Welcome to the first issue of DOMINGO, the Sunday magazine in English that is part of a new online venture called OneLinePULSE Publications. A bit of history. In March 2007 there began a very local blog called JimenaPulse, focused on Jimena de la Frontera. It grew and grew, to the point where we had to expand. CampoPulse was born on October 1st, 2009, running parallel to its sister but covering the whole of the Campo de Gibraltar. We tried to give them a newsy look although they call themselves magazines. So we had no choice but to come up with a proper magazine, on nice glossy paper, lots of pics and wider coverage. Not too big and heavy, so it had to be a colour supplement. And a colour supplement that appears with the news is traditionally published on DOMINGO, right? This is what we came up with. Only 26 pages so far, but more to come. Enjoy! Alberto Bullrich Editor Publisher
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Contributors Peter Hillcock Alexander Bewick
Photography Alberto Bullrich Marcelo Bullrich Philip Heinzl
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By Peter Hillcock
ou may never have heard of some of them unless you follow the Spanish media. Names like Adolfo Domínguez, Jesús del Pozo, Victorio & Lucchino, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada or Roberto Verino may sound more familiar. They, and another 46 designers held their 2010/11 Autumn-Winter shows at Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week from 18 to 13 February. Once called Pasarela Cibeles, Spain’s fashion showcase was 51 years old this year. That’s a long time in the fashion business, but then Spanish fashion has only come into its own in the last fifteen years or so
JesĂşs del Pozo
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Victorio & Lucchino
and now ranks close to the top, below Paris, New York, London and Milan. Next seasonâ€™s colour tendencies were on the dark side. Lots of brown tones, blacks, palettes of greens, with a few colourful exceptions, notably from Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Ana Locking.
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A special tribute was paid this year to Elio Berhanyer, who has been in the business since the 1950s and who dressed the likes of Ava Gardner and Cyd Charise from his studios in Madrid and Barcelona. Known for his classical lines, Berhanyer was one of the first designers to venture into accessories and perfumes.
By Alberto Bullrich
olo is one of the Campo de Gibraltar's great attractions. There are some twenty polo fields in the area. The best and better known are at the Santa María Polo Club in Sotogrande but there are private and public fields near Algeciras, in San Enrique de Guadiaro, Sambana and Jimena, to name a few. Over the last twenty years the exclusive Sotogrande urbanization in San Roque has become one of Europe's premier venues for this sport of kings. But kings are few 10
these days, the game having been taken over by professionals in their pay. In fact, the kings are more likely to be captains of industry and very rich. Polo is a rich man's sport, though there are those who would argue otherwise in an attempt to make the game seem more 'democratic'. A little maths will tell you why: a team of four players, not necessarily at the top of the rankings, needs at least five horses (these used to be called ponies but the term only leads to confusion: they are horses and no longer
qualify as ponies) per player at each match. Five times four equals twenty; that's twenty horses, minimum, per team. Add management, transport, grooms, housing, stabling, feed, club fees, match fees, practice facilities ... you get the idea. Now add the professional players: at the top end of the game, they can earn €15,000 to €25,000 per match, plus travel, luxury accommodation, and so on. At the summer championships in Sotogrande they can play up to twenty matches
over a month, depending on how well their team does. Many of them, specially from South America, bring over horses to sell, too. Most of them bring their wives and families for the ride as well. So its the captains of industry, finance, technology, law or whatever, who fund it. They quite often have their own businesses as team sponsors and therefore as tax write-offs. But sponsorship is now the only way to go, according to several patrons we asked. A patron is the owner of a team - the
word as used in polo comes from South American Spanish meaning ‘the boss’.
Royalty, film stars, aristocracy … the rich and famous Why would anyone want to sponsor a championship, a team or a 'parallel' event? This is after all an exclusive sport followed by only a few. But what a 'few'! There are no figures to tell us how many followers there actually are. What there is, though, is
the knowledge of the purchasing power of 'the few'. Royalty, film stars, the aristocracy... the rich and famous in other words. There are plenty of companies willing to buy their attention. Jaeger-Le Coultre have sponsored the Santa María Polo Club's major events for the last three years. Rolex have done so in the past. BMW, Jaguar, Lexus and other luxury car manufacturers are there, too. Banks, of the more private variety, and champagne makers. Exclusivity is the name of the game. 11
Another thing the sponsors like is that the game is truly international. At any one time, youâ€™re likely to see groups of players, patrons or sponsors from any number of countries. A team of only four players is likely to contain four different nationalities, although the top ones usually play a couple of Argentines at least. Argentina produces the top players and has for a good number of years. Polo playing ability is measured by handicap. Unlike golf, the higher your handicap, the better you are said to play. At the moment, nine of the top ten players, according to the World Polo Tour rankings, come from Argentina - the exception is David Stirling, who comes from Uruguay but was brought up at Sotogrande. The most important tournament of the year is the Argentine Open, played at Palermo in Buenos Aires, often referred to as â€˜the 12
It is believed polo originated in Persia
Cathedral of Polo’. There, the top teams are likely to field four players with a handicap of ten each, the maximum handicap obtainable. Palermo hosts teams and followers from all over the world. At Sotogrande, the Gold Cup is the main attraction of the summer, but Santa María Polo Club organizes tournaments throughout the year, recently including Snow Polo at Sierra Nevada. Despite the accent on business, international polo still maintains a club atmosphere, however. Rivalry is usually reserved for a match - off the field, players, sponsors and followers mix together all the time. A day’s play is quite likely to end at an Argentine asado (barbecue), followed by a party. An asado has become a tradition
By Alexander Bewick
lames, firecrackers, lots and lots of noise; but that's not all that is behind the Fallas de Valencia, the region's annual firefest that starts off the Fiesta season in Spain with a bang. Lots of bangs.
