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No Robertos on the Beat
  • Government refutes criticism from senior officers who state that there were only one or two Guardia Civil patrols per shift across the whole of Ibiza in August.

The Government state that Ibiza has thirteen daily patrols operating during the summer, which equates to three or four patrols per shift, but were quick to state that many of the officers are working at the courts controlling the detainees.

One prominent Guardia Civil officer describes a change in policing priorities with more time devoted to tourist’s needs rather than fighting crime and states that, “instead of preventing crime, we’re giving priority to the citizens, so that tourists do not have to wait to register complaints.” Ibiza and Formentera have more than three hundred Guardia Civil agents, of which approximately a third take holidays during the summer. The officer believes that encouraging Guardia Civil officers not to take their holidays during peak summer months would be one way to increase the amount of officers on the streets.

Nineteen officers arrived from Mallorca as reinforcements on Sunday August 31st in a bid to help tackle drug trafficking and robberies specifically in the West End and Platja D’en Bossa. The team were only on the island for one week and another officer warned that, “sending 20 officers who do not know the island for a week is not a solution to any of the problems that we suffer in summer and also outside the season.”




Playing For Change Day Ibiza
  • Cala Llonga

Playing For Change Day is held each year on 19th September, the Saturday nearest to International Peace Day. On this Day, thousands of musician, artists and volunteers FREELY give their time to organise Playing for Change events across the world and raise funds for the Playing for Change Foundation.

Ibiza resident, Rick Van Der Mark, who has been involved with numerous Playing for Change events across the globe, dreamed of bringing this unique event to Ibiza.  Rick, working with Viva Cala Llonga Team, supported by Cala Llonga Neighbourhood Association, Santa Eulalia Town Hall, Amante, Ibiza Rocks, business owners, residents and volunteers bring Ibiza’s 1st  Playing for Change Day on Cala Llonga beach.

The Playing for Change movement is a unique opportunity for people to share and enjoy the gift of music with others whilst raising funds for the Playing for Change Foundation who provide FREE music education programs for children and their communities in third world and disadvantaged countries.

On Saturday, September 19th, MUSICANS from over 20 BANDS from across Ibiza will gather on 3 stages on Cala Llonga beach to entertain residents & tourists of all ages. From midday to midnight, you can enjoy a variety of World Music, Rock, Soul/Funk, Reggae, Blues, Jazz, Samba, Country, Pop, Percussion, Flamenco, and Fusion).  Entertainment for Children & Families takes places in the two Play Areas on the beach.  Food & Drink stalls at the beach offer a variety of International Food, while the Hippy Market is available throughout the day and night.

MUSICIANS are performing FREE of CHARGE so that all monies collected will go to supporting Playing for Change Foundation’s work.


If interested in participating in 2016 Playing for Change Day Ibiza contact



The Beautiful Jarifa
  • Sant Eulalia

On September 26th, Sant Eulalia’s Congress Palace will host a story of love and brotherhood among two different cultures called ‘The Beautiful Jarifa’ based on the book by Antonio de Villegas, written in the sixteenth century.

The 90 minute play is an epic production charting the struggles of living in a time when there is still a strong division between different ethnic and religious communities in Spain.  On the website you can find the synopsis of the show, audiovisual material and educational kits for primary and secondary schools, among other things. Tickets can be purchased at the store Holidays at a cost of 20 euros.



Guitarres de Formentera
  • Sant Ferran

This Friday and Saturday the 18th and 19th September between 10pm and 4am sees a celebration of all things guitar with live bands playing anything from acoustic to electric – you may even see a sitar or lute.

The event is being held on the Placa de l’Escolesia in Sant Ferran and is free of charge





The Cinema Returns
  • Santa Eulalia

Great news for you film fans out there. The English language film nights have returned to Teatroespania in Santa Eulalia.

On Fri 18th, Sat 19th and Sun 20th of September, they are showing


(90 mins) starring Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley and Grace Gummer.

As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own.

In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.

On Wed 23rd, Fri 25th, Sat 26th and Sun 27th September,


(117 mins 12A) is the film of choice starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Corey Stoll.

Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.


  • Sant Antoni

The second edition of the October Festival Ibiza (OFI) will be held between 9th and 12th October in Sant Antoni.

The highly anticipated musical event is held in collaboration with the businesses and the Town Hall of Sant Antoni to extend the tourist season. Tour packages from the usual suppliers include travel, accommodation and transfers to facilitate the influx of visitors to the city during the festival.

As in 2014, there will be raffles and contests through the festival Facebook and Instagram pages. All those who ‘like’ the page of the festival and share the two draws could get two restaurant meals or a package of water activities.

There will also be another Instagram competition for the best photo using the hashtag #OFI2015. The prize is accommodation for two people during the festival and two packages for water sports.

The winner of the fourth drawing to be held through Facebook will get two tickets, accommodation and two restaurant meals.

Keep an eye on social media and the website for more details



The Great Wyoming
  • Sant Carles

On Sunday September 20th from 9pm, The Great Wyoming will play for the first time in Ibiza accompanied by his tremendous band the Insolvents  consisting of Miguel Ariza on guitar and vocals, Jose Alberto Solis on bass, Manolo Villalta on keyboard and Luis Diego on drums.

The Great Wyoming is filling halls and theatres all over the country on his national tour and is known for good music and humour. He is a proper old school showman and will be playing tunes from the likes of Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Who, Frank Zappa, Rory Gallagher, Sinister, Lou Reed, The Wild, and The Ramones.

Tickets are already on sale in Delta Disks (Ibiza), Holidays (Santa Eulalia) and in the office of Las Dalias priced at 15 euros in advance and 20 euros at the door.. They can also be purchased online at




Beer festival
  • Ibiza Town

The Ibiza Beer Festival takes place this weekend from September 18-20 at the Recinta Ferial, just outside Ibiza Town. Starting at 7pm each night, there will be more than 100 beers on offer at reasonable prices from around the world from places as diverse as Japan, Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Belgium and craft beers from Catalonia and Cuenca, as well as food stalls. DJs will also be playing each night, playing music from the 70s, 80s and 90s:

Friday 18th – Jordi Cardona

Saturday 19th – La Movida DJs Petit and Vazquez

Sunday 20th – Javi Box

Not only is it a fun night out but it’s a great opportunity to drink beers that you don’t usually see in Ibiza or try beers that you haven’t seen before, plus there are usually some special editions created for the festival. There’s usually a small entrance fee of about 2 or 3 euros but you get a free beer included in the price.


Salines Film
  • Ses Salines

Catch the last 2 outdoor films of the season from the Black Door Cinema Club at the Open-Air Secret Garden Cinema at Boutique Hostal Salinas being shown on Tuesday nights.

Love and Mercy – Tuesday 22nd Sept – 10pm. A heartfelt and touching biopic about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys that approaches its subject from a very unusual direction – ear-first. One of the most compelling and emotionally authentic rock biopics of all time.

Eden – Tuesday 6th Oct – 10pm. Paul, a teenager in the underground scene of early 90s Paris, forms a DJ collective with his friends and together they plunge into the nightlife of sex, drugs, and endless music. With an outstanding clubbing soundtrack, Eden isn’t a story of success and fortune, but a slice of life with a personal rhythm and a universal beat. An honest portrait of the hardships that come from chasing one’s dream.

There’s a special pre-screen gourmet BBQ and drinks from 8pm before the film starts at 10pm. An evening at a Black Door Cinema Club Screening is also about the intimate pre-film social event to catch up with familiar island residents and what better way to enjoy that with a gourmet BBQ and drinks around the stunning pool and lounge area at Boutique Hostal Salinas.

You need to buy a ticket online in advance. More details, including trailers and how to buy tickets at:



Tapas Cinema Club
  • Sant Antoni

This Thursday 17th Sept at the new time of 9pm, the Tapas Cinema Club brings you that handsome Irish chap Colin Farrell in ‘In Bruges’. Unfortunately they have no Belgian beer, but they do have a beautiful Open Air Garden Cinema and plenty of cocktails. Reserve one of their Premium cinema seats by calling 971 34 11 25.





Port and sold

The general director of the Ministry of Land, Energy and Mobility, Xavier Ramis, announced that they have allocated 48,500 euros to undertake “urgent” improvements in the port of Sant Antoni.

Ramis recently spent time in Ibiza, where he visited the ports of Santa Eulària and Sant Antoni, as part of a tour being carried out access port needs and plan future actions. During his visit to the ports, the general director was accompanied by the mayor of Sant Antoni, José Tur, and the mayor of Santa Eulària, Vicent Mari.

As for the urgent improvements to be undertaken in the port of Sant Antoni, Ramis explained that they will include the development of a geotechnical study “to assess the state of the foundations of the commercial dock” and the installation of mooring buoys on a pontoon.

Furthermore, improvements will be made to port offices and the outer wall of the port in addition to the barrier and wood panels on the buildings. The money will also be used try to end the leaks that have been affecting some of the structures.

In the port of Santa Eulalia, the Ministry will look into how best to regularize the administrative status of the port, through implementing changes to the commercial wharf and boardwalk.


  • The resort has more sewage set-backs

The crystalline waters of Talamanca have yet again started to resemble a toilet after a new sewage issue. The beach experienced a red flag last week to alert bathers as to the danger of swimming. Lifeguards were responsible for giving relevant explanations to tourists and to warn those swimmers who insisted on having a dip why they should probably get out post haste.

The reason is yet another break in the sewage pipes which is leaking straight into the bay. Technicians have collected water samples for analysis and the red flag is now gone from Talamanca, although how long will it be until another issue arises?

“We are tired of so many promises and cheap politics,” said the president of the Neighbourhood Association of Talamanca, José Colomar, which announced that it has run out of “patience” and has set a deadline of October 30th to present a complaint to the Office of the Environment

This week, the mood of local business owners was of helplessness and resignation. “It’s an old story. We do not see solution “, said the manager of a snack bar in the area, Rafa Rionda, who lamented “the bad image given” and said that now “when family or friends come to the island, nobody recommends Talamanca ‘.


Schools for Formentera

The Minister of Education, Martí March, has pledged that the construction of the new school of Sant Ferran in Formentera will soon become a reality.

