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Contents culture & Entertainment 14 The Big Picture

The wonderful world of movies

Music news and backstage tidbits

Hot summer book releases

18 Gig Bytes

22 Reading Room

in Vogue 12 Designer World

Avant-garde style and cutting edge trends

24 Fashion Focus

Classic bikini styles for chic occasions

IN PERSON 32 Celebrity Profile

Beyoncé still dangerously in love

36 Island Connections

Knockout night with Joe Calzaghe

44 Model of the Month

David Von Rotenhan at home on Mallorca

40 My Mallorca

Sport & Leisure 52 Nautical Update

Summer regattas… and positive tax news

54 Golf Pro

Developing a sound pre-shot routine

46 Island adventure

The thrill of cliff jumping

tastes of mallorca 60 Flavours of the Med

Tasty side dishes for the barbecue

Exotic Thai, healthy vegetarian… and something different

56 Fine Dining

62 Wine of the Month

Ideal for seafood and light salads

Island bulletin 68 Society

Who’s who and where it’s all happening

health & Beauty

64 Staying Fit & Happy

76 News Round-Up

The importance of water

66 Get the Look

74 What’s On

Diary notes and August events Local business and charity update

How to achieve a gorgeous glow

Sascha Augustin… from Innsbruck to Andratx

42 Island Musings


Have you been hacked!


editor’s note PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark McCafferty EDITORIAL GROUP EDITOR James Bellevue EDITOR Sarah Hughes

And now for the good news… The world has been a disturbing place in recent weeks. We were shocked and appalled at the unspeakable horror of Oslo and Utøya; we have been deeply saddened at the worsening plight of starving Somalians. Then there is the delicate global economy. Though not of the same humanitarian dimensions as the horrendous events in Norway and Somali, the parliamentary brinkmanship that tarnished the US’s fiscal image last month, with its serious reverberations in international financial markets, and, here in Spain, ongoing speculation over whether or not the country will require a Greek-style bailout by the EU continues to cause hardship for families and businesses. Nothing, of course, can erase the horrific images of last month, and our thoughts are with the victims and families of those terrible tragedies, but the news is not all bad. Latest tourism figures and forecasts released by Spanish authorities consistently show the Balearics at the forefront of the expected resurgence, however moderate it may end up being. In addition, there are signs that British overseas property buyers are showing renewed interest in Spain, with Mallorca near the top of their shopping lists; Russian tourists are travelling to the Balearics in increasing numbers; the volume of air passengers to Spain, including Palma, is on the rise again; and the Balearic region is leading the way as Spain’s unemployment figures improve – ever so slightly, and obviously partly due to seasonal factors, but an improvement nonetheless. The decision by Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero to call an early election on 20 November has also been received with universal endorsement – almost relief – across the political and business spectrum. So there is cause for cautious optimism and, after all, this is the time to be in a positive summer frame of mind. At ML&S, our objective every month is for the magazine to be a celebration of all that is so wonderful about these islands. To that end, this issue we take to the waters with a preview of Palma’s internationally renowned regatta season (the famous roll-call of visitors over the year having included Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Antonio Banderas and Melanie Grifiths); go cliff jumping in Ca’n Picafort; and enjoy “An Evening with Joe Calzaghe”. In our regular lifestyle features, we suggest some scrumptious Spanish side-dishes for the barbecue; take a look at classic bikini styles that bring together chic elegance and beach comfort; and stress the importance of water both for well-being (especially in summer) and maintaining a healthy glow. And finally, on this month’s cover, we feature the delectable and supremely talented Beyoncé, who wowed the crowd at Glastonbury as she lived her dream: “to be a rock star”. We hope you fulfil your own dreams – if not this summer, then not too far down the line – and, in the meantime, we are sure you will share our profound desire for a world that is free from the nightmares of last month.

James Bellevue

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A piece of royal history In celebration of the much-anticipated wedding of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to Charlene Wittstock last month, luxury brand Montblanc created a stunning one-ofa-kind pen to be used by the couple on their wedding day. The intricate design was inspired by architectural elements of the Palais Princier and the Principality Flag, embellished with precious stones and the monogram of the couple.

High tech sound in retro style Sony’s new G Series micro hi-fi systems embrace the recent popularity of retro-styled home accessories. But, while the appearance is classic, the sound experience is definitely of the moment. USB connections ensure you can enjoy big sound from an iPhone, iPod, memory stick or MP3 player, while models with Wi-Fi connectivity allow wireless connection to a home network.

Homage to an inventor

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This year marks the 190th anniversary of the chronograph, first invented by Paris-born Nicolas Rieussec. To mark the occasion Montblanc has created a special timepiece named in his honour. The limited edition Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Anniversary Edition Chronograph is only available in 950 platinum and in 18-carat white or red gold.

Smart and luxurious The new TAG Heuer Link is the first Swiss luxury touchscreen smartphone. The shockproof body is precision engineered like the case of a TAG Heuer watch, with a choice of finishes including titanium, gold, calf skin, alligator or even lizard! It’s not just a pretty face though. Operating on Android with a 1GHz processor, it offers a high-definition 5 mega-pixel camera and video, 250,000 available apps and 11 hours of music play time.

Beach club chic As fashion trends transfer to beachwear for the summer months, fashionistas everywhere are hitting the beach clubs in the latest styles. This Opal Bikini with gold eyelet detail pays tribute to the nautical influence seen on this year’s spring/summer catwalks.

Hair today, gone tomorrow There is an increasing number of skin care products appearing on the market that claim to inhibit hair growth. This hair-minimising moisturiser from natural beauty brand Laidbare is enriched with active ingredients of liquorice and horse chestnut seed extract. It’s free from chemicals and parabens and offers antiinflammatory properties to protect skin from the damaging effects of hair removal – so it’s safe for sensitive skin too.

Fitness from the experts Designed by Sandra Bonacina, a respected professor of fitness and physiotherapy at Zurich University, the T-Bow can be used either curved side up or down. This simple, yet versatile, piece of fitness kit provides effective support for the back during static exercises and stretches, while enhancing yoga and cardio workouts by targeting deep core muscles.

Sweet and strong With powerful notes of caramel and vanilla, Prada’s newest scent is appropriately named Candy. Said to be evolved from the idea of pushing things to the maximum, the ingredients used in this fragrance are present in particularly high concentrations for a warm, sweet and exotic aroma. The bottle is elegantly retro-styled, while the outer packaging evokes thoughts of 1950s beauty products.








Cowboys and Aliens

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Release dates: 5 August (Spain & US); 12 August (UK) If the hype is anything to go by this movie could be massive. In the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s this was one of the most popular franchises around, spawning numerous films and two TV series in which apes ruled the Earth and humans were slaves. It was revamped 10 years ago but this offering goes back to tell us how it all began. Set in present day San Francisco, a series of genetic engineering experiments set off a chain of events that leads to intelligence in apes and a challenge to our place as the dominant species on the planet. Caesar, the first intelligent ape, feels betrayed by the human testers and rises up to lead his kinds’ spectacular fight to freedom and the ultimate showdown with the human race. The groundbreaking CGI technology developed for Avatar has been used, featuring photo-realistic apes rather than costumed actors, and ANDY SERKIS (Gollum in Lord of the Rings), who plays the main ape Caesar, has already been cited for an Oscar come next February. Also stars JAMES FRANCO, JOHN LITHGOW, FREIDA PINTO, BRIAN COX, TOM FELTON. (Photos: WETA TM and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)


Release dates: 29 July (US); 19 August (UK); 2 September (Spain) This film has an interesting angle – take the Old West when it was at its wildest and throw in an alien invasion for good measure. The American public took to the idea after a blockbuster style TV trailer for the film was shown during half-time at this year’s Superbowl and the title alone intrigued many. It’s based on a successful graphic novel/comic book by SCOTT MITCHELL ROSENBERG and directed by JON FAVREAU (Iron Man 2). In 1873, a gunslinger (DANIEL CRAIG) with no memory of his past stumbles into the Arizona desert town of Absolution. The


locals do not welcome strangers and are ruled by the iron-fisted and much-feared Colonel Dolarhyde (HARRISON FORD). But things change when a spaceship, commanded by an alien creature with intentions of enslaving the human race, lands in the area. The rejected stranger is now welcomed as he begins to remember his past and where he’s been, and realises he holds a secret that could give the people a fighting chance against the invaders. With the help of an elusive traveller (OLIVIA WILDE), he rustles up a posse comprising townsfolk, Colonel Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and a nearby Apache Indian tribe, who all put their differences to one

side due to the threat from these uninvited extraterrestrials. So this quickly assembled unit is ready for a six-gun rumble against an enemy they know nothing about in, as the trailer says, “an epic showdown for survival”. As mentioned earlier the title alone has caught the imagination of the American public, who will no doubt make it a box office smash. Also stars ABIGAIL SPENCER, SAM ROCKWELL, KEITH CARRADINE, BUCK TAYLOR. (Photos: Universal Studios)

Release dates: 10 June (US); 5 August (UK); 19 August (Spain) With STEVEN SPIELBERG and JJ ABRAMS in the producer and director’s chairs a lot is expected of this. In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a mysterious train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident after unusual disappearances and strange happenings begin to take place. ELLE FANNING, AMANDA MICHALKA, JOEL COURTNEY.

The Smurfs

Release dates: 29 July (US); 5 August (Spain); 12 August (UK) The children’s cartoon favourites come to the big screen in 3D format plus animated hybrid live-action. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they find themselves in the middle of New York’s Central Park. They must find a way to get back to their magical world before Gargamel tracks them down. HANK AZARIA, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, SOFIA VERGERA.

Final Destination 5

Release dates: 12 August (US); 26 August (Spain & UK) Horror flick in which a man’s premonition saves a group of workers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But these unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive and, in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically try to discover a way to escape the cold hand of death. ARLEN ESCARPETA, COURTNEY B. VANCE, DAVID KOECHNER.





Next year marks the 75th anniversary of Disney’s cartoon classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and 2012 also brings the release of two different projects featuring the popular character that are currently in production. Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman is to be a trilogy, giving a darker retelling to the fairytale, with the huntsman (CHRIS HEMSWORTH) hired to kill Snow White (KIRSTEN STEWART) – but instead he trains her to take on the Evil Queen (CHARLIZE THERON). The all-British seven dwarf line-up (named after Roman emperors instead of the original Disney characters) includes IAN McSHANE as the leader Caesar; BOB HOSKINS as the blind Constantine; RAY WINSTONE as the warrior Trajan, with EDDIE MARSAN (Mission Impossible) his twin brother Adrian; TOBY JONES as the shy Claudius; STEPHEN GRAHAM as Nero; and NICK FROST. Meanwhile, director TARSEM SINGH says Brothers Grimm: Snow White (working title) will be “a spectacular 3D re-imagining of the classic fairytale in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal”, with LILY COLLINS (the daughter of former singer PHIL) in the lead role. JULIA ROBERTS is the Evil Queen, ARMIE HAMMER (The Social Network) Prince Alcott and SEAN BEAN the dethroned king/ Snow White’s father; while the dwarfs (also with different names) will be played by MARK POVINELLI (Half-Pint), JORDAN PRENTICE (Cha-Cha), DANNY WOODBURN (Teach), SEBASTIAN SARACENO (Julius), RONALD LEE CLARK (Stench), MARTIN KLEBBA (Butcher) and JOE GNOFFO (Grub). Apparently there is a race to see which film will be released first and both studios keep changing the dates – but one of the two could be on screen as early as next March.


