Madeira’s WHITE GOLD; Calheta’s Engenhos; Funchal Cruise Port: busy; What’s happening this weekend?; Quorum Ballet, Funchal 31 de Março; 7th Sugar Cane Fair, Canhas, Ponta do Sol;

Funchal Cruise Port busy: Saturday, 31st March, 2012

Madeira’s WHITE GOLD

The Madeira Islands became a major producer and supplier of sugar what was historically known as the ‘white gold’.

Its lands were very difficult to cultivate and slaves were brought in from Africa to work in the sugar ............  ...read more

More great entertainment in Madeira in March, April; 3 ways to increase economic productivity of Portugal’s ports: The Economist; Portugal produced best government bond returns in developed world so far this year!; Hugo Camara FILM;

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Hugo Camara FILM

Another impressive film from Madeiran photographer/artist Hugo Camara. Thanks Hugo.

http://vimeo.com/39216269

Music
Dishwalla – Angels or Devils ( acoustic )

Equipment
Canon 5D2
Canon 17-40
Stage Zero Dolly

More ............  ...read more

Scuba-diving in Madeira;

Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Scuba-diving in Madeira

Scuba-diving centres in Madeira include:

Anthia Diving Center. Their latest film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZwvS5klJk8&feature=digest_wed

All images from the Diario or Facebook official pages unless otherwise stated

Survey: Portugal best value for money for eating and drinking out; Eating & drinking out in Madeira; Cost of living in Portugal is still quite cheap;

International, National Portuguese & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Portugal best value for money for eating and drinking out

From Portugal Daily View.com:

“Portugal has overthrown Spain as the cheapest place to eat and drink out, according to the Post Office Holiday Barometer survey quoted ............  ...read more

Adeus a Taxas Antigas; VAT increases; Madeiran Windsurfer Joao Rodrigue Top 12 RS:X World Championships in Cádiz; Madeiran Bernardo Sousa driving for Lotus Rally; General Strike Spain Thursday affects flights out of Lisbon? – see comments section;

Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Madeiran Windsurfer Joao Rodrigue in Top 12 in RS:X World Championships in Cádiz

Madeiran Windsurfer Joao Rodrigues in Top 12 in RS:X World Championships in Cádiz out of 200 competitors. Another Madeiran Pedro Moura is competing.

VAT increases Saturday

PDF Details here ............  ...read more

Owls in Madeira: new fossil owl discovered; Otus mauli; West Coast Arts Extravaganza:Saturday only; Many events most FREE on a Friday night in Funchal, Machico and other locations include..;

Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

West Coast Spring Arts Extravaganza: Saturday only

includes:

Owls: new type of fossil scops owl discovered in Madeira

From Admin in the comments section, thanks Admin..original source alphagalileo.org:

New type of fossil scops owl discovered in Madeira

“The ............  ...read more

General Strike: flights re-scheduled to Madeira; Lisbon Airport: TERMINAL changes at Lisbon Airport include Easyjet; Madeira: Common Buzzard Census this weekend: 24 & 24th March; Azores: “Milhafre”, “Queimado” Buteo buteo rothschildi Madeira: “Manta” Buteo buteo harterti; Become a citizen scientist for a day in Madeira!;

International, National Portuguese News and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

General Strike, Thursday 22nd March

thanks Peter/Admin for the post on the General Strike on Thursday 22nd March. Peter has posted:

“watch out if you need public transport or public services including the airport”

Flights ............  ...read more

Portugal reaching middle of bridge; Poetry and coffee Funchal 19-24 March; Zurich to Madeira: more flights; RUSSIAN BALLET returns to Madeira FESTA DA FLOR week:19-20 April; 30th Anniversary of Photography Museum ‘Vicentes’Funchal: March 22nd;

Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

4 stories from Paul today! Readers let’s read yours in the comments section:

Portugal reaching the middle of the bridge

From Portugal Daily View:

From the National Paper Diário Económico on Tuesday:

