Obituary by Sue Steward Published in The Guardian, Saturday April 9, 2005
In 1978, the singer and musician Stephanie Shepard, who has died of cancer aged 64, and her partner Patrick Meadows, a jazz musician and poet, bought an old farmhouse with three cottages at Deià, in the mountains of Majorca. The village was a focus for artists, home to Robert Graves and a refuge for exiles from London’s psychedelic rock scene, such as Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen and his group Gong, and Robert Wyatt.
IRDW Norman Yannikun lived over the troll’s bridge by Font Fresca. He had no running water in his house, and you would see him by the flowing water, a mirror hanging on the stone retaining wall as he shaved and performed his morning ablutions. Winters he generally wore the khaki fur liner of a GI’s combat jacket. After the war he had settled in Paris for a couple of decades dedicating himself to painting, living on the GI Bill and then an Army pension. No doubt he came to Deià to live on the cheap, perhaps at the suggestion of other American expats who had already discovered the Tramuntana. Continue reading “A Life of Sundays (Norman’s Story)”