March has met with the president of the Formentera Council, Jaume Ferrer, as well as with other team members of government and education officials.

The minister reiterated that his visit “was necessary” to make a diagnosis of the needs of the island and thus create an action plan for the medium and long term to resolve them. According to March, the harmony between the two institutions is the basis for future cooperation.


Happy vendor

It seems that the only person who is happier than the winner of a ONCE coupon worth 100,000 euros is the seller of the ticket, Jesus Maria Perez Lopez.

The seller moved to Ibiza 18 years ago and has since become one of the most beloved vendors around the Isidor Macabich and Mercat Nou areas in Ibiza Town.

“It was an incredible story because in my nearly two decades as a merchant I have never given such a big prize,” Jesus himself said with a smile. The ONCE seller says that from now on, he will face life happy in the knowledge that he has made whoever bought it happy.


Lock up, lock up

The Guardia Civil and the Local Police has seized 1,100 ‘fake’ products in a special operation aimed at public safety in the leisure areas of Sant Antoni and Sant Josep.

Officers and Public Safety specialists on tax matters from Mallorca joined in the operation, which also seized 734 food products with either non-existent or expired labelling of dates.

During the operation, a man of Senegalese nationality was arrested for committing an alleged crime of drug trafficking after being found with 8 bags of marijuana and 30 pills of MDMA. In addition, 21 people were caught in possession of drugs.


New ferry route open

The Baleària ferry company has resumed the Valencia-Ibiza line for both passenger and freight. The 1,000 capacity ‘Sicily’ vessel will operate daily, except Saturdays, at 9.45pm and Sunday at 11.30pm. The reverse route Ibiza-Valencia will be operated by the 600 capacity ‘Visemar’ vessel which leaves the island daily between 2pm and 2.30pm. Prices are from 32.5 euros per resident journey.

In addition to these services, the ferry service maintains daily connections from Denia to Ibiza with the ‘Nissos Chios’ ferry and also with the super speedy ‘Ramon Llull’, in the latter case until October 4th.


Hot dog rolls

Coco the German Shepherd, was rescued by the local police in Ibiza thanks to a complaint from a neighbour. Coco suffers from hip dysplasia, which makes walking on the hind legs very difficult, and was found malnourished with major injuries to his legs.

He is now pottering about on a unique doggy wheelchair in the San Jorge Veterinary Clinic, Sant Jordi, while playing and having fun with other German Shepherd puppies. Coco has a temporary family to stay with, but the next step is to find someone who can adopt permanently. The head of the San Jorge Clinic reported that those interested can contact the Town Hall or the Sa Coma kennels.


School for Santa Eulalia

After years of protests and complaints by the educational community, the second institute of Santa Eulalia is finally a reality and opened its doors this week to welcome its first students. During Thursday morning, workers placed the furniture of the 16 units, which for now will host about 200 students from ESO, but which together have a total capacity for 400 students. It is the only new school that opens its doors this year after years of complaints by parents and pupils, but with this new institute the pressure on the Xarc Institute should be relieved.


RE: Fugees – Ready or not, here we come

The Balearic Government is working with the hypothesis that about 300 Syrian refugees will be arriving to the Islands from October. The councillor of Serveis Socials i Cooperació, Fina Santiago, has not yet given a specific date and says that it may be a month early or even early to the middle of November. He says that “the refuges will not come all at once, but in stages.”

The direct management of the entire operation will be undertaken by the Red Cross, which has signed an agreement with the administration to integrate and care for the refugees, explained Santiago.




Tiger Mozzie

The recent heavy rains have enabled the tiger mosquito (Aedes Albopictus) to gain a foothold in areas of Ibiza by leaving a multitude of muddy ponds in which to breed.

Joan Mayol, biologist and head of Species Protection of the Ministry of Environment, has warned that the tiger mosquito is here to stay. Evidence of the insects was first discovered within traps in the Montecristo area of Sant Antoni and the mosquitos have now been found in Puig d’en Valls, Botafoc, and even Jesus.

This species of mosquito has a particularly itchy bite and tends to stalk for blood at ground level around ankles and shins. The ridiculous new fashion of long socks with shorts may now have a practical use.


Sant Josep Beach Bar Closures

The Sant Josep council has closed down three beach clubs in the municipality for not owning a business license.

No Name in Platja d’en Bossa, Soul Beach in Es Codolar and The Reggae Bar in Cala de Bou have all allegedly organized parties with hundreds of people without ensuring the safety of those attending. These parties had been the subject of complaints from neighbours and merchants, which initially led to the investigation which has brought about the closure orders for these premises.

In addition, the council has also ordered the partial closure of two other establishments located in Platja d’en Bossa and Cala de Bou, which have enlarged their premises without permission.

The Deputy Mayor of Sant Josep, Paquita Ribas, said that this season “Local police have worked hard to check whether premises are correctly licensed with the help of residents and businesses in the municipality.


The Guardia Deserve a Break

Nick Gibbs

In our editorial we have not been slow in coming forward with criticism of the Policing situation in Ibiza over the past 18 months.

The Guardia Civil’s difficulty in putting enough Robertos on the beat is not however one which can be dismissed simply with critical  disdain for their ineffective role in maintaining the law and order of Ibiza. To say ‘sort it out’ is naïve. On this issue at least, they deserve a break. They have a real problem, and one that requires a degree of sympathy and understanding on the part of residents both indigenous and emigrant.

In Guardia Civil terms, an assignment to Ibiza is the equivalent of a secondary school teaching job in Lewisham. Nobody wants to do it.

Actually of course, some do want to do it, but that is very much a double edged sword that I will come to.

When meeting with the San Antonio mayoral office last year to discuss policing, the difficulty of recruitment was put forward with the same degree of frustration and hopelessness as you may imagine would be the case with a head teacher in a deprived inner city borough in the UK.

Whether or not the reluctance to apply for positions in Ibiza is based on real factors of the worst working conditions possible, or whether it is a false reputation of the island is, for those managing the service on a day to day basis, irrelevant. The simple fact is, they don’t want to come. And really why would they? The sun and sand will hold little attraction as they have plenty of alternatives throughout Spain. Island life will only go to give them additional practical problems when on leave and wanting to return home. The cost of living is outrageous compared with what they could  be expected to spend elsewhere, (as far as we are aware there is no ‘Ibiza weighting’ on salaries).

Then you have the self-defeating nature of the problem itself. To apply to work in an area with known shortages may lead to everything from double shifts to a lack of back up in high risk situations.

All this before we even get the big turn off. That their job will not be dealing with the ‘average’ problems of the world. Their job will be one of being thrust into dealing with the worst of foreign youth and abuse possible—  as said earlier,  it is irrelevant whether that is true or not, the point is that it is the perception.

And so what is left?

What is left is what you could never expect a Chief of Police to say any more than you would the head teacher of that Lewisham secondary school. Given the current Spanish preponderance with taking legal action against those who may be seen to criticise their law enforcement agencies it may be prudent for me to conclude this editorial using the British inner city school analogy.

Though the head teacher of that Lewisham secondary school may be tearing their hair out with frustration at the limitations recruitment difficulties place upon them, they have to accept and work with what they have. That will be teachers that fall into two categories. The first is simple, quite frankly the bottom of the barrel. People who will apply to that school because that is all they are capable of obtaining in their profession. The second is, in teaching terms at least, a positive. Those who feel they can do something to resolve the problem. Those with a social agenda, the do-gooders if you will. It is reasonable to consider that there is an equivalent in the Police, those who are attracted by an area’s particular problem, but their approach is unlikely to be one of the teacher’s in wishing to address the social-economic factors behind an area’s deprivation. In police terms a person drawn towards that problem may have a far more physical approach to resolution. This is understandable as they may otherwise have looked towards social work or teaching as their vocation.

So, and it is completely unrealistic to expect anybody in authority to concede this as it would have a crippling effect on what must already be a fragile morale, there is a clear risk that in a situation of difficulty in recruiting you will be left with a higher proportion of people who are either of lowest calibre or with a  most undesirable motivation.

In that environment there will be greater pressure on the senior staff and management to excel and  there are plenty of examples in UK education where headteachers have worked miracles in very restrictive circumstances. It must therefore be of considerable concern that senior officers have spoken out this week, as despite the Government refuting their claims it is typically unusual for management to speak out publically unless they feel it is the only course of action available to them.

I cannot suggest a solution, but we at least need to understand the problem.


Cala Llonga


With much of Ibiza heading Cala Llonga way on Saturday for what plans to be a fantastic fundraiser and funday, there are bound to be a lot of hungry  hombres and starvin’ senoras  longing for some Llonga sustenance. So what better time to have a bit of a splash for our supporting advertisers? They are all away from the frontline crush, so perhaps perfect choices to end the day, or for an early evening pitstop before getting back to the action, or for any other day you choose—Cala Llonga has a very special community feel and you’ll always be sure of a warm welcome.


Restaurant La Casita

There are some beautiful restaurants on Ibiza and one that certainly fits into that category is La Casita. Situated in Urbanisation Valverde, between Sta Eulalia and Cala Llonga, this restaurant is an oasis of calm and relaxation and it’s difficult to decide which is the most relaxing sound, the chirping of the crickets in the surrounding pine trees or the trickling of the fountains in the garden pond. When you arrive you are immediately struck by the beauty of this finca restaurant with its pristinely set tables and the tranquillity of the garden terrace.  A full A La Carte menu is available offering some of the finest Mediterranean and International dishes you’ll find anywhere. Gastronomically inventive dishes are Austrian owner/chef Johannes’s speciality, resulting in no less than one of Ibiza’s very few recommended status restaurants in the Michelin guide. Though the menu is always evolving past favourites have included cream of green fig soup with green pepper and spinach, salad with lobster, grilled scallops, with a dressing ofand balsamic vinegar, carpaccio’s of meat or fish and crepes filled with spinach and shrimps on a leek sauce, – just a few of his exquisite creations. If you are more of traditionalist then select one of the succulent steaks, perhaps the fillet steak in a raspberry sauce, served with gratin potatoes and fresh local vegetables.

