family life in Majorca

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

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

 

June events in Mallorca

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Selva hosts its Herb Fair this coming weekend, with a mixture of agricultural and traditional events taking place during the day and the evening. You can enjoy exhibitions, cooking demonstrations and tastings of all things herbal.
Also this weekend you can see Carmen at the Teatro Principal if you’re craving some opera.
The following weekend there is the street food festival at Port Adriano from June 16th to the 18th where you can try out various food trucks serving international junk food!

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The Women’s Tennis Association Mallorca Tennis Tournament will run from June 18th to June 25th at Santa Ponsa Tennis Club, it’s considered a warm up event for Wimbledon and this is the second year it has been held.
The Beach Boys will play on June 18th at Son Fusteret, plus don’t forget that we also have Tom Jones and George Benson playing in Port Adriano this summer, and Michael Bolton will visit the island on August 12th as well.
63958377June 21st is the International Yoga Day and it will be celebrated in style at the Cal Reiet hotel and retreat in Santanyi. They have several free activities on offer including yoga, a talk on nutrition, a guided meditation and a concert of Hawaiian mantras.
If you’re into big old boats then be sure to hang around in Palma for the Superyacht Cup from June 21st to June 24th. You may be lucky enough to get invited to some of the exclusive invite only events organised by the sponsors.
June 23 be ready to enjoy the Nit de Foc in Palma where all of the islands best Demonis get together for the night of fire!
The following day is the Sant Joan on June 24 where everyone dresses in white, has a picnic on the beach and goes into the sea at midnight to cleanse themselves of sin.
Marratxi hosts its annual fiesta during the last week of June. Something for everyone, with live music concerts, sports activities, and a comedy evening.
Finally for June the Atlantida Film Festival will run for a week from the 26th with free cinema screenings and concerts around Palma. The film festival will include 18 films, 4 conferences and 7 concerts, all free of charge to the general public. The star guest this year will be Vanessa Redgrave, who will present her first film as a director “Sea Sorrow”. The venues are CineCiutat, Bellver Castle, Ses Voltes (the area in front of the Cathedral) and the Museu de Mallorca.
And that’s your lot for June.

Majorca’s Wild Child

Christa Elmer photo credit Vicki McLeod-5760Imagine you’re a bit of a free spirit, growing up in quite a conservative place, Switzerland. Imagine that your dream is to be a singer, but your parents think it makes a nice hobby, but couldn’t ever be your profession. Imagine you’re sixteen years old. What do you think you’d do? Christa Elmer found herself in this situation, and she ran from it.

She tells me her story as we drink a cafe con leche together in our village, s’Arracó, “I was young, I thought I knew everything”, she tells me. She’d been soprano in a classical choir in her homeland, in fact all of her family have a talent for music, but she is the only professional musician. A wild child you could say, or a determined businesswoman, because you have to be both of those things to make it in the music business here in Majorca or indeed anywhere in the world. After running away from home as a teenager she then moved again to the island sixteen years ago “by accident”, and has raised two children on her own. Four years ago, once they had started to be grown up enough she is focused back on her other great passion, music.

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These days Christa is a familiar voice and face to me, I’ve seen her perform in many situations, always with great style, and flare. “I love to take people by surprise, for example I enjoy busking on the street in Palma from time to time, people don’t expect it, it’s spontaneous and that makes me, and them, happy.” Her eyes are shining as she explains to me how she loves to connect with her audience, “I enjoy the energy, I want to delight the people”. The problem is though that Majorca does not have many public places for live bands to regularly play. “The Shamrock, Saratoga and Jazz Voyeur, that’s it really. Sound limiters are limiting musicians and some places I would have played in before now there is no possibility.” Aside from playing piano and harmonica, Christa sings with two bands, The Monkey Swingers, and The Banditos. Both have different styles, and different audiences. “I decided that I wanted to work with real musicians rather than with backing tracks. Many bars expect you to just play covers, which obviously we do, but I choose which ones we do. I love jazz, soul, rock. I sing them all”. It was she admits a risk to be so clear about wanting to perform in a band rather than with a USB stick and a laptop, but “I decided I would do exactly what I wanted to do”.

