Life after AVB; Portuguese football: axis of power tipped one way and then another; Daily Telegraph: ‘Holidays in Portugal offer something for everyone’; Portugal: “it’s the special one…”; Photography exhibition, Quinta das Cruzes Museum, 10-29 January 2012; Orchestra of Mandolins Concert with wine tasting Madeira Wine Institute 13th January;

International, Portugal and Madeira News from: Paul Abbiati


Daily Telegraph article: ‘Holidays in Portugal offer something for everyone’

“As a holiday destination par excellence, Portugal has got it all. Tranquil beaches, picturesque towns, wonderful weather, fabulous food and drink, golf courses, idyllic islands, surfing and sailing — all set against a rich backdrop of history and heritage.
Just a few hours’ flight from the UK, this is a country bursting with vibrancy and populated by warm and welcoming people. From the natural beauty of the Algarve in the south to the picturesque Douro Valley in the north, there’s a wealth of things to do and see…”

As Jose Mourinho might say, it’s the special one…”

“Portugal is a remarkable place that will reward visitors with a holiday that’s diverse, colourful, entertaining and action packed.
From its rich gastronomy to its ancient and modern architecture and golden beaches, every day will have something that surprises and enchants. As Jose Mourinho might say, it’s the special one…”

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Concert by The Orchestra of Mandolins titled “Sounds of the Cellar” with a wine tasting at the Madeira Wine Institute on 13th January

Tickets are 10 Euros.

Madeira’s embroidery: industry and tradition

“Embroidery/Madeira Embroidery Madeira Island was discovered in the 18th century. XV and believes that the embroidery began from soon to be produced by fidalgas, as need for decoration of household linen and clothing, and still under the influence of the Conventual works.
Until the middle of the 19th century. XIX there are references to the sale or export of Embroidery. The year 1850 is a milestone for a new phase of Embroidery, date on which this product wins a commercial nature. This year was organized an exhibition of Madeiran industries held in the Palace of s. Lourenço, where it became apparent the economic potential of the product.

The island of Madeira was discovered in the 15th century and it is thought that embroideries began to be produced by the noblewomen, the need for the decoration of household linens as well as of clothing. Handcrafted work done in the convents also influenced the development of embroidery.

Up until the mid 19th century in references were made to the sale or export of Madeira Embroidery. 1850 was a landmark year for a new phase in Madeira Embroidery, when this product started to be traded. That year, an exhibition of Wood industries was organized, held at the Palace of s. Lourenço, where the economic potential of the product became evident.”

From official Madeira Tourism Facebook pages

Photography exhibition, Quinta das Cruzes Museum, Funchal: 10-29 January 2012

Data: 10/01/2012 a 29/01/2012
Hora: 10:00 às 17:30
Local : Museu Quinta das Cruzes – Calçada do Pico, 1 – Funchal
Contacto : 291 740 670
Terça a domingo das 10h00 às 12h30 e das 14h00 às 17h30

Exposição: “Um Atento Olhar”
Até 29 de janeiro 2012

Collection of photographs from The Museu Vicentes, Funchal..the museum of probably the oldest photograph studio in Portugal who were also appointed photographers to the Portuguese Royal Family.

Inserida no Projeto “Experiências Partilhadas”

4 Concerts at Igreja do Colégio in January

Organised by The Gabinete Coordenador de Educação Artística..the first was today the 11 January and titled ‘Voz Celeste’? ..the next 3 are on these dates 16th, 23rd & 30th, from 12h30-13 horas.

image from Wikicommons

The Igreja do Colégio in Funchal’s City Square was restored recently and is one of the best examples of a Barocco Church in Portugal

‘Life after AVB: is Portugal’s power base shifting post-Andre Villas-Boas?’

From the BBC Sport website pages:

“It’s not just in the Premier League where the rumbles of Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’s influence are being felt.

In the eight months that have passed since ‘AVB’ led Porto to Europa League glory against Braga in Dublin, the axis of power in Portuguese football has tipped one way and then another.

Back in spring, Porto were untouchable. They had just become only the second team in Portugal’s history to complete a league season unbeaten, after Englishman Jimmy Hagan’s Benfica in 1972-73.

Then the coach who had said leading Porto “surpasses all my childhood dreams” stunned Portugal by leaving for the bright lights of the Premier League and Stamford Bridge.

His replacement was always likely to be on a hiding to nothing. It wasn’t just Villas-Boas’s results that spoke volumes for his work. The swagger of Porto’s squad and their extraordinary dressing-room spirit struck fear into opponents. His departure left a gaping hole.

Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa attempted to fill it via continuity. He immediately appointed Villas-Boas’s assistant, Vitor Pereira, and retained most of the backroom staff. Pereira was also given £36m of new players to work with.

