The Torrent des Pareis Concert

The annual concert at the most impressive Torrent des Pareis setting will be given tomorrow, July 1st, 2012, by Cap Pela, a young Mallorcan rock band singing a capella, with voices only and no instruments. Cap Pela are quite popular and have a sizable following. They have toured Germany recently, giving concerts in Leipzig, as well as Cannes in France. Tomorrow’s concert will be free, franc and gratis, as it is being sponsored by Sa Nostra, the Mallorcan savings bank. Moltes gràcies.

If you can’t make tomorrow’s event, you can also hear Cap Pela in Sa Màniga (Cala Millor) on July 6th, as well as on July 28th at the Claustre de Santo Domingo (Pollença), but then you will have to pay between 12 € and 25 €. Here’s a sample of a performance of theirs, courtesy of YouTube:

The images were borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of enunclickclack.blogspot.com.es (top) and cappela.es (centre). The video was borrowed from YouTube, courtesy of CapPelaOficial.

Thank you very much, and

muchas gracias.

The Torrent des Pareis Concert

Palma Photo 2012

Palma Photo 2012 was inaugurated one week ago, June 21st. Twenty galleries and museums dedicate some or all of their exhibition spaces to photography. Some of the photographic work is truly inspiring. At the CaixaForum, for instance, you can see some somber images of religious rites in Spain during the 1970s and ’80s (see photo above). At the Baluard Museu d’Art, portraits and still lifes are presented from the hand – and the eye – of Tony Catany, one of the most outstanding photographers alive in Mallorca (see photo below). Other galleries and exhibition spaces are: Aba Art, Altair, La Caja Blanca, Ferran Cano, Casal Solleric, Xavier Fiol, Maior, Horrach Moyá, Joan Oliver, Pelaires CCC, Fran Reus, SKL, Ses Voltes, Gabriel Vanrell, etc. Most exhibitions will be open until well into July. You could go and indulge yourself visually.

Artists participating in PalmaPhoto 2012 include: Toni Amengual, Nobuyoshi Araki, Adam Ball, Jordi Bernardó, Pepe Cañabate, Toni Catany, Diana Coca, Mitos Colom, Jorge Cosmen, Elger Esser, Nando Esteva, Alicia Framis, Alberto Garcia-Alix, Cristina García Rodero, Pabo Genovés, Susi Gómez, Fernando Guijar, Maria Hook, María Juarros, Nuri Llompart, Andrés López, Robert Mapplethorpe, Almagul Menlibayeva, López Moral, Joan Morey, Antonio Navarro, Cecilia Paredes, Teresa Pou, Lluís Real, Javier Saguillo, Charles Sandinson, Amparo Sard, Eulàlia Valldosera, Gori Vicens and Massimo Vitali.

The photo (top) was taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 27th, 2012. The time was 17:56:40. The images (centre and bottom) were borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of esbaluard.org and palmaphoto.es.

Moltes gràcies, and

muchas gracias.

Palma Photo 2012

Ode to Joy

Tomorrow, we will be in for a treat. The Orquestra Simfònica de Balears ‘Ciutat de Palma’ will give a Benefit Concert at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Projecte Home Balears on Friday, June 29th, at 21h30 in the Catedral de Palma. Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony will be performed at the festive occasion and the Coral Universitaria will provide the choir performance. Tickets are still available for 10 €, 20 € and 30 €, all going to Projecte Home Balears and their untiring efforts to combat drug addiction and substance dependence.

The Ninth Symphony in D minor, Opus 125, was composed by Beethoven 190 years ago (1822 to 1824) and dedicated to Friedrich Wilhelm III, King of Prussia. The symphony was first performed in Vienna on May 7th, 1824. Ignaz Schuppanzigh directed the orchestra, in the presence of the composer. The symphony was a great success, and its first performance had five recalls, of which the Emperor lasted only for three.

Beethoven composed his symphony and added an Ode to Joy at the end of the fourth movement. To add an ending with choir was an idea which he had mused upon since 1807. For this purpose, he decided on a version dating from 1803, revised by Schiller himself.

The photo (top) was taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 19th, 2011. The time was 13:42:37.

The images (centre and bottom) were borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of playbillarts.com and projectehome.com.

Thank you very much, and

muchas gracias.

Ode to Joy

Around the World in 587 Solar Days

A quite unique catamaran boat anchored in Port Adriano (Calvià) yesterday, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s biggest solar panelled boat. Tûranor means Power of the Sun in J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology.

