Month: January 2016

Difficult lessons to learn

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We’re worrying about a lot of things right now. We’re probably right to. This week I saw that an American company called Pro Techt had started selling something called a “Bulletproof Blanket” which is being bought specifically by parents for their children to shield them from bullets at school. My response? It made my blood run cold: how terrible for children around the world that they should not be able to even study and learn without threat or danger.  The Bodyguard Blanket, according to its website, ‘is made of the same materials U.S. soldiers wear while in battle, and is equal to or exceeds the protection used by police departments. After extensive research, it is estimated that Bodyguard™ blanket provides bullet resistant protection against 90% of all weapons that have been used in school shootings in the United States.’

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When I was a child we used to have to do fire drills. Do you remember? The worst was if you were in the middle of PE, once it happened when we were swimming and we had to line up in on the playground in our swimming costumes with our goose bumps grew much bigger than any other burgeoning bumps  whilst Mrs McCann slowly read our names out (I knew she was a sadist before I even knew the meaning of the word). A fire drill was something you did to appease the Health and Safety monitor and it was a pain, nothing more. Now children are being taught how to react in the event of a shooting in their school.  Will this new practise extend to our schools? Can we even imagine our world like this? Have you worked out yet how you can make a difference? It seems to me that we have to communicate more and more with each other, not less. We have to find ways to understand and respect differences, but stand up to and stop intimidation. In our current world situation do we really know that much about the politics and motivations or are we just reading what someone else is posting on Facebook? Could be time to get an education and start really learning about other people’s cultures. I’m privileged that I can write this short article from the perspective of complete horror rather than being with a world weary sigh as I pull out my credit card and buy one of the blankets (priced at a thousand dollars) for my daughter. The manufacturers say that they originally designed the blankets as a portable way to shelter in tornadoes or other natural phenomenon. The whirlwind that is rushing through our lives now is a manmade disaster, and one we need to find ways to halt.  Malala Yousafzai said “Let us pick up our books and pencils. They are our most powerful weapon”. Let’s start there.

Many hands make light work

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Last weekend a gang of good hearted souls travelled to Cala Mitjana to give it a spruce up. Organised by Lars Molin (who also took the photos) from Palma Yacht Crew, a 22,000 strong group on Facebook, the aim was to clear the beach of rubbish. The group were joined by Brad Robertson from Asociacion Ondine who launched the Dos Manos beach clean up program on the island last year.

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The Two Hands Project (Dos Manos) was set up in Australia in 2010 by a non-profit organisation that tackles plastic pollution across the world (www.twohandsproject.org). Majorca’s Asociación Ondine worked in collaboration with them to launch in the Balearics. The Mediterranean is one of the World’s marine biodiversity hotspots, with just 0.8% of the total ocean surface but harbouring almost 10% of the world’s marine biodiversity, which is particularly affected by solid waste pollution, comprising approximately 75% of plastic. The motto of Dos Manos is  ‘Take two hands and 30 minutes to clean up your world – anytime, anywhere’. We all love to enjoy our coastlines but how often do we feel a little bit of the magic is taken away by unsightly plastic waste? As well as blighting our beaches it’s affecting our marine life and ecosystems in ways that will be impossible to reverse.

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Two hands (Dos Manos) embodies the spirit of the huge national/international clean up days but asks what can you do with your two hands in just thirty minutes, at a location near you, on any day of the year. Putting it simply: what you can do to care for the place(s) that are near to you or important to you, anytime that you want. They want to encourage everyone to include a 30 minute clean-up in their day to day lives. It really is easy and it’s also very satisfying to see what a difference you, your family and friends can make in such a short time with such little effort. Bring your kids, your mum, your nana and your pop and your friends. This is really about our communities banding together to make our world a better place to live in and to give our kids a greener future! Awareness and education is the key and good education is hands on experience, learning through participation and action.

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86kg of pollution was collected in total from Cala Mitjana, and of that most of it was plastic. The message coming through loud and clear is please do not flush away sanitary waste, or any other plastic waste, down your toilet! One major threat to marine life is “micro plastics”. They collected close to 200 cotton buds which had made their way through the sewage systems and into the Med. If you know of anyone disposing of their cotton buds in the toilet, please explain to them, what a problem they cause to our marine life.

