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FREE! TAKE ONE HOME Issue: 5 Friday 19th September 2008


IN THIS WEEK’S MENORCA SUN WHAT’S ON Day by day we list the events happening on the island this week, plus also where to get your fix of Sky and Setanta Sports. Page 11. CHILL OUT All your faves; Sudoku, pub quiz, trivia, crossword, jokes and the worst horoscopes ever published!

ROYALS HOLIDAY ON MENORCA Quite a busy week for the Royal Family in Menorca. Not only the King and Queen, but also their daughter Christina, together with her husband Iñaki Urdangarin and their children, passed a few days relaxing in Mahón aboard the Royal Yacht Fortuna. They were accompanied by other family members

and friends. However, while they have been enjoying family outings to the cinema at Ocimax, lazing on the beach at Son Bou, and dining at Fornells, all has not been quite so calm at home. A man was arrested earlier in the week for throwing a Molotov cocktail at the couples’ home.



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THE RAIN IN SPAIN FALLS MAINLY ON MENORCA Menorca was the worst hit of the Balearics last Friday as the worst storm of the year swept across the island. In little over two hours 75 litres of rain fell per square metre in Mahón. Ciutadella fared little better with 56 litres per square metre drenching the town. The fire brigade were called out to 75 emergencies and four people were reported injured. One woman was hurt when a wall crashed down

DROP IN DISPOSABLE INCOME High mortgage rates now see average Spanish families spend 46.1% of their income on paying for their homes. The figure is two percentage points higher than during August last year and represents a huge increase on the 35% of family income required this purpose in 2004.


Storm clouds gather over the harbour in Mahón under the weight of the water and she was caught underneath. High winds also caused

some distruption to air traffic at Mahón Airport and a fast ferry sailing out of the Port of Mahón was cancelled.



The EU Commissioner for Transport, Antonio Tajani, warned this week that Brussels is going to “examine very closely” the safety and security of some European airlines, in light of recent events. Tajani’s remarks came during an appearance before the EU Transport Commission, during with, he made reference to the recent air disaster at Madrid’s Barajas airport. The Commissioner said the EU would not hesitate to include ‘rogue’ European airlines to its blacklist of airlines banned from European airspace, which, up to now has only included some very dodgy non-EU airlines and which, is up for review in November. The Commissioner said it was premature to pass judgement on the causes of last month’s disaster in Madrid, which cost the lives of over 150 people.

Spanish air charter and leasing company Futura on Monday sought bankruptcy protection from a commercial court, joining a series of carriers forced out of business by soaring fuel costs. The airline’s statement that it is unable to honour its payments will be examined by a court in Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands, where the company is based, a legal source said. Futura suspended operations Monday in order to inform its employees of the court procedure, the Spanish infrastructure ministry said in a statement. It said the head of the civil aviation authority had asked the company to provide -- by Friday -- a report on its situation, a reorganisation plan as well as steps to guarantee its operations. The authority will then decide whether or not to suspend Futura’s operating license, the ministry added. “The problems faced by the



The cost of using a credit or debit card in Spain has risen to its highest level since 2005, according to data from the Bank of Spain. Interest rates on debit cards have risen to 5.6% and on credit cards to 6.5%. Credit card companies also make a killing on on maintenance charges on cards, averaging more than 14€ on debit cards and 33.3€ a year on credit cards. The figure compares to charges of 13.1 and 28.43 euros last year and is the fourth increase in charges this year. Charges went up in January, April, May and again in August. Despite the rising costs, the number of credit cards in circulation has increased in the first part of the year.

Minister for Industry, Miguel Sebastian, has announced plans to announce on the internet the names of supermarkets who are putting up their prices and by how much. He says he wants to put more pressure on the sector to keep prices lower, and the industry website will allow consumers to know which is the cheapest and most expensive supermarket in their own province. The numbers will be updated every three months. Already the news has been greeted with alarm by distributors who say that prices vary from group to group.

sector, especially the excessive and speculative increase in oil prices over the last few months, have placed Futura in a very difficult financial situation,” Futura said in a statement. Futura’s human resources director, Pere Torrems, told AFP the company was “studying the possibility of reducing” its 1,211-strong workforce by half. Most of Futura’s charter operations are concentrated on routes to Britain and Ireland, Torrens said. The airline carried 3.7 million people last year. Futura is 53-percent held by staff and management and roughly 46 percent by the British investment fund Hutton Collins.

BRANSON CALLS FOR REVIEW Virgin head Sir Richard Branson has called for a review of the rules governing airlines. He said planes grounded by the failure of their parent companies should be allowed to fly under the watch of the aviation regulator. He claimed this would reduce disruption across the industry. “It does not make sense for aircraft to be lying idle at UK airports when they should be used to bring back stranded passengers of that airline,” he said. Bob Atkinson, of online price comparison site, said there had been a surge in prices over the past 24 hours, in particular for flights during holiday periods such as Christmas.




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ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST XL FOLLOWS FUTURA AND ZOOM INTO OBLIVION The collapse of the UK’s third largest package holiday group left tens of thousands of Britons stranded in 50 destinations across Europe, the USA, the Caribbean and Africa. XL - which carried 2.3 million passengers last year - is the latest travel business to face financial difficulties, as the industry struggles with high fuel costs and an economic downturn. The XL group, which is based in Crawley, West Sussex, runs an airline and owns several travel companies, including Travel City Direct, Medlife Hotels Limited, The Really Great Holiday Company, Freedom Flights and Kosmar Holidays. The company flies mainly from bases at Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow airports and included Menorca as a destination. Following two days of rumours the group eventually announced via their website that on 12 September 2008, 11 companies associated with the group had been put into administration, including XL Airways UK Limited. This does not affect the German and French divisions of the company’s operations as an agreement had been reached

whereby the Straumur investment bank acquired these subsidiaries, which Straumur considers to be financially viable and sustainable businesses. They will continue operations as separate commercial entities. The company issued the following statement: “The companies entered into administration having suffered as a result of volatile fuel prices, the economic downturn, and were unable to obtain further funding. The joint administrators cannot continue trading the business and therefore all flights operated by the companies have been immediately cancelled and the aircraft grounded;” Share prices in holiday firms TUI Travel and Thomas Cook were up 6% and 7% following the collapse of their rival. 63,000 of the stranded passengers were on package holidays, so were covered by the ATOL bond, which ensures paid-for repatriation. One of the ATOL-organised flights to Sharm el-Sheikh was an aircraft chartered from Astraeus, flown by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson. Passengers who had booked direct, and were therefore not covered by ATOL, had to ar-

range their own flights home, but in some cases were offered special fares by airlines such as Virgin Atlantic. The decision to place XL Leisure Group into administration has also left thousands of staff facing the axe and the Civil Aviation Authority(CAA) confirmed the firm had 200,000 advance bookings. Also among those affected were a 130-strong choir on tour to Canada from Wales who were originally booked on Zoom and lost £50,000 when it folded last month, and then re-booked with XL. XL is the current kit sponsor of West Ham United football club.

XL grounded at Gatwick



ROYAL START FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR DON JUAN CARLOS MAKES HIS SECOND VISIT IN A WEEK TO MAHON The start to the school year was given the Royal seal of approval on Tuesday when the King and Queen visited two school in Menorca. Accompanied by the Minister of Educatio, Mercedes Cabrera, they visited the Mare de Deu de Gracia junior school, and the Institute Joan Ramis I Ramis, both in Mahon. Starting in the junior school, the Royals were presented with a commemorative plaque by the Director of the school, Gines Ayala, they were then shown round the centre which opened in the 70’s and now has some 500 students. After the visit was completed the King and Queen moved onto the institute where they were shown around this historic building, which dates from 1864 and is the oldest centre of secondary education in Menorca, by the present director, Inmaculada Pitaluga. For this year of 2008/09 the Institute will have the capacity to teach 800 students.

Right: the king during his visit to Mahón last week

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ISLAND’S EDUCATION SYSTEM: GOOD REVIEW In spite of obvious shortcomings and difficulties, the Education system on the island is the most highly rated of the Balearic Islands. The Gadeso Foundation classes the main problems face by the island’s schools as being, in order of importance, a shortage of discipline, overcrowding, and lack of co-operation from parents. However, this has not stopped Menorcan schools and institutes coming out on top of the other islands with an average mark of 5.4. The average for the Balreares is 4.9 with Mallorca registering 4.8 and Ibiza and Formentera lagging behind at 4.4. The report also says that Menorca is the island where kids spend least time in front of the television.

With the kids just having gone back to school this week here’s a reminder of The Christmas break will be from 24 December until 6 January 2009. The Easter vacation will be 9 to 17 April 2009. In addition to these two periods the students will be off on 13 October (Día de la Hispanidad), 8 December (Inmaculada Concepción) and 4 May (Fiesta Escolar Unificada). The school year will finish on 19 June 2009. A total 12,230 pupils from the age of 3 to 16 will attend Menorca’s school, and increase of 201 on last year.


