Community in Mallorca

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.

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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

Get Outside

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Here’s the thing. I read this week about children spending less time outdoors than prisoners. Can that be true? Given that I first saw it when someone shared a Daily Mail article online I could imagine that the truth has been massaged, but even so, children have to go outside in playgrounds at school don’t they? The study from the Play In Balance report by Persil’s Dirt Is Good campaign said that 18% of children never play outside at any point. “One in ten mothers and fathers have never been on an outdoor adventure with their child”. Is that more to do with the motivation of the parents than anything particularly preventing them from going outside and getting involved, or is it to do with our work life balances being so out of kilter that there is literally no daylight left in which to do things with our offspring?  The kids are still playing, but on computers, or indoors in less adventurous circumstances. This has led to a response from many people about how, in their “day” this was not the case, we were thrown out of the front door at 8am with a cheese sandwich in our pocket and not let back in until teatime. The big question, I guess is would this have a negative effect on children long term, or is it just us oldsters freaking out about how we think things should be versus how they actually are? The people who participated in this report probably didn’t remember the TV programme “Why Don’t You?” which was specifically aimed at me and my little brothers to inspire us to stop watching the TV and go and make spaceships out of toilet rolls. Things haven’t changed THAT much, in my opinion. You have to encourage children to do things, they need their mums and dads to be passionate about hobbies, these things are contagious in my experience.

The fact is that life, and (some) times, have changed. Although I have been known to send my daughter out with the dog on a mission (yesterday she went to our village chemist on her own to get some sunscreen as the weather is improving and she has to slap on the block every day) I send her out with a phone, an itinerary and a clear understanding of when she is expected back home. That is very different to the way I grew up when we did disappear for hours on end, fall in rivers, come home without shoes, end up on the wrong side of the motorway, and other tales of disaster which perhaps one day you will know about. I wouldn’t send my daughter outside to play randomly, she would be going to see a friend, whose parents would also know about the plan, or she would be going to an prearranged date at the stables, or with my Dad to go sailing. Apart from lacking spontaneity what’s wrong with that? It’s another example of us taking advantage of the things which Mallorca has on offer, but it’s done with a deliberate focus to keep her off of You Tube but not out of my hair. What do you think? http://www.mallorcamatters.com

Passion or poison?

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What’s your passion, or your poison? What makes an interest in something healthy or harmful? I was a 20 a day smoker for twenty plus years, that’s pretty bad for you, we all know that. I stopped, finally, successfully four years ago. I would smoke a cigarette twenty times a day, damaging my body and affecting people around me. But strangely, it was hardly ever mentioned as being a problem. In fact I would find people who wanted to be my allies, in order to give them permission to smoke as well I guess, as if it was our ‘right’ to smoke.

Regular readers of my column will probably have noticed my ongoing interest in getting fitter and healthier, including my personal goal which I set three years ago that I would be able to do a handstand by the end of that year, I didn’t achieve it, I was so out of shape.

Strange then that if I decide to take up healthier pursuits that some people think they have the right to comment on it, suggesting in some way that my lifestyle choices are harmful to me. I’ve experimented with different types of diets, specifically a vegan diet for the whole of January, which garnered many comments. “Where will you get your protein from?”, “There’s nothing wrong with cow’s milk”, “Are you one of THOSE funny eaters?”. The reality is that aside from writing about it in these pages I didn’t really speak about it to anyone, and yet it seemed to inspire derision from some quarters. It took me some time to realise that actually these people were simply challenged by what I was doing, because they saw it as a reflection on them, rather than my simple decision to try something new.

Another thing I have been changing, which has become a passion for me, is the daily ritual I have of going to the Crossfit Mallorca ‘box’ (gym) in Santa Ponsa Son Bugadelles and training for an hour. First thing in the morning (by that I mean 6am, sorry postmen, I haven’t yet managed to get up at 3am) I get up and go to class. I’m there with a bunch of other earlybirds and our trainer, and owner of the box, Rob Martin. We do a variety of exercises, including squats, sit ups, press ups, rowing, running, weight lifting and more. Every day is different. The crucial thing that stays the same is the support and encouragement from Rob and the other members of the group. Some of the guys are super fit, and others are like me, over 40 and flabby. Well, not so flabby these days. I had to get some smaller sports clothes this week as the ones I had begun sliding down when I skipped! That was quite a day, but followed almost instantly by comments from well meaning people “Are you sure this is healthy for you?” “Do you think you should be training so often?” My answer is that it makes me feel happy and relaxed. So is that an obsession or a passion? You can’t win. Although I did do a handstand today for the first time. Finally. mallorcamatters.com

