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MONThLy MAGAzINE - OCTOBER 2011 - Nº 6 - PRICE: 2

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Menorca, Artists of Today with texts also in English

This magazine can be purchased from news-agents and the press section of some supermarkets in towns and urbanisations, plus the following points of sale: · El Picadero, Maó · Taj Indian Restaurant, Maó · Con Estilo (Darcey’s), Maó · Bar Delfin, Es Castell · The Teapot, Es Castell · Scandals Restaurant, Es Castell · Cats in Need, Noria Riera (and back copies) · Supermercado Es Talaiot, Trebalúger · Monet’s Hairdressers, Sant Lluís · Simon Dunn’s Chocolates, Sant Lluís · Ca’n Dulce, Sant Climent · Bar Nelsons, Son Vitamina · La Tetera de Aloe Vera, Alaior · Es Mercadal Emporium · Son Parc Golf Club · Rex’s Bar, Son Parc · BJ’s, Son Parc · El Castillo, Port d’Addaia · Neat & Tidy, Port d’Addaia · Bar Churchills, Cala en Blanes Please contact us if you would like to sell Focus in your outlet.

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A NOTE FROM ThE EDITOR Firstly, I would like to offer my apologies to Bryce Lyons, President of the Menorca Britannia Association, who submitted last month’s article “A Menorcan Connection in London” but whose name did not appear on the page - sorry! This month we introduce a new contributor to the magazine - B. A. Ware - who has kindly agreed to write some spoof articles for us to fill the gaps left by not having to print fiesta programmes! - thanks. We also hear some more from Steve Morgan on fundraising for the Rest & Recover Menorca project which, at the time of going to print, has just brought out the second group of soldiers from the Household Cavalry wounded in Afghanistan for a short break on the island. We are starting our FREE Car Boot Sale Section next month and would like to hear from people with items to sell for 100 euros or less (excluding services and catering adverts). Now that the season’s winding down it’s a good time to have a clear out and advertise unwanted items free of charge in “Focus”. A reminder that we will be publishing “Focus on Menorca” throughout the winter months. If your usual point of distribution closes at the end of the season, you should be able to find a convenient alternative outlet from the list on the previous page. If you are returning to the U.K. for the winter, you can keep in touch with happenings in Menorca through “Focus” by taking out a subscription (for three, six or twelve months), details of which will shortly be published on our web site. We can be contacted through our website: www.focusonmenorca.com; or by email: editor@focusonmenorca.com or ads@focusonmenorca.com if you wish to have a letter printed or air your views (please include your full name and address) or to advertise in the magazine (rates for which can be consulted online).

INDEx OF CONTENTS Es Castell’s English radio show .............4 “Happenings at Pinchbeck Hall”, the MCP’s next production.....................6 Menorcan Llaut donated to Club Vidalba...................................................7 Fund-raising for the next R&R visit ........................................................8 A visit to Golden Farm .........................10 The ghost of the Port of Mahón ...........12 Not all gloom and doom ......................14 Grand charity gala for the A.E.C.C ......16 A welcome gift in times of need ..........18 News Round-up ...................................19 Events to look out for ..........................25 Places of Interest .................................26 In memory of Maria Luisa Serra ..........27 Leisure Corner: Sudokus, Codeword and Quick Crossword .................................28 Useful Telephone Numbers .................29 Solutions to puzzles .............................30 Prima Ventanas - doing a good job D.L.: ME 154/2011 PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY: Setmanaris i Revistes S.L. C/ Pintor Torrent, 7 - 07760 Ciutadella de Menorca

Best wishes, The Editor

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ES CASTELL’S OWN EN

Tess Facey will be ‘the voice’ of the Menorca Britannia Radio Show Thanks to the Town Council, Es Castell is to have its own weekly English-speaking radio show, aimed not only at the British but also other residents who understand the language. The idea came from Es Castell’s Councillor for Culture, Education and Youth, Maria Coll, who approached the President of the Menorca Britannia Association, Bryce Lyons. The scheme was enthusiastically endorsed by the association’s committee so, as 4 focus on menorca

from 20th October, there will be an hourly “Menorca Britannia Radio Show” on Radio Es Castell (103.40 FM) from 2000 hrs., which can be received in Es Castell, Maó, Sant Lluís and parts of Alaior. The show’s main presenter will be Tess Facey who will be known to many for her splendid portrayal of the Good Fairy in the Menorca Charity Players’ pantomimes. Describing herself as “an OAP of advanced years”, she is an artist

and garden designer who has lived in Torret for 12 years with husband, Chris, two cats and four hens “all with an attitude”. A novice to broadcasting, Tess has been taught “which knobs to twiddle” by Andrés Ferrer, the radio station’s main presenter. Practising one day with a friend, she was unaware that the channel was still open and that everything that they said was being broadcast, until a listener phoned in to tell her!

According to Tess the programme will be based on a “poor man’s Desert Island Discs” with a diary section of events for the following week and maybe a report on anything of interest that has happened, such as a Red Cross sale. Each week there will be a guest who will be interviewed and will choose pieces of music that mean something to them; Tess is grateful that the guests will be responsible for the choice of music as her mu-


NGLISh RADIO ShOW sical tastes are limited to classical music and Elvis. The first guest will be Bryce Lyons, President of the Menorca Britannia Association, who will be followed by the Honorary British Consul in Menorca, Deborah Hellyer MBE, and Lorraine Ure, a member of the Mediterranean Garden Society. Others from various sections of the community have already been lined up for the next three months’ programmes. As this is a new venture that she has never done before and is “doing for fun” and in the belief that it is important to keep the brain active, Tess would like some input from the British population as it will

be “their programme”. An email address will be given out so that people can contact her with ideas or constructive criticism. She also hopes that people will come forward to learn how to use the machinery and have a go at presenting the show themselves, thus enabling her to have the odd holiday or two. Having found it “very difficult” to learn how to operate the various machines in the studio in the Town Hall, Tess is a little nervous about getting everything right on the first show on 20th October, but feels that doing the programme will be fun and a new challenge.

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“hAPPENINGS AT PINChBECk hALL”, ThE MCP’S NExT PRODuCTION The Menorca Charity Players are preparing for their next production, “Happenings at the Hall” which, in the words of Chris Collman, will be “an Edwardian melodrama with farcical undertones”. The Players will be returning to the setting that saw their debut in 2000 - the Casino in Sant Climent - and the entertainment will take the form of a theatre supper to be held on four nights; 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th December. Directed by Jane Higgs the play will star the usual wellknown faces: Janice Rayfield, Lynn Swift, Andy Sharpe, Shirley Smith, Chris and Cathy Collman, Gerry Wright, Sylvie Collins and A. N. Other. Mike Collins will be responsible for the lighting and Mike Dixon is again the scenery builder, with his work cut out, as, this year, they will have to build their own stage as the Casino’s is too small. In view of the economic climate, the Players have opted to do smaller shows more frequently which will also give the actors the chance to do a bit more. The audience will be limited to 50 people per night, so early booking will be essential; the tickets will be on sale at 25 euros from the usual outlets from November. The price includes dinner (with choices for each course) and the show. The main charity to benefit from this production will be ASPANOB (the association for parents of children with cancer in the Balearic Islands), which maintains flats in Palma and Barcelona where the children undergoing treatment and their families can 6 focus on menorca

An Edwardian melodrama with farcical undertones directed by Jane Higgs stay. As with many other local charities, ASPANOB is feeling the effects of the economic crisis with official subsidies and private donations drying up and there were fears that they would be unable to maintain

the accommodation that is so necessary, especially in the case of lengthy treatment. The charity was chosen partly because one of the Players has a personal connection with it. Janice Rayfield’s daughter

and son-in-law, Leigh and Paul Tolmie, have a very young daughter, Elena Lily, who is being treated in Palma and the family has received help from ASPANOB.