During February and March the cast of the already cult British TV comedy The Inbetweeners were based on the island filming the post-show movie. For those not familiar with this multi award-winning three-series programme, it revolved around the growing up traumas of four teenage boys in the latter years of their school days. Despite filming here, the movie is supposed to be based in the Crete resort of Malia and finds our four under-achievers (when it comes to the opposite sex) on a typical lads’ holiday after they have now left school – but there’s a potential holiday fling for Will (SIMON BIRD) in the shape of the BBC3 sitcom How Not To Live Your Life’s leading lady LAURA HADDOCK. Another of that show’s chicks, JESSICA KNAPPET, chases the nice but dim Neil (BLAKE HARRISON). Simon (JOE THOMAS), who still carries the torch for his childhood playmate Carli (EMILY HEAD), attracts the attentions of TAMLA KARI, while the king of bull****, Jay (JAMES BUCKLEY), tries to impress LYDIA ROSE BEWLEY with his “tales” of a previous career as a motorcycle stuntman. And, of course, the film would not be complete without Will’s yummy mummy (BELINDA STEWART-WILSON) and comedian GREG DAVIES as head teacher Mr Gilbert. The film is released in the UK on 19 August but currently does not have a Spanish release date as the TV series is not that well known here. And, unless the writers have a change of heart, the film will be the end of this very popular show as in real life the characters are all now in their mid-20s.


DANIEL CRAIG and JUDI DENCH will reprise their roles in the next James Bond movie and, despite still being on the drawing board and not having a title, it has already been given a release date of 9 November 2012. NAOMIE HARRIS (28 Days Later) looks set to be the next Miss Moneypenny while RALPH FIENNES, JAVIER BARDEM and RHYS IFANS are also on board, with SAM MENDES in the director’s chair.

Legendary Spanish filmmaker PEDRO ALMODOVAR has re-scripted a 1995 novel by PETER DEXTER… The Paperboy is a Floridaset period pic where a reporter and his brother (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and ZAC EFRON) team up to investigate a possible miscarriage of justice surrounding a death row prisoner (JOHN CUSACK) convicted of killing the local sheriff. NICOLE KIDMAN will play a mysterious woman who writes letters to death row inmates and develops a relationship with the reporter. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises update: ADAM WEST, who played the Caped Crusader in the original 1960s Batman TV series (currently showing afternoons on ITV4) and also voices his namesake in the TV cartoon series Family Guy, is to make a cameo appearance in the film. He was recently spotted on the film set in the UK but CHRISTOPHER NOLAN is not saying what his role will be.   Several well-known names are currently working on the comedy The Big Wedding, in which ROBERT DE NIRO and DIANE KEATON are a couple who pretend they’re still married for the sake of their children, and realise it isn’t an easy act to keep up. Also on set are KATHERINE HEIGL, TOPHER GRACE, AMANDA SEYFRIED, ROBIN WILLIAMS and SUSAN SARANDON.


GIG BYTES Compiled by Micky Reynolds

Music news and backstage tidbits from around the globe

MALLORCA ROCKS UPDATE The weekly Tuesday night sessions at Mallorca Rocks this month feature CHASE & STATUS, LABRINTH and DJ DOORLY on the 2nd; EXAMPLE and SUB FOCUS plus DJ’s YASMIN and DOORLY on the 9th; 2MANY DJS, AZARI & III and DJ DOORLY on the 16th; CHASE & STATUS with MC RAGE, PROFESSOR GREEN and DJ’s NERO and YASMIN on the 23rd; and MAGNETIC MAN, KATY B and DJ DOORLY on the 30th. For more information on all the above (and sessions on Ibiza) go to: Also, on the 19th at Son Fusteret in Palma at 10.30pm, reggaeton master DON OMAR; in Palma on the 26th at the Sala Assaig (9.30pm), Spanish MC/rapper SHO-HAI. For ticket info on both go to:

The festival season means loads of riders (a wants list from a band that the promoter is obliged to supply). Last month’s best had to go to PRINCE, who ordered a private beach in Poland; and while at the Hop-Farm festival in Kent (UK) he made a limo drive him 25 metres from his all-purple (walls, furniture… the lot) dressing room to the stage. The weirdest – KE$HA demanded all circular objects be removed from her backstage zone. In true rock ‘n’ roll style SHAUN RYDER requested 60 cans of lager, a bottle of Jack Daniels and two bags of tortilla crisps; while at the other end of the scale IGGY POP wanted four cans of sardines and Belgian chocolates. 18

It was always on the cards and AMY WINEHOUSE finally hit the self-destruct button. Okay, this tortured soul was the subject of many a joke on these pages but deep down everyone thought she would beat her demons and pull through. It was not to be, however, and despite all the warnings both burning ends of her life candle finally met in the middle. Leaving us at the tender age of 27 she joins the infamous “27 club” along with BRIAN JONES, JANIS JOPLIN, JIM MORRISON, JIMI HENDRIX and KURT COBAIN – class acts who still had so much to offer but all bailed out at that young age. God bless, my dear.

A couple of stories from Benicàssim (Spain’s biggest festival) last month. After rumours of a backstage argument, gossip circulated suggesting that members of THE STROKES had fallen out and would not play. After a slight delay the band took to the stage playing an electric set spanning their entire career. UK indie rockers ELBOW had to halt their show as panic broke out when fans down the front were getting crushed. The band, who are starting work on the follow-up to their March-released Build A Rocket Boys! album, are having a limited edition beer named after the aforementioned collection. Manchester’s Robinsons’ Brewery said the Build A Rocket Boys!’ Real Ale will be available in their pubs during September and October.

Still on festivals… the twin Reading and Leeds (UK) weekends take place this month (2628 August) and both sites are going to show NIRVANA’s legendary headlining performance at Reading in 1992 on giant screens. The gig, which was considered one of the band’s best, was notorious as KURT COBAIN came onstage in a wheelchair, wearing a white hospital robe for the duration of the set. A DVD on the show was officially released in 2009 after a pirate version, Life Takes No Prisoners, had been circulating on the net.

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The war of words between the GALLAGHER BROTHERS continues. At the recent BEADY EYE gig in Bilbao Liam dedicated the song Bring The Light “for the one and only Noel Gallagher”. This was the first track the band released last November and features such confrontational lyrics as, “I see no point in what you’re thinking”.

In Australia the summer craze of planking (lying horizontally in an unusual place or on an object with both arms rigid by your side) has died down now their winter has arrived but a new crazy is taking off – egging. JUSTIN BIEBER and US pop singer CODY SIMPSON have already been pelted, and last month LADY GAGA had the omelette ingredients lobbed at her. Blogs suggests the next victim will be KANYE WEST.

In a new angle to increase her popularity in Asia she has expressed her desire to star in a Bollywood film. Her PR team are working hard over there and two of her songs, Born This Way and Judas, have already been given the Bollywood style remix treatment.

With the TAKE THAT tour out of the way ROBBIE WILLIAMS is said to be going solo again and it’s unclear if he will return to the band again. Apparently they parted on not so good terms after the singer was heavily criticised for constantly swearing on stage during the tour – a notion that upset many fans. And on that we will sign off on a lighter note… a friend of Robbie’s is said to be angry with him for teaching his young son rude words. His mate put on one of the singer’s CDs and the youngster said, “Oh no, not this s**t again!”

So will the SPICE GIRLS reform for the Olympics? Maybe not, as currently there is a rift among the members – 60 unreleased songs have surfaced and both MEL B and MEL C want to put them out but the rest are saying no. Not that POSH is bothered now she has her new real life Barbie doll/human clothes horse to play with. Once again she had a Caesarean because she is “too posh to push”; and for the first time she has been breast feeding a child – after one week the baby was said to already be heavier than its mother. Comedian FRANKIE BOYLE summed it all up best, saying that when she was pregnant it looked like someone had trodden on a hose… and the baby has been named Seven as a lifelong reminder of the dress size her mother ballooned to during pregnancy. ADELE reached yet another landmark last month when Someone Like You became the first single to sell over one million copies in the UK this decade. This was followed by 21 becoming the biggest selling digital album in US history with 1,017,000 copies shifted; and overall sales Stateside have now clocked up 2.6 million units. The album was also recently nominated for the UK’s prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year, which will be selected next month.


articles were later found in the town’s main square. I had tickets for one of his concerts at the start of the summer before he got locked up. At the time, it was a case of two gigs I would not be reading about in the papers!

Hip hopper PLAN B, who was the opening act at Mallorca Rocks this summer, is the latest artist to make a TV advert. Look out for him later this month in the Bulmers No.17 advert. He is also on and off the film set of The Sweeney, where he is playing one of the main characters in the revamp of the cult 1970s UK TV cop show.

Noel has announced he will release a solo album in October and a tour that will feature several OASIS songs – a statement that Liam is not happy about as his new band, which features the other three former members of OASIS, do not play any of that group’s songs. Noel says the reason he left OASIS is that he couldn’t work with his brother – think we realised that about four albums ago!

Talking of GAGA… she was accused of pocketing cash from sales of charity wristbands in Japan. What did she need the notes for – to make a dress?

One star already booked for a silver screen appearance is BEYONCE, who will step into the shoes once worn by JUDY GARLAND (1937) and BARBARA STREISAND (1976) for a remake of A Star Is Born. The film tells the tale of a pasthis-prime star (LEONARDO DiCAPRIO) who falls for an aspiring singer. After her performance at the Glastonbury Festival, sales for BEYONCE’s albums went through the roof (also sales of WOMBLE cuddly toys soared by 50 per cent) and did you know that despite endorsing three brands of scent she is allergic to perfume?

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Some news about GIRLS ALOUD that doesn’t concern CHERYL, her love life or her TV career (zzzzzzzzzzzz) – apparently NADINE COYLE has settled her differences with the rest of group and they plan to reform next year to celebrate their 10th year anniversary.

PETE D’OH-ERTY might have been let out of prison early in the UK recently but if German authorities get their way he could be facing a five-year stretch over there. While in Regensburg, shooting his part in the film Confessions of a Young Contemporary, he allegedly stole a guitar and a record from a music shop and the owners want to press charges against him. According to one of the UK daily red-top publications, the singer has admitted to smashing the shop window, but says he doesn’t remember stealing anything, as he was drunk at the time. The stolen Legendary 1960s-1970s star GLENN CAMPBELL has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and a farewell tour has been arranged while he can still remember it. The now 75-year-old, who is best known for his songs Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy, was a close good friend of the BEACH BOYS, playing live and singing falsetto harmonies with them at the peak of their career in the 1960s. He also played guitar on the group’s legendary 1966 Pet Sounds album. He is to release two albums this month. Meet Glen Campbell (25 August) features 10 cover songs by some of his favourite artists including TRAVIS, FOO FIGHTERS, U2, GREEN DAY and JOHN LENNON. Then, on the 29th, his final studio album, Ghost On The Canvas, features songs written by JACOB DYLAN (son of BOB) with guest appearances from BILLY CORGAN (SMASHING PUMPKINS), CHRIS ISAAK, RICK NIELSEN (CHEAP TRICK), BRIAN SETZER (STRAY CATS) and the iconic 1960s surf guitarist DICK DALE (responsible for Misirlou, that famous instrumental from Pulp Fiction).

CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT Life & Living Compiled by Laura Penn

Reading Room If you are planning a trip this summer, why not take one to another world? This month’s selection of books transports us to a land of witches, angels, fairies and werewolves – with an odd vampire and spooky psychic thrown into the mix! Take one of these novels on your journey and you will explore a supernatural fantasy world… or is it?


By DEBORAH HARKNESS When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it opens up an intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy.


Fairy stories are not just for children. This novel for grown-ups has fairies, a missing poem, a crumbling home, a secret passage and the answer to a question about love all mixed in a compelling tale.

She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer – for witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive demons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

It is autumn 1912, and young Harry Weston walks into the parlour of an ancient manor house to find his grandparents dead in their chairs. He is not terribly surprised. When people are as old as they were, you kind of expect sudden death. Harry could hear it whispered around them, could sense the waiting in everybody’s dealings with them – even a kind of impatience, as if the order of things was not being upheld and they were keeping the afterlife waiting.

Enter Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist (and a vampire). Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans – and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well.

Nearly a century later Harry’s grandson sets out to unravel the mystery that dominated his ancestors’ lives: the peculiar disappearance of their beautiful sister Emma. All the evidence points towards the guilt of her lover, the “mad, bad and dangerous to know” poet Lord Byron, but slowly the old house begins to give up its secrets, and the trail leads somewhere far murkier and far more ancient than he could have ever imagined.




Do angels guide us at the darkest times in our lives? No matter how hard you try to run from it, the past can still haunt and bless us. This eloquent and intensely moving historical novel is set in the American west postWorld War I. Henry Bright has just returned from Europe and is attempting to rebuild his life in the deep, isolated wilderness. When his young wife suddenly dies, he is forced to flee with his newborn son from a vengeful, violent neighbour. Little does anyone know that Henry is following the advice of an unseen angel who tells him his baby is the Future King of Heaven. In lesser hands, this tale might turn into a hokey, strange religious parable. However, Ritter manages to move seamlessly between scenes of the war, where “the fields in between the trenches were wind-whipped ponds of bodies”, to scenes of Bright’s childhood, with his mother growing beans and tending rabbits, and then to scenes of his current flight through towns and forest, with a massive wildfire following close behind. The result is a work of masterful, stunning prose in which the past and the present impact on each other. It is a story that reveals how we can make earthly “devils” out of men and invisible “angels” out of our need for love and protection.




This stunning debut novel from 24-year old Fletcher takes us from the humdrum work in a call centre in Manchester to a world of werewolves. A group of friends compensate for a hard day at work by enjoying each other’s company out of office hours and soon solid friendships are formed, especially between two of the lads, Jack and Francis. Arriving on queue is free-spirited, rich and gorgeous Jennifer, a newcomer to the group and the immediate romantic interest of Jack. She plans to break free from the dull monotony of her life and soon Jack and Jennifer are settling down in a large house in the Lake District. Here the novel takes a more serious turn; the mysteries of the house and dales, and of Jennifer’s behaviour, begin to play on Jack. At a reunion party at the house an austere shadow seems to fall on the group, and soon the very foundations of the clique’s dynamic comes under a maelstrom of unpredicted chaos. The night spins out of control and they must face up to the terrifying possibility that not all their guests may be human – and some of them are hungry and want to feed. An astonishing and innovative blend of horror, folktale and disturbing realism, this is the first book in what is shaping up to be a genre-defining series.


Vampires are rapidly becoming so last season, but this is the eagerly awaited fourth and final part of the Casa Dracula romance series which follows the adventures of fun-loving Milagro de Los Santos, a relatively normal girl who was infected by the vampire virus and survived – making her the only person to become (rather than be born) a vampire. Although she’s having a torrid affair with powerful and decadent Vampire Council member Ian Ducharme, she still yearns for her ex-fiancé, Dr Oswald Grant, and the life she had on his ranch with his family. Here Milagro faces her most dangerous challenge yet. She is framed for murder and kidnapped by an extremely unethical government scientist but she manages to rise above the bizarre in her usual inimitable fashion, going on to finally sort out her feelings for Oswald and her lover Ian as she stumbles towards her happy ending. The story is by turns a gripping page-turner as Milagro’s dramas take a turn for the deadly and a witty comedy as her character’s happy go-lucky personality deals with the fall out. The action and humour is balanced by Milagro’s character and relationship development – creating a perfect mixture of vampires, fun, danger and romance. Finally Milagro gets the wedding of her dreams – but only after she escapes the mad scientists, loses then regains her memory and discovers she can raise the dead!


By GARY McMAHON Horror is hip! Thomas Usher sees dead people – the bigger problem is that worse things can see him. This is part private detective story, part very creepy northern ghost story about Thomas Usher, a man whose life is both ruined and transformed one night when he is involved in a head-on collision. While his wife and daughter die in the crash, Usher emerges with a gift: he can see the recently deceased. He is called upon to investigate the murder of a businessman’s daughter and the abduction of a child – two cases that turn out to be linked. This is not a giggle-aminute. In fact there is an unremitting bleakness about the story, from its opening car crash to the truth about the kidnapping that’s central to the case, and the familiar setting means that the darkness that is eventually revealed is all the more horrific for its domestic location. The story of a grieving man who hates life looking into various shades of human awfulness is always going to be relentlessly grim, but despite the dark tone this is a compelling novel: the puzzle structure of the whodunit remixed to great effect with the dread of the best horror. Not so much hard-boiled as hard-nuked, this novel puts McMahon firmly in the front ranks of the new wave of British horror.

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BEACH CLASSICS Enjoying a day at the beach – and a chilled bottle of wine and seafood platter at the nearby chiringuito – is all about being both comfortable and stylish. The classic bikini styles featured here tick both boxes: elegantly chic and perfectly styled for soaking up the sun… and sipping the Chardonnay!

Bikini: Lenny €295 Shorts: Sundek €88 Sunglasses: Chrome Hearts “Queenie” €475 Sunglassses: Olivers People “Daddy” €240

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By Margarita McDonald


A true child of destiny Honoured at Glastonbury in June as one of the rare female artists to headline the famous festival, Beyoncé did not deceive, attracting a rapturous reception for a set that included classic hits as well as new material from her latest album 4. “You are witnessing a dream,” she shouted to the ecstatic crowd. “I always wanted to be a rock star.”

Peer recognition is, arguably, the most coveted accolade for a performer – and Beyoncé attracts more positive “insider” compliments than most of her contemporaries. She credits her own major influences as Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson (among others) but more significant is the ever-growing list of stars who see Beyoncé as their musical inspiration… Rihanna, Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Kelly Rowland, Adele… Miley Cyrus once told Seventeen magazine, “She is the ultimate woman. You look at her and you don’t think, ‘I wonder what her personal life is like.’ You look at her and you go, that girl on the stage is a superstar. You don’t care about anything else; you only care about her music.” In an interview with MTV, Lady Gaga, said, “You know, I’ve never told Beyoncé this, but I remember laying on my grandmother’s couch crying, and a Destiny’s Child video


came on. I remember watching Beyoncé thinking, ‘Oh, she’s a star. I want that. I want to be on MTV’.” Even actress Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed to Harper’s Bazaar UK that, while learning to be a musical performer in the film Country Strong, she studied Beyoncé at her live concerts. Their words are by no means empty platitudes. With the possible exception of her co-starring role in the forgettable Austin Powers in Goldmember spoof comedy (she was a strong contender for a 2003 Razzie Award as worst supporting actress), her career as a singer and actress has received widespread critical acclaim – and the industry records have piled up over the years. As a member of, and songwriter for, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé won three Grammy Awards. Her first solo album, Dangerously in Love in 2003, earned her a then record-equalling five Grammies, and

she topped that with her 2008 third solo album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, becoming the first female artist to win six Grammies on the same night. She was also named best international female solo artist at the 2004 Brit Awards. Released earlier this year, her fourth studio album, 4, was her fourth consecutive solo number one album on the Billboard 200 chart (her third release B’Day also reached the top). In all, she has 16 Grammy Awards – third among female artists, behind Alison Krauss (26) and Aretha Franklin (18). As an actress, she received two Golden Globe nominations as outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture for her 2006 role in Dreamgirls; and in 2010 she was ranked second on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful and influential celebrities in the world, and first on its list of the most powerful and influential musicians in the world.


CELEBRITY PROFILE BEHIND THE PUBLIC PERSONA “There are plenty of days when I’m like, ‘Oh God, why?’ But that’s just life. It’s every job, not just mine. Every moment is not perfect. But it’s definitely more good times than bad. You can’t even compare. And when I’m on stage it feels incredible.”

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“I wrote that because, at the time, I’d gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn’t be thinking about that. You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun, and the song was just telling everyone just forget what people are saying, you’re bootylicious. That’s all. It’s a celebration of curves and a celebration of women’s bodies.” – on her song Bootylicious.

THE BEGINNINGS Born on 4 September 1981 in Houston (Texas), Beyoncé Giselle Knowles’ AfricanAmerican father Mathew was a professional record manager and her Creole mother Tina a costume designer and hair stylist. Beyoncé was enrolled in various performing arts schools as a child, took part in numerous singing and dancing competitions and joined the all-girl rapping and dancing entertainment group Girl’s Tyme. She first gained international fame as lead singer of the R&B girls band Destiny’s Child in the late 1990s. The band members announced a hiatus in 2002 to pursue solo careers and, after getting back together to record their fourth studio album, disbanded in 2005. Beyoncé explained at the time, “Not because one person wants to go solo. Or not because we don’t like each other. Or because we’re not selling records any more. But because it has to end at a certain point.” After the release of Dangerously in Love, Rolling Stone magazine noted that she had become a crossover sex symbol a la Halle Berry; and in 2007 she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the first nonmodel and non-athlete woman to pose in the Swimsuit Issue and the second African American model after Tyra Banks.


She once said, “I like to dress sexy and I carry myself like a lady”, but added that the way she dresses for shows is “absolutely for the stage”. The term “Bootylicious” is commonly used to describe Beyoncé’s curvy body – having become widely known as the hit song of the same name by Destiny’s Child. It has even been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. She was voted number one on VH1’s “100 Hottest Hotties” and also reached top spot on E!’s “50 Steamiest Southern Stars”. Away from the stage, Beyoncé and her mother introduced House of Deréon, a ready-to-wear contemporary women’s fashion line, in 2005, inspired by her grandmother, Agnèz Deréon, who worked as a seamstress; and in April 2008 she married hip-hop mogul Jay Z. It is hard to imagine Beyoncé not having become a performer but what if her destiny had been different? “If I weren’t performing, I’d be a beauty editor or a therapist,” she once revealed. “I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone’s problems – like a beauty therapist!”