Events in Mallorca – March

Firstly, there is a collection being done by Antonia Triguero for refugees who are currently arriving on the Greek island of Kos. She has managed to get a shipping company in Inca to pay for a 40 foot container to be sent over there, and she has until this Friday to fill it! She is looking for: donations of: tents, sleeping bags, blankets (but not heavy), baby carriers, strollers, wheelchairs, comfortable walking shoes, socks, underwear, travel bags, raincoats, nappies, women’s sanitary towels and tampons, soap and shampoo (small 200 ml bottles), toothbrushes and toothpaste, sweatpants, summer hats, spring jackets, baby wipes and powdered milk.  If you check on the TRE website later there will be a list of the collection points in and around Inca and across Mallorca.

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This Thursday is St Patrick’s Day and at Sanddancers Bar in Cala Bona you can join in their Annual “ST PADDIES PARTY NIGHT!” which is always a lot of fun, laughter, and I guess a few Guinnesses as well. There will be Irish music and free Irish hats for everyone.

Happy St Patricks Day

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Or you can popover to Heroes Bar in Portals where Hugh Carville will be organising his last quiz of the winter season.    Heroes-Logo  Quiz

 

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At Mood Beach there will be the Supper Club with speakers talking about Traditional Chinese Medicine, plus dinner will be available for 19.95 for two courses on Thursday evening at 7pm. You need to book in advance by emailing info@moodbeach.com

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If you like Deep House and Yoga then why not try experiencing both at the same time on Friday evening when Saskia Griffiths presents a two hour session, she describes it like a “yoga party”· It’s from 20.30 until 22.30 at the Zunray Yoga Studio in Palma.

On Saturday March 19th you can take in the sights and sounds of the Santa Margalida Agricultural Fair which kicks off the Spring fair season. There’s normally something for everybody from farm animals to displays of classic cars.

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On Sunday March 20th you can enjoy a great St Patrick’s Day festival in Santa Ponsa where there will be more than a hundred market stalls and a parade through the streets in the afternoon.

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Also on Sunday 20 March there will be a fundraising event at SPAP in Palma in support of some of their animal loving colleagues who have been fined for protesting about an upcoming bullfight on the island. That will start at 11am and go on until 4pm. There will be talks about animal welfare, a raffle, a market, a quiz, live music and vegan food on sale.

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Then we are into the Easter celebrations which are always quite amazing in Mallorca. If you want to entertain, or even scare, the kids a little, then take them along to the Fira del Ram funfair in Son Fusteret close to the Son Castello industrial estate in Palma. The funfair is open every day until Sunday April 10th.

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If you like eating then pop along to the Street Food festival in Port Adriano during the weekend of the 25th, 26th and 27th of March. It’s on every afternoon from 5pm to late, you can eat yourself around the world and check out some rather cool looking food trucks and other vehicles as well.

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On the Saturday of the same weekend, if you like nature, hiking and adventure sports then nip up to Escorca in Lluc for a day discovering businesses and like minded souls at the Nature Esport exhibition.

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The Corner Bar in Palma is having an anniversary bash on Saturday 26th March. They’re also hosting speed interviews for wannabe crew. Super yaThe Corner Bar Palma.pngcht professionals will be returning to the Corner Bar to help them celebrate their anniversary and welcome new crew to Palma, helping them to find their feet here, offering support and advice in job hunting, training, and CVs.

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Also on Saturday March 26th local artist Vivian Borsoni will be exhibiting at her studio on Calle Fabrica 13b in Santa Catalina in Palma. She will be joined by another artist, Birgit Dierker. They are both very popular artists, and it’s well worth a visit. The show will open at 18.00.