«We are reaching the middle of the bridge», writes Diário Económico, ............  ...read more

Michelin Guide chefs kick off gastronomic festival in Madeira 16th March; Madeira’s 2012 budget; First ministerial resignation in Government; ‘Saca’ surfing in Paul do Mar; Literature Festival of Madeira 15-17 March; Paul do Mar surf forecast; Portugal prays for rain; Portugal’s driest Winter in 80 years; Drought measures;

Portugal and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Madeira’s 2012 budget

From Portugal Daily View.com:

Público Newspaper reports on Wednesday 14 March:

The mainland Portugal newspaper says that a 50% cut in funding for sports clubs, political parties and the autonomous government’s newspaper, Jornal da ............  ...read more

‘Mudas Jazz Sessions’ Calheta; Ben van Gelder Quintet play Mudas; Natural wonders of Madeira: Pico Ruivo; European Windsurfing Championships RS:X Madeira 2012: best images; What’s happening in Madeira this weekend?

Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Ben van Gelder Quintet

The New York Quintet performed to a full house on Saturday 10 de Março at Casa das Mudas International Art Centre, Calheta-part of the series of concerts ‘Mudas Jazz Sessions’.

 ............  ...read more

Madere: le corps et l’esprit unis; Nobel Prize Economist in line with Portuguese Govt on austerity; Awesome Snow Film! Pico Ruivo; Madeira: natural beauty and adrenaline; Madeira receiving more French & Spanish tourists; ‘Sons do Mar’ TMN music concerts Funchal return July 2012; European Windsurfing Championships RS:X Madeira 2012 results;

International, National Portuguese News and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Thanks for contributions from readers including Ellen & Peter in the comments section.

Awesome Snow Film! Pico Ruivo

Nobel Prize Economist in line with Portuguese Govt on austerity

From Portugal Daily View:

“According ............  ...read more

Football International Wed night: Poland v Portugal; Poland v Portugal Preview; ‘Troika’ gives Portugal bailout a thumbs up; South-west coast of Madeira timelapse; Orquestra de Sopros, Casa das Mudas Art Centre, Saturday night, 8pm; Madeiran João Silva first Portuguese driver to compete in WRC Academy;

International, National Portuguese News and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Thanks for contributions from readers including Ellen & Peter in the comments section.

Football: Poland v Portugal Preview

From: Goal.com: http://www.goal.com/en-gb/match/77113/poland-vs-portugal/preview

“Werder Bremen ............  ...read more

Jazz in Calheta; ‘Mudas Jazz Sessions’ continue; Ben van Gelder Quintet; 10pm, 10 de Março-Casa das Mudas International Art Centre, Calheta; New treatment for prostate enlargement developed by Portuguese doctors; €14m to hand back to citizens in water, electricity and gas guarantees; Walking more with the crisis;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Ben van Gelder Quintet

New York Quintet, 10pm, 10 de Março-Casa das Mudas International Art Centre, Calheta-part of the series of concerts ‘Mudas Jazz Sessions’.

Peter Schlamb vibes
Rick Rosato bass
Craig Weinrib ............  ...read more

Madeira Carnaval 2012 slideshow; Boat abandoned at or near Paul do Mar; Mountain biking in Madeira; European Windsurfing Championships Madeira Day 1; Concert at Madeira Wine Institute Friday night; Bailout: growing possibility of Portugal needing a new bailout;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Thankyou for contributions in the comments section from Peter and Ellen among others

Madeira Carnaval 2012 slideshow

From Don Amaro in Madeira. Thanks Don Amaro!

