Author: VM

What’s on in November 2017

So, let’s start with some free curry! Tomorrow evening at Bindi’s in Santa Catalina in Palma from 7pm they will be serving complimentary Indian street food, playing good music and welcoming everyone. It sounds like a great chance to get to meet some new people.

On Thursday 9th from 5 to 7pm you can hang out and enjoy music and drinks at the Estudio 3 Christmas preview in Portals Nous village.  

On Friday the 10th there will be a soul, funk, rock and blues night featuring the saxophonist Norbert Fimpel at Finca Can Corem in Campos. The night starts at 9pm and entrance is 12 euros. Finca Can Corem is also the venue for a flea market on this coming Sunday, November 12th from 10am. And the following Friday, November 17th there will be a disco night.

Pray for clear skies this Saturday morning as it is the EL FENÓMENO at 8am in Palma Cathedral. The sun shines through the 12m eastern window and lights up the back western wall above the western round window, to form a perfect 8. It only happens twice a year.

This weekend coming there will be a big Wedding Fair at Finca Son Termes in Bunyola. It runs daily from about midday to 9pm. There will be exhibitors for everything bridal on Mallorca so if you’re thinking of getting hitched or you work in the industry it is a must see. There will be a fashion show on the Saturday evening featuring many of the dress shops in Mallorca.

Next week is TaPalma which is a fun food event in Mallorca.  You can try out tapas and cocktails on various routes around the city from November 15 to 19 . on Monday, November 13, two days before the start of the tapas and cocktails route, the 2017 TaPalma Contest will take place at the Escola d’Hoteleria de les Illes Balears. A professional fair aimed at professionals in the sector and the general public will be held in the same venue. You can get more info on my website.

If you want to support a local artist then please go along and see “Tramuntana Lines” by Lesley Woodward which is at the Aina Pastor Art gallery on Costa de Santa Creu in Palma.  The exhibition is on until November 18th.

Thursday 16th Mallorca has its biggest fair of the year. Dijous Bo in Inca. It is enormous and features a great range of different agricultural supplies, animals, crafts, foods, and much more. You can get the train to Inca for the day which might be better than trying to park.

Every Saturday there is a car boot fair at the Jolly Roger in Alcudia

The first of the Christmas Fairs will be at the Anglican Church in Palma on November 18th from 10.30am to 1.30pm. There will be plenty of gift options to purchase, like handmade items, candles, and jewellery. This may also be your first mince pie of the season. There will also be games and a raffle to take part in. Christmas songs will be performed by the British International College choir and Father Christmas will be there as well!

18th of November A ma Maison Restaurant in Santa Catalina will be celebrating their 6 year anniversary. Tickets are on sell at the restaurant. Price is 45 euros include drinks food and entertainment. Places are limited.

This is also the weekend for the Caimari Olive Fair  which runs over Saturday and Sunday. It’s in Caimari which is one of Mallorca’s prettiest villages.  There will be displays of olive oil making, local products, a wide range of market stalls, folk performances, pony rides and loads of things for children.

On Sunday the 19th there is the Honey fair in Llubi, and the following weekend on Sunday November 26th there is the Mushroom fair at Mancor de la Vall.

On Wednesday 22nd November I am organising a friend making networking event in Palma, go and join the Mallorca Matters Meet Up Facebook group for more information.

On the evening of Wednesday 22nd November at the Boathouse from 7.30pm there will be a fundraising pub quiz for the Palma Dogs group organised by Caroline Stapley.

And finally, at Thursday 23rd the Christmas lights go on in Palma. Get to the Borne about 5.30pm for the warm up fun with circus performers.

Rotary Walk Success

748A1522“Walking Works Wonders” was the theme of this year’s Charity Walk organised by the Rotary club of Calvia International and over 350 people turned out on Saturday 21 October to make sure that it does. There were over many schoolchildren from the eight International Schools taking part as well as adults, not overlooking a large contingent of canines who joined in too.

748A1553The walk was planned by the Rotary Club with very close collaboration from the Ajuntament of Calvia, the police and an army of volunteers from the Club and other associations on the island. There was a 10km walk for the older children and the fitter adults (and the more energetic dogs) from the Sports Centre in Magaluf to the Agora School in Portals and back. The less young and children and some dog walkers did the 2km walk from the same starting point went but went down through Magaluf and back. All of those walking enjoyed the warm sunshine weather and the social atmosphere.

