Madeira’s ‘Xarabanda’ celebrates 30 years with Anniversary concerts; Juncker praised Portugal’s efforts in meeting budget goals; New 11th Government of Madeira sworn in; Portugal’s record-breaking waves; Pastel de nata: Portugal’ s signature dessert – “ultimate accompaniment to a tiny but mighty cup of Portuguese coffee”;

International, Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Xarabanda celebrates 30 years with Anniversary concerts 11&12 November, 2011

Xarabanda – Associação Xarabanda: Carlos Figueira, Filipa Camacho, João Viveiros, Maria João Caires, Slobodan Sarcevic, Roberto Moniz, Roberto Moritz e Rui Camacho celebrates 30 years with Anniversary concerts 11&12 November, 2011

Xarabanda is a member of AFERAM – Associação de Folclore e Etnografia da Região Autónoma da Madeira and its main objective is to keep alive Madeira’s traditional folklore music.

Time and Venue: 21h30 no Centro de Congressos da Madeira

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Juncker praised Portugal’s efforts in meeting budget goals under 78-billion-euro bailout from EU and IMF

From Reuters:

“Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that there will never
be a euro currency without Portugal as he praised the country’s efforts in
meeting budget goals under a 78-billion-euro bailout from the European Union
and IMF.

Madeira's 'Xarabanda' celebrates 30 years with Anniversary concerts; Juncker praised Portugal's efforts in meeting budget goals; New 11th Government of Madeira sworn in; Portugal's record-breaking waves; Pastel de nata: Portugal’ s signature dessert - "ultimate accompaniment to a tiny but mighty cup of Portuguese coffee"; 1

Juncker, who spoke after meeting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos
Coelho, also said Italy has to not only announce economic measures but it
also has to implement them. “Italy has to prove we are right to put all our
confidence in them,” he said.

He was speaking as Italian bond yields shot higher Wednesday to euro-era
highs on concerns about its large debt load, spooking global markets.”

link http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/09/portugal-juncker-idUSL6E7M95IN20111109

Portugal’s record-breaking waves

From the Daily Mail:

“An extreme surfer is set to earn a place in the record books after riding a 90 foot wave.
Garrett McNamara caught the monster wave during the ZON North Canyon Project in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal.
The coastline is home to a deep water canyon which funnels large swells from the Atlantic Ocean, creating record-breaking waves such as the one McNamara rode.”

link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2059755/Garrett-McNamara-video-Surfer-sets-world-record-riding-90ft-wave-Portugal.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

New 11th Government of Madeira sworn in

Madeira's 'Xarabanda' celebrates 30 years with Anniversary concerts; Juncker praised Portugal's efforts in meeting budget goals; New 11th Government of Madeira sworn in; Portugal's record-breaking waves; Pastel de nata: Portugal’ s signature dessert - "ultimate accompaniment to a tiny but mighty cup of Portuguese coffee"; 3

 

Madeira's 'Xarabanda' celebrates 30 years with Anniversary concerts; Juncker praised Portugal's efforts in meeting budget goals; New 11th Government of Madeira sworn in; Portugal's record-breaking waves; Pastel de nata: Portugal’ s signature dessert - "ultimate accompaniment to a tiny but mighty cup of Portuguese coffee"; 5

Pastel de nata: Portugal’ s signature dessert

“Pastel de nata are the ultimate accompaniment to a tiny but mighty cup of Portuguese coffee…”

Madeira's 'Xarabanda' celebrates 30 years with Anniversary concerts; Juncker praised Portugal's efforts in meeting budget goals; New 11th Government of Madeira sworn in; Portugal's record-breaking waves; Pastel de nata: Portugal’ s signature dessert - "ultimate accompaniment to a tiny but mighty cup of Portuguese coffee"; 7

image from BBC website: link: http://www.bbc.com/travel

Pastel de nata history

“Portugal’s history-laden sweets industry was crystallised when the Arabs introduced sugar to the country. In medieval times, enterprising nuns and monks made and sold doces conventuais (literally, convent sweets), of which the best known is the pastel de nata, a creamy, egg-based custard tart. The story goes that nuns stiffened their habits with egg whites and devised special recipes to consume the leftover yolks. Since 1837, Lisbon patisserie Antiga Confeitaria de Belém has been transporting locals to sugarcoated nirvana with heavenly pastéis de belém: crisp pastry nests filled with custard cream, baked at 200C for that perfect golden crust, then lightly dusted with cinnamon…”

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20111107-a-bit-of-history-in-every-sweet-bite

Images from the Diario Newspaper

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  1. Flights from Ireland to Madeira
    does anyone know if there are direct flights next Feb..? I think Aer Lingus used to do them but…now only to Lisbon…Then? passengers have to fly to Madeira with another airline such as Easy or TAP

    Anyone know who is operating any one off charter direct flights from Ireland to Madeira?

    Thanks in advance
    Paul – Abbo

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  2. ABBO, SATA fly from Dublin on a regular basis and now Monarch from Belfast, depending on the time of the year …..

    Our friends in S. Ireland used to fly Aer Lingus direct but had to resort to RyanAir to Bristol and then EasJest – as a cheaper option, following AL’s withdrawal due to pilot training, currency and associated costs etc.

    SATA is not so cost effective but much more convenient ……

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  3. Hi

    Aer Lingus stopped the flights to Funchal, we use Sata it flies every Sunday, out around midday and a very very early start coming home, departs at 7.15am and always has done (not funny when we had to fly back New Years Day) The flights have always been around €400-€450 per person

    The other option is Aer Lingus to Lisbon and then Lisbon to Funcha,it can be cheaper but a lot of travelling with young kidsl

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