MENORCAN LLAuT DONATED TO CLuB VIDALBA

When Nigel and Moira Dwyer decided to part with the Menorcan Llaut they had owned for 30 years, they were not sure what to do with it, until it was suggested that they could donate the boat to a local charity, a prospect that excited them. The couple, who have a property in Punta Prima, were

introduced to Gabriel Carreras, the President of Club Vidalba, a voluntary association that provides sporting and leisure activities for the handicapped in Menorca and, after a lot of paperwork, the boat is to be donated to this local charity. The idea is that the children

can do activities on the boat and also maintain it (anti-fouling, varnishing etc.) and it is anticipated that it could also be used by other charitable organisations. The Menorcan Charity Players hope to raise small amounts of money to help pay for the upkeep of the craft so that it is

not a drain on the charity’s limited resources and are currently looking for a mooring for the llaut. If anyone can help with this request, please contact the Menorcan Charity Players or “Focus on Menorca”.

Car Boot Sale Section Advertise items to be sold for 100 euros or less (excluding catering or services) FREE of charge. Contact us at ads@focusonmenorca.com with your name, address and telephone number, together with the text for the advert, or leave the information at Ca’n Dulce (the Chocolate Shop) in Sant Climent for onward transmission. focus on menorca

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FuND-RAISING FOR

The 17th September saw the third annual charity fund raising event held at BJ’s Bar in Son Parc. BJ’s owners Andres and Sofi along with the effervescent Maureen (yes, that Maureen from Cool Oasis!) decided this year to give their support to Rest & Recover Menorca. The evening got off to a great start with live music from ‘Littley & Large on Tour’ with special guest vocalist Neal Burton. A hat was passed around at the end of their session and a very welcome 60€ started the fund-raising evening. This was followed by a Tombola, Raffle, Bingo, Pub Quiz and a Disco. Each event adding more and more to the pot. Also a very special ‘thank you’ goes to Joan and Karen, together with the rest of the team at Menorca’s premier clothing manufacturer, Pou Nou. We gave them our logo design and specifications at the last possible moment and the almost impossible task of printing some ‘T’ shirts and Polo shirts in time for BJ’s do….Of course, they came to our rescue and, because of their help, sales of the shirts by the end of Saturday amounted to over 170€ with plenty more to come! Towards the end of the evening there was a surprise visit from Elvis! Rikki Ryan told us that Elvis had already performed that night but was so keen to 8 focus on menorca

Anne Maddison explaining about R&R Menorca (photo: Steve Morgan) help he hot footed it from Es Castell to give his second performance of the night. He was joined on stage by his very own 'Hoola Girls' and whilst we all thought they looked beautiful we couldn't help thinking that one of them must have been the twin sister of our own committee member Adrian Deamer (aka www.privatechefmenorca.com) as the similarity was almost unbelievable, which is, coincidently, a word which also describes the ‘Hoola Girls’ dancing! Not only was money raised during the evening for ‘Rest & Recover’ but there was a special charity auction in aid of the Cruz Roja. Over the past few months BJ’s has held pig

Elvis making a surprise appearance (photo: Steve Morgan)


ThE NExT R&R VISIT

by Steve Morgan

racing! Now, before you start writing your letters of complaint, let me add that these little pigs were battery-operated with jockeys knitted by the ever-talented Ladies’ Craft Group. The six pigs, ‘Lester Piglet’, ‘Duchess of Pork’, ‘Rodney Trotter’, Barbara Q Ribs’, ‘Chris P. Bacon’ & ‘Cary Grunt’ were sold to some very eager bidders and a total of 176€ was raised without even the slightest smell of bacon! When all the totals were added together, including money raised by Elvis 'selling' his songs, an amazing sum of a little over 1,700€ was handed over to the Rest & Recover Team and Cruz Roja. Anne thanked everybody for their generosity and especially Andres, Sofi and Maureen for organising such a fabulous evening. We are now just a matter of days away from the arrival of the next group of soldiers and BJ's fantastic efforts will ensure that we can give these lads a holiday they will thoroughly enjoy and remember for many years to come. You can follow us on Twitter; @RandR_Menorca.

The Hoola Girls adding to the evening’s entertainment! (photo: Steve Morgan)

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A VISIT TO G

Another place that has recently been opened up to the public for visits, through the Menorca Britannia Association, is Golden Farm, the large Georgian house with a red facade that can be seen high on a hill overlooking Maó harbour. The 18th century house commands stunning views over the port, the Isla del Rey and the town of Maó on the opposite bank and was, in fact, the place chosen by many members of the association to watch the spectacular display by the Red Arrows in May. The visits are led by the association’s President, Bryce Lyons, assisted by his wife Sheila, who relates the history of San Antonio, once one of the island’s biggest estates covering 1,000 hectares and stretching from La Mola to Cala Mesquida to the power station and along the harbour. Bryce explains that the 10 focus on menorca


GOLDEN FARM

name “Golden Farm” was coined by sea captains in their ship’s logs because the fields of corn nearby were the only splash of yellow in an otherwise green countryside. The original two-roomed farmhouse dates back to Arab times, maybe as far back as the late 12th century, but the majority of the house was added during the 18th century. It has been the property of the Delás Vigo family for more than 400 years and has witnessed many of the island’s main historical events and been visited by such wellknown people as the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, and

his wife Alexandra, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Lord Nelson (although without Lady Hamilton) who slept on his own cot in a small bedroom as respite from his ship, the Foudroyant, which was anchored in Maó harbour. The tour of the house includes the reading room which houses an extensive collection of leather bound books and cupboards full of old documents which are currently being catalogued by the Island Council and digital copies made. There is also a facsimile of an unfinished letter from Nelson to Emma Hamilton written just before his last battle.

