Thursday, September 07, 2006

FINCA LIFE ON OLD IBIZA, THE OLD DAYS.

The early Phoenicians believed Ibiza to be a magic isle blessed by the Gods, because the rich, red soil is non volcanic and the island forbids survival to any reptile, animal, insect or plant that can harm humans. To this day many people wear amulets and pendants containing the sacred soil to protect the wearer.














IBIZA FINCA LIFE a way of living, away from it all and only invite who you like. Finca life on Ibiza during the sixties and seventies was quite special, Lady Adriana (Ibiza Truus) invited many people over the years to enjoy unique moments between selected friends at the finca in San Rafael. Other lunches would take place at i.e. Es Caliu aka the meat finca, a restaurant specialized in T-bone steaks and cordero. Es Caliu is also a finca like place. Photos above and below, Lady Adriana at the finca with guests. Foto under at Es Caliu with Rusty Wilson and others.





























The young Sydney was brought up at one of the oldest fincas on the island, a place where many artists, bohemians and personalities use to unite during the old days invited by the young Sydney. He named it Home of the Stars because of the visitors and the real stars in the Ibiza sky above the pure campo.



Photo; Sydney during the shooting of one of his early Ibiza films with one of his grandmothers and others.









THE PURE WAY OF LIVING AT THE FINCA.



Living at a finca on Ibiza was and is something unique! Being in touch with nature all the time and being able to pull up fresh mountain water from the finca well. People and animals all live in peace and harmony...The simple things in life are always the best! (Photo) Sydney and dog Lita at the finca.



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The email address for Ibiza Times,the old days is,
ibizatimes@gmail.com 






LORD SYDNEY, THE IBIZA WONDERBOY OF THE BOHEMIAN DAYS.


That Ibiza has a strange magnetism for creative talents is a fascinating reality. It's no secret that Ibiza boasts the greatest concentration of international talent on a tiny island. They have found inspiration and fulfilment from the simple, spiritually enriching, Ibicenco way of life. 'Tranquilo', the most popular Ibicenco word, means 'Finding Inner Peace in Harmony with Nature'


WHAT COULD A BOY DO

ON IBIZA APART FROM


EXPRESSING HIS TALENTS?


HELPING THOSE WHO WERE


LOST....AND THERE WERE MANY.























































Communication wizard Sydney in the old days.



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Sydney playing guitar during the golden Ibiza days.


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Sydney in one of his early Ibiza films.

Sydney the young filmmaker with Bolex camera at the port of Ibiza during one of his early documentaries.




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 Black and white photo of the young pr wizard.

The young and amazing Sydney in Dalt vila during the good old days and Lord Sydney on the same spot in the year 2000.
































Sydney the young artists, pr wizard and communicator.








The young public relations wizard of Ibiza.











Sydney the young mock-bullfighter in the Plaza de toros.







Giving personal advice to those four times his age..or  is Sydney indeed older than Metusaleh?





The communication wizard in action.









WONDERBOY SYDNEY in action during a bullfight show in the old days.








The golden Ibiza days.

Sydney, the young gypsy- flamenco performer playing one of his incredible fast gypsy rhumbas,as if you were listening to seven instruments in the same time. The gypsies came to him for extra
flamenco and rumba lessons.

He spoke in a combination of 13 languages at eight years old and had the greatest contacts in the world. The elite and the Ibiza bohemians and artists of those days always took him serious in everything he said and did, they always followed his advice. Sydney was an amazing boy with a great sense of humor who cured his friends,collegues and clients physically and mentally with his amazing natural light-energy, helped them, introduced them to eachother and fixed the unfixable for them in business and private. A young boy with a character but, who understood life very quickly and knew where he was going, the world had never seen a child like this before! He was the youngest private advisor, communication wizard and artist. Ibiza itself as a center of the world was Sydney's best school in life and during the 1960's he also became the representative of the so called "School of Ibiza" the artgroup representing quite a few international and Ibizan artists and painters. From youngest pioneer communicator, mock-bullfighter and flamenco performer to painter and,from youngest show,event and film producer to an elite troubleshooter.The Ibiza papers , Diario de Ibiza and La Prensa published many articles, pages and stories over the years on Sydney and his amazing activities and adventures and for his special early Ibiza promotions for the island during the old days.As a confidential adviser to quite a few personalities of the 1960s and 1970s a phonecall from this young boy could change people's life or careers in seconds. He was known for having some of the best quality contacts in the world and at many levels of society. It was also on Ibiza where he build up his first international communication and solution base in consulting and guiding leading indiviuals, families and companies. Sydney has amazed many people over the years, he started his amazing multiple activities and careers on this magic white island during the golden epoque of the sixties and became a mascot of the elite, artists and bohemians not only on the white island but, all over the world. He was able to interact with nature and people in the most natural way. Sydney' said' I am glad that I didnt waste to much of my time by going to school or all these international schools. I did a few and went to the best ones but, there was nothing they could teach me I didnt know yet. Life itself and specially Ibiza was my best school in life, life itself. I did realize that I was a bit different compared to other children,I also know that I was born with several unusual talents but, it was the natural Ibiza magic,nature itself that gave it the extra push I guess, it worked for me, the rest is history.
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Ibiza: Lord Sydney.
Lord Sydney fue conocido durante su ninez como un “nino prodigio”, pues desde muy joven mostraba 
LordSydney2tener un gran talento en diversas áreas. Lord Sydney pasó su infancia en varios países y eso le permitió cultivar su gusto por el arte. Sydney comenzó su actividad como pintor en Ibizaen los anios 60´s y varias de sus pinturas se encuentran en colecciones privadas, pero también en el muso privado del pintor. Los oriundos de la isla se enorgullecen de tener a un pintor, fotógrado, consultor, etc. con tanto talento y además con un instito altruista muy generoso. Entre otras cosas, Sydney documentó la historia de Ibiza con sus fotografías y su obra puede ser apreciada en la isla.





