Ibiza News 845
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The Ibizan 845 ~ 22 Sep 16
Day by Day…
- Also see articles on this page and throughout the newspaper. Agenda continues on back page.
- Ibiza Town, 10pm Cinema Paradiso (fb), The Big Lebowski
- San Antonio, Shut up And Dance @ Rio. Features the Outcross Records 10th Anniversary Party with Miguel Campbell, Iain O’Hare and MAM (Miguel and Matt Hughes), with regulars Lisa Chadderton, LIPOUS and Roots and Sanchez.
- San Antonio/Bay, Chris farley @ Stevie Ds, 10pm see advert
- Cala de Bou, Old Tavern, Coffee Morning 12 noon to 4pm, in aid of MacMillan nurses.
- Playa d’en Bossa, Glitterbox closing party, with Melon Bomb, Todd Terry, Joey Negro, Dimitri from Paris, John Morales, Purple Disco Machine, DJ Pippi and performances from Hot Heels.
- San Antonio, Lucky Life Music are providing the post-sunset set at Café del Mar with local DJs Ben Fhurst, Ken Fan, Donald Leary and Antton.
- San Jordi, Back to School – San Jordi Music Festival with Los Brazos (Bilbao), The Kleejoss Band (Zaragoza), Uncle Sal (Ibiza), Blind Seekers (Ibiza). Free from 8pm.
- Cala Llonga, Playing for Change, 12 noon to 12 midnight, 30 bands on 4 stages, 2 food areas, children’s play area, hippy market and more.
- Around Ibiza, Fokelore Festival—see article
- Around Ibiza, Fokelore Festival—see article
- Figueretas, Jazz, Hotel Figueretas,
- Santa Eulalia, Nimmos Wild Rover, 9 pm onwards: Open mic jam session, all comers invited to come and contribute. If you can play, come and play…
- Playa d’en Bossa, Bananarama at Children of the 80s @ The Hard Rock Hotel. Take 2 kg of non-perishable food for Food for Ibiza for free entrance. From 7pm.
- San Antonio/Bay, Chris farley @ Stevie Ds, 10pm see advert
- Cala de Bou, Jose Padilla Sunset Sessions on Rooftop Nine, Ibiza Rocks Sol House Hotel 7pm-midnight.
- San Antonio/Bay, Sean Mackey @ Stevie Ds, 10pm see advert
- Playa d’en Bossa, Dance 88/89 closing party @ Sankeys, with Alfredo, Just Be (Bushwacka), Danny Rampling, Graeme Park and Mr. C.
- Ibiza Town, 10pm Cinema Paradiso (fb), El Mariachi
- San Antonio/Bay, Chris farley @ Stevie Ds, 10pm
Playing For Change
- Cala Llonga, 24TH September 2016
Playing For Change Day Ibiza, working with Viva Cala Llonga, is hosting Ibiza’s 2nd Playing For Change Day Festival on Cala Llonga beach, 12 hours of non-stop music & entertainment.
This is the 6th annual worldwide Playing For Change Day on which thousands of musicians, artists and volunteers give their time for free to organise events across the world and raise funds for the Playing For Change Foundation.
From midday to midnight, 30 BANDS from across Ibiza gather on 4 Stages on Cala Llonga beach to entertain residents & tourists of all ages with World Music, Rock, Soul, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Samba, Country, Pop, Flamenco, Fusion and more.
Children & families will be entertained throughout the day by a mobile clown, a costume design show, craft & acrobatic workshops, face painting, drumming in a teepee tent, a foam party and finishing with a spectacular dance & fire show.
Enjoy tasty international cuisine food from 38 Food & Drink Stalls, stroll around Cala Llonga Hippy Market or enjoy a cool drink and refreshments at one of Cala Llonga’s Restaurants & Bars.
Funds raised will help provide free classes to children in dance, instruments, languages and music theory. They are instructed by qualified local teachers in Africa, Asia, South America and Thailand, benefitting over 15,000 children & their families. Essential needs of communities (food, clean water, medicine, clothes, solar energy etc.) are also provided.
Musicians & Artists are performing free of charge so that all monies collected will go to supporting Playing For Change Foundation’s work. Approximately 5,000 visitors attended Ibiza 1st Playing for Change event last year, and raised 8,862€ for the Playing for Change Foundation. This year the target is to raise 10,000€ & entertain even more people in the process.
For more information:
Or contact Playing For Change Day Ibiza:
Shhh! The Sound of Ibiza
- San Antonio Hotel Ordered to Cease All Music Events after Appeal Rejected
- Bora Bora Terrace Closed, Playa D’en Bossa Club Told The Party Must Move Indoors.
- Es Canar Hotel Fined 10,000€ for ‘Whisper Quiet’ Air Conditioning
- New Over 25s Club ‘Alter Ibiza’ Closes after only 3 Days due to Impossible Sound Restrictions
- Nick Gibbs
Given Ibiza’s worldwide reputation as a non-stop party island, the tough regulations in force applicable to where, when and at what volume music can be played comes as a surprise to many of our visitors.
Decibel limits have been in place for some years. Many bars and clubs have Decibel limiting and recording equipment installed, acting as a 24/7 control on any audio excess.
The permissible hours of music have also become ever stricter over the years. There is considerable disparity with some venues allowed to hold open air parties while their neighbours are not. One regulation that now seems to have island wide standardisation is that outdoor events must cut the noise completely at midnight.
The issue of acceptable sound limits is one that will have wide ranging opinions among the public and residents of the island, but in the business community many are saying the levels and restrictions imposed are unreasonable and compromising their ability to trade.
This week has seen two significant sanctions imposed by the San José and Santa Eulalia municipalities, and we also report on the difficulties faced by new British owned club Alter Ibiza, that forced their closure after only 3 days.
San Antonio Orders Town Centre Hotel to Stop All Music Events
The municipality conducted an inspection on July 24 during which breaches in sound and other regulations were detected.
The acoustic study revealed that the un-named establishment “did not meet the conditions laid down by the regulatory bylaws relating to noise levels and vibrations.”
It also stated that the hotel had changed the location of the stage so that it hinders emergency exits in the event of an evacuation.
The City Council conducted the inspection on July 24. On August 12, the city administration ordered that all music events be stopped. An appeal was dismissed and the order became effective on September 14.
Since then the hotel has stopped any musical events in compliance with the municipal decree.
Though the official statement does not name the hotel, the order became effective on September 14th, the same day Ibiza Rocks hotel relocated their last live event of the year to the Ibiza Rocks Bar.
Es Canar Hotel Fined 10,000€ For Noisy Air Conditioning
- Santa Eulalia city council has imposed a fine of 10,000€ to an unnamed hotel in Es Canar due to what was considered excessive noise made by their air conditioning system.
The hotel has taken technical measures to resolve the situation which has had the effect of gaining a 50% reduction in the initially proposed 20,000€ fine.
Proceedings were initiated last year when various sound level recordings confirmed that the hotel had noise emissions exceeding the permitted 17 decibels limit.
How loud is 17db?
According to IAC Acoustics, 17 decibels falls below their 20 decibels example of ‘whispering and rustling leaves’.
Time Up for the Terrace at Bora Bora
- San Jose issues suspension notice after local police find the terrace area only holds licence as a restaurant.
On Monday 19th September, San Jose town council ordered the suspension of Bora Bora’s long established open-air terrace parties.
Councillor Paquita Ribas said that Bora Bora does hold a licence to operate as a nightclub in the back/inside enclosed area, however the terrace, which has always been the focal point of the Bora Bora daytime party, only holds licence to operate as a restaurant.
Ribas said that the local police made a “routine inspection” of all establishments in Playa den Bossa.
On receipt of the police report, the council elected to take the “precautionary measures to suspend the activity of the open-air disco”. Bora Bora were issued with an injunction allowing them 48 hours to comply “which they did” said Ribas.
“We are working to ensure everything is done according to the law in San Jose and we do not give preferential treatment for anyone. We just want things to be done correctly to the benefit of the municipality”.
Councillor Ribas went on to say that “Bora Bora could continue to work as a nightclub in its indoor area, but must not continue on the terrace. At that point, the premises become a restaurant, as it is now clear and denoted on the municipal licence. Although they have a right to play music, it must not be as a nightclub,” she said.
For those unfamiliar with Bora Bora, Playa den Bossa’s original party beach bar has something of a ‘love it or hate it’ reputation.
Historically the terrace party would start early afternoon and included not only the Bora Bora terrace, but also the entire beach area in front of the bar. In around 2010 the bar was compelled to erect fences which went in place early evening. From then the party was contained within the bar itself.