There are dishes to share; the Chateaubriand is a must, or a Fondue, always an intimate way to dine. What was a weekend only special has proved so popular that the “Menu de Desgustación” is now available every day. There is normally a choice of three“Wines of the week” priced at around 18€, or you can select your particular favourite from the extensive selection on offer. If you are planning a wedding, christening or any other special occasion then the purpose built pavilion with its central fountain is perhaps one of the most delightful venues you’ll find. La Casita also offers a catering service that will bring this same quality and individual flair to your private party anywhere on the island. For opening times and reservation information call 971 330293 or see La Casita’s advert.


The Wild Asparagus

This restaurant is in now in its 46th year of serving the finest Mediterranean and international cuisine and 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 staff excel. The menu offers a wide range of Spanish/Mediterranean and international dishes plus daily specialities, such as a traditional freshly prepared paella, the slow roasted shoulder of lamb,a more contemporary Sunday Chicken Curry with a multiple selection of dips and pickles. Everything is prepared using the highest quality meats, market fresh fish 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. Those of a certain age will remember that at one time the “in” starter was a prawn cocktail, but over the years it became a little outdated. Re-live the past and sample one here and you’ll wonder how on earth it still isn’t the number one choice everywhere. Be sure to save a space for a dessert, as Mati will do her best to tempt you with her trolley of mouth-watering cakes pastries and seasonal fruits, though their Stilton cheese and fresh pineapple with a glass of port is irresistible on our visits. 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


Mariposa Pool Bar

If you haven’t yet visited Cala Llonga then you may wish to know that it is one of the safest family orientated beaches on the island. With its long narrow cove and gently sloping beach it is ideal for all ages and all swimming abilities. On a hillside behind the beach you will see the Pueblo Asparagus apartment complex which has two swimming pools with three bars all open to everyone. This is also where you will find both the Mariposa and Wild Asparagus.

There is a certain very special something at the Mariposa.  Some might say that very special something is the most delicious juicy burgers lovingly prepared by Di at the grill (we’ve never yet seen her anywhere else), some—including our own old rocker Brian Whetton who raves about them constantly— might say it is their cut above the norm salads, just see the one above as an example. Lots it seems would say it is their terrific traditional Sunday Roast dinner—it has always been very busy to full when we’ve been so booking is certainly recommended. And some might even say it is Ibiza’s happiest host Joe with Crystal Palace flying high in the premiership.

But though the food is fantastic and everyone likes to see a smile at the bar, there is still something extra, something so Mariposa, and that is a sense of community and welcome that mean a visit there always ends up with you having made new friends and smiling yourself like, well like a Crystal Palace fan.

Top tip is take a towel, nothing beats a dip followed by Di’s burger and chips.


Food & Drink




Heartache at Can Misses

Several Can Misses hospital patients have complained that it is taking up to three months for a first appointment to consult a cardiologist. The patients say they are worried that their situations may worsen and fear they may have to go to the ER if a problem occurs. One of them has even cancelled his family holiday for fear of suffering an incident.

A spokesman for the Department of Health recognizes that waiting times in the Cardiology department have soared in recent months due to lack of doctors. Hospital management insists that they are working to resolve it.

In July there were five doctors to treat patients of Cardiology, however shortly after two of the five specialists left the Can Misses hospital. The situation has worsened in recent weeks due to the three remaining doctors taking summer vacation. “This has caused the waiting list,” acknowledges a spokesman for the Can Misses management who said that if everything goes as planned that a new cardiologist will be added to the team on 1st October, which will only leave one seat to fill.

Can Misses management is convinced that with the addition of this fourth cardiologist it will be possible to shorten the waiting list and reduce the time patients must wait. Upon completion of the staff of five specialists, something they hope to achieve in the coming weeks, waiting times should be reduced to acceptable levels.

Besides hiring new staff, other measures are being discussed to reduce waiting lists for consultations with specialists. One of the measures is to increase consultations in the afternoon. However, the director of the Servei Balear de Salut, Juli Fuster, says that this measure may only be taken immediately if there is enough budget remaining to pay overtime to the doctors. In the event that budget is not available, they will have to wait until January to implement the emergency plan for reducing waiting lists.


Smoke is bad

A worker at the Hotel Pacific in Sant Antoni was admitted to the ICU at Can Misses hospital as a result of smoke poisoning from a small fire that broke out in one of the hotel rooms. The man is currently conscious and is expected to fully recover, sources said. Three tourists were also treated for smoke inhalation at the medical centre in Sant Antoni.

The smoke was caused by an electrical fault in the air conditioning in room number 326, on the fifth floor. The 252 people, on site at the time, were evacuated as a precaution and waited for about an hour outside the building until they could return.

Five firefighters, who arrived at the scene in two vehicles, were responsible for ventilating the hotel. The building suffered no major damage, although the air-conditioning unit was completely destroyed.


Watch ya doing?

The Guardia Civil has arrested a 24 year-old Italian man on suspicion of robbery and receiving stolen goods, after he tried to leave Ibiza with a suitcase full of stolen items worth 25,000 euros.

The incident occurred on June 11th, when agents of the Guardia Civil detected a suitcase containing various electronic devices while carrying out a standard baggage check on a flight to Rome.

The suitcase contained a false bottom, hiding a lot of high-end mobile phone handsets wrapped in aluminium foil and a Rolex watch. It was found that the Rolex had been stolen using violence last August 25th, in the Paseo Maritimo in Ibiza Town and this was cause to arrest the Italian as the alleged perpetrator of the robbery.

The watch, valued at about 18,000 euros, has been delivered to its rightful owner.


Airport record figures

Ibiza Airport has achieved a new record for August. A total of 1,300,505 passengers caught flights, 2.3% more than in August last year.

As reported by Spanish Airport and Air Navigation (AENA), August was the fourth consecutive month in which operations and passenger numbers have broken records. The busiest day of the month was on Saturday August 1st when 488 flights with 49,662 passengers were completed.

In terms of nationality breakdown, the highest ranked country of origin with an 8.8% increase was Spain with numbers exceeding 400,000.

In second place is the United Kingdom, with a total of 349,855 passengers and an increase of 0.8%; and then the Italians with 214,803 passengers and increase of 6% compared to August 2014.


Rain record

The approximately 120 litres per square metre of rain water accumulated in the first ten days of September in Ibiza is almost five times more than the average recorded by the Meteorological Agency between 1981 and 2010.

“It is a historic event,” said AEMET spokesman, Bernat Amengual, who explained that the “atmospheric dynamics” had led to the weather conditions in early September. Amengual said that the combination of a very hot summer and warm seas triggered the heavy rainfall.

The rainfall record in Ibiza happened on September 17th, 2005 when the sky chucked down 156.5 litres per square metre in one day. The next highest recorded was 136.6 litres per square metre on September 11th, 1996.


One foot in the rave
  • Half of over 70-year-olds are heading to Ibiza for a party getaway (and many are using a tablet to stay connected while they’re there)
  • Clubbing capital Ibiza is a favourite for increasing numbers of pensioners
  • Over half said it was their top destination, with many enjoying boat parties
  • One in three elderly who travelled there say they dance with revellers



Party capital Ibiza is traditionally seen as a mecca for youngsters – but over half of those in Britain aged 70 and over are heading to the island to party, according to a survey.

Ibiza is so popular with the age group, that 57 per cent say that the area is their top holiday destination.

And one of the top activities undertaken by seniors is boat parties, it claims.

Nearly half (43 per cent) of the respondents in the survey by Barclays take part in the ocean-based festivities, with three in 10 stating they dance through the night with party revellers.

Some of the older generation prefer to take advantage of the island’s sun, with 50 per cent saying topping up their tan is their ultimate priority.

Taking in the Mediterranean sights and local culture is enjoyed by 43 per cent of elderly travellers.

Almost half (47 per cent) of older respondents admit they head off on holiday more now than when they were younger.

In fact 43 per cent say they go on a holiday at least once a year, with 38 per cent claiming high disposable income and 30 per cent saying less commitments in later life are contributing factors behind the increase.

And forget any stigma with the nation’s over 70s shying away from the digital era, a whopping 74 per cent use the internet to search and book their flights.

In order to stay connected during their break, 38 per cent of those surveyed admit to taking a tablet with them.

Barclays has increased the travel insurance age limit from under 70 to under 80 years old to recognise the growing trend.

A Barclays spokesperson told MailOnline Travel: ‘We’ve been surprised and delighted to see that increasing numbers of applicants for our travel insurance products are over 70 years old and we want to ensure they are covered, with no extra cost so that they can get on with making the most of their holiday – whatever they choose to do!’




New Child Seat Law October 1st
  • The regulations for driving a vehicle with children as passengers is about to change from 1st October 2015.

The new rules simplify the existing law, but are you aware of the current legislation regarding travelling with children in your car and other vehicles?

Read on to find out about the four main points and latest changes that could affect you, your family and your child’s safety.

Height regulations

Any childthe height of 1m 35cm must sit in the back of the car. They must not sit in the front of the car whilst an adult is driving until they are taller than 1m 35cm, usually around the age of 12. Theexceptionif all the back seats are occupied by children in car seats. In this case, a minor can sit in the front of the vehicle, but only in a legal and safety regulation certified seat appropriate for his or her age, weight and height.

Assemble child seats according to manufacturer’s instructions

It is not obligatory to assemble a child’s car seat in one direction or another. They can face frontwards or in the opposite direction. However, you must assemble the seat in the way that has been instructed by the manufacturer. The general rule is that babies and children more or less up to the age of four, or 18kg in weight, should sit in a rearward-facing seat, but this is not obligatory. The only exception is if the seat is apt for mounting in the front passenger seat and the airbag hasn’t been deactivated. In this instance, it is prohibited to set the chair up so that it faces the front windscreen.

Rules for travelling in a taxi

Children are allowed to travel in the back of a taxi without a child-restraint system or car seat provided that the taxi is only driving around an urban or city area.

In vehicles of more than nine seats In a vehicle of nine passenger seats or more, the driver is obliged to inform those travelling with him of the legal requirement to fasten their seatbelts. This should be done via signs, pictures or audio-visual means, so that the information is visible from the position of each seat.