“Who I am on stage is very, very different to who I am in real life. But I don’t see that having a sexy image when you are on stage means that you don’t love God. No one knows what I’m really like from that. I like to walk around with bare feet and I don’t like to comb my hair. I’m always so glammed up and so diva on stage and that’s what they see. People don’t understand that... No one knows my personal relationship with God and it’s not up to me to prove that to anyone.”

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“I was brought up in a religious household and that’s very important to me. But I understand the mentality of people. I know that people judge others based on certain things. I know how celebrities really are. I’ve done it too. You meet people - rock stars, rappers, whoever who you have seen on television and you go into their homes and they are regular people, just like everyone else.” “We all have our imperfections. But I’m human and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.” “One of the things that kept me out of trouble was doing something creative – creativity can’t be judged.”

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Knockout night with

Joe Calzaghe Mallorca welcomed one of the British greats of the sport of kings, for an “Evening with Joseph William Calzaghe” – the longest-reigning boxing world champion in recent years.

Joe bowed out of the ring in 2009, becoming only the fourth European boxer to retire as an undefeated world champion. Since then the “Pride of Wales” (aka the “Italian Dragon”) has donned his dancing shoes to appear in the seventh series of the BBC’s popular Saturday night programme Strictly Come Dancing. He was eliminated in a respectable fifth place, but the tabloid press were more interested in speculation about a romance with his dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff. More headlines followed when an undercover investigation by the News of the World forced him to admit on his website that he had used cocaine since his boxing career ended.

These days he is busy with a boxing promotional company that he set up with his father and he is looking to pursue a new career as an actor. He is also an ambassador for the “Beat Bullying” campaign as he was a victim of bullying himself when he was young – he says he was bullied because of his small stature. The “Evening With Joe Calzaghe” at the Santa Ponça Country Club was organised by Diamond Events and an auction at the event raised money for a donation to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. During his brief visit to the island Joe took time out to give an exclusive interview to ML&S!.

Interview with Joe Have you been to Mallorca before? Yes, I have been Mallorca once before. It was about 10 years ago with my ex-wife and my two sons when they were babies. We stayed in a resort so we didn’t get the opportunity to see the coast and see what a beautiful island it is. I had the pleasure of going out on a boat today for a couple of hours and it really is a beautiful island so I am very happy to be here. The weather is great and I am going back to Wales soon so I am enjoying the sun while I can. You are called the “Pride of Wales” but you were born in Hammersmith! That’s right. My mum is from the south Wales valleys and my dad is Sardinian, hence the name Calzaghe, and they moved


Ricky Hatton described you as “one the greatest fighters that Britain has ever produced”. Do you agree with him?

to London for a few months when I was born and since I was three years old we have lived in Wales. Do you speak any Italian? Si un po.

It’s a great compliment. I wouldn’t call myself one of the greatest fighters; I am just proud of my achievements and to have retired in the field. Obviously it is very difficult to compare yourself with other boxers from different eras so I wouldn’t like to do that. I am very happy that a great champion like Ricky Hatton would say that about me and I am very humbled by it. How do you feel about retirement? Do you ever wish that you could get back in the ring again? No, of course not! That’s why I retired –



MORE ABOUT JOE Full name: Joseph William Calzaghe Born: 23 March 1972 in Hammersmith (London) Nationality: Welsh Rated at: super middleweight / light heavyweight Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.8 metres) Total fights: 46 Total wins: 46 Held: WBO title for over 10 years Retired: 5 February 2009 Nicknames: Pride of Wales / Italian Dragon Honours: Young Boxer of the Year 1995, OBE, MBE, Freedom of Caerphilly, BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2007 Favourite colour? blue Favourite band/singer? Foo Fighters Favourite place in the world? a beach Skiing or sunbathing? I skied once, but I love the sun. Wine or beer? Trick question… both! Pasta or pizza? pasta Mallorca or the Maldives? It has be Mallorca, doesn’t it!

I had had enough of boxing. I only retired three years ago but I had been boxing for 26 years. When you finish boxing you don’t get the buzz of the fight any more. You miss the adrenalin and it’s hard at the start but you have to move on and find the next thing in life. Of course, you get tempted to have one last fight. Everyone is calling me with big offers to fight but I have stuck to my guns. I knew before the Roy Jones fight that I didn’t want to fight any more. My kids and my mum wanted me to retire. I was getting injured all the time and I couldn’t lie to myself because if I did then I would probably get beaten. One thing that is different about me from other fighters is that I was so dedicated and I trained like a challenger right

Tell us about the “Beat Bullying” campaign that you became involved with…

throughout my career and at the end I was getting injured and I started to lose heart. I wanted to be one of the few fighters in history with highs in the field and stays in the field; that’s the magical thing. So many greats like Mohammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard come back and they lose, and lose embarrassingly, and I didn’t want it to be that way for me. Forty-six fights, forty-six wins; I would rather leave while I am on top. The next thing you did was a bit different as you appeared in Strictly Come Dancing… Yeah, well you can’t be good at everything! I got something good from the show though as I met my girlfriend Kristina on the programme and we are still together so I am happy about that. Dancing was the most nerve-racking thing that I have ever done. It was completely outside my comfort zone and I got ridiculed on national TV, but in its own way it was a great experience. Next you are trying your hand at acting. Yes, I have joined an acting agency. It is


something that I have always wanted to do so now I am dedicating myself to that. I have got two movie roles coming up in November. One is a part in a horror film; it is one of the major parts but I can’t say too much about it except that I don’t reach my demise until right at the end of the film when I get electrocuted, which is pretty horrific. I do play a hard man, but I don’t want to get typecast in that kind of role. I want to be able to act and hopefully one day I will do something completely the opposite to what people expect of me. That is what I would really like to do next.

I am one of the patrons of “Beat Bullying”, which is a great charity to help kids being bullied in school. It helps them to speak to somebody by going online with cyber-mentors at a website. Bullying is something that has to stop. It is something that is very personal to me because I was bullied at school myself and I had a bad time and it’s not fair, so anything I can do to help that charity and give it exposure is great. Are you sad about the demise of the News of the World? I think it’s about time that people who go about their business in the way that they do are stopped. Tapping into people’s phones is not just criminal, it’s a disgusting thing to do, and hopefully they will get their comeuppance for that.

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My Mallorca Sascha Augustin Now 35, Sascha Augustin grew up in Innsbruck (Austria) and also spent much of his childhood in Italy. He recalls that period as being “one of the best and most important times in my life – until now! I started to communicate with people from different countries with different backgrounds in different languages to learn more about the world and its people.” Sascha worked at his parents’ art gallery in Innsbruck for several years before, at the age of 25, deciding to open an art gallery in Vienna. Two years ago he opened another art gallery in Port Andratx, which he runs from March to October, returning to the Vienna gallery in winter. The galleries work with artists who have exhibitions throughout Europe, mainly from Germany and Austria. “Our services range from modern graphics, oil paintings, watercolour paintings and objects to selected originals of classic modernism. In addition to high class objects from Glass Studio Borowski, in our gallery you will find a large selection of exclusive fashion jewellery created by internationally renowned designers.” When did you first arrive in Mallorca? The first time I visited Mallorca was 16 years ago. in 2009 I came back and opened the gallery. What originally appealed to you about the island? I like the island because you have everything here, from beaches to mountains, quiet places, party places, with different people from all over the world. Also it’s very close to Austria and Germany. Where is your favourite place in Mallorca? Palma and Port Andratx. Do you travel regularly to the other Balearic Islands? No, Mallorca is the only Balearic island I’ve known, so far. What is the most fascinating place you have visited around the world? I can’t tell you; there are so many. I have visited many different places all over the world from America to Asia. How much time are you connected to the internet each day? I’m connected all day, when I’m working.


Are you a member of any of the social networking sites – Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin? I use Facebook to be being connected with friends worldwide. What do you like to do in your spare time? Any main hobby? Favourite sport? I meet friends and people, I go to bars and restaurants, or I sit in the sun and enjoy a glass of wine. What is your favourite Mallorcan dish? Grilled seafood and fish. And wine? Stairway to Heaven If you could arrange a dinner party with any three people of your choice, who would they be? They should be intelligent, cosmopolitan, democratic… I don’t really have three favourite people. If you were banished to a desert island, what book would you take with you? I hope this would never happen! An internet connection would be fine! I love animals, but the conversation would be too one-sided.

What word or phrase do you think your family and friends would use to define you? I really have no idea… maybe positive thinking, cooperative, always trying to find out the best part of someone. I really don’t think about it. If someone likes me, fine; if not, I don’t care. What would have been your second choice as a profession? I grew up at an art gallery with artists around me, and this is what I want to do. What makes you happy? Intelligent conversation with interesting people from all over the world. What is your worst fear? That the European Union breaks apart because of nationalism, racism and stupid people who fear what they don’t know or understand Any special goal in life that you have not fulfilled yet? It would be beautiful to spend a part of my life in different countries all over the world. What is your guilty pleasure? You should not know everything about me!

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The Barrie Chronicles Have you been hacked? By Barrie Suart

I don’t think I have. I’m pretty confident of this because, although owning a mobile, I’ve never learned how to use it. It was loaded with €30 two years ago and there’s still €29.40 left on it. I’m just wondering where the 60 cents went. It’s very depressing to realise one isn’t on the list of luminaries worth listening to. I suppose it’s just another manifestation of the invisibility that comes with age. Like being run over by someone on a mobility scooter. Or the look on the shop assistant’s face when asked for an eight-track cassette. Just how does one qualify to be interesting enough to intercept? I can’t imagine that patching into John Prescott’s telephonic communications is very illuminating to the hacker. Nor to the intended recipient either for that matter. Now eavesdropping on Kate might be more exciting, and surely Pippa will soon be on the list. But I understand Cheryl is no longer taking calls. It’s a bit like that other exclusive club – the super injunctionists. Why have I never had the need to take out even a normal one? But, even more depressing, never even been the subject of one. But it’s not only mobiles that are susceptible. Someone once told me that, between them, the combined intelligence services of America and Britain monitor every single phone call made on the globe. Pity the poor soul tasked with listening to my land-line. Would they really trigger an international crisis by learning that it’s 10 degrees warmer in Palma than Pontypool and that I can’t make my next prostate appointment.