The restaurant is to the left of the main bar when you face Bora Bora from the beach and the open area to the right was where the terrace parties were being held.
The inside room at the back of the bar has been used for many years as the late night party, from midnight to the early hours.
Alter Ibiza Closed For Sound
- Ibiza’s new club aiming for the over 25’s based in the bay of san Antonio, Alter Ibiza, closed its doors following difficulties with sound regulations.
The Cala de Bou based club opened in July this year following a successful crowd funding initiative. Intending to hold parties with a strict over 25’s policy, they ultimately had to close their doors after only three nights due to what were insurmountable difficulties.
In a statement issued by Alter Ibiza Director Sara Altman, we were told “Due to issues beyond our control, Alter Ibiza must close for 2016. Sound and vibration issues with the building combined with issues with some of the promoters mean that it is not viable to open this season. We are all dedicated to relaunching the project, working with the sound and vibration issues over the winter and in talks with some exciting promoter teams for 2017. We would like to thank everyone involved in the project for their continuing love, support and hard work.”
The issue of noise and particularly with reference to music levels in bars and clubs, has been a long-standing topic of discussion in Ibiza.
This guide gives an interesting insight to what these decibels levels equate to in the real world.
In considering the numbers it is important to understand that decibel readings are not applied on an equal and sliding scale. For example, 30 decibels is only one sixteenth as loud as 70 decibels.
One of the common complaints of bars playing music is that the noise from the people in the venue can be louder than the music itself, so leading to the peculiar situation where if a party gets going and the crowd begin to enjoy themselves, they can at the same time stop the party in its tracks.
|Example Noise Levels||DB||Effect|
|Jet take-off (at 25 meters)||150||Eardrum rupture|
|Aircraft carrier deck||140|
|Military jet aircraft take-off from aircraft carrier at 50 ft||130|
|Thunderclap, chain saw. Oxygen torch (121 dB).||120||Painful. 32 times as loud as 70 dB.|
|car horn at 1 meter. live rock music (108 – 114 dB).||110||Average human pain threshold. 16 times as loud as 70 dB.|
|use of outboard motor, power lawn mower, motorcycle, farm tractor,||100||8 times as loud as 70 dB. Serious damage possible in 8 hr exposure.|
|power mower (96 dB); motorcycle at 25 ft (90 dB). Newspaper press (97 dB).||90||4 times as loud as 70 dB. Likely damage in 8 hour exposure.|
|Garbage disposal, dishwasher, average factory, freight train (at 15 meters). diesel truck 40 mph at 50 ft (84 dB)||80||2 times as loud as 70 dB. Possible damage in 8 hour exposure.|
|Passenger car at 65 mph at 25 ft (77 dB); Living room music (76 dB); vacuum cleaner (70 dB).||70||Arbitrary base of comparison. Upper 70s are annoyingly loud to some people.|
|Conversation in restaurant, office, background music, Air conditioning unit at 100 feet.||60||Half as loud as 70 dB. Fairly quiet.|
|Quiet suburb, conversation at home. Large electrical transformers at 100 feet.||50||One-fourth as loud as 70 dB.|
|Library, bird calls (44 dB); lowest limit of urban ambient sound||40||One-eighth as loud as 70 dB.|
|Quiet rural area.||30||One-sixteenth as loud as 70 dB. Very Quiet.|
|Whisper, rustling leaves||20|
Family Fights Back. West End Brawl with Street Thieves
- Two arrested and three injured in West End brawl.
- The three injured were a British father ages 52 and his two sons both aged 25.
- Two Senegalese men aged 37 and 42 arrested for theft.
The Guardia Civil have arrested two men aged 37 and 42, and of Senegalese nationality, for an offence of robbery with violence and intimidation and injury.
As reported in the Diario de Ibiza, the incident occurred at dawn yesterday in the West End when a Senegalese man allegedly stole a gold chain belonging to a member of the British family who have recently arrived in Ibiza.
The family caught the thief in the act and their intervention triggered a fight involving ten Senegalese and several British.
Three British men were slightly injured by contusions in the fight, which occurred near the Orvay hotel on Calle Formentera.
The injured were three men, a father, 52, and his two children, aged 25 years.
Medical sources confirmed that all were attended by the 061 and transferred to the San Antonio medical centre.
- Did you witness the fight, or know the family involved? Please let us know (apart from anything else we think a few people would like to buy them a drink J)
- Note: We think the Diario de Ibiza have got the location wrong – they state that it happened near the Orvay hotel on Calle Formentera, as hown by the red arrow on our map. Video we have seen shows the fight to be in the centre of the West End, outside Bar Amsterdam.
- Inset photo of the incident from facebook of Alex Capdevila. Apologies for resolution but you may be able to make out the person in a red jacket is wielding a chair above his head.
Campaign to Curb Ibiza’s Unauthorised Transport
- Rhian Gibbs
Ibiza’s Minister of Planning and Transport, Pepa Marí, and the Minister of Planning, Energy and Transport of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Marc Pons, presented the results of the campaign against intrusion in the transport sector which has been carried out as a result of an agreement between the two administrations.
The campaign was carried out between May and August and resulted in a total of 650 inspections of vehicles, with 61 disciplinary offenses amounting to 255,261€.
The highest number of offenses detected has been providing discretionary transport services without having the authorisation required for that purpose. The second most common cause has been by companies that provided services different from those permitted within their granted authorisations.
The types of sanction vary according to the offense committed and have been filed as follows:
- 26 Violations for the leasing of vehicles with a driver, without having the authorisation certificate. The fine for this violation is 4001€ and combined total is 104,026€.
- 21 violations of providing transport services that did not meet the conditions specified in the authorisations of the company. Again, each offense is 4001€ and the total amount is 84,021€.
- 9 violations for providing public transport services for passengers without authorisation – pirate taxis. The fine, 6001€ and the total 54,009€.
- 2 violations for drivers where the place of residence is different than the authorisation certificate. Fines of 601€ so in this case, the total is 1,202€
- 2 violations for freight transportation of goods without having the license, 4001€ with a total amount of 8002€.
- 1 violation of € 4,001 for public service vehicles with nine seats not having the correct authorisation.
To perform these inspections, a team of 12 people were deployed with inspectors and sub-inspectors accompanied by local forces. The campaign, which was initially carried out from May to June, was extended to the end of August and plans are already in place for the campaign to be repeated next year.
The files opened by the Balearic executive will now be handled by the Consell d’Eivissa.
Balearic Government: Armengol rejects limits on tourism but commits to “correct excesses’
President of the Government, Francina Armengol, gave the opening speech on Tuesday at the general political debate of the Community, sending a clear message to their partners of legislature in reference to mass/overcrowding in tourism: “We must be alert at the time of adopting structural decisions based on a situation that has a significant cyclical load.” Faced with calls from the Mes y Podemos parties that would push for a limit to the arrival of tourists, Armengol decided to “correct” the “excesses” that have occurred.
“It is true that you have lived uncomfortable situations, but we cannot generalize specific or concrete episodes or have to turn that into a message against tourists,” said the chief executive, who defended “seeking a balance” and make “compatible the development of the main economic activity” of the Balearics with “the improvement of the quality of life” of the citizens.
Armengol considered that the debate on the tourist pressure must be approached from “social, environmental, economic and employment” parameters and do it “from a realistic position, aware of the limitations” as an autonomous community and that the decisions taken “shall seek to benefit the maximum of people”. In this sense, she considered that “the exceptionality of this season” is explained largely by “a temporary situation” by “terrorism and political instability” that has been suffered by other tourist destinations, which has had the knock on effect that the islands have become a “haven destination”. However, the situation of competing destinations can change, so she insisted on the need to be “very careful at the time of adopting decisions imposing limitations now that could harm us in the future”.
However, alongside the positive aspects of a good tourist season, she admitted that it has also caused “feelings of pressure and has brought more difficulties in access to housing”. In this sense, she stated that, while it would be “too simple” to attribute negative situations this summer to an increased supply of holiday homes, “it is true that there is an increase in the supply of tourist accommodation and a good part of it is outside the tourist regulation “.
In this context, she announced that in the regulation will be a brake in holiday homes. “I tell you now that not everything that is being rented to tourists can continue renting” said Armengol. Along with this, she announced the introduction of “mechanisms” in the draft Housing Act that will enter the Parliament in the new term, including the possibility that the Government will be able “to make use of empty homes in the hands of financial institutions” to facilitate the access to them.