Carl Cox Motorsport

Ever wondered what you would do with all that money if you were one of the world’s most successful superstar DJs? We can’t think of many better uses of splashing some cash than on setting up your own motorsport team—which is exactly what Carl Cox has done.

Formed in 2013 and racing Bikes and Sidecar Combinations in Europe and Australasia, including the New Zealand & World road race Sidecar championships, and the Ducati Tri-Options Cup in the UK, Carl’s team has already found some notable success.

Team Cox has recently extended onto four wheels and into the world of Drag racing. As far as using surplus cash is concerned, we thoroughly approve of his new Hemi powered Plymouth (pictured)—which Carl races himself.   Inset some press from it’s first run out.

We have the impression Carl is having a bit of fun with this -as soon as the Hemi was  racing he announced his next car now in development—which promises a quite ridiculous  2,000hp.



“The newly developed CCX Hemi-powered Road Runner got it’s first look at the Heathcote Dragway this weekend, with none other than Mr Cox himself at the wheel! We’re extremely happy with the result at the car’s first Test & Tune day- even with temperatures causing the cars to run much hotter than normal Coxy still managed a brilliant 11.08 at 125mph!

There’s still a LOT more to come from this street legal Hemi, and we’ll see Carl back at the wheel in the new year for some more 1/4 mile mayhem:)”



Work begins to repair deficiencies in more than 30 points on the road network run by the Ibiza Council. The network has suffered deterioration for a number of reasons, including the expansion of tree roots, surface damage caused by traffic incidents and damage caused by heavy machinery over 30 points on different roads.

The project includes surface treatment between 2.3km and 4km of the C-733, which runs from Ibiza Town to Santa Eulalia, to improve the adhesion of this stretch of road.

The works will last for three months, during which there will be closures and detours that will affect the following roads: E-20, E-10, PM-803, PMV 812-1 / 812-2, C-733, AM-810 / 810.1.

The cost of the upgraded network is 360,307.75 euros including tax and the construction company which has been awarded the works is ISLASFALTO.




Carl Cox in a gang of bikers versus hoards of jetski riding zombies. It would make a great film, though as ridiculous as it sounds, were it not for the space of a few days Ibiza would be in the midst of this B-Movie mayhem for real.

There has been an increase in specialist trips to Ibiza in recent years. The jetbou jetski week has been established as an end of year season extender in Cala De Bou for some years.

P&H Motorcycles will arrive on the island 21st September for their seventh European road trip to coincide with Carl Cox—who is a long term supporter of the event and rides with them on his own Ducati—closing night at Space.

And on September 25th World Real Games bring their Zombie Survival weekend to Ibiza. Arriving by ferry the 300 participants will fight it out with Zombies in the streets of San Antonio from 11pm to 7am in the morning. As yet we have no confirmation whether Zombies are being shipped in, or they are relying upon the late night condition of the tourist population as being sufficient for that authentic undead feel. Zombies and San An Tourists together on the streets—what could possible go wrong?

Just seems a shame they didn’t all get their diaries together…


Destination Ibiza
  • P&H Motorcycles, Carl Cox & Ducati UK

Fans of music and motorcycling can once again embark on a unique journey to the ‘White Isle’ of Ibiza this summer as P&H Motorcycles, Carl Cox and Ducati UK team up for the seventh annual ‘Destination Ibiza’ trip. Global superstar DJ Carl Cox is a close friend of P&H Motorcycles and the title sponsor for their Ducati TriOptions Cup race team. Playing an integral part in the ‘Destination Ibiza’ tour since 2009, he will once again be riding with the group throughout the trip. Speaking on this year’s edition of this iconic motorcycle tour he said, “I’m really looking forward to the 2015 Destination Ibiza trip. This is our seventh tour and each year it seems to get bigger and better. Riding my Ducati through Europe is a real pleasure, not only are the roads amazing but you get the chance to eat at some amazing restaurants and see some spectacular views. As always, it will be nice to have some quality time away from my busy summer schedule, which will finish at Space for the ‘Music is Revolution’ closing party on September 22nd.”

Led by Carl Cox himself, the group will ride from P&H Motorcycles, the Crawley-based dealership, to Ibiza where they will enjoy the closing party at Space nightclub before stopping at the Aragon MotoGP.

Departing from the UK on the 17th September, the group will use a fleet of the latest Ducati motorcycles, provided by Ducati UK. Riding South through the Bordeaux region of France, they will cross the northern edge of the Pyrenees at Pau before heading through the centre of Spain to Denia. There they will embark on the ferry to Ibiza arriving on the evening of the 21st before the Space closing party on 22nd September.

On the return journey, the group will stop at the Motorland Circuit at Aragon, Spain for the 14th round of the 2015 MotoGP Championship before riding north through France. Highlights include the N116 Road to Perpignan, the Millau bridge, Staying at a 6th generation family hotel in the Morvan Forest and dining in a Michelin restaurant before returning to the UK at the beginning of October.

Lynn Cosgrove, of Safehouse management insurance sponsors, said, “Destination Ibiza is an idea vehicle for showcasing not only what we do in Ibiza with world class entertainment events, but also gives a lot more exposure to the side of Ibiza that is little seen or promoted.”

Alan Jones, Ducati UK Press Manager said, “Carl is a good friend and big fan of Ducati so we are more than happy to be helping him and P&H Motorcycles with their Destination Ibiza trip again. The two have had a great partnership so far this season in our 2015 Ducati TriOptions Cup series, and with the range of Ducati machines we have provided for the trip I’m sure that will continue on their journey to Ibiza.”

You can follow the guys on their journey on Facebook at



Zombie Survival 39

Hordes of zombies are heading our way and expected to make land in Ibiza on 25 September aboard a cruise Transmediterránea, which will remain throughout the weekend of zombie killing reality games for its 300 passengers.

Diego Concepcion, CEO of World Real Games who organise the event said “300 survivors will board the boat to placate the hordes of zombies whoare intent on infesting the  Balearic Islands, starting with Ibiza”.

The cruise leaves from Valencia in what will be their first boat-based event in Spain.

From Friday September 25 to Sunday 27th, survivors will undergo a series of survival tests against what the organisers say are a special breed of Zombies. “the zombies approaching boat Spain are a superior race, unable to die at sea, so try to infest Ibiza on arrival”.

“Both the survivors of the boat and the inhabitants of the island will get the  chance to kill them all and and so avoid greater evils for humanity.”

The boat trip will apparently be a break between the slaughter in Valencia and Ibiza, during which  everyone can enjoy a chill out party—just what is needed between zombie battles.

It will be the 39th edition of the Zombie Survival and takes place in San Antonio. “Every game experience and reality is promised along with some surprises for fans of the zombie series in an adventure they will never forget,” announced the organisers.

In what the company video seems to indicate takes place on the streets of the town, the survivors discover the network of an apocalyptic story in which they must take part to avoid the end of the world and conquer the territory held by the zombies.

And all this of the streets of San An between 11pm and 7am—what could go wrong?



You tube clip





Jetbou 15

Jetbou sees an army of Jet Ski enthusiasts descend on Ibiza from 2nd to the 12th of October. Based at the Playa Bella in Cala de Bou, the crew turn up with a bunch of lorries containing their own powered water craft. The beach will become a PWC parking lot during the day and you’re likely to see them all over the coast, even as far as Portinatx. They’re very conscientious fellows and each PWC will be back on the beach by 7pm so noise will be kept to a minimum. Evening entertainment will be held at Playa Bella and Mari Pins, and all comers are welcome to join in the fun. It’s always good to see events out here in October, when most people assume that Ibiza has shut down. It is not the case!

More on the entertainment nearer the time.



iPhone Photography Course, by Cat Milton
  • Agroturismo Morna, Morna Valley, San Carlos
  • Mon 26th October – Friday, 30th October.
  • Times: 09:45hrs – 14:00hrs

Now in it’s fourth year, Ibizan foto-fave Cat Milton is running another one of her successful iPhone Photography Courses.

Cat says the aim is to both ‘inspire and teach’ the budding  iPhone Photographer, and that is a pretty important point for anybody considering the course. Though the technical aspects of photography can be taught many ways by many people, training with Cat gives you the added benefit of her very special ’eye’ for a good shot. It is about framing the world in a 16:9 ratio, and nobody we know does that better than Cat.

Course Subjects

  • Composition
  • Landscape photography
  • Portraiture
  • Low light / night time photography
  • Action Photography (incl. lightning!)
  • Street photography
  • Food photography
  • Black & White Photography,
  • Special Effects incl.HDR photography
  • How and where to sell your photographs and much more!

Cost & Enrolment

The course fee is 275€ which includes a daily three course lunch by Private Chef, Simon Cook
Course information and booking


Cat is particularly keen to stress that the course is suitable for everybody from the complete novice upwards. She has published  a layman’s article,breaks the course down for anyone worried it’s too advanced.



Cat Milton

Regular Ibizan readers will need  no convincing as to the quality of Cat Milton’s photography. Her stunning landscapes and beautifully composed studies of rural Ibiza have graced many of our front pages through the winter season. For those who do not know her work here is a bit of bio …

Cat Milton is a celebrated Ibiza island photographer with a global audience.
Her images represent Ibiza on over 50 websites, with an estimated audience in excess of 25 million people.
Her YouTube and Facebook videos of still images showcasing the island have garnered over 200,000 views this last year alone and almost every main Ibiza publication has featured her work.
Cat was also fortunate enough to be the first islander to have a Solo Exhibition, solely featuring her iPhoneography.
Cats images have also won numerous competitions within the Photography World and have been requested for use by Yahoo Weather and the Sri Lankan Tourist Board (she popped over for a holiday, with her iPhone 4S.. surprise, surprise..!)
Cat first started teaching iPhone Photography in 2011 and each course has been a HUGE success, with many students going on to showcase their own iPhone Photography businesses or using it to enhance their already established businesses. See Course Description for testimonials from previous students!

