Madeira Day celebrated

Region day marked with usual protocol

After the traditional solemn session in the Main Hall of the Regional Assembly was concluded as usual this morning to mark Madeira Day, the Madeiran rulers moved to Praça da Autonomia, where wreaths were deposited, through Bruno Pereira, representing The Mayor of Funchal, Pedro Calado, Regional President Miguel Albuquerque, and José Manuel Rodrigues, the President of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira.

A parade followed, with a drive past of Civil Protection forces – part of which is on the video below.

Various other events follow throughout the day including a free concert by the Madeira Classical Orchestra in Praça do Povo.

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52 thoughts on “Madeira Day celebrated”

  1. Quote from the article: “The Madeiran Rulers”.

    Why not “Masters” or “Overlords”, while we’re at it?

    I guess we are still living in Feudal Europe of the Middle Ages?

    So, first we pay our respect to the beloved rulers, then we glorify their lapdogs (the “Civil Protection Forces”), and if there’s still half a paragraph left, why not, let’s vaguely mention that “various other events follow”.

    Ridiculous.

    Can’t we have a Madeira Celebration report WITHOUT the damn “rulers” (err… “politicians”) for once?

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    • Rather harsh comments as as the gist has been lost in the ‘machine’ translation. As a regular visitor to Madeira over many years the Island has a lot to be proud of including good governance compared with many other places. The fantastic road infrastructure which shows improvements on every visit with the opening of new tunnels. The way Madeira handled the Covid pandemic and welcomed back visitors. What a change to see local politicians fighting hard to make sure Madeira is not left behind from mainland Portugal. So easy to go native and not bother but Madeira definitely punches above its weight and why not celebrate this by congratulating those responsible, the political Leaders who are the first to be criticised when things go wrong but rarely given credit when things go well.

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        • Subsidized by EU = EU’s bitch.

          Madeira has PLENTY of resources and potential for opportunities, yet young people here are either leaving for the mainland or busting their asses for minimum wage. Long live El Presidente!

          (Just don’t you dare have a linguistic heart attack, Hard Boy! You’re much more fun to me alive!)

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      • @Onejagjohn

        Politicians receive WAY too much press and attention.

        Once in a few generations, MAYBE, there may appear someone who actually earned some praise (such as perhaps Alberto João Jardim).

        And the glorification of the “rulers” and of the “armed forces” is a hallmark of tyranny, even if it’s a “softer” brand. It’s textbook methodology.

        Enjoy your fiefdom, serfs. Plato’s ideal of the Philosopher Kings will likely never become a reality. Not that I believe in kings or rulers, but at least the serfs would be taught and encouraged to self-liberate and self-organize in sustainable communities, as opposed to looking to the “government” for answers. Alas, not going to happen.

        PS: “handled the covid pandemic”. LOL 🙂

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          • @Long John Hardy

            I’m neither an “anarchist” nor a “nihilist”. I just want to live my life on my own terms, without bothering anyone, and without being robbed, regulated and perpetually mind-fucked by corrupt governments and corporate control freaks.

            Is that really too much to ask?

            I grew up in Communism. Maybe I’m just more “sensitive” to tyranny (or more aware of its onset) than you lot.

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      • I thought that by now you would be living in Mexico “off the grid”? Bit difficult to compensate your flight with Future emission free living ?

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        • @Hard Boy, I NEVER said ANYTHING about emission-free living.

          Corporate states nowadays are spending billions of tax (= stolen) “money” to design and build super complicated machines that basically perform the function of a tree.

          Off-Grid is NOT equal to “emission free”. Wait till they start taxing your farts. You think I’m joking? The day is drawing near!

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  2. “Rulers” is probably not too far off the mark for Albuquerque and Calvados! – can’t see any challengers on the horizon! Not quite the democracy you would prefer Susan – thought you lived here – are you moving on in protest?

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      • @Prepubescent John soon-to-be Hardy:

        We’re just going to explore real estate opportunities in Mexico, as a Plan B in case the Euro Zone implodes completely.