Single use plastic, such as drinking straws, what a waste!

 

But it doesn’t stop there, Brad wants to get us to change our mindsets and think about our consumption of plastics. “Our goal is to promote re-usable items such as bags, drinking bottles and so many other things we simply use once and then throw away. Have a think about your daily routine and what items you could replace with re-usable ones and stop using throw away items. Water bottles, coffee cups, plastic bags, plastic cutlery and plates, unnecessary packaging from supermarkets, the list goes on and on and on and on. Of course this is not going to happen overnight, we may be dreamers here at Asociacion Ondine but we aren’t stupid! This is a huge process of changing people’s habits; yes yours and mine and everyone else that calls Majorca home. I see it all the time in my own habits (which are definitely changing for the better) as well as during my daily life. A classic example was at a local market where I buy my veggie´s and carry them in my traditional Mallorquin super cool basket. I bought a bag of potatoes that were already in a mesh bag, the guy smiled as I gave him the money and then proceeded to put the mesh bag into a plastic bag. No gracias, I don’t need a plastic bag to carry a bag, thanks!  It’s the little things we do in our daily lives that create the world’s biggest problems, let’s change what we do!

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“Dos Manos collection bags are re-usable, meaning we encourage people to carry them in the car, on their bike, in their back pack for that right moment when you are out and about and think to yourself…Man this beach is dirty, I’m going to take my Dos Manos and 30 minutes of my life to clean up our world!  Once you have collected the rubbish you can give the bag a rinse and wash and its ready for the next Dos Manos 30 minute session, easy!

“Our third goal, which is a much longer-term goal, is to find out where all this plastic pollution is coming from and attempt to stop it at the source. This is the only real solution for the massive subject of marine pollution and a solution that will take a huge amount of work from all of us! Something that will help us with this is the branding of plastic bottles and other discarded plastic pollutants, be it for company promotions or for product identity we can retrace the path the plastic pollution took and look for positive solutions with the original owners of these ugly and everlasting pollutants.

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“Part of the project includes an audit of the rubbish collected, we encourage anyone who is participating to take the time to count and ID the pollutants collected. We have a general public easy-to-use form and a scientific form, which will be used internally at Asociacion Ondine. The data we collect will be stored in our data base in the same format as the EU requires, this way we can share with government and EU bodies to assist in the bigger picture of plastic pollution right around the Mediterranean.

“Together we can make a huge difference, but we must all be involved and all have the same goals.”

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Take Action

We can all take action now ‘ANYTIME ANYWHERE’ to reduce plastic and make our beaches sparkle for the right reasons. Tip: don’t forget to take with you heavy duty plastic bags and gloves.

  1. Take 30 minutes to collect plastic waste at a beach where you are.
  2. Take part in one of their organised beach clean ups.
  3. Organise your own beach cleanup with friends, at school or within your business.
  4. Refuse plastic: use less single use plastic in your home and workplace.

If each of us took just 30 minutes to clean up our beaches, added together that would be a lot of time and plenty of plastic that wouldn’t be entering the sea!

Share your success

Asociacion Ondine, and the Majorca Daily Bulletin want to hear of the results of your beach clean up activities and see what plastic pollution you have removed from around Majorca, so make sure you like the Facebook Pages for Asociacion Ondine and The Majorca Daily Bulletin, then please share your ideas and stories on refusing plastic and how to end plastic pollution. You can find out more by visiting: http://www.asociacionondine.org The next beach cleanup scheduled is with The Academy.

Son Bug

From my outsider’s perspective Son Bugadelles has always been an enigma: an industrial estate filled with curious businesses, a television station and the biggest police station I’ve ever seen. But I’ve learnt that it is an Aladdin’s Cave of opportunities and if you are searching for a certain service then you will almost certainly find it there: from air conditioning to welding, to sails to tyres to butchers and bakers, but no candlestick makers, at least not yet.

My first stop was Tip Top Toldos which has been on the estate for eight years. The owner, Neil McKendry, and his team supply and fit internal and external blinds, canopies, doors and windows all over the island. The showroom faces out of the industrial estate, looking towards Galatzo, with red flags marking the way. “I always tell customers we are up from the petrol station on the road towards Calvia,” he says. This time of year the demand for fitting PVC doors and windows is high, but by the Spring Tip Top are always to be seen fitting sun blinds for terraces. Before I dash off to my next stop Neil shows me some very clever internal blinds which are remote controlled which means there’s no wiring needed, and they operate completely silently, perfect for the  more modern looking house.