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On Sunday March 20th there will be a Asociacion Ondine beach clean up at Playa Es Trenc from 11.30 until 15.00.  It’s organised with a Facebook group for Palma Yacht Crew, but everyone is encouraged to join in. In February 120 enthusiastic and environmentally responsible beach cleaners cleaned up the Eastern half of Playa de Es Trenc and collected more than 500 kilos of rubbish. It was a beautiful day out on the beach for everyone. So with the hugely positive experience freshly in mind, they will now attack the Western end of the beach this time leaving it completely free of plastics ! They will be meeting in Ses Covetes on the Western end of Playa d’Es Trenc at 11.30 hrs.

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After finishing with the clean up, delicious baguettes with different toppings will be available for 5 Euros a piece as well as beers, sodas and water straight from the ice cooler. All proceeds will go to Asociacion Ondine. Don’t forget to bring with you heavy duty plastic bags, gloves, snacks, water and some money for lunch – and if you are brave; a swimsuit !

There are now two more dates for “One Table Four Conversations” which is the most recent ISLA Theatre Project that sold out on its first run. You can see the show on either March 24th or March 31st (both Thursdays) at 19h30 and 21h30 at Cafe
l’antiquari, just off Via Roma in Palma. The reservation hotline number is: 679518293

 

Helping hands needed.

 

Antonia with a refugee baby in Chios

I met a really wonderful lady last week, Antonia Triguero. She’s recently been to the island of Chios to deliver supplies and aid to Syrian and Afghani refugees who have been making their way to Europe in whatever way they can. She told me that the situation over there is pretty terrible, but as Spring comes and with it more people trying to make it to Europe despite there being more countries closing their borders to refugees it’s only going to get worse. Regardless of what your political sympathies are there is a genuine human disaster going on right on our doorstep.

Since returning she has managed to get a shipping company in Inca to pay for a 40 foot container to be sent over to Greece, and she has until this Friday March 18th to fill it! She is looking for: donations of: tents, sleeping bags, blankets (but not heavy), baby carriers, strollers, wheelchairs, comfortable walking shoes, socks, underwear, travel bags, raincoats, nappies, women’s sanitary towels and tampons, soap and shampoo (small 200 ml bottles), toothbrushes and toothpaste, sweatpants, summer hats, spring jackets, baby wipes and powdered milk.  

Giving out aid

Collection points where you can leave your donations are: Monkafe, Ca’n Rovira, Kidz, Cafe Polygon Mercantil, Polygon Bar, Cafe Es Cantó, The Paula Method (i Crist Rei Alcúdia), Ziving Inca Genestra, Bar Ca’n Tomeu Ca’n Joan White Kids, Paula Travel, Dilo (Avda. de Lluc), La Caixa (street Bisble Llompart) and Estheticians Inma.

Antonia said this to me, “I would like you imagine for a few seconds, one day it happens in Mallorca that you and your family have to put your whole life into a backpack and leave your country, your home, not knowing where you’ll end up, what will be your destination. People look at you with suspicion, as if you had rabies, when you all you want is to have a decent life. You lived happily in your town or city, but that circumstances beyond your person have forced you to leave or if you stayed you could die at any time. Reflect and be kind, bring your heart to the situation”.

There is no time to waste. Please take your donations as soon as you can or you can contact Antonia at trigueroartesanos@gmail.com

 

We’re all wonderwomen!

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What are you doing on Tuesday March 8th? It’s a big day all around the world, a national holiday in some places, it’s ‘International Women’s Day’ a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It’s marked with events and parties, rallies, demonstrations, conferences and all sorts of gatherings in countries as diverse as Argentina, Belgium and China. The event started over a hundred years ago and was in support of the Suffragettes who campaigned for equal rights for women.  But this year the day will also mark a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

We’re pretty lucky in Europe. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have equal rights, and indeed can’t imagine what sort of person I would be if I had to mind my Ps and Qs and not do exactly what I wanted to when I wanted to. I am an equal to other people in the world and my daughter is equal, and I have some very feisty women to thank for securing those rights for me. But there are still millions of women around the world who don’t have this luxury; there are women who don’t have the chance for the same sort of free education as I benefitted from.