According to a report in Monday’s El País, which claims to be based on the preliminary report of the team investigating the Barajas air disaster, the accident could have been prevented if a routine check recommended by the manufacturers had been carried out. The theory first reported by The Wall Street Journal that the plane’s wing flaps failed to deploy is confirmed by the preliminary findings of the team, who also conclude that this problem was compounded by a failure in an alarm system which, if it had been working correctly, would have given the pilot time to abort. It now seems clear that a similar fault caused the Detroit air disaster in 1987, also involving an MD-82. Coincidentally, on both occasions, 154 lives were lost. Following that incident, the manufacturers, McDonell Douglas (now Boeing) - recommended that this system should be checked before every flight. Notwithstanding, Spanair decided that this check was only required before the first flight of each day, or each time there was a change of pilot.



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CALA EN PORTER FIESTA If you’ve never experienced a traditional Menorcan Fiesta then Cala en Porter is the place to be this weekend. The fun and frolics start at noon on Friday and end midnight on Sunday with a grand firework dsplay. Friday 19 September 12.00: Festivities begin in the town centre. 22.00: Fire torch dancers - the ‘Devils of Mahón in Plaça de la Iglesia. Saturday 20 September 11.30: Sandcastle competition and judging. 13.00: Beach party for the kids... er... on the beach. King Neptune hands out gifts to the children. 16.30: Seven-a-side footie tournament. 17.00: Parade of the Alaior majorettes, carnival figures and giants. 18.00: Parade of horses

starts from the Plaça de la Iglesia. The fiesta flag is presented to the Caixer Fadrí. Parade through the streets of the town. 19.30: The traditional Jaleo down by the beach. 00.30: Public dance in the Plaça Mevis. Sunday 21 September 09.00: Wakey, wakey, rise and shine... the Bugle and Drum band tour the streets! 09.30: Menorcan breakfast in the Municipal Building. Open to all-comers. 9.50: Horse parade through the streets of the town. 12.15: The second traditional Jaleo in the Plaça del la Iglesia. 22.30: Music and dancing in the Plaça Mevis. 00.00: Grand Finale with a firework display in the Plaça del la Iglesia.




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LETTERS Sirs Can I just say a big thanks to staff at the Mateu Orfila hospital in Mahon. I had cause to visit emergencies with my daughter and have to say that the facilities and the attention given by doctors, nurses, and staff alike, was second to none. It was obviously a worrying time so I’d like to thank publicly everyone who helped. Margaret Beach Menorca Sun Regarding your story last week concerning the re-jigging of the taxi services on Menorca to improve the service to the public. But that’s just one part of the problem. Why is it that you can make the same taxi ride several times and get a different price on each occasion. When are they just go-

ing to install meters in all the cabs? Ken Taylor, Ciutadella Hi Do you think that they are ever likely to finish the work at the airport. It seems to have been under constant construction since I first came to the island over three years ago. Everytime I go there something has changed or there are temporary wall blocking your way. Steve Rankin, regular visitor to Menorca Menorca Sun What went wrong with your centre pages a fortnight ago, you repeated the previous weeks stuff on page 9. Andy Welton


THIS DAY IN HISTORY 19th September (Yeah, somewhere between here and the printers the Gremlins struck. It shouldn’t happen again... touch wood!) Hello Thanks for making a go of a weekly newspaper on the island. I wish you the very best and hope you’re around for a while yet. But one small word of criticism, your reporting of what goes on in Menorca is a bit skimpy. I hope you can build upon this as you develop. Richard Agar, Es Migjorn

(Thanks, you’re spot on regarding the content. We’d like to include stacks more and we will be. Obviously, we’re still finding our feet but we know that this is the number 1 priority for us)

Send your letters to: The Menorca Sun, Carrer Santa Barbara 3/11, Es Castell, Menorca, 07720 or email them to us at Only letters sent with the writer`s full name and address will be considered for publication. The publishers reserve the right to edit letters as appropriate. The deadline for the receipt of letters is noon on Monday.

1356: In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeat the French. 1692: Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials. 1796: George Washington’s farewell address is printed across America as an open letter to the public. 1870: Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris begins, which will result on 28 January 1871 in the surrender of Paris and a decisive Prussian victory. 1893: Women’s suffrage: In New Zealand, the Electoral Act of 1893 is consented to by the governor giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote. 1900: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid commit their first robbery together. 1926: The San Siro is inaugurated with a match between AC Milan and Inter. 1934: Bruno Hauptmann is arrested for the kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh III. 1940: Witold Pilecki is voluntarily captured and sent to Auschwitz in order to smuggle out information and start a resistance 1942: Holocaust in Brody, western Ukraine: About 2,500 Brody Jews are deported by

German Gestapo to the extermination camp in Belzec. 1944: Armistice between Finland and Soviet Union signed. (End of the Continuation War). 1945: Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London. 1946: The Council of Europe is founded following a speech given by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich. 1952: The U.S. bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England. 1957: First U.S. underground nuclear bomb test. 1961: Betty and Barney Hill claim to have seen a mysterious craft in the sky that tried to abduct them. This continued into the 20th of September. 1970: The first Glastonbury Festival is held at Michael Eavis’s farm in Glastonbury, UK. 1985: A strong earthquake kills thousands and destroys about 400 buildings in Mexico City. 1985: Tipper Gore and other political wives form the Parents Music Resource Center as Frank Zappa and other musicians testify at U.S. Congressional hearings on obscenity in rock music. 1991: Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by a couple of German tourists.




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A BRIEF TAILSPIN THROUGH THE STORY OF THE ISLAND’S AIRPORT Probably the one place known by everyone on the island is Mahón Airport. Nowadays it caters for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who pour into the island in summer, but it wasn’t always like that. Its origins are quite humble but over the decades the facility has undergone a number of major reconstructions and one re-location. Below, we take you through a potted history of Mahón’s airport. Originally built during the 1920s the real beginnings of Menorca’s aerodrome came during the Spanish Civil War and the need for a military airfield on the island and in the summer of 1936 work began on leveling the old airfield. By the end of the conflict, in 1939, they’d constructed a runway of 850 metres in length. Short by today’s jet-age standards but it was sufficient for the time and the first aircraft to land was a Fiat bi-plane, flown in from Palma de Mallorca. During the forties, the airfield was used sporadically by a few aeroplanes from the Son San Juan airfield in Mallorca and other aircraft with problems that were obliged to make a forced landing on the San Lluis runway. In July 1949, the Ministry of Aviation agreed to open San Lluis Airport to civil air traffic, both domestic and international and the inaugural commercial flight, by the

company Aviaco flying from Barcelona, took place in August of the same year, establishing the Barcelona-Mahón route and using British built Bristol 170 aircraft during the first few years. The entry into service of Aviaco’s DC-4s made further extension works necessary and in the late fifties and early sixties the runway was extended twice. In September 1965 the name of the airport was officially changed from San Lluis to Mahón Airport. With the increase in tourist traffic and charter flights, as well as the fact that the new jet aircraft required longer runways, the need to build a brand new airport for the island was considered a priority. There was enormous interest shown by the local authorities and construction began before the planned date (can you see that happening today?) with the works for the new airport getting underway in 1967. The new airport was a few miles from the first and on completion the San Lluis aerodrome was assigned to the Royal Mahon Flying Club who continue to run the facility to this day. On 24 March 1969 the new Menorca Airport was inaugurated but it was a fairly modest affair with only one runway and a small terminal, but its opening coincided with the Spanish tourist boom

and within only two years the number of passengers that passed through the Menorca airport doubled. In 1968, its last full year of operation, 112,000 travelers used the old San Lluis Aerodrome, but by 1970 this number had risen to 239,000. Visitors to the island increased by such an extent (tripled!) that by 1977 it was again necessary to carry out improvements to the terminal and the international traffic area was enlarged. The advent of democracy to Spain heralded a real growth in tourism across the country and Menorca certainly didn’t miss out. By 1986 a million visitors a year were making the annual pilgrimage to Menorca’s beaches and the numbers were such that it made the building of another terminal became an urgent necessity. Works commenced in early 1987 and were completed in a record time of fourteen months (any chance they can be hired to build London’s Olympic facilities!). The new terminal entered into service in May 1988 and within six years the airport was handling two million passengers a year. Another major refit has just been completed and one that should serve the needs of the two and a half million people who pass through its doors every year. So what of the old aerodrome? Well it’s still there

Above: the airport before its most recent refit, and below, the entrance to the terminal building.

and in recent years it has re-invented itself as home for Formula 1 testing and the airstrip recently underwent repair to accommodate the Grand Prix teams. The runway is two kilometers in length and is ideal for straight-line and top speed testing of the cars. Most of the big teams and drivers are regular users of the

aerodrome, both in and out of season. McLaren ‘discovered’ the facility a couple of years ago and were quickly followed onto the island by the likes of Renault and Ferrari. The teams often use test drivers whilst here, but drivers of the caliber of Alonso and Hamilton are regular visitors bringing a little F1 glamour to Menorca!