Behind Tip Top, across the road on Carrer Illes Balears, is Eurotex. It’s run by David Ramos, a professioDavid, ready for actionnal painter and decorator. David opened the paint store with his business partner seven and half years ago. “We have many British customers because we speak English and German as well. And we have a lot of wallpaper designs to choose from, you can see any of our books and have the rolls delivered from the mainland two days later.” Eurotex also sends out painting crews if you don’t want to Do It Yourself, but David is on hand to give the enthusiastic DIYer advice as well.

Keep travelling up Carrer Illes Balears and you will come across Brit Bites on the right hand side, run by Craig. He stocks a wide range of typically British foods frozen and cupboard staples as well as cards, wrapping paper and other domestic items. If you’re hankering after pearl barley, or want to buy a sack of teabags at a good price then Brit Bites has them both, and plenty more besides to choose from.

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Turn around and head back down to the petrol station, and take a left at the roundabout and you will be on the road Carrer Son Thomas. On one side you see the gym Illes, and directly opposite it you will not be able to miss Hastens! Inside, chatting away in three languages, is Vanessa, who can tell you all about the different types of beds and mattresses they sell. “Hastens is a Swedish brand, and Vispring, which we also have, is British. They are both extremely natural products, and therefore very good for anyone with allergies. Hastens comes with a 25 year guarantee, and Vispring with a lifetime guarantee! You won’t find any better on the island.”

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Drive along from Hastens, and take a left up Carrer Valencia and you’ll find Yes We Bike. Run by Oliver Wienrich it’s the only large bike shop in the South West and stocks a staggeringly wide range of different bikes. From the new “E Bikes” to simple “Sit up and Beg” bicycles, and everything in between. “A bike these days can be as sophisticated as a car” Oliver tells me, and then goes on to say he works with the German brand Haibike and the WINORA Group. Oliver knows his business, and says E Bikes are becoming more and more popular. “E Bikes make you fly, and because you are not so worried about covering a distance you actually use them more.” He also offers repairs and maintenance.

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Up the same road, on the left, you will find Knox Design. It’s run by Justine and Bruce Knox with a team of multilingual staff. Knox is a great design showroom for picking up beautiful things for your home, but it’s also the head quarters for a thriving interior design and house renovation business. It literally is a “one stop shop” if you want to fit a new bathroom or kitchen or completely reinvent your home. They work all over the island on projects, and have a team of their own trades people who they trust to work to the standards which they are famous for.

Come back down Carrer d’Alacant and you will find a business which many Bulletin readers will have used: Webbs International Removals have brought many expats to the island over the thirty years they have been in business. With their unrivalled weekly scheduled service with a 100% on time record for the past three years they know that reliability is paramount for their clients. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting some of their drivers and crews then you will find that they are friendly.  knowledgeable, helpful and courteous. Many of their staff have worked for Webbs for many years and are multi lingual. In fact, we could go as far as to say they are an institution on the island.

My last stop is at Classic Cars which is on the road behind the police station, Carrer Illes Canarias. Curiously at the other end of the road there is a herd of sheep grazing, but that’s Majorca for you! Up at the top end of the road, in the direction of Calvia, you will find some very fine Classic Cars for sale. If you have a hankering for something special then let them know, or maybe try out what they already have in stock.

Son Bugadelles is also famous for its Car Boot Sale every Saturday morning which does affect the opening hours of some of the businesses, so check in advance if you are planning to take a trip there at the weekend. Happy shopping!

Introducing Aimee…..

Introducing Aimee and Fashion Blog Wednesday, you can look forward to seeing some of Aimee and the FBW team’s work every Sunday in the Majorca Daily Bulletin from next week.

 

Vicki: What’s your background, where were you raised?

Aimee: I was raised in the countryside outside of Seattle, Washington and have many memories of the great outdoors – trees, rivers, lakes, country roads and the open sky were my playground. My grandparents owned several of the small businesses in our town and life was very simple – school, church, camping. I never had homework. At that time the area was so rural it took 5 towns that were scattered far apart from one another to make up an elementary school. From a very young age I yearned to travel, to see the world. When I read stories of distant cultures and faraway places or heard of other´s travels, I felt a pang of jealousy.