Tax Agency Raid Finds Millions in Cash at Ushuaïa and Pacha
- Two more of Ibiza’s big names come under investigation as part of operation Chopin
- Nick Gibbs
40 officials from Spain’s Tax Agency, the Hacienda, and officers of the National Police have undertaken raids on two more of Ibiza’s biggest names in the clubbing/entertainment world.
Both raids were undertaken by teams including tax inspectors, technicians and security personnel some of whom were armed with sub machine guns.
The raid at Pacha started at 6.30am on Thursday the 15th of September, shortly after the club closed for the night.
The raid on Ushuaïa followed a short time later and included both the hotel and outdoor pool club complex in Playa D’en Bossa, and the Matutes group headquarters in Ibiza Town.
The inspection raids were authorised by the Administrative Court No. 1 in Mallorca as part of the ongoing operation Chopin. The inspectors were at both premises until the early afternoon.
The Diario de Ibiza reported that a spokesperson for the tax agency said that they had counted several million euros and that “Now we must check that all this amount of money corresponds to what the companies state in their accounting records”.
On July 8 the operation Chopin teams raided 87 nightclubs in Spain simultaneously. It is estimated that those 87 account for 20% of Spain’s total revenue in the clubbing sector.
The July 8th Chopin operation was the biggest ever made by the Tax Agency into tax fraud and involved the deployment of more than 500 staff. Huge amounts of black money were found stashed away or made up in prepared envelopes to pay staff wages and other expenses. The Hacienda operation was launched in light of what were considered to be an abnormally high level of card payments to cash payments for that business sector, so leading to the assessment that much of the cash taken was not being declared.
The tax office has not released any information on the findings yesterday, however it is reasonable to assume that businesses in that sector will have been alerted by the Hacienda’s actions on July 8th and would have had ample time to ensure their financial accountability would stand up to an inspection.
Read the report on previous raids at Privilege and Space here
Black, White & Grey Editorial comment:
It is such a strange situation in Spain compared to what those of us originating from the UK are used to.
Spain’s black money (undeclared) white money (declared) is so widely known and understood that it is almost institutional.
You have to expect that having been given such a ‘heads up’ by the earlier stages of operation Chopin, further identification of black money hauls will be reduced and the longer the operation continues the less effective it will become. But whatever the outcome of these and future raids is, it does not alter the fact that it still goes on. Aside from a few exceptions such as online and corporate retailing, banking etc, the practice is still widespread. It is quite normal to ask or be asked whether a financial transaction is to be undertaken ‘black or white’.
On balance my view is that in the twenty years I have been closely connected to Spain, and the decade I have been resident here, the practice has certainly reduced – but the level at which it still exists must have huge impact on the Spanish economy to the extent that published figures for GDP etc are notional at best.
The tougher stance taken in recent years by the tax office has created a third option in Spain – which I will call, unimaginatively but appropriately, ‘grey money’.
At fear of the fines imposed for dealing in Black, many transactions are now undertaken by doing all the right paperwork, but only showing a fraction of the actual amount involved.
In employment this will often be a contract on the minimum amount prescribed for that job, with an amount paid on top in Black money that makes the wage up to the market rate. With Spain’s minimum wages tied to particular occupations, and some of those rates being very low, it is often at least 50% of the real wages paid that is still going on in Black Money.
In property purchases it is commonly known that deals struck will include a Black money element paid in cash in a briefcase. Though I cannot state I have seen it with my own eyes, it is widely said that the Lawyers concluding the deal will ‘leave the room’ while this aspect of the financial transaction is completed.
The clubbing sector may have always been one of the businesses most able to profit from Spain’s cultural acceptance of a black money white money system, but its reach and consequences spread out far wider into all aspects of Spanish life.
The question is not so much whether these particular businesses may be breaching tax evasion laws. The question is how few of Spain’s businesses are not?
And the state cannot claim to have clean hands either. Faced with tough and many would say unachievable monetary targets set by the European Commission, Spain increased its GDP by a huge 9 billion euro margin from one accounting period to the next, simply by including assessed revenue of prostitution and illegal gaming – effectively state sanctioned acceptance of that huge black money sector (plus the most blatantly corrupt bit of creative accounting since 20s Germany said ‘let’s just print a shit load more cash’).
It goes from top to bottom, everyone is at it, even the government when it suits them.
And talking of ‘everyone’, we cannot avoid our own part in the Black Money White Money system. Our part as private citizens. Who among us can say they never deal in Black Money to their own advantage?
Somebody responded to the first draft of this article saying “there’s a bit of a difference in mere mortals and having millions of euros in shoe boxes and cooler bags”.
Is there though?
If each Spanish citizen conducted just 100€ financial transaction in black money per year (and that’s damn conservative) and that money was excluded from taxation at an average 25% (also damn conservative as iva alone is 21%) the revenue lost by their exchequer would be 1,169,250,000€
1.2 billion euros through exactly that mentality of ‘what I’m doing is inconsequential’.
I am not trying to pass blame onto the man on the street here, but I am saying it is an issue of collective responsibility. The clubs are an easy and unsympathetic target, but it is not a social evil that lies entirely at their door.
To change the black money culture requires hearts and minds, not just clubs and fines.
Amanda Zips It Up
Hey Zipsters and welcome to another instalment of Amanda Zips It Up.
So, London Fashion Week is in full swing and next up is London Fashion Weekend, happening at The Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road, Chelsea. (22 – 25 Sept)
This is an event for everyone to attend, rather than the VIP Fashion Week shows, which are reserved for top models, journos and fashionistas, gawping from the frows.
I can’t go this year because it clashes with my daughter’s birthday but I will bring you all the news and gossip – starting with a few designers to watch out for in this week’s issue. I went last year and it really is a must-do.
It’s all serious stuff on the catwalk but what about backstage in the changing rooms?
Well, as always the make-up artists are using the very latest lipsticks to enhance the pouts of all the models on parade, but how about these: Lipdicks. They come in every colour too. Not sure if they have individual tastes though.
If you are a lipstick fiend who enjoys penis-shaped objects, or simply a dick aficionado, then everything you’ve ever wanted in life without knowing it has been realized, in the distinctive form of Lipdicks. There is quite simply no other way to describe these lipsticks. Because they are dicks.
You can pick them up for £2 a dick on Etsy or around £20 for all 12 on Amazon. And probably at a nearby sex shop if you want a tester. Fair warning though, if you expose your Lipdick in public, strange looks will be coming your way.
I must thank my very good friend and guest writer Mira Manley for providing me with some excellent research for the blog recently. Especially this one! Thanks darling.
On to this week’s round up, and in this instalment we look at the latest Manbag trend, Alexa’s new M&S range plus designers at LFW 2016. Enjoy. X
Read Amanda’s fashion blog
London Fashion Week 2016
London Fashion Week is offering up a host of inspiring style lessons this week. Here’s what we’ve zipped up so far.
- The ruffled blouse is definitely here to stay. If you thought we’d reached ‘ruffled blouse peak’, think again. Burberry included high-collared ruffled shirts worn underneath trench coats.
- Christopher Kane is on a mission to make Crocs cool. Yes, really. Never one to shy away from an “is-it-ugly-or-is-it-fabulous” theme, Kane took it upon himself to offer perhaps his most provocative fashion conundrum yet: can Crocs ever be cool? Because they looked that way, albeit jazzed up with coloured mineral stones, paired with sheer black tights. It’s something this fashion blog is still coming to terms with.
- Pink and red is a winning colour combination A soft nude pink was at the core of Roksanda Ilincic’s collection, and was paired with a strong, brick red. This is a look we have seen before, and I absolutely love it for winter.
- The ruffle trend has now extended to hats. Erdem’s beautiful show played on maritime themes, but it was done with the designer’s usual romantic identity. Dresses came in intricate jacquards and faded muslin, some in floral chiffon with what seemed like miles of frayed ruffles cascading around them. Ruffles appeared too on the straw hats – a mixture of a bucket hat and classic straw hat with brims with a gentle frill effect. Worth booking a holiday for.
More next time.
Now, I am in two minds about man bags.
Yes, some are very stylish, useful and handy for keeping your hands free. However, some just look too girlie.
But I found this story fairly amusing:
A pub in Birmingham has stunned customers by banning all man bags.
Hoodies, caps and tracksuits are also out, under a strict dress code. I get that bit. But man bags are everywhere in London, New York etc. This is 2016.
Mulberry design the bestselling man bags in existence.
The new ‘rule’ appeared in the window of a pub called ‘The Kerryman’ in the Digbeth area. It’s an Irish bar and clearly cautious about its ‘image’.
