MS Ambience makes debut

… after 31 years getting here!

MS Ambience

Jaime was in touch to report that the island was about to have an interesting visitor, the Ambience, making a very belated debut ( … Read more

Fábrica Sto António

wins Mercury Prize as the “company with history”

Fábrica Sto António

JM reports online that Fábrica Sto António is the winner of the Mercúrio Prize of the year 2022, in the Company with … Read more

Ryanair refunds – more problems!

Regional mobility subsidy paperwork wrong

Ryanair refunds headline

JM’s headline reports that there are customers who are unable to claim a Ryanair refund under the Regional mobility subsidy, whereby locals travelling to the … Read more

Record public investment

Portugal progress to the next round of World Cup

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The Diario headlines that October saw a record €111 million of public investment contracts – the highest-ever monthly figure in Madeira.… Read more

Urban art mural

… marks Educating Cities Day

Urban art in Câmara de Lobos

JM reports that Câmara de Lobos City Council launched the challenge and Grupo Teatro Metaphora accepted, to create an urban art mural in line with … Read more

439 civil servants retire

with an average pension of €1378

Retiring civil servants headline in rge Diario

The Diario headlines that 439 civil servants will retire at the end of this year, receiving on average a monthly pension of €1378.

The … Read more

Poor weather ahead?

“The Beast From the East“ rumoured to return

Poor weather ahead headline

The blog’s resident weather expert Jaime has been in touch with a somewhat downbeat poor weather forecast for the coming weeks, both … Read more

Porto Santo beats pre-pandemic levels

Passengers in summer exceeded 2019 levels

Porto Santo Ferry

The Diario reports that the number of passengers on the Madeira-Porto Santo line increased by 8.7% in the 3rd quarter of this year, compared … Read more

Santa Cruz lights up!

Fanal forest featured.

Christmas lights in Santa Cruz

Both local newspapers report on the Christmas lights being turned on in Santa Cruz last night – the first municipality to do so. The council there held … Read more

Another cruise ship debuts

MSC Seascape arrives tomorrow

MSC Seascape arrives tomorrow - another cruise ship debut in Funchal

The blog’s resident nautical and weather expert Jaime alerts readers to yet another cruise ship debuts in Funchal tomorrow, arriving at 08:00 from Cadiz and sailing … Read more

Cable car demand up 150%

790,000 passengers so far this year

cable car above Funchal

Demand for cable cars in the Region increased by 153% in the first nine months of this year, compared to the same period in … Read more

13 old roads to be recovered

90 kilometres of old roads targeted

Old roads

JM reports that a public tender approved yesterday provides for the requalification of 90 kilometres of old roads that serve seven municipalities in Madeira. … Read more

Ronaldo sets another record

First to score at 5 World Cups


The Mirror reports that “Cristiano Ronaldo breaks astonishing World Cup record in first match in Qatar”.

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Seer octopus backs Portugal

as Ronaldo skips news conference

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Diário de Notícias reports that a seer octopus has guaranteed that Portugal will beat Ghana in their opening match at the World Cup today. A … Read more

Fajä dos Padres defaced

“White paint” pollutes cliff
photos: Rui Marote, Funchal Noticias

Funchal Noticias was alerted to a situation where what appears to be white paint poured has been poured into a watercourse … Read more

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