Below: The Aeroclub, the original Mahón airport, now a venue for F1 testing

Above: F1’s McLaren take time out from testing at the aerodrome, and below, inside the re-vamped terminal.


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BUS SERVICES The bus services on Menorca are brilliant! They are clean, punctual and cheap, and they pretty much cover the entire island. To give you an idea of the cost of travel, the most expensive journey is Mahon (Maó) to Ciutadella at 4.25e. Most tickets are under 1.50€. A few words of caution though… some of the services are fairly infrequent, so plan your journey carefully! As mentioned above, the buses are usually spotlessly clean, and they discourage the consumption of food and drink whilst travelling. Also, if you want to show off your tanned beerbelly, you can’t! Shirts must be worn. Only coins and 5€, 10€ and 20€ notes are accepted, so you’ll have to find somewhere else to exchange your hooky fifties! There’s access for the disabled only on Lines 01, 02 and 03. Finally, whilst every effort is made to ensure that these timetables are accurate and up to date, it’s always worth double-checking with the transport companies before travelling.

10 - MAHON-AIRPORT Monday to Sunday Mahon: 5.45, 6.15, 6.45, 7.15, 7.45, 8.15, 8.45, 9.15, 9.45, 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 11.45, 12.15, 12.45, 13.15, 13.45, 14.15, 14.45, 15.15, 15.45, 16.15, 16.45, 17.15, 17.45, 18.15, 18.45, 19.15, 19.45, 20.15, 20.45, 21.15, 21.45, 22.15, 23.15, 00.15 Airport: 5.55, 6.25, 6.55, 7.25, 7.55, 8.25, 8.55, 9.25, 9.55, 10.25, 10.55, 11.25, 11.55, 12.25, 12.55, 13.25, 13.55, 14.25, 14.55, 15.25, 15.55, 16.25, 16.55, 17.25, 17.55, 18.25, 18.55, 19.25, 19.55, 20.25, 20.55, 21.25, 21.55, 22.25, 23.25, 00.25

01 MAHON-ALAIOR-ES MERCADALFERRERIES-CIUTADELLA Approximate journey time between stops: Mahon (10 mins) Alaior (15 mins) Mercadal (15 mins) Ferreries (15 mins) Ciutadella Monday to Friday Mahon: 6.45, 8.15, 9.15, 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 13.15, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15, 17.15, 18.15, 19.15, 20.15, 21.15, 22.15 23.15, 00.15 Ciutadella: 6.40, 7.40, 8.40, 9.40, 10.40, 11.40, 12.40, 13.40, 14.40, 15.15, 15.40, 16.40, 17.40, 18.40, 19.40, 20.40, 21.40, 22.40, 23.40 Saturday Mahon: 8.00, 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 16.00, 18.00, 20.00, 21.30 Ciutadella: 8.00, 10.00, 11.30, 14.30, 16.00, 18.00, 20.00, 21.30 Sunday and Public Holidays Mahon: 8.00, 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 16.30, 19.00 Ciutadella: 8.00, 10.00, 11.30, 14.30, 16.30, 19.00 02 MAHON-ES CASTELL Monday to Sunday (* not Sunday and Public Holidays) Mahon: 7.20*, 7.45*, 8.15*, 8.45*, 9.15, 9.45, 10.15, 10.45, 11.15, 11.45, 12.15, 12.45, 13.15, 13.45, 14.15*, 14.45*, 15.15*, 15.45, 16.15, 16.45, 17.45, 18.15, 18.45, 19.15, 19.45, 20.15, 20.45 Es Castell: 7.30*, 8.00*, 8.30*, 9.00*, 9.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 14.30*, 15.00*, 15.30*, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.00 03 MAHON-SANT LLUIS Monday to Sunday (* not Sunday and Public Holidays) Mahon: 7.00*, 8.00*, 8.10*, 8.30,

9.00, 9.30, 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.15*, 15.30, 16.00, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00*, 20.15, 21.00*, 22.00*, 23.00* Sant Lluis: 7.30*, 7.40*, 8.20, 8.40*, 9.10, 9.40, 10.10, 10.40, 11.10, 11.40, 12.40, 13.10, 13.40, 14.10, 14.20, 14.40*, 15.10 (Sun only), 15.40, 16.10, 16.40, 17.40, 18.10, 18.40, 19.10, 19.40, 20.00, 20.40*, 21.40*, 22.40*, 23.40 14 MAHON-CIUTADELLA EXPRESS BUS – direct Monday to Friday Mahon: 7.00, 8.00, 9.45, 12.45, 14.15, 15.15, 16.45, 17.45, 19.45, 22.15 Ciutadella: 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 11.15, 12.10, 14.15, 15.15, 16.15, 18.10, 19.10, 21.15 21 MAHON-SANT CLIMENT Monday to Saturday Mahon: 7.45, 8.45, 9.30, 10.30, 11.45, 12.45, 13.30, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00, 19.40 Sant Climent: 8.00, 9.05, 10.10, 11.10, 12.25, 13.05, 14.05, 16.40, 17.20, 18.40, 19.20, 20.10 Sunday and Public Holidays Mahon: 9.15, 12.15, 15.15, 18.15 Sant Climent: 9.25, 12.25, 15.25, 18.25 21 MAHON-SANT CLIMENTCANUTELLS Monday to Saturday Mahon: 8.45, 12.45, 17.00, 19.00 Canutells: 9.00, 13.00, 17.15, 19.15 No service on Sunday or Public Holidays 23 MAHON-ES GRAU Monday to Saturday Mahon: 10.35, 11.35, 12.45, 18.10 Es Grau: 10.50, 11.50, 13.00, 18.25 Sunday and Public Holidays Mahon: 10.15, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 18.00 Es Grau: 10.30, 11.15, 12.15, 13.15, 18.15 24 MAHON-SA MESQUIDA Monday to Friday Mahon: 8.20, 13.45, 18.30, Sa Mesquida: 8.10, 14.05, 18.50 31 MAHON-SANT CLIMENT- CALA EN PORTER Monday to Saturday Mahon: 9.30, 10.30, 11.45, 13.30, 16.00, 18.00, 19.40 Cala en Porter: 10.00, 11.00, 12.15, 13.45 16.30, 18.30, 20.00 No service Sunday or Public Holidays 31 MAHON-ALAIOR-SON BOU (TORRESOLI & CLUB SAN JAIME) Monday to Saturday Mahon: 7.15, 8.30, 10.00, 11.00, 11.30, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30, 16.30, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00, 20.30, 22.00 Alaior: 7.25, 8.40, 10.10, 11.10, 11.40, 12.40, 14.10, 15.40, 16.40, 17.10, 18.10, 19.10, 20.40, 22.10 Torresoli: 7.40, 8.55, 10.25, 11.25, 11.55, 12.55, 14.25, 15.55, 16.55, 17.25, 18.25, 19.25, 20.55, 22.25 Club Sant Jaime: 7.45, 9.00, 10.30, 11.30, 12.00, 13.00, 14.30, 16.00, 17.00, 17.30, 18.30, 19.30, 21.00, 22.30 Son Bou: 8.00, 9.15, 10.45, 11.45, 12.15, 13.15, 14.45, 16.15, 17.15, 17.45, 18.45, 19.45, 21.15, 22.45 Alaior: 8.15, 9.30, 11.00, 12.00, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00, 16.30, 17.30, 18.00, 19.00, 20.00, 21.30, 23.00 Sunday and Public Holidays Mahon: 8.30, 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 17.00, 18.30, 20.00 Alaior: 8.40, 10.10, 11.40, 13.10, 17.10, 18.40, 20.10 Torresoli: 8.55, 10.25, 11.55, 13.25, 17.25, 18.55, 20.25 Club Sant Jaime: 9.00, 10.30, 12.00, 13.30, 17.30, 19.00, 20.30 Son Bou: 9.15, 10.45, 12.15, 13.45, 17.45, 19.15, 20.45