The vessel has recently completed a 50,000 kilometers ocean crossing around the world from Monaco to Monaco in 587 days. The extraordinary journey, the first and only one of a water-logged solar vehicle to have achieved a circumnavigation, started on September 27th, 2010, and concluded on May 6th, 2012. It had all started with a vision inspired by Jules Verne’s novels: Travelling around the world aboard a ship which is being propelled by solar energy only, an ecological and technological journey that looked feasible in 2004 when the vision was first voiced, but that no one had ever tried. The boat is now on its way home, doing a tour of some parts of the Mediterranean promoting the potential of renewable energies on board and elsewhere.

The clean and quiet vessel was launched in March 2010 in Kiel, Germany, in the shipyards of Knierim Yachtbau after 14 months of construction, following a design by Craig Loomes from New Zealand. Tûranor PlanetSolar is the biggest solar ship in the world with 537 square metres of photovoltaic panels powering the ship’s 6 blocks of lithium-ion battery. Quite a sight.

The Tûranor PlanetSolar will remain in Port Adriano until July 7th.

The photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of diariodemallorca.com and the photographer, Miquel Garau.

Muchas gracias.

Around the World in 587 Solar Days

The Posidonia Seagrass Crisis

The Posidonia oceanica sea grass, also known as Neptune Grass, is under threat. This marine plant is of an utmost importance to the coastal ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea and our marine ecosystem. The plant is seen as an indicator of clean waters, and its presence is a sign of a lack of pollution. We are lucky here in Mallorca in as much as we have a widespread presence of this plant in our coastal waters. Sadly, there are now reports that this important guardian of the ecological balance and harmony of the Mallorcan marine life is in decline. The decline is attributed to mechanical damage from trawling and boats, both fishing and leisure, from excessive coastal development and eutrophication, which causes lack of oxygen and leads to the demise of marine life, including plants and seafood, shrimp, crabs and small fish.

I wish our politicians would not spend all their time and effort and the taxpayers’ money saving our banking system but would spend some time and money on the environment that is actually there to protect us and our future generations.

Why are we all so blind?

In case I get some wisecrack comments on the state of the beach shown in the photo (bottom), let me tell you that we should be pleased to find some of our beaches full with remnants of dead sea grass. This natural debris is a sign that the Posidonia sea grass is still in existence, working away in its wondrous ways of making our sea water clean and with it, our air. The day the debris does not wash up on our beaches any longer, will be a sure sign that the Posidonia has become extinct. And extinct is forever. Let’s not forget that.

The photo (top) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of deepbluehome.blogspot.com.es.

Thank you very much.

The photo (bottom) was taken near Can Picafort, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: March 30th, 2012. The time was 11:41:56.

The Posidonia Seagrass Crisis

An Early Summer Heat Wave

AEMet, Spain’s Meteorological Institute, has given a weather alert concerning an Ola de Calor, a heat wave.  That’s early. The big Summer heat wave normally comes around July 20th, give or take a week. That makes it three weeks early for this year’s early Ola de Calor. In Southern parts of mainland Spain, temperatures are said to be going up to 38° C, even 40° C in some places. Here in Mallorca, temperatures are forecast to reach 30° C today and tomorrow, and may go up to 31° C in some places, and even 33° C by Friday. UV radiation will be higher than normal as well these next few days with a reading of 11 and above.

My advice would be to take it easy. Be wise. Put a straw hat on your head or some other cover whenever you go out. Drink plenty of liquid, preferably non-alcoholic. Put some sun cream lotion on, ideally with a higher than 35 factor. When at home, keep your persianers shut all day long and open the windows. If you must go to the beach, seek out a Cala where you will have plenty of natural tree shade, such as in my photo, taken in s’Arenal Petit, in Portocolom. Don’t sit and get your skin burned; you will suffer from it. If you do get sun burned, apply some juice from a freshly cut Aloe Vera plant, or rub your burned skin with some plain natural yoghurt.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 22nd, 2012. The time was 11:34:41.

An Early Summer Heat Wave

The Son Menut Stud Farm

A long time ago, in mainland Spain, the Carthusian monks were famous for their role in breeding the Pura Raza Española or Andalusian horse. Toni Barceló from Son Menut near Felanitx is not a monk as far as I would know but, yes, he breeds P. R. E. horses, and successfully so. He is a very dedicated man, not unlike his brother, Miquel Barceló, the artist. There are some 90 horses in Son Menut at the moment, and more than half of those are of the Andalusian race. Twelve of those stallions and mares are for sale now for amounts of between 4,000 and 6,000 €, should you be interested.

The Son Menut Stud Farm also offers equestrian holiday packages, including excursions on horse back, riding classes for beginners, for children and for more advanced riders, as well as tuition in jumping and dressage. Accommodation can be provided at Son Menut, a finca well dedicated to the world of horses.

The photos were taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 20th, 2012. The time was 14:55:33 and 15:15:24, respectively.

The Son Menut Stud Farm