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By Oliver Neilson

“I’ve arranged for you to jump off a cliff…” my wife informed me, not for the first time, “ .. next Thursday, Cán Picafort, nine in the morning.” At least it seemed a little more organised than previous instructions to that effect. As most of us know, there is a great deal to discover on this Island of ours. A while back, I made it a personal mission to try as many of them as possible. So it was with a skip in my step that I overcame one of my greatest challenges to date, namely getting to C’an Picafort by nine. I live about as far away as you can get without a flight or a ferry, and islanditis took root here quite some time ago. The rest is surely easy, I thought; gravity will do most of the work. I was sort of right, but there was inevitably a bit more about it than I thought. I was welcomed with a smile by Tracy Tomlin, recently imported from Milton Keynes, and the lynchpin of adventure holiday company Experience Mallorca. She was busy with the day’s early tasks, dispatching lycra-clad cyclists on their way, dolling out climbing gear to athletic, wiry types heading out for a morning in the mountains, and efficiently fielding emails and phone calls while she was doing it. While I waited, I contented myself nosing around the office-come-equipment store for clues as to what I might be letting myself in for. The walls were lined with helmets and harnesses, life jackets and wetsuits, while bikes of every variety hung from ceiling hooks. In the small number of spaces left on the walls were photos of climbing, canyoning, caving and cycling and a rather ominous picture of someone flinging themselves off a


cliff at least double the height I had actually bargained for. I swallowed hard, and for the first time actually gave some thought to the “cliff” and “jumping” elements of cliff jumping. My mind was further focused when I met our guide for the day. Miguel García is Pollença-born and bred, there isn’t a square inch of the more challenging parts of this island that he doesn’t know like the back of his hand. He looks every inch the rugged, outdoorsie mountain type that simultaneously inspires confidence and feeds a nagging doubt that you are going to be able to keep up with him. These doubts multiplied when he introduced me to our group for the day. Thorsten, Phillip, Benita and another Phillip were clearly twice as fit as me, half my age, and better looking by a large factor. As we piled into the minibus, I was relieved to discover that none of us had been talked into doing this before. As elder statesman I claimed the front seat for the short drive to our starting point, and quickly started chatting with Miguel about the philosophy behind their company. Experience Mallorca is one of the growing number of outdoor activity centres sprouting up around the island, offering residents and tourists a deviation from the standard offering of beaches and sunshine. He explained how the expansion into outdoor activity breaks,


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particularly during the winter months, is vital to the future security of the tourism industry upon which Mallorca’s economy hangs. Did you know that Mallorca has some the best canyoning, climbing and hiking in Europe? That it has one of the largest underground cave systems in Europe? And that people come from all over for the cycling here in the winter? Well, you probably did know the last one.

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They have refurbished and kitted out a first-line hotel right on the beach in Cán Picafort as a sports hotel, so you can base yourself there and do the whole lot in a fortnight if you are feeling energetic. Fifteen minutes or so later we park, not far from the marina at Bonaire, strip off and climb into the wetsuits, life jackets and helmets provided,

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and the old trainers that we are willing to sacrifice to the sea, which we had to bring ourselves, and walk off towards our starting point. Feeling a little awkward, and hot, we sit down for a full rundown of safety procedures and technique. To quote their website, “This is a business where, you will be very pleased to know, the customer does not come first. Health and safety will pip you at the post every time.” Aside from his encyclopaedic local knowledge, Miguel also comes equipped with a full set of qualifications covering every discipline, and first aid, and he is luxuriously insured. All of which suddenly seems to matter much more as I find my toes hanging off the edge of a precipitous drop, with quite a bit of air, and then what appears to be not very much water between me and the rocky sea bed. ‘

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“Don’t worry,” Miguel reassures me, “it’s only about five metres, and the sea is easily deep enough; the clear water just makes it look a little too shallow.” He is right: it does. “Arms by your side, knees bent and jump.” I follow his instructions, adding “close your eyes” on my own


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SPORT & LEISURE Life & Living initiative. A small effeminate scream that I hoped nobody else could hear, and a few seconds later a thump, and the combined exhilaration of adrenaline and cold water has me gagging for another go, even before I surface. After the group had joined me with more whoops and splashes we swum off in search of higher and higher jumps as our confidence grew. We must have taken in about 10 jumps in all, including a brief interlude to explore a semi-submerged cave, equipped with water-proof head torches Miguel produced from a water-proof bag, before our final, and most ambitious, jump. The nerves started jangling at this one, just a little over eight metres by my reckoning, but I knew I was in safe hands, and over I went. Miguel has a number of jumps available, including a fearsome sounding 18-metre drop for those in serious need of an adrenaline hit. But I had been challenged, and scared, just enough for my needs for one day, as we returned to the minibus for the journey home. Next time I might have a go at their most popular summer excursion, coasteering, a mixture of caving, climbing and abseiling, and of course cliff jumping. Next time someone tells you to jump off a cliff, why not call their bluff? The next call you should make is to Experience Mallorca; it’s like falling, but with style.

Luxury Villa in Cala Viñas: A very superior villa located above the pinetrees of Cala Viñas

Cliff jumping: € 55 half-day, available all year round. Tel. (+34) 687 358 922, Thanks to Jason at for the use of a GoPro waterproof camera.

The sea view villa, built to the highest standards, has 4 bedrooms and 5 Bathrooms including two separate Apartment Areas in the 1st floor. The property is set on a 2.612 sqm plot with a living area of 810 sqm plus 146 sqm of terraces and porches and a swimming pool, overlooking the bahia de palma and the sea. The spacious property, interior with a very modern flair, has high ceilings, italian marble floors and enjoys a feeling of space and light flowing through the whole villa. Entering the Villa there is a grand round lightflooded hall distributing the entrances to all areas of this exclusive property. For any further information please contact: THASSILO SIGLAER C/ Olivio 2, Edificio Ariany, Local 2 07160 Paguera


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Nautical Update

By Peter Franklin

Peter Franklin is editor of The Islander magazine and secretary of the Balearic Nautical Business Association. The Islander is a free 32-page monthly publication in its 15th year and is distributed to 100 points situated wherever there are yachting and water sports facilities across the islands.

With all the superyacht action behind us in June, we have moved towards more of the traditional regattas in the Bay of Palma during late July and August. First up (at the time of going to press) was the Copa del Rey hosted by Real Club Nautico Palma, now in its 30th year and running until 6 August. This multi class event is one of the most prestigious in the sailing regatta world, and has attracted 130 entries from 15 countries this year. Sixty-seven of these were from Spain, 15 from Italy, seven from UK, eight from France and nine from Italy, as well as entrants from as far away as Japan, Argentina and the US. The five main classes were IRC, RI, X-35, J80 and Melges 32. Without going into technical detail these class categories cover all sizes and types of sailing yacht and govern the way they race against each other in the fairest possible way. For instance, the IRC is a general rating certificate held by 7,500 yachts worldwide, and allows them to compete at any regatta that invites entries for that class. The strongest international competition at the Copa del Rey comes in the IRC Class, where 19 out of a fleet of 24 are from outside of Spain. This year’s entries varied in size from 40 to 60 feet (12 to 18 metres) and come from yacht designers and builders all over the world. Conversely, the locals hotly contest the J80


Photo courtesy of Nico Martinez (2010 Almirante Conde de Barcelona Trophy regatta in Palma)

Class, with 24 out of 26 boats being Spanishowned. This is a lively “one design” keelboat class (meaning that they are all built to the same specification). They can be crewed by four or five people, and are known for their safe and seaworthy handling characteristics. The J80 is the only sports sailing boat classified for offshore category B (Force 8 winds and wave heights up to four metres) and capable of over 18 knots (30 km/h) on a day with good breeze. Several local companies own and race J80s at various regattas during the sailing season, and the rivalry between them is quite intense. Then later in August comes a real treat for lovers of elegant classic sailing yachts. The 27th Almirante Conde de Barcelona Trophy takes place in Palma from 15 to 21 August. The regatta entries are split into several boat categories: • Vintage: those boats launched at any time up to 31 December 1949. • Classic: those launched between 1 January 1950 and 31 December 1974. • Spirit of Tradition: boats built using current techniques and materials but which, on the basis of their external appearance, have certain similarities with the vintage boats of the past.

• Vela Latina (Lateen Sail): boats with a triangular sail that is slung from a lateen yard, raised at an angle to the mast. The star of the Classic Class is undoubtedly the rejuvenated SY Giraldilla. Her first captain was HRH Don Juan de Borbón, Conde de Barcelona. Anyone who had seen her previous sad and sorry state as she lay abandoned in the Tajo estuary in November 2002 would not be able to believe their eyes now. The Fundación Hispania de Barcos de Época decided to bring her back to the sea and took on the not insignificant task of restoring her to her original condition. And once more this August she will be racing in the Bay of Palma, creating widespread admiration at her beautiful lines, capturing within them over a century of Spanish nautical heritage. Of course, the same foundation has also bought the ex-royal yacht SY Hispania back to life, over a 10-year project period, and is still trying to raise money to get her into racing trim and compete with the other vintage yachts, including her sister ship SY Tuiga. This is a sight that many yachting traditionalists are patiently waiting to witness, as both yachts were designed by the famous Willam Fife and built way back in 1909.

Anyway, what better way to spend an hour or two than to wander down to the Paseo Marítimo and see these beautiful boats and all the activity onboard before they leave the dock for each day’s racing. Better still, find a friend with a boat who can get you out on the water and closer to the action to see them under full sail. But please remember to stay well away from them: the skippers and race officials will soon let you know, in no uncertain terms, if you are too close for comfort.

revealed that of almost 800 boats over 24 metres long that are available in the Med for charter, only about 40 can be rented in Spain!

Tax Update

Luckily our Euro MP for the Balearics Rosa Estaras has listened to these irrefutable commercial facts, and raised the issue with the transport ministry of the EU commission in Brussels. This has resulted in a letter being sent to the central government in Madrid asking for a full explanation as to why this unfair taxation should continue.

And lastly I bring you news of a very positive action that has taken place just recently regarding the 12 per cent matriculation tax on European-flagged (registered) charter yachts that I have mentioned in previous articles. This has been hindering the growth of this lucrative sector of our nautical tourism trade for many years, to the degree where yachts over a certain size are hardly available for charter in Spain at all. When added to the 18 per cent IVA/VAT rate it means that a total premium of 30 per cent applies to anyone wanting to charter in Spanish waters with a boat over 15 metres long, as they are forced to register the boat in Spain, whether they want to or not! In fact, a recent study supported by the comprehensive database of the Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association has

It further noted that the charter income from this fleet, for just one high season week, is close to €52 million. And this does not count the extra millions left ashore by high-spending charter guests, and the ripple affect on jobs and revenues in the boat maintenance, marine services and food/entertainment sectors.

Madrid has until September to reply, and if the rationale is not acceptable then further action from the commission will follow, presumably leading eventually to an overturning of this fiscal irregularity, which is unique among all the EU member countries. On that piece of positive news, I would just like to wish all ML&S! readers a good summer, and I look forward to keeping you in touch with what’s happening in the nautical world hereabouts as it develops. It’s never dull, and always capable of surprises, I can tell you for sure!

sport& leisure

By Peter Ledwidge

The Pre-Shot Routine

PGA professional and European Tour coach Peter Ledwidge is club professional at Golf Santa Ponça II and III – where non-members are welcome for golf lessons. Tel. 669 188 050

The pre-shot routine is one of the most important parts of golf. Developing a consistent and meaningful pre-shot routine is something most golfers can improve upon. Many shots have already gone wrong long before the player initiates the backswing because of poor planning and indecision while over the ball. In order to play to your potential, you must be clear about where you would like to hit the ball and have a fairly good idea of what the swing required to do that will feel like. This might seem a bit obvious, but it is amazing how many golfers play without any idea of how to do this, never mind it’s importance.

