Happy New Year. Fireworks.

bay of Funchal, liner and fireworks

Best wishes to the ever-increasing number of blog readers as the fireworks display and 2017 approaches. Certainly this year has been eventful, both locally with the devastating fires, and on a global stage. The future of Europe will no doubt remain firmly in the headlights over the coming year.

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Christmas schedule. Airport strike.

baggage handlers

Airport strike today.

Madeira Airport is experiencing a one day strike by baggage handlers today, Christmas Eve. The Diario reports that this has been called by the National Union of Civil Aviation Workers (SINTAC). Passengers are advised to carry as little baggage as possible to reduce the impact ............  ...read more

Travel chaos. Strikes. Fire recovery plan.

Travel chaos over the weekend likely to continue

Those flying over the weekend experienced problems at both ends of their journey. If they were lucky enough to get off the ground in the UK then they were faced with possible problems landing on Madeira due to high winds. Yours truly experienced a particularly bumpy landing here on ............  ...read more

Airport strike? Ronaldo wins 4th Ballon d’Or. Monarch blog.

Ronaldo world’s best footballer again

Tonight Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his 4th Ballon d’Or as expected to confirm his position as one of the two best footballers of the last decade – starting with his years at Manchester United prior to the Madeiran joining Real Madrid. The blog had the pleasure of retracing in some ............  ...read more

Ryanair. Free air travel. Ballon d’Or

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Not a lot of news recently, so this is a bit of a mixed offering:

Ryanair

Something of a political war of words seems to have broken out over the possibility of Ryanair flying to Madeira. The Diario reports that CDS-PP parliamentary leader, Rui Barreto, has expressed “great concern” ............  ...read more

Christmas lights. More seafront work?

Christmas lights in Funchal

Christmas lights turned on

The Christmas lights have been going up in Funchal over the last few weeks and were duly turned on last night to welcome the many visitors expected over the festive period. A total of €3.2 million will be spent in Funchal this year with the Christmas lights costing €1.5 million ............  ...read more

Pay for EU citizenship post Brexit? Il Gallo d’Oro. Golden Gate.

Brexit negotiator Verhofstadt

EU citizenship proposal could guarantee rights in Europe after Brexit

As Brexit takes shape, The Times reports this morning that Britons could pay to retain the benefits of European Union citizenship under plans being considered by MEPs. The European parliament’s lead Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said he supported the principle of the idea, ............  ...read more

Reid’s Palace. Euro undermined. CR7.

Telegraph headlin on Reid' Palace

Reid’s Palace

Another favourable review of Reid’s Palace in the Telegraph a few days ago.

The article recalls that the hotel was built by Scotsman William Reid in 1891 and immediately attracted a parade of European royalty and English aristocracy – apparently, to this day, the two ............  ...read more

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