Vicki: How did you get into modelling?

Aimee: At the age of 15, and with the support of a school teacher, I began to pursue a modelling career. At 17 I left school and went to work as a model in New York City. At 173 cm, I was always considered the short model and my lack of height only toughened the competition.  Everyone in the industry said that I needed to go to Milano to start. A few months later the agency in New York connected me with an agency in Milano and I was on a plane within 3 weeks. I spent the next 6 months working as an editorial model there and also worked as a recording artist with Polygram records.

The next 5 years of my life involved a lot of travelling. Every city had its modelling market – Tokyo was smiling and happy girls, Milan was the interesting editorial types, Germany was the healthy granola eating type, Taiwan was the catalogues, Paris was the runway types and finally there was my market – Barcelona, for the TV commercial types. In Barcelona I found my niche and in 1989 it became home. I would leave for two month contracts when the cities were interesting and the agencies were good. My home was located in Sitges, half an hour south of Barcelona by train. I was also involved in music and sang in a band called GG Gabetta – we sung in Spanish and were fortunate to open for the Bee Gees at the Barcelona Olympic Stadium in Parc Montjuic and also in Madrid. It was during these days of living in Sitges that I began photography as a hobby. I was surrounded by beautiful and talented models who were the adventurous types open to new experiences. They were inspiring to photograph.  

My primary niche was in non-speaking TV spots and I could be seen during prime time drinking beer, driving a new car, eating doughnuts, in sailing boats or in the shower (Palmolive body wash). That market was far from the anorexic and cocaine-induced types that could be found in the bigger cities like Paris or Milan.  Except for the occasional comment about my height, body image wasn´t an issue.

Vicki: What’s your opinion about modelling now? Is it still important to be tall and skinny? What about the guys? Are they affected as well?

Aimee: The issue for the female models is largely about age and body size. The emphasis on women´s beauty being age-based has always dug deeper than the issues around body size.  Girls as young as 13 are working as women and by the time they are 22, they would be considered too old for the industry. Youth is what is valued in women for most of the huge, money-driven advertising campaigns that teach our children the definition of “beauty”. Male models work successfully into their 30´s.  The rough, rugged look, 3-day beard, strong brow and lined forehead (think Marlboro man) shows society values men at an older age.  With these societal values instilled so deeply, men grow older gracefully while women feel pressured to “preserve” themselves instead of embracing the womanly qualities that develop with age. There have been advances lately on the cat-walk as some designers are demanding to use “plus size” models.  Most women in the real world would love to be considered a “plus size” by runway standards because those women are not even mildly plump! Clothes do show well by hanging from the model instead of fitting the model but this can also be achieved by using real-life sized models in larger clothing sizes.

Vicki: So, what happened next?

Aimee: I left the modelling industry at 22 years of age with the feeling that I wanted roots and a base. I returned to Seattle and began studies. As I had dropped out of school, I had to take one year of science, English and maths to qualify to take the university entrance exams.  I spent the next 7 years pursuing a degree in Master´s of Nursing, Women´s Health Studies and graduated with marks in the top 10% of the country. This was followed by working in a large teaching hospital in the Maternity Ward.  In 2004, I moved to Hong Kong and worked for the Chinese University of Hong Kong´s Teaching and Educational Support Department.

Although I loved academia and could be creative in the writing aspects of the job, I found it to be dry. In 2008, I opened a kid´s talent agency called Peanut Butter ´n Jelly Models (www.peanutbutternjellyhk.com) and this was where the photography career unintentionally found its roots. In order to get the website to look the streamline and clean, I bought studio lights and rented a studio space. For the next 6 months, I photographed hundreds of children for free – working to populate the agency database with gorgeous images of the children before opening for business. Peanut Butter ´n Jelly is a largely diversified agency with children from all ethnicities and sizes. We encourage only expressive children who are outgoing with a lean towards independence to register. It can be an empowering experience for these children on so many levels, for example – self expression, instilling responsibility and working cooperatively.

