Snow on high peaks!; Portugal gold & silver medal at European Indoors; CARNAVAL continues…Madeira Carnival Float Parade, 2011; Sunday night, March 6th, Funchal: ‘Carnaval das Avenidas’; ‘Trapalhão Parade’, Tuesday, 8th March- it’s Carnival – nobody takes it badly”

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…”

link: http://af.reuters.com/article/ivoryCoastNews/idAFLDE7250D520110306

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”.

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  1. Probably a bit late but new times for today’s rescheduled local processions. No information about any cancellation of tonight’s entertainment in Funchal. (Diario):

    The weather conditions prompted the postponement of most of the processions in the Region.

    New times:

    Câmara de Lobos
    Sunday: 16 hours

    Machico
    Tuesday: 17 hours

    Santa Cruz
    Tuesday: 13 hours

    Camacha
    Sunday: 15 hours

    Ponta do Sol
    Tuesday: 16 hours

    Porto Moniz
    Tuesday: 15:30

    Ribeira Brava
    Tuesday: No set time

    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.

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  2. Diario website has recently uploaded 10 photos of the blanket of snow covering Pico do Areeiro.

    http://www.dnoticias.pt/multimedia/fotoreportagem/253351-manto-de-neve-cobre-pico-do-areeiro

    Hotel occupancy for the Carnaval better than predicted – 75%.

    Announced last Monday, Jet2.com now flying all year round from Leeds-Bradford on Mondays and from Manchester on Fridays from April – October. Aim to bring 20,000 passengers here this year from the North of England and have already sold 700 seats for this summer.

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  3. I can assure everybody the weather will improve immensely from the 1st of April ‘cos thats when we return to Blighty.
    The sun will come out and not go in until we return later in the year.
    It will then go back in till we leave again!

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  4. Costumes were great Martin, very well made , must cost the people a small fortune, as for the parade well nothing special, same large gaps with nothing to look at and very faint music , that is not carnival………………………

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  5. The fabric shops in Rua Ornalias etc have end of roll, shiny glittery fabrics in their sale.
    Madeiran striped tartan suitable for deck chairs 10E per metre

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  6. Portuguese, Irish, and Greek sovereign debt yields are at or near record highs as are yields relative to Germany. Moreover, the ECB’s “One Size Fits Germany” policy is not going to help those countries any.

    The ECB ignored rampant inflation in Spain and Ireland, and other problems elsewhere because it suited the interests of Germany and France at the time. Now the ECB is ignoring rampant deflation in those same countries because it suits the interest of Germany and France.

    The ECB is not concerned with such matters or what countries it wrecks. It is just concerned that Ireland, Greece, and Spain pay back debt owed to German and French banks.

    Here is the key question: How long can the other countries can survive in a one size fits Germany setup?

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  7. The Carnival fireworks and procession were fantastic. Well done, Madeira.
    Beats pancakes every time.
    Now back in the Septic Isle and freezing to death.
    Till next year, then.
    PS Martin, the Londres Restaurant was as good as you said.

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