748A1531The aim was to raise a substantial sum of money for three charities – RANA which focuses on help to prevent child abuse of any description, JoyRon, which raises money for children in the Balearic Islands and in this case, money will go to help meet the cost of constructing and fitting out a cinema in Son Espases for children who are undergoing palliative care. Last but by no means least, money raised will also go to Association Ondine which is trying to preserve the marine environment in the Balearics for the benefit of future generations. Three very worthwhile causes.

748A1527This year too, in association with Association Ondine the Rotary Club Calvia International sought to discourage the use of single use plastic bottles and promoted the use of reusable bottles by providing free water at the start/finish and mid-point of the walk: another positive step by the Club to help others and the environment.

748A1521The International Schools are the main contributors to the walk, not only from their participation on the day of the walk itself but through the young children in the infant schools of some of the schools walking in the grounds of the Schools. Money was raised not only by the Rotary Club charging a registration fee to enter the walk (the fee included some food and refreshments on completion) but a lot of the walkers were sponsored by parents, friends and colleagues.

748A1493After the walk, everyone enjoyed the refreshments and entertainment provided by Izzy Newman and children from BIC as well as a belly dancer. Some even joined in the performance! Casa Corazon a beautiful luxury property development in Son Gual sponsored the after walk refreshments  (www.casascorazon.es), Generali, the insurance company covered the walk’s public liability insurance as they do every year (www.generali.com), Spectrum IFA (www.spectrum-ifa.com) sponsored the water, and Nice Price donated chocolately treats (www.niceprice-mallorca.com).  The Town Hall in Calvia provided their full support for the event.

748A1470Club President thanked all participants for generously giving up their time and the various sponsors for their contribution. It will take time to determine how much money has been raised, currently they have received 5000€ but it is likely that the three charities which are to benefit will not be disappointed.

 

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Halloween

It’s the spooky Halloween edition of the Grapevine. It seems like Halloween gets bigger and crazier every year on the island. This year I was asked to photograph the Pirates Adventure show which is always hugely popular. I arrived early to capture Sade and Nikki creating some very creepy makeup looks for the cast. And then roamed around taking photos of as many people as I could. The show was a mixture of the acts from the family friendly Pirates Adventure and the much more risque Reloaded with some extra special additions such as the excellent violinist who performed reworked versions of pop hits. The show was a great way to finish the season, and I hope the cast and crew enjoy their time off before they restart next year.

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After the glitter had settled at Pirates I was off into Palma for the next part of my Halloween evening which was taking photos at SoCial, a new club on the Paseo Maritimo opposite Titos. Fire breathers, contortions, dancing girls, acrobats, creepy doctors and a sword swallower entertained the big crowd of revellers. I had a quick chat with the Great Bendini (the contortionist and sword swallower). I asked him when he had realised that he could swallow swords and he looked at me as if that was the dumbest question he’d ever been asked, “I had to learn how to do it” he replied, err, yeah, Vicki, of course. Doh. He really does swallow swords, they weren’t trick ones! And they go all the way down to his stomach. Yuck!

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Walking Works Wonders

What are you doing on the morning of Saturday October 21st? Fancy a stroll for charity? Yep, it’s that time of year already, and it’s time to get your walking boots on and step out.

Mike, Jan, Rosa, Geoff and KateOrganised by the Calvia International branch of the Rotary Club the charity walk has been going for more than thirty years. And it’s raised thousands for local associations and causes. This year’s slogan is “Walking Works Wonders” and if you are a walker then you will already know that. Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.

Regular brisk walking can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles
  • Improve your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. So why not join in the walk, enjoy getting fitter and raise some money for charity? The Rotary Club Calvia International is hoping to attract some of the established walking groups on the Island to take part in the walk but anyone who has an interest in just doing a walk in the company of others – there are no prizes to be won or records to be broken – whilst at the same time making a contribution to three worthwhile Charities can take part.   Sponsors would be very welcome too, they already have Casa Corazon a beautiful luxury property development in Son Gual will sponsor the after walk refreshments  (www.casascorazon.es), Generali, the insurance company who covers the walk’s public liability insurance yearly (www.generali.com), Spectrum IFA (www.spectrum-ifa.com) will sponsor the water, plus Nice Price are donating chocolate treats (www.niceprice-mallorca.com).  The Town Hall in Calvia are also providing their full support for the event.