Frans van Dusschoten and Leen Valkenier at the Fabeltjeskrant studios
and Leen Valkenier with the young Sydney composing and writing.

LEEN VALKENIER.
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By Mariano Plannels. 

Ibiza Times Old Days es un ameno y documentado blog que recupera facetas e imágenes de la Ibiza de los años 60 (y a menudo de finales de los 50), que combina con otras fotos relacionadas, dibujos y ficciones que componen un mosaico abigarrado.

En una de estas entradas memorables recopila 82 fotos donde sobresalen algunos personajes de la Ibiza de la época, incluso de los años 70 y otros añadidos que resaltan la variedad imaginativa de la isla.

Agradezco que me incluya con tres fotos en esta serie tan excitante.



Lord Sydney and Ibiza Dog.
Quien abra el blog por el Inicio no sabrá salir hasta haber recorrido muchas de estas entradas curiosas, con el eje central de la propia vida del Lord Sydney, que pasó su infancia en aquella Ibiza abigarrada y repleta de gente talentosa y desocupada.

Lleva Ibiza impresa en su pasado y en su presente y denota un intenso sentimiento por aquellos años tan peculiares donde Ibiza apenas había despegado en el turismo de masas que ha acabado con la isla. Hoy Ibiza ya es otra cosa.

Muchas de estas caras inolvidables de nuestras calles y terrazas de nuestras cafeterías son todo un compendio de historia local. Un compendio de historias reales, ficciones, epopeyas fantásticas e inventos que han dado la vuelta al mundo.
Además, personalmente reconozco a no pocos de los elefantes que incluí en mi serie de entrevistas, "Ibiza, la senda de los elefantes"tomo I y tomo II.

Agradezco a Lord Sydney que con su excelente trabajo, lleno de amorosa minuciosidad, nos ayude a preservar la memoria de estas presencias singulares del siglo XX en las Pitiusas.

¡Salud y larga vida al amigo Sydney!

BOB MARLEY, LORD SYDNEY. CURRO DE UTRILLA, LEEN VALKENIER. IBIZA BULLRING DAYS.

















































Photo's above.
An old version of a mock-bullfight poster and a bullfight with El Codobes in Ibiza.



Several pictures of the old Ibiza bullring.

Event producer and owner of the Ibiza bullring (Plaza de toros) Curro de Utrilla with Lord Sydney in (as late as 1992) when they met up again after many years.



Bob Marley and a entrada ticket from a tourist at the time.

Photo of Curro de Utrilla with Lord Sydney in the year 2000 at legendary restaurante Bahia.

Fotos under Lord Sydney in action as a young mock-bullfighter and flamenco performer. Audience during the show.



foto Bob Marley and Lord Sydney.

IBIZA THE OLD DAYS, WHERE ARTISTS, LEGENDS AND BOHEMIANS WERE FAMILY. THE OLD 'PLAZA DE TOROS' (BULLRING) WAS USED NOT ONLY FOR BULLFIGHT SHOWS BUT, ALSO FOR SEVERAL UNIQUE CONCERTS.





Photo - BOB MARLEY who gave a concert in the bullring and LORD SYDNEY who performed with his flamenco and bullfight demonstrations. The first thing Bob and Sydney did when they met at the airport and bullring, was changing it into a mini football field and play before and after the show.




Sydney in the Ibiza bullring in earlier days.

Drawing by artist William Linzee on the young bullfighter Sydney made while in action in the Ibiza bullring.
















Sydney advising and directing friend and Dutch TV writer Leen Valkenier during a fiesta campera bullfight show in the Ibiza plaza (Late sixties) Later he would also direct his own bullfight and flamenco shows and his weekly shows in downtown Ibiza for the rich and famous.

Photo under. Sydney with his dog friends Fatty and Tiki at La Marina during a first Ibiza documentary.

The young Sydney had been saving the lifes of many street dogs during

the old Ibiza days.

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