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Front Cover Issue 7
Soccer Squads takes a Bow

The Play's the Thing!
New Pool Opens in Alcudia
So Farewell then, Val... and Keith!
Queen of Kayaks

Recipe - Tuna and Lentil Bake




Soccer Teams

If you thought everywhere was suddenly very quiet as the summer season officially came to an end on November 1st, then you weren't in the vicinity of Puerto Pollensa's football ground! A large and noisy celebration was taking place there as all the players that make up Port Pollença F.C, were officially announced and cheered onto the field by crowds of spectators. Eleven teams in all (pictured above left with club dignitaries and the mayor of Pollensa who shook hands with every one of them!) from the youngest Escoleta squad to the oldest Veteranos, and including the side that plays in the Spanish regional division as well as a ladies' team.

PPFC MagazineThe truly international nature of the port was also evident as players names were announced -- mixed in with Juan, Tomeu, Raul and Jaume were Freddy, Jack, Kevin and Edgar. Our best wishes for footballing success to them all!

As the players came off the pitch and headed for a celebration meal, the football club announced the launch of a new publication. The Port Pollença F.C. Bulletin (first issue pictured right) aims to keep all members of the club informed of future events, and highlight special matches and occasions.



NomadsA group of residents in the north have been hard at work during the past few weeks rehearsing for the play they will perform in Pollensa on the 18th and 19th of November. They are the NOMADS (North of Mallorca Amateur Dramatic Society) theatre group and the play is a two-act comedy by Robert Wise called “Food for Thought”.

Howard Mullen, the play’s director, took a five minute break to tell “Talk of the North” how things were progressing. “Everyone’s working very hard,“ he said, “but we don’t forget that these are amateur dramatics, and our prime aims are to entertain an audience while having fun ourselves.”

The cast (in this particular play all women) rehearse twice a week, once at the Tercera Edad pensioners centre in Alcudia and once at the same town’s Casa de Cultura where they can use a stage and get more of a feel of how it will be on the night. The week before the play opens, Howard explained, there would be extensive dress rehearsals at the Club Pollença in Pollensa where the play is going to be performed. “Not just for the actors,” he added. “The sound and lighting crew need to make sure everything works properly and is in the right place, too.” Amateur dramatics, maybe, but the group are keen to ensure a professional polished performance.

There are some 20 members in NOMADS, but in order to be able to increase their repertoire (Howard had initially wanted to put on Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, but just didn’t have enough men!) they are very keen to welcome new faces. “We do drama workshops and play readings,” said Howard. “We cater for all levels of ability, and have enjoyable social evenings.” So if anyone is interested in joining NOMADS (as a performer or as back stage support) they are urged to contact the society’s secretary Beryl Dales on 971 893 386. And don’t forget those dates for the next production; Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November at Club Pollença, Pollensa town starting at 8pm. You can buy your ticket (priced at 5€) at Multi Video in Puerto Pollensa or reserve it by phoning May Battersby on 971 539 182.



Alcudia Council opened its latest sports complex last month, centred around a covered swimming pool and equipped with the latest fitness facilities.

Apart from two pools (one 25m x 12m and a smaller one for young children) the centre has a sauna, turkish steam bath, gymnasium and indoor cycling machines, as well as facilities for aerobics classes and a cafeteria. The council plans to add a massage room and other sports facilities in the near future.

With prices starting from 2.50€ a session or 30€ for a month's membership (these are special discounted prices for residents) the complex is very welcome and sure to be well used.

Piscina Municipal de Alcudia, Avinguda Cornelli Atic s/n, Port d'Alcudia (near the Poliesportiu, opposite BP garage). Tel: 687 487 522/678 670 660.

Pollensa council, meanwhile, has announced plans to cover and heat the municipal swimming pool in Puerto Pollensa. Since its opening two years ago, the outdoor pool has proved very popular with local youngsters during the summer months, but the council recognises that to exploit the full potential of the facility, it needs to be improved.

The pool already has installations to allow for the water to be heated, so the next phase of the plans intends to put this into operation and cover the 1,200 square metre area. Separate changing facilities for men and women will, of course, need to be provided, and the council also proposes to install, jacuzzis, thermal baths, a solarium and a shop.



Val and Keith Dozens of friends gathered in the Ocean Bar in Puerto Pollensa last month to bid a fond farewell to long-time residents Val and Keith Wright (pictured below).