Boat abandoned at or near Paul do Mar

reported on the Diario Newspaper website Friday ............  ...read more

Madeira Carnival Week 2012 Finale: ‘Cortejo Trapalhão’; European Windsurfing Championships Madeira: RS:X 2012 start Thursday; Portugal’s bailout: implementation “on track”; Canyoning in Madeira;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Madeira Carnival Week 2012 Finale: ‘Cortejo Trapalhão’

Some of the best moments from ‘the Cortejo Trapalhão’ in Funchal last Tuesday afternoon. One of the main processions of Madeira’s Carnival Week. One of the ............  ...read more

20/2 Anniversary; European Windsurfing Championships, Madeira start Thursday; Madeiran Olympic Windsurfer João Rodrigues; Carnaval da Madeira 2012: Awesome film: Cortejo Alegórico da Madeira, Saturday night, 19th February; Football: emergence of Braga as fourth “grande”; Braga Madeira-born coach Leonardo Jardim not getting carried away; Lima & Viana;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

’20th February 2010′ Natural Disaster Anniversary

Thanks for contributions in the comments sections from Peter, Jon and other readers:

Local, national and international have reported on the second anniversary of the extreme weather ............  ...read more

Carnaval da Madeira; 9pm Saturday night Carnaval on the Avenue – Caneca Furada Samba School – Avenida Arriaga; Film: ‘Sur les Sentiers de Madère’; Markets in Funchal: every Thursday; Anona Festa is coming!; National unemployment rate; Bailout programme: Troika’s third assessment mission;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Thanks for the contributions in the comments section from Peter and other readers.

Sur les Sentiers de Madère

“Avec ses 2000 km de sentiers, Madère, île principale de l’archipel du même nom est un véritable paradis pour randonneurs ............  ...read more

Carnaval da Madeira: NEW Microsite; Nominate this blog for an award; House fire; Snow?; Galp discovers gas off Mozambique; What is a Francesinha?;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Dear readers, coverage of local stories restricted as Diario de Noticias site down Wednesday.

Carnaval da Madeira: NEW Microsite

Madeira Carnival 2012 NEW microsite: http://visitmadeira.pt/carnaval/

Madeira Newstories from ............  ...read more

What’s happening in Madeira this weekend?; Frida Kahlo tribute Casa das Mudas Art Centre Calheta; Festa dos Compadres, Santana; Clarinet Concert;New Funchal Port quay tender cancelled; Independence Of The Seas returns sick passengers; Palm Tree disease continues; Ribeiro Bonito Film; Germany assured Portugal informally open to a renegotiation of the country’s bailout deal;

International, National and Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Madeira Newstories from Madeira’s Diario de Noticias includes:

Contributions from Peter, thanks Peter:

From Peter in the comments section:

New Funchal Port quay tender cancelled

From the Diario:

“Cancelled tender for the new wharf in Funchal…The ............  ...read more

Biking in the snow in Madeira; Extreme biking in Madeira; Madeira Port fees; Best small hotel in Europe; Best small hotel in Portugal; Doubts about strategy for resolving euro-zone government debt crisis; Ribeira Bonito Madeira; What’s happening in Madeira February; Carnaval da Madeira: one of the best in Europe!

International, Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Extreme biking in Madeira

The Diario Newspaper reports on the large number of hits that these extreme biking films above and below are getting and how the sport is increasing in popularity in Madeira. There are many more on the ‘extremebiker’ ............  ...read more

Euro Windsurfing Championships Madeira start 23 February; Madeira on Paris Metro system; More flights from Paris to Madeira Summer 2012; Casa das Mudas Architect wins another award; Prazeres Gallery exhibition inauguration Friday; Austerity measures implemented by government not responsible for empoverishment of country; Reasons to believe Portugal will not need a new bailout; European Commissioner says Portugal making “good progress” implementing bailout package; Dia Nacional do Vigilante da Natureza; Events in Madeira this weekend; Festa dos Compadres Santana; Investors keener on lending to Portugal; Portugal’s government sells 40 percent stake in REN for 592 million euros to State Grid International China & Oman Oil Co; Armas article;

International, Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

Events in Madeira this weekend include: Festa dos Compadres in Santana on Saturday and Sunday

link: http://www.dnoticias.pt/actualidade/madeira/305677-festa-dos-compadres-com-fim-de-semana-em-cheio

and Prazeres Gallery in Prazeres, ............  ...read more

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