Over the past five years or so I have been involved in the organisation of fun IWD events at Mood Beach. This year I am organising an event on Tuesday March 8th at Mood Beach in Costa D’en Blanes. Doors open at 11.00. There will be chances to meet new people, to get involved with charities, and to meet up with women’s groups from around the island. And there will be a market stall area for small businesses to sell their wares. At lunch time there will be speeches and a presentation to a person who has made a great contribution to the community…. who will it be? You will have to be there to find out! The whole day is 25€ per person (Welcome drink, 2 course lunch, glass of wine, table water and bread & butter, and it is per person, not per woman, as men are invited too of course!).  You should reserve (it’s important for us to know how many people are coming for lunch) now by emailing info@moodbeach.com or calling 971 676 456.

Milk at a depot in Mallorca   We are collecting food for the Mediterranea foodbank, so please bring with you something to add to the pile. Mood will match the donation so make sure you remember! They welcome donations of pasta, rice, milk, oil, bottled and canned goods, nappies, baby milk and basic toiletries, so bring whatever you can.  If you are business owner or if you run a charity or organisation then please get in touch as there are spaces for stalls, you can email me on vicki@moodbeach.com.  

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Come and join me, and other women, bring your mum, bring your daughter, bring your friends. It’s time. mallorcamatters.com

 

The GrapeVine

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Santosha Cafe in Palma

So, when you see a new business starting up and talking about operating within very strong ethics then I think it’s a good idea to go along, check them out, support them, find out about them, and if you like the food/place/people, then make sure you return. I had the opportunity to go to a new place I keep hearing about when my friend and colleague Aimee celebrated her birthday a week or so ago. We met up with about a dozen friends and had a menu del dia together at Santosha which is just off Bon Aire in Palma. I was seriously impressed with the venue, the care taken by the owners and staff there, and of course, the food. I found out that Santosha café-restSantosha Cafeaurant is the fruit of years of planning for the owners. They care deeply about slow food, family, community and the planet, and this care is behind everything they do. Most of the food they serve comes from local organic producers. Their menus will change according to what fresh fruit and vegetables are in season. Any animal products they serve come from animals who have enjoyed a good life and been treated humanely. Their coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate and other ingredients that cannot be Santosha Cafe (2)grown locally are all sourced from small companies who treat their employees with the same respect with which they endeavour to treat theirs. What they hope to create is, above all, a positive and welcoming space for food lovers and art lovers, for readers and day-dreamers, for coffee addicts and yogis, for worn-out parents and lovely loners and everything in between.  I’m definitely returning soon! You can see more about them on http://www.facebook.com/SantoshaEcoCafe

Can Corem

Last year, at the party to end all parties: Sa Taronja, my wedding anniversary, it was fantastic, we had Jerry with his amazing free range hog roast, karaoke, too much wine, a million friends and…. these guys: Delta Flo. Now they will be performing on Saturday Great Delta Trio!night (30 Jan) at Can Corem. They play Country & Southern Rock, Bluegrass, and Delta Blues. So if you want to hear achingly beautiful, cry in your beer ballads, foot stompin’ rockin rhythms, and dueling instruments then you might want to get over to Can Corem which is between Llucmajor and Campos. Entry is 10€ per person, and you can get yourself fed there as well if you want to eat. The musicians are an international bunch. You will see and hear Isaac Vega (Spanish) playing acoustic guitar and
singing harmonies, Lynn Gaydosh on lead vocals (from Ohio, USA), and Soriana Ivaniv (from the Ukraine) playing violin and singing harmonies. Doors open at 19.00 and the show starts at 20.00. Find out more at http://www.fincacancorem.com

 

EPORE AGM

The AGM for Europeos Por Espana will happen on Thursday 4th February at 6.30pm for 7pm at the OD Hotel in Portals. Anyone who wishes to attend should make sure they are punctual.

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Vamos Challengers!

We’ve started the first Challenge of the year, and so far, so good. I’m being fairly dedicated: getting up extremely early in the morning (by my standards anyway) to train
at Crossfit Mallorca, and then arriving back in my village in time to capture photos of the s'Arraco mistearly morning mist and sunrise. I understand from our captain, Lidia Villalonga, that she has a few surprises in store for different training venues oThe Challengers in various states of pain!ver the next eight weeks, for example I know for sure that we will be invading a children’s playground somewhere in Palma! It’s fun. Whoever thought I would write that!

Flash bang wallop!