Above Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas first Press Conference for Chelsea

The pallid performances of Porto’s eagerly awaited Champions League return were a warning flag. Star forward Hulk called thegoalless draw with Zenit that eliminated Porto “our best collective display of the season”. It underlined how internal expectations, and standards, had dropped.

The Portuguese media quickly sensed Pereira was not the totemic leader Villas-Boas had been. He is a decent coach and well liked, but his rhetoric rarely inspires in the way his predecessor’s had.

image of Vitor Pereira

It seems ludicrous that Pereira is under threat almost halfway through a league campaign in which Porto – like Benfica – remain unbeaten. Yet context is everything in a country where a club outside “os tres grandes” – “the big three” – have been crowned champions just twice.

At present, it’s almost a mini version of the Real Madrid and Barcelona rivalry.

The standards of Benfica and Porto have been so high in recent seasons that even the smallest slip is a relative disaster. The knife-sharpeners point out that Pereira’s side have already dropped as many points as Villas-Boas’s men did in the whole of last season – six.

It will come as little surprise to Manchester United fans to hear Benfica have upped their game this season in response. Coach Jorge Jesus’s secret has been to not overreact to last season’s relative failure at the Luz.

Benfica resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes in the summer and have been rewarded. Their regular 4-4-2 formation gave way to the stylish five-man midfield displayed in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League.

Nicolas Gaitan helped Benfica dump Manchester United out of the Champions League

New signing Axel Witsel has added power and finesse and United’s reported interest in playmaker Nicolas Gaitan isn’t hard to fathom either.

The team has plenty of goals in it too. Former Bolton loanee Rodrigo has weighed in well on his return. Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo – a scorer against United – is no longer an automatic choice despite having managed 22 European goals for the club. It is a reflection of Benfica’s options.

Porto also have to contend with a challenge from the other side of the capital.

Sporting Clube de Portugal were in sporting and institutional crisis last season, and finished 36 points behind the champions.

New president Luis Godinho Lopes authorised a summer rebuild, spending just under £30m, a huge figure by Sporting’s standards. New coach Domingos Paciencia – like Villas-Boas, a product of Sir Bobby Robson’s days at Porto – has overseen major changes.

Brazil midfielder Elias joined for a record fee from Atletico Madrid, while Dutch pair Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Stijn Schaars have been big hits as Sporting have entertained at the same time as climbing the table.

That Sporting’s under-19 side have been so impressive in the NextGen Series shows the club’s traditions of youth development have not been neglected. Portugal’s most fertile academy has spawned the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Nani.

After Sporting finished top of its group in NextGen, thrashing Liverpool both home (5-1) and away (3-0), Europe’s scouts are licking their lips again. The current crop includes towering London-born defender Tiago Ilori, who made his first-team debut against Leiria in October.

All in all, Portuguese fans can anticipate a far closer second half of the season than last time out. Economics mean Portugal will never be the most open of championships, but its health is definitely improving..”

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  1. Good Info Postings – thanks Paul. Will try to get to Quinta da Cruzes – lovely place in any event.

    Good to meet up with you and others t’other day M&M – in fine form, good to see! Will arrange meet here a.s.a.p……..

    Nice day, sunny periods and breeze …… coffee on the terrace then!

  2. from the NDP tomorrow distributes vouchers for 20 euro discount at the pharmacy…he New Democratic Party Member of the Madeira announced today that this force will distribute party tomorrow, Friday, from 14 hours in front of the Assembly about eight thousand euros of the grant of the party in the valleys of 20 euros for pensioners deducted from the accounts of pharmacies (Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical English Carmo).

    “The NDP promised two months ago he would take the money from the funds for the party and return to the rightful owner, the taxpayers,” said Rubina Sequeira a political action of NDP-M in Funchal.

    The deputy said that only in December this initiative was undertaken in order to deliver baskets.

    “This month the idea was to make € 20 vouchers, and distribute the money which is around 8,000 euros, giving pensioners more than 65 years that address Friday from 14:00 hours to the Legislative Assembly of Madeira, which have prescriptions which will serve to be slaughtered in the accounts of pharmacies. ”

    Rubina Sequeira noted that this action comes after the NDP’s “Regional Government and the parliamentary group of the PSD have explicitly announced that they will not cut a penny party grants,” which means that the so-called “jackpot continues.”

    “There are millions and millions of dollars spent on funding of parties when there are basic needs of the population still unfulfilled,” he said

    The Parliament notes that, “a small party,” the NDP “can not help more,” and “is to give all the money that has the people,” stressing that “the major parties as the PSD and the CDS to join this initiative help would be really significant. ”

    Rubina Sequeira concludes that this is a matter that should “be the conscience of each one,” calling party to the union of this initiative not to be “complicit in this shamelessness is the jackpot.”

    The parties in the ALM receive about five million per year as grants.

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