        Personally, I love living on this island here, but we must also have a Plan B, times being what they are (and they ALWAYS are…)

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        • @FredS

          1. Unlike Madeira. LOL 🙂

          2. At least the Mexican cartels keep the government in check.

          3. Also depends where one lives. There are communities where no one is bothered. Some are more “touristy” areas, some are actual gated communities (usually on the coast lines or closer to Mexico City), and there are several independent communities we’ve been in touch with that have the capacity to defend themselves and be relatively independent of the system.

          Like I said, we are only traveling to explore and meet with some people. Maybe make a real estate purchase. But the idea is to spend around three months there, get the feel of things, and hopefully return to Madeira by early-mid October.

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            • @FredS

              1. Partially true and partially propaganda to keep US Americans and Canadians from emigrating there.

              2 Overtly corrupt is generally better than covertly corrupt. Cause they’re ALL corrupt as fuck, no matter what country. (cover your sensitive years, Hardy and all the other infants in the room)

              3. We have friends who already made the move (to Mexico) and while it’s not “ideal (nowhere is), they tell us it’s not remotely as violent/criminal as the media portrays it. Especially in certain areas, which we’re going to check out.
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              We’re already getting ready for the trip, so you’ll see much less of me (if at all). But I’ll be occasionally checking in, to make sure you behave 🙂

              Planned return time to Madeira: Mid October.

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              • Ah the media are once again behind all this. Sure, if you say so!
                And you hope to ripp off some land from a poor mexican farmer? Or Will you buy the land from a Big Business that you hate so much, and that ripped off the land from poor Sancho before? Be carefull with the likes of Zapata.Time to Google again.

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                • @JohnHardly

                  I’m looking to buy from a troll farm. Are you selling?

                  But seriously, ALL lands are “stolen” lands, at one point or another.

                  Do you think Maderia is different? Or “Belgium”, for that matter?
                  And let’s not even talk about US or Canada and all of South America.

                  It’s close to impossible nowadays to buy land that has not already been stolen, mostly by states/corporations. So yes, I will unfortunately have to look into stolen/corporate land. Sometimes I just have to compromise and only chose “battles” I can actually win.

                  Unless I declare a state, gather an army and steal some land myself. Alas, not going to happen.

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                  • I have the impression that you ride a high horse but only when it suites you.

                    How are you different from Big Business, Kings, Media, or “sheeple”?
                    Because you have more pretention ?, yes, as Miss Piggy said, “MOI, pretentious”?

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                    • @LongJohnHardly

                      I am only “different” in the sense that my eyes are perhaps more open.

                      I still have to eat and shit and menstruate and pay for things.

                      So I’m choosing my battles, picking the ones where I have realistic odds to win or at least break even.

                      At least I’m not fcukin’ hypocrite.

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    • @MrsA

      Democracy is an illusion at best. But sure, you periodically get to chose your poison… Will it be arsenic or venom for the next 4-5 years?

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    • @MrsA:

      Just noticed your adequate comment.

      How unfortunate that no one even bothers to check and proof-read the published articles in their English version.

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  3. But back to what this blog used to be about.
    Madeira
    Remember the good old times?
    This “Madeira Day” must be the reason why Virtu’s Bar was closed today….
    Of course there are other places for garoto and poncha, but…

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    • @Russel Keeley

      Not exactly. I post something and soon the room is no longer empty at all!

      I never start an argument. It’s your reactions that produce the arguments. And quite lively ones!

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      • Come now, don’t be hypocrites. The moment I post something here, you all jump in and start vociferating and opinionating.

        So perhaps I DO “start an argument in an empty room”.

        But it’s not my fault or my responsibility that the room NEVER stays empty for long 🙂

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  4. @Russel Keeley

    Not exactly. I post something and soon the room is no longer empty at all!

    I never start an argument. It’s your reactions that produce the arguments. And quite lively ones!

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    • @William+Ballantyne

      I have a Conspiracy Theory. The first one I’m ever posting here.

      I suggest that both John+Hardy and myself were created by the Admin (or by a mysterious third party) to keep the discussions “alive”.

      According to this conspiracy theory, none of us is a real person.

      Personally, I find it scary, the very thought that I may not even be real. This would put me in the same category as the “covid”.

      Also, if I’m not real, then who’s traveling to Mexico next week? Very confusing!

      I wonder how John+Hardy feels about it, about the possibility that he may not be real either?

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