Dear Sir,
Yet again Calvia council seems hell bent on making more work on which to spend ratepayers money - you only have to look around the municipality to see the proliferation of graffiti (not urban art) following the directive given several years ago by yet another socialist mayor (Sra. Margarita Najera - "go forth and paint on walls").

There are very few places that have not been used by these so called ‘artists’- not only in ‘Calvia’ but all over the island. Motorways and under construction motorways - Son Ferriol/motorway sound barriers/ behind overhead motorway signs - the list is endless (as is the graffiti!).

Surely this is ‘defacing public property’ and should be liable for fines or for cleaning by perpetrators, - instead of using taxpayers money when they do eventually get round to it. Whilst appreciating that there are some fantastic artists about (painting of leopard on school wall at ‘Son Bugadelles’ one that springs to mind), however the majority have been done by mindless, bored (not so young) ‘individuals’ who have no respect for public property or any idea of the cost incurred when it comes to removing their ‘so called works of art’.

People must see these artists at work, so why aren’t they reported to the police? Also from where do they get the money to purchase the cans of paint?

A very disgruntled Calvia ratepayer

Minorca tourism
Dear Sir,
Minorca: further to your editorial on the reduction of the number of British tourists visiting the island due to fewer flights and subsequent pessimistic future for the tourist industry. I visit Ciutadella most months on the ferry from Puerto Alcudia to Port Son Blanc close to Ciutadella. There are daily departures, travel time depending on choice of ferry, 2¼ to 3½ hours; return cost, passenger only with resident discount under 25€.

I do not have statistics only personal observations. Minorca seems very popular with Spanish tourists from the Peninsula travelling by ferry with car, family and pets from Barcelona. In summer 2017 the historic streets of old Ciudadella seemed crowded with guided groups of French. The more popular of Minorca’s remote sandy beaches attracted bronzed Italians.

A huge success story is the burgeoning popularity of the Cami de Cavalls with the active of all nationalities including the Japanese, a pathway along the entirety of the coast and accessible only by bicycle or on foot. My fervent congratulations to those who persevered against vested interest to preserve access to this historic bridleway. The tourist bars in Ciutadella have a very short season - late April to early September - possibly due to lack of flights as the ferries run all year.

C F Mills

300 days of sunshine?
Dear Sir,
According to figures, Majorca claims to have three hundred days of sunshine per year. I have frequently wondered how this figure was arrived at. In Tuesday’s Bulletin, it was stated that the island enjoys 2,779 hours of sun per year, which equates to 230 days assuming a twelve hour day. Which figure is correct is purely academic.

Either way, it is certainly sunnier than Tighnabruaich on the west coast of Scotland where we enjoy 1149 hours of sunshine per year and almost four times the annual rainfall of Majorca.

Yours sincerely,
Peter Bannatyne
Puerto Pollensa


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Ron / Hace about 1 year

Dear Editor,

Language madness

I don't often feel so incensed as to write to your column personally. But I refer to this fiasco involving positions in the Balearic Symphony Orchestra. 'Oposiciones' which generally refer to governmental/local administrators' jobs which need a B2 level in catalán are now being applied to members of the orchestra. (B2 is only equivalent to a GCSE). Last time I checked here we live in a bilingüel society where equality of language prevails. There are now 15 vacancies in the orchestra, and the directors have been asked to give preference for those positions to musicians who speak catalán. Even though the musicians say that with foreign conductors, who speak many languages, they have no issues. In this troubled life we lead here - worrying more about issues of tourism, music is the great leveller, the appreciation of which knows no political or lingüistic boundaries. For goodness sake get this nationalistic stupitidy sorted. Ron Forbes (ex musician)