This year’s charities which stand to benefit are RANA  (fundacionrana.org.es) a Majorca based charity which aims to prevent child abuse. JoyRon (joyronfoundation.org)  which helps needy children in the Balearics. Our contribution will go towards the cost of providing a children’s cinema in Son Espases Hospital, and Asociacion Ondine (asociacionondine.org) which is dedicated to environmental and marine conservation in the Balearic Islands.

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So why are we at Es Generador looking at countless posters designed by local school children? Because every year the poster advertising the walk comes from an art competition that they can enter. Despite local public schools being invited to attend it’s just some of the private and international schools which have entered: Queens College, Bellver, Baleares International College, Agora and The Academy.  I know that the Rotary Club would love to have more schools join in (both in the forthcoming walk and in next year’s art competition and walk) so get in touch with them if you represent a school or college. After much deliberation the judges chose the entry from Lotta Cabello from Queens College with the Junior runners up being Zahara Vazquez (Agora) and Roberto Mercadal (Agora) and the Senior runners up being Elsa (Queens College) and Alina Vera (Queens College) with a Special Mention for  Electa Schaller (The Academy).

Mike with the special mention entry.It takes quite a bit of effort, patience and dedication to coordinate the walk, and this year the job has fallen to Jan Siegl (for any questions you can contact her via janet.siegl@gmail.com). It’s Jan who tells me about a new initiative, to make the walk “plastic free”.

“This year, for the first time, the Club is aiming to abolish the need for single use plastic bottles reflecting our wish to work with Asociacion Ondine, one of the Charities we are supporting and which campaigns against the indiscriminate use and disposal of plastic items. We’re seeking to not only serve the local community and reflect the aim of Rotary International, which is Service above Self but also to save the environment for the future. It’s a very important issue for all of us. All participants will be asked to bring along a reusable water bottle which they will be able to fill for free from a large tank, called The Rocket and which will be provided by CleanWave.org, a non governmental organisation which provides solutions to the single use plastic bottle issue. Further water will be available along the route. ”

As in other years there will be a choice of two walks this year they will both start and finish at the Polideportivo de Magaluf on c/Minyo. The 10 km route will go to the municipal car park next to Agora International School in Costa d’en Blanes and back and the 2 km route will go down to the promenade at Magaluf. The walks will be marshalled and supervised by members of the Rotary Club and other voluntary organisations, as well as having both a Guardia and medical presence. When the walkers return they will be awarded a medal and will be provided with light refreshments. There will also be stalls selling items from other Charitable organisations and stalls from sponsors.

The 10 Km walk will start at 10.00am and the 2 Km walk at 10.15.   If you want to take part then you should turn up for registration between 9.00 and 9.45am.  Walkers of all ages and abilities can take part. The cost of taking part will be €10 for adults and €5 for children. There is no charge for any committed to taking part in the walk and their contribution to the event, and of course to the sums raised, is significant and very much appreciated. But the Rotary Club Calvia International is still seeking more participants, so, what are you waiting for? Get involved!  

For more information about the Rotary Club visit www.rotary-calvia.weebly.com

The Grapevine

Back to pyjamas, but not quite jeans’ weather, it’s this time of year that confuses my wardrobe but allows us to start to get things done again. Now it’s a little cooler I feel like my brain returns to its normal temperature and regular service can be resumed. It’s a relief!

Cake (and clothes)

I didn’t make it to any of the Coffee Mornings last Friday so I’m really happy to have been sent these photos from Annalise of the Cala Nova Cancer Care Charity Shop.  They held their morning at the Agua Beach Hotel which was she said an ideal setting on the first line of the beach in Palma Nova.  More than 500€ was raised thanks to a very popular tombola. The fundraising charity will top up the total to 1000€ and send it to Macmillan Nurses in the UK. The group want to extend their thanks to Anne and Toni Niera for their continued support and the loan of the terrace of their fine Hotel. “The weather was ideal and everyone enjoyed the beautiful singing of Lottie who donated her time and many thanks to her and all the people who came. We had wonderful cakes all homemade donated by super  cooks and a great time was had by all”.  Thanks to Annalise for her report, and well done everyone.  Also, and this is super inside news, I know that the shop in Cala Nova has some very stylish donators and now is the time to wander down there to check out the Autumn clothes as they have just switched over from their Summer lines. Annalise says there’s a lot of designer pieces for both men and women.