Each individual routine can be unique but must include the three basic parts of:

1. See it  

2. Feel it 3. Do it


This is the analysis part. During the analysis the player has a number of things to consider before hitting the shot. The player must assess the lie of the ball, take into account any wind that could effect the ball in flight, choose a sensible target, obtain a distance to the target, be aware of hazards, obstacles, etc. – even the player’s physical and emotional state at that moment should be factored in. Based upon this analysis the player visualises the intended shot, selects the club best suited to the execution of that shot, and picks a target on the correct aiming line.


Now with club in hand the player makes some rehearsal swings. Let’s say the chosen shot is a low running draw to chase the ball up on to a green from a difficult lie in the rough. The rehearsal swings are used to feel the type of body movement required to produce the necessary ball flight. This is where we are allowed to think about how to hit the shot. We have not yet approached the ball. Once we have the feeling we want, step three… without rushing but also without delay.


Everything is clear… provided you have followed steps one and two everything will be crystal clear. Time to hit it. The golf shot starts behind the ball (see photo). The intended target line can only be seen clearly from behind the ball. While staring down the ball to target line pick something about one to two feet (half a metre) in front of the ball (see photo), on the line you want to hit. Approach the ball, looking at the object. Aim the clubface at the object. Stand parallel to the invisible line between the ball and the object. Take your grip and your stance, get balanced, have one last look at the target and pull the trigger. Hold your finish to ensure you are still balanced, and accept the result, whatever it may be! The whole cooking process should take around 45 to 60 seconds for each shot, no more. Repeat the process for 18 holes, sprinkle with icing sugar to taste and you have the recipe for an excellent round of golf. The photos show how golf legend Ernie Els does it. Remember, if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time!


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By Lottie Dight Photos: Duncan Phlllips

Exotic Thai classics… with a touch of sophistication


C/ de la Ginesta, Bendinat Tel. 971 133 907

Despite its somewhat dubious setting of a large car park with a less then picturesque view of the surrounding busy road, the outside world just seems to disappear (or at least not matter) when you are safely seated and sipping something cold inside L’ Elephant. The restaurant manages to create a totally relaxing atmosphere that hints at just enough of Thailand without crossing the boundary of tacky or over the top, enabling diners to enjoy an evening of Zen that is in no way humdrum. The menu is not huge, but everything we savoured was fabulous. Quality definitely won over quantity, and following the glass of champagne and foie gras amuse bouche (which was a very nice touch) came our starters. The mixed sharing platter was the perfect size for two people and enabled us to try a little bit of each of the other starters on the menu while giving us a full taste of what else was on offer – without filling us up too much. Next came the failsafe classic of Thai green curry, always popular, and ginger prawns. My friend cannot handle spices but the waiter kindly checks how spicy you like your food, so there were no dire incidents of us being unable to finish our meal. This was fortunate because, on closer inspection of the menu, we found that the ginger prawns


usually come covered in chilli. The service was also excellent: friendly without being invasive, the waiter was flirty without being sleazy (I definitely came out with a bit of an ego boost) and we were left alone to enjoy our meal without being forgotten or ignored. He seemed very happy to help us, going out of his way to make sure we enjoyed our meal with little extras such as offering to run across to the neighbouring bar for soda water, as all the restaurant carried was tonic. He could very easily have said they did not have soda water and left it at that, but he was happy to help clients. It felt like he actually cared that I enjoyed a nice evening rather than just being a fleeting figure who fetched and carried my food.  Instead of offering us the usual complimentary drink, our waiter went to the bar next door and made us up shots of what tasted like mini piña coladas, which served the duel purpose of dessert and an apéritif. Worryingly, he wouldn’t reveal its ingredients, but as he had one with us I can only

assume it wasn’t too horrendous! The prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food and the sophisticated atmosphere so, while you may not be popping in there every other day for a slap up meal, L’Elephant is certainly somewhere to go when you fancy something a little bit special.  The area around L’Elephant is in the process of becoming a bit of a hub, with a sushi bar about to be launched right behind it and a bar (which actually looks more like a mini nightclub) right next to it, so you can continue your evening in the elegant and exotic setting without having to travel too far. The overall impression? It ticks every box for a stylish and relaxed dining experience and is definitely somewhere I will be returning to – and not just for the charming waiter. In hindsight, it is probably a good thing the area is surrounded by a car park, as there is no doubt this fantastic restaurant is going to be constantly busy.


Único Exclusive ambience… with a difference

Restaurant Bon Lloc Tel. 971 718 617



Puerto Portals Tel. 971 679 191

On the menu today… food made with love Diners seeking something a little out of the ordinary, but still in the classic and sophisticated setting of Puerto Portals, can discover a fascinating new culinary experience at the recently opened Único restaurant. As its name suggests, the restaurant aims to “offer something never seen in the port before”. To that end, Único is “devoted exclusively to seafood and fresh fish”, is only accessible by private lift from the reception area in Flanigan (both establishments are owned by the same company), and waiters “sing” the dishes – though there is also a board where clients can check out the specials of the day. These include lobster in summer, scallops in winter and barnacles in spring. According to Único’s owner, Miguel Arias, the aim is to “emulate the classic Spanish taverns from last century when clients, instead of reading the menu, listened to the offers and recom-


mendations said aloud. The difference at Único is that it incorporates an exclusive, relaxed and carefully created service, appropriate to the atmosphere that the restaurant wants to offer. There is also the possibility of special menus if someone books the entire lounge for a private event.” In addition to offering the highest quality seasonal seafood and fish – an exquisite combination of tastes and sensations – Único has its own hatchery, enabling the restaurant to feature an extensive selection of seafood from the entire Spanish coastline, throughout the year. The restaurant also highlights its international and cosmopolitan credentials and style by offering a wide choice of wines from around the world. Único’s expansive and naturallylit terrace is the perfect setting to enjoy a summer sunset by the sea – while savouring Spain’s finest seafood.

Known to many as the very first vegetarian restaurant in Mallorca, Bon Lloc opened its doors more than 20 years ago and has become a widely recommended lunch-time eatery in Palma. Owner Juanjo Ramirez has built a strong reputation since opening in 1986, offering food that is “healthy, balanced and respectful to the environment”. The daily four-course menu is priced at €14.50, including bread and water. This is a little higher than some of Palma’s neighbouring restaurants offering a menu del día but the price is definitely proportionate to the huge amount of food you are presented with. The menu changes daily and is made using fresh ingredients from the local market, opting for organic produce where possible. The chef prepares two or three different options to choose from for each of the four courses on offer, and on

the day we visited we opted for a lentil salad, home-made gazpacho, plump gnocci with roasted vegetables, and fig and chocolate tart to finish. The waitresses were all extremely pleasant, the ambience relaxed, and the experience as a whole certainly leaves you with a feeling of well being. Bon Lloc have also introduced their “Healthy Cooking” course this year, which aims to teach people how to cook in a fun and natural way, while ensuring you receive all the energy and nutrients you need from food. Check out their website for more information and also to view the daily menu on offer. The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday for lunch only, from 1 to 4pm, and is situated just off the Passeo Borne in Palma. Simply follow the signs for Rialto Lifestyle and you’ll find Bon Lloc just after it on Calle Son Feliu.


And here is the recipe for a good old fashioned…

Tomato Sauce

Barbecue Bliss So it’s the amazing month of August! The sun shines down, the heat is full on and we are all out on the beach, in the pool and, of course, enjoying the barbecue season. We women know that it is customary for the men to do the barbecue cooking – so it could also be a time for burned meat!

By Gillaine Hathaway

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons oil 2 medium onions and 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped 1 teaspoon salt 1 kg fresh tomatoes skinned and finely chopped large tin (800 gr) of tomato “triturado” 1 teaspoon sweet paprika (pimentón dulce) 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon fresh basil 1 beef stock cube

• Cover the bottom of a heavy pan with oil, heat and add the onions. Sprinkle on the salt and stir in the garlic.

Salpicon de mariscos, or seafood cocktail, is served all over Spain but it is a speciality in the Cádiz and Huelva areas, where they are famed for the dish as they prepare it so well. This is probably due to the fact that the quality of the shellfish there has always been first-class – as in the Balearics!

• When transparent add the fresh tomatoes, paprika and sugar. Stir in well and cook until soft.

It is also important that the shellfish is properly cooked so buy the freshest you can find in your supermarket or market and take note of the following cooking instructions…

• Then add the tin of tomatoes, the stock cube and the basil, and simmer for at least an hour until the sauce has reduced by nearly half. • “Finish” by adding freshly ground black pepper and more salt (if required), a generous tablespoon of virgin olive oil, two or three crushed garlic cloves and six torn basil leaves. • Stir in well and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Spanish peppers are great in any salad, but have you ever tried making a roasted pepper salad? It is so often served as an accompaniment to fried fish, but anchovies or tuna can be added to the recipe to make a more substantial snack on its own or a tapa. And remember that this dish keeps in the fridge for around a week so it can be made well in advance and brought out when required.

Salpicon de Mariscos Ingredients: (serves 6) 1 kg langostinos (or ½ kg langostinos and ½ kg gambas) 1 green pepper finely chopped 3 ripe salad tomatoes finely chopped ½ onion finely chopped 3 tablespoons Jerez wine vinegar 8 tablespoons virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste

However, the important thing about dining on the terrace or in the garden is to have lots of side dishes to accompany whatever comes off the grill. Dishes that are easy to prepare, can be made in advance and will delight your guests… a version of Spanish tapas August-style. High on the list are salads as they go so well with whatever comes off the barbecue, and I suggest this simple salad that takes just minutes to prepare and can be made in advance as it gives it time to “mature”. Try this tomato and onion salad…

Ensalada de Tomate y Cebolla Ingredients: (serves 4) 8 ripe tomatoes cut into strips 2 medium-sized onions cut into thin slices 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 8 tablespoons virgin olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. • Put the tomatoes and onions into a serving bowl. Add the vinegars and oil and season with salt and pepper. • Stir well and set aside (not in the fridge) for an hour or two to mature before serving with fried fish, a potato omelette or whatever you fancy.


While on the subject of tomatoes… you must try this truly Spanish dish of stuffed eggs made with tomato sauce. And by that I mean proper tomato sauce made the old fashioned way in traditional Spanish style. It does take time but if you make plenty you can store it in glass jars in the freezer and use it for so many dishes, such as a sauce to accompany meat dishes, on spaghetti or this tasty dish. • Cook the eggs in boiling water for eight minutes. Remove and cool and then remove the shells and cut in half. • Scoop out the cooked yolks into a bowl and mash with a fork. Add six or seven spoons of the cold tomato sauce and mix well. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary. • Pile the mixture back into the egg halves and place on a large dish covered with the chopped lettuce leaves. • Just before serving sprinkle over plenty of olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon juice.

Stuffed Eggs Ingredients: (serves 4-6) 12 eggs tomato sauce 1 small lettuce virgin olive oil vinegar lemons

• Heat the oven to 180ºC. • Wipe the peppers with a damp cloth and place them on a baking tray. Prick each one once with a fork. • Add the tomatoes to the tray and drizzle all the vegetables with the olive oil. • Cook in the oven for approximately 45 minutes, checking occasionally and turning if necessary so all sides cook evenly until they are tender. • Pour the whole mixture, including the juices, into a bowl and cover with cling film (or a plate) and leave to cool. • Then remove the skin and seeds from the peppers, cut into strips and place in another bowl with the baking juices.

