TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Peter, his first contribution, with a translation … a bit of high class graffiti up at São João. Translated : You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain; I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care. As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown, I have a world apart that is not among men.
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 17/8/2008
President Jardim has been bad mouthing Prime Minister José Sócrates again, saying he is dangerous. In a political rally of sorts on Porto Santo, Jardim defended “a national movement that takes away the focus on Lisbon and gives voice to the remainder of the country”. “José Sócrates is dangerous because he is very discreetly building a police state in Portugal”, Jardim said, using expressions such as “fascist”, “of the mafia” and “dictatorship ambitions” to classify the his view of the positions assumed by the prime minister.
The hotel chain Enotel belonging to the Madeiran Estêvão Neves is going to invest €91 million in the next five years in two tourist-hotel complexes in Funchal and in Santo da Serra. The projects will be developed between 2010 and 2013. One will be on the Estrada Monumental, on the north side between Lido and the ‘Fórum Madeira’, on land that was acquired there some years ago, and that awaits the issue of a detailed plan that has already been presented to the municipal authorities. The project in Santo da Serra will be dedicated to golf enthusiasts, and that plan for 40,000 square metres of development including 400 beds has already been submitted to the town council of Santa Cruz. Enotel already has 3 hotels on madeira; Hotel Quinta do Sol, Hotel do Santo, and Hotel Baía Sol in Ponta do Sol.
Another headline story is more about the violence that broke out during the Festival in Monte when 6 people were stabbed. It allegedly all started when an African man took offence at some racist insults probably coming from a group of Venezuelans. Different accounts say 10 or 50 people were dragged into the fight. A spokesman said “What we do know, is that Monte never saw anything like this, and with so many nationalities involved … it had Venezuelans, Brazilians, Africans, Portuguese and Ukrainians”. He went on “I counted more of 20 policeman running back and forth. It is always people from outside that make trouble, and afterwards those who pay are the people of Monte”. Apparently knives and bottles were being used, and blocks of wood were being thrown. That’s very sad, I have never heard of anything like this here. Anyway according to the nationalities involved at least that’s me and my nations lager louts off the hook then!
Other news :
I knew I could do it! As soon as I posted the blog about Portugal not getting any medals in the 2008 Olympics I was doomed to be wrong. Vanessa Fernandes has now picked up the silver medal in the woman’s triathlon. That now means that today Portugal are the 52= best sporting nation on earth.
The (ex) Police Inspector who was in Fnac in Funchal yesterday signing copies of his book about the death and disposal of the body of Madelene McCann by the parents (that’s his version of events not mine), is to get his book translated into English to go on sale in the UK. When asked about the threats and fears of going to England, the author responded “The United Kingdom is a democratic and dependable country” … no wonder you weren’t much use as a police inspector sir.
I generally avoid shopping in Pingo Doce supermarket, as it is generally more expensive than the other big two, especially for fruit and vegetables. I expect you already know that, but there was a reason for mentioning the point. I was talking to a local farmer a few days ago, who was rather pleased to be selling his red grapes through Pingo Doce, whereas normally they would go to grape juice and eventually red wine. He was being paid €1 a kilo, much better than he would get for the grape juice, and without all the effort involved. Curious to see how much they were being resold for, I popped into Pingo Doce at the weekend, and was staggered to find they were selling them for €5.05 per kilo! Unfortunately there is a middle man involved, so I cannot estimate the margin of profit Pingo Doce are making, but someone is getting rich off the poor farmers as usual.
and who thought I would put beer before blog … hands up. I actually managed both.
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