 

Dogs on holiday

Christina is planning a holiday for you and your dogsChristina Kastin is on a mission to get a plane full of dogs and their owners to fly to Majorca for a holiday. The dates are booked for November when the plane will come from Stockholm. When it happens this will be a world first as the plan is that the dogs will travel in the cabin with their people. If you are already on the island and would like to participate in the holiday which will be in the Arta area in a dpg friendly hotel: the dogs will be allowed to go anywhere their owners go in the hotel, except for the pool. There will be various dog focused events and excursions through the week. You can see more information at http://www.guide4dogs.com/travels/stockholm-sweden  Can you imagine seeing a plane full of dogs? I cannot wait to see THAT photo! Apparently the international news will be reporting it and this is a great chance for a sponsor to jump onboard and get themselves a lot of coverage.

 

Vino and Art

The event will be on next weekend on the 12th and 13th October in Muro. The idea is to bring together local wine producers and local artists (both visual and performing) You will be able to try the wares of Binigual (Binissalem), Ca´n Feliu (Porreres), Can Ramis (Sencelles), Castell Miquel (Alaró), Son Ramón (Muro – Llubí), Butxet (Muro), Can Axartell (Pollença), Bodegas Ángel (Santa María), Vi Del Rei (LLucmajor), Son Artigues (Porreres), Pere Seda (Manacor) y Son Vich de Superna (Puigpunyent).

And enjoy the works of Adolf Gil, Miguel Sarasate, Silvia Félix, Gustavo Peñalver Vico, Simon Blades and Rafel Moreno Brunet, with performances from Tinons & The Mopis, Monkey Doo, Tubatap, Saxophobia Funk Project, Sonica Project and DJ T-Mark. The organisers have big ambitions for their event saying that they hope to have more than a thousand people attend over the weekend and I for one will be there for sure!  The Vins amb Art project is sponsored by the City Council of Muro, Hotel association Playa de Muro, the airline Germania and Autovidal (Smart). It also has Seeds Events and collaborators like Travel Rocks, RC Protocol & Communication, Cristina Ortega Photodesign, Mana Culture, Balear of Shipping, Descanshop, Majorica amongst others. You can get information by visiting www.vinsambart.com

SoCial Opens

Run by Martyn Smith and Dom Miles, this is a super stylish new place in the heart of the Paseo Maritimo opposite Titos and the new food market. It’s open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings so go check it out. www.wearesocial.club  

 

Thank you Vivian

Artist Vivian Borsani outside of her studio

I commissioned my friend the artist Vivian Borsani to create this beautiful painting for me recently for a special present for a relative. Thank you Vivian you went above and beyond our brief. Vivian’s studio is on Calle Fabrica 13 in Palma. You can go past and see her work and find out more about her. She’s a great person to get to know, and her art is addictive.

 

Congratulations Barbara and Guy

Congratulations Barbara and GuyMeanwhile, in Canada, Barbara Hodge just married Guy. She moved over there in the summertime after selling up her business in Palma to be with her partner. Congratulations lovely people!

Kersplat!

I didn’t write about this in my last column because I was just too mad to tell you about it. I’ve had an injury: my third this year! Do you remember the heavy rains in Palma a month ago? I was out working: photographing a wedding and then on to another job in Palma.  On my way to the venue, arms full of cameras, a tripod and an umbrella to shield me from the rain I managed to slip over on the wet pavement, and couldn’t get up again. There was some swearing, and a bit of feeling quite sorry for myself.  I was rescued by some very sweet passersby who waited with me until an ambulance showed up. Luckily for me I hadn’t broken a bone, but I later discovered when I wasn’t getting better as fast as I would like and went to see my bone doctor Joe Arrindell that I had dislocated my kneecap and ripped my quad muscle in two places.  Ouch. So there’s been a lot of staggering around recently. I have to wear a very special and stylish leg bandage for another couple of weeks yet. But it’s also inspired me to finally get around to getting that accident insurance that autonomo (freelance) people really should have. Imagine if I had broken a bone, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of the jobs that I had been booked to do, including two weddings and an extensive shoot at Pirates Adventure for their brochure. So, it’s a warning that I have to get myself sorted out.