In 2010, I took a trip to Bodhgaya, India to work on a healthcare team helping 4000 Buddhist monks and nuns who were attending a retreat. There, I met my husband, Oliver Haak, a German Mallorca-based paediatrician. One year later, I moved to Majorca and fell in love with this beautiful island.  To me, Majorca is one of the most beautiful places in the world and every day I feel fortunate to live here and experience this island. Palma has a big city mentality in a big village ambience. The design and layout of the buildings, parks and streets along with the small family run businesses and lack of corporate presence makes it a quaint place with a quality environment.

Vicki: Tell me about photography career, how has it developed? How did Fashion Blog Wednesday start?

Aimee: In the first three years in Majorca I worked primarily with models, then my business grew into documentary-style wedding photography. At the end of the wedding season last year, I wanted to do something creative and teamed up with make-up artist Laura Gisbert and stylist Sara Linnea Lund to do a test shoot.  This meant that everyone worked at no cost but developed professionally, with the final images used for professional promotion. We found that it was so freeing to not have an end-client and that we had the space to offer each other constructive feedback.  The shoot was rewarding on personal and professional levels.  We decided together that we would keep it going. It was a Wednesday and that was the birth of Fashion Blog Wednesday (FBW). Since then, we´ve added behind-the-scenes videography of each shoot set to music. Fashion Blog Wednesday is a project with simple goals and no end-client – creativity, fun and professional development.

Vicki: What influences FBW?

Aimee: Each team member of FBW has their own inspiration depending on their role. Our work flow is largely based on the stylist´s inspiration board. We go for street-style shots, with natural lighting, vertical layout  and clean looking photography. We´ve grown our team to include some guest make-up artists and stylists who offer some fresh ideas and new perspectives.

Street style fashion photography has been around since 2005.  A street style blog photographer shoots snazzy dressers who happen by and then blogs about it. FBW uses clothing that is affordable and accessible with brand names from shops of medium price range and an occasional high-end item. We use textures, layers and styles from the current season and latest trends.  

Vicki: Are you interested to get applications from models?
Aimee: We´re always looking to collaborate with new talent. Female models of average sizes who wear the clothes well are welcome to send us their info and fashion designers who would like to do test shoots are more than welcome.  We´ve turned down models for being overly thin and don´t support that aspect of the fashion industry. We prefer to work on a community-level as Majorca has an abundance of talent!

You can contact Aimee at fashionblogwednesday@gmail.com. Check out the blog at www.fashionblogwednesday.com

and view her commercial work at www.aimeek-photography.com

 

A decade fighting cystic fibrosis.

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The Respiralia Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary last night with a brief review of its history, presenting the 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Volunteer Award to Xavier Pons, and a special prize for its Managing Director Carlos Pons, in recognition of his work since Respiralia’s inception 10 years ago.

About 200 people gathered at the Auditorium of the College Ágora Portals, including the General Director of Accreditation, Teaching and Research Marga Frontera, representing the President of the Balearic Government, former President of the Balearic Government and Senator Jose Ramon Bauza and current Councillor for Health and Consumption of Palma City Council, Antonia Martin, plus many supporters, business people, representatives of charities, well wishers and relatives of the children and young people with Cystic Fibrosis whom Respiralia supports.

Kicking off the event, Carlos Pons told the history of the Foundation with vivid anecdotes, showing slides of important moments with a special emphasis on those who have made possible the growth of the foundation.  Carlos made a particular point of thanking many of the expat community who have supported Respiralia over the years, in particular Robert Winsor, Andrew Spence, Malcolm Andrews, James Newton, Margaret and Tony Whittaker and the team at Mood Beach. It was an impressive story of growth and determination and Carlos told the audience about the many different ways they raised money in order to build and equip a specialist unit to support people with cystic fibrosis and how they have been successful in using ground breaking physiotherapy techniques to improve the lives and life expectancy of these young people.

The President of Respiralia, Teresa Llull  spoke of how hard she had to work to achieve her dreams of being able to support young people and children in the Balearics with CF and she thanked the various public administrations and the Balearic community who had made its success possible. Former President of the Balearic Government José Ramón Bauzá encouraged employers to continue working with the various non-profit organizations on the island and especially with the Respiralia Foundation. Finally, the representative of the President of the Balearic Government, Marga Frontera, spoke of the continuous efforts of the Foundation in the fight against cystic fibrosis which is a serious and incurable disease and stressed the importance of continuing to research.