  • Cat can be contacted directly on

Mobile: 0034-622-228-859 (Spain)

WhatsApp: (As above)



At Night


Mark Ronson & Lion Babe

Ibiza Rocks

Text: Claire B / Photos: Lydie-Anne Hampson

Mark Ronson returned to Ibiza Rocks to play a DJ set. First up were the Shorebitch DJs who were playing to a large appreciative crowd who were happily dancing by the time they left the stage. Next we were treated to a live set from New Yorkers Lion Babe, who I had seen back in June at the AMP event in Dalt Vila. Lion Babe are duo Lucas Goodman and Jillian Hervey, the name apparently stemming from Lucas’ horoscope sign (Leo) and singer Jillian’s hairstyle, which on Wednesday night was a veritable mane of long, golden curls. Jillian is the daughter of singer/actress Vanessa Williams, and initially trained as a dancer which is clearly evident in her performance onstage. Making her appearance onstage barefoot, wearing a silver glittery crop top and matching hotpants and a striking red satin kimono over the top, she immediately launched into some slow dance moves. Before the beginning of the second song, the kimono had gone and she put on a pair of crazily high platform boots, which she wore for most of the set. There was a full band with them onstage – guitar, bass, drums and two female backing singers – with Lucas working his magic and twisting knobs on the bank of electronic equipment in front of him. They describe their music as ‘new soul music’ and this is a good description, as the songs they played had a number of influences from soul, R&B, disco, electro and hip hop, amongst others. Jillian’s presence on the stage was captivating, as she gyrated and danced across the stage flicking her mane of curls as she did so. She’s one sexy lady, but she’s not just a pretty face and a great mover – she is also blessed with a great strong, soulful voice. I spotted Mark Ronson enthusiastically watching their performance from the balcony outside his dressing room and he and the crowd assembled in front of the stage were dancing along and showing their appreciation. Jillian removed her boots before the end of the last song and made her exit by twirling barefoot across the stage – what a way to go. They’re releasing their first album later this year, and it will be one to listen out for.

DJ Patrick Nazemi kept everyone entertained for the next 30 minutes or so before Mark Ronson took to the stage at about 10.30. It was my first time seeing Mark Ronson DJing, so I had no idea what to expect from him. Obviously I know many of the records that he has written and produced with other artists, but what would he play for us at Ibiza Rocks? He was accompanied onstage throughout his 90 minute set by New York rappers Theo London and Cupid Ramone who sang, rapped and danced their way along to the tracks that Mark was playing and mixing, occasionally jumping up next to the decks and keeping us all entertained. When Mark wasn’t concentrating on his DJing (which he was for most of the time) he was pumping his arms in the air from behind the decks. The crowd in the packed venue showed their appreciation by dancing and waving their arms in the air at appropriate moments. For the first hour the set was predominantly hip hop and was much edgier than I expected, but then at about 11.30 he dropped his and Amy Winehouse’s cover of ‘Valerie’ and everyone went crazy and sang along. This signalled a slight change in his musical direction, following it with The Jackson’s ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)’, and then a James Brown track (which I forgot to note down). He ended his set with ‘Uptown Funk’ featuring Bruno Mars, leaving his decks to jump around the stage with the guys, which had everyone dancing furiously and waving their arms in the air and then cheering when they left the stage. It was a great end to a great set and another interesting mix of acts at Ibiza Rocks.


At Night


Oakey’s Red Hot

For our regular readers, you may remember that we recently did an article on the Connect trance parties and their guest of honour for that evening, a Mr. Paul Oakenfold. He mentioned his new tune and promised to send it to us, and as a man of his word, he did. The new track is called ‘Otherside’, comes with four mixes and samples the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. It’s good, really good and is out now in all the usual outlets.


Hard Times Closing

Stan Farrow

I’ve adored Chicago native Derrick Carter since the early nineties when I stumbled across his ‘Sweetened No Lemon’ LP, recorded under his Sound Patrol alias. Then I caught him DJing at The End club in London and he literally blew my socks off with slick transitions from Salsa to Disco to House to Techno. I still have that LP on vinyl and it’s worth a pretty penny now because Mr. Carter is very very popular – both with old farts like me, those just discovering this wonderful thing called House music and everyone in between. He bosses the decks and has a habit of selecting obscure tunes that hit exactly when needed. And I’m in luck because he’s playing tonight.

So onto this season’s closing party of Hard Times at The Vista Club and I get there early not wanting to miss a thing. Long-time Ibiza resident Clara Da Costa starts the proceedings and she knows just what is expected from a warm-up DJ with a fine selection of mid-paced tunes. The crowd are bubbling nicely when New York’s Hector Romero takes over and pushes things up a notch. He’s active behind the decks and is obviously enjoying himself as a vocal-led funk fest leaps from the speakers and slaps everyone in the hips.

The crowd are wiggling freely now and just as well because Derrick Carter, after briefly losing his USB stick on the floor before a phone flashlight comes to the rescue, takes charge and immediately raises the wiggle level. The first hour we’re treated to some seamlessly mixed obscure classics and more recently released bass rumblers. Then he decides to really spank the crowd with some heftier tunes and even a little acid before winding up with pure unadulterated feel-good disco. Swapping between such varied genres shouldn’t work, it really shouldn’t – but he’s built a career out of selecting the best tunes for the crowd at any given moment and he doesn’t look like he’s in the mood to retire anytime soon. Quality DJ and a quality night. Will see you next year Hard Times.


At Night




You Talk, We Listen

New Freephone Number For The Samaritans in Spain 

900 525 100

Thanks to the generous donations by their supporters, Samaritans in Spain are now delighted to be able to provide a free phone number from 1st June. It is 900 525 100

Anyone in need of emotional support can call 24/7  to speak to a trained listener free of charge. All calls are confidential. In addition to the new Freephone service there is also an email contact point


More information at



Lucky black cat

An Italian tourist was walking Saturday night near the Paseo Vara de Rey when he began to hear a very loud meow, followed the noise and found that it came from a parked car. The man left a note on the windshield of the car asking the driver not to start the vehicle, because he correctly guessed that there was a kitten trapped inside.

Next day, local residents who were obviously concerned called the fire department, the 112 emergency line, the local police and even several town councillors. Local Police arrived and contacted the owner of the car. While waiting for the owner, the gathered crowd cooled the vehicle with water and little nine year-old Alex was on stand-by with a carrier to rescue the kitten. When the car owner arrived, he popped the bonnet to discover the black kitten which Alex immediately named Polo – after the car.

It’s Good to Talk

By Kate Stillman

Dear Ibiza Counselling,

This situation has kind of passed but I suppose I am worried about it happening again so thought  it best to get some advise. We (me and my husband) love living here and we really want all our friends in England to come and have a taste of the life we live so our door is always open.

Some good friends asked if they could  come and stay for a week and of course we said yes. What we didn’t know was that their relationship was not going so well and this was a kind of make or break holiday for them. It didn’t go so well, they argued and then she talked to me for ages and he talked to my husband for ages we were both totally stuck in the middle and it made our week a nightmare. We both felt really uncomfortable and then by the end of it they sorted it all out and went home happy and we were left with so much negativity that it took is a few days to literally recover and get back to normal. I realize that might sound a bit dramatic but  it was a really unpleasant experience for us and not one we wish to repeat.

Thank you


Dear JT,

Thank you for your letter and sorry that you had such a difficult week. It sounds as if you and your husband are incredibly welcoming of all your friends from home and that sometimes that can result in them brining some of their “baggage with them”. I very tricky situation as it would be very odd to ask them before they come if everything is OK. But at the same time it is important that guests don’t impact your daily lives and routine too much as you are not on holiday you are living and I assume working here and summer is busy enough as it is. I am wondering how it would feel to start telling friends they are welcome to stay and that you will spend as much time  with them as you can but they need to be a little self sufficient. For example they must hire a car, you will give them a front door key and there will be times when they have to go off and do their own thing. Similarly they may well be times when you and your partner need to go off and do your own thing or see friends.

My feeling is that with a constant influx of friends visiting it is really important for you to have your own down time together away from being hosts and looking after others. You are important and you deserve whatever relaxation time you need to get through the most chaotic tie of the year.

Putting in boundaries firmly but gently means that neither your or your guests expectations will snowball and actually make the visits much more manageable for everyone.

Take care and do let us know how you get on,

Warm regards, Kate

View from the Pew

Rev. Dr. Peter Pimentel

It’s easy for us to think that meditation has roots in the eastern (Hindu and Buddhist) religions.  And of course it does – but not exclusively.  Meditation is also prominent in the Bible.  It is foundational to Judeo-Christian spirituality.

There are 150 Psalms (poem-songs) in the Bible.  The first Psalm sets the scene.  It has to do with meditation: “Their delight is in the law of the Lord and they meditate on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1 verse 2)

The Hebrew word translated in English bibles as “meditate” is pronounced haga.  We get a good idea of what haga means by looking at the usage in the Bible.  In addition to the obvious texts that have to do with meditation, the word is also used of a lion that growls (haga) over its prey (Isaiah 31:4).  The lion is meditating presumably because it is doing something repetitive and audible and it is focused on its prey.  The lion is aware of the present moment!  The Bible also speaks about the cooing (haga) of a dove (Isaiah 38:14).  The word haga in other contexts describes the wailings in the mourning rituals of the ancient Near East.

The noun “meditation” (in Hebrew higgäyôn) in Psalm 92:3 refers to the melody played on a musical instrument.

“Their delight is in the law of the Lord and they meditate on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:2).  The word “law” in the Bible doesn’t mean what it means in English.  The Hebrew word torah very often means: “teaching”, “instruction” and “guidance”.  Meditation in the Bible has to do with focus, recital, repetition, melody and chewing over the guidance given by the Good Lord.  The person who meditates on the torah “is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:3).  Unlike trees growing wild or planted in the fields, where rainfall might be sporadic; the person who meditates on God’s good guidance is like a tree that has been planted beside irrigation canals (in Hebrew, palgê māyim, “streams of water”) – artificial water channels made for the purpose of irrigation.  Whatever he does prospers.

Services: Sunday 20th for worship, 10:30am, RC Church, Sant Rafel, Placa de Iglesia de Sant Rafel. English-Speaking Church on Ibiza and Formentera. Tel: 971 34 33 83.