The serious side of this story comes amid reports of man bags being used in crime and drug dealing. One guy even hid a gun in his ‘satchel’. They have been banned by Manchester’s Parklife festival too. But I can guess what they were being used for there…
Alexa’s New M&S Range
After the success of her debut collaboration with Marks & Spencer, style icon Alexa Chung (left) has teamed up with the high street institution for a second Archive By Alexa.
Not that I could get my hands on any of the pieces in her previous range. Hopefully I’ll have more joy with ‘Archive by Alexa’ 2016.
The 27-piece Winter collection will be available to buy from November 1 this year, with every piece named after streets in Leeds, where Marks & Spencer was established in 1884.
When the first installment of Alexa’s much-anticipated Archive collection arrived in stores in April this year, you couldn’t move for pie-crust blouses in pastel shades and that polka-dotted mini-dress. But not in my wardrobe unfortunately.
The ‘Archive’ collection isn’t Alexa’s first foray into the world of design. Her denim collaboration with AG Jeans was one of last year’s hottest fashion launches as I reported in Zips It Up, while her 2010 collection for J. Crew’s sister brand Madewell was another immediate success.
The 32-year-old fashion icon will also be launching her very own fashion brand ALEXACHUNG in 2017.
The collection will be available in selected stores and online – just make sure you’re quick off the mark, as once again, I predict a sellout…
Dress In Denim.
- Sophia V.
I haven’t worn denim in a long while, unless it’s jeans. I always thought it was a bit nineties, but it appears that denim is back in fashion. The good thing about denim is that the clothes last absolutely ages. Who doesn’t have a pair of favourite jeans that they’ve had for years, and just can’t throw away? I do. My grey ripped jeans are perfect for any occasion, and with denim, you can dress it up for the glam look, or dress it down, and go casual. Below is the denim that’s trending at the moment.
* Jeans. Jeans probably won’t ever go out of fashion. They’re comfortable, and they look good, and they come in all different styles to suit all kinds of body types. Skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, baggy jeans, flared jeans, bootleg jeans. They also suit almost any type of footwear. Stilettos look great with skinny jeans for example, and combat boots look good tucked into bootleg jeans.
* Jean / denim shirts. These are comfortable, especially for the chilly nights, where a coat isn’t even needed. They come long or short-sleeved, and go well with jeans, or leggings.
* Jean / denim dress / skirt. These dresses are my favourite. There are floor or short length denim dresses. They can be worn with trainers or converse for the casual look, or with heels for a more glam look. Again, they come long or short-sleeved. There are many different styles: off the shoulder, dungaree dress, shirt dress, etc. Denim skirts are also ideal to team with almost any top and footwear.
* Dungarees. Dungarees are back, and perfect again for daywear, or evening wear teamed with heels and accessories. There are short dungarees, trouser dungarees and dress dungarees.
* Denim jackets / waistcoats. Denim jackets go with almost anything, and like leather, are known to last a long time. Denim waistcoats, especially the cool sleeveless ones look great over a t-shirt, or casual dress.
* Bags / shoes. Like the above, there are lots of denim shoes and bags available in stores and online too. Denim ballet pumps are comfortable and ideal for any outfit. Bags can be rucksacks, holdalls or tote bags.
When shopping for clothes, the most money should definitely be spent on a good jacket that will last a long time, and either a handbag, or a decent pair of shoes. As long as you have these, they should compliment almost any outfit of yours.
The summer of eyelashes
- Frances Shilloto
In all my years of adding ‘Eyelash Technician’ to my list of job roles, never have I been so busy and seen such a growth in popularity within eyelash extensions! This summer in Ibiza girls and women across the island have gone mad for them, and rightly so! With them opening up your eyes, making the brighter, wider and more beautiful without having to wear ANY makeup, why would you not?
From the moment I landed back on the white isle, the first thing I had booked in after minutes of being in my Ibiza home was a returning client (and now good friend of mine’s) lashes. And so set the trend for the next few months on the island…
Eyelash extensions have come a long way since they were first introduced to us all. They have improved in their variety of material, thickness, curl and length. Gone are the days of stiff, wire like lashes that look obviously false. Now you have an array of thicknesses to choose from meaning each extension feels feather like and weightless. You can have synthetic or real mink hair, cashmere lashes, and silk lashes the list goes on. For me this summer I have noticed the most popular is either a very full, almost strip lash look desired by the younger clients, or a natural yet noticeable full and graduated look requested by all ages. Whatever the look, this fabulous invention is incredible for having amazing eyelashes 24/7 with no makeup required. In fact makeup like mascara makes these bad boys fall out, so put the wand down!
As a makeup artist…the beauty side of things (waxing, nails, threading etc..) isn’t really my forte, however eyelash extensions have really become a favourite of mine to do. I find them strangely therapeutic to do (ask me to say that again after a 12 hour day with over 7 sets completed!) but I also let out my inner artist with them, as no two sets are the same. Everybody’s eyelashes are different, no two eyes are the same and everyone’s final look desires are different so I can really play around with looks, which is the thrill I desire from my work. I have recently looked in to stocking coloured lashes and playing around with multicoloured designs, perfect for festival season!
So as the end of the season out here in Ibiza approaches, my return to the UK gets closer (obviously). With October being all things Halloween and the 31st being possibly one of my busiest days of the year, it’s nice to have the variety of creativity with makeup bookings and eyelashes. One thing I am looking forward to is applying these sets of lovely long lashes with out sweating one out in the process! If my lashes can with stand the sweat, heat and pool throwing land of Ibiza, they can take anything the cold, wet and frosty UK throws at it this winter…
Cosmic Pineapple at Pikes
- Carly S
A wonderful new conscious, charitable festival concept has landed on the White Isle and is happening on Thursdays throughout September. Cosmic Pineapple, described on its Facebook page as a ‘four part festival’ where ‘the ethos is celebration, inspiration and cosmic information, fusing the debauched magic and fun of Pikes with creative higher mind thinking and the energy of dance music´, was something I knew I had to experience for myself. Pikes, with all of its weird and wonderful warmth, is my favourite place to go to on a rare night out and I love a bit of celebration, inspiration, magic and fun. I’ll be honest, I’m not one for the spiritual higher mind stuff myself but decided to keep my non-cosmic mind open. Plus, the news that mermaids would be there granting magic wishes and that we could swim with them obliterated any misgivings I may have had that it might be a bit ‘far out’ for me. I was eight when The Little Mermaid came out and Ariel was my heroine. I remember sitting in the cinema transfixed, watching the video on repeat for ages and can still sing every word of every song. Even Under The Sea in an approximation of Sebastian’s voice (much to the discomfort of those around me). I’m not sure who was more excited at the prospect of meeting some ‘real’ Ariels, me or my nearly three year old. Ah, who am I kidding? It was definitely me.
We arrived at Pikes around half five to lush greenery and unique artwork bathed in sunlight and decorated in colour and sparkles. A ´cosmic bazaar’ market was just getting going on the pink tennis courts and beyond it was an area dedicated to healing; offering yoga, reiki, tarot, energy healing, massage and more. Up by the pool was where we had arranged to meet friends and were keen to be though. As we ascended the steps, we were greeted by chilled music wafting on a breeze of chat and children’s laughter. Kids splashed in the azure pool, grown ups sipped cocktails on the white bali beds and clinked beers atop bar stools, parents helped their offspring in and out of the pool or stopped them vaulting the fences to the grass below…it was like a slice of ‘real’ Ibiza as young, old, cool, mumsy, hippy, hipster and everyone in between mingled freely and happily in the sunshine (maybe I am a bit higher minded and spiritual after all…)
We caught up with a few friends and splashed about in the pool, eagerly awaiting the Minx FX mermaids. I’ve worked at a party with chief mermaid Jo before so knew how fab she looked, but had yet to see her beautiful orange tail in its full aquatic glory. She arrived first, carried out by a burly pirate, and was joined over the next fifteen minutes by a further four mermaids, all beautifully made up and bedecked in glitter, seashells, flowers and jewels and each with a different sparkly tail to flap and splash in the water. Every mermaid was beautiful and unique and the children (and me!) were awestruck and grinning from ear to ear as they chatted, stared, stroked and splashed the mermaids for over an hour. It was a truly magical experience for them all, especially when the mermaids dived into the water to swim and play or produced tiny treasure chests full of ‘magic dust’ which they dotted onto the foreheads of everyone in the pool. The faces of the kids was a beautiful sight to behold – such innocence and wonder.