An interesting visit made the more so by Bryce’s depth of historical knowledge and easy way of imparting it. The visits are open to anyone over the age of 12 years but booking is essential and can be done through Sheila on 971 366

206. The cost is 10 euros per person which goes towards the upkeep and repair of the house. Visits are usually on Monday and Friday afternoons, although times and days may vary as the family is in residence. Wedding receptions and parties catered for with a variety of Indian and/or Chinese food

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ThE GhOST OF ThE

Few people know of the existence of the ghost of the British Admiral and hero of Trafalgar, Lord Collingwood. When Nelson was shot and killed early on in the heat of the Battle of Trafalgar his second in command Admiral Lord Collingwood took complete charge of the British fleet eventually inflicting the decisive defeat of the combined French and Spanish fleet. Following the battle of Trafalgar and after a lifetime of service to the British crown, Collingwood, instead of retiring honourably as he had requested, and indeed had expected, to spend the rest of his life with his wife and two daughters in Morpeth, Northumberland, the Admiralty ordered him to Mahón to take charge of the British Mediterranean Fleet. Here he served between the years of 1805 and his untimely death in 1810. Lord Collingwood loved Menorca and occupied, as his shore base, a house directly opposite Golden Farm, but on the southern shore of the harbour above Fonduco. This beautiful home is now the boutique hotel with the name of the Hotel Almirante. Pere Melis in a short article in the Menorca Diario newspaper on July 13th referred in passing to Es Castell and the mystery known as The Ghost of the Hotel Almirante. As most people would never have heard of this and although an intriguing story, research 12 focus on menorca

shows that it seems that most of the elderly people of Es Castell consider the appearance a regular and quite normal event. It is apparent that strange things happen within the hotel especially when it is closed during the winter months. It is said, that with no one there, lights can sometimes be seen in some windows, especially on rainy nights or when the Tramuntana wind blows. People passing by on the road have even heard voices coming out of Collingwood House. This is why the local people of Es Castell talk of the ghost of Port Mahón. On many occasions I have had the pleasure of accompanying Sr. Francisco Montanari, the proprietor of the hotel, on his guided tours for his resident guests. After his detailed explanations of the many paintings and the numerous antique heirlooms to be seen

as we take the stairs to the upper floor we enter the main salon and view the many artefacts here. Sr. Francisco says, like me, he is not a believer in ghosts but with an open mind he introduces the subject when pointing out the antique piano against the wall close to the bedroom that Admiral Collingwood is thought to have used during his frequent visits to Port Mahón. He gives, perhaps logical explanations (or stories?) of a couple of different events which have traditionally been attributed to the ghost and the curious history of the piano. “On a typical winter’s night with the Tramuntana wind blowing and pouring rain buffeting the old and badly fitting windows, Sr. Montanari was chatting with the only three guests of the hotel downstairs, three very typical elderly British ladies. One of the three,

before going to her bedroom, got up and with her glass of wine in her hand went to the picture of Lord Collingwood that dominates the room and offered a “goodnight” toast to him. Then Sr. Francisco and the ladies clearly heard three notes coming from the piano on the upper floor. Surprised, they all went up to see who could have played the piano. They searched all the rooms but there was no one on the entire top floor. Was it the ghost of Lord Collingwood replying to the “goodnight” toast? Could it have been a mouse? Could it have been the wind? But it had been three notes - very distinct and very clear that had emanated from the piano.” When Lord Collingwood, seriously ill and dying, was being taken back to England his ship, the Ville de Paris, encountered a tremendous storm just a few miles of the coast of


PORT OF MAhÓN

by Bryce Lyons

Lights and voices from an empty hotel and notes played on a piano with nobody nearby lend substance to the legend Menorca and it was at this time that he expired. Naval Tradition has it that, should a sailor die at sea, his soul returns to the port from which he had last sailed. That is why many elderly people of Es Castell still believe that, on certain cold nights of the Tramuntana, the spirit of the Admiral still walks through the empty rooms of his home in the Port. True or not? The jury is out on this one. However it is won-

derful to think that on occasions the spirit of the great man lives on and returns occasionally to the place he loved so much and second only to his family home at Morpeth and the valley of the River Wansbeck in Northumberland. With grateful thanks to Sr. Francisco Pons Montanari and family for the many pleasant hours in their company and their vision of keeping history alive......

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NOT ALL GLOOM AND DOOM by B. A. Ware Island ice cream manufacturer begins European exports Creations 52 All Seasons Ice Cream SA is the brainchild of Italian Luigi Costello who, in 2008, set up a savoury ice cream pilot production unit at the disused mineral water bottling plant in Es Mercadal. Luigi, “.... please call me Lou,” hails from Tuscany, where his father made ice creams in a converted garage and sold his produce from a cart to his neighbours for various celebrations, fiestas and family occasions. Working alongside his father, Lou helped develop a frozen fruitflavoured drink, with a vanilla ice cream centre, on a stick. Later the family sold the idea and the technology to Lyons, Cadby Hall, Hammersmith, London who then produced the famous Mivvy ice lolly. Lou left Italy in 1987 and moved to Pennsylvania State, USA where he worked for Hershey as a product development scientist. When many other confectionery manufacturers diversified into quality ice cream production, Lou was appointed to head up an R&D team whose purpose it was to create a chocolate and peanut butter based ice cream snack on a stick; but it was much too late! By the time they had something ready for mass manufacture and sales, other major food companies such as Unilever, Mars and Nestlé had already taken an unassailable chunk of the market. The Hershey venture failed. Now without a job Signore Costello decided to head back to Europe and set up shop on his own, producing the

Humble beginnings savoury ice creams which he had dreamed of years before while working with his father. Stopping off in Menorca to see old friends, he decided this was the ideal base to establish his new business. Some of the best quality milk in Europe and many other essential in-

gredients were available here, as was a work-force of enthusiastic people who were already experienced in the production and packaging of milk and cheese products, not to mention the renowned Sant Lluís rhubarb flavoured sorbets. Some had even worked

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for La Menorquina ice creams before that company relocated to Barcelona in the early 1990’s. Creation 52 is developing an exciting range of savoury ice creams for specific European markets as well as for special celebrations. For example, whereas Danish Bacon and Pork Scratchings flavours will sell throughout the year in Scandinavia, Bratwurst and Sauerkraut will be available only during the German Beer Festivals season; Austria will take delivery of “Mozart” in time for the Salzburg Festival. This exquisite product has a hint of Schnitzel and Red Cabbage aroma. Costello has focussed early attention on the British market. Apparently, according to Neilsen data, there is enormous potential for selling new