When The Spanish Were Refugees


The Syrian migrant crisis, is drawing comparisons with the exodus during Spain’s Civil War


With tens of Thousands of Refugees Continuing to arrive on the shores of Europe this summer, most of them fleeing the conflict in Syria, the scenes have brought back memories of Spain’s own Civil War to some people.

“Seventy-six years separate these two photographs,” writes Antonio Manfredi in the Facebook post below. “The top one is from this summer, showing war refugees in Macedonia. The one below, the same, depicts Spaniards held in French internment camps after the Civil War. What’s the difference? We can’t just be content with our newfound wealth. We have to remember who we were.”

In her 2005 study of the Republican exile, La voz de los vencidos (The voice of the vanquished), historian Alicia Alted says around 465,000 Spaniards fled to France between 1936 and 1939. Although around half gradually returned after France surrendered to the Germans in 1940, she puts the total number of those who never came back to Spain at around 220,000.

This photograph, among the many highlighting the similarities between today’s situation and the desperate efforts of Spaniards to flee poverty last century, shows a group of around 100 people who sailed from the Canary Islands to Venezuela without papers in 1949. A decade ago the image was used alongside the slogan “We too were foreigners” as part of an awareness campaign created by the regional government of the Canary Islands at a time when large numbers of people were arriving there in rickety boats from West Africa.

EL PAÍS journalist Tomás Bárbulo notes that the men and women aboard the boat were mostly farm laborers who earned around 20 pesetas (12 euro cents) a day working from sunup to sundown, and who paid 4,000 pesetas (€24) to make the crossing.

“Juan Azcona, one of the organizers of the voyage, says he had around 20 people staying in his house,” says Bárbulo. “Today, under current law, he would be sent to prison for people trafficking.”

“When those 106 people disembarked in Latin America, Spain was mired in misery and under the boot of Franco, while Venezuela was an emerging economy. Although the difference between the two states was less than say, Nigeria and Spain today, at the time, Spaniards were looking abroad to make a new life, in the same way that people from Africa do today,” says Bárbulo.

Used by journalist Toño Fraguas in an article in El Mundo newspaper, this photograph below shows the British vessel the Stanbrook, which along with three other steamers and several fishing boats, left the port of Alicante in March 1939, in the final days of the Civil War, with 2,638 people aboard.

When the Stanbrook arrived in the Algerian port of Oran, the French authorities initially refused to allow passengers to disembark, eventually transferring them to internment camps.

Meanwhile, desperate Republicans continued arriving in the Valencia region after those boats left, looking for a way out of Spain. Many committed suicide or drowned after throwing themselves into the sea. London and Paris were disinclined to accept Spanish war refugees, but one country that did step forward was Mexico, then ruled by left-leaning president Lázaro Cárdenas.

On July 1, 1940, Cárdenas said Mexico was prepared to accept all Spanish refugees then in France, and placed them under Mexican diplomatic protection. Spanish refugees continued to travel from France to Mexico until December 1942, when Germany occupied Vichy France, which had been run by a puppet regime headed by Marshal Pétain.

Spanish Republicans had been escaping to Mexico since 1937, when a boat carrying 463 children left Bordeaux. According to Alted, some of the children were sent without the permission of their parents.

But Cárdenas was criticized by conservatives at home, as well as by labor unions, which feared the new arrivals would drive down wages.

The Mexican authorities tried to vet refugees, allowing only those in with sufficient funds to travel, and keeping them away from Mexico City. The majority of Spaniards who went to Mexico were from the middle classes: teachers, lawyers and other professionals, along with politicians and intellectuals, most of whom did take up residence in the capital. Estimates put the number of Spaniards who left for Mexico after the war at between 20,000 and 24,000.

Spanish war refugees also ended up in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, the Soviet Union, the United States, Dominican Republic and other countries. But many also ended up in French prison camps. Alted quotes José Ramón y Mena, a Republican who arrived at the Argelès camp in February 1939: “There were no toilets or running water, the French had installed some water pumps on the beach, using saltpeter, and this created dreadful conditions that led to a dysentery epidemic. People were dropping like flies.”

France was clearly not prepared to accept the Spanish exiles and, as Alted notes, “was especially interested in forcing people to return to Spain or to move on to other countries.”


When The Spanish Were Refugees


As a result of France’s refusal to offer the refugees sanctuary, by the end of 1939, growing numbers of Spaniards, particularly women and children, had returned to Spain, leaving between 140,000 and 180,000 in French prison camps. Men aged between 20 and 48 were required to work for the French military authorities, and around 55,000 were enrolled into various organizations, including the French Foreign Legion. When the Germans invaded in the summer of 1940 and France capitulated, many Spaniards became prisoners of war and were sent to Germany to work, says Alted.

But by 1943, Spaniards were being sent from French prison camps to German concentration camps such as Mauthausen, in Austria, as British historian Paul Preston writes in his book The Spanish Holocaust. “On August 20, 1940, a train consisting of cattle wagons left Angoulême with 927 Spanish refugees aboard,” writes Preston. They believed they were being taken to the French-run part of France. “The journey lasted three days and nights, with the refugees unable to sit, with no food or water. On August 24, they arrived at Mauthausen.”

Preston tells how the women and children were taken off the train shortly after it left Angoulême and repatriated to Spain against their wishes. Of the 490 men who arrived to Mauthausen, 397 died there.

In total, more than 5,000 Spaniards died in German concentration camps after they were handed over by the French authorities.


Learn Spanish at Adult School

The kids are back in school, how about you? The Ibizan adult schools are enrolling now.

The government run schools offer classes in Spanish and Catalan (introductory Catalan is perfect for parents wishing to help children with schoolwork).

There are also classes to gain entrance into Spanish university or a vocational training program, or even to get the Spanish secondary degree.

Interested in yoga, belly dancing, photography, computers, painting or German?Some of the centres offer these courses too.

Enrolment until September 25

  • Ibiza town- Castella Street across from the market, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11-13h, Tuesday, Thursday 18 – 20h
  • Santa Eularia- St Jaime Street 72, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11-13h, Tuesday, Thursday 19 – 21h
  • Formentera- Aules Antics Sant Francesc, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11-13h, Tuesday, Thursday 18 – 20h
  • Sant Antoni:C/Alacant nº 33, Monday 18.30 – 21.30, Tuesday and Friday 11 – 13h
  • Sant Josep: Escoles Velles Carretera Es Cubells s/n.Sant Josep, Monday 18.30 – 21.30, Tuesday and Friday 11 – 13h
  • Cala de Bou:Centre Municipal. Monday 18.30 – 21.30, Tuesday and Friday 11 – 13h




Hello everyone… welcome to this week’s Zips It Up.

We’re full swing into the Fashion weeks – New York last week, then London immediately afterwards. What will we all be wearing next year? In case you’ve been kept awake wondering, over the next few weeks we’ll keep you up to date, especially regarding the shows in London.

It’s a busy month for everyone involved in fashion, following the summer break. With Fashion Week shows starting first thing in the morning and going on until late at night, we might need a further summer holiday. But rather than bombarding you with fashion week news, there are some light hearted fashion stories making the press this week.

This well-timed story caught my eye. Renowned scientist Dr Paul Kelley is likely to become everyone’s favourite Doc after claiming that all adults should start work at 10am instead of 9am. He argues that the whole 9-5 routine is bad for our health. Apparently, getting out of bed earlier than our bodyclock’s rhythm is ‘similar to torture’ and working 9 – 5 is hugely damaging to the body’s system.

Make him the next PM.

Another top bloke in the news this week is everyone’s favourite ex-footballer / perfect husband / father / fashion icon etc, David Beckham. Following a small acting role in his ‘bestie’ Guy Richie’s latest flick, Becks has decided to become an actor. Vinny Jones tried it and achieved some (rather one dimensional) success. However, I think the reason we all love Becks is because he looks so picture perfect. On the pitch. Getting out of a limo. On the street. On the front row next to Anna Wintour. However, we rarely hear Beckham speak and I think that’s how he should keep it. Stick to ‘acting natural, saying nothing’ in my view.

A much older idol making headlines this week is the most crazy Rolling Stone, Keith Richards, who earned this title by claiming back in 2007 that he’d snorted his father’s ashes. Richards now wants his two fashionista daughters, Theodora and Alexandra, to follow suit when he passes away. They must be so proud of their old man.

On that ashen note let’s move onto this week’s Zips It Up.

The NYFW model redefining beauty and Topshop’s Unique collection costing as much as Gucci and Chanel.

So curl up on the sofa for five minutes with that bar of Galaxy and enjoy this week’s Amanda Zips It Up.

Read Amanda’s fashion blog



Downs Model Redefines Beauty

Amanda O’Riordan

September. What does this month mean for you? Back to school, back to work? Post holiday blues in effect?

For me, it’s the busiest month of the year in the world of fashion – Fashion Week time. This week has been all about NYC. As we observed the usual stick thin models parading down the catwalks, there was only one model that stood out for me – a model who made history too.

This is Madeline Stuart. An Aussie model with Downs Syndrome. In the space of 12 months, Madeline has gone from fashion spectator to the face of change. The inspirational 18-year-old has single-handedly challenged society’s perception of beauty – and there is no doubt she has succeeded.

This week, Madeline made her debut on the New York Fashion Week catwalk for American label FTL Moda’s Spring 2016 collection, making her only the second ever Downs Syndrome woman to model on the NYFW catwalk. Madeline cut an elegant figure on the runway – her stylised long red hair and her face painted silver and blue.

With all eyes on her, Madeline seemed humbled by the experience as she held one hand to her chest before extending both arms to the crowd. The inspirational teen looked ethereal in a one-sleeved gown that hugged her figure in a corset-style gold bodice, extending at the hips in three-tier detailing before falling in feather-like ruffles to the floor. Next, she was paired in an edgy halter-neck top that sported a picture of a fish with wet-look shorts and chunky gold sandals.

FTL Moda is a bi-annual event that showcases new talents in the fashion and modelling fields. Madeline’s journey from Brisbane teenager to high-fashion model at FTL Moda is one of steely determination. Madeline swam five times a week, trained with the Special Olympics, did cheer-leading and hit the gym to shed 20 kilograms in the lead-up to her modelling debut.

