<a href=”http://www.sospalm.com”>www.sospalm.com</a>)

Among them is a recent report from the Consell de Eivissa. This shows that SOSpalm endotherapy, in combination with external treatment, gives 100% protection against the red palm weevil. It is easy, affordable, respectful and safe for the environment (only effective inside the palm tree) and very effective for preventive and curative treatments. The secret is not to wait until your palm tree is infected but to take precautionary steps beforehand. Remember that these trees are not cheap to buy so anything you can do to protect them is an investment into their well being. See the ad on the back page for contact info.

 

3/10/2014 9:36:56 PM

A WOW of a Weekend

That was a weekend that was! We heard that Restaurant 17 in Siesta had constructed a new wood burning oven and re-introduced Pizza to their menu, so it was a case of must try it out and we’re so pleased we did. Starting with Canelones, followed by a spicy salami pizza and a bottle of the house wine set us up for what was coming over the weekend. On Saturday we were helping to organise the Pancake Races at The Terrace in Cala Llonga. Although the day started a little slowly it wasn’t long before the terrace at The Terrace was packed with people eagerly awaiting the excitement of the races. “Mr” Frankie Riley once again put on a show to delight everyone, while the Pig Racing created a rowdy crowd. All of this excitement made us a little peckish so we headed up to Restaurant La Casita to enjoy an incredible Chateaubriand. Sunday saw us at Mo’s Bar in Es Canar to join in the Dog Charity Walk to raise funds and collect items to hand over to Can Dog. After a pleasant wander along the beach and through the lanes around the village we returned to Mo’s where we won the “Name the dog” raffle, winning a novelty cake baked by Riane, mum of Emma who had organised the day.

While in Es Canar we learned the Valentines Night Party held at the Red Lion raised 210€ plus a bucket full of coins which was handed to Margaret Nawaz to pass on to Contra Cancer Ibiza & Formentera. Well done everyone in Es Canar.

It was then time for a short siesta however we didn’t wake up until 8pm which meant we missed the beach BBQ and Abbi “The Pianoman’s” Sunday afternoon performance at Bar Pio. Never mind there’s always next weekend!

 

3/10/2014 9:37:37 PM

Charity Walk

The annual spring walks to raise funds for charities take place on Sunday 23rd March meeting at Bar Cebo, San Antonio (next to Thomas Greens) at 9.30 am, and Sunday 24th March meeting at Bar Noella Sta Eulalia at 9.30 am. Both walks last for about 2 hours. Information or sponsorship forms are available by calling Margaret Nawaz on 971 196394

 

3/10/2014 9:37:58 PM

Residents Tax Form 720

We, like many others, were hoping that it had been forgotten about, but no, the requirement for residents who have assets outside of Spain to complete Declaration Form 720 is still obligatory if these assets exceed 50,000€ in any one of the three categories – property, bank accounts, other investments including shares, bonds some life insurance based investments, or any accounts, savings or property to which you have access to, even if it’s actually in the name of a third party. If you made a declaration last year then you only need to make another this year if any of those categories have increased in value by 20,000€ or more in 2013. It must be borne in mind that property prices in particular may be affected and the change in the exchange rates can also make a difference to the value of each category. It’s also believed that there are new rules regarding the buying and selling of stocks and shares.

The Declaration deadline date this year is 31st March and we believe they can only be submitted electronically.

There are heavy fines for late submission or any errors made on such a declaration. The penalties for failure to declare any assets can only be described as severe. Should you not declare these assets and the authorities discover them then the penalties are much more severe and can attract a fine of 150%, yes 150%, of any amounts they discover. There are a number of internet sites where you can learn about this form 720. Just type in your search bar Form 720 Spain (there are other form 720’s relating to other countries) and pick up a link from there. However we would recommend that if you believe you have a liability to declare your assets then you seek professional advice. We would like to thank Paul Sheppard of Ebusus Business Consultants in Ibiza for his assistance in compiling this article.

 

3/10/2014 9:38:16 PM

English Cinema at Teatroespaña Sta Eulalia

Showing this week Wed 12th, Fri 14th Sat 15th & Sun 16th at 8.30pm each day is the triple Oscar winning film 12 Years a Slave. Not suitable for under 16’s Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery.

 

3/22/2014 8:48:43 PM

The Far East

The 2 Old Rockers

A UK Sunday On Ibiza.

The car was washed, polished and hoovered, just sitting there waiting to go out and show off. It was a beautiful sunny day so it was top down and set off for a cruise around. We eventually found ourselves in Figueretes wandering along the prom when we spotted Restaurant Turo Turo, whose ad we’d spotted in The Ibiza Sun a few weeks ago. The menu outside was promoting their Sunday Roasts which proved too tempting to pass by. As we sat selecting our dishes another customer recommended the Bloody Mary’s saying that she’d tried them all over the world but the one’s at Turo Turo were the best she’d ever tasted. Too much of a challenge for one of us; and yes they were well up to, if not exceeding, expectations. The restaurant specialises in Asian food but on Sundays a chef (we’ll call him Neil to protect his identity) is bought in especially to prepare the roasts which were served slightly rare, you can ask for them to be cooked a little more if that’s your preference, with fresh tasty veg and Yorkshire puddings. We would describe Turo Turo as chic but unpretentious, excellent food, very friendly and efficient service. Roasts are priced from 17€ which includes a dessert of either an amazing Sticky Toffee Pudding or the even more amazing Bead & Butter Pudding. We certainly needed some exercise to work our meal off, so dancing to Abbi at Bar Pio, nearer to home, in Cala Llonga rounded off a lovely Sunday.

Mixed Emotions.

It was with mixed emotions that we learned that Dan Darvi had decided that it was time for him to part from the editorship Ibiza Sun. We have worked alongside Dan and his wife (that girl in the office) Maria for seven years and it’s been a pleasure to be involved in each edition during that time, just as it was with his predecessor Chris (Big Ed) Langley. We understand only too well the amount of time and effort that goes into each edition, sometimes at the expense of time that should devoted to loved ones. We send Dan, Maria and their two boys, our best wishes for the future and our thanks for the many moments, some of happiness, some of pure despair, that we shared in those seven years. One lesson that Dan did learn during that time was if you buy your wife a pink vacuum cleaner for Christmas, don’t tell anyone, especially us! We now welcome Nick Gibbs and his wife Rhian, assisted by Nicole, to the hot seats. They are a vibrant young team who have some inspirational ideas for the future of The Ibiza Sun, we wish them and the newspaper continued success in bringing you all the island news, a “little” gossip, plus articles, hopefully of interest, from the contributors who you have learned either to love or hate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian & Di Whetton

The 2 Old Rockers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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