Christopher Columbus son of a Polish king living in exile in Madeira; Portuguese rugby update

Portuguese national & international news from Paul Abbiati:

The Telegraph reports:

“Christopher Columbus, was the son of a Polish king living in exile in Madeira.”

Caption and Painting details:

Christopher Columbus is shown landing in the West Indies, on an island that the natives called Guanahani and he named San Salvador, on October 12, 1492. He raises the royal banner, claiming the land for his Spanish patrons, and stands bareheaded, with his hat at his feet, in honor of the sacredness of the event. The captains of the Niña and Pinta follow, carrying the banner of Ferdinand and Isabella. The crew displays a range of emotions, some searching for gold in the sand. Natives watch from behind a tree.
John Vanderlyn (1775-1852) had studied with Gilbert Stuart and was the first American painter to be trained in Paris, where he worked on this canvas for ten years with the help of assistants.

“In his third book on the subject Manuel Rosa, who has spent 20 years researching the life of Columbus, suggests that Vladislav III survived the battle with the Ottomans, fled to live in exile on the island of Madeira where he was known as “Henry the German” and married a Portuguese noblewoman.”

Portuguese rugby update

“Canada beat Portugal 23-20 on Saturday as the Canadians finished their European tour with a 3-1 record.

European Sevens 2008 (Hannover Sevens) tournament in Hannover, Germany. Third game of group A: Portugal vs Romania. David Mateus is tackled by a Romanian player. The final score was 38:0 for Portugal

The Canadians ranked 14th beat No. 25 Belgium, No. 23 Spain and No. 21 Portugal but, lost to No. 16 Georgia.

Portugal have not qualified for the World Cup, but they have shown good form recently beating Namibia 24-12 and just losing 22-17 to the U.S. …both teams that have qualified for the 2011 World Cup.

‘The Globe and Mail’ full article:

4 thoughts on “Christopher Columbus son of a Polish king living in exile in Madeira; Portuguese rugby update”

  1. Good News!
    Ireland is paying 5.8% interest on its bail-out loans which we have all agreed to give.
    Invest your savings in Ireland, they pay a much better rate than the banks.
    I’m going to close my deposit accounts and put the lot to Ireland, I’ll take Guiness as surety
    Just need them to pay the dosh tax-free into my “Cayman Island” account.
    Somehow I think the benefit from all this will avoid us mortals
    Just hope the Sinn Fein, the IRA and any other Irish terrorist organisations don’t get their hands on the money.
    Wonder if Portugal/Madeira will give better rates when it’s bailed out

  2. With the weather so foul our annual visit in January is looking even more attractive than usual.
    Last year after the pre-Christmas storms the walk tunnel at the end of the promenade from the Lido and leading to the beach to Praia Formosa was closed and I wondered if any one knows if it and the path along the beach in front of the hotel has been re-opened

  3. The path from the tunnel past the hotels is currently open.
    It runs beyond Pria Formosa beach.
    Just after the hotels you have to take a loop on the road around the old industrial site or walk along the top of the rocky beach.


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