Let the public visit the Puig Major, the base with a view
2002 has been declared the Year of the Mountain.
What better time to start a campaign to reclaim the best view of this wonderful island that has been denied to its population for many years.
I refer of course to the vista from the peak of the Puig Mayor.
I am not suggesting the base be removed, simply that the public be able to reach the peak and enjoy a panorama unsurpassed in the western Mediterranean. I don't believe in the age of satellites that national security is an issue here. A campaign needs to be launched , led by prominent Majorcans, to persuade the military high command in Madrid to allow access to one of the most emblematic pieces of Majorcan real estate.
Palma Nova blues
Just back from a fab holiday in Palma Nova 2 16 Sept 02. All in all it was a brilliant holiday. However all was not rosy in the garden. While all efforts are made in the clean up of the beach and thoroughfares in Palma Nova something needs to be done about the water it was terrible with nappies, etc appearing on the beach from the water in the late evening. But my big crib is the number of smokers yes smokers who discard their ends in the water in view of all and when tackled about same are quite rude....... et al. Perhaps more signage advising people not to do here what they would not do at home. As I said to one gent I hate to see your home if this is what you do on holidays in another persons country/home. Anyway looking forward to my return there same place same hotel.
In the aftermath of the German elections last weekend, and the narrow victory for the SPD/Green coalition over their conservative/liberal coalition opposition, there was one most interesting issue that without doubt affected the result. Apart from clangers dropped by, on the one part a minister in the SPD likening George Bush's attitude to Iraq to Hitler, ie diverting Americans' attention from troubles at home, with a diversionary action abroad, and the Liberals' deputy chairman stating Sharon and Israeli actions was a self-inflicted reason for anti semitism, these seemed to cancel each other out. The 10 point lead enjoyed in the run-up to the election by the Conservatives was eroded by Schroeder of the SPD in part by his decisive action during the summer heavy floods, but mainly due to his clear statement that German forces would not be sent to Iraq. Apart from Blair and Aznar, there is little support in Europe for the Bush policy/attitude, at best one or two countries paying lip service, and hopefully, the sense and maturity of European leaders will curb Bush in his headlong rush into reckless scenarios which can have devastating results, as in the Middle East.
Bush and his advisors are in desperate need of lessons in diplomacy, and hopefully Europe will be able to give him the benefit of its experience and wisdom before irrevocable and irresponsible actions on his part create a monumental problem.