The blog is back ….

After 9 days of blog chaos, we are finally back on line. All the temporary blogletts have been transferred over (some with some noticable presentation problems), but nether-the-less ’tis now done.

The ‘surrogate’ blog will be disconnected and all the buttons and bells should ............  ...read more

Bizarre (but true) Madeira Crime Stories, 2008 Council Tax

Blog for Tuesday 29th January, 2008

Source : Diário de Notícias 29/1/2008

Leading story in the ‘Madeira’ section, is about a female police officer who had been assigned to traffic duty, near to a school who was hit by a balloon filled with water, from one of the upper floors. Thankfully ............  ...read more

Taxi Meters, Beer Rip-off, Drugs bust

Blog for Monday 28th January, 2008 

Source : Diário de Notícias 28/1/2008

To the delight of some for sure, it seems that from next month all the rural taxis (all outside of Funchal) are to have meters installed, at a cost of between €805 and €905. Although it seems all in the world of taxi ............  ...read more

Hiper Sã In Câmara de Lobos? Condominium Woes

Blog for Sunday 27th January, 2008

Source : Diário de Notícias 27/1/2008

The Hiper Sã supermarket chain is looking for new land to build yet another superstore. This time they want to build in Câmara de Lobos, and have already been making enquires for premises in the vicinty of the recently opened ............  ...read more

Oh rats!, Corruption, New Flight from Dublin, Ireland

Blog for Saturday 26th January, 2008

Source : Diário de Notícias 26/1/2008

The government has earmarked the grand sum of €1.6 million to tackle the problem of a rat infestation affecting Madeira. Starting from August, when 30 tons of rat poison are due to be delivered here and lasting until the ............  ...read more

New Smoking Law? madeira4u in risk of rockfall!

Blog of Friday 25th January, 2008

Source : Diário de Notícias 25/1/2008

The smoking issue just won’t go away. After the president of Madeira was caught earlier this week smoking illegally in a hotel restaurant, it now turns out that the government is looking into ways to make the filthy habit ............  ...read more

Car Meets Roof x 2, Madeira mafia?, Vania Wins …

Source : Diário de Notícias 19/1/2008

Shouldn’t laugh, but last Sunday morning in an accident in Caniço, a car left the road and landed on the roof of someones house down below. The driver was slightly injured, and I would guess it didn’t do the house much good. As the owner of the house ............  ...read more

New Fishing Rights?, Levada Accidents, Porto Santo Ferry

Source : Diário de Notícias 17/1/2008

Nearly 7 years after the initial proposal from Madeira, its seems that today a new agreement is to be signed between Portugal and Spain, regarding fishing rights and territories. If signed, as expected, from 1st February this year Madeiran fishermen will be entitled ............  ...read more

Tunnel Walkers, Levada Death, New Flights

Source : Diário de Notícias 17/1/2008

Did you know that it is prohibited to walk through some of the many tunnels that drill through Madeira mountainous terrain, even though you can see pavements on both sides? The ones you cannot walk through are supposed to be marked at the entrances. However, ............  ...read more

Exchange Rates & Property Purchase Pitfalls

Wow, a few chilly nights this week, lower than I have come to expect. If the temperature gets any lower I will have to resort to long sleeve shirts! Thankfully the daytimes are still very pleasant.

For the numerous british that thought they could find a cheap holiday on Madeira, the decline of the ............  ...read more

Recycling … it's more interesting than you think!

I suppose that most visitors to Madeira whilst on their travels see the coloured eco-point recycling bins, and some posters as well, and assume that Madeira is  a recycling island, and are impressed or otherwise? I have just read an article in todays Diário saying that São Vicente is just being ............  ...read more

A few snippets from todays newspaper

Source : Diário de Notícias 14/1/2008

There is little of great interest to report in todays paper, so just a short news blog today.

There are 4 crime stories, including a tourist mugging, 2  robberies from a bakery and a bar, and the reported arrest of 3 petrol thieves. In an extensive interview ............  ...read more

Hotel Profits, Drug matters, etc.

Nice sunny day here today, with the temperature in the low twenties. More problems at the airport yesterday morning with poor visability, with 4 planes forced to put down on Porto Santo and wait.

I am looking forward to this week when the christmas period is officially finished, and all the decorations ............  ...read more

The new 'Flying Squad', TAP charges, …

I have a backlog of news stories at the moment, so this is a bit more of yesterdays news:

Source : Diário de Notícias 11/1/2008

In 2008 you will see a new phenomenon arrive on the beaches of Madeira … bicycle beach patrols.

Six ‘all terrain’ bikes were delivered on Thursday to ............  ...read more

Standards of driving, & other shippets

Source : Diário de Notícias 10/1/2008

In an article yesterday, the standard of driving on Madeira is critised, especially in terms of speeding, doing manouvers without signalling, driving on the wrong side of the road, and even when parking.

However, measures were announced yesterday by the Government ............  ...read more

Savoy Hotel, Public Administration Costs, Free Journal

Sort of a surreal day here in Ribeira Brava yesterday, hot and sunny with my shaded thermometer showing 26ºC (whilst the maximum forecast for Funchal was a miserly 21ºC). The sea was like a mill pond. I went out into town at lunchtime for my daily stroll, and the Xmas music ............  ...read more

Madeira Birth Rate … Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta

Source : Diário de Notícias 9/1/2008

The birthrate on Madeira is in pretty rapid decline, with 250 less babies being born last year than in 2006. The pattern has been downwards for many years, with the days of huge numbers of children long gone, but the drop last year represented a sudden reduction ............  ...read more

TV Changes

Funny old island this, with the airport around 45 kilometres away suffering flight cancellations and 6 diversions to Porto Santo yesterday pm due to fog, we had just a sprinkling of rain and a dark sky.

News Source : Diário de Notícias 29/12/2007

With more pressing matters and plenty of time to wait, ............  ...read more

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