It’s lovely to welcome back
Emily Kaufman this week to her regular Saturday column History of Ibiza after
returning to the fold from taking a well-earned five-week sabbatical.
Although we’ve missed Emily
Kaufman there was a positive side to her break as we discovered a talented new
writer to add to our Saturday publication in Martin Davies, who from next week
will continue writing a fortnightly article on his more than interesting column,
This week we got a telephone
request followed by e-mail from a Lucy Akrill, who is a Producer at Granada
Television in the UK. Lucy Akrill asked us for advice because Granada
intend to come out to the island this summer in early June to make what initially
appears to be yet another negative television programme on Ibiza.
Lucy Akrill wrote: “I’m working
on a one-hour documentary for ITV about tourists behaving badly. What I’m looking
at is what people on the inside think of bad mannered tourists. It would be
great if you could put me in touch with people who were involved with tourism
but got out. Or indeed people who are still involved but get fed up with certain
aspects of the job. Also any ex Club reps. Or locals who knew Ibiza before it
was party land and who feel nostalgic about that time.”
I suggest Granada Television
should read some of our article on Ibiza, especially my Commentary column “Sex
& Drugs & Rock ‘N’ Roll” in Weekly Edition 023 of Saturday 4th
August 2001, where I wrote about SKY Television making their initial appearance
on the island during the early summer of 1997. Their programme director, Tom
Quicke, came into our office at the time to explain that SKY Television had
come to the island to make several television series on Ibiza.
I explained in my column
last August of how we supplied SKY with positive material for the good of all
concerned. Nonetheless, Tom Quicke was instructed by the SKY powers that be
to produce Ibiza Uncovered. There’s an awful lot more to this island then
Sky revealed in their randy television series.
Ibiza is not a threat or
a nightmare that needs a big clean-up so surely this is a well-trodden trail
with lashings of below-par-performances of the sexual shenanigans that come
across on television as either crude or ridiculous on the must-see lifestyle
of summer on Ibiza.
We all experience the world
in a unique way but people do put a lot of hope in holidays where the summertime
and living it up isn’t easy here on the island. This is another ripple in a
doll-sized teacup that will most probably be blown up again into a media storm.
If I truly expressed all my opinions some of the people out there would be breaking
into a cold sweat at suggestions from some of the in-yer-face type media who
come to haunt Ibiza.
Every subject has its professional
jargon but the lion’s share of the blame for young people behaving badly on
holiday is laid at the door of the type of media that come to the island to
entice the minority who obviously show they have the brains of a rockin horse.
Words once spoken can never
be recalled. I started our (what Sinclair Newton christened) Saturday Whiz-Bang
to inform and share with folk out there some of the colourful insight of the
island and to also offer a definite guide for would-be interested people on
Therefore, it is our intention
if allowed, to eventually forge a more-than-useful alliance with Granada to
hopefully get some positive points across on why this ancient island is such
a strong attraction and a huge influence on the party-loving young people who
flock each summer to Ibiza.
We appreciate our readers
written views and opinions so please carry-on writing in and we will always
be pleased to reply and do our very best to answers your questions.