Madeira Condemned!

Source : Nagional Geographic Magazine Nov / Dec 2007

National Geographic Magazine is a prestigious publication (you know, the one that you always find in the dentists waiting room) and when they publish something, then it is normal to give it plenty of credibility.

They have done an analysis of the ............  ...read more

Big Brother arrives on Madeira

Source : Diário de Notícias 2/11/2007

Later this month there will be a new access control system for the employees and associates of the council of Santa Cruz through fingerprinting.

Efficient maybe, cost effective … probably, secure … certainly! But this is Madeira … couldn’t ............  ...read more

Plight of the starving

Source : Diário de Notícias 2/11/2007

The editorial page of the D de N talks about the number of people in Funchal lacking sufficient food, and the effect this has on the individuals and society, and the issue of poverty generally within the region.

I don’t go to Funchal too often if I can help ............  ...read more

The Big Madeira Rip-Off !

The big Madeira rip-off culture for foreigners and tourists is still alive and well I see, as having gone several months with nothing of note (partly because I choose carefully where I go and who I trust), the sting was definately on me … or was I totally mistaken?

Before I go any further ............  ...read more

Who's got all the money then?

Source Diário de Notícias 1/11/2007

It won’t come as any great surprise that the good people of Funchal pay more tax per person (or family) than any other region of Madeira. €2,205 euros is the average tax bill in Funchal, which puts it in the top 10 in Portugal, where the ............  ...read more

Whoops! Sorry, we forgot to tell the locals …

Source : Diário de Noticias 29/10/07

Whoops! Sorry, we forgot to tell the locals …

Or was it not as ‘low cost’ as we were led to believe?

Whilst its not reported whether or not TAP and BA are enjoying ‘business as usual’, it appears that the new low cost flights bringing ............  ...read more

Scrooge Comes To Madeira (But Misses Funchal?)

Source : Diário de Noticias 29/10/07

It seems that for some parts of Madeira, christmas spending is going to be tight. More for some regions than others, with cuts in the budgets for festivities. In part this is due to restrictions imposed by council financial spending rules.

In Câmara de Lobos, the ............  ...read more

Murder on Madeira !

Source : Diário de Notícias 28/10/07

It is reported today that over a period stretching from 1997 to October 2007, 119 murders were committed on Madeira, pretty much one a month. A similar level to that found in Porto or Coimbra.

Many of the cases investigated were the result of alchool induced bar ............  ...read more

Rugby comes to Madeira in 2008

Source Diário de Notícias 27/10/2007

For those who enjoyed the just completed Rugby World Cup, there are more rugby treats in store for those lucky enough to live on the island, as the Championship of the Clubs of Europe will be held here next year, bringing around 1500 players.

Between the 19th and ............  ...read more

The Portuguese are distrustful people?

Díario de Notícias 26-10-2007

The Portugueses are the most distrustful people of Western Europe occupying 25th position amongst 26 countries, a recent European study shows. It measured the strength of distrust and the lack of patriotism of the different people who took part in ............  ...read more

Easyjet to take over GB Airways (who fly Gatwick to Madeira for British Airways)

Source : BBC 25/10/2007

Given that in the next few days Easyjet will begin 10 weekly flights to Madeira from Bristol and Stanstead airports in the UK, its an interesting development that now Easyjet have agreed to buy GB Airways, who currently operate the flights between Gatwick and Madeira (under ............  ...read more

Competition for CaboTV !

Source – Diário de Notícias 20th October, 2007

This doesn’t seem finalised yet, but it seems that CaboTV is about to lose its monopoly on TV services for Madeira.

A company called  TVTEL is set to compete with the existing service with a promotional offer of  7.95 ............  ...read more

Animal Rehoming

source – Diário de Notícias 14/10/2007

It was very sad to see yesterdays newspaper with so many cats and dogs without homes. SPAD (the official animal welfare organisation on Madeira) placed around 280 adverts, with colour photographs to try and find new owners. I hope so much it does something ............  ...read more

Animal Welfare

An organisation on mainland Portugal has launched an appeal to improve the legislation for the protection of animals, which I assume  if successful will have an impact on Madeira.

The website can be viewed in english. To sign it, go to www.ManifestoAnimal.org

I have asked for more information ............  ...read more

Taxi Fares – Smoke & Mirrors?

The paragraph at the bottom was taken from the official tourism site of Madeira, yet in the Díario de Noticías (3rd October) there was an article about taxi fares rising from €0.40 per kilometre to €0.42 from the new year (sooner in mainland). It also said that waiting time charges would rise ............  ...read more

Easyjet Surprise Again!

Source : Diário de Notícias 6/10/2007

Following the introduction of new flights between Madeira and the UK this month, one could easily be fooled into thinking that’s it for now, but no …

Easyjet are to introduce new flights between Madeira and Lisbon, once the current ‘monopoly’ ............  ...read more

Madeira – The Best All Round Climate In Europe?

Madeira – The Best All Round Climate In Europe?

 When searching for a European destination for a short break or holiday, surely Madeira Island offers the best climate of anywhere? So many people couldn’t even point to it on a map, and there is a common misconception that it sits in mainland ............  ...read more

Dentists

Source Diário de Notícias September 20, 2007

Fact – around half the population in Portugal don’t go to the dentist, because they can’t afford it. The trouble seems to be that there are so many dentists, that they are short of work, and consequently they have to charge high prices ............  ...read more

Easyjet Flights

Source : Diário de Notícias 17/9/2007

I guess in part its old news now, but yesterday afternoon those fine people from Easyjet signed the necessary documents to allow the commencement of flights from the UK to Madeira at the end of next month. The deal is as follows:

1. Daily return flights from London ............  ...read more

CaboTV Offerings

source – Diário de Notícias 13/9/2007

For those of you who have Cabo TV, you might like to know that by the end of the year you could have more than 100 TV channels, one of which will be for films and quality TV series, supposedly without any increase in price. Some of these channels ............  ...read more

Flu / Gripe

source – Diário de Notícias 12/9/2007

Watch out for the gripe (flu) now Winter is approaching. During october you can buy your vaccination at chemists, priced between €7 and €8.50, depending on the brand. It was recommended for anyone over 65, especially if they live in an institution where ............  ...read more

Car Insurance

source – A Guy In A Pub 30/8/2007

Actually, this guy is a teacher, and teachers are never wrong, eh! Apparently car insurance is set to rocket generally by up to 20%.

bloggers comment – Whilst I have no source to confirm this fact, my insurance premium each year over the ............  ...read more

Generate Your Own Elecricity

source – Diário de Notícias 20/8/2007

Legislation due to be passed through the Madeiran Parliament next month will allow those who live on the island to generate their own electricity and sell it back to the ‘madeiran grid’. Using eco friendly methods such as solar power, fuel cells, ............  ...read more

Immigration

source – Diário de Notícias 14/8/2007

In an article about immigration to the island during 2006, it was reported that legally registered residents from foreign countries had increased by 71% during the year to 6,734 (2,538 in 2000). The biggest group of foreigners now on the island were from ............  ...read more

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