The event also saw the presentation of the CF Balearic Award 2016 to Xavier Pons, a long standing volunteer for the foundation who was praised for his generosity and willingness to help those who need it most. The families and workers from the Respiralia Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Balearic Association made an emotional thank you speech and presented a plaque to Carlos Pons in recognition of his work.  The event ended with a performance by the Gospel group “Euphonix” and a meal prepared by the families of the Foundation and served by volunteer students of the Hotel School of the Balearic Islands.

You can find out more about the work of Respiralia at www.respiralia.org

Turn and face the strange

David Bowie

My week long “digital detox” from Facebook and Twitter ended on Monday, just in time for me to read of the news of the death of one of my heroes, David Bowie. David Bowie wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he certainly influenced my youth, my taste in music and my view of originality. He showed me that it was fine to stand out, to be different, to say challenging things, and because the way that he delivered ideas was always in a non threatening way, he managed to get his point across in a way that seemed to really work. David Bowie didn’t make angry music, instead he wrote thoughtful songs about emotions and life situations. These past two days, because of my return to Facebook and its never ending feed of information and posts,  I’ve been on a long, and occasionally tearful, jog down memory lane back to my childhood when Ashes to Ashes and Let’s Dance were hits. I was too young to enjoy the Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke eras first time around, but I lapped up the albums as my interest in Bowie grew. I liked his style and I liked his groove. I respected him as an poet, a style icon and a performer: even when he did that awful song “Dancing in the Streets” with Mick Jagger he got away with it.

As the world started to react to the news of David Bowie’s passing so it also listened closely to the lyrics of this songs: the most recent single, Lazarus, released only last week on his 69th birthday opens with the line “Look up here, I’m in heaven”. Even in his death David Bowie was expressing himself as elegantly and originally as he had done in his lifetime. He seems to have faced and considered his own demise with clarity and thoughtfulness, measuring out exactly what he wanted to say about it, delivering it perfectly.

But now he’s gone, who do we have breaking the mould, standing up and being themselves, not being afraid to express themselves profoundly? We must take inspiration from this amazing man’s life and be proud of our individuality and of our thoughts, there is nothing wrong with being well educated, of reading, of having deep and intense conversations. Having spent a week away from social media I’ve realised that recently I’ve been too busy trying to collect information and not busy enough trying to understand it. That should be our mission for now, to try to absorb and understand more, to reflect out, to be more Bowie, and less X Factor.

RIP David Bowie. 1947 – 2016

New Year’s Resolutions, Update

Last January, twelve months ago, I wrote about the New Year’s Resolutions of several people living in Majorca, and I promised them that I would follow up with them over the year. Did they keep the promises they made to themselves? Read on to find out.

 

Julia Ball

RESOLUTION: To open her dream business, a wedding dress shop

When I went to visit Julia she had just signed the lease on her shop. “I really want people to enjoy the process of choosing the dress so we will be doing the fittings in a downstairs lounge in my new shop. I am passionate about brides having the dress that they dream of wearing but at a reasonable price. We will be looking for REAL women, not stick thin models, but real looking women who want to model for us. I’m SO excited!”

MID YEAR UPDATE: “I have been open for a few weeks and it’s going okay, like all new businesses it will take a while however. I am happy with the progress and the contacts I am making and looking forward to working with some great people. I am extremely excited for the new 2016 collections which will be arriving between now and September. In the short time we have been open three dresses have already been ordered for next year (two bridal and one communion).  There is a new jewellery range arriving soon and also bespoke shoes. The plans for the future are very good and I am so excited!” Julia’s shop is on the same parade as the Alan Graham Charity shop in Cala Major. You can find her at Confetti Espania.

END OF YEAR UPDATE 2015: “My resolutions are still going great guns, as I said a new business will be slow to start but lots of interest and have three brides this weekend – Sunday, doing lots of fairs in UK, and I have a new designer from the UK for children’s communion gowns and party dresses, and also mother of the bride dresses that will be introduced later in the year. My 2016 resolutions are to make Confetti Espania known all over Balearic Islands and mainland, to get MPG up and running fully, and after going to see the Doctor this morning, losing 10kilos by the end of the year! I am in such a great place with everything now especially after putting the negative people that were in my life to the back of me and concentrating on positive and kind people. I’m loving living on the island!”