Costello in his lab savoury products to smokers who have to stand outside pubs and offices in the cold and rain. Market research results show that Pickled Onion, Bangers and Mash, and Curry flavours were well received by people working in the open air, as well as with football fans and golf spectators. Other flavours already tested include Smoked Salmon and Cucumber, Steak and Ale Pie, Yorkshire Pudding with Gravy Ripple, Cheese and Onion, and Scrambled Egg. British supermarket giant Cashco has approached Creation 52 with a request for Christmas Pudding and Hot Cross Bun flavours. Signore Costello told me that, although these are not true savoury products, success of these specialities would put Menorca well and truly on the gastronomic map. There is a big push to get these items into their branches before Easter and Christmas 2012. For some reason not fully understood by Costello, Cashco want to sell Hot Cross Bun flavour throughout the entire year! At the recently held Geneva Snack Food Fair, Creation 52 proved to be a sensation. Food

wholesalers and retailers from all over the globe bombarded the company with requests to develop such delights as Fourth of July, Halloween, Great Wall, Shark Fin, Brown Sauce, End of Ramadan, Hangover Fix, Vegemite, Braised Kangaroo and so on. Costello says that, at this time, he has to be realistic and concentrate on the near-by Euro-

pean markets. “Consider the difficult logistics of exporting container loads of frozen short shelf life products to the United States or Australia.” Quietly he told me that he longs for the day when he can develop products for far off markets; he has a secret recipe for something he calls “boomerang.” Ever the visionary entrepreneur, Lou Costello has taken the option to lease the Verge del Monte Toro hospital from the Ministry of Health and convert it into a factory and company HQ. He told me there is room for everything they need at this time: production departments, offices, laboratories, raw materials and finished goods storage, as well as dispatch areas. He feels that it might be necessary to claim back the original carparking areas to use as container lorry parks. Apart from that there will be no changes

that are apparent from outside the building. He plans to be at full output by mid 2014 and, at that time, he hopes that some Creation 52 products will be available to local consumers. While I was talking to him he took a call from the Burger King Corporation, Miami, Florida. He put the phone down and smiled at me. “Would you believe that,” he said, “they want me to develop a savoury dessert for them.” I wonder if he would describe it as a Whopper? Anyway, my very best wishes go to the Creation 52 team, their suppliers and customers. Creation 52 is asking local residents to suggest flavours which might have special appeal throughout the year in Menorca. Also they are looking for people to become members of Taste Panels. Please send your views and ideas to creation52sa@hotmail.com.

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GRAND ChARITy G

Organised by the Menorca held in Sant Lluís on Su In spite of thunderstorms, the Grand Charity Gala organised by the Menorca Britannia Association in mid September went ahead. Having set up in the square in front of Sant Lluis’s town hall, the weather forced committee members and volunteers to move everything to the LOAR theatre in a rush before the show started. The new venue only accommodated around 260 people, compared to the 400 capacity of the square, and many of the later arrivals had to be turned away. However, the packed hall enjoyed a varied show that included flamenco dancing, a choir, solo singers and a group. Even with the reduced audience a total of 1,279 euros was raised for the charity, after the cost of posters and tickets had been deducted.

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GALA FOR A.E.C.C.

a Britannia Association and unday, 18th September The President of the Asociación Menorca Britannia, Bryce Lyons, sent an email out to thank the committee and volunteers who had to set up twice and then had to clear everything after the concert. There was also a letter in the “Menorca” newspaper from the President of A.E.C.C. (the Spanish Cancer Association), Pedro Orfila, thanking Menorca Britannia for organising the event and also those who took part in the concert: the Rociero Choir and Dancers from the Casa Andalucia, sound technician David Sangüesa, the Escuela de Alaior, Marc Riera, Carmen Caballero, Martina Olives, Pepa and her guitar, Aigua Blava, Loli Aznar and Arrells de Menorca. A presentation is to be arranged shortly for the donation of a cheque for 1,279 euros to the A.E.C.C.

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A WELCOME GIFT IN TIMES OF NEED

Grand Gala Cheque Presentation: Fina and Pedro Orfila (president of the A.E.C.C.) receiving the cheque for 1,279 euros from Bryce Lyons (President) and Andrés Herrero (Vice President Menorca Britannia Association)

...AND FROM PROBuS The President of the Probus Club of Menorca, Chris Knightley, (centre left) recently presented a cheque for 500 euros to the President of the Association of Families of Alzheimer Sufferers in Menorca, Josep Xabuch, (centre right) who expressed his gratitude to the club for their “continued generosity in times of crisis” and promised to use the money to the best effect. Also present were Peter Edgar, Community Service Convener, Probus, (left) and a representative of the Alzheimers’ Association (right).

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NEWS ROuND-uP

Elderly man arrested in connection with death at old people’s home in Ciutadella A 71-year old man, A.S.T., resident in the Ciutadella Municipal Old People’s Home, has been arrested in connection with the death of another resident, Maria Auxiliadora Florit Cavaller on the night of 16th August. The 89-year old woman was found with a pair of scissors in her temple and died shortly afterwards from her wounds. DNA tests on the scissors were carried out in Madrid and confirmed the police suspicion that A.S.T. was the author of the crime. The arrested man, who suffers from schizophrenia, is under the guardianship of the Aldaba Foundation which cares for elderly people in geriatric homes in Menorca who are legally considered handicapped. After an initial hearing the judge remanded A.S.T. in custody without bail and he will be kept in the new prison pending the court case which could be in a year or two’s time. Balearic senior citizens’ subsidised holidays at risk Subsidised holidays for senior citizens in the Balearic Islands, the Plan Ocio 60 which offered more than 9,000 places in the 20102011 season, are among the programmes which are affected by Government cutbacks. Last year the Government spent 1.2 million euros on financing holidays for Balearic pensioners, but this year the holiday programme has been cut due to lack of funds.

Last year senior citizens could spend a week in a three-star hotel for 151 euros, all-inclusive, and the programme brought 3,820 winter holidaymakers to the island, whilst 1,328 pensioners from Menorca enjoyed a holiday on one of the other islands. Not only did the programme enable senior citizens to enjoy a holiday at very reasonable prices, it also made it possible for hotels to remain open during the winter months, with the resulting employment. Balearic travel agents and hoteliers are to hold talks with the regional Government to try to find a way of keeping the Pla OCI 61 alive A similar programme run for senior citizens throughout Spain, IMSERSO, will continue to run, although with fewer places on offer. With effect from 24th October the senior tourists will start to arrive at four of the island’s hotels: the Almirante Farragut in Cala en Blanes, the Blanc Palace in Sa Caleta and the Castell Playa and Aguamarina complex, both in Arenal d’en Castell.

Government debt to chemists increases Despite paying 30% of the money owing for May, the amount owed by the Balearic Government to Menorca’s chemists had risen to around 5 million euros (41 million euros in the whole of the Balearic Islands) by the end of August. The situation is threatening the survival of many of the island’s chemists who have had to take out loans to pay their suppliers and staff wages.

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The chemists are dangerously near the point where they will be unable to dispense National Health prescriptions without the patient paying for the medicines.

Ciutadella Council to borrow one million euros to pay debts Ciutadella Council is to borrow one million euros from the Official Institute of Credit in order to pay outstanding bills. The loan, which will be repaid within three years, will enable the Council to settle invoices dated between November 2010 and the end of April this year in an attempt to diminish the effects caused by the delay in public administrations settling their debts.

Last year 12% of Menorcan businesses ceased trading In 2010, some 295 shops and 115 bars and restaurants in Menorca (12% of the total number) ceased trading, almost the same figures as for the two previous years added together. At the end of last year there were 1,849 shops and 771 bars and restaurants still in business, compared with 2007’s figures of 2,748 and 991 respectively, a drop of 22% over the last three years.