The couple have lived in the area for more than eight years and were frequent visitors long before that, but business and family commitments have meant that they now need to return to the UK.

They certainly had a good send-off with hugs, cheers – and a few tears – plus Puerto Pollensa’s own Welsh poetess Taneth had penned a few lines in their honour. Copyright regulations do not allow me to reproduce the whole poem but the couplet which rhymed “sarcastic wit” with “boring git” was particularly well received! Come back soon Val -- and Keith.



HaloweenLots of children put on their halloween fancy dress outfits on October 31st and toured the streets trick or treat-ing -- and isn't it good to live in an area where it's safe for them to do so! The group above were spotted in Alcudia town, and include some of the prettiest witches we've ever seen.



Talia KayakMany residents of Puerto Pollensa will recognise the girl in the photo. She is Talia Escribano Bell, aged 14. Not many will know, however, about Talia’s special talent. Talia is very well-known in rowing circles in the Balearics for her achievements in a K-1 kayak. Talk of the North caught Talia on her day off to speak to her about the sport, which is her passion.

How did you first get into rowing, Talia?
I went along to the Club Náutico in Puerto Pollensa with my brother, Raul, to join the rowing club and see what it was like. That was two and a half years ago.

Did you like it straight away?
No. I found it difficult at first.

Talia with TrophiesBut you improved fast, didn’t you? All those trophies on the sideboard show you have been very successful. What level are you at now?
I’m at Balearic championship level now. I signed an 18-month contract with the Club Náutico last August and they have helped me buy a K-1 Kayak for all my competitions.

That’s fantastic. Do you train hard?
Yes. I train for about two hours six days a week with my trainer, Kiko.

What does your training involve?
It involves rowing, running and working out at the gym.

And what competitions have you taken part in?
I take part in regular competitions here in Mallorca, but I've also travelled to the Spanish mainland - to Asturias, Galicia, Seville and Zamora. The Club pays for my travel.

The Club obviously rates you highly. When and where is your next contest?
Next Sunday in Porto Petra.

It sounds like you have a very busy schedule. Does your rowing interfere with you school work?
No. At one point I was playing basketball as well and it all got a bit too much, so I dropped basketball to concentrate on the rowing and school. My teachers are proud and think it’s great that I do a sport I love and am good at.

What do you like best about rowing?
I like the travelling involved. I love to row in different places and different waters. It’s very different rowing in the sea to rowing in lakes, for example.

And what do you like least, if anything?
Sometimes I find it hard to get motivated to go to the training sessions if I’m tired, but once I’m there, I’m fine and always glad that I made the effort. (Proud mom Samantha interrupted to say how all the members of the rowing teams looked after each other, and told of an occasion when Talia returned from a competition without a trophy. "Oh, didn't you have a good day?" she commiserated. "It was fine," Talia replied, "but one of the little ones didn't win anything, so I gave her my trophy.")

What do you do during your one day off?
Lie on the sofa and watch TV!

So what are your aims and ambitions for the future as far as rowing is concerned?
I intend to continue to enjoy it and take part in more competitions, especially shorter distances, which I’m better at and just see what happens.

And finally, Talia, what would your advice be to anyone interested in taking up rowing?
I would suggest they go along to the Club Náutico in Puerto Pollensa and see if they like it, but rowing is not a sport for the unfit or anyone who isn't prepared to show dedication.

Thanks very much for your time, Talia, and good luck for next Sunday and indeed for all your upcoming competitions, and who knows, maybe we will see you on our TV screens at the Olympics some day.


RECIPE - Tuna and Lentil Bake

Serves 4

1tbsp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and sliced
1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
1tsp ground cumin
1 small jar of red lentils
396g (14oz) tin of chopped tomatoes
225g (8oz) courgettes, wiped and sliced
300ml (half pint) vegetable stock
200g (7oz) can tuna fish in brine
100g (4oz) plain flour
50g (2oz) butter or margarine
50g (2oz) red Leicester cheese, grated
1tsp English mustard powder

Heat the oil in large pan and cook the onion and garlic until softened. Stir in the cumin and red lentils and cook for 1 minute.
Add the chopped tomatoes, courgettes and stock and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Drain the tuna fish and toss it into the tomato and lentil mixture, then spoon into a shallow ovenproof dish.
Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas Mark 6.
Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the butter or margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the grated cheese and mustard powder and sprinkle over the tuna mixture.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the cheese topping is golden brown.
This dish is lovely served with garlic bread.



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