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
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, Bibliomaniacs' Corner.
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
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 Ibiza.
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.