Postcard to Menorca
There are now only weeks to go before everyone in Menorca who receives British TV channels via satellite will start to lose their reception. Following on from the article we ran in March (Changes to Satellite Reception in Menorca), Nigel Taylor of Satellite Services has this latest update on the situation.
The new Astra 2E satellite is being launched on 18 July 2013, which will affect all main British TV satellite channels currently received via a satellite dish in Spain, including Menorca, either with a SKY contract, free to view or Freesat. Various Freesat channels have already been lost when they moved to another new satellite, the Astra 2F, last December, such as Channel 5, some BBC1 and ITV1 regional channels and several HD channels. Click here to refer to the previous article for more information.
Longtime resident in Menorca, Chele Fox, together with her siblings, have created a wonderful website as a tribute to their mother’s work, renowned artist and illustrator Brownie Downing. As well as her popular artwork, Brownie designs have been used for a vast selection of merchandise, including prints, greeting cards, ceramic plates, pottery sets, vases, figurines, wall-plaques, dolls, jewellery and children’s books – which found international acclaim. Menorca-Live thought that her exquisite drawings and paintings of children, fauna and wildlife from all over the world were so captivating that we wanted to share them with you.
Born in Australia in 1924, Viola Edith ‘Brownie’ Dowling’s childhood was spent in the family home on the North Shore of Sydney. Here she would play in the bush of the National Park that dips down to Forty Baskets Beach, an environment bursting with colour and wildlife that inspired her from an early age. Although influenced by nature, the primary source of Brownie’s inspiration was children and the fantasy world in which they live.
As thoughts turn to summer holidays, there is nothing like getting engrossed in a good book while relaxing in the warm sunshine away from everyday hassles and pressures. Well, for lovers of historical fiction, we have just the thing – ‘The Minorcan Yoke’ set in Florida during the latter part of the 17th century. With its strong Menorcan theme and heritage, what better environment to enjoy this passionate tale of adventure and endurance as its heroes fight for survival and their freedom in a new land, than in Menorca where the story all began, in Alaior in 1768.
The Minorcan Yoke is a historical novel based on real events and people. Like the other colonies of Jamestown and Roanoke, New Smyrna tragically failed, but unlike the other colonies, the story of New Smyrna is known only to a few Americans and has been overlooked in the fiction genre. The novel tells of real life characters and events from the perspective of actually being there, while addressing the contributions to the founding of America’s nation by minority populations. Just how the Menorcans came to be the oldest continuous inhabitants in the oldest continuously occupied city is brought to life in this adventurous historical fiction.
Choosing the right time to step into the currency market is never easy but since the beginning of the year it has proven to be especially tricky. Rates have dropped nearly 8% in less than two and a half months and everything from mortgages to food and living costs is getting much more expensive.
However, when moving money around, too many people are still using their bank. This is either because they think it is easier or that they are not aware of other, cheaper options. When you use a specialist currency broker you will see two big benefits; firstly the exchange rate they offer is much better, saving you money, (otherwise they would not be in business), and secondly the pro-active approach they take can help you time your trade in a moving market to get the most from your money.
Over the last few months rumours have been circulating relating to changes in the reception of Sky and Freesat television channels in Menorca. According to Nigel Taylor of Satellite Services, 90% of these rumours are untrue. However, the following information is, as far as he is aware, correct and will hopefully make the situation clearer. One thing is for sure, unfortuantely it’s not great news for those who love their English TV programmes.
One of the satellites that are in use at the moment giving us the Freesat channels is reaching the end of its life as televisions become increasingly interactive. Therefore, a new one has been launched and positioned alongside the current one. The new satellite (Astra 2F) has a much narrower beam and so does not give us as much signal in Menorca as the old one.
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