Madeline’s strength in overcoming her physical challenges have left a lasting impact.

After her first photo shoot, Madeline’s mother, posted the photos on social media –

they quickly went viral. Madeline’s confidence and determination made her a poster girl for other people with Downs syndrome, giving parents hope that their children could achieve anything they set out to.

In the lead up to NYFW, her mother commented that the world was ready for people with intellectual disabilities to grace the catwalk. ‘I think that’s why she’s done so well,’ Rosanne said, ‘because this isn’t about us. It’s about fighting the fight for all the people out there that are a bit different.’

Her NYFW debut was not the first time Madeline has taken to the runway in New York. She has previously walked in support of auto immune awareness, in addition to a number of. The fearless red-head became the face of cosmetics company Glossigirl and lent her name to lifestyle brand EverMaya for a new handbag – with proceeds donated to the National Down Syndrome Society.

New York Fashion Week is not the end of the runway for Madeline, who later this year plans to visit Sweden and Russia to advance her career.

She’s worked hard for it, proving that those with Down’s Syndrome can achieve anything. Her parents say she should continue as long as she is happy doing what she’s doing.

What a refreshing and heartwarming fashion story.




Topshop’s Overpriced Unique Collection

Amanda O’Riordan

As regular readers of Zips It Up will know, I am a Topshop devotee. Like many of you, I suspect. Toppers always nail what’s happening right now, with affordable prices and guaranteed quality. Their ‘luxury’ ranges, Unique and Boutique, are great for that ‘extra special outfit’ for which you don’t mind paying a little bit extra as a treat.  Frequently, there are very few available garments, to keep things exclusive. However, it appears that Top Shop has taken the ‘splurge’ price tag a bit too far this season.

I am off to a wedding in LA this November. It’s a significant opportunity to dress up, so naturally I went straight to Topshop online to see what the Unique collection had on sale.

The Topshop Unique A/W15 collection was seen on the catwalk in London earlier this year and is now available to buy. Made in limited numbers, the Unique range is made up of various dresses, coats, tops, skirts and footwear, and always delivers that special outfit. Prices generally range from £55 – £300, but this collection’s price tags go up to an eye watering £995. Is this the same Topshop we know and love?

At £995, The Kensington Shearling Jacket is the one of the pricier products in the collection and after going on sale, there were just two left online. So clearly, the price isn’t deterring people too much.

Another expensive item is the Brunswick velvet cut-out dress which is a whopping £895. Currently, there is just one size 6 left in stock online.

Topshop’s Creative Director, Kate Phelan says: “This season Unique celebrates everything that’s great about British style, harnessing incredible British models who encompass that real individual spirit.”

Mmmm. I don’t like the idea of Toppers pricing us out of the market. The reason why Top Shop has such a loyal fan base is because it’s a brand we can depend upon without the bank being broken. Just how devoted do you have to be to spend almost £1000 on a jacket from Topshop, instead of at high end designers like Balmain, Prada or Burberry? Because, if you have that kind of cash to spend, isn’t that where you’ll probably be shopping?

Or are we witnessing a ‘new era’ for Toppers?

I’ll leave you to ponder on that one.

The collection is available online now.


A Booty-ful Behind

Sophia V.

The Jenner and Kardashian clan have taken the world by storm with their reality show – Keeping Up With The Kardashians, their books, clothes stores DASH, jewellery/clothing/perfume lines, video games, mobile App’s, hair extension range, cosmetics and more.

They’re also blasted all over the television and internet for other reasons. It seems people are obsessed with Kylie Jenner’s full lips, and not to mention the Kardashian girl’s big behinds. Kim and Khloe especially are admired for their curves. They use waist-trainers to slim their waistline, and exercises to get that full, rounder ass.

So, how do they do it? Below are some exercises that will help you achieve the look.

One minute lunges and lifts (left leg forward.)

Thirty second lunge pulses (leg left forward.)

One minute lunges (right leg forward.)

Thirty second lunges (right leg forward.)

One minute double dip squats.

Thirty second static hold.

Thirty second squat pulses.

The above work-out lasts only five minutes and burns 35-60 calories. Two to three times a week is sufficient. If you don’t want a butt as big as Khloe then do these exercises a couple of times a week.

There is even a Brazilian butt-lift cream by Freezeframe available online, which promises to re-contour the buttocks, and create a more shapely, firmer and lifted posterior which looks perkier and younger.

There is also another butt enhancement cream available online called IsoSensuals Curve. There are over two thousand reviews on Amazon, and sixty percent of those are five stars. I’m not quite sure that I believe creams can achieve this, but the again, anti-wrinkle and skin firming creams work on the face, so if you can get these type of creams at a decent price, why not give it a go?

Below is the link to the five minute work-out video.


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Jezza’s Sports Report

Jeremy Parmenter

Just off to catch a plane to Bilbao for a few days R and R in Northern Spain so gotta get a move on! Let’s start with


and commiserations but also congrats to Jamie Murray, Andy’s older bro for his attempt to clinch the Mens Doubles Title at the US Open. Having done brilliantly to win their  Semi with partner Aussie John Peers they just ran out of steam and were beaten by the French pairing of Mahut and Herbert in two straight sets. Still, with younger sibling Andy reaching the Singles Quarters, only to be beaten in straight sets by a superb Roger Federer, it augurs well for GB’s upcoming Davis Cup Semi Final in Edinburgh against Croatia. As for the Swiss maestro, having beaten compatriot Wawrinka in Saturday’s semi, in the early hours of Monday and looking to secure his 7th US Open and 18th Major, he faced World No 1 Djokovic in a rain affected Final, which, unfortunately for the World No 2, turned in to a bit of a damp squib as he lost 3 sets to 1 to give the Serb his 2nd US title and his 10th Major. Biggest shock of the tourney was the semi  defeat of Serena Williams, going for that elusive Slam of Slams in a calendar year having already pocketed the Australian, French and Wimbledon titles. Totally against form, she was beaten by unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci to set up an all-Italian Final against Flavia Penetta. However, the dream didn’t materialise for Vinci  as she was beaten by her compatriot, who announced her retirement from the sport immediately after lifting the Cup!


Another damp squib at OT on Sunday in the winner-takes-all ODI between England and Australia. With the former desperately wanting to win the Series, having played brilliantly to win the two previous matches to come back from a 2-0 deficit to be all square, and the latter desperately wanting to win at least something from their Ashes Tour, England were only able to post a pretty measly score of 139 leaving the Aussies to take the match and the Series 3-2. Mind you, it didn’t help that Captain Morgan, England’s best player over the Series, was felled by a Starc bouncer and had to retire when on 1. Makes the saying “if you can’t beat ’em, knock ’em over” quite apt, methinks! So, a pretty successful summer for the England boys, with a drawn Test Series against NZ, as well as a win in the T20 and the ODI Series, and then winning back the Ashes, and beating the Aussies in the T20, to lose the ODI Series against the World Champions, just, ain’t a bad return.

Rugby League

Super8 time again, and a shock here as leaders Leeds were beaten 46-16 by Catalans in Perpignan for their second successive defeat, to now only lead the table on points difference from Wigan, who beat Hull 30-24. With Huddersfield, now in 3rd, beating Warrington and St Helens, 4th, beating Castleford, looks like these two will join Leeds and Wigan in the Play-offs.

Rugby Union

Friday sees the start of the World Cup, with hosts England kicking off the 6 week

jamboree at Twickenham against Fiji in what is a must-win game for the Red Rose and a chance for Lancaster’s men to put down a marker to the other contenders. With 4 groups of 5 countries taking place over the next 4 weeks, with matches all over England and some in Wales, the event promises to be the best WC yet with the usual suspects as favourites, NZ, Australia, South Africa, England, Ireland, France and Wales  all vying for the Final in October at Twickenham. However, as in all World Cups, football and cricket included, don’t be surprised to see a few shocks along the way! My prediction? My heart says England/NZ in the Final, but my head says France/NZ but, then again, what do I know!


After the recent Euro16 qualification matches, the Premier League took centre stage once again, and it’s now 5 wins out of 5 for Manchester City, altho’ they needed a 92nd minute winner to beat high-fliers Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Bit of a feisty affair apparently but Palace, after beating Chelsea last time out, proved beyond doubt that they can hack it with the big boys under the stewardship of Pardew. Leicester, in 2nd, came back from a 2 goal deficit to beat the Villa 3-2 at Filbert St (sorry, I can’t get used to these new stadium names!) to make the Tinkerman’s w/end, while Man U, now in 3rd, got their season back on track, despite according to the press, the players not seeing eye-to-eye with van Gaal, to beat arch-enemies Liverpool 3-1 at OT with the world’s most expensive teenager Martial scoring a stunning debut goal. Arsenal scored their first home goals of the season in their 2-0 win over Stoke to go 4th while Everton showed Chelsea in a 3-1 win at Goodison that, yes, the Blues do desperately need John Stones, the Toffees central defender to shore up a defence that has now conceded 12 goals in 5 games, only  18 less than they let in in the whole of last season. A stunning hat-trick from Naismith was the highlight as he came off the bench to condemn Chelsea to their worst start to a season in the top division since 1986! Pressure, not according to Jose! Swansea lost their first match of the season, surprisingly 1-0 at new boys Watford, who chalked up their first 3 pointer, while the other two new boys Naaarwich and Bournemouth had a first Premier meeting, with the former winning 3-1 at Carrow Road. Elsewhere, Sunderland lost 1-0 at home to Tottenham to prop up the league with the Cockerells achieving their first win of the season, and West Bromwich and Southampton shared the points in a not-too-pretty scoreless draw at the Hawthorns. Finally, West Ham take on Newcastle at Upton Park tonight (Monday) with the Hammers looking to jump in to 4th and the Magpies looking for their first win of the season. This week also sees the start of the Champions and Europa League Group games with, in the former, Man City at home to last season’s Finalists Juventus, Man U away in Eindhoven against PSV, Arsenal with a long trip to Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea, desperate to get their season back on track, at the Bridge against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. In the latter, on Thursday, ’tis Celtic in Holland against Ajax, Liverpool at Bordeaux, and Tottenham at home to FK Karabakh (who?).

