FIX-it Mallorca

Time to celebrate

What are you doing next week on Thursday March 8th? It’s a big day all around the world, a national holiday in some places, it’s ‘International Women’s Day’. It’s marked with events and parties, rallies, demonstrations, conferences and all sorts of gatherings in countries as diverse as Argentina, Belgium and China. The event started 101 years ago and was in support of the Suffragettes who campaigned for equal rights for women.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to not have equal rights, and indeed can’t imagine what sort of person I would be if I had to mind my Ps and Qs and not do exactly what I wanted to when I wanted to. I am an equal to other people in the world and my daughter is equal, and I have some very feisty women to thank for securing those rights for me. But there are still millions of women around the world who don’t have this luxury; there are women who don’t have the chance for the same sort of free education as I benefitted from. We take a lot of things for granted don’t we? Well I do anyway. It’s important to remember and to celebrate what we have, and to thank the people who came before us, and make sure that our kids know about where they’ve come from and where they’re going to.

But International Women’s Day (IWD) is not all worthy thoughts and good deeds. Last year I was involved in the organisation of an IWD event at Mood Beach. About one hundred women gathered to spend the day together, learning and talking about subjects which ranged from health to business. It was an amazing, celebratory, revelatory day for many of us.

This year I’m involved in the event again, and this year it is moving to The Lindner Hotel in Bendinat, a bigger venue to cope with the anticipated larger audience. There will be speakers presenting on subjects as diverse as sex, business, personal development and the future of the world! For example, Marga Prohens is one of the youngest members of the Parliament in the Balearic Islands. She is passionate about promoting an entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people. Marga will talk about the systems in place which can help anyone who is in the process of realizing their dreams of setting up a business, as well as about particular aspects in local politics which affect women and their families. Elisabet Shatouris, an internationally acclaimed evolution biologist and futurist, Jamie Catto motivator, speaker, filmmaker but best known for being part of the band ‘Faithless’, will also talk along with other fascinating subjects.

There will be chances to meet new people, to get involved with charities, and to meet up with women’s groups from around the island. The event is being supported by Calvia Council and the Balearic Government, along with local businesses IFA Spectrum, FIX-it Mallorca and ACN. And there will be a market stall area for small businesses to sell their wares. The whole day including a buffet lunch is 49€ per person. (And it is per person, not per woman, as men are invited too of course!).  You can buy online and find out more about the day at www.internationalwomenmallorca.com

So, bring your mum, bring your daughter, bring your friends. It’s time.

 

By Vicki McLeod. Published on March 1st 2012 in Euro Weekly News www.familymattersmallorca.com

Smile!

I’m not being funny about it, or anything, but I feel a bit intimidated when I walk into a garage. There’s something about mechanics which makes me feel uneasy, I’m not a dolly bird so it’s not like they’re undressing me with their eyes, I just get this impression that they are laughing at me: ‘silly woman, she doesn’t understand engines, let’s rip her off!’ It’s not cheap to run a car in Spain, but we don’t really have many other choices, the public transport if you don’t live in Palma isn’t all that, so to get from A to B you have to have a vehicle. The Mallorca roads seem to wreck tyres as well, I’ve been a driver for 24 years and I’ve never seen tyres literally shred and fall apart before. Well, now I have.

We hadn’t had the car serviced for a while, we need it daily and it’s not easy to give it up to a garage who may have it for a couple of days (they always seem to take longer than they say they will be), but the faithful Kangoo was beginning to make noises about it being time for a bit of loving. So, I bit the bullet and booked it in with a new garage I’d seen on Facebook, FIX-it Mallorca. Well, actually firstly I went to check them out in Son Castello in Palma, and asked for a quote. Amazingly I was greeted with a smile, in English and given a written quote for my car’s rehabilitation. It took me aback to actually get any of those three things, but all of them? Come on, surely that’s too good to be true? FIX-it it turns out is also the first garage in Mallorca where if you can repair your own car you can rent a space and literally do it yourself, not an option for me, but if you’re handy with a wrench it’s good to know.

Well, the big day dawned for the Kangoo, and incredibly we got there on time to drop it off at 8am. ‘I’ll call you when it is ready,’ said Arnie, a big handsome Dutch guy (handsome is not relevant I know, but he is, and rather charming as well).  I waved ta ra to the car, fully expecting to see it in three or four days (as per the norm), but he was as good as his word, and he called at 1pm the same day to tell me it was ready to pick up (and popped a couple of jokes in there as well about re-spraying my car Dutch orange). There were no scary extra costs on the bill, and it’s running like a dream (as much as a van pretending to be a car can be that is).

Now it’s kind of sad that good service is such a big deal that I am writing my column about it this week, but it’s true, it’s still something to shout about here in Mallorca. There was no fuss, no lies, no crazy ‘we told you to come back tomorrow’ none of it. Many businesses in Mallorca could learn a thing or two from FIX-it’s approach to their patrons: be friendly, tell the truth, be reliable, be a good price, value your customers, and do your best work. Which would you rather have, your current clients raving about you, or your ex-clients complaining? I know which one I’d choose.

Hook up with FIX-it here: www.fixit-mallorca.com