• Then remove and drain and put into a large bowl of water with plenty of ice and more salt and leave for a few minutes. • Remove, drain and remove the shells, except for the tails. • Cut into approximately halfcentimetre pieces and place into a bowl. • Stir in the chopped pepper, tomato and onion.

Ensalada de Pimientos Asados Ingredients: (serves 4) 1 kg red peppers. 4 large ripe tomatoes approximately 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped 1 teaspoon sea salt freshly ground black pepper 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon wine vinegar

• Half fill a large saucepan with water and a handful of salt and bring to the boil. When the water is really bubbling hard, tip in the shellfish and leave for a few minutes until the water comes back to the boil.

• In a separate bowl mix the oil, vinegar and salt to “vinaigrette” consistency, pour over the shellfish and vegetables, and stir well. • Place the salad onto a shallow serving dish, cover with cling film and keep in the fridge for around an hour before serving… and enjoy! Another Spanish classic is anchovies in vinegar. In the old days the boquerones were bought in the fish market and took time to clean, fillet and then soak in vinegar – but here is the easier “cheat’s method”!

Boquerones al Vinagre

• Remove the boquerones from the packet and carefully spread onto a shallow dish.

Ingredients: (serves 4) 140 gr packet prepared boquerones (anchovies) 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped

• Sprinkle over the garlic and parsley and drizzle over the oil. • Leave to rest for a good hour to release the flavour of the olive oil, garlic and parsley, and serve with crusty bread.

• Remove the skin from the tomatoes and mash them together in a pestle and mortar with the garlic, salt and pepper. Stir in the virgin olive oil and vinegar and mix well. • Add this mixture to the peppers, stir well, cover and leave to rest in the fridge for at least two hours before serving. (Check the seasoning before you serve in case the salad needs more salt and pepper.)


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review by andrés gelabert

wine: Blanc de Blanca 2010 winery: Bodegas ángel ( Appellation: Vi de la Terra Mallorca Type: semi dry white Location: santa María del cami Composition: 60% Prensal Blanc, 40% chardonnay Alcohol: 13% Source of grapes: The grapes are from the vines surrounding the winery at 100 metres above sea level. a combination of old and new vines, the area sa Basseta is known for having red clay soil lined with limestone. a good breeze is always present to aerate the vines during the hot summer months. winemaking process: chardonnay was harvested at the end of august and the Prensal Blanc the second week of september.


The grapes were hand-picked and allowed to macerate in cold temperatures with their skins for a few hours. The grapes were then pressed and put into stainless steel deposits for fermentation at 14 degrees, which took six weeks to conclude. The wine was then blended, filtered and bottled in February 2011. Description: Visually it is bright-clean with golden tones. The wine has an aromatic nose with notes of ripe tropical fruits and hints of fresh herbs. It is light body, easy to drink, with flavours of pineapple and banana and a refreshing citrus finish. Serve with: The wine combines well with fish, shellfish and light salads, or even on it’s own as an aperitif. wine notes: It has just been awarded a silver medal in the 2011 los angeles International Wine & spirits competition.

8.8. - 5.9

WIneMaKer, VITIculTurIsT, aFIcIonado…

Andrés Gelabert was born in Mallorca but raised in southern california where his love for wine began. gaining valuable experience from the wine industry in california and Texas, andrés returned to Mallorca in 2000 to begin plans to build a winery. currently he is the director of Bodegas ángel in Santa María del camí.

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The IMPorTAnCe oF wATer Water not only helps with weight loss but it is vital for good health and skin. The truth is, most of us are not drinking nearly enough water. Water makes up just about 60 per cent of our total bodyweight. all of those great looking lean muscles that make us so strong actually contain 75 per cent water; and that blood surging through your body while you do burpees contains close to 83 per cent water. Water is absolutely essential to life and it is vital to get enough water in your system for your health and the overall performance of your body. don’t wait until you are thirsty. If you are waiting for this signal from your body, the chances are that you are already heading towards dehydration. Typically, thirst is not detected until one to two per cent of your bodyweight has been lost. By this point you will have reduced aerobic endurance, and you are heading into reduced muscular endurance. at four per cent you are facing reduced muscle strength, reduced motor skills and cramps. It is important to get an idea how much water we need so that we can aim to drink enough to keep us healthy and hydrated. here is a really simple method: for every kilogram of bodweight drink 30-40 millilitres of water. a more general approach is to drink about three litres of water a day. Do not try to drink your daily water intake all at once – this can be very dangerous. you want to spread it out across your whole day. obviously if you are larger or exercise more you may need more water. if you want to know specifically how much you should be drinking each day i suggest you take the time to figure out your water intake needs based on your bodyweight. a few points on water and exercise… It is actually recommended that athletes should drink about half a litre of water 30 minutes before they train as a “pre-hydration” strategy. during exercise it is recommended that they drink 250 millilitres every 15 minutes. My workouts are super-intense and typically short, and replacing your fluids should be your goal. After you finish exercising fluid intake is important to help with recovery.


GI INDEX AND FOOD In order to conquer those fat loss goals it is critical you understand the gI impacts of food. The glycemic index (Gi) of carbohydrates was developed originally for diabetics, as knowing the effect of food on blood sugar is important for monitoring a diabetic’s glucose levels. Foods that lead to a slow increase in blood glucose have a low glycemic index. Those that induce a rapid rise in blood sugar have a high glycemic index. The higher your blood sugar level is after eating a certain food, the higher the glycemic index or glycemic load. The glycemic index measures the extent to which blood glucose increases after eating a 50-gram portion of carbohydrate. understanding the gI of different fruits, vegetables and starchy foods is important because a rapid rise in insulin (blood sugar), except after a workout, can ruin your body fat-reducing objectives, increase serum cholesterol levels, encourage the onset of fatigue, intensify joint inflammation and set you up for hyperinsulinemia. We all need stable blood sugar levels. carrots, white potatoes, ripe bananas, white bread, rice cakes and white rice can cause a rapid rise and fall in blood sugar. These foods should be avoided before a workout, especially if eaten alone. Pre-workout meals should consist of foods that have a low to medium glycemic index such as slow-cooked oats, lentils, green apples, cherries and plums, or a yam/protein combination. The slow rate of digestion helps maintain a steady stream of blood glucose throughout your workout, especially towards the end of exercise, when muscle glycogen tends to run out. Fruits that have had more time to ripen are sweeter due to conversion of sugar polymers (chains) to simpler forms of sugar. This raises the gI of the plant, which would otherwise be lower, provided the fruit was eaten in a starchier, less ripened state. a good example is the banana. eaten under-ripe it has a gI of 30, but eaten over-ripe it can jump up to 80. you can reduce the glycemic response of almost any food item by combining it with an essential fat or a high-quality protein, both of which are typically low on the gI scale. Fibre also lowers the gI of food.

Ingredients: ½ cup black organic coffee (cold) 1 cup watermelon 1 scoop whey protein isolate 1 organic egg 1tsp cinnamon Process to a thick creamy shake – makes two servings.

POST wORKOUT SMOOTHIE Ingredients: ½ glass freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice (drink other half) 1 scoop whey protein isolate/soy/hemp protein powder 1 teaspoon organic honey pinch calcium ascorbate/ascorbic acid (vitamin C powder) ½ cup frozen fruit (chopped bananas, berries, etc.) 1 tablespoon flax/linseed oil (optional) 3 ice cubes Blend in a liquidiser. omit the honey for a regular smoothie. Includes multiple anti-oxidants, protein, good bacteria, ascorbic acid-vitamin c and essential fatty acids. 65


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Get a gorgeous glow with H2O Mallorca enJoys glorIous WeaTher, WITh MIld WInTers and hoT suMMers, and each season BrIngIng soMeThIng dIFFerenT To oFFer VIsITors To The Island. durIng July and augusT, The WeaTher Is aT ITs hoTTesT, ProVIdIng nearly 11 hours oF sun each day. We haVe already FelT TeMPeraTures oF 38 degrees-Plus, WITh The heaT seT To rIse ThroughouT augusT. By Jennifer Jane

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Avoid the shine in summertime It’s true for all of us: in the summertime we produce more sweat. When we sweat, we produce more sebum, which creates an oily, shiny look on the skin.

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however, it’s not just sweat that affects our skin in such a way: hormones, diet, stress, sleep deprivation and even skin care products can all play a part. as temperatures heat up over the summer, try switching to lightweight lotions, gels, creams and serums that don’t contain emollient ingredients. Always start with a good cleanser – there are plenty available on the market which are ph balanced so you wont necessarily need to opt for a toner as well. I am currently using dermalogicas ultra calming cleanse. If you can’t live without your trusty toner then go for something like clinique’s clarifying lotion, which isn’t too harsh. you may actually want to consider avoiding your daily moisturiser as the skin will already contain plenty of your natural moisturiser – sebum. if this feels totally alien to you, you may want to invest in a product such as Bliss steep clean Mattifying Moisturiser available from sephora. It controls oil without drying the skin. The oil-free formula also allows make-up to last all day! It’s formulated with surplus sebum-seeking smart sponge technology, which soaks up oil where needed. one product no one should step outside without is, of course, sunscreen. “But they are all so greasy and heavy,” I hear you cry! Well, actually that’s not the case – you just need to have a good hunt for the one that best suits your skin type.

I don’t know about you but the thought of putting a full face of make-up on in such temperatures really doesn’t appeal but there are a few things you can do to keep yourself looking fresh. Many clients ask what is the best “good all-rounder” product they can use over the summer months and I simply suggest one thing… water! Whether you’re looking for younger skin, a healthier body or shinier hair water is the world’s best elixir. The benefits of drink-


ing water far outweigh any buzz beauty product you can buy. Most people go from one day to the next in a mild state of dehydration as a direct result of not drinking enough fluids (or probably drinking too much of the alcoholic variety the night before!). your entire body is actually made up of 60 per cent water and it is essential to keep levels up for survival. When the body has optimum hydration,

you look and feel better. Increased levels of energy and a radiant complexion always give you a boost, not to mention bright and clear eyes! Besides the beauty boosting factors, it’s a pretty important thing to consider as it is essential for carrying nutrients to the cells in your body, helping to flush out toxins. it improves your circulation and blood flow as well as lubricating joints

How much should we be drinking? The average person should be looking to consume two litres of water a day. now this may sound like quite a lot but you can include herbal teas, milk and diluted juices as part of this, so not that scary after all. all I will say is, the more you sweat (exercise, hot temperatures, etc.) the more you should take in. It is also good for spritzing a hot face!

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your regular make-up as you normally would but try to avoid oily-based formulas. For extra backup it might be a good idea to keep some blotting papers in your bag.


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The world’s top dJs are back at the Pacha turntables for another summer of partying at the renowned Ibizan club. david guetta’s FMIF was one of the hot shows setting the agenda at the start of the season as Pacha once again hit the ground running with its cutting-edge music, positive energy and smiley happy people. Known worldwide as “the hotspot for the coolest people”, the club offers a continuing musical journey this month, “the art of the party”, with more top dJs, both popular favourites and special guests.