After drying off from our aquatic encounter, we headed to the bazaar where Ela spent a good while painting at the craft station in the middle before getting her face glitter decorated ‘like a mermaid’ and dancing and running around the market. As we left at quarter to nine; glittery, tired and carrying a partially dry painting and green Caritas balloon; Labyrinth (another childhood favourite of mine) was being cued up by Cinema Paraiso on the tennis courts. Night time revellers were arriving as parents with sleepy kids were departing. I’d have loved to have stayed for the film and danced into the wee hours at what I’ve no doubt was a fabulous ‘space rave’ but Mummy duty called. As I watched my girl gleefully wave her balloon around as she checked out the statues by the exit, I was reminded again of what a brilliant life many Ibiza kids have. We’d spent just seven euros and made a donation (more about that next) and she’d had the time of her life. I also made a mental note to take her somewhere grey and bleak for a holiday so she appreciates how good she’s got it.
What made it all even better was that these glorious mini festivals are not only free to get in to but also support local charities. This week all donations at the door and around the venue were split between Caritas, a charity supporting the homeless and seriously underprivileged of Ibiza, and The Nature Project, focused on conserving and sustaining the delicate ecosystem and posidonia of our world heritage waters. Never mind the exclusive VIP culture and flashiness with which Ibiza is often associated, Cosmic Pineapple is all about inclusive CIP (creative, imaginative people) culture and sparkliness. And, as I’m sure Rodney Trotter would agree, that really is ‘cosmic’. Huge congratulations to everyone involved.
Food & Drink
Beach Café Tulipan
Time at Tulipan tends to be measured on a contentment scale. “Could life get any better”, “Ah, this is the life”, “Shall we miss our plane and never go back to Blighty?”, that kind of thing.
Sitting pretty half way along San Antonio’s S’Arenal promenade, Tulipan is the essence of shabby chic cool with a helping of quirkiness thrown in for good measure.
Good any time from their Noon opening and onwards right into the early hours as the barcafe in blue goes through its different personalities.
Early doors Tulipan is the perfect oasis of calm to get together for the day with some juice, or for those with stronger constitutions perhaps a bloody Mary or two. Take a light lunch from their range of Tapas, or a great value set meal.
Any time of day it is a perfect meeting point or a pitstop en route rom San An to Bay, or back the other way.
The afternoon can be lazed away in their hammocks or perhaps for a livener off the beach, it’s all good.
Then comes the very special daily event that is the Sunset—but we’ll come back to that.
The music at Tulp is the perfect chill soundtrack to your day, but at night the tempo ups a little with Balearic Beats that seem to meet with pretty well universal approval.
Tulp time after dark is a mix of those going out for the night and charging themselves with a few good cocktails before the club to come, and also those ready to return to some normality after a full on day in one of the daytime beach clubs. Plus of course people just enjoying it for what it is, you don’t have to be going or coming from anywhere at all.
You will usually find a good number of locals too—always a good sign in a bar.
Sunset at Tulipan …
As you can see from the photos, the S’Arenal waterfront rivals anything its more famous neighbours have to offer.
The two photos were taken from the same spot, so take a sofa booth and you have a front row seat to San Antonio’s spectacular sunset playing out in front of you—not to mention the free cabaret of people watching as the Paseo presents its catwalk of the good, the gorgeous, and the frankly ridiculous.
Top tip is to book a sunset Tapas and Sangria deal. A minimum of 4 people can get a superb Sangria and scrumptious supper, for just 15€ per head.
A fantastic deal anywhere, but in Ibiza terms, especially Ibiza sunset view terms, it is truly spectacular.
Your 15€ gets you …
- 1 litre jug of fresh mixed Sangria
- Vegetable Salad, Spicy Chicken Wings, Prawns in Garlic Sauce (gorgeous), Fried Calamari, Nachos, Peanut Satay Kebab, Chorizo, Dutch Style Fries, Spanish Tortilla, Frikandel and Bitterballen (Dutch Sausage and Meatballs—again gorgeous), Bread and Alioli.
Not bad right? We knew you’d be impressed. Book by telephone on 971 34 35 89, or via their website’s online booking:-
Closing Party Friday 30th
Tulipan’s closing party is always a favourite. This year the theme is Arabian Nights, and though you don’t need to get into costume, you are bound to have a very special good time if you do. See advert bottom left. and keep in touch at
Tarotscope Thurs 22nd to Weds 28th September 2016
ARIES – The Ace of Cups
A beautiful card for your week Aries indicating new beginnings; a fresh start and for some a new romance that promises to be more enduring. New ventures begun now are more likely to succeed as you’ll be more aware and intuitive of the needs of those you come in contact with. They in turn will be impressed by you.
TAURUS – The Wheel of Fortune
This card indicates a fortunate turn of events that this week, will leave you feeling more than satisfied about how certain situations turned out. In fact you’ll be pleased that decisions where taken out of your hands; if you stayed in the same rut you’d not be enjoying yourself so much as you are now. All’s well that ends well!
GEMINI – Ten of Swords
Watch health matters this week; don’t overdo things or run yourself into the ground. There’s a part of you that longs to change some part of your life or a situation, but you don’t know how to go about it. This is not the week to deal with any of it. Take heart however, as you’re through the worst.
CANCER – Temperance
The song ‘Things can only get Better’ by D:Ream, should be on replay; it pretty much sums up your week. This card’s your wake up call to veto anything negative and embrace anyone or anything positive. Artistic or creative Cancerians get recognition of their skills, which could lead to promising opportunities. You succeed by ditching old habits and embracing new.
LEO – The Devil
You won’t take life seriously and will want to live it up. However, work demands get in the way and if you’re not careful you’ll get pretty stressed out. It’s important to have a good life/work balance; it’s not all about making money. An act of selflessness won’t go unnoticed by your associates. So who do you want to help?
VIRGO – Page of Pentacles
You’ll find yourself at a crossroads this week Virgo especially when deciding what’s the best way to handle a business concern. Is it really worth the trouble, or should you throw more money at it? Think carefully about your next move and don’t be rushed by associates who are pressing for action. Don’t respond with a knee jerk reaction.
LIBRA – Two of Swords
Expect your dealings with others to be more peaceful than of late; you’re obviously in an ongoing process of working on recent differences of opinion or life outlook with someone close. You do make progress this week and may even get an apology or peace offering when you least expect it. You’re now at the end of an exhausting time.
SCORPIO – Queen of Pentacles
A woman relative or friend helps you with some sound advice, especially when it comes to relationships. Her counsel is wise, so think twice before ignoring it. Business wise, she also stands for a female boss or powerful colleague who it’s wise to treat with respect. She’ll share her knowledge, but only if she thinks she can trust you.
SAGITTARIUS – Judgement
Time this week to weigh up what’s important in life and to make decisions that could change your life direction. Maybe family and loved ones should be your priority and not work. Or even the reverse could be true. It’s time to take your responsibilities seriously and to choose wisely; don’t judge or be harsh on yourself or others either.
CAPRICORN – Eight of Cups
You’ve no energy to sort out others emotional failings, so it would be wise to get the hell off dodge for a while. You don’t need to be anyone’s emotional punch bag either so don’t. A period of solitude will bring some peace. Single Capricorns who are looking for love and had almost despaired of finding it, watch this space!
AQUARIUS – King of Cups
A love interest for some who’s just such a nice person and yes, they do exist! He’s someone who’s sensitive and in touch with feelings; he doesn’t play games. For others he can be the bearer of good news especially in business and again, doesn’t play games. A straightforward boss or business partner, who’ll help you with an ambition.
PISCES – Two of Pentacles
Watch your finances this week as it’s seems you just can’t help yourself when it comes to spending all your hard earned cash. This card warns that there’s more money going out of your bank account than is coming in so you’re being advised to save in case an unexpected and costly expense appears on your financial horizon.
View From The Pew
The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
- Dr Peter Pimentel
Rowan Williams, the previous Archbishop of Canterbury, says that C. S. Lewis in his book The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is imagining what Christianity would be like in an alternative magical world. The gist of the story is well known and the theologian Gregory A. Boyd has made connections with Christianity: Four children find their way into another world called Narnia through a magical wardrobe. They quickly learn that an evil and powerful witch has cast a spell and seized control of Narnia and proclaimed herself its Queen. One of the children – a whiney brat named Edmund – ends up conspiring with the Queen against his three siblings, with whom he never got along well.
While on the run from the Queen, the three siblings encounter Aslan, the magnificent lion who is the rightful ruler of Narnia. Aslan graciously heads up a successful rescue operation for Edmund, but before long he’s confronted by the evil Queen. She reminds Aslan of “the Magic which the Emperor put into Narnia at the very beginning.” This Magic is the moral order of Narnia, and, in the words of the wicked Queen, it stipulates that “every traitor belongs to me as my lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to a kill. And so, that human creature is mine. His life is forfeit to me. His blood is my property.”