Now Christa has taken this several steps further with writing her own songs and producing (with Carlos Lambertini) an album and performing them alongside the more familiar covers. “If you’re a songwriter than you have music coming out of you at strange times. Sometimes the lyrics just come to me and flow out of me, sometimes it’s much more difficult.” Writing and producing her album has been a lot of like giving birth, quite a lot of hard work, some screaming and crying and a beautiful baby at the end of it. I ask her if she feels vulnerable about having her songs in public ready for scrutiny. “Yes! I was a bit worried about how people would feel about it. But I like as well to see how they respond to the different songs. I can tell you exactly how I felt when I wrote each of the songs on the album, and there are strong emotions in all of them. But song writing helps me to make sense of things, and they are a glimpse in of intimate moments.” How has she grown since releasing the album I ask her, “I’ve found that yes, I do need approval, and I wish that I didn’t so much! We shouldn’t need this, but we all do”. It’s not just the music though, there’s the art work for the album, the way it is laid out, the production of the product, the cost of it. “Quality is very important”. It has been hard to get the attention of radio stations and potential avenues to promote her work further. “I hoped that the local radio stations here would support local artists in Majorca, but it’s not as easy as that. I’m not giving up though, I will keep trying to get my music played on the radio.” She’s already available to download and play on iTunes and Spotify after an epic amount of administration “So much paperwork! WOW!” and you can buy her CD in bars in our village, and wherever she is performing.

What about touring to the mainland, or to music festivals? Without a hesitation she smiles, puts down her coffee cup and looks me straight in the eye, “Yep, that’s my next goal.” Watch out Europe, Christa’s on her way.
You can see more about Christa at http://www.christaelmer.com

Grapevine 6th June 2017

Fighting Fit

Sean Pendry-4707Sean Pendry made his UK professional welterweight boxing debut last weekend at Bowlers in Trafford Park, Manchester. Before he left for his fight I went along to see him….

Sean had been living and working in Majorca for several years before he started to box, but once he had put on his gloves he didn’t want to take them off. “I’ve always been interested in the sport,” he told me, “and my granddad Paddy McGrath boxed so maybe it’s in the blood”. We were sat in the Shambala gym in Santa Ponsa. Around us were personal training and boxing classes going on. It was busy and Sean was quite preoccupied with making sure his medical checks reached the British Boxing Federation, if they didn’t receive them then hw wasn’t boxing. “What do you have to send them?” I asked. He replied, ”Brain scan, eye test…” “Oh, so you actually do get your head examined before fighting?” I asked with a twinkle in my eye. He didn’t get the joke.

Anyway, it’s a serious business. Four rounds of three minutes fighting comes at the end of months of preparation. Training twice a day with boxing practice every night with ex world Muay Thai champion Paul Hamilton as his coach.The last time I’d seen Sean fight was last autumn when he fought at the Pirates’ theatre in Magaluf. How had he developed since then I wondered. “I’m boxing now rather than fighting. Before I would have got in a bit of a scrap but now I’m boxing clean”.

Sean Pendry and Youssef Al Hamidi in the ring last weekend Photo credit Karen Priestley

Sean Pendry and Youssef Al Hamidi in the ring last weekend Photo credit Karen Priestley

It certainly paid off as on the Saturday night he fought Youssouf Al Hamidi and won! He Sean told me afterwards, “I had loads of support from family and friends and loads of messages from Majorca. I was quite taken aback by the amount of support I received”. What are his personal goals? “To keep consistent, to get more professional fights, to continue to be entertaining in the ring.”

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All of this takes effort, dedication and plenty of support from his sponsors (NautiParts, Heroes, Balearic Sea School, Innovention 3, Sports Bar 90, Radio One Mallorca, Zing Vodka, One Agency and Rob Boynes] who have all helped with paying for flights, medical checks, training, kit and clothing. Does he have any doubts? “No. Paul and Nestor my manager keep me very grounded. They keep me focused”. And the future, after he hangs up his gloves, will he stay in boxing? “Definitely. I’d like to do a lot of things, but I definitely want to coach and bring other people on like I have been. Boxing has already done a lot for.me I have to give back for sure.”

