Fantastic flights, but the season is over
Majorca was enjoying summer-like weather but the only problem was that the majority of hotels had closed for the winter. Bulletin reports suggested during the week that it was a great shame that the season could not be lengthen to take advantage of the autumn heat wave. But there was a low side to the brilliant weather, a forest fire broke out in Galilea, forcing the fire brigade to evacuate a number of people from their homes.  The good weather failed to change the mind of British airlines, also, with Palma airport announcing that there would only be a handful of flights from Britain during the winter but lots more from Germany and the Spanish mainland.

Mayor of Palma stepping down
The Mayor of Palma, Mateo Isern, announced that he would not be standing for reelection at the next local elections because he failed to get the necessary support from his own party. A Bulletin Viewpoint article, compared him to London Mayor Boris Johnson, because “Isern is the popular face of the Partido Popular.”

Balearic President´s tax cuts
The ruling Partido Popular was on election mode withBalearic President Bauza  announcing tax cuts for the vital election year of 250 million euros. The move was slammed by opposition parties as pure electioneering. Bauza is  behind in the opinion polls at the moment.

Ladies go pink
A group of local ladies had stripped off for a series of beautiful photographs to raise awareness of cancer.

Top bank
The Banca March had been named as the best private bank in Spain by the World Finance magazine.

Bulletin fitness columnist Luke Willis wrote in his Friday column:“you want to live a long, healthy and disease-free life, then avoiding toxins and poisons is one of the most important things you can focus on. This just got a hell of a lot harder! As many of you may know already, the Conselleria de Medio Ambiente (Majorcan Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Territory) has been spraying the island with 3 planes and 4 helicopters since 9 October and will continue till 17 November. This is part of a campaign to try and kill the Pine Processionary caterpillar (Procesionaria).”

An estimated 60,000 people had signed a petition in Palma calling for an end to bullfighting in the city. A Bulletin report said that the Balearics was becoming increasingly anti-bullfighting.

Snow on Majorca
British television presenter and historian Dan Snow had been on Majorca.  He tweeted; “there is an old expression in Majorca. ‘He who does not control the Castello d’Alaro, does not control Majorca.”

Best of British
The Deputy British ambassador to Spain Daniel Pruce and Consul General, Andrew Gwatkin had attended the British food festival at the El Corte Ingles department store in Palma. Coinciding with the event the Bulletin announced that they would be holding a showcooking event involving top British chef Marc Fosh at the festival this coming Thursday at 6p.m.

And finally
Richie Prior in his weekly column had discovered a petrol station in Majorca which had its own bar and restaurant! Happy driving!


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