Aslan cannot refute the Queen’s claims. Yet, Aslan loves Edmund and so he offers himself up as a sacrifice in Edmund’s place. Since the great Lion is obviously a much greater prize than any “human creature,” and since the Queen thinks killing Aslan would allow her finally to rule Narnia unopposed, she accepts the offer.
Later that night Aslan sneaks away to the Queen’s camp, is mocked and tortured by her evil demons and is finally put to death on “the Stone Table” where the justice of Narnia’s Deep Magic is carried out. Aslan though miraculously does not remain dead and the Stone Table is split in two. Aslan explains:
“Though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.”
The spell over Narnia is broken and Aslan leads a victorious battle against the evil Queen.
- Church service this Sunday 25th September 10.30am Chapel of Lourdes, Carrer Sant Jaume 85 (the main street), Santa Eularia.
- The English-Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera. See website for locations & information. Tel 971 343383
It’s Good to Talk
- Kate Stillman
I am 13 weeks pregnant and am absolutely thrilled but I am also terrified.
We have been trying for a baby for 5 years and I have had two miscarriages. I am now past the dates at which they happened but feel so out of control.
I can’t really explain it, it’s my body but I don’t seem to trust that it will do what I want and I can’t make it. I am literally counting the days until he / she is born so I can then actually take care of him or her without leaving it to chance or luck, but I have no idea how I’m going to get through the next few months as it’s on my mind all the time.
Any ideas on how I can cope better would be really helpful.
Thank you, MN
Thank you for your e mail and congratulations on your pregnancy. It is the most exciting and nerve wracking time all rolled into one and it is easy for emotions and scenarios to become out of control as you say they have for you. This is very normal and will change during the course of your pregnancy.
You have had a long and draining journey to where you are now. 5 years and two miscarriages is exhausting both physically and emotionally, not to mention all the times in between wishing and hoping that you would get a positive result.
I hear you when you say you don’t trust your body. In some ways you may feel that it has let you down in the past but I wonder if in fact your body was doing what it needed to do to keep you healthy and allow you to have this baby safely.
Your body has done an amazing thing in giving a space for this baby to develop and grow until it is ready to join you. Your body is doing exactly what it should be and you need to support it by beginning to believe that it can and giving yourself plenty of rest.
I wonder how you spend your days. Are you working or at home? Maybe try and join some pregnancy yoga classes or anti natal classes so you can meet other expectant mums and talk to them. I am sure you will find that they are all feeling anxious and sharing those feelings with others in the same situation can be very liberating.
I hope you are able to find a way to enjoy some of your pregnancy and connect with your body in a positive way. All the best for the future and do let us know how you get on.
Warm regards, Kate
Found this rather interesting specimen in Almeida, Portugal last week and was wondering if anybody out there has any idea what type of flower it is.
Full of Success
In reference to the article ‘Is Ibiza Full Up’ in last week’s newspaper.
What a nice position for the Ibiza government to be in, I know it is a problem that needs some thought but the government are a victim of their own success, we have been coming to Ibiza for 30 years now and have seen many changes some for the good and some not so good but overall the government has been very successful in promoting the island and conducting major infrastructure changes resulting in the position it now finds its self in.
At this point it is a time not to panic and make poor decisions but to sit back a while ( keeping the powder dry) and see how the world plays out, the world is in turmoil at the moment, so people looking for holiday destinations are moving to the safer options thus overcrowding becomes inevitable.
So to sit back and enjoy the fruits of the government’s success is the order of the day, keeping in mind that when hotels etc are full then the tourists will look for other places to go thus finding its own solution to this problem.
Best regards from an old hippy.
Beach Clean Up with Greenheart Ibiza
- Carly S
Last Wednesday my daughter and I went along to Ses Variades at half six for an hour, along with hundreds of others enjoying the world famous sunset. However, we weren’t there to witness this stunning spectacle, but to clean up the beach next to it.
Somewhat paradoxically, every night the beach is left littered in bottles, broken glass, laughing gas canisters, corks, plastic bags, empty cartons and cigarette butts by those enjoying nature’s painted sky. Frankly, it’s disgusting.
Chris Dews of Greenheart Ibiza decided it was high time something was done, so included this stretch of rocky beach in the weekly clean-ups organised by Ibiza Limpia, a fantastic project aiming to clean up our island paradise. The following is taken from their mission statement.
“Ibiza Limpia is a campaign project, created by Greenheart Ibiza, and inspired by the beautiful nature of the island. Our mission is to keep Ibiza’s beaches, coastal areas, countryside and rural roads in a clean and tidy state for everyone to enjoy. (…)
“The island’s environmental wellbeing throughout the year is an enormous responsibility for the local authorities. However, with limited government budgets (…), it is essential that the local population, and, wherever possible, the tourist visitors lend a hand in this vitally important task.
“In order to help with this situation and inform everyone how they can participate, Greenheart Ibiza decided to launch a special campaign called ‘Ibiza Limpia’ (Clean Ibiza).
“An early phase of the campaign consisted of making a short video (…) which explains the many ways we can all lend a hand in taking care of our beautiful island. It contains easily understood information about reducing our waste generation, as well as cleaning up beaches and other public places, whilst also explaining the whole process of recycling on the island.
“The Ibiza Limpia team, together with local authorities, organise various beach and road cleaning events throughout the year in different parts of the island, to raise the environmental awareness and give everyone an opportunity to join in the area cleaning action.
“We encourage local businesses and the island administration to contribute as much as they can to this campaign, which will surely result in a cleaner, healthier place for all of us to enjoy.”
The clean-up at Ses Variades is an inspired initiative. Deliberately held at sunset to make an impact on the visitors there and draw their attention to the littering, as well as raising the profile of the Ibiza Limpia project. Slowly but surely, it seems to be working.
Whist we were there, everyone who popped a cork or a bottle cap retrieved it from the beach and binned it and several people asked about the project.
There are now fewer cigarette butts and shards of glass on the beach, but work still needs to be done to raise awareness and clear the area completely of litter.
It’s dirty work, but Chris and his team provide gloves, buckets, bin bags and grabbers so you don’t get too grubby and it feels good to know you’re giving something back to the island. If that’s not enough to get you out there, the team give all volunteers homemade juice and pizza at the end of the clean up. The juice is amazing, made from aloe, mint and lemons grown at Casita Verde and sweetened with local honey, it goes down a treat!
What are you waiting for? See Ibiza Limpia’s facebook page for details of weekly clean-up projects and more:
- Pikes Hotel, San Antonio., Sunday 11th September.
- Stephen Donovan
A night that really sums up Ibiza, people of all different ages, races, and walks of life come together, and remember one truly unforgettable man, Freddie Mercury. The night, the sixth annual Freddie Rocks Ibiza at Pikes Hotel. Living the lifestyle of a Rock God Freddie was no stranger to Pikes, having celebrating his 41st birthday back in 1987, and it was only a fitting place to celebrate his fantastic life in this iconic venue the same week as when Freddie would have turned 70 if he was still with us today.
The night was pretty simple, let’s raise some money for The Mercury Phoenix Trust, and have a great time while doing it. The rules of the party were pretty simple too, moustaches are mandatory! Freddie costumes are preferred, I took the latter to be more mandatory also. So I trekked through Chinese shops, men’s fashion stores and everywhere else I could to try and get Freddie’s iconic Live Aid attire correct. Some faded jeans, a white vest, some black hair die and the transformation was complete and if I may say so myself I was pretty happy with how I turned out. With me now a spitting image(ish) of Freddie, my girlfriend and I (who sadly didn´t dress up as Freddie from the ´I Want to Break Free´ music video as hard as I tried to persuade her to) were ready to hit Pikes.
Some people would say that my generation are too young to really know Freddie and Queens music, that we´re not really compatible. We´re the kids of techno, and that awful EDM, but for me. Not at all! My first memory of music, real music was of Queen. It’s something to this day, I´m thankful for to my father for getting me into truly great music, the likes of Queen, The Beatles, The Stones etc. So when there was a night to honour this superstar I knew I had to be there.
We arrived shortly after midnight and made our contribution to The Mercury Phoenix Trust which to be honest I felt, not proud because of course that wouldn´t be right, but I felt that all of us attending were doing some good kind of our good deed for the day, we were going of course to just have a fun night but at the same time one day our money could save a life. And what an amazing charity, it has raised over 14 million euro since it was founded in 1991.