Finally, can’t finish without a mention of that man Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 5, yes, FIVE, for Real Madrid in a 6-1 thumping of  Espanyol in La Liga, but Barca still top the league after their 2-1 win over Atletico in Madrid, with Messi coming off the sub’s bench to score the all-important winner after ex-‘Pool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres had scored for the Madridistas.

Gotta fly, literally, and catch that Vueling flight, have a good week……….Jezza


Powerboat Weekend

Cowes hosted some powerboat racing last weekend which saw Richard Carlton’s Ibiza sponsored boat winning the Cowes – Poole – Cowes Race. The race weekend had 32 boats in total, but it was the boat sponsored by Marc’s Restaurant in Ibiza that was one of the stars of the show.

They smashed the time record, coming home in 42 minutes 27 seconds, for the 47.4 nautical mile course, at any average speed of 77.10 mph, or 124.08 km/hr.

Over the whole weekend they were 4th fastest, which is pretty impressive  for a historic boat, built originally 35 years ago (the engines & drives are all new).

Richard is planning on setting up a powerboat extravaganza in Ibiza for 2017 which is envisioned to be a water-based version of the Goodwood Revival.




Spain v England in Alicante

England are set to play  Spain on 13 November for a friendly in preparation for the UEFA European Champions 2016 finals.

The game, which is subject to Spain qualifying for the finals, will rather surprisingly be played at the José Rico Pérez stadium in Alicante instead of Madrid’s famous Santiago Bernabeu—a move it is felt has been taken to  avoid the constant jeers and whistles aimed at Barcelona playerPiquéhis jibes about Madrid after Barcelona won the First Division League, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League were leaked to the press.

Despite Piqué being a key national player, taunts from the incensed Madrid fans have followed him in all national matches since. He was booed and jeered every time he touched the ball in the2016 qualifier match against Slovakia.

Although Piqué seems not to be affected the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has chosen to hold the match against England in Alicante to avoid the problem escalating.

The two international teams have met previously on 23 occasions, the last being onFebruary 2009 in Seville, when England were defeated 2-0 by goals from David Villa and Fernando Llorente.

Alicante’s José Rico Pérez stadium, home to Second Division B team Hercules CF, has a 30,000 capacity. Information on ticket salesd will be released soon.

The game is bound to be attractive to Ibiza based England fans with dfirect flights available at just 50 euros, and easy ferry options via Denia.


Copa de Ibiza 2015

After the excitement of last year’s Copa de Ibiza football tournament, in which Plastik’s Andy Matthews took possibly the worst penalty ever seen on grass, Es Paradis were attempting to retain their trophy this week as a host of the top bars and clubs in Ibiza battled to lift the 2015 cup in Sant Antoni.

After an intense league format, the knock out stages eventually saw Linekers facing off against Hard Rock in the final.

In what was almost an England versus Spain contest, Hard Rock kept their nerve to walk away as the deserved champions.  Until next year …




Low Mortgage Offer
  • Gone are the days where practically anyone can walk into a bank with very little yet walk out having been granted a mortgage to purchase a new property.
  • However, there is a war taking place within the banking sector, as entities have been battling against each other in a bid to attract clients for the last couple of years.

While they have to protect themselves and guarantee the money that they lend, they are still trying to make their mortgage deal the most attractive by offering the lowest differential rate on the market.

As soon as one major bank reduces the differential rate of its mortgages, making it the best deal around, all the others follow suite. In the last two years, banks in general havethe differential rate of their mortgages by half, from around the 2% mark to just about hovering around 1%.

The latest entity to make a move and lower its mortgage interest rate even further is, which has knocked 0.3% off the differential rate, taking it from Euribor +1.29% to+0.99%.

This is now the cheapest variable mortgage rate on the market.

The nearest rate to ING’s new deal come fromSantander, who both recently reduced their offers to Euribor +1.25%, which up until now was the best package from any of Spain’s banks.

Anyone looking to take out a mortgage at the moment must also be aware that the differential rate is not the only factor to consider. While many of these deals appear to be too good to be true, the client must realize that the bank will try to add life and house insurances and credit cards into the deal, which could increase the price of your mortgage.

At the moment, with interest rates and the Euribor still being reduced, the banks must increase the income generated through interest by taking on a greater number of mortgages, hence the battle to outdo each other.


Eurobor Drops
  • The Euribor, the reference rate used to calculate the majority of mortgages in Spain, had been falling for over a year before rising slightly at the end of July.

As a homeowner and watching our monthly mortgage repayments continually reduce to a point where it would almost be impossible to reach any lower, we’re almost on tenterhooks to see what will happen next.

Experts have reported that in the-termEuribor willto fall, yet there will come a point when all good things come to an end and interest rates will increase once more.

However, the situation is still a positive one, despite the slight hiccup at the end of July, which saw the Euribor go up after 14 months of sliding downwards. In May 2014, the Euribor registered at 0.592% and has fallen ever since (bar July 2015).

August has closed with the Euribor situated at the rate of.161%- the lowest rate since records began in 1999.

When we think back to pre-crisis rates, the majority of people taking out a mortgage were looking at a rate somewhere between 2% and 5%.

This great news means that savings will be made each month and for the next year for all those that are due for their annual payment review.

The month of August commenced with the rate registering at 0.166%. Since then it has dropped on a daily basis to end the month at 0.16%, which is 0.308 points less than last August’s rate.

According to economic and finance experts, the fact that Europe’s economy has reached a period of relative stability is what is helping to maintain the Euribor at such a low rate. The Euribor has been unaffected by the current turmoil of the Chinese market, which has in fact had negative repercussions on the Spanish stock market.

Information supplied with kind assistance of On The Pulse Of Spain—a great resource for legal , administrative and property matters.




Thursday 17th to Wednesday 23rd September 2015

ARIES – Five of Cups

Emotions are close to the surface this week, making it harder to cope with situations you thought were manageable.  You’re at an emotional crossroads, there’s no going back; it’s time to look forward and believe that better times are ahead.  The past cannot be changed so there’s no point lamenting over what might have been or trying to change others.

TAURUS – Ace of Wands

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

GEMINI – Five of Wands

If relationships cause frustration or anxiety, take a moment to see how you can improve the situation.  Gemini’s are clever at reading others, which is why they make such excellent sales people.  It is however, one thing to get into others minds.   A more evolved Gemini knows that to be a complete success you have to get into people’s hearts.

CANCER – Knight of Pentacles

You’ve got your practical head on which is good, as muddled thinking gets you nowhere.  You’re looking for opportunities to increase earnings however; situations won’t shift if you just sit there.  Make a concerted effort to seek out like minded or influential people who can point you in the right direction.  Diversity should be your middle name this week.

LEO – Eight of Cups

Love returning to your life, or a lover coming back?  Either way, this week someone will think you’re pretty hot stuff.  If your love life has been famine, expect a gourmet feast. You’ve been given the gift of time which has enabled you to examine the value of all your relationships. Those that don’t made the grade; aren’t really for you.

VIRGO – The Hierophant

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

LIBRA – Page of Wands

You’ll have good news regarding future creative business projects; it’s like getting the green light you’ve been waiting for.  This card takes you on new life adventures so it’s good to start something new.  Those of you waiting any kind of exam result will be pleased with what you hear. Children and education also take up much of your week.

SCORPIO – Four of Cups

You’ll be tempted to accept the opportunities now on offer however, you would be wise to wait for a bit. Something’s coming that will be more to your liking; so hold off making hasty decisions that you’ll later regret. This is especially so when it comes to close relationships; are you fully committed or just going along with a situation?

SAGITTARIUS – The Hanged Man

Why sacrifice your time or energy for someone, or a project when to be honest, you don’t have the time or the inclination? If you cannot give it 100%, bail out early rather than disappoint others. A retreat or spa will do you the world of good, if only to replenish the energy you’ve expended in the past few weeks.

CAPRICORN – Queen of Pentacles

You’ll be single-minded about getting your way; even Capricorn men won’t be uncomfortable at losing their cool if anyone stands between them and their desired goal.  This is a card of wisdom and steadfastness.  So if you’ve the determination and have done your research well, you will succeed!  Financial stability or accountability is at the root any issues this week.

AQUARIUS – Four of Pentacles

You’re laying the foundations of a bright financial future this week; that could provide more than one steam of revenue.   Pay attention to the details when finalising anything where money changes hands, make sure all’s fair and square.  ‘Money’s round to go around’, as the saying goes; spend wisely on anything that’s considered an investment, and that includes on you!

PISCES – Temperance

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


The Guide …


& Finally…

Finally, this week comes with the emphasis very much on the ‘F’.

If there is one thing we English speakers know how to do well it is use the F word. New evidence has discovered the first use to be in 1310 – used in a nickname for Roger Fuckbythenavele – as in a man who could not copulate well – think naval as in bellybutton, he didn’t know where to put it.

The find was made by a historian claims to have found the earliest use of the word “fuck” in the English language, in court documents from the 14th century.

Dr Paul Booth, a senior research fellow at Keele University, found evidence of a man named “Roger Fuckbythenavele” from Chester county court plea rolls in 1310.

“I’ve been going through these magnificent records and I came across this by accident,” Dr Booth explained. “It really does shout out at you.”

An excerpt from the documents reads:

County Court of Chester, held on Tuesday after the feast of St Nicholas, 4 Edw. II, before Payn Tibotot, justiciar of Chester (8th December 1310). A man called “Roger Fuckbythenavele” was exacted for the first time [the process preliminary to outlawry].

The historian says the man was going through the process of being outlawed and it appears he had been given this nickname – either as an “inexperienced copulator” or as a “rather extravagant explanation for a dimwit” – by a court clerk.

Before this latest discovery, the earliest known use of the F-word was said to be in a 1475 poemflyys- where a line reads “they are not in Heaven, since they fuck the wives of Ely” – however because the poem is written in Anglo-Latin it may not be the earliest form in true English.

Another early use of the swear word was from anmonk in 1528, who wrote of a fellow monk in the margin of a book: “O d fuckin abott.”

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