That’s all for now, see you soon. If you have an event you want to tell me about then get in touch. http://www.mallorcamatters.com

 

Events in Mallorca for August 2017

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The open air cinema in Palma, Cinema a la Fresca, is in full swing now. Every Saturday and Sunday evening there’s a free movie, the Saturdays tend to be animations suitable for everyone, and the Sundays are more grown up. The films start at 10pm. They are in Spanish with English subtitles. This weekend you can see Zootropolis on Saturday and Bridge of Spies on Sunday. Nice way to spend a summer evening.
The village of Sant Llorenc des Cardassar has its annual fiestas at the moment. You can enjoy open air concerts, traditional dancing exhibitions, a craft beer fair on the 11th, sports activities, theatre from Mallorcan groups for adults and children, and it’s all rounded off with a fireworks display.
There’s yoga on the ramp by Club de Vela daily at 8am and 8pm led by Suzanne Neilsen. For members of the club 5 euros, non members 10 euros. Classes Mon – Fri until end Aug. Check Club de Vela Puerto de Andratx website or FB. Sign up in office.
Michael_BoltonThis Saturday Michael Bolton is in town. He’s performing at Son Fusteret in Palma and it promises to be a big night out. He’s being supported by Angel Flukes, who is a fantastic singer who lives in Mallorca and won Germany’s Got Talent last December. You can get your tickets at http://www.legendsvip.com
This summer you can go up on the top of the Cathedral in Palma and have a look around. There are hour long guided tours which will tell you about the history of the building whilst you visit the bell tower and the buttresses and of course see the amazing views over Palma. You have to be in good health as there are 215 steps to do on the way up and you have to be 11 and over. You can book at http://www.catedraldemallorca.info
On Wednesday 16th in Alaro you can catch the finale of their annual fiestas with a massive party and a Corre Foc at midnight. Not to be missed.
regatta-illes-balears-classics-palma-centre-and-marinaFrom August 16th to the 19th some of the most beautiful classic yachts from all over the world will meet in Palma for the Illes Balears Classic Sailing Regatta. The marina at Club de Mar will host an exhibition of classic boats, the oldest one being the Marigan yacht from 1898. Open to the public on Friday 18th.
On Saturday 19th August you can hang out at the Sa Pobla Jazz Festival. It’s at the Sala Es Cavallets, Placa Major and kick off is at 10pm.
On Tuesday August 22nd, there will be a Bridge tournament and dinner afterwards on the beautiful terrace (where a UK Visa card advert was filmed a few years ago) at the Alcanada Gollf Club in Alcudia. If anyone would like to play they must register by August 16th. It costs 13€ to play and 45€ to play and have a splendid 3 course dinner, with wine, water & coffee all included. There are money prizes for the winners too! The number of tables will be limited, so register as soon as possible if you would like to play. There is an active bridge club in Palma with duplicate bridge games every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. They also play Thursdays (Sta Ponsa) & Sundays, but not in August. Visitors are always welcome at the club – all details are on their website. If you need a partner you can ask them to help you. If you don’t play bridge yet, Wendy Lawrence runs classes for beginners and improvers and will be starting a new group in September. All notes are provided in English and Spanish. http://www.bridgewebs.com/asocbalear
On Wednesday August 23rd you can catch comedian Jimmy Carr at the Auditorium in Palma, later that week from Friday August 25th the Moscow Ballet will be at the Palma Auditorium performing Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty over the weekend.

 

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The 2nd Vegan Day Out Vegan Day Out II, Saturday 26th August from 12 midday at Agroturismo Ca Na Susi. Entrance is free and there will be loads of workshops, entertainment for kids and grown ups and of course, plenty of food!
On Saturday 2nd September you can check out the Melon Fair in Vilafranca de Bonany. It’s the first of the autumn harvest festivals celebrating melons, figs and other fruit.
Up in Soller at the Can Prunera museum you will be able to see an exhibition of Picasso and Miro’s work.Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró met in Paris in 1920, when a young Miró visited Picasso’s studio on rue La Boétie. A friendship was born then, which would last until Pablo’s death. Curated by Miró’s grandson, this exhibition displays artworks by both of them as well as photographs, ceramics and books as well as a film showing them together at Picasso’s French studio. The exhibition runs through August until November.

