Madeira and Portugal News from Paul Abbiati:
Weather News from Elaine in the Comments section – thanks Elaine!
“Over 10 cm of snow on the high peaks but the roads are still open – Pico Ruivo (1862 metres, Santana), Pico das Torres (1851 metres, Santana), Achada do Teixeira (1592 metres, Santana) and Pico do Areeiro (1818 metres, Funchal). Minimum temperatures at 9am, Areeiro -0,2; Bica da Cana -1,2; Lombo da Terça in Porto Moniz, 4,3; Funchal 11,1; Porto Santo 9,2 and Madeira Airport 9,5 degrees.
Weather will not improve until Wednesday. The airport is functioning normally but the Porto Santo ferry left at 3pm this afternoon as it was unlikely to safely manoeuvre at Porto Santo earlier today.”
Portugal gold & Silver medal at European Indoor Athletics Championships…Congratulations Francis & Naide!
caption: Naide Gomes WK 2009
Long Jump 1. Dariya Klishina (Russia) 6.80 metres 2. Naide Gomes (Portugal) 6.79 3. Yulia Pidluzhnaya (Russia) 6.75
Reuters Africa article:
“Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu upset defending champion Dwain Chambers and home favourite Christophe Lemaitre to seize the 60 metres title at the European indoor championships on Sunday.
Lemaitre suffered from one of his notoriously bad starts and Obikwelu, the 2004 Olympic 100 silver medallist, sailed to victory in a national record of 6.53 seconds.
“I’ve had injuries for such a long time, and to come back and win, it’s incredible,” Nigerian-born Obikwelu, 32, told reporters.
“I’m honoured to be here, this is a great day of joy. I was hoping to be in the top three, but I never thought I was going to win.”
Chambers’ season’s best of 6.54 was only good enough for silver and Lemaitre slumped on his haunches shaking his head with the disappointed Paris crowd agog at his third-placed finish after he had dominated qualifying…”
Madeira Carnival Float Parade, March 5th 2011
One of the best carnivals in Europe and one of the best in the world outside of Brazil! The film below is Part 2 of 4 Parts from this Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ruiaguiar66
Photo gallery of the Diario newspaper:
The Carnival Theme on Saturday evening was the “Magic Forest”. Participants in the colourful and lively parade totalled more than 1,100 participants. It was a journey of unique beauty. At the end of the procession, the participants gathered in the City Hall Square and the Carnival continued!
Sunday night, March 6th: “Carnaval das Avenidas”
On Sunday night, March 6th, three Troupes will liven up the downtown area with the “Carnaval das Avenidas” a performance to be held in the main streets of the city centre.
The Trapalhão Parade, Tuesday, 8th March
The Trapalhão Parade will be held on Carnival Tuesday, on the 8th of March. It is a typical Madeira Parade, open to the participation of individuals or groups, including tourists, where humour and social satire are the favourite themes of the participants. Many “trapalhões” (bunglers) entertain and interact with the public, thereby justifying the term “it’s Carnival – nobody takes it badly”.