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Alaior: 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 18.00, 19.30, 21.00 51 MAHON-ALAIOR-ES MERCADAL-FERRERIES-CALA GALDANA Approximate journey time between stops: Mahon (10 mins) Alaior (15 mins) Mercadal (15 mins) Ferreries (15 mins) Cala Galdana Monday to Saturday Mahon: 9.30, 16.45 Cala Galdana: 10.20, 17.05 Sunday and Public Holidays Mahon: 10.30, 17.30 Cala Galdana: 9.20, 16.20 52 CIUTADELLA-CALA GALDANA Monday to Saturday Ciutadella: 10.40, 13.50, 16.50 Cala Galdana: 10.00, 13.20, 16.20 Sunday and Public Holidays Ciutadella: 9.50, 13.50, 16.45 Cala Galdana: 10.20, 13.20, 17.20 53 FERRERIES-CALA GALDANA Monday to Sunday (* not Sunday and Public Holidays) Ferreries: 7.05*, 8.05*, 9.05, 9.40*, 10.05, 11.05, 12.05, 13.05, 15.05*, 16.05, 16.50*, 17.05, 18.05, 19.05, 20.05, 21.05*, 22.05* Cala Galdana: 7.20*, 8.20*, 9.20, 10.20, 11.20, 12.20, 13.20, 14.20, 15.20*, 16.20, 17.05*, 17.20, 18.20, 19.20, 20.20, 21.20*, 22.20* 71 MAHON-ALAIOR-ES MIGJORN GRAN-CALA TOMAS Approximate journey time between stops: Mahon (10 mins) Alaior (15 mins) Es Migjorn Gran (10 mins) Cala Tomas Monday to Saturday Mahon: 8.00, 10.15, 12.30, 15.15, 17.30, 19.45 Cala Tomas: 9.00, 11.15, 13.15, 16.15, 18.30, 20.30 Sunday and Public Holidays Mahon: 8.15, 11.15, 14.15, 18.30 Cala Tomas: 9.00, 12.00, 15.00, 19.15 71/72 ES MIGJORN GRAN-ES MERCADAL Monday to Saturday Es Migjorn Gran: 8.55, 11.10, 13.40, 16.10, 18.25, 20.55 Es Mercadal: 8.25, 10.40, 12.55, 15.40, 17.55, 20.10 Sunday and Public Holidays Es Migjorn Gran: 9.05, 12.35, 15.35, 19.25 Es Mercadal: 8.30, 12.00, 15.00, 18.50 71/72 ES MIGJORN GRAN-CALA TOMAS Monday to Saturday Es Migjorn Gran: 8.25, 8.45, 10.40, 11.00, 12.55, 13.15, 15.40, 16.00, 17.55, 18.15, 20.10, 20.30 Cala Tomas: 8.45, 9.00, 11.00, 11.15, 13.15, 13.30, 16.00, 16.15, 18.15, 18.30, 20.30, 20.45 Sunday and Public Holidays Es Migjorn Gran: 8.40, 11.40, 12.10, 14.40, 15.10, 19.00 Cala Tomas: 8.55, 9.00, 12.00, 12.25, 15.00, 15.25, 19.15 72 CIUTADELLA-FERRERIES-ES MERCADAL-ES MIGJORN GRAN-CALA TOMAS Monday to Saturday Ciutadella: 8.00, 10.15, 12.30, 15.15, 17.30, 19.45 Ferreries: 8.15, 10.30, 12.45, 15.30, 17.45, 20.00 Es Mercadal: 8.25, 10.40, 12.55, 15.40, 17.55, 20.10 Es Migjorn Gran: 8.45, 11.00, 13.15, 16.00, 18.15, 20.30 Cala Tomas: 8.45, 11.00, 13.30, 16.00, 18.15, 20.45 Sunday and Public Holidays Ciutadella: 8.10, 11.40, 14.40, 18.30 Ferreries: 8.25, 11.55, 14.55, 18.45 Es Mercadal: 8.30, 12.00, 15.00, 18.50 Es Migjorn Gran: 8.40, 12.10, 15.10,

19.00 Cala Tomas: 8.55, 12.25, 15.25, 19.15 91 MAHON-SANT LLUIS-ALCAUFAR-S’ALGAR (LAS PALMERAS) Monday to Sunday Mahon: 8.30, 9.30, 12.30, 13.30, 15.30, 18.30 Alcaufar: 8.45, 9.45, 12.45, 13.45, 15.45, 18.45 Las Palmeras: 8.55, 9.55, 12.55, 13.55, 15.55, 18.55 S’Algar: 9.00, 10.00, 13.00, 14.00, 16.00, 19.00 92 MAHON-PUNTA PRIMA (SUR MENORCA-INSOTEL-XALOC) Monday to Sunday (* not Sunday and Public Holidays) Mahon: 7.00*, 8.00*, 9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00*, 15.00*, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00, 20.00*, 21.00*, 22.00*, 23.00* Sur Menorca: 7.15*, 8.15*, 9.15, 10.15, 11.15, 12.15, 13.15, 14.15*, 15.15*, 16.15, 17.15, 18.15, 19.15, 20.15*, 21.15*, 22.15*, 23.15* Insotel: 7.20*, 8.20*, 9.20, 10.20, 11.20, 12.20, 13.20, 14.20*, 15.20*, 16.20, 17.20, 18.20, 19.20, 20.20*, 21.20*, 22.20*, 23.20* Xaloc: 7.25*, 8.25*, 9.25, 10.25, 11.25, 12.25, 13.25, 14.25*, 15.25*, 16.25, 17.25, 18.25, 19.25, 20.25*, 21.25*, 22.25*, 23.25* Punta Prima: 7.30*, 8.30*, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30*, 15.30*, 16.30, 17.30, 18.30, 19.30, 20.30*, 21.30*, 22.30*, 23.30* IMPORTANT! All the times given are DEPARTURE TIMES 93 MAHON-BINIBECA Monday to Sunday Mahon: 10.30, 14.00, 17.30 Binibeca 1: 10.15, 14.15, 17.50 Binibeca 2: 11.00, 14.15, 18.00 94 SANT LLUIS-BINIDALI Monday to Sunday (* not Sunday and Public Holidays) Sant Lluis: 8.45, 11.15, 13.15, 18.15, 20.45*, 23.15 Binidali: 9.30, 12.00, 14.00, 19.00, 21.30*, 00.00* BUS FORNELLS Monday to Saturday Fornells to: Arenal d’en Castell: 8.40, 12.15, 16.00 Cala Tirant: 8.40, 12.05, 16.00 Es Mercadal: 9.20, 13.35 (not Sat), 18.00 Mahon: 8.40, 12.05, 16.00 Son Parc: 8.40, 12.05, 16.00 Arenal d’en Castell to: Es Mercadal: 8.50, 19.20 Fornells: 8.50, 13.35, 19.20 Mahon: 9.00, 10.00, 12.00, 16.20, 17.20 Cala Tirant to: Es Mercadal: 9.10, 13.30 (not Sat), 17.45 Fornells: 9.10, 11.20, 13.30 (not Sat), 17.45 Mahon: 8.50, 12.15, 16.05 Son Parc: 8.50, 12.15, 16.05 Es Mercadal to: Arenal d’en Castell: 8.15, 11.45, 14.15 (not Sat) Cala Tirant: 8.15, 11.45 Fornells: 8.15, 11.45 Mahon to: Arenal d’en Castell: 9.30, 11.40, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00 Cala Tirant: 10.30, 12.45, 17.00, 19.00 Fornells: 10.30, 12.45, 17.00, 19.00 Son Parc: 10.30, 12.45, 17.00, 19.00 Son Parc to: Cala Tirant: 11.00, 17.25 Fornells: 11.00, 13.15, 17.25 Mahon: 9.10, 12.35, 16.20 Sunday Fornells to: Arenal d’en Castell: 8.45, 16.45 Mahon: 8.45, 16.45 Son Parc: 8.45, 16.45 Arenal d’en Castell to:

Fornells: 11.20 Mahon: 9.20, 17.20 Mahon to: Arenal d’en Castell: 11.00, 18.00 Fornells: 11.00, 18.00 Son Parc: 11.00, 18.00 Son Parc to: Fornells 11.50 Mahon 9.00, 17.00

NIGHT BUSES CIUTADELLA-SANT LLUIS Friday Ciutadella: 00.00, 03.00 Ferreries: 00.20, 03.20 Es Mercadal: 00.35, 03.35 Alaior: 00.45, 03.45 Mahon Port: 01.00, 04.00 Mahon Bus station: 01.10, 04.10 Es Castell: 01.20, 04.20 Sant Lluis: 01.30, 04.30 SANT LLUIS-CIUTADELLA Friday Sant Lluis: 00.00, 03.00 Es Castell: 00.10, 03.10 Mahon Bus Station: 00.20, 03.20 Mahon Port: 00.30, 03.30 Alaior: 00.45, 03.45, Es Mercadal: 00.55, 03.55, Ferreries: 01.10, 04.10, Ciutadella: 01.30, 04.30, CIUTADELLA-SANT LLUIS Saturday Ciutadella: 23.00, 01.00, 03.00, 05.00 Ferreries: 23.15, 01.15, 03.15, 05.20 Es Mercadal: 23.30, 01.30, 03.30, 05.35 Alaior: 23.45, 01.45, 03.45, 05.45 Mahón Port: 00.00, 02.00, 04.00, 06.00 Mahón Bus Station: 00.10, 02.10, 04.10, 06.10 Sant Climent: 04.20 Es Castell: 00.20, 02.20, 04.20, 06.20 Sant Lluis: 00.30, 02.30, 04.50, 06.50 SANT LLUIS-CIUTADELLA Saturday Sant Lluis: 23.00, 01.00, 03.00, 05.00 Es Castell: 23.10, 01.10, 03.10, 05.10 Mahon Bus Station: 23.20, 01.20, 03.20, 05.20 Mahon Port: 23.30, 01.30, 03.30, 05.30 Alaior: 23.45, 01.45, 03.45, 05.45 Es Mercadal: 00.00, 02.00, 04.00, 06.00 Ferreries: 00.15, 02.15, 04.15, 06.15 Ciutadella: 00.30, 02.30, 04.30, 06.30