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A fascinating evening with Joe Calzaghe Boxing fans and the curious gathered at the Santa Ponça Country Club to spend an evening with Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe. A cocktail party on the lawn with the opportunity of being photographed with the boxer was followed by a gala dinner around the pool area. Musical entertainment was provided by local singer Mike Jones as the barbecue buffet was served. Then Joe was interviewed by Richie Prior of Globo Balear as the world champion talked about his career in the ring and his new venture of acting in a horror film. The evening festivities continued with guests enjoying music till the early hours.

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“A World of Layers” on show in Palma Mallorca has attracted artists from all over the world for centuries and the latest painter to choose the island to exhibit her works is German Pola Brändle. Last year she held a show in Santanyi and this June she opened a major exhibition in Palma’s lifestyle store Rialto Living. Now a resident on the island she has had over 30 exhibitions of her works all over the world and is known for her collage/decollage style. Her latest collection, entitled “A World of Layers”, was launched at a social evening at Rialto Living, where the public were invited to meet her and view the exhibits on show. The collection is on public display at the store, at Calle San Feliu in Palma, from 10am till 8.30pm daily until the middle of August.

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“¡Mucho calor!” don’t you just love it when the locals state the obvious? It’s Mallorca in august… of course it’s hot! Well you hope it is, or all those folk who have saved up for 50 weeks of the year to get a tan will want their money back! We can’t say that we weren’t warned. The Balearic Met Office forecast that this would be one of the hottest summers in 50 years and they look like being spot on. one evening recently the subject around the wine table turned to methods for keeping cool... “Put a towel in the freezer and wrap it around your head”… “don’t put the oven on”… “have a hot curry”… “Fill a hot water bottle with ice water”… “get naked”… although the last one was from the only male member of the group so possibly it was a hopeful command and not a useful suggestion. The thing is, if you don’t like hot weather, don’t live on Mallorca! We will soon be back in ugg boots and moaning about the rain/damp/wind/whatever. i recall that during the first year i lived on the island i watched puzzled as jumpers and boots appearing on the shelves at carrefour in august when it was 42ªc outside. I wondered why anyone would need them on sunny Mallorca? I soon found out. after living (and sleeping) in my sheepskin coat for most of the winter in a damp house I learnt that this island has real seasons. Personally I love summer in Mallorca… it’s complete madness! I have often thought that david attenborough missed a trick when he did not set one of his wildlife series in the Punta Ballena in Magaluf, for surely some of the creatures you see there on an average august night are more bizarre than anything you will see in a Borneo jungle. what about the fiestas? when i was growing up in Liverpool the most exciting thing to happen in the school holidays was a summer fete with Mrs gibb’s cake stall and a modest bottle tombola where you could win a nice Blue nun if you were lucky. here on Mallorca you are quite likely to get chased by a chainsaw-wielding demon after you have had your hair set on fire by a semi-naked, sweaty, pitchfork-carrying devil. Try telling that to the folks back in Bootle and they won’t believe you… I know, I have tried. Then there are the sounds that you hear on a still summer’s night here on the island. everything from someone (don’t ask me who) playing a trumpet, to couples being… er (clears throat) intimate. i am not saying that i was thrilled to be woken up at 6am the other morning by a random german visitor who (clearly after a night on the Jägermeister) was convinced that he was staying in my apartment and not the one three doors down where his mates were sleeping it off, but it is all part of the rich tapestry of a nutty island where people come to have fun. you will never hear me yelling out the window telling the teenagers below to “keep the noise down” as they swill out of wine cartons and flirt till the early hours. Good luck to them! I am just jealous that I never had the chance to hang out by the sea with boys until the sun came up when I was their age. I am making up for it now though. laura Penn presents english radio Mallorca every saturday and sunday morning on 92.9FM:


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WHAT’S ON IN AuGuST Throughout August

The rey JauMe FIesTas in calvià get underway with various the 5th. The first film is La Red Social, the story of the founding of the social networking site Facebook and starring Justin Timberlake. other events include a classical concert, creciente, with music of the sea at the santa Ponça cross near the marina on sunday the 7th. More events are planned in september including the huge battle of the Moors and christians on the main beach.

Until 6 August

The excellent summer of music continues at the Mallora rocKs venue with more top chart acts appearing during august. described as the Uk’s first ex-stand-up pop-grime white-boy rap star, elliot gleave, better known as ExaMPle, is on stage on Tuesday the 9th along with producer nick douwma, or suB Focus to his fans.

20 August

In the north-east at can Picafort there will be the usual argument over whether live ducks should be used in the annual releasIng OF THE DUCkS fiesta on Saturday the 20th. Since 2007 yellow rubber ones have been used instead at the insistence of animal rights campaigners. Whether the stars of the show are feathery (noisy) or rubber (quieter), the event still attracts over 3,000 people to the town to watch the masked participants dive into the sea in front of the hotel sol y Mar to “rescue” a duck or two.

21 and 28 August

a week later on the 16th there are 2Many dJs. That is not an opinion: it is some hot mixing from brothers david and stephen dewaele, who take house, reggae, dance classics, rock and more and throw them all in the mix!For anyone who missed ProFessor green last month, there is a chance to catch him again on 23 august along with a stage-full including chase & sTaTus, Mc rage and nero. Finally, on the last Tuesday of the month, good friends MAGNETiC MAN and kATy B will definitely be on a mission!

Throughout August

In Pollença they start august with the annual Patrona Fiesta when all the townsfolk turn out to take part in the battle of the Moors versus the christians, with three days of merry-making from the 1st to the 3rd. Then throughout the month the PollenÇa InTernaTIonal MusIc FesTIVal stages concerts at the beautiful setting of the santa domingo cloisters. on saturday the 6th hang nguyen, a Vietnamese female classical guitarist, will perform music by Vivaldi. Then on the following saturday the

The island’s football main team real Mallorca kick off the new season of la liga by playing away at league newcomers rayo Vallecano in Madrid on sunday 21 august. With four new signings on the team and cheaper season tickets this year, hopes are high that the red devils will do well in the 20011-2012 season. The first home match at the iberostar stadium in Palma is against español on sunday 28 august.

26-27 August

The annual sWIng 4 TheM golF TournaMenT in aid of asPanoB (the association of Parents of children affected by Cancer in the Balearic islands) at the Son Muntaner golf course takes place on the final weekend in August. The event begins with “Pre-swing drinks” on Friday the 26th at the country club in santa Ponça with live entertainment and welcome packs for the players.

one of the most prestigious events in the sailing calendar, the coPa del REy AUDi MAPFRE regatta takes place in the Bay of Palma during the first week of august. This year is the 30th anniversary of the event and it is expected to attract hundreds of participants and spectators. The spanish royal family are also due to be in attendance but this year King Juan carlos is unlikely to race the royal yacht Bribón due to concerns about his health. The regatta becomes more popular every year and the number of entrants has tripled since the first year three decades ago.

5 August

can it really be four years since Mood Beach Bar & restaurant opened its doors? It must be because there is a 4th annIVersary ParTy on Friday 5 august with a glamorous “White & gold” theme. celebrations get underway at 8pm with live performances from the cast of the son amar stage show and the singing sensations las divas, followed by a salsa dancing demonstration by el ritmo latino. Tickets are €49 to include a luxury buffet and barbecue, or just tip up at 10pm and pay a €25 entry fee, which will get you drinks until midnight.

13th the chamber orchestra of the national Theatre of Prague performs music by Mozart, Mendelssohn and dvorak. Finally, on saturday the 24th the Moscow-based Borodin Quartet will perform music by haydn and Brahms.

15 August

One of the big fiestas across the whole of Spain in August is the assuMPTIon oF The VIrgIn on the 15th. The day is a public holiday marking the death of the Virgin Mary, and in many towns across the island there will be parades and carnivals taking place with the whole of Mallorca filled with song and dance. For the religious there will be a number of special services at Palma’s la seu cathedral across the day.

Then the serious business on the course gets underway on the saturday when the starting gun goes off at 9.30am. Teams of four pay €120 per person to participate, which includes the gala dinner at the country club with aptly themed “swing music” around the outdoor pool and gardens. Prizes will be awarded for nearest the pin on the 7th and 13th at son Muntaner, and longest drive on the 9th. The gala dinner is open to non-players.

ISLAND BULLETIN Life & Living TOASTING THE TOASTMASTERS The local group of the Toastmasters organisation celebrated a summer party at the Hotel Amic Horizonte in Palma. The group, which encourages members to improve their public speaking skills, has been going strong on the island for many years now and during this annual celebration prizes were handed out for the best jokes and entertaining topics at the table. The serious business of the evening was the change of president of the group, a role that is now being filled by Rosemary Grainge.


Students at the PQA (Pauline Quirk Academy) Summer School put all they had learned during their two-week course into a performance of the musical Mamma Mia. Watching in the audience were parents, friends, family and actress Pauline Quirke herself. All agreed that the pupils had learned a great deal in a fortnight and, as well as all the fun, had also worked really hard to put the show together. Afterwards there was a trip to see the Pirates Adventure Show in Magaluf with Pauline for an end-of-summer school party, and casts from both shows had the chance to meet each other and have photographs taken. What a great way to end a summer school!

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Sun-worshippers did a double-take as they saw some of the cast of the TV reality show Geordie Shore parading around on Magaluf beach in bikinis and swimming shorts. Holly, Sophie, Charlotte, Vicky, James, Jay, Gary and Greg arrived on the island looking for fun as they shot two summer specials of the hit MTV show.


Last month Margaret Whittaker OBE from Son Amar presented a generous cheque for €5,000 to Maria Antonia Caimari, the UNICEF Balearics committee president. The money was raised during their season premiere held in April this year. Members of the press were treated to a special backstage tour and then took their seats to enjoy the Son Amar dinner show, which features flamenco, breakdancing, magic, acrobatics and even dancing horses! Also on display was Celtic dancing by twice world champion Irish dancer Alan Fox, comedy from Cesar Diaz and magic by Spain’s number one magician, Miguel Gavilan.

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However, it wasn’t all fun and frolics as some of the “housemates” had to work in one of Magaluf’s souvenir shops in between their sunbathing and partying. The programme, about the lives of a group of friends, has proved a hit for MTV, with its largest ratings of 330,000 viewers, but it has not gone down too well with locals in Newcastle. According to a UK newspaper, 4,000 people signed a petition to MTV to have the show taken off the air following the first episode.


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The Cultural Centre in Andratx (CCA) announced its latest exhibition entitled “Bang! Bang!”, a group show brought together by curator Andréa Holzherr and running until the beginning of September. The theme is crime, with pieces inspired by villains, gangsters, easy money, dead bodies and murder weapons. Popular in books, movies, newspapers, tabloids, television programming and politician’s speeches, crime is more than ever a best-seller. The exhibition features 15 artists whose works allude to crime or scenes of crime, real or potential, with both fictional and documentary propositions, including Colonel Mustard in the library with the revolver... just like the board game Cluedo.

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