Twelve long years

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My husband Oliver and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary last week with a couple of special days. On the actual day (the 25th of May, so many people get married in May, I had no idea!) we more or less took the day off and spent it together. We went to the Hammam in Palma which we have been promising ourselves we would go and try out for a while, it was lovely. Not as big as I imagined but a nice experience anyway. And then we went for lunch at Patron Lunares in Santa Catalina. I’ve always wanted to eat there but not had the opportunity before and we really enjoyed it. The place was reasonably quiet given it was a Thursday lunchtime, and we had great service. The waiter really excelled himself when he brought our starter of “Rocket Squid” to the table without once sniggering or making any sort of joke. Take a peek at the photo and tell me what you think it looked like…. Anyway, after lunch Ollie and I went on a romantic date to Brico Mart to buy tiles, yes romance can be found wherever you look! Then on the weekend we cashed in a hotel voucher I had won in a charity auction and went up to Alcudia for the night. We don’t go north much for anything apart from work so it was nice to spend some time up there just relaxing. We ended up eating at quite a fancy place called La Terraza in Alcanada, and we can recommend the food there, it was gorgeous.

Radiothon

JpegWhilst Ollie and I were being love’s young dream our friends Richie Prior and Ayesha Wood were hard at it raising money for charity with the Radio One Mallorca Radiothon. A 24 hour challenge full of fun and a fair bit of emotion as well. This was their third year doing it and it was a great effort from the whole radio team as well with Bianca and Jo busy in the background keeping bids and donations organised and making sure people were putting their money where their mouths were. Phoenix Media Mallorca (aka Ollie and I) donated a family portrait session and that went for 200€ so we were really pleased with that. At the last count they’d raised just over 20,000€ so well done everyone who donated and helped out raising money for charities here on the island.

Gringos Bingo

Gringo Bingo -6716I went along to quite possibly the maddest event I have ever had the fortune to photograph on Sunday evening. Gringos Bingo is a new experience for the island as it’s a Bingo game with real prizes (such as an iPad and a Nintendo DS) and some quite crazy prizes (a life size cardboard cutout of Bruce Forsyth for example).

 

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The audience were really excited about it, with some of them dressing up as a pack of “Grannies” which was hilarious. Add in lots of dancing, a gang of fun loving bingo callers and entertainers, and possibly a sangria or two and you have a fun and different night out. The shows are every Monday night at the Pirates Theatre in Magaluf and you can get more information on http://www.gringosbingo.com

Meet Ups

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So, I started a Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1532815660122689/ Search for Mallorca Matters Meet Up) to help with coordination of information. So far we’ve had one official meet up in Palma. There will be a walk on Sunday June 4th at 10.30 around the back of Cala Fornells (meet behind the Petit Cala Fornell Hotel). It’s an easy, dog friendly walk for everyone to do, should be fun. Then there will be a Meet Up in Inca on June 27th, time to be decided. Join the group to stay informed.

Michael Bolton is coming to town

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Michael Bolton is preparing for an unforgettable live concert at Son Fusteret when he will deliver hit after hit in his trademark soulful style in front of a packed audience. Grammy award winning artist Michael Bolton will be performing on the island on Saturday August 12th when he can be seen at Son Fusteret in Palma. The American singer and actor is visiting Mallorca as part of his Greatest Hits World Tour and he promises it will be a night out that his fans will never forget.
Michael’s achievements include selling more than 75 million records, recording eight top 10 albums and two number-one singles on the Billboard charts, as well as winning multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. I am rather proud to say I will be taking the photos that night, swit swoo!

That’s all for now, check out http://www.mallorcamatters.com for previous columns or my Facebook page if you want to send a message.

The Grapevine May 20th

Calvia Rotary Club Success

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This year the Rotary organisation worldwide is celebrating the Centennial Year of the Rotary Foundation.It now comprises of over 1,200,000 members in more than 200 countries. The object of Rotary is to encourage the ideal of “Service above self”.  They take on projects at a local  level, but also international challenges: one of the main projects being the eradication of polio throughout the world. Every Rotary Club in the world has been asked to organize an event to celebrate their 100th birthday, and the Rotary Club of Calvia International is no exception.  All their members got together to enjoy a Charity Jazz Night at the Club de Mar in Palma proving that fundraising can be great fun as well.

The project was led by member and musician Geoff Frosell and his Dixie Swing Band.  Add superb Gourmet Food by Tomeu Caldentey, some excellent wines, and the wonderful atmosphere of the Club de Mar with night-time views over Palma Harbour and the Cathedral, and success was assured.  An international crowd of all ages gathered to enjoy the event, and support the cause.  As a result of the generosity of everyone, the Club was able to contribute €2,000 to the Rotary Foundation Centennial account, which will be doubled by the Bill Gates Foundation to €4,000.  Together with all the other Rotary Clubs, who are targeting a collection of 300 million dollars this year, this ensures the continuation of the programme to eliminate polio world-wide, as well as projects dedicated to the education of children in the very poorest countries of the world, and many others.

