And what about Palma
THE Balearic government has given shops in the Marratxi area the green light to open on Sundays and on public holidays. The municipality of Marratxi has been declared an area “of tourist value” and therefore falls into the same category as shops in the resorts. It is a victory for Festival Park as their shops will be allowed to open whenever they want. I must say I am rather pleased as Festival Park, which some had dismissed as a white elephant, continues to go from strength to strength. The group of Welsh investors who poured in excess of 50 million pounds into the project must surely be pleased. But on the other hand it would be rather nice if shops in Palma could also open when they like. Surely, our capital city is an area of great “tourist value?” A sign of the times
HAVE you noticed the new restaurant revolution in Palma? It is quite incredible how many new restaurants are opening which offer tapas, or montaditos, in other words mini sandwiches. I was out in the area around the Santa Catalina market on Saturday night and I was amazed at all the new tapas restaurants. It makes sense if you think about it. If you want a reasonably priced meal, then tapas are the answer. First we had the Pa amb oli restaurants and now tapas and montaditos. They both share something in common, its cheap and basic cuisine which is becoming ever more popular. Thankfully someone has sbeen the light giving low economy couples the opportunity to go out for a meal without breaking the bank.

Chess Olympics
THE chess Olympics start in Calvia this morning attracting players from all over the world. I was thinking that perhaps it would be a good moment for schools to encourage more children to play the game. Let's face it for a growing number of school children sport has become a real bore and perhaps those who find football practice boring and a complete waste of time could be offered the opportunity to play chess instead. Just a thought.

Vote for Rebecca “I couldn't live in Spain...it is still a Catholic country and they don't take lightly to affairs with married men.” The words of Rebecca Loos who allegedly had an affair with England captain David Beckham. Poor old Rebecca has had to move back to London where she is making a mint appearing on reality TV shows. One thing about Rebecca, though, she has brought a touch of class to Channel Five's awful reality show, The Farm. Hope she wins it.

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