 

 

 Richie Prior

 RESOLUTION: To get fit again

 Crisps are his weakness so when met in January we went to Nice Price to take photos with them. During our conversation he polished off two packets.

MID YEAR UPDATE: “Oh joy! Surely it’s too hot for this! I would hope with all the sweating I’m doing I am actually losing weight! Mind you a few of the demon crisps have passed my lips I confess! ”

END OF YEAR UPDATE: ” Well if I’m honest I’m where I was this time last year. Christmas and New Year in the UK probably didn’t help! However I’m back on the no carbs diet and we are planning something for the listeners and presenters on the radio. I’ll let you know!” You can listen to Richie at http://www.radioonemallorca.com

 

 

Diane Hughes

RESOLUTION: To stop drinking

Diane loves to cook; she’s very good at it as well. She’s also a great copywriter. When I went to see her at her apartment, where she had just had a brand new kitchen fitted, it looked great and I was very jealous. “I want to stop drinking wine Vic,” she told me, “I feel like if I do then I will be taking control of my health. It’s just so cheap to buy wine in Majorca, not like in the UK”.

MID YEAR UPDATE:” Uffff …. I’ve been rubbish.  In fact I’ve been worse than ever – it’s almost like my brain has had a rebel up and thought – how bad can you be!  Anyway, I think I’ve had an epiphany – and I think I am going to start again this week.”

END OF YEAR UPDATE: “The year finished up well. I’ve managed to stick to my resolution for five months and still going. Have decided I will continue to refrain from vino while running a bar as it could have serious effect on the profits. All good – this year’s resolution is to get fit! I plan to terrorize Javi in the gym next door to the bar just as soon as I get back from the UK.” Diane is now jointly running the Infuze Bar in Illetes, pop past and say hello!

 

 

Mathilde Recoque

RESOLUTION: To learn to play the guitar

Mathilde is from a large family. When she and her son went home for Christmas 2014 her sisters sat around the living room and played guitar for them. “I really wanted to join in; it’s so wonderful to be  able to play an instrument. I’ve promised myself by next Christmas I will be able to play along with them”. Mathilde has enlisted the help of a very talented musician, Benji, son of Tracey Evans to help her learn, and she also has her friend Charlie who is ready and willing to help her. I’m expecting at least a version of Smoke on the Water by Easter.

END OF YEAR UPDATE: My resolution for 2016 is to give up on ever setting new year’s resolutions in my life ever again!  I have bought myself a guitar stand to celebrate! And play. A little. At least more than this time last year.

 

 

Lesley Woodward

RESOLUTION: To write a blog about her creative process

Lesley is an artist specialising in embroidery and mixed media, creating collages using papers and fabrics – dyed, painted, stitched, or any combination of the above – usually layered and replete with elements of pattern. Having been inspired by the book `Share like an artist´ she decided to start a blog about her work.

MID YEAR UPDATE: “My New Year´s resolution is going along fine. keeping it up though not so much recently, but I am not stressed about that because I have found that having a Facebook  business page  for my work has become an extension of my sketch-book and I don´t get down to working in that all the time anyway. But it´s great to have it on line to refer to and add to. I am soooo glad I started it. As you know I was a bit daunted, but now I am more confident in working through the technical process. Recently I have had exhibitions in London and Deia and been a bit distracted, therefore have not had need to communicate as much on Facebook but that’s cool, I am really pleased that I started to store my work in an interactive way, I think it is an authentic extension to what I do”.

END OF YEAR UPDATE: “Last year´s resolution was to communicate my creativity. Which was successful. I opened a Business page on Facebook. This year´s resolution is not to procrastinate. So now I have to use my Facebook business page more frequently. I believe it will be much easier now I have a brill camera on my phone. I didn’t realise how easy it could be. Before my new phone I had to download from my camera and then onto laptop it took so much longer!”

 

Of the ten people I started with interviewing at the beginning of the year, four of them managed to achieve their resolutions. What made them successful and not others? Setting reasonable, achievable goals which are within your control is the key to making your resolution work. What have you resolved to change in your life this year? If you would like to be in the series of articles planned for this year then please get in touch.

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