IMPORTANT NUMBERS Don’t forget that if you’re using your English phone always add the international dialling code for Spain, 0034, before calling the numbers below. Emergencies - 112 Ambulances - 061 National Police - 091 (urgent) Guardia Civil -062 Local Police - 092 Fire Brigade - 092 Sea Rescue - 971 728 322 Airport - 971 157 000 British Consulate - 971 367 818 Councils Alaior - 971 371 002 Ciutadella - 971 381 050 Ferreries - 971 373 003 Es Castell - 971 365 193 Es Mercadal - 971 375 002 Es Migjorn - 971 370 111 Mahon - 971 369 800 Sant Lluis - 971 150 950 Taxis Alaior - 971 367 111 Ferreries - 971 480 685 & 660 411 965 Ciutadella - 971 367 111 Es Castell - 971 362 779 Es Mercadal - 971 367 111 Es Migjorn - 971 367 111 Mahon - 971 367 111 Sant Lluis - 971 150 641 & 971 367 111 Tourist Information Ciutadella - 971 481 515 Mahon - 971 363 790 The International Dialling Code for the UK is 0044



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MUSEUMS & HISTORY Bastió de sa Font Plaça de sa Font, Ciutadella Tue to Sat: 10.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.00 The Municipal Museum is based in the bastió, one of the few remaining structures from the town’s 17th century fortifications. The permanent archaeological exhibition is worth a visit. Diocesan Museum Seminari 7, Ciutadella Mon to Sat: 10.30-14.00 & 19.30-22.30 A small museum housing a diverse mix of archaeological finds, art and ecclesiastical objects. Fort Marlborough Cala Sant Esteve, Es Castell Tue to Sat: 9.30-13.00 & 15.0019.00 Sun: 9.30-13.30 A major fortification built by the British in the 18th century to guard the entrance to the port of Mahón. The visit starts through the underground galleries before emerging into the (now dry!) moat and then up into the battlements. Intelligent use of modern technology helps create a real feel for the age. Fortalesa la Mola La Mola, Mahon Daily: 10.00-20.00 An imposing fortress that dominates the entrance to the Port of Mahon. Built in the mid-19th century to repel the British it later served as a high security prison. Guided tours daily at 10.30, 12.30 and 17.30. Military Museum Plaça de l’Esplanada, Es Castell Mon to Fri and first Sun of the month: 10.00-13.00 Housed in an old barracks on the Esplanada A fascinating little museum that takes you through the island’s rich military history. Museum of Menorca Avda. Dr. Guardia, Mahon Tue to Sat: 10:00-14:00 & 17:0020:00. Sun: 10:00 to 14:00 A fascinating museum situated in a former cloister of a Franciscan monastery. Offers a great insight into the history of the island. Nature Museum C/ Mallorca 2, Ferreries Tue to Sat: 10:00-13:00 & 18:0021:00. Sun: 10:00-13:00 The Museu de la Natura de Menorca is a captivating museum, exhibiting a wide range of the many natural wonders from the island and surrounding areas. Sant Felip Castle Carrer Sant Felip, Es Castell Thur and Sun at 10.00 Twice weekly guided tours around one of 18th century Europe’s key defences.

DAILY Tour: Mahón Guided tours around the fortress of La Mola. See left for details. Exhibition: Mahón Sala de Cultura Historia de la Espuma by David Bestué. Finishes 20th Sept. THIS WEEK Friday 19 September Club: Cala en Porter Cala d’en Xoroi at 23.00 DJs Damy & Wills Tour: Alaior Setting out from the Tourist Office @ 11.00 Tour: Mahón From the Town Hall @ 19.30 Fiesta: Cala en Porter See page 5 Concert: Ciutadella Jazzbah @ 23.30 Electric Pop by Fideuá. Darts Exhibition: Cala’n Porter Champs @ 22.00 Former world champ Bob Anderson is throwing the arrows! Saturday 20 September Trotting Races: Mahon Hipodromo, Av. J.A.Clavé, 400 @ 17.00. Great entertainment and you can have a beer and a flutter at the same time! Craft & Food Fair: Ferreries Placa de Espanya @ 11.00 Goes on til 21.00. Club: Cala en Porter Cala d’en Xoroi @ 23.00 Ibizabla & Cova Noches Cricket: Biniparrel MCC ground @ 13.30 Menorca vs Flackwell Heath CC, all welcome. Classic Boats Rally: Addaia Port @ 16.00 Sail past of classic boats. Sunday 21 September Classic Boats Rally: Addaia Port @ 10.00 Sail past of classic boats. Trotting Races: Ciutadella Hipodromo, Torre del Ram, Cala’n Blanes @ 17.30. More horsey fun! Club: Cala en Porter Cala d’en Xoroi @ 23.00 80s & Pop Español with DJs Damys & Andres Craft & Food Fair: Ferreries

Placa de Espanya @ 11.00 Goes on til 21.00. Cricket: Biniparrel MCC ground @ 13.30 Menorca vs Flackwell Heath CC, all welcome. Tour: Es Castell Sant Felipe @ 21.30 Guided tour around 18th century fortress. 20€ adults. Monday 22 September Club: Cala en Porter Cala d’en Xoroi @ 23.00 DJs Damys & Will. Tuesday 23 September Jazz: Sant Climent Casino, Sant Jaume 2 @ 21.30 Menorca’s longest established jazz club. Club: Cala en Porter Cala d’en Xoroi at 23.00 Urban Flava Tour: Mahon Teatre Principal @ 10.30 Guided tour around this impressive theatre. The Dancing Horses: Ferreries Son Martorellet, C/ Cala Galdana @ 20.30 A magical display of many different riding styles. One for the kids. Tickets from 6€ to 18€. Organ Recital: Ciutadella Església del Socors @ 11.30 Also Wed and Thur. Wednesday 24 September Club: Cala en Porter Cala d’en Xoroi @ 23.00 DJs Damys & Will Organ Recital: Ciutadella See Tuesday for details Thursday 25 September The Dancing Horses: Ferreries See Tuesday for details. Live Jazz/Blues: Mahon Akelarre Jazz Bar, Moll de Ponent 42 Regular Thursday night jazz and blues jam session with the Lou Deach Quintet. Club: Cala en Porter Cala d’en Xoroi @ 23.00 DJs Damys & Will Organ Recital: Ciutadella See Tuesday for details Friday 26 September Race Nite & BBQ: Es Castell Town Hall @ 7pm In courtyard. Entrance FREE. Come and enjoy a flutter.


All times given are local Rugby League Friday 19 September St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos Super League Play Offs 20.30 Sky Sports 2 Saturday 20 September Game to be Confirmed Super League Play Offs 19.00 Sky Sports 2 Football Saturday 20 September Aberdeen vs Dundee Utd SPL 13.30 Setanta Sports 1 Bolton vs Arsenal Barclay’s Premiership 18.30 Setanta Sports 1 Sunday 21 September West Brom vs Aston Villa Barclay’s Premiership 13.00 Sky Sports 1 Chelsea vs Man Utd Barclay’s Premiership 15.00 Sky Sports 1 Kilmarnock vs Celtic SPL 17.00 Setanta Sports 1 Monday 22 September Kettering vs Burton Blue Square Premier 20.30 Setanta Sports 1 Tuesday 23 September Oxford Utd vs Cambridge Utd Blue Square Premier 20.45 Setanta Sports 1 Swansea vs Cardiff Carling Cup 20.45 Sky Sports 2 Wednesday 24 September Newcastle vs Spurs Carling Cup 20.45 Sky Sports 2 Partick Thistle vs Rangers Scottish League Cup 20.45 BBC 1 Scotland Thursday 25 September Grays vs Stevenage Blue Square Premier 20.45 Setanta Sports 1 21.05 Channel 5 Golf Friday 19 September Ryder Cup