Endesa threatens to cut off Ciutadella Council’s electricity One of Ciutadella Council’s outstanding debts is to the electric company Endesa which threatened to cut off the supply to the municipal buildings (apart from those considered by law to be ‘essential services’) if the Council did not pay 200,000 euros of the 420,000 owing. In July Menorca owed 3.7 million euros to the Italian-financed company, of which 2.4 million corresponded to companies and individuals and 1.3 million to the administrations. The company has already cut off the supply to councils in Mallorca and Ibiza for failure to settle accounts.

Alaior Council to cut back on staff The new party in power in Alaior, the PP, has decided to restructure all the Council departments and servcies and to cut back on staff. Every position is to be studied individually and the cut backs will be made gradually, throughout the year. The decision was taken in order to reduce the wages bill which is the Council’s biggest expense. At present there are 146 people on the Council’s pay list, a figure described by the Mayor, Misericordia Sugrañes, as “Excessive and disproportionate”. Proportionally, Alaior is the most indebted Council on the island, owing 17.5 million euros, of which 6 million euros are in connection with unpaid invoices, some dating back to last year.

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... and Maó also faces being cut off Endesa also threatened to cut off the supply to Maó Council for a debt totalling 267,973,07 euros, giving the Council until 26th September to settle the account. The Council had started by paying its debts to smaller suppliers, leaving the larger sums owing until agreement could be reached on stage payments; the electricity bill was one of these. The electricity company’s threat drew an indignant response from the Council which claims that nearly 65,000 euros was paid at the beginning of the month and that the amount to be paid on 21st of the month would leave 95,619 euros owing, all of which referred to bills that were less than one month old. The Council has demanded an apology from Endesa for “the damage caused to its public image”. Public transport under scrutiny to reduce costs A study is being carried out on all the island’s public transport in an effort to reduc costs which, according to Councillor Luis Alejandre, “are unsustainable and will ruin the Island Council”. Some of the services are clearly unviable, such as the basketball bus between Fornells and Menorca Basquet’s pavilion which carries an average of three passengers, or the Maó to Llucmaçanes route which, in its four months of existence, has averaged out at a cost of 25 euros per passenger per journey, dearer than the cost of a

taxi. The public transport system costs three million euros a year to run at present and alternatives are being studied. Maó’s loss is Ciutadella’s gain The port of Maó is continuing to feel the effect of Ciutadella’s new outer harbour, losing 21,231 passengers and 36% of cargo in July, whilst the western port’s figures were up 78% on last year. Maó’s performance is the worst in the Balearic Islands, the other ports (Alcúdia, Palma and Ibiza) all increasing their passenger numbers and only Palma seeing a drop in cargo figures. Cost of mooring in Maó higher than the Costa Azul Maó is one of the dearest ports in the Mediterranean for mooring, its prices being higher than even St. Tropez, despite offering fewer services than most of its competitors. During the high season owners have to pay 321.90 euros per day for a berth on the Moll de Llevant for a 20 metre boat and 160 for a 12 metre, compared to St. Tropez’s charges of between 125 and 305 euros, and the 32 to 99 euros charged in Nice or Cannes. Even on the north shore of the harbour where Ocibar manage the moorings and the prices are lower, at 150 euros for the larger yachts, the cost is higher than in the majority of French ports. Many owners have now moved their boats to Addaia or Fornells to escape the high charges. The Port Sostenible (Sustainable Port) Association,


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created by residents and businessmen in the port of Maó, is calling for a Tourist project to be drawn up for the port to attract trade and allow their businesses to survive. Project to provide accommodation for patients treated in Palma Three years after having being rejected by the Balearic Parliament, the project to construct a centre to accommodate Menorcan patients undergoing prolonged treatment in Palma and their families is being revived by the PP. The plan, currently under study, is to build a residential annex at the Son Espases Hospital where those travelling from Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera could stay. Maó commercial outlet plan to be rescinded The commercial plan for Maó introduced in July last year by the PSOE/PSM whilst they were in power in the Island Council is to be rescinded by the PP. The plan restricted the opening of new commercial outlets on the industrial estate and prevented large supermarkets from opening. The current President of the Island Council, Santiago Tadeo, believes that there are many commercial projects in the pipeline that could create employment in Menorca but have been stopped by the Plan. Tadeo also stresses the need to improve town centres to make them “attractive and commercially active”. Eleven of the prison’s 54 inmates are British The new prison in Menorca currently houses 54 prisoners, of which 11 are British. 22 focus on menorca

According to the prison service, they are serving their time on the island because the flights between the U.K. and Menorca make it easier for families to visit. Twenty-three of the other prisoners have connections to the island (either being natives or residents) and the remaining 20 are being held “temporarily” pending hearings in Menorca’s courts.

Plans to enlarge Cala en Bosc marina The preliminary project to develop Cala en Bosc marina, which was first presented to the Port Authorities in 2007, has been taken out of mothballs and is to go ahead, once the necessary permissions (including an environmental report) have been obtained. The decision to resuscitate the project is part of the PP’s announced intention of backing any initiative that will help to “return the Balearic Islands to the first division of nautical tourism, a place that we should never have lost”, according to Antonio Deudero, the Director General of Ports. Included in the project is a proposal to construct an exterior jetty, running parallel to the shore, from Punta des Tancats or Es Dormidor to the Punta de Sa Guarda. This will provide protection from storms and will make entering and leaving the Lago de Cala en Bosc safer. It will also provide around 300 new moorings, thus doubling the marina’s current capacity.

Saturday evening opening in Maó Following the success of the late opening and live entertainment in the town on Tuesdays in the summer months, Maó has decided that, during the winter, shops will open from 1700 to 2000 hrs. on Saturday evenings and musical, cultural and artistic activities will

be laid on in an effort to revitalise the town centre. The initial idea is to run the scheme for three months. Casino Marítim closes The casino in the port of Maó, which was housed at the top of the Club Marítimo building, has closed, the fixtures and fittings being stripped out at the beginning of September. No details were released by Casino Marítim SA, an independent company which, nevertheless, belongs to the Grupo Comar. The Galician group announced that it would continue to work in Menorca but declined to give details of any new location. Further improvements to Es Mercadal’s Centro de Artesanía In addition to recent improvements to the Craft Centre in Es Mercadal, which included the construction of a craft museum, a permanent exhibition centre and the installation of a fire alarm system, it has been decided to install air conditioning, at a cost of 65,700 euros. Es Mercadal’s Mayor, Francesc Ametller, explained that the Craft Centre was “a meeting point in the centre of Menorca” that he hoped would also be used for other activities out of season. Once the work is finished, the exhibition centre will cover 5,585 sq. metres, of which 1,851 are for the Council services and 3,734 for social, cultural and tourist activities. At the present moment there is an exhibition of cycling and bicycles, thanks to the President of the Balearic Cycling Federation, Arturo Sintes. Project submitted for golf


