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Saturday 19 April, 2014 Edition #4323

Editorial: The cycling divide

By Humphrey Carter

OVER the  past few weeks, we have received a number of letters criticisjng the attitude and behaviour of cyclists, especially those cycling in packs.
Iam a cyclists and over the past few years have been involved in three accidents. One with a Palma taxi driver, who claimed he did not see me as he pulled out from the rank, and the other two with so-called fellow cyclists who were quite simply not focused on what they were doing or where they were going.
I want to see the cycling boom here in Majorca continue but, it can not be allowed to get out of  control.
Granted the authorities have a duty to make sure the roads are safe but cyclists also have a duty to behave themselves, obey the laws and use lots of common sense.
I once witnessed a chap cycling along near Portixol while talking on his mobile, so interesting was the conversation he failed to see the lamp post he subsequently wrapped himself around.
And, just the the other day, I watched a cyclist trying  to beat the lights and the traffic in the centre of Palma while also talking on his mobile phone. If you have to use hands free phones while driving, cyclists should also be banned from using them.
It saddens me to say it but the spotlight is on us  cyclists, especially those from overseas who perhaps needs to familiarise themselves with the local traffic laws before they start hurtling round the countryside.

Balearics is top spot for Brits this Easter


By Humphrey Carter

The British Association of Travel Agents yesterday reported that Spain, in particular the Balearics and the Canary Islands are the most popular destinations.

Palma.—Despite the good weather in the UK and more than a third (35%) of British households  taking a UK short break this Easter, the Travel Association estimates that 1.6 million British holidaymakers have  headed overseas  for  this Easter Bank holiday weekend.
 Spain is the UK’s favourite foreign holiday destination with the Canary and Balearic Islands the most popular areas.
 Turkey and Tunisia have also sold well as people look to catch some spring sunshine.
Daytime temperatures this weekend are set to reach 23C or higher here in Majorca, 34C in Tunisia, 26C in Turkey and 30C in Florida, the most popular long haul destination with its wealth of great beaches and amusement parks.
 Weather in the Canaries is expected to hit 25C, with mild breezes and ample sunshine forecast for the Prime Minister’s family break in Lanzarote.

New Local Partner for North Majorca


BLEVINS Franks has appointed Rafael Belloch Rodrigo as the new, full time regional Partner for the North of Majorca.
 He is working alongside Peter Worthington, the Blevins Franks Senior Partner for the Balearics.
Rafael has 20 years of professional experience in the financial sector.
He has previously worked as Partner at Arabesque Wealth Management; Director of Corporate Finance at PWC; Strategic Planning Director at NEFINSA, and Director of Corporate Banking and Structured Finance at BNP Paribas in Madrid.
He has also worked for AB Asesores (now N+1 Private Equity) and KPMG Management Consulting in London.

Charity concert being held in Britain for Majorcan animal charity


Palma.—A Charity concert is being held in Areley Kings to raise funds for an animal shelter here in Majorca.
The concert, being organised by Poppy Everton and Danielle Bufton, will take place at the Areley Kings Village Hall in Kidderminster next Thursday at in aid of SOS Animal.
Eighteen-year-old Miss Everton, who volunteers at the charity’s Stourport shop, said: “We have gathered some local acts such as one of the organisers Danielle Bufton, along with Miette Swift and Jess Bryant.

Fury in Andraitx over Easter holiday clean up operation


By Humphrey Carter

Palma.—Andraitx Council is  not very popular with the local community at the moment.
Earlier this week there was outrage in Camp de Mar when bulldozers suddenly turned up and began clearing away mountains of smelly seaweed on the eve of the Easter holidays.
And then on Easter Thursday, when locals and tourists were looking forward to some quality time on one of the many seaside terraces in the Port of Andraitx, a bulldozer  suddenly turned up again and began clearing away the seaweed which had built up on the small beach during the winter.

Record numbers expected for eighth Majorcan Beach Rugby Tournament


By Francisco Cortez

With little over two weeks to go until the start of the eighth edition of the Koppaberg Majorca Beach Rugby tournament, organisers Steve Redfern and Suzanne Lions spoke to the Bulletin and explained this year’s event is set to break all records in terms of participation.

Palma.—  The popular tournament is to be held in Magalluf on 3 and 4 May and it is the pride and joy of  the former England rugby international, who along with  Suzanne,  takes care of all the details and planning behind the event, and who confirmed that the word is spreading quickly and the response they have received from teams interested in taking part this year has far exceed their expectations.
“This tournament is getting bigger and bigger every year.
“So far 54 teams have already confirmed their presence and we are still waiting for other three or four to confirm.
“Last year we had 42 so numbers have gone up in such a way that we actually had to turn down some requests.
“We managed to increase the number of pitches to seven to accommodate everyone but we are at full capacity right now.  We will have teams from all over the world, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium an

A new world of flavours


Opens up with the sweet sour, intense essences of particular taste full oranges out of the Valley of Sóller, also known under the name "Valley of gold".  It is not entirely clear whether here the olive oil or the widely luminous Orange plantations are meant. It is clear that orange refresh and not just pure taste..  It is clear that orange refresh and not just pure taste.

Orange Balsamic Vinegar, finest wine vinegar flavored with essences of natural oranges, turns a glass of champagne a exotic aperitif. The intense aroma and a decent acidity gives the meat sauce while preserving the extravagant touch and a simple green salad is a feast for the senses.

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High of 25 and low 11

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