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 I would be thinking ‘… that was a lucky escape’ little expecting that it would ever happen again. Well it did! Thursday night a second car did exactly the same thing, and this time no one was injured, however (in the words of the translation software) it “provoked bulky mischief” to both the house and the car.

A young man of 21 years was stopped in Calheta on Thursday, for driving without a licence, and also drink driving. Whilst searching his car they found a small arsenal of prohibited weapons. The police went to the culprits house and then discovered bank notes in 24 different currencies, the origin of which is not yet known. Words escape me … this is Madeira, not downtown New York!


Undoubtedly talk of the island today will be about Vânia Fernandes, a young lady from Madeira who last night won the final of the national talent contest Operação Triunfo (probably the equivalent of X Factor or Pop Idol I would guess, although I have never seen either). She picked up a cheque for €75,000, and whether there are recording contracts involved I don’t know, but for sure she will have no trouble finding work here on Madeira. For the first time in my life I made a telephone vote (cost €0.60 !) which I am sure swung the competition her way, so I am hoping she will read this and ring to thank me personally. I thought she was the best and deserved to win, but I observed a plea (in the news) from one of Madeira’s senior politicians yesterday giving the phone number to vote for Vânia. So it’s not really about talent, it’s about where you live.


A neighour of mine (not Portuguese) went to a lawyer in Funchal last week to ask advice about someones voting rights on a condominium owners management committee (pretty standard stuff). They gave him a quick consultation and letter of confirmation, and stuffed him for €500 … more than his condominium fees for a year, … more than the average Madeira monthly salary (outside of Funchal), … and it turns out the information was not relevant to the meeting anyway. Nice to see the lawyers are in on the ‘fleece the foreigners’ scam too!

2 thoughts on “Car Meets Roof x 2, Madeira mafia?, Vania Wins …”

  1. Well done to Vania, it was good seeing her win last night and she does have a great voice, and i would tell that Lawyer to stick his bill Up his ****, or get the police involved, it makes me sick the way people Rip of the brits over here, and Taxi Drivers r top of my list, My friends got ripped off for €30 from funchal to canico, a journey that should be no more than €20……

  2. I didn't recall until yesterday, but I actually saw Vânia perform live in Ponta do Sol last summer. I thought at the time, excellent singer and bags of confidence.

    Well, as for the tourist rip-off what can we do. I was going to start a webpage for businesses not recommended for foreigners, but I didn't get any responses. Lots of complaints, but no action. I will reconsider given sufficient support.


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