course in Alaior A project has been submitted to Alaior Council for permission to construct an 18-hole golf course on land between the Son Bou road and Sant Jaume Lane. It was first submitted in May 2005 but did not receive the necessary backing to go ahead and has lain dormant in a drawer since then, until the change in power at the Island Council and Alaior Council. The promotor, Golf Alaior Son Bou, is ready to invest around 9 million euros on acquiring the land and creating the course which has been described by the Town Planning Councillor, Emilio Agis, as “environmentally sustainable” as it would be watered by recycled water from the sewage farm near Son Bou. Golf Alaior Son Bou is a group of Menorcan businessmen with interests in Son Bou, Torre-solí and Sant Jaume, but is open to local businessmen and individuals who wish to invest in the scheme. The project does not involve the construction of any buildings as existing houses on the land would be converted into a club house, changing rooms and a bar/restaurant. The golf course would be located close to a 5-star hotel planned to be built in Torre-solí by Solvia Development S.L., with 225 bedrooms, a spa and 14,300 sq. metres of garden. .. and suggestions for “pitch and putt” courses Another suggestion is to create a series of “pitch and putt” courses on the island, which are a cheaper option than golf courses and only require

one-tenth of the land. The sport is apparently growing in popularity in Catalunya where there are 40 courses and it is claimed that opening courses in places such as Son Bou, Santo Tomàs, Cala Galdana, Ciutadella and near S’Algar or Punta Prima could extend the season by one month at either end. One such course is already under construction at the Malbúger Sports Centre in Maó, at a cost of 400,000 euros.

Fornells hosts 113 km. triathlon The last Sunday in September saw 410 athletes participate in the “Extreme Man 113” triathlon - 1.9 km. swimming, 90 km. cycling and 21.1 km. running - held in Fornells, a significant increase on last year’s entry list of 290. Over 50 of the competitors were from abroad; France England, Germany, Italy and Scotland and 73 were from Menorca. Amongst the professionals taking part were the 32-year old Spaniard, Clemente Alonso, who won the competition last year, and 36-year old Briton Philip Mosley who finished fourth last year. Clement Alonso was again the first man to cross the finishing line, completing the gruelling 113 km. triathlon in 3 hours, 53 minutes and 20 seconds and bettering his time of just over four hours last year. In second place was José Manuel Tobar, 3 minutes 20 seconds behind the winner and in third, Xavi Llobet in 4 hours and 36 seconds. The highest placed Menorcan athlete was Juli Martí who finished eighth in a time of 4 hours, 19 minutes and 1 second. The first woman to finish was Sophie Kiefer from France in a time of 5:04:59, followed by Nuria Aubeso (5:10:12) with Luciana Bermúdez in third place (5:16:45).

ish Cancer Association). Teresa set out at 0345 hrs. from Cap d’Artrutx, estimating that it would take her between 14 and 16 hours. In the event she completed the 21-mile (39.4 kms.) swim in 12 hours 18 minutes and 42 seconds, breaking the existing record set in 2009 by just 18 seconds. She is the first women to have swum the Menorcan Channel and only the seventh person to have officially completed the swim. Es Mercadal to spend 26,000 euros on signposting paths Es Mercadal Council has contracted Prosenyal S.L. to supply and install signposts on the district’s coastal paths and walks

Spanish Europe class sailing championships in Maó Some 77 participants from 17 clubs participated in the Spanish Europe Class Sailing Championships held in Maó from 9th to 12th September. After four days of racing the winner was Albert Codinachs (CV Blanes) with Juan Calvo Boronat (RCN Denia) in second and Veith Nicklas (CN Ibiza) third. The highest placed Menorcan was Jordi Triay (CM Mahón/Pedro’s Boat Centre) who finished in eighth place. Cross-channel swim for charity Mallorcan Teresa Planas swam the channel separating Menorca and Mallorca in September to raise funds for the A.E.C.C. (Spanfocus on menorca 23


at a cost of 26,148 euros. Maps and panels giving information on the land, places of interest, the length of the route and the degree of difficulty will be erected on four walks: Fornells to Ses Salines, Arenal d’en Castell to Punta Grossa, Ses Salines to Son Parc and Coves Noves to Macaret, Cala Molí and Addaia. Jackie Haworth recognised for her dedication to Cala en Porter As part of this year’s Cala en Porter fiesta programme, Alaior Council paid homage to Jackie Haworth for her “dedication to the urbanisation”. A resident of some 30 years standing, Jackie has always been involved in organising events and activities in Cala en Porter and is currently the President of the Petanca Association. An act of homage was held in Bar Pons at which Jackie was presented with a plaque and a book on Menorca. Lazareto visits may continue in winter The guided tours of Lazareto have proved so popular that not only did the Fundació Destí (tourist board) have to put on extra tours in August and the first fortnight in September, but the possibility of continuing the visits beyond 15th October is now being considered by the Island Council. Maó Motor Show cancelled The economic crisis and a lack of confidence in the results have led the Association of Car Dealerships in Menorca to cancel FE24 focus on menorca

RIAME, the Maó Motor Show. The figures show that, since 2001 there has been a 67% drop in car sales in Menorca, from around 7,000 vehicles sold in 2001 to approximately 2,300 last year, leaving many dealerships in a precarious situation. FERIAME was held last year after a two-year absence. On the other hand Habitat, the fair for home decoration and interior design, may return this year after a three-year absence, providing that there is sufficient response from the sector to participate. The planned dates for the fair are 11th, 12th and 13th November.

Possibility that Vueling will offer a same-day return flight to Madrid in winter The Councillor for Transport, Luis Alejandre, has confirmed that there is a possibility that Vueling will operate a same-day return flight to Madrid this winter. The Councillor stressed the importance that such a flight would have for Menorca, adding that a condition would be that it departs before 1000 hrs. and returns after 1900 hrs. Two Euromillion winners in Menorca in one month A businessman from Es Castell, who owns a car dealership on the Sant Lluís industrial estate, was the lucky holder of a ticket with five correct numbers in the Euromillion draw in mid September, netting 58,899 euros. The winning ticket was purchased in the Sant Lluís newsagents. Later in the month a second lucky gambler was one of six people in Europe to share the Euromillion lottery’s top prize, receiving 311,192 euros for his 10-euro stake. The ticket was sold in Café Balear, a bar in Carrer Nou, Ferreries. Remember, remember, the fourth of November The Rotary Club’s Bonfire Night will be held on Friday, 4th November this year at the Picadero Restaurant, with the fire being lit at 2000 hrs. and fireworks later, on what Ivor White promises will be a “riotous night”. As this is a smaller venue than in previous years and numbers are limited, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance. These are on sale at the Picadero Restaurant and Bonnin Sanso’s office at 10 euros for adults, 5 euros for children, the cost including a hamburger or hot dog and hot soup.

Cats in Need Another charitable concern in need of funds is Janice Bockling’s “Cats in Need” which feeds and cares for the island’s stray cats, neutering them to prevent over-population. In order to raise funds Janice sells a good selection of general greeting cards, Christmas cards, diaries, calendars, gifts with a difference, bone china mugs and much more, not to mention both current and back copies of Focus, from her home at Noria Riera 16, Es Castell, on Fridays from 1100-1300 hrs. and Sundays 1000-1330 hrs. Boat Jumble Sale in Es Castell Intermar, Chris and Cathy Collman’s marine company, is to hold a Boat Jumble Sale on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October, from 1000 hrs., on the Es Castell industrial estate, number 28. Offering the chance to bring or buy there will be hundreds of boating related bargains, not to mention a bar and space to park. More information can be obtained on tel. 696 434 787 or by email on intermar.menorca@gmail.com.