Pernilla shooting Noemi at Mood

Bikini shoot at Mood

Even though Mood has been closed for holidays (reopens on February 12th in time for Valentine’s Day which will be lovely) we’ve seen a lot of photo shoots. One for a new wedding store destined to open in Santa Catalina, another for a bikini catalogue (thoseAll made and ready for my close up girls must have been freezing, but they look great) and even with one for a project I am involved in. A photographer who I have known about for a while, Pernilla Danielsson and the team from Look Mallorca, came to shoot their profile photos at Mood. There was hair and makeup, and hopefully there might be a tad of Photoshop to make the larger members of the team (okay, me) look a bit thinner, younger, more like Penelope Cruz… a girl can dream!

Respiralia

Carlos doing his Respiralia presentation

I was asked by Carlos Pons from the Respiralia Foundation to attend their ten year anniversary last week to take photos for them. I was sitting in the front row with my camera, ready for action, when up on the slide show popped my face and the faces of Margaret and Tony Whittaker! We were thanked, along with other expats, for our work in helping to raise funds for the organisation. It was a lovely surprise, and very nice to be thanked. If you want to know more about the foundation which supports children with cystic fibrosis and their families, then visit http://www.respiralia.org.

Renee’s party!

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Someone else who has a big heart is Renee who will soon be celebrating her birthday. She doesn’t want presents though, she’s decided instead to raise money for animals on the island. You can make her wish come true by attending Bar Leos (opposite The House of Katmandu in Magaluf) on February 6th from 5pm until late. The theme of the party is Blue, so I guess you should wear something Euro-coinblue, or maybe go as a smurf! The singer Angel Flukes will be performing, there will be a tombola, a quiz, a raffle and karaoke, so plenty to keep you entertained. The money raised will be going to pay for the castration of street cats and to help other animals as well. Well done Renee, and the best of luck!

Supper Club Networking Group

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Finally, the first meeting of The Supper Club for 2016 will be on Thursday February 18th at 7pm. If you want to attend then send me an email to vicki@moodbeach.com

 

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.

 

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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.

You can see the original articles at http://www.mallorcastories.co If you want to be in a Mallorca Stories article please contact me via the Bulletin.

Christmas Survival

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It’s happening, it’s here. The main event if you’re to believe the hype. Can it possibly live up to the expectations? Well perhaps we should measure our expectations to make sure that we can get through the next week or so with the least amount of stress. I’ve been reading around the subject of “Christmas Survival” and there’s plenty of articles out there on the web which can give you some ideas, but if you don’t have the time, here’s my round up of the best.

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Don’t try and do everything

If you are responsible for cooking and hosting the Christmas Day activities, then don’t take it all upon yourself. Ask other family members to bring different parts of the meal, such as snacks, salads or desserts – don’t be afraid to ask for help. Make sure you have some time for YOU, even if it’s just allowing yourself to watch one special TV show that you really want to see.

Everything in moderation

Christmas seems to be all about excess – but there is not much enjoyment in feeling the size of a padded Santa suit or as stuffed as the festive turkey! The best advice is moderation – apply it to everything you eat and drink. Drink moderate amounts of alcohol and try to alternate soft drinks or water with alcoholic ones. As for food, have a bit of what you fancy but try not to stuff your face if you can help it! Difficult I know, but try.

Get active, rehydrate and sleep!dog-christmas-xmas-bulldog-medium

You’ve got to balance your festivities with some time to rest, and recuperate. Active recovery, such as taking a walk in the beautiful landscape of Mallorca is a perfect way to do this. Follow it up with a snooze on the sofa or an early bedtime.

Don’t be on your own

If you are concerned about being lonely over Christmas, either being single or unable to spend it with family, then do something about it now. Think about inviting a few others over who are in the same boat as you and consider offering your house as a venue for the event. Also try not to turn down any invitations to other festive events, provided that you are giving yourself a chance to recover in between!

A final word…

Christmas should be fun but if you find that previous years have not been enjoyable then consider doing something about it – try something different. One way would just be to get away from it all and remove the majority of the hassle from the whole festive experience. Although – we all know how stressful preparing for a holiday can be!

Happy Christmas for me and my family to you and yours. Vxxx http://www.mallorcamatters.com