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By Peter Kerr
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So, Charlie’s school rig-outs since coming to Mallorca had comprised items which, whilst perhaps carrying in-vogue ‘name’ labels, never stretched the limits of Ellie’s carefully calculated and devoutly adhered-to budgets. Consequently, Charlie’s casual and trendy school clothes were unlikely to have cost us any more, relatively speaking, than Sandy’s more mundane school wear had done at the same stage of his scholastic life. For all that, I could still appreciate how Sandy felt. He was at an age when money, his own money, was becoming increasingly important to him as his natural instinct towards independence developed.
And it’s not just a newspaper that keeps its readers up to date with what’s going on in the world. It’s also an in-print gossip shop in which all manner of harmless Mallorcan tittle-tattle is bandied about, it’s a source of useful information about island life, customs and cuisine, and it provides a truly effective noticeboard for just about anything that anyone would want to sell, buy, hire or rent. Whether you’re a dog-owner looking for someone to clip your pooch’s toenails, an outof-work sword-swallower hungry for engagements, or a multi-millionaire seeking a buyer for your mansion, the small-ads pages of the good-old ‘Daily B’ are where to tout your stuff.
It was, of course, a scene and an atmosphere that had been carefully stage-managed to captivate the summer visitor to Mallorca. It bore little relationship to the spartan conditions that would have prevailed for the families who’d lived within these four walls in the days when Sa Masía had been a working farm. And the attire of the waiters, while calculated, no doubt, to add a note of authenticity to 51 A BASKETFUL OF SNOWFLAKES everything, could just as easily have succeeded in accentuating the theatricality of it all.
A Basketful of Snowflakes by Peter Kerr