Electricity prices rise ; New year for the young ; Christmas supplement ; and news stories

Today’s photo – Many thanks to Eiryl … Xmas scene from Câmara de Lobos (pt 2).

madeira news blog 0912 eiryl Xmas scenes from Camara de Lobos 2

"The airport was opened on 18 July 1964 with two 1,600m runways. The airport was once infamous for its short runway which, surrounded by high mountains and the ocean, made it a tricky landing for even the most experienced of pilots. The original runway was only 1600 metres in length, but was extended by 200 metres 8 years after the TAP Air Portugal Flight 425 incident of 1977 and subsequently rebuilt in 2000, almost doubling the size of the runway, building it out over the ocean. Instead of using landfill, the extension was built on a series of 180 columns, each being about 70m tall. This airport is also considered the Kai Tak of Europe because of its singular approach to runway 05". MADEIRA AIRPORT ARTICLE

The Diário de Notícias newspaper has published a Christmas colour supplement if anyone would like a browse through it’s online HERE with lots of photos.

The charges for electricity are going to rise by 2.9 percent in 2010 in continental Portugal, the equivalent of a €3 increase for an average bill of €40. In Madeira the increase is of 2.5 percent and in the Azores of 2.1 percent. PORTUGAL NEWS Well of course you already knew, you always hear it here first!

Nothing to do after the new year’s eve celebrations? This might appeal to the younger ones, and might offend the older ones …

Most Levada walks are difficult for anybody with the slightest fear of heights; so when reading  about a short walk described as ‘easy’ and ‘flat’ it already had sounded interesting .  A short ride on  a local bus up to the Palheiro Gardens (Blandy’s gardens)  where you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of what must be a beautiful garden at the height of summer, a little short on colour in December but still interesting.  A short walk, approximately 45 minutes to the renowned Jasmine teahouse; once there you can  have a refreshing cuppa before catching the bus (conveniently the stop is just outside the tea house) back to Funchal. Funchal Really Easy levada walking

"Higdon Life in Madeira: Jardim do Mar, Madeira Island, Portugal: We live a simple life on the beautiful island of Madeira off the coast of Morocco. We have three beautiful children that God has blessed us with-Kaija, Mikkai and Adelei!" Never post anything private about Madeira on the web … I will find it! HIGDON FAMILY JIG

Yesterday’s news headlines from the front page of the Diário de Notícias :

(There is no newspaper today, as I guess the reporters all had yesterday off … what a luxury, and yesterday’s newspaper just had a handful of stories, some already covered here a couple of days ago).

Rock fall forces family from home. The car was buried inside the garage, and the house damaged, early on Christmas morning in sítio do Calvário, in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos. There were 5 people in the house when it was stuck at about 1.30 am yesterday morning, but all escaped uninjured. The fire brigade attended, but there was little they could do, so the matter is now in the hands of the council to clean up and secure the location from further problems. Also up until early yesterday morning the fire departments were called to Funchal, Tâmega (Ribeira Brava), Fontaínhas and to Quinta Grande to deal with trees that had fallen into the roads. At Levada dos Piornais a wall collapsed. Somehow I suspect there must be many more stories of problems than just the few cited here, but everyone deserves a day off, so bad luck for the firemen as well as for those badly affected.

Expense with unemployment benefit soars – Compared to 2008, this year obliged Social Security to spend 40% more on benefits. With unemployment up around 50% in the same twelve months, they did well to keep the increase in expenditure down to 40% in my opinion. The article is full of facts and figures, but luckily for me the Diário also published them in a table, saving me some work.

Yesterday’s main news headline and with most of the front page with a great big picture of a Santa statue : Bring back the good old times [?] – The period of celebrations has been marked by storms and damage. And the forecasts for the next few hours are not the best. But there are compensations that help to fuel the dream and to maintain the tradition.

Footballers : Living Christmas in the traineeship – Christmas dinner in the home of Cléber. A bit of a space filler methinks. The story looks at  three 18 year old apprentices from Nacional football club of Madeira, who are spending their first Christmas away from home. Their normal home these days is in the athlete’s accommodation at the Choupana Stadium. Everyone else has returned home for Xmas, but these 3 Brazilians stayed on Madeira, using the time to play computer games and play snooker, because it would take too long to return to Brazil with just a short break ahead of them.

At the moment I can’t get into any other online stories, but may try again later.

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7 thoughts on “Electricity prices rise ; New year for the young ; Christmas supplement ; and news stories”

  1. We Too like Elaine have got problems with roof tiles lifting causing leaking in the valley of the roof giving us wet walls. Does anyone know of a good builder in the Calheta area that does emergency work?

  2. Lovely day today , tomorrow promises to be good as well, rain back Monday.

    New years eve looks dry, i just hope i can get out by then to see the fireworks, dont want to miss them especially if they might try to break the world record.

  3. Water at low pressure in PDS – pissed off as we didn-t know about quality and used as normal as soon as the service came back on – we now all have the squits!!!!!

    small axe to bear after a xmas without the damned stuff and 5 people sharing a loo with only a jerry can full of levada water to flush with…….baby wipes to wash and boiled rain water to wash up dishes (with small dose of bleach to be extra sure).

    How the hell did people cope in the old days?

    On another note> has anyone been to the giga park recently?

    I bought my daughter and neice some tickets from the raffle van and my daughter won a number premio prize. The chap said that we had to go back today at 6pm to collect it. We went, no prize, told to come back at 7pm, we did and then told to come back at 9pm…by this time we were irate as she has won a prize but keeps being fobbed off as to when we collect it! There are no details on how and the people on the van are putting us off……..others are also having problems. Has anyone else had a problem or sussed out on how this works?

    Also, I am a bit concerned at some of the saftety issues regarding the rides……. my 16 year old was adamant that I should go on with her and now at the grand old age of 40 these things do not look as appealing as they once did 10 years ago….however, up for the chalenge I did my mum part and did a few – the banana shaped roller coaster was sincerely nasty……does not look that bad until you are riding it…..the kangeroo was bearable as long as you are not Tobi with a back problem or his spine would shoot through his head on that one!

    The one we did tonight was absolutely awful, in that similar to the kangeroo, this thing spins you round at great g-forces that want to lift you out of your seat and fling you in to the river and would if you slipped out of the harness as it doesnt hold you and the safety belt that keeps you firmly in the chair has been cut off…do health and safety actually check these things?

    Would love your thoughts on the raffles as my daughter wants her prize as promised…but we are not bemused at the thought of a third trip there to be fobbed off again!


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