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2017 calendar has Formentera casting gaze at prehistory

foto calendari 2017The Formentera Council's office of language services has released its 2017 calendar, centred on the island's prehistoric past. Two-thousand copies will be made freely available at the Citizens' Information Office (OAC), offices of Formentera Local Police, the Office of Social Welfare and the Formentera hospital. Each month comes marked by a photo and a brief, prehistorically-themed text, an aspect of the initiative which received contribution from doctors of archaeology Pau Sureda and Mira Bofill.

Last year's edition brought together 12 varieties of figs. Published annually since 2011 in an effort to disseminate Formentera's history and popular culture, the calendars also serve another function: to promote the use of certain words. Past editions, listed here in chronological order, have had the following themes: Formentera Trivia (a special edition in question and answer format), Chronology of the 20th Century, local poet Marià Villangómez, Tools of the Countryside, Fishing Tackle, Figs and now Prehistory. This year's calendar cost roughly four thousand euros to publish.

“The New Tremendos” bring best in pop music to Sant Ferran's New Years Eve festival tent

tremendos2The Formentera Council's Office of Local Holidays has announced that “The New Tremendos” will spearhead celebratory efforts this New Years Eve. From 1.00am, the Catalan cover band, known for its frenetic spins on Spain's top radio hits, will rock us into 2017.

The seasoned six-member band has got a repertoire that bursts with cross-generational hymns and the best of the eighties, nineties and today. From well-known Spanish classics (Los Secretos, La Guardia, Tequila, Ramoncín, Seguridad Social, El Último de la Fila, Fito y los Fitipaldis, Morat [Como te atreves], Celtas Cortos, Efecto Pasillo...) and favourites of Catalan-language music (Sopa de Cabra, Txarango, Els Catarres, La Pegatina...) to planetary smash hits like AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' and Guns'N'Roses' take on 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'...

The group, a gold standard among young music fans today, is also one of the most sought-after in Catalunya. Their fresh and highly varied performances are perfect for celebrations like this one. Moreover, they snagged the Musicat association of Catalan musicians' 'Música 100% en directe' seal of quality and, in 2011, the Arc award for best cover band from the region's guild of music representatives, promotors and managers.

New vehicle promises to help CiF firefirefighters cut response times

Foto presentació pick upThe president's office of the Formentera Council (CiF) has recently added a pickup truck to the local fire brigade's fleet of motor vehicles. Department head Bartomeu Escandell and brigade chief Iván Marí spoke about the rapid response machine in a presentation that took place this morning in plaça de la Constitució.

Escandell projected the new acquisition would shorten response times and provide increased accessibility in emergency situations, a factor that is especially significant since hard to reach locations abound on the island. The truck was purchased for fifty thousand euros. The fire brigade's fleet includes two fire engines with mounted water pumps and one additional rapid response vehicle.

Three local shops applauded for 2016 Christmas decorations

entrega premi kentiaFormentera Council vice-president Susana Labrador and trade councillor Alejandra Ferrer were joined today by Juanma Costa, chair of the local chamber of commerce, in granting honours to the winners of 2016's window dressing awards. To mark the occasion, the representatives and jury member Álvaro Mendoza made stops at the award-winning shops.

Now in its tenth year, the Christmas window dressing competition is organised jointly by the Council and the chamber of commerce as a way to promote festive holiday celebrations across local businesses. The retail outlet for kids' clothes and toys, Te doy la luna, snagged the first prize, a check for €225. Kentia came in second and received €150. Maii, a clothes shop, won the third spot and a €75 check.

The jury comprised one representative from both the Council and the Formentera chamber of commerce and two recognised local artists, Enric Riera and Mendoza. Last year's winners were Floristeria Formentera, Te doy la luna and Maii.

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