Friday 9th September 8pm. There will be a variety show at the Anglican Church. Great evening of talent. 10 euro entry, details from office 971737279

THE s’Arraco Night of Art

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Did I see you on Thursday evening in my little village? In amongst the approximately 6000+ people who were stood outside of my front door? s’Arraco, which is between Andratx and St Elm down on the SW corner of Majorca, only has 2000 inhabitants, so for one crazy night every year our population trebles as we are inundated with visitors. There’s nowhere to park, you have to get a shuttle bus or a taxi from the nearby towns or walk, or cycle, or roller-skate, or hover board or do whatever you have to do to get there. Our village is full for that night and it’s so much fun that as soon as this year’s Night of Art is over we all start looking forward to the next one.
It started six years ago and has evolved into what Andratx, our local council, says is the most popular night of the year in the whole municipality. The organiser of the evening, Neale Sanders, told me that “Working with the council has been a joy, everything I need they provide, they fully support the event and give me all the help I could ask for. It doesn’t seem to matter which council it is , PP or PSOE, or any of the parties, they all think the Nit de l’Art is a great event. It’s really apolitical which is wonderful. I can’t thank them enough for what they do.”
Neale coordinates the more than 140 artists who exhibited on Thursday night, myself included, plus the musicians and other acts, and organises the programme and publicity. It’s probably quite a headache to do but he seems to always be in a good mood so I think he enjoys it, even the stress! But Neale’s and everyone’s hard work certainly paid off as it was a fantastic evening filled with energy, laughs, friends, and probably too many mojitos if my head was anything to go by on Friday. The event attracts artists from all over the island to participate and it is really fun to do. There really isn’t a spot in s’Arraco which doesn’t have some art in it on this evening. Sculptures fill the only town square, paintings are hung from many doorways and fences, gardens, shops and cafes are opened to artists to exhibit in, everywhere you turn there it is. And not just art work, but music as well. Ten bands played throughout the night on strategic street corners, acapella, jazz, Spanish, rock, swing, blues, world music and lots more. Plus street performers dancing with fire and walking on stilts, and performances in our little municipal theatre as well. There’s actually no way one person could possibly take it all in, but everyone tries and there’s a constant movement of people as they roam around the streets. As and when you’re in need of refreshment there’s food stalls run by local associations and our local restaurants. One of the restaurants, Es Raco de Puput said they’d served 1400 tapas!
To put into perspective how many people come to the Night of Art: walking from my house to the centre of the village normally takes five minutes, on Thursday evening it took thirty. It’s wonderful to realise so many people want to support art and culture and have a great night out in the middle of the week. Well done to everyone who exhibited and thank you to Neale for organising such a vibrant and fun party for our village. If you didn’t make it this year then there’s always 2018. Viva s’Aracco!

Mallorca Grapevine, 14 July 2017

THE WEDNESDAY GROUP

With the twiddlers and shawlsI popped past The Wednesday Group headquarters last week to take a couple of snaps of them before they broke up for the summer.

With the toysThis industrious bunch have been making toys for the Allen Graham Charity, knitted knockers for the Cancer Support Group to donate to people who need breast prostheses, and shawls for wheelchair users and twiddlers for people suffering from dementia for Age Concern to donate.

With the knockers

I’d never seen a twiddler before and I was quite fascinated by them. They are very pleasing to hold with chunky knit outside and a felt inside with plenty of different things attached to them to fiddle with.

A Twiddler, I'm very glad I don't need one, but I want one!Apparently they are used by people with dementia as a way to occupy their hands and it has a calming effect on anyone who is feeling distressed. I’ve got to say I’m glad that I don’t need one, but boy I would like one! The Wednesday Group will restart in September. Anyone who wants to join them is very welcome to go along and get stuck in. You can contact Kay Halley at the Universal Bookshop or call her on 971 676 116.

