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Daily Bulletin and other News articles of interest
« on: June 08, 2011, 23:32:05 PM »
Fifty years of loyalty to the same hotel

Pollensa.—The Hotel Illa d’Or in the Port of Pollensa has paid tribute to its most loyal clients, the Menzies family who can lay claim to 50 years of holidays at the same hotel on Majorca.
It reads like a story from a romantic novel but it happens to be true. Roy and Diana Menzies came to know one another through chance when they both took shelter from a fierce storm at the entrance to the hotel in 1975.

Roy had already been coming to the area for 14 years and when the couple came on honeymoon to the Hotel Illa d’Or the following year, it was the continuation of a long association that the family had already enjoyed with the Port.

The Menzies, now with the addition of their daughter Fiona, come once or twice every year so it was with genuine warmth that the Hotel Illa d’Or yesterday paid tribute to the family to mark the occasion of Roy’s first visit. Roy was just 15 at the time and he came accompanied by his parents who were established fans of the Illa d’Or.

A very different place “The Port of Pollensa, and Majorca in general is now a very different place from what it used to be in those early days,” reminisced Roy yesterday. “There were hardly any buildings on the seafront, only some small individual villas and goats were grazing behind the hotel!” Roy said that it was halfway through the 1980s when development started on building the properties two or three streets back from the shoreline which were to become the hub of the tourist industry in the Port.

Roy remembers leaving the Brisas bar to go straight down to the sea dodging the pine trees en route. He said that coming from the airport in those days, everything past Santa Maria was countryside.

The whole atmosphere of the Port, he recalled, was much more secluded and picturesque when he first came to the Port of Pollensa, but he added that although that is now gone, there is a much more lively atmosphere.

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Roy paid his own tribute to the friendships he and his family had struck up in the hotel, and in the area of Pollensa over the years. He claimed that the Hotel Illa d’Or had become much more like a second home for him. It is one of the oldest and most emblematic in the Port of Pollensa. Built in 1929, it has had whole generations of tourists pass through its doors, most English, some of them famous.

It is rumoured that the hotel is the setting used by English novelist Agatha Christie in her story “Problem at Pollensa” which describes a mysterious disappearance from the hotel in the early part of the 20th century.

Other well-known visitors include actors Jane Seymour, Anthony Quayle, Fernando Ochoa, Lorenzo Quinn and Elvira Lindo.

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 18:52:43 PM »
I often look at the DB Whats On section and also have been getting updated email info on requested months for a couple of years. Today I was sad to be told they no longer do this service, and to look on the Whats On section on line. When I tried this, the page was blank. ??? Its not usually, but it doesnt really give a comprehensive list of whats going on when you look online. Such a shame DB has stopped this email service with updated info. It means I'll have to do yet more surfing! ::)

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2011, 20:04:45 PM »
Bella,

 Relax, we've just got a new showbiz Ed in Mary so between us we'll keep you posted on all that is going on.
 
 La Traviata on tonight in Palma , but hey, how many times have I seen this ?

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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011, 20:16:43 PM »
What is up with the Daily Bulletin!!?? Nothing showing for days now, no front page or whats on. Anyone have any inside info?
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2011, 20:48:41 PM »
I never look at the Bulletin's website, so hadn't noticed, but I'll have a word and see what's occurring.

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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2011, 23:16:33 PM »
What is up with the Daily Bulletin!!?? Nothing showing for days now, no front page or whats on. Anyone have any inside info?

Bella,

Log onto the Ultima Hora . This is the sister paper of the DB and gives you the unsanitised news on Mallorca which they tone down for the English version i.e. The DB. You can read this in English as they offer this service. Just amazing what stories you can read here but not in the DB.

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 08:21:32 AM »
Thanks BL. Will have a look at that. DB up and running this morning. They seem to go blank at the changeover time and also at weekends recently. Not happened before and I think they are having some sort of shake up.
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2011, 13:13:05 PM »

Curtesy of Andrew's blog.