What I saw when I walked up the path was like something from a crazy dream, all these people attempting to dress like Freddie. Some dressed the same as myself, some in drag, some went for the unmissable bright yellow jacket, and others just slapped a moustache on. While looking at the woman with their painted ´tash´ I couldn´t help but get a flashback from that episode of Friends where Ross had painted on a moustache on Rachel, anyone see it? Maybe it was just me? But the whole place looked fantastic, the huge Freddie Rocks in silver balloons, all the staff dressed up, there was a real buzz in the air.
After grabbing a drink at the bar and meeting some old friends the raver in me wanted to go dance and check out the surprise guest DJ. Over the years there had been some big names like 2manydjs, Junior Sanchez and Fatboy Slim so I was eager to find out was who gracing the booth tonight. I headed to what is the ´main room´ that little boutique like space with the DJ booth, and the guest DJ was no other than Basement Jaxx. They had the place jumping, playing all the club classics and kept the room full till the early hours.
After some boogieing I wondered into the piano room, a nicely sized area with not much else besides, you guessed it, and a single piano. What happened next is something that will stick with me for a very long time. The extremely talented Roberto Campoli took a seat at the piano and started playing, WOW! He was amazing, playing all the classics, ´Bohemian Rhapsody´ ´Ben´ ´Let it be´ ´Stand by me´ and Queens ´We are the champions´ was definitely my favourite and finishing it out with The Beatles ´Hey Jude´, he had the entire room full within minutes and I mean full. It was amazing, Roberto is such a great performer and a real showman. He had the entire room in the palm of his hands and singing at the top of our lungs.
This was my first time attending this amazing party but it won´t be my last, possibly one of the best nights I´ve been to all season. Long may it continue! Hopefully Freddie was watching us and we threw him a party to be proud of.
“What will I be doing in twenty years’ time? I’ll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?” – Freddie Mercury
- Playa d’en Bossa
- Claire B
It’s time to don those ra ra skirts and head down to The Hard Rock Hotel on Sunday September 25 to see Bananarama at Children of the 80s and do your bit for charity too. Food donations are being collected for ‘Food for Ibiza’, which was set up by local volunteers who provide food packages for those in Ibiza and Formentera who are struggling to buy food for themselves and their children. They rely on food and donations from individuals, restaurants and shops to provide this welcome service. You get free entrance on Sunday if you take 2 kg of non-perishable food on the night, such as pasta, rice, lentils, canned foods, cartons of juice, olive oil etc. And the Hard Rock Hotel is doing its bit by offering one night at the hotel for the person who takes the most kilos of food. A brilliant initiative from The Hard Rock Hotel, which is sure to result in a lot of needed food donations and proof that it ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it (the boss loves a good pun)! Doors open at 7pm.
Does this Man Have The Best Job in Ibiza?
- Nick Gibbs
Ibiza’s social media channels are never short of people proudly displaying their ‘office for the day’ photos. Whether motivated by genuine joy or sometimes perhaps just showing off, the pure fact is that a huge number of people consider sunshine and sea views as the ultimate in workplace wish lists.
So if it feels that good for a day, what must it be like every day? We talked to a man who has a CV that could make the best of us a little green with envy.
Name: Danny O’Sullivan
Age: 34 (24 – 34 depending who’s asking)
Occupation: Resident DJ at Mambo Ibiza (3 years)
Prior Employment: Resident DJ Bora Bora, Hotel Es Vive, Bay Bar, Barcafé Tulp.
Shared Booth With: Pete Tong, Fat Boy Slim, Duke Dumont, Bob Sinclair, Roger Sanchez, I am sure I have missed some but these are all huge names that meant a lot to me.
How Many Sunset Sessions Played: I have not been counting but I guess adding up everywhere I’ve played it must be over 500
Working Week: it really does vary hugely, but given the nature of my job I do usually get finished far earlier than is normal for a DJ in Ibiza.
Other perks of the job: I really do feel very lucky to be doing the job I do. But working here is more than just a job, it is being part of the Mambo family. Javier and Caroline have been so kind and encouraging. It was just one of those lucky chance encounters. I was standing in for somebody that couldn’t play their set at Savannah and Javier and Caroline heard me while they were having dinner. I guess they must have liked what they heard as Caroline came to talk to me afterwards and the rest as they say, is history.
Musical taste/style: Obviously, what I play on the sunset strip is very different to my personal style.
I think it is really important to always remember that although I have played so many sunset sessions, there will be customers at Mambo who are there for their first and perhaps only ever San Antonio sunset. Keeping that in mind ensures that you don’t get lazy or blasé.
My own style is more towards deep and underground. I play that alter ego under the DJ name Nex Tone. I also produce my own music under Proof Recordings..
After work: I like Amnesia a lot. I have always been a fan of Cocoon and Music On, but I’m quite open to lots of different nights.
Last question Danny, on average, how many girls telephone numbers are you given a week?: Err, well, I have sometimes been given, er, I can’t answer that – it’ll sound bad.”
At this point I have to confirm to readers that Danny really is a cool and humble guy. I don’t for a moment think he would brag about anything to do with the volume of female attention, but I mean we had to ask. Good-looking bloke, young free and single, resident DJ at the flagship venue on Ibiza’s sunset strip. I mean come on, ‘no requests’ my arse.
Fortunately, we did not have to rely on Danny’s modesty. Listening in to our conversation were two mutual friends from Danny’s days at Tulp. As soon as the subject came up, Paul and Nico were straight in with confirmations that, to put it crudely, he couldn’t beat them off with a faecal stick. In the face of Paul and Nico’s banter, Danny finally acknowledged, “well a few I guess, I don’t know, perhaps a couple?”
We think somewhat more…. J
Thanks to Danny O’Sullivan for being a good sport and all round decent chap.
Please give him a look online- links below, or pop along to Mambo – he’s there all week (jammy bastard)
- If you know somebody in Ibiza that you think has a better job than Danny’s please let us know.
Jezza’s World of Sport
Hi, Sports fans, still fighting the dreaded lurgy but on the mend, methinks, but at least better than last week! Slightly disappointed tho’ as Our Stevie B from Hereford (a Liverpool supporter and what’s worse, a Brexiteer!) and who was so kind earlier this year to write as a guest sports reporter, is back on the island and, surprisingly, declined a further invitation for this week. Dunno why tho’, maybe next time. Anyway, onwards and upwards, as they say and in
it was sheer disappointment for GB in the Semis of the Davis Cup as their great run came to an abrupt end at the hands of Juan del Potro and his Argentina team. GB, as holders, had the choice of venues and chose the hard courts of Glasgow, where they thought they would be spurred on to a victory by the partisan home crowd, but expectation turned to demoralisation as first Andy Murray lost out in a 5-setter to del Potro and then Kyle Edmund lost to Pella in 4 sets to put GB right on the back foot, needing to win all 3 of the remaining rubbers. However, things were looking up as Andy and bro Jamie, fresh from his brilliant US Open Doubles win, beat del Potro and Mayer in the doubles and then Andy, as expected, won the first of the reverse singles, beating Pella in 3 sets, to leave the match all square at 2-2. So, all down to Dan Evans in the final rubber and with del Potro forced to sit this one out, GB had every chance to take the match. Unfortunately tho´ Mayer had other ideas and altho’ he lost the first set, he came roaring back to win in 4 sets and take Argentina thru’ to the Final against Croatia who beat France in t’other semi 3-2. Shame for GB fans but hey, at least the team is now a force to be reckoned with!
after round 3 of the Premiership, Bath, after their 35-22 win at the Rec agin Worcester, now lead the table, on points diff from Saracens, 27-12 winners at home to Northampton and Wasps, 70-22 victors over new boys Bristol, and the trio remain the only teams with 100% records. Leicester scraped home 14-13 at Newcastle, while Exeter beat Harlequins 36-25 and Sale lost at home to Gloucester.
so tight at the top of the Super 8’s with Warrington, the leaders on 41 points but only by a point from Hull and Wigan while St Helens did their cause a power of good with a 21-8 win over Widnes and ditto Castleford who won 34-28 in Perpignan against Catalans.
congrats to Ian Bell and his Warwickshire team who won the One Day Cup Final at Lords, easily beating Surrey, winners over Yorkshire in the semis, by 8 wickets. Big disappointment tho’ for Surrey fans as their side could only manage a meagre total of 136 all out with 10 overs remaining, leaving Bell’s ex-England team-mate, Trott, with a classy 82, to ease his team thru’ to a fairly straightforward win.
Much more exciting tho’ in the County Championship, as only 11 points separate leaders Middlesex, Yorkshire and Somerset.