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Alaior (Thurs) 9.00 to 13.30 C/ Reverendo Huguet Ciutadella (Fri & Sat) 9.00 to 13.30 Placa des Born Es Castell (Mon & Wed) 9.00 to 13.30 Plaça de l’Esplanada Es Mercadal (Sun) 9.00 to 13.30 Plaça Pere Camps

13.00 Sky Sports 1 Saturday 20 September Ryder Cup 13.00 Sky Sports 1 Sunday 22 September Ryder Cup 17.30 Sky Sports 1 Gaelic Sports Sunday 21 September Kerry vs Tyrone All-Ireland Football Final 16.30 Setanta Sports 2

Watch Sky and/or Setanta Sports in the following bars (please note that not all of these bar have Setanta Sports, always check first!); Brogans C/ Sant Jordi 21, Es Castell Delfin C/ Gran, Es Castell The Teapot C/ Calesfont, Es Castell The Blue Anchor Punta Prima Sebastian Place Punta Prima Galleon Cala’n Porter Blanc i Negre Urb. Serpentona, Cala Galdana Kit Kat Bar LOAL 31, Son Bou Champs Cala en Porter Irish Bar Cala en Porter Village Pub Cala en Porter El Foro Punta Prima Poolside Bar Cala en Porter Salamandra Cala en Porter Bar Palomino Binibeca Bar Halley Sant Tomas Not included and your bar shows Sky or Setanta Sports? Then email us and we’ll list you next week. Es Migjorn Gran (Wed) 9.00 to 13.30 Ferreries (Tue & Fri) 9.00 to 13.30 Fornells (Thurs) 9.00 to 14.00 C/ de ses Roques Mahón (Tue & Sat) 9.00 to 13.30 Placa de l’Esplanada Sant Lluis (Mon & Wed) 9.00 to 13.30 Plaça de Sa Creu





Friday 19 September 2008

Welcome back from Mars if you don’t know how to do Sudoku! Do we really need to explain it? Good, we didn’t think so! Solutions on page 15.





LAUGH? I NEARLY WET MY KNICKERS! TRIVIA 0 - Stone cold sober. Brain as sharp as an army bayonet. 1 - Still sober. Pleasure senses activated. Feeling of well-being. 2 - Lager warming up head. Peanuts are ordered. Barmaid complimented on choice of blouse. 3 - Crossword in newspaper is filled in. After a while blanks are filled with random letters and numbers. 4 - Barmaid complimented on choice of bra. Partially visible when bending to get packets of crisps. Try to instigate conversation about bras. Order half a dozen packets of peanuts one by one. 5 - Have brilliant discussion with guy on the next bar stool. Devise foolproof scheme for wining lottery, sort out England’s defensive problems. 6 - Feel like a Demi-God. Map out rest of life on a beer mat. Realize that everybody loves you. Call parents and tell them you love them. Call girlfriend to tell her you love her and she still has an amazing ass. 7 - Send drinks over to woman sitting at table with boyfriend. No reaction. Scribble out message of love on five beer mats and Frisbee them to her across the room. Boyfriend asks you outside. You buy him a

Slim Panatela. 8 - Some slurring. Offer to buy drinks for everyone in room. Lots of people say yes. Go round the bar hugging them one by one. Fall over. Get up. 9 - Head-ache kicks in. Beer tastes off. Send it back. Next bottle comes back tasting same. Say, “That’s much better”. Fight nausea by trying to play old Space Invaders game for ten minutes before seeing out of order sign. 10 - Some doubling of vision. Stand on table shouting abuse at all four bartenders. Talked down by bartender’s wives, who you offer to give a baby to. Fall over. Get up. Fall over. Impale head on corner of table. Fail to notice oozing head wound. 11 - Speech no longer possible. Eventually manage to find door. Sit and take stock. Realize you are sitting in pub cellar, having taken a wrong turning. Vomit. Pass out. 12 - Put in cab by somebody. Give home address. Taken home. Can’t get key in door. Realize you’ve given address of your local gym. Generally pleased at way evening has gone. Pass out again.

The German Kaiser Wilhelm II had a withered arm and often hid the fact by posing with his hand resting on a sword, or by holding gloves. Shirley Temple always had 56 curls in her hair. Stalin’s left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm was noticably shorter than his right. Charles de Gaulle’s final words were, “It hurts.” Jesus Christ died at age 33. Sting got his name because of a yellow-and-black striped shirt he wore until it literally fell apart. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer. The most common name in the world is Mohammed. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance St. Augustine was the first major proponent of the “missionary” position.

PUB QUIZ 1. In 1898, which nation fought Spain in one of the most onesided wars in modern history? 2. Which BBC soap opera was set in Spain? 3. What is the national dance of Spain? 4. Which of the Balearic Islands is the largest? 5. True or false: Catholicism is the official religion of Spain. 6. Which range of mountains separates France from Spain? 7. Which football club is the current Spanish champions? 8. In 1713 Spain ceded which territory to Britain? 9. The Catalan word for frying pan gives name to what Spanish dish? 10. Euskadi is spoken in which area of Spain? 11. Spain sold which territory to the United States and in 1845 it became the twenty-sev-

Viva España! enth State of the USA? 12. What is Spain’s second most widely spoken language? 13. What event in 1981 proved that Spain’s transition to democracy was irreversible? 14. How many countries border mainland Spain? 15. What sport does Pau Gasol play? Answers on page 15

HOROSCOPES AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Things are going your way today. Your love life is improving, your income is soaring, and they give you free refills on all your drinks at your local. If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re a super hero.

TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20) You are better off than everyone else around you, and all of the world is jealous of how much money you have. Oh, wait a minute, that was Bill Gates’s horoscope. Sorry. Aha, here’s yours. Hmm, looks like you are pretty much just going to stay where you are.

LEO (Jul 23-Aug 22) This week... wear clean underwear.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) Now is the time to quit some of your bad habits and improve yourself. You need to quit biting your fingernails, scratching your butt in public, and cracking your knuckles. And when you do those things to other people ... that’s just plain scary. Quit it, you freak.

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) You are going to win the lottery today! Quick, quick, go out and buy some tickets! The jackpot is 286 million! I predict that you are going to win on exactly your eighty-eight millionth try, and at €3.25 a ticket that means you’ll ... break even.

GEMINI (May 21-Jun 20) Today is the first day of the rest of your life. And you’re spending it reading your horoscope? Jeez, you’ve already blown the first day of the rest of your life wasting your time here! Just forget it, it’s as good as gone. Don’t even bother fighting it.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 22) It’s time to take a gamble; don’t fear risks. What do you have to lose except your life savings, anyhow? Your lucky numbers are 5, 9, 2, 8, 7, 1, 3, 6, 4, and 0. Any number that contains these numbers will bring you luck.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) Looking for a way to spice up your lovelife? Hey, aren’t we all. If you find out any neat, sure-fire tricks, let me know. Hell, I probably need them more than you do.

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 19) Today is the first day of the rest of your life, so plant a tree, kiss a baby, and begin that physical fitness programme that you’ve been meaning to start for so long....yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah...

CANCER (Jun 21-Jul 22) Well, so far the Witness Protection Programme seems to be going fairly well for you. Oh, whoops, did I give it away? I hope nobody is reading this over your shoulder! Quick, pretend you’re a Pisces! NOW!

LIBRA (Sep 23-Oct 22) My father always told me that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. That’s why you don’t have a horoscope this time: nothing nice to say to you.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Praying to false gods never seemed so good after this week. You may become friends with a self-proclaimed tribal warrior named Alf. The media will try to control your life today. Many congratulations!



Friday 19 September 2008

PROPERTY TO LET Wanted To let long term farmhouse - rustica with garden. South end of the island preferred. Large deposit and references available. Anything considered. Tel: 689 297 688 Single Room to Let in a modern flat in Es Castell. All facilities! Email: hello@themenorcasun. com 300 square metres Villa to let near San Clemente. Large private pool and garden. Especially suitable for families with children. No agency. Special prices for September-October! Email: menorcavilla@yahoo. com or call 678 169 532 PROPERTY FOR SALE Apartment for Sale. Es Castell. 3 bed (2 double), large lounge/ diner, separate fitted kitchen, full bathroom, woodburner, very light and airy. 185,000€. Tel: Dave 658 183 549 Penthouse in Ibiza. Stunning Atico overlooking Ibiza Old Town. 3 beds, 2 baths, fully equipped kitchen, Lounge Diner, balcony, Lift, Double Glazing, Central Heating, Fitted Wardrobes, Air Con, Parking, Alarm, Safe, Security Video Phones, Private roof Terrace of 100sq mtrs with Jacuzzi. Fantastic 360 degree views. 420,000€. Tel: 629 666 453 Apartment in Ibiza. 2kms from centre of Ibiza Town. Beautiful 3 bed, 2 bath apartment, with independent kitchen. Lift. Chimney, Air Con. Excellent condition. 289,000€. Tel: 629 666 453 Georgian Apartment above Cales Fonts, Es Castell. Large d/bedroom, full bathroom, modern fitted kitchen and lounge, large, 15m2 balcony overlooking walled garden with pool.. feature, arched glazed doors to balcony from bedroom and lounge. Deal direct with owners on 0034 618 786 770.