The cost of electricity and gas will rise once more from 1 July. Electricity will increase by an average of 1.5%, while gas will rise by around 5.7%. A bottle of butane gas will now cost 14.80 euros.
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2011, 11:26:42 AM »
Government wants to try and tackle the “balconing” craze

Palma.—The so called “balconing” craze appears to still be in fashion this year with people, most of them under the affects of alcohol, leaping from their hotel balconies into the pool below and posting the videos on You Tube.
Over the past few days, four people have fallen from their hotel balconies in Majorca and Ibiza, one died.
And now, the Balearic government is going to study a series of measures in an attempt to stamp out this life threatening phenomenon which looks set to overshadow this summer again.

Both the Balearic government and the central government delegate to the Balearics brought up the matter yesterday, but the two administrations admitted that it is going to be a very difficult problem to resolve because young holiday makers can not be “policed” 24 hours a day. What is more, hoteliers are opposed to redesigning balconies because of a small minority.

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I find this totally ridiculous. IF people are determined to act like sheep and do things which are going to result in their death, then why on earth should the authorities be expected to do a study, which will cost a fortune, to find out why?! If balconies are dangers, then of course this is an entirely different matter, but surely people have to take responsibility for themselves not to do stupid things? ???
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« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2011, 08:43:51 AM »
A bit of the news on  line today made me think;

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When I saw that The Guardian and The Observer were dropping their international editions as a cost-saving measure, my first thought was: poor Ian! My friend can be found every morning in the square in Pollenca, Majorca, sipping a coffee, his dog resting under the table, getting his daily fix from The Guardian. Reading the paper online will never be quite the same.

In the past decade most British papers have increased their overseas sales by using satellite printing plants all over Europe. Most papers print in Madrid, some in Majorca itself. The favourites among the expatriate community are, unsurprisingly, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. The risk in abandoning overseas sales is that The Guardian and Observer will not be able to follow their readers on holiday, forcing them to try an alternative – and that can be dangerous if they stick with the new paper when they return home.

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What papers do you real whilst away? Do you hunt for your favourite UK one - are they still a day behind now? - or do you go for the Mallorca locals, in English of course! I still stick to the Daily Bulletin, although some editions are better than others I find. The only time I am interested in the English paper is the day before we return home, just incase I have missed the end of the world or something! :o
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2011, 08:55:36 AM »
SWMBO insists on the Daily Mail so each day I trudge off to Spar and reluctantly part with 2.20 euro for a paper which will end up in the re-cycling bin the following day. I get the Bulletin every second day or so and IMO good value at 1 euro - would rather not have anything really but damned if I'm going to sit there having my coffee staring at a 2.20 euro back page  :)

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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2011, 09:09:33 AM »
You are so right! The price of English magazines is outrageous! I hadn't realised this for a while until I decided to treat myself to an OK! magazine the other year. NEARLY £7!!!!!!  :o Mind you, I did buy The Sun the other year when my son was on the front page after being shot - he could have made a better papper though for goodness sake! ;)
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2011, 09:13:06 AM »
Bella,

Get yourself an iPad and you can get English papers here on the cheap. Pay £9.99 per month for The Times and £1.79 for a Sunday Times ( all sections included ) which costs you 5.50 Euros in the shop for the condensed edition.

Do buy the Ultima Hora here which is the sister paper of the DB and is not "sanitized" for Engish readers like the DB . You can view this on line and get an English translation . So if anything looks interesting home to the iPad and get it translated.

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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2011, 10:01:00 AM »
Im still in favour of Old School reading, real books, real paper, turn the page etc! I know it will finally all turn techno, but will hold out for as long as I can! 8)
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2011, 11:29:03 AM »
Bloke in the Corner buys the Telegraph, but as its so expensive we only have the Saturday one (I think its about 4.60€).  Its printed in Madrid and the supplements are condensed, with half of them missing.  He primarily likes the crossword, so we end up paying twice as much for half the paper, solely for the crossword!