I got a large parcel through the post on Thursday weighing-in at many kilos. It was from the European Union's Madrid office. I was slightly puzzled so I opened it and to my amazement it included a full hardback copy of the European Constitution plus accompanying CD and DVD, a notebook explaining the big treaty, a miniature European flag, plus accompanying flag pole and a pen. While, it was a nice present much appreciated especially as pens are worth their weight in gold in the Bulletin news-room, I did think that it was rather a waste of money. Sending me flags and pens is not going to change my view on the Constitution, perhaps the money would have been better spent in France where the result of their referendum is still very much in doubt. But there we go. However, the flag which is sitting on my desk is certainly causing interest among my Spanish colleagues. “I thought the Brits didn't like Europe,” is their general opinion. Whatever gave them that idea! Peter's battle
FULL marks to Peter Stringfellow for taking his campaign against graffiti all the way to Calvia Mayor Carlos Delgado. The “King of Clubs” is certainly a model citizen. After his meeting with the Mayor he went out and photographed all the graffiti in the Bendinat area. These photographs are now sitting on the Mayor's desk who has given him his personal assurance that the graffiti will disappear. With a few more people like Peter Stringfellow Majorca could really become an ever greater paradise in the sun.
Royal visit
THERE is a certain buzz around the island at the moment as a result of the visit by the heir to the throne Prince Felipe and his wife Doña Letizia Ortiz next week to the Balearics. While the Prince has been a frequent visitor to the island for many years this will be his first official visit with his new wife. An extensive programme has been organised for them by the local authorities and they can expect a really warm welcome. Fingers crossed that the unsettled weather will clear up.
Don't forget Europe Day
DON'T forget the Europe Day celebrations in Palma Nova on Sunday. Last year it was a fantastic event with stalls of all shapes and sizes.
Europe will be coming together at one of my favourite tourist resorts. I just hope that there will be a spare table at my favourite restaurant (and I am not telling which one it is!) so that my day will be complete.
Come on Majorca get down to Palma Nova on Sunday.

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