Why not go  along and meet them at the Bendinat Hotel any Monday at 13.30. Send an email to geoffmoorecaracol@gmail.com. For more information :  www.rotaryclubofcalvia.com

The Sea Soirée

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Photo credit Sofia Winghamre

Last Friday 12 May, Asociación Ondine hosted a Sea Soirée at Coast in Port Adriano to raise money and awareness for marine conservation in the Balearic Islands. A gathering of 160 people attended in support of the cause, and to enjoy a masquerade-themed evening of drinks, dinner and dancing.

Guests arrived in time for sundowners on Coast’s terrace against the backdrop of live music from Soundhold, followed by a colourful display of Brazilian dancing and acrobatics by the Capoeira Group. A three-course, sit-down dinner was then served by Coast’s finest chefs who specialise in a fusion of Asian-Mediterranean cuisine. (It is safe to say that seafood was nowhere to be seen on the menu!)

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Sea Soiree Photo by Sofia Winghamre

With the majority of attendees linked to the yachting industry to some extent, Ondine’s President Brad Robertson took to the stage to say a few words about the ethos behind the charity, and to encourage people to get more involved. While most people know of Ondine through the organisation’s famous beach cleans around Majorca, one of Brad’s main objectives is to emphasise their work towards reducing plastic pollution and establishing marine reserves.

“These efforts are directly related to the yachting industry,” he explained. “If we are going to continue to have yachts coming and enjoying the Balearics, then we need clean and healthy seas. Our generation has done some serious damage to the environment, however we are in a period where recognition of the situation is very clear, so we have a unique opportunity to turn things around. We are lucky enough to live in a pristine part of the Mediterranean, so we need to start appreciating it.”

One side to Asociación Ondine that many people are not aware of is its team dedicated to creating an efficient network of Marine Protected Areas around the Balearic Islands. The team consists of a group of scientists and professionals who played an integral role in the setting up of Sa Dragonera as a marine reserve. Brad urged that more of these are needed, and increased support of Ondine will help towards this. “It’s not my organisation, it’s ours, and if you care about the marine environment then we have created the right platform for you,” he concluded.

Following dinner, it was time to dance to more live music from Johnny and the Blue Valentines. A raffle and art auction commenced with some kindly donated prizes and beautiful pieces of art. For those that had the staying power, the party continued well into the night in Coast’s adjoining nightclub, with music from internationally renowned DJ Alan Alvarez.

Thanks to the efforts of all involved, an overwhelming €17,200 was raised over the course of the evening to help with Ondine’s work towards marine conservation. A special thanks is owed to the sponsors, without which the event couldn’t have taken place. These included Absolute Boat Care, aRikki, Cooling Towers, Doyle Rigging, Doyle Sailmakers, Ecoworks Marine, Electro Marine, iShine, JPL Yachting, Master Yachts, Medical Support Offshore, Nauitpaints, Planet Space, Superyacht Services Guide, Modesty Carpentry, Modesty Interiors, Beaumount Properties, Astilleros de Mallorca and The Islander.

Asociación Ondine’s simple vision to combine science, local communities and conservation to protect and improve local marine ecosystems around the Balearics is truly inspirational. The tremendous amount of money raised at the Sea Soirée is a testament to the yachting industry’s powerful ability to come together and have fun, all for this very good cause. The event is a beacon for the positive impact that the yachting industry can achieve and for that the Ondine team, and its generous supporters, should be applauded.

Tattoo Fest

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Photo Phil Rogan

Happening all over the weekend, and until next Wednesday May 24th the Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Festival (www.traditionaltattoofestival.com) is quite an interesting place to visit. It’s designed to appeal to all ages as a  family event which allows members of the public to come and meet artists and performers from indigenous tribal cultures. A day pass is 10 or 15€ with children (u12) getting in free. Doors open each day at 12. You can find it at the Recinta Ferial in Santa Ponsa (opposite the windmill at the roundabout).  Come past and say hi as I will be there with fellow collaborators as we document the event and shoot some portraits of the indigenous tribes. Couldn’t turn down a chance like that now could I?