Sunfish found at Praia Formosa

According to the Diario an ocean sunfish was found this morning at Praia Formosa. The newspaper claims that this unusual but others disagree – pointing out that they are common in the temperate waters around Madeira and in particular the North Atlantic Gulf Stream.

The sunfish is the largest ............ more

Cutty Sark – Portuguese connections

The news on Sky two days ago gave a lot of coverage to the official opening of the restored Cutty Sark by the Queen. After a £50m restoration lasting six years (interrupted by the famous fire), the clipper opened again to the public on 26 April. This made me think that it must surely have visited ............ more

Bulletin Board to run alongside blog? Comments please…..

In view of how well the “chatter” and advice has been developing over recent threads, I am inclined to think that sometimes subscribers posting comments are best left with control over the content, rather than an “Editor” interfering by making a fresh post on a different subject, which effectively ............ more

Cork wine stoppers

Shock horror! Found my first “plastic cork” yesterday, fitted to a bottle of Alentejano purchased purchased from Continente as it is referred to nowadays (what happened to Modelo?). From my (extensive!) experience this is a first on the island – back in the UK of course 9 out of 10 are plastic ............ more

IVA price hikes!

Sorry to draw the line under the previous set of comments, which has had over 1500 visits. Great to know that interest in the blog remains so high!

To much more important matters, and I’m afraid more bad news. This morning we were amazed to find that our usual Chinesa plus Garoto at a modest cafe ............ more

Apologies everybody! The blog has moved to a new server as part of a planned upgrade but unfortunately Paul’s posts of the 25th and 26th were lost in the process. They have been re-created below but the comments have been lost. Normal service now hopefully resumed.


August 26, 2011 By: abbo Category: Madeira & General News

Father of Portuguese rock Rui Veloso in Sao Vicente; The Athletics World Championships 2011; Portuguese athletes predicted to win medals; British athletes predicted to win

medals; Europa League: Birmingham 3 – 0 Nacional of

Madeira (agg 3 – 0)

Portugal & Madeira News from Paul Abbiati:

The IAAF World Athletics Championships start in Daegu, South Korea on Aug. 27th and continue until the 4th September.

From Track & Field News:

Portuguese athletes predicted to win ............ more

News from Elaine 29/30th April


Facebook – End the Funchal landfill, return the beach

Photograph shows that the landfill is being washed into the sea. The marine life, diving and snorkeling in Garajau Partial Nature Reserve are suffering from pollution.

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More news from Elaine–27/28th April:


João Rodrigues attempts open ocean crossing in Madeira

João Rodrigues will try an open ocean crossing between the Madeira Island and the Selvagem Grande Island. The Portuguese windsurfer has always dreamed to successfully complete this 160-mile journey and will expect to reach the goal in 12 ............ more

More from Elaine: News, 21st – 22nd April


The Greatest Selection of Outdoor Activities in Madeira – in water, on land, in the sky

—video from Lokoloko.

900 celebrated the Day of Motorcyclists

The National Day of Motorcyclists was a success in the region. The Association of Motorcyclists in Madeira said that despite the uninviting ............ more

News, 19th – 20th April – thanks to Elaine


VI EncanTunas – Festival de Tunas Femininas da Madeira, 13th and 14th May

The Four Seasons is the theme of this event organised by Tuna D’Elas, Tuna Feminina da Universidade da Madeira. Four tuna groups will take part: Atituna – Tuna Feminina da Faculdade de Psicologia e Ciências da ............ more

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