on Ibiza for me has always been a quiet affair and it’s definitely not a commercial
event. In fact the only Christmas tree I can vividly remember here on the island
was during the middle 1980s.
went along with three of my dear Ibicenco friends to celebrate midnight mass
at the Cathedral in Ibiza and on the way walking up to the Dalt Vila we called
at a bar in the old part of the town for a quickie before going to attend the
at the time was ready to do away with the 100 peseta bank note and bring in
the coin to replace it. In this bar there was a huge Christmas tree and the
only decoration hanging on the tree was hundreds of 100 peseta bank notes.
no nervous shopping day count down here to Christmas Day. Even on Christmas
Eve night you can casually wander into your local butchers (as I normally do)
to buy a turkey, leg of lamb or whatever takes your fancy without having to
queue for an eternity or end up getting trampled to death in a stampede.
W Huffman our Anthropological View columnist left the island with his wife on
Wednesday and they have headed for the scrumpy county of Somerset in the UK
to spend their Yule-tide with Kirk’s mother, his sister and two brothers to
enjoy a families affair together.
Wright our Local News journalist left the island today with her parents and
they set off on a driving holiday travelling somewhere around the mainland.
Kaufman our History of Ibiza contributor departs from the island with her family
on Monday and they are going to spend what will surly be a wonderful culture
week together in the Span’s magnificent capital city of Madrid.
Newton our Sober Life columnist is at his home in the Greater Manchester area
of the UK where he will still carry on to contribute and write his weekly column.
P Ribas our Island Ecology correspondent and myself will remain here on the
island throughout the festive season and probably we will never have a further
cause to leave this haven ever again throughout our lives.
José, Sinclair and myself will do what we can to entertain our readers until
the other three member of our editorial staff return, hopefully, fully refreshed
sometime early in the New Year.
I imagine Her Majesty the Queen has received the best Christmas present that
anybody could possibly be given. This week Britain’s greatest living figurative
painter, Lucian Freud, played Father Christmas and gave her a portrait painting
as a present.
remember reading a newspaper article at the beginning of 1999 when for six years
previously the delicate negotiations between the Queen’s most trusted confidant
and controversial artist failed to reach a compromise. But finally, they came
to fruition. Lucian Freud, renowned for both his penetrating portraits and his
prickly temperament, had provisionally consented to paint Her Majesty.
was, however, one proviso. The 76-year-old artist at the time, whose often unflattering
portraits have led to him being hailed as the world’s greatest living realism
painter, insisted that the Queen must travel to his west London studio in Notting
Hill for her sittings.
artist, who prefers to paint in artificial light between 2am and 4am, apparently
requested that the Queen endure no less than 72 sittings.
Lucian Freud's portrait of the Queen