EVENTS TO LOOk OuT FOR ... Saturday, 1st October 1000-1230 hrs. Guided Menorcan Cheese & Wine Tour at the Sant Patrici estate, Ferreries (see cheese production, the cheese museum, the estate’s cellar and sample their products). Further information on www.santpatrici.com. 1800-2200 hrs. Astronomy session in La Mola Fortress. Sunday, 2nd October 1000 hrs. XIII Day of the Bicycle in Es Castell - cycle tour of the district - registration in the Cultural Centre annex in the Plaça Esplanada. Friday, 7th October 1930-2130 hrs. Demonstration by artist Elisabeth Wakeford of hand-painting T-shirts, wraps, scarves and jewellery, with a chance to order items (all priced under 20 euros) for Christmas. To be held at Es Mercadal Emporium. Entrance fee of 5 euros includes drinks and nibbles and will be donated to ASPANOB. Limited numbers so please book your place in advance through Linda Dove on 971 375 669. Thursday, 6th October Sant Patrici Cheese & Wine tour (see Saturday, 1st) Saturday, 8th October Sant Patrici Cheese & Wine tour (see Saturday, 1st) Saturday, 15th October 2100 hrs. Concert by the National Academy of Santa Cecilia (Italy), conducted by Carlo Rizzari, in the Teatre Principal, Maó. Friday, 21st October XI International Cycling Tour. Further information on www.menorcacicloturista.com. Saturday, 22nd October XI International Cycling Tour. Further information on www.menorcacicloturista.com. Sant Patrici Cheese & Wine tour (see Saturday, 1st) 2030-2200 hrs. Concert by Guiem Soldevila in the Sant Diego Cultural Centre, Alaior. Sunday, 23rd October XI International Cycling Tour. Further information on www.menorcacicloturista.com. Menorca Britannia Association’s Car Treasure Hunt - follow historic clues to answer questions or collect required items before arriving at a special surprise event at lunch time. Further details available from Sheila on tel. 971 366 206. 1800 hrs. Teronga - African music and dance in the Teatre Principal, Maó. Saturday, 29th October 1145-2130 hrs. VII Menorca Mountain Bike Tour. Further in-

formation on www.menorcabtt.com. 1800 hrs. Family show - La Belle i la Bèstia (Beauty and the Beast) at the Teatre Principal, Maó. Sunday, 30th October Menorca Britannia Jeep Safari - a different route with free time for lunch. Further details available from Sheila on tel. 971 366 206. 1045-2030 hrs. VII Menorca Mountain Bike Tour. Monday, 31st October 1145-2130 hrs. VII Menorca Mountain Bike Tour. ***** Jazz Club Jam Session every Tuesday at 2130 hrs. in the Casino, Sant Climent. Charity Car Boot Sales 0900-1300 hrs. every Sunday at El Picadero Restaurant, Maó. Pitch fees of 5€ go to Club Vidalba. Bookings through 971 363 268. Trotting: Saturdays 1730 hrs. at the Maó hipódromo on the Maó-Sant Lluís road. Sundays 1800 hrs. Hipódromo Torre del Ram, Ciutadella (and occasional flat races). Equestrian Show Tuesdays and Thursdays 2030 hrs. “Somni 2011” at Son Martorellet on the road to Cala Galdana.

***** Exhibitions Philip Dunn “Hidden La Mola” - photos of parts of La Mola unseen by the general public. La Mola Fortress. Dani Triay “Xilos”. Centre Internacional de Gravat Xalubinia, Alaior. Until 28th October. Pou Nou “25 Years of Art and Clothing”. Sa Nostra’s Cultural Hall, Ciutadella. Until 14th October. Francesc Florit Nin “Arrels als ulls”. Sa Nostra’s Cultural Hall, Maó. Until 20th October. History of the “casetes de vorera” (small huts on the Menorcan coast originally used by fishermen). Sant Diego Cultural Centre, Alaior. Open 1900-2100 hrs. except Mondays. Until 13th October. focus on menorca 25


PLACES OF INTEREST MAÓ La Mola Fortress Well preserved 18th century fortress at the mouth of Maó harbour. Open daily from 1000-1400 hrs. Audio tours in English. Guided tours, Jeep Safari La Mola (Mondays, 1030 hrs.), Monumental tours and cycling route available by prior booking. Tel. 971 364 040 / 686 659 400; www.fortalesalamola.com Isla del Rey Hospital Former naval hospital built by the British in the eighteenth century currently under restoration but well worth a visit, with rooms laid out with equipment from the period. Boats leave for the islet from Moll d’Hospital near the end of Calle Fontanillas, Es Castell, on Sundays at 0900 hrs. returning about 1100 hrs. Lazareto The former quarantine island in the port of Maó is now open to the public with 90-minute guided tours every Sunday, until 15th October (this date may be extended). The boat leaves from Calasfonts at 1715 hrs. Tickets at 10 euros are available from Tourist Information Offices. S’Albufera des Grau Nature Reserve Beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, on the road to Es Grau. Guided tours of approx. 2 ½ hrs. Saturday mornings for groups of more than 6, by prior booking. Tel. 971 356 302 / 609 601 249. Trepucó Talayotic Village Camí de Gràcia, Trepucó. Open Tuesday to Friday 0900-1430 hrs., weekends 0900-1500 hrs. Information office closed Mondays. Entrance 1.80€, free on Sunday. Menorca Museum Open Tuesday to Saturday 1000-1400 hrs. and 1800-2030 hrs., Sundays 1000-1400 hrs. Hernández Sanz-Hernández Mora Museum Claustre del Carme 5. Open Monday to Saturday 1000-1300 hrs. and Monday to Friday 1800-2100 hrs. Entrance free. Parc Rubió i Tudurí Large collection of indigenous plants. Open Monday to Saturday 1000-1300 hrs. and 1700-2000 hrs. The Golden Farm, Sant Antoni Only available through the Asociació Menorca Britannia. Normally on Mondays and Fridays at 1700, 1800 and 1900 hrs. although times may vary. 10€ per person (children over 12 only). Prior booking essential through Sheila on 971 366 206. CIUTADELLA Cathedral of Menorca Open for visits Monday to Saturday 1000-1330 hrs. and 1600-1800 hrs. S’Hostal Quarries – Líthica Camí Vell, km. 1. Spectacular former quarry with botanical and mediaeval gardens. Open Monday to Sunday 0930-1430 hrs. and Monday to Saturday 1630 hrs. to sunset. Entrance: adults 4€, over 65’s 2€, groups of 12 or more 2.50€, children free. Bastió de sa Font Municipal Museum Permanent archaeological exhibition. Open mornings only 1100-1300 hrs. Naveta des Tudons Pre-Talayotic burial chamber. Maó-Ciutadella road km. 40. Open Tuesday to Saturday 0900-2030 hrs., Sunday and Monday 0900-1430 hrs. Entrance 2€, Sundays free. ES CASTELL Fort Marlborough Fortification dug into the rock by the British at the beginning of the 18th century. Cala Sant Esteve. Open Tuesday to Saturday 0930-1430 hrs. (last visit starts at 1345 hrs.), Sundays 0900-1430 hrs. (last visit starts at 1345 hrs.) Visits in various languages including English. Entrance 3€, Sundays free. Sant Felip Castle Further information from tel. 971 360 462. Menorca Military Museum (right) 26 focus on menorca