 

JIMMY CARR IS ON HIS WAY

Jimmy Carr is on his way!One of the most prolific joke-tellers of recent times, Jimmy Carr will be embarking on a mammoth world tour in 2017 and 2018. With an astonishingly vast repertoire and lightning-sharp delivery honed from fifteen years at the top, Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show, and he’s coming to Majorca in August to perform at the Auditorium on the 23rd!  Jimmy has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.

 

MICHAEL BOLTON PLAYS MALLORCA

Michael BoltonAnother gig I’m looking forward to is Michael Bolton who will be playing Son Fusteret on August 12th.  I recently wrote about Angel Flukes who will be supporting him and I’ve heard that tickets are selling well, so it’s probably time to get yours.

 

HEALTHY GOODIES AT A MA MAISON

Delicious carrot, orange and pumpkin soupIn my role as “person who overshares on Facebook about healthy food recipes and being kind to animals” I was invited along to A Ma Maison restaurant in Santa Catalina by the owner Saloua. She treated me to her new recipes that she is working on to offer to her clients who may want to eat more healthily, and plant based.

Beetroot tartareI was really impressed with her ideas, and particularly liked the beetroot tartare.

Saloua with her homegrown tomsSaloua grows a lot of her herbs and even some of her veggies out the back of her restaurant where she proudly showed me her kitchen garden.

 

THE NIT DEL ART, SARRACO

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I don’t care if you think this is biased, but my perfect little village, S’Arraco in Andratx will be holding its Night of Art on the evening of Thursday July 27th. Put the date in your diary. It really is worth the trip over for a great cultural night out. There will be lots of live music, wine, food, and art to gawp over.

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Parking can get a bit tricky in the village and there will be a shuttle bus running from Andratx so park there and the bus over from in front of the Eroski.

 

VEGAN DAY OUT A SUCCESS!

Scott, the organiser of the Vegan Day OutWell done to Scott Adams who managed to pull off something brand new for the island,  a vegan festival!  

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The location for the first event was at Son Amar in Palmanyola and featured workshops, stalls, cruelty free products, yoga, plenty of activities for children and some very interesting looking drinks! Apparently between 800 and 1000 people attended. Scott is already working on the next event which will be on August 23rd, location yet to be confirmed.

 

MALLORCA FASHION WEEK

slider-maria-barros-mallorca-fashion-weekComing up very soon from 26th to 28th July Palma will be inundated with models, designers, and I hope, plenty of air kissing. Yes it’s Mallorca Fashion Week, organised by the powerhouse which is Victoria de Vivero.  You can get your tickets for the shows online at www.mallorca-fashionweek.com

Growing up a writer

20049028_10154908909078507_1358458897_oIt’s a sweaty afternoon in Palma but Emily Benet arrives for our lunch meeting looking very cool and composed. She’s just got off the bus (rather than drive, she’s only just passed her test and Pierre the seven seater Citroen Picasso is a bit of a handful in Palma). We’re meeting to talk about her most recent novel, The Hen Party, set in Mallorca with the tag line ” A party of eight arrive on the island, but not everyone’s going home.”  The story features film director, Kate Miller, who is in serious trouble: the entire cast and crew of a reality TV show “The Hen Party”  have gone missing whilst filming. Kate thinks it’s all her fault, well she hasn’t exactly been following the guidelines, but if she is to blame, why are the hens arguing among themselves? And why is the groom-to-be calling her in tears…. ? Emily’s book is a fast, fun, summer read full of comedy and drama and having read it myself, I’m going to tell you to get it because a) you’ll enjoy it and b) Emily is a local author, living here on the island and we should support her.

But, back to the interview, once we’ve ordered our lunches we get down to it.  Aside from living on the island for the past couple of years Emily is an author, journalist and award winning blogger. But her story starts way, way back when she was eleven. “I always wanted to be a writer, I wrote a book, Dandelion Abbey, about talking animals. But it wasn’t until I was encouraged to enter a writing competition by my English teacher at my school in Barcelona that I really believed I could do it. I won first prize, 350€!”