A spectacular, dramatic, magnificent, breathtaking display of art, fire and passion
The whole year is spent making the ninots, 'dolls' in Valencian, to exacting and precise detail. They are amazing in their 3-D cartoonish reality, often portraying politicians, celebrities, mythological figures or well known local or national characters, depending on the falla's theme. Most are as tall as buildings. The term Falles, translated into Fallas in Spanish, refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during the celebration, sometimes convoluted in its meaning, sometimes complex in its expression. The word is derived from the Latin for torch (fax). Each neighbourhood in the city gets organized in a group known as the casal faller, raising funds, finding sponsors and working hard all year round. Designers, artists, craftsmen and plenty of volunteers work on the fallas. 15
Each day starts with La Despertà, the 'wakening', at 8am. Processions turn up at every corner, followed by the fallers, participants, throwing large, loud firecrackers in their wake. At 2pm sharp comes La Mascletà. Announced by the Fallera Mayor (Queen of the Fair and a great honour), a display of coordinated explosions that resound around the town, from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. It starts with the words "Senyor pirotècnic, pot començar la mascletà!" - Pyrotechnic, you may begin the mascletà!
Much money and time is spent to win the various prizes available. The five days of celebration are one continuous party all over the city. Processions of all kinds fill the streets - religious, historical and hysterical. Bars and restaurants brim over into the streets. The Fallas de Valencia are one of Spain’s main tourist attractions, bringing people from all over the world. 16
The mascletà is almost unique to Valencia, hugely popular with the Valencian people and found in very few other places in the world. Smaller neighbourhoods often hold their own mascletà for saint's days, weddings and other celebrations. Fireworks, however, are a constant throughout Spain, used to celebrate any occasion but particularly the arrival of a new year. La Plantà, 'the planting', is the deadline for all fallas to be finished and placed in their alloted spot spread about the city and as close to its neighbourhood as possible. The deadline is March 15th the first day of the Fallas.
March 17 and 18 are reserved for La Ofrenda Floral, an offering of flowers to the neighbourhood's Virgin. The flowers will go on to dress the figure of the Virgin, in itself a spectacular event. At midnight of the last day of the year's Fallas, the 19th, comes La Cremà, a word that originates from the same root a s 'cremation'. The falles, usually made of cardboard and papiermaché, are filled with fireworks, so they torch dramatically, magnificently, in a breathtaking display of fire, art and passion. And then it’s time to start all over again for next year. 17
iving in the Campo de Gibraltar, we have paradise just outside our door, if only we realized it. There are hundreds of ways to enjoy the countryside. This time we head off to Jimena de la Frontera. An easy but breathtaking walk along El Risco (The Ridge) starts at the top of the village - and heads upwards. But a trail equipped with handrails and benches should not exhaust anyone. The views are magnificent wherever you look. Mountains, valleys, flowers, woods, the village itself...They’re all there to enjoy. The walk can take as long as you like but locals walk their dogs along here daily, so it won’t take more than a couple of hours. If you need more exercise, the village is well worth exploring: from the unusual Moorish castle to little colourful corners. And when it’s all over, there are plenty of bars and restaurants in Jimena at which to replenish one’s strength. Jimena is at the northern end of the Campo, a couple of miles from the border with Málaga province and one of the entrances to Los Alcornocales Nature Park, which in itself offers trekking and rambling of a more rugged kind. Take the Algeciras-Ronda road (A405) and you’ll come to a white village on your left. That’s Jimena, where you’ll be more than welcome.
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Setas - 2010 Philip Heinzl was born and brought up in Sussex. He has lived at La Adelfilla on the outskirts of Jimena de la Frontera, although he has known Spain since 1969. Aside from his photography, Heinzl also works in marquetry, both pursuits having been transformed by the advent of digital photography and the computer. 20
Sunrise - 2010 “Carrying a camera at all times is essential to grabbing a picture in an instant,” he says. “With so much beauty in the unspoilt countryside, I am never short of a subject. It just needs an open mind to see a different angle to the end result. I don’t use digital enhancement other than to clean up a picture.”.
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,,,but will there be any left for us...?
This being the first column, it should be made quite clear: all I know is that I know nothing. Having said that, which was said originally by Socrates and quoted by Plato in his Republic, I will finish the whole quote: “for when I don't know what justice is, I'll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.” Justice. What is that? Some see it as revenge, a circumstance that makes some people happy. But then what is happiness? Curiously, none of my dictionaries have a definition for happiness (they only define ’happy’, not the same
thing) but I found this online: “Happiness is a state of mind in which our thinking is pleasant, at least for a good portion of time. Note that it is a state of mind, NOT a set of happenings.” From a site called Sel f-Improvement Advice, wouldn’t you know. So does Justice in Spain make me happy? Not at all. Aside from being one of the slowest systems in Europe -if system is the right word- one of the country’s most prominent High Court judges, Baltasar Garzón, is being persecuted for having ordered the investigation into the alleged war crimes committed in the Franco era. Such an investigation
makes me happy, if only temporarily. I lived in Spain during that era, and they were happy times only for a few, including myself, who took advantage of it in my blind, callow youth. I’ve since learned better. Would Garzón’s mud stirring, as it is called by those few, make anyone happy? Is it justice or is it revenge? Should it all be swept under the judicial carpet? Who knows. Anyway, it’s all Greek to me.
Alberto Bullrich is the publisher and editor of this magazine and of JimenaPulse, CampoPulse and The Alexander Bewick Soap Box.
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