Ronaldo’s Manchester house for sale

Ronaldo's house in Alderley Edge

5-bed house in Alderley Edge for £3.25 million

The Manchester Evening News reports that Christiano Ronaldo has put the Cheshire house he bought while playing for Manchester United up for sale.
The “modern mansion” is on the market for £3.25 million, a slight decrease on the cool £3.85 million ............ more

Good weather set to continue over Christmas

Weather outlook good

Despite a little rain in Funchal earlier, and a cloudy forecast for Funchal today, the weather outlook looks good for the approaching holiday period. The first forecast is from the BBC, the second from IPMA, the Portuguese “Met Office”

Not much news around at the moment, but came ............ more

New British Honorary Consul appointed. Comet visible.

Louisa Blandy Moreau is the new British Honorary Consul for the islands

The Diario today covers the appointment of a new British Consul for the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo, although the announcement was made a little while back. Louisa Blandy is no stranger to Madeira as she was born in Funchal and is part of the Blandy family, ............ more

Car falls from cliff road in Caniçal

Car falls from cliff

Lucky escape

Car falls from cliff: The Diario reports that a car fell from a cliff road in Caniçal yesterday afternoon. Firefighters were able to recover the driver who, remarkably, had no injuries.
The car left the road, flipped over, but it did not fall into the sea.

Porto Santo ferry heads off for annual maintenance

Lobo Marinho

The Lobo Marinho makes last trip 6th January

The Journal reports that the Porto Santo ferry, the Lobo Marinho, will make its last trip of this season on January 6th before the usual annual maintenance is undertaken. An operation that, according to the information transmitted by Porto Santo Line to the newspaper, ............ more

Supermarket workers threaten Christmas strike

Supplies to Madeira to return to normal

Reuters report that striking stevedores at the Portuguese port of Setubal, pictured, and the port administration reached a deal on Friday to end a strike that started 40 days ago and has blocked shipments of cars made at a Volkswagen plant nearby, and other goods, ............ more

Landslip at Cabo Girão – great photo

Landslip between Rancho and the viewpoint at Cabo Girão

Landslip between Rancho and the viewpoint at Cabo Girão

The Journal reports that there was a significant landslip today between the cable car at Rancho and the viewpoint at Cabo Girão, above Câmara de Lobos, which apparently startled the local population.
Although there were initially fears that there may have ............ more

easyJet flight makes emergency landing

easyJet flight makes emergency landing

Madeira flight makes emergency landing in Porto

Automated news-feed website has picked up on a story that an easyJet plane from Manchester heading for Madeira yesterday evening had to make an emergency landing at the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in ............ more

Fee for travelling to the EU after Brexit revealed

Brits travelling to the EU will have to pay €7 from 2021

Sky News reports that Brussels has started to implement the system that preauthorises entry of citizens from certain countries without a visa. The news channel has learned that millions of Britons travelling to the EU will have to pay €7 (£6.29) for visa-free travel ............ more

TAP believes Madeira service “good”

Criticism is “fake news”

The Diario’s front page today reports that the Chief Executive of TAP believes that its clients rank positively the company’s service to Madeira. He also considers the continuing controversy over high fares charged from the mainland for the ninety-minute ............ more

Christmas lights open-top bus tours

Bus tour of Christmas lights

50-minute evening circuit of Funchal Christmas lights

The Diario reports  that the ‘Funchal a Brilhar’ open-top bus tours start tomorrow (14th) lasting until 6th January. During this period, operator Carristur wil offer a 50-minute evening circuit “conducted by Father Christmas”, revealing the ............ more

Madeira GDP ahead of national average

Madeira GDP grows 3.1%

The Journal reports that the Algarve was the fastest growing Portuguese region in 2017, registering a real increase of 3.5% in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), driven by the tourist sector, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The provisional ............ more

Most Googled words in Portugal

“Mundial” is the most Googled Portuguese word this year

The Journal reports that ‘Mundial’ was the word most Googled in Portugal this year, according to annual statistics from the search engine, which also reveals that the most searched news item by the Portuguese was related to the ‘Fire of Monchique’.
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Madeiran “MP” in police chase with gunfire

Deputy arrested

The Diario is running a remarkable story on their website this morning. Apparently a PSD deputy in the Legislative Assembly of Madeira, Luís Miguel Calaça, was arrested by the PSP (Security Police) following what they describe as a troublesome traffic control operation, ............ more

New Christmas exhibition at museum

Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas

Casa Museu Frederico de Freitas exhibition opens

FN report that the Frederico de Freitas House-Museum opened its doors yesterday in the spirit of the Christmas season, inaugurating the temporary exhibition “Christmas at Casa da Calçada”.

The press release reads “As before, the House is especially attractive. Charming and ............ more

Cruise ship used by drug smugglers.

Marco Polo - the cruise ship used by drug smugglers.

British couple held in Lisbon

Most UK newspapers report that after information was shared with them by the UK’s National Crime Agency, a couple who are believed to be British, were arrested on suspicion of trafficking narcotics on 4 December when their cruise ship docked in the Portuguese capital. ............ more

Port strikes slows work on new Savoy Palace

New Savoy Palace nears completion

Lack of materials slows progress at Savoy Palace

FN report that the strikes on the mainland are impacting on progress at the new Savoy Palace hotel. Strikes at the Portuguese ports look to continue until the early new year, currently with   waiting times for ships calling a Setubal and Lisbon increasing to an ............ more

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