The daughter of a Spanish dad and a Welsh mum Emily was thirteen when they all moved to Spain. “I was determined to pass my Selectividad (the Spanish University entrance exams) because this boy at my school had said he didn’t know why I was bothering. And I did it.” As it was she found herself studying back in the UK at the University of East Anglia, but she didn’t feel like she was getting anywhere, and she didn’t like her surroundings either. “Everything was burgundy, the place looked like a Swedish prison”.  Emily was quickly frustrated by the lack of time actually being taught, only six hours a week, and for a determined, ambitious, some might say workaholic, writer, this was just too much to bear. She dropped out.  An ultimatum was posed, either she studied in Barcelona or went to help in the family business, a chandelier shop in London. She chose the shop. “I decided, I’m going to take a year and help my mum in the shop whilst I write THE novel”.  One year rolled into more but she didn’t stop working on her goal, “I went to creative writing groups and classes, I read A LOT. I found myself inspired by the daily things in life, a single overheard sentence on the bus can spark a “What if… ” in my brain. Then one day she went to watch a football game, Germany vs Spain, with her dad and she met her future husband who was to have an impact not just on her, but on her writing career.”  He suggested to me that I start writing a blog. This was 2008 and not so many people were writing blogs then, I decided to write a blog about my life in the shop. I called it Shopgirl Blog. But I wasn’t really a shop girl, I was a writer, a writer trapped in the body of a shop girl working in a shop”. That’s when things really started moving and Emily started to get noticed. “I posted a link to my blog on the Salt Publishing Facebook page, and I got a response! They were interested in what I’d written and wanted to turn it into a book.” The blog also became a TV pilot (you can watch it on You Tube). Then mega publisher Harper Collins picked up her next books, The Temp and Please Retweet. But as she quickly discovered despite being on the roster of a publishing house that didn’t mean they would do much promotion of her work.  So this time around, with The Hen Party, she’s going it alone.

She admits it hasn’t been easy, switching from being with a publisher to self publishing, but she realises now that she might have been better off doing it her way right from the start as sales for The Hen Party are already surpassing her previous novels. She attributes her success to make this switch to someone she’s never met, Joanna Penn, the host of a podcast The Creative Penn which interviews successful author entrepreneurs.  As Emily tells me, “The word entrepreneur has a lot of positive connotations. An entrepreneur sounds like someone who is driven, creative, has get-up and go. Unfortunately self-publishing entrepreneurs aren’t always met with the same admiration in the writing world. Self-publishing still has a lot of stigma – and I get why. People want the credibility of a big publisher. They assume if a big publisher didn’t print it, then it can’t be good. In reality, a traditional publisher might like the book but may not have space for it on their list. They may well have a similar author writing in the same genre. I didn’t wait until the very end to find out if a publisher wanted my book. It takes months and months for replies and the first so-called ‘rave rejections’ that I received convinced me the novel was good enough for public consumption. The book took me over a year with two massive edits so I wasn’t going to just discard it because three people liked it but weren’t sure they’d be able to sell it. I didn’t just hit publish once I’d made up my mind. It was important to me that it would be produced with the same care as a traditionally published book. Next, it went through a professional editor. After that, a proof reader. For me, it’s about being proactive about your career, treating it like a business and taking the wishful thinking out of it.  It’s about taking creative control of your project, getting fair royalties and being able to adjust prices and book covers if at first it doesn’t succeed.”  We talk at great length about book covers and she shows me the most recent version of The Hen Party, she’s not quite happy with it. I tell her to stop worrying about it, but then if it were my book I think I would be just as fussy. After all it represents more than a year’s work, and who can say that about anything they’ve done?

When our date is over we find it hard to say goodbye, and wander around the streets of Palma together for a while, until finally Emily decides she’d better go find her bus. As I head off I wonder how many new ideas for stories she’ll come up with on the ride home and pledge to take the bus a bit more often myself.

                                                                                                                                                                   

You can get Emily Benet’s books online at Amazon or at the Universal Bookshop in Portals.

Visit http://www.emilybenet.com for more.

Mallorca Matters Meet Ups

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Hi there

I’m trying to help bring people together from around the island. I arrange casual, friendly, non threatening, non agenda meet ups for people to make new friends and contacts on the island.

You can join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1532815660122689/

Or search “Mallorca Matters Meet Up” on Facebook.

The next Meet Up will be in Inca on June 27th. Join the Facebook group to find out more.

Vicki x