TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Eiryl … Some rather spectacular looking flowers that I don’t recall having seen before. (Come on Ulf, I bet you know what they are called)
I was a bit surprised to find there was a Xmas day edition of the Diário, on-line at least. My fault for looking I guess, but it was pretty ‘thin’ anyway. There was no edition yesterday though, so the blog will be back on schedule tomorrow.
Front Page News : source Diário de Notícias 25/12/2008
Intense rain and strong winds did some damage through to early on Xmas morning. Fallen trees, several car accidents, and even some flooding are all blamed on the weather. Strong winds have been causing landing problems at the airport, and Tuesday night several planes were unable to land immediately, and needed “several attempts” (a bit scary I bet!). Also, a river got blocked and flooded into several houses in Quinta Grande.
There was a serious injury at sea on Wednesday when the ship ‘Saga Ruby’ was being brought into port under very difficult sea conditions. One of the crew of the tug boat ‘Boqueirão’ was hit in the face by a towing cable, causing serious injuries that were being treated by a plastic surgeon. Also, while ashore, a very ill passenger from the ‘Saga Ruby’ had to be rushed to hospital by an air force helicopter.
The other lead article was about the nightlife entertainment going on over Xmas and yesterday, and I was surprised to see how many places were actually open on Christmas night.
Other News :
Apparently eating too much in one sitting at Christmas can make you ill, especially when there is alcohol involved. You learn something here every day!
The bin men in Funchal were rather pleased after the market night on Tuesday in Funchal, as there was much less rubbish to clear up than usual and the job was all finished by 9am on Wednesday. A council spokesman said that was not due to people being tidier than usual, but was more to do with the heavy rain affecting the number of people attending. The emergency services weren’t so pleased however, as 14 people had to be treated that night for alcohol intoxication.
Proof that the Portuguese people have less money to spend this Xmas comes in the form of less cash withdrawals from ATMs (multibancos), to the tune of €18 million compared to the first three weeks of December 2007.
This is interesting. This website claims that the new sandy beach at Machico is illegal under international law. http://www.wsrw.org/index.php?parse_news=single&cat=105&art=997
The claim is from Western Sahara Resource Watch, who say that the Sahrawi people were not consulted in the sale of the sand to Madeira. Is the evidence strong enough that we should we boycott the beach in protest?
I bet they didn’t ask Tobi if they could use his photograph, and they certainly didn’t contact me about quoting the blog, not that I mind (in fact I am quite flattered).
The bad weather seemed to peak last night, and today a few patches of blue sky have appeared. There has been so much rain that most of the dry areas in the river bed of the ‘Ribeira Brava’ have been washed away, leaving the duck population of around 80, near to the sea, high and dry and without much to eat. If anyone has stale bread, grain, sweetcorn, or anything else suitable they can spare, I am sure them ducks would be eternally grateful.
Thanks to Sarah for this event information:
Sunday 28th December – São Silvestre Race – Round the city of Funchal, at 9 pm. I am assuming it is this :The Madeira Athletics Association will hold the 50th edition of Round the City. This event is considered to be one of the oldest contests of this kind in Portugal and Europe. As in previous years, this contest has brought to Madeira some of the most important athletes of the national and international panorama. The route is approximately 6,000 metres in length and in each race there is an increasingly greater number of registered participants.
No games this weekend for our local football teams.
Have a great weekend!
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