All the pundits, including our very own G.Cooper Esq., local and Yorkshire legend, thought it was just down to the first two but Somerset put the cat among the pigeons by stuffing Yorkshire last week by 10 wickets and at Headingley to boot. So, with the first two playing each other at Lords in the final match this week, a win for Middlesex will be enough for them to take the title but a draw and a Somerset win, over already relegated Notts at Taunton, could be interesting as could a Yorkshire and a Somerset win.
What is happening at OT? After such a good start of 3 wins from 3, Jose has now suffered 3 consecutive defeats, a feat that he has not experienced since his days at Porto back in 2003. OK, losing to a rampant Man City 2-1 last week may be acceptable but to lose 1-0 at Feyenoord in the Europa and then 3-1 at Watford will have a lot of MU fans wondering. Mind you, Rooney’s off-form, Pogba will take time to settle in, Ibrahimovich is not firing (with his feet anyway!) so Jose needs to buck ’em up and quick! As for City, 8 wins from the first 8 matches, culminating in last week’s Champions League win and Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth, Pep’s smiling at the top of the Premier. Mind you, he’s being chased by a resurgent Everton, only two points behind, after their 3-1 home win over Middlesboro’, and the usual suspects of the London triumvarate of Tottenham, lucky 1-0 winners at the Lane over Sunderland, Arsenal, who walloped Hull 4-1 near the Wash, and Chelsea, despite manager Conte losing his home record to Liverpool on Friday 2-1. As for Klopp’s lot, well, they’re certainly on the up and now a team to be reckoned with as, so far this season, they’ve already beaten Arsenal and Chelsea away and I’m sure will be there or thereabouts come May. Elsewhere, champions Leicester, after their great debut win in the Champions League against Bruges, showed they’re back to form as they beat Burnley 3-0, Crystal Palace stuffed Stoke 4-1 (methinks alarm bells are ringing in the Potteries after only un point from 15), Southampton beat Swansea 1-0 on the south coast and finally, West Ham’s miserable early season form continues to surprise as they leaked 4 goals for the second successive w/end, this time losing 4-2 at Watford.
‘Tis the 3rd Round of the League Cup this week with stand out matches being Everton/Norwich, Leicester/Chelsea, Northampton/Man U (a chance for Jose’s lot to forget their League form), Swansea/Man City and Newcastle/Wolves so don’t be surprised if a few shocks happen along the way.
Finally, in Spain, Barcelona came back to form after their shock loss at the Nou Camp 2 weeks ago in La Liga as they put 7 past Celtic in the Champions League but Real Madrid still lead the way in La Liga at the top with a 100% record.
That’s it for this week, enjoy the cooler weather…Jezza
Rosburg Wins to Take Championship Lead
If Hamilton were an avid student of Formula One, he would be deeply concerned as the season reaches this critical juncture, for his Mercedes team-mate will have to confound history not to be crowned world champion at the end of the year. No driver has ever won eight races in a season and not taken the title. Yet, a fountain of knowledge on the sport he has so adorned, Hamilton is not.
What might cause just a hint of anxiety is the manner of Rosberg’s victory this weekend, not to mention the fact that his team-mate is leading the standings again, by eight points.
Daniel Ricciardo may have hounded the German in the closing stages with a barn-storming charge after going into the pits for fresh rubber, one which took him within just 0.4 seconds of victory, but really Rosberg was supreme.
Qualifying was particularly immense, putting breathing space between him and Ricciardo on the front row, while annihilating Hamilton in a show of strength we have rarely seen from Rosberg. Then, in the race he was like a bullet off the line, controlling proceedings perfectly, managing fragile brakes all the while, until Red Bull’s roll of the dice nearly spoiled his day.
The only man who could justifiably claim to have done a better job than Rosberg under the lights of Marina Bay was Sebastian Vettel, something of a specialist at the street circuit. The four-time champion started dead last, carving his way through the field with some memorable passes to take fifth.
But it is the form of the other man on the grid gunning for a fourth title which was the principal preoccupation afterwards. While suggestions of Hamilton’s demise are massively premature – remember at Monza just two weeks ago he was just as dominant in qualifying over his Mercedes team-mate, only to fluff the start – this is at least a race which should prompt him to pause for a moment, with just six rounds of this marathon season to go.
Perhaps the most curious element on Sunday was that Hamilton was not in contention throughout. Brake problems, also suffered by Rosberg, made this race, he claimed, a “nightmare”. He was a bystander, relegated to scrapping with Kimi Raikkonen for third. At least he won that fight, in part thanks to some more suspect strategy from Ferrari.
Just 200 miles away in Malaysia in two weeks’ time we will find out if Hamilton can come back on terms with his team-mate. The three-time champion was not exactly oozing confidence. No tantrums, just terse answers.
Was this just a one-off? “The next race will tell,” he said. “I’m not really thinking too much about it at the moment. Nico just did an exceptional job this weekend and we didn’t. What it’s going to take? Just some good weekends which we’ve had in the past. It’s a bunch of s***, a combination of things altogether which ultimately make a perfect weekend.”
What has changed in Rosberg since the summer break is hard to discern. Apparently in the shutdown the 31-year-old slept more and turned his phone off for two weeks. But he said there was no magic bullet which enabled him to win three races in a row, turning a 19-point deficit into an eight-point advantage.
“The whole weekend went perfectly,” he added. “But my team-mate is still Lewis and he always comes back strong, even after difficult weekends.”
This one was a difficult watch for the first hour and a half, particularly so for the marshal who was still left on the side of the track as the race restarted on lap three following Nico Hülkenberg’s impact with the wall at the start. But in a flash it turned from tiresome to thrilling.
Hamilton had lost third to Raikkonen after a superb piece of opportunism from the Finn, diving down the inside at turn 10 – by Singapore Cricket Club – to snatch the position. But Mercedes decided to bring the Englishman in, switching him to the faster tyre on lap 45 of 61.
Ferrari sounded fraught as they deliberated on whether to call Raikkonen in too. They did, but he came out behind Hamilton. All this triggered Ricciardo’s stop, 14 laps from the finish.
The Australian was so blisteringly quick that Mercedes could not order their man in, fearing he would come out behind the Red Bull. That left Rosberg with 27-second advantage to defend.
Piece of cake, surely? Not the way Ricciardo was driving. At first he took more than three seconds a lap out of Rosberg. Red Bull optimistically predicted he would catch the Mercedes with four laps to spare. Rosberg seemed to have done enough until some traffic in the final lap allowed Ricciardo to close.
But it was not to be. The new championship leader held on, celebrating wildly over the team radio. Hamilton crossed the line eight seconds later, with plenty of food for thought.
Folklore Festival Mare Nostrum
- Around the Island
On Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September, Ibiza will host performances by XX Ibiza Mare Nostrum Folklore Festival, organized by the Federation of Gang Dance and Popular Culture on Ibiza and Formentera, with the sponsorship of the Council of Ibiza and collaboration of the five municipalities of the island.
The main event will be held on Saturday from 19.30 with the performance of the Virgen de Coros y Danzas Hazards (Murcia), the Grupo de Danzas’s Esteva ‘(Segovia), the Coros y Danzas Castiella (Valladolid), Barley Broix (Mallorca) and Ibiza’s own traditional dance represented by the dance group of Santa Gertrudis. In the case of bad weather, the event will move to the sports Can Guerxo.
Sunday there will also be folk performances in several municipalities of the island. In Ibiza Town at 12 noon at the Peace Park (Parc de Paz); San Antonio at 12noon on the Fountains (Paseo de ses Fonts); San Juan at 12noon in front of the church; and in Santa Eulalia at 8pm in the Town Hall Square.
1001 Heads – Exhibition
- Ibiza Town
- Claire B
There’s a great exhibition in Es Polvori, the old gunpowder store turned into an exhibition space at the foot of the Baluard de Santa Llúcia in Dalt Vila – 1001 Caps (in Catalan).
The space is filled with 1001 small clay heads mounted on steel rods, created by a group of 47 artists in Mallorca.
Some of the heads are modelled on famous people, such as Bob Marley and Mick Jagger, but many are simply heads of people, abstract creations and monster-like creatures.
Collectively they’re really effective and it’s a great use of the space. Until October 2. Free entrance. Open 10.00-13.00 and 17.00-20.00 – closed on Mondays.
- Sta Eulalia
Showing at Teatroespana 8.30pm from Fri 23rd – Sun 25th; Miles Ahead. (2015 PG 15 1hr 40 mins) An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis. Stars: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor.
Cake & Bake Sale
- Cala Llonga
A Bake Sale is being held to raise funds for the English speaking Church on Monday October 3rd from 12noon to 2.30pm at La Cantina in Cala Llonga. Bottles & Prizes are needed for the Tombola and so for information or to make a donation please call Margaret on 971 196 394.