Further information from tel. 971 362 100. ES MERCADAL Menorca Craft Centre Exhibition and sale of Menorcan craftwork. Open Monday to Friday 1000-1400 hrs. and 1700-2000 hrs., Saturday 1000-1330 hrs. Entrance free. Cap de Cavalleria Ecomuseum Sta. Teresa estate-Port de Sanitja. The archaeology, ethnology and nature of the cape and an exhibition “A World to Discover”. Open daily 1000-1900 hrs. Group visits or information from 971 359 999; www.ecomuseudecavalleria.com Street Markets ALAIOR Maó Monday and Wednesday Torre d’en Galmés Sant Lluís Tuesday and Saturday Talayotic village with information office. Son Bou road. Open Ciutadella Monday Tuesday to Saturday 0900-2030 hrs., Sunday 0900-1500 hrs., Es Migjorn Gran Friday and Saturday Monday 0900-1430 hrs. Entrance 3€, Sundays free. Alaior Wednesday Thursday Es Castell

Ferreries Friday

IN MEMORy OF MARIA LuISA SERRA

Photos courtesy of www.islahospitalmenorca.org The bust of Maria Luisa Serra was unveiled on the Isla del Rey by the Mayor of Maó, Àgueda Reynés, on Sunday 11th September, a memorial to a woman who would have been 100 this year had she not died at the tender age of 56. In the words of Lorraine Ure ( a guide on the Isla del Rey), Maria Luisa Serra was “a lady of many parts and a pioneer of

her time - librarian, archivist, archaeologist, musical director, investigator, historian, photographer, philanthropist ... amongst her many talents”. She was well-known for her work both on the island and abroad and made a special study of life in Menorca in the Middle Ages and 18th century. As director of the ‘Casa de Cultura’ she also produced theatrical and live

musical events. She was one of Menorca’s most important archaeologists and was responsible for recognising and rescuing many of the island’s monuments. She and her sister bought the Puente de San Roque and donated it to the town of Mahón which conferred the prestigious title “Illustrious Daughter of Mahón” on her. To mark the

centenary of her birth, the Island Council declared 2011 “The Year of Maria Luisa Serra”. The bronze bust of Maria Luisa Serra, the work of sculptor Ramón Cuello, has been erected on the site of the sixth century Paleo Christian basilica on the Isla del Rey where the archaeologist worked intensively in the 1960’s. focus on menorca 27


LEISuRE CORNER 4

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USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS Emergencies: 112 All emergency services, English spoken 061 Medical emergencies Policía Nacional / National Police 091 062 Guardia Civil / Civil Guard 900 202 202 Salvamento Marítimo (Sea Rescue) Maó: Airport Air taxi / ambulance Ambulance – Illes Balears Ambulance – Red Cross Clínica Salus Fire Brigade

971 157 000 669 357 288 971 352 002 971 361 180 971 366 663 971 363 961 971 351 011 GESA (Elec) – breakdowns 902 534 902 Guardia Civil 971 363 297 Hospital Mateu Orfila 971 487 000 Med. Centre Dalt Sant Joan 971 353 255 Policía Local 092 Policlínica Virgen de Gràcia 971 351 115

Repsol (Gas) – breakdowns Sorea (Water) – breakdowns Tourist Information Office Town Hall

901 121 212 902 250 370 971 363 79 971 369 800

Ciutadella: Ambulance – Clinic Balear Ambulance – Red Cross Canal Salat Med. Centre Clínica Menorca Clinic Balear Policía Local Town Hall

971 482 020 971 381 993 971 480 112 971 480 505 971 482 020 971 380 787 971 381 050

Alaior: Med. Centre - Es Banyer Policía Local Red Cross / Cruz Roja Town Hall

971 372 931 971 371 320 971 371 238 971 371 002

Es Castell: Med. Centre Policía Local Town Hall

971 356 411 971 362 747 971 365 193

Es Mercadal: Med. Centre Med. Centre Fornells Policía Local Red Cross / Cruz Roja Town Hall

971 154 187 971 376 420 971 375 251 971 154 198 971 375 002

Es Migjorn Gran: Med. Centre Policía Local Town Hall

971 370 221 971 370 505 971 370 111

Ferreries: Med. Centre Policía Local Red Cross / Cruz Roja Town Hall

971 373 670 971 155 177 606 372 355 971 373 139 971 373 003

Sant Lluís: Med. Centre Policía Local Red Cross / Cruz Roja Town Hall

971 156 792 971 151 717 971 151 001 971 150 950

British Honorary Consulate:

902 109 356

Anglican Chaplain:

971 352 378 617 222 382

New Life Church Pastors: Alan Lyn

687 016 426 617 074 941

Alcoholics Anonymous: 647 713 950 Nick 971 156 972 / 630 006 647

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PRIMA VENTANAS - DOING A GOOD jOB AT ThE RIGhT PRICE With thirty-two years of experience in the business, Tony Elliott knows the importance of giving good value for money and using the right materials for the job, which is why his company, Prima Ventanas, uses a tropical mix UPVC for doors and windows that can withstand the high temperatures in Menorca, unlike the material imported from the U.K. The UPVC frames are manufactured in the company’s 6,000 sq. ft. factory on the Maó industrial estate (Calle Bajoli, 5) where Tony works with son-in-law Jesús and Prima Ventanas also installs aluminium and timber windows. As from 8th October, the factory’s showroom will be open to the public every Saturday morning from 1000-1200 hrs. Prima Ventanas offers a firstclass, reliable and prompt installation service and a 10-year guarantee on UPVC, glass and locking mechanisms. It is also the only company on the island to be able to offer ClearShield, a glass

surface protection system which makes the glass surface nonstick, thus very low maintenance and easy to clean. Prima Ventanas also services and repairs existing windows if there is a problem and has just been contracted by a major insurance company to do glass replacement and any boarding up work they may need. Tony is very interested in starting to do conservatories on the island, planning the job from start to finish and installing tinted glass in the roof or air-conditioning, if required. As well as believing in doing a good job at the right price, Tony puts on monthly special offers; October’s being a 25% discount on any doors plus free installation - an excellent reason for visiting the showroom and seeing the high quality of his finished products for yourself before ordering gleaming UPVC replacements for your old, high-maintenance timber windows and doors.

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