SERVICES REMOVALS Local and international. Packing included if required. Hourly ‘Man & Van’ rates. Tel: 971 150 483

KITCHEN DESIGN & FITTING Various ranges available. Fitted by our top craftsmen. Tel: 686 761 946

FURNITURE FOR SALE Antiques & Modern, Office, Commercial and Household. Objets D’Art. Tel: 971 150 483

PROFESSIONAL STEAM CLEANING Furniture, carpets and cars. Hard floor cleaning, marble polishing & industrial power washing. Call today! Tel: 692 826 385

FURNITURE RESTORATION Stripping, waxing & polishing, caning, re-upholstery. Rates on Request. Tel: 618 786 770

EARN MONEY HAVING FUN! All year round. Party plan agents wanted. Good rates of commission. Tel: 618 276 803

STORAGE From 1 box to 1 workshop. Versitile, secure storage in our ventilated warehouse. Tel: 971 150 483

SAVE WATER WITH A WARMER POOL Top quality pool covers fitted to save you money. Tel: 618 276 802

HOUSE CLEARANCES Disposal of unwanted household and other items. Professional Service. Tel: 971 150 483

SOFT FURNISHINGS MADE TO MEASURE Curtains, cushions, blinds, bedding etc. Tel: 659 580 028



Traspaso. Pub in Es Castell. Completely legal and Fully equipped. Tel: 629 666 453

LUXURY HOT TUB Brand new (6 seater). Normally 18,000€ now only 7,000€. Can deliver and install. Tel: 665 767 511

WANTED Secondhand tools. Cash paid. Tel: 639 700 185 SERVICES

DO YOU NEED A... GENERAL HANDYMAN DECORATOR BUILDER Anything Considered Very Experienced Tel: 616 528 104

English Sausages (pack of 10) & Back Bacon (8 Rashers) for Sale. Brogan’s Es Castell. Tel: 629 666 453 Giant Screen for Sale. 2m x 2m. As New. 150€. Tel: 629 666 453. Industrial Gas Plancha. 60 cm x 40 cm. 190€. Tel: 629 666 453 FOR SALE - Full size snooker table and coin operated English pool table. Tel: 629 642 813 FOR SALE - 2 new PVC d/glazed windows (1240x1440) and (1000x1440) Also Menorquian green Shutter (1000x1440) Ring 639 708 164. FOR SALE - Chico Stroller Pushchair, ccombined with Baby Stage 1 removable carseat inc base. Colour navy/beige. Almost as new. Many Accessories. Cost 250euros. Price 100euros o.n.o. Tel 600054528 to view



Translating Services. Having Trouble with Paperwork? Let us help you at Trafico, Hacienda, etc. Tel: 629 666 453 English Lessons. Tesol qualified. Ring 617 266 384 or mail BOATS

Cats in Need

FOR SALE 5 metre sailing boat with cabin. Including sails, 6cv engine, trailor, lights, radio and battery. 9,000€ negotiable. Tel: 626 170 437 or 616 617 221. BEAUTY JEWELS MOBILE Nails & Beauty - San Luis. Acrilic Nails only 38€. Also Pedicures, Manicures etc. Ring Julie 660 759 318 PERSONAL Floosie - is it true? Will you be back in Ruiz i Pablo soon.

Neutering Feral Cats Making a Difference Gifts, Cards, Diaries, Mugs, etc. On sale at Mahon Market Tues & Sat mornings (Opp Burger King) and at Noria Riera 16, Es Castell, Sundays 10.00-13.30 (Past Scandals, turn right to San Luis. Right again After 100 metres into unmarked lane) Come and meet the cats Tel. 610012628 10.00-14.00 CUSTOM CARE If you don’t want a full property management service but would like someone to look after your property throughout the year, just doing the things you want doing, when you want them done, we could be the company you are looking for. We offer a very comprehensive range of guaranteed services, but with no annual Management Fee, you just pay for what you use. Security checks, garden, pool and property maintenance and repairs, cleaning, laundry, key holding, emergency call out etc., all are available as and when you need them.

Why not give us a call on 689 297 664



Friday 19 September 2008

TROUBLED TIMES AT BARCELONA! WHAT NOW FOR GUARDIOLA? Barcelona’s poor start to the season continued, and they only have one point from their opening two games after a 11 draw with Racing Santander in the Nou Camp. Coach Pep Guardiola revolutionized the side, leaving Henry in the stands and including youngsters Sergio Busquets and Pedro in his starting line up. But despite dominating for much of the match, they couldn’t open the scoring until twenty minutes from the end, when substitute Messi converted a penalty after Christian had handled in the area. Five minutes later though Jonathan Pereira deflected a Garay free kick past Valdés to equalise, and there were protests from local fans at the end of the match. To make matters worse for the club from the Nou Camp their city rivals, Espanyol, are clear leaders at the end of the second weekend, the Catalans the only side to win their opening two matches after beating Recreativo 0-1. De la Peña hit the bar in the first half, but Kameni had to pull off a couple of saves from an active Adrian Colunga before Luis García drilled home the winner late on. Almería and Valencia both stay in the top four after drawing 2-2 in the last match on Sunday evening. Piatti put the home side ahead after Renan failed to hold on to a long shot from Julio Alvarez, and although Alexis equalised a few minutes later, Negredo restored the lead with a well taken header shortly before half time. Villa saved the day however after Joaquín set him

up in the second half. Real Madrid recorded their first win of the season, although they had a couple of scares before beating Numancia 4-3. The Soria based side were fresh from their victory over Barcelona, and they went ahead through Moreno before Guti made it all square with Madrid’s 5,000th league goal. Barkero restored the lead though, and although strikes from Higuain and Van der Vaart and a Cisma own goal seemed to have wrapped things up before the break, a second goal from Moreno put the result in doubt right up until the final whistle. Otherwise though there were few goals in the remaining matches. Villarreal beat Deportivo 1-0 with a first half goal from Cazorla, and Aduríz and Portillo were on target as Mallorca and Osasuna drew 1-1. Getafe and Betis drew 0-0, despite several chances for both sides, Albín in particular firing a late penalty against the bar, and Málaga and Athletic Bilbao got their first points on the board in another game which ended scoreless. Sevilla head up the first division with Sunday’s games to go after a high scoring 43 win over Sporting Gijón. The Asturians surprised their hosts with two goals in a three minute period midway through the first half, Bilic turning in assists from Diego Castro and Carmelo with help from local defenders. Chevantón headed one back almost immediately though, and within a quarter of an hour the Andalusians were in front after goals from

Guardiola had every right to be animated as he watched another winless performance


Above: Espanyol went clear at the top of La Liga courtesy of a single goal victory over Recreativo, whilst below Racing celebrate their equaliser at the Nou Camp.

Kanouté and Maresca. Bilic completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time to level the scores once again, but Kanouté took advantage of a spill from keeper Sergio Sánchez to get the winner after the break. Last week’s leaders Atlético Madrid fared no better though, Javier Aguirre’s team losing 2-1 to a Valladolid side who played over three quarters of the match with ten men. The coach left Agüero and Forlán out of the line up after their long trips to South America during the week, but they went behind in only the third minute when Coupet misread Alvaro Rubio’s free kick, Vivar Dorado bundling the ball in to the net. Pedro López was sent off for a

second bookable offence twenty minutes later, but even so the home side extended their lead with a Javier Baraja penalty after Vivar Dorado was fouled. Agüero came on at the break and pulled one back, it was not enough to save the defeat. This weekend’s La Liga fixtures. Saturday Atlético Madrid v Recreativo Espanyol v Getafe Sunday Almería v Málaga Athletic Bilbao v Valladolid Betis v Sevilla Deportivo v Mallorca Numancia v Villarreal Valencia v Osasuna Racing Santander v Real Madrid Sporting Gijón v Barcelona

THE PREMIERSHIP: A MICKEY MOUSE COMPETITION? Viewers, already faced with having to subscribe to two satellite broadcasters for their fix of Premiership soccer, may be looking at a third company showing Premiership games from next season. The Walt Disney Company may consider mounting a challenge to BSkyB by bidding for Premier League football broadcasting rights next year. Robert Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney, said on a visit to London that ESPN, the company’s sports broadcaster, was its second principal brand after the Disney name itself - and indicated that he hoped to expand it globally. “I know they [ESPN] will look at the Premier League rights again, both individually and in partnership with others,” Mr Iger said. The next auction of Premier League broadcast rights is due to start next January. ESPN is also interested in pursuing the rights to show Premier League games in the United States, where the rights are held by Fox, the broadcaster owned by News Corporation, parent company of The Times. It believes that there is a growing audience for football in the United States. Mr Iger said that ESPN’s coverage of Euro 2008 had proved extremely popular and Disney chose to air the semi-finals and the final on its mainstream ABC network. Senior executives of the broadcaster believe that the arrival of David Beckham in the United States at the LA Galaxy had helped to lift interest in the sport in the one leading country that has largely ignored the world’s game until recently. BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster 39.1per cent owned by News Corp, paid £1.31 billion to secure the rights to show 92 live games a season in the existing three-year contract, which expires at the end of the 2009-10 season. Setanta Sports paid £392 million for the rights to show a further 46 games a season live.


