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 ............  ...read 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 ............  ...read 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 ............  ...read 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 ............  ...read more

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