Once upon a time things used to get done around here at rather
a relaxed pace. I remember during the summer of 1978 having to go for a meal at
the Intercontinental Restaurant and at the same time wanting to watch the World
Cup Final between Argentina v Holland.
In those days the Intercontinental
was a popular high-class eating spot in Calle Balanzat and this was the only public
place here in central San Antonio where I could find a television to see the match
and it was a black and white set.
Barry who originates
from Sunderland and is known as Badger to his friends and the locals is a character
who's been living here on the island for many a year.
the early 1980s Badger and Stan opened the Victoria Tavern in central San Antonio
and this was the very first place to offer the public satellite television viewing.
to the Victoria Tavern, Badger was the barman at the famous Bar Capones in the
West End of San Antonio, where he first experimented with satellite television
by installing a dustbin lid on top of the roof of Bar Capones to receive pictures
from I don't know where?
Each Saturday afternoon throughout
the English football season in those days Badger with his wizardry technology
skills was able to pick up the signal that the BBC sent out from the UK directly
to the British Armed Forces stationed in Germany.
was no commentary with these games just the sound of the ball being kicked, a
distant noise from the crowd at the game and the referees whistle. Later on by
using a short wave radio set Badger was then able to supple a live commentary
of an English First Division football match that was broadcast each Saturday afternoon
on the BBC World Service Radio.
However, those Saturday
afternoon live radio football commentaries were not always coupled up with the
live television matches that were being shown simultaneously. Therefore, you can
imagine it was quite a dilemma having to watch one game and at the same time listen
to a completely different match whilst enjoying a glass or two of Guinness.
pièce de résistance was the never-to-be-forgotten introduction of
SKY satellite television at the beginning of the 1990s and this produced something
here that we thought would live forever.
The Victoria Tavern
was then in its heyday packed out to the rafters with soccer fans on those very
hot, sticky and sweaty Saturday afternoons. Badger use to turn off the air-conditioning
because he claimed that the excessive heat encouraged folk to drink more of his
beer but it only made people run and make a beeline for the exit door at the sound
of the final whistle.
During the 1992 FA Cup Final between
Crystal Palace v Liverpool the Victoria Tavern was jammed full of Scousers all
watching their beloved Liverpool when suddenly two young men came sneaking into
the pub carrying a case of bottled beer.
this and immediately turned off the television and announced over the Tannoy that
there would be no more of the match shown until the case of beer was bought and
deposited behind his bar. There were ructions in that white hot furnace as every
single person in the pub began to shout at the culprits until they were forced
to hand over the case of beer to Badger and then everything resumed back to the
Nevertheless, that hope has now proved
short-lived, purely because, SKY plans to totally switch off its subscription
Analogue transmissions at the end of this month of June and only broadcast their
satellite television programmes as SKY Digital transmissions.
Digital does not or can not pay rights for transmissions of sporting events and
major films in Europe. The new Astra 2D satellite signals are focused more on
the UK and as SKY move more of their channels over to this new satellite it will
then make it near impossible for us folk here on the island to receive SKY Digital
Boundary: The strongest part of the Astra 2D
satellite footprint extending from Iceland to only Barcelona unfortunately makes
it too obvious that we will be out of range living here on the island of Ibiza.
Give it cohesion there is no point whatsoever in being an ultra-modern curmudgeon
because the more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.