Friday 19 September 2008


Europe’s Ryder Cup team have embarked on their journey out to America for this week’s match at Valhalla. Seven members of the team along with captain Nick Faldo and his assistant Jose Maria Olazabal flew from Heathrow Airport in London to Kentucky on Monday. Padraig Harrington, Soren Hansen, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Robert Karlsson, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Oliver Wilson were the men flanking Faldo, with Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson already out in America. Sporting casual brown jack-

ets and trousers with light shirts, Faldo and his men cut relaxed figures and the captain was certainly in good spirits ahead of what promises to be an intense week of action. Interestingly, Faldo - who has been criticised in some quarters for his decision to take just one assistant - revealed to Sky Sports that he has plans in place to receive more support once the action is underway. “Be patient, don’t worry, I will have a couple of helpers by the time I get there,” he said at the airport. “You’ve only got to look after four matches, but there will be helpers, wait and see.” He then went on to confirm he already had some strong thoughts in place on how his pairings will work out, adding: “Yeah, obviously I’ve been studying that for the last couple of weeks. “Since the team was confirmed I’ve been talking to the guys, I’ve already done a couple of formulas in my mind. “I think I’m in a fortunate position. Right now I’ve got 12 guys playing great.“

CHAMP AT CHAMPS Former World Darts Champion Bob Anderson in Calan Porter Former World Darts Champion, Bob Anderson, is at Champs bar in Calan Porter tonight (Friday) for the second of his two Darts Exhibitions (the first was on Wednesday). The event starts at 10.00pm. Bob won the 1988 BDO World Championship defeating fellow legend John Lowe 6-4 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green. Anderson threw his first

darts maximum (180) at the age of just five. However, he was renowned as a champion athlete during his teenage years. He was picked as a javelin thrower in the British Olympic team of 1968, but tragically broke his arm before the team left for Mexico, an injury which brought an end to his javelin-throwing career. He had continued to play darts socially and decid-

ed to take up the game more seriously when his injury jinx struck. He won the World Masters in 1986, 1987 and 1988 - the only man to win the Masters in three successive years. Known as the Limestone Cowboy, Anderson retired from the PDC ranks in March 2008 after a successful 25 year career in the pro-ranks.


The Valhalla course where Europe and the USA contest the Ryder Cup As we all know I play eight, four have got to be rested and we’ll see how that works out, but I already have some good thoughts up my sleeve.” The European skipper was also buoyed by the performances of those players who competed in the European Tour’s Mercedes-Benz Championship over the weekend with Karlsson winning the event and Hansen and Jimenez both finishing in the top ten in Cologne. “That is really great, for Robert to go and win, all the guys played well,” he added. “All the guys played really well to hold their place in the team which was only a couple of weeks ago so I’ve just got to put the reins on them probably and just get them out there.” Turning to his relationship with opposite number Paul Az-

inger, Faldo revealed that contact with his American counterpart has all but stopped in recent weeks with the rivalry now having turned “serious”. “(I have) very little (contact) now. We did our fun thing, we fished and golfed and played poker together for a little TV thing, but since then... it’s serious now.” Friday 19 September Day One - Foursomes & Four Balls @ 12.00pm Saturday 20 September Day Two - Foursomes & Four Balls @ 12.00pm Sunday 21 September Day Three - Singles @ 4.30pm For details of where to watch all the Ryder Cup action on Sky Sports check out our what’s on page.


THEN WHY NOT ADVERTISE HERE? Bob Anderson celebrates his 1988 World Championship win



It was another mixed week for the island’s four teams in the Spanish Third Division. Sporting Mahonés were easy 3-1 winners at home to CE Constància. Two Manel Sala goals gave the Mahón team a deserved lead before the visitors pegged it back to one with a reply in the 73rd minute. Mourad restored the two goal cushion to guarantee Sporting, one of the title favourites, to deserved win after opening the campaign with a brace of draws. CE Alaior notched a great 3-2 win, their first of the season, in Palma against Soledad. From a goal down the Menorcan team showed great resiliance to comeback and secure victory. Two goals from Tudurí and a third from Josef took Alaior to mid-table Newcomers Es Mercadal continue to find life tough in the higher division and lost at home to Poblense to stay rooted to the foot of the table. Ciutadella couldn’t follow up last week’s impressive win over Soledad and went down fairly tamely to Ferriolense, 1-3.





1. USA 2. Eldorado 3. Bolero 4. Mallorca 5. False 6. Pyrennes 7. Real Madrid 8. Gibraltar 9. Paella 10. Basque Country 11. Florida 12. Catalan (17%) 13. Attempted Coup 14. 3 Portugal, France & Andorra 15. Basketball




Friday 19 September 2008


Across 1. Snake (7) 5. Books of maps (7) 9. Souvenir (7) 10. Fortune-telling cards (5) 11. Unit of length (5) 12. Lever for rowing (3) 13. Liverpudlian (6) 14. Form of lottery (6) 15. Evening (3) 17. Electronic heart regulator (9) 21. Animal park (3) 23. Heavenly body (6) 24. Rupture (6) 27. Magazine (3) 28. A hand tool (5) 29. Rouse (5) 30. Native of modern Israel (7) 31. Endless (7) 32. Speaking (7) Down 1. Somebody (7) 2. Regret (7) 3. Warm ocean current (6) 4. Vessel with two masts (3-6) 5. Sharp (5) 6. Able to read and write (8) 7. Untidy (7) 8. Small bag (7) 16. Member of a panel (9) 18. Town in NE Scotland (8) 19. Function (7) 20. Rubbish (7) 21. River in Southern Africa (7) 22. Continuing (7) 25. Pertaining to a nerve (6) 26. Polite (5)



The smallest Irish bar in the world



The annual Darwin Awards Honour those who improve the human accidentally removing themselves from it! This story has been verified as being TRUE! In 1982 Lawn Chair Larry, beloved survivor of a Darwinworthy attempt, attached 45 helium weather balloons to his comfortable Sears lawn chair, packed a picnic and a , and cut the tether. But instead of drifting lazily above the Los Angeles landscape, the combined lift of 45 huge helium balloons rocketed Larry into LAX air traffic lanes 16,000 feet above sea level. Astoundingly, he survived the “flight.” This year, in homage to Larry’s aerial adventure, a Catholic priest recently ascended towards heaven on a host of helium party balloons. Adelir Antonio de Carli, 41, was attempting to set the world record for clustered balloon flight to publicize his plan to build a

spiritual rest stop for truckers. Sitting for more than 19 hours in a lawn chair is not a trivial matter, even in the comfort of your own backyard. The priest took numerous safety precautions, including wearing a survival suit, selecting a buoyant chair, and packing a satellite phone and a GPS. However, the late Adelir Antonio made a fatal mistake. He did not know how to use the GPS. The winds changed, as winds do, and he was blown inexorably toward open sea. He could have parachuted to safety while over land, but chose not to. When the voyager was perilously lost at sea, he prudently phoned for help. But rescuers were unable to reach him since he could not use his GPS! HE struggled with the control panel as the charge on the satellite phone dwindled. Instead of a GPS, the priest let God be his guide, and God guided him straight to heaven. Bits of balloons began appearing on mountains and beaches. Ultimately the priest’s body surfaced, confirming that he, like Elvis, had left the building. The kicker? It’s a Double Darwin. Catholic priests take vows of celibacy. Since they voluntarily remove themselves from the gene pool, the entire group earns a mass Darwin Award. Adelir Antonio wins twice over!

... AND ANOTHER TRUE STORY FROM THE DARWIN AWARDS ARCHIVES The following mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree appeared to be the robber’s first, due to his lack of a previous record of violence, and his terminally stupid choices: 1. His target was H&J Leather & Firearms. A gun shop. 2. The shop was full of customers - firearms customers. 3. To enter the shop, the robber had to step around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door. 4. An armed uniformed officer was standing at the counter,

having coffee before work. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a holdup, and fired a few wild shots. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, covered by several customers who also drew their guns, thereby removing the confused criminal from the gene pool. No one else was hurt.

Menorca Sun - 19 September 2008  

Menorca's free weekly English language newspaper.

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