The problems with the blog fault continue, sorry. I am having another go at the software providers today, and will explain the situation in full tommorow.
TODAY’S PHOTO : Thanks to Tobi … The Atlantic Festival firework display competition held in Funchal on Saturday night. That was the Italian contribution. 3 more to go on the coming Saturday’s this month, each one starting at 10.30pm.
Main News : source : Diário de Notícias 9/6/2008
It seems that the area known as Barreiros in Funchal is becoming a bit upmarket and a bit of a haven for the wealthy. One resident quoted said a T2 (2 bed) apartment there costing €100,000 in 2000, would now cost €150,000. The area is renowned for several things, mainly the Marítimo football stadium, but the horrendous parking and lack of policing are also a source of annoyance to many. The fear is of that dreaded word ‘speculation’, which is driving the prices up, and estate agents are lying to potential buyers claiming that properties outside the area are actually in it. Estate agents lying, property speculation … what is going on!
Throwing rubbish in the rivers is a favoured pastime for many living on Madeira (as is, in my opinion, littering generally), and it also seems that ’emptying smelly sewerage’ into the river is popular. Quoting plastic bags and yogurt pots, crisp bags, and beer bottles as the most popular items, it seems that that is an improvement, as it used to be mattresses, refrigerators, and old TVs. Aside from being unhygienic, smelly and unsightly, the actions of many can cause much greater problems, for river and sea fish, and wildlife, increase the risk of flooding, and pollution of fresh water. I should mention, that the article refers to the river systems in Funchal. My local river in Rib. Bra. is pretty clean these days, I can remember it being much worse. Could be down to the fact that very few people come here to spend money any more … no money spent = no rubbish.
Other News :
Something I didn’t know was the the social security system here provide a meals distribution service (´meals on wheels’ as it used to be known on a planet far, far away). If you qualify through whatever factors are required, you can expect someone to turn up with your dinner. All this for a symbolic €10 per month. However, not all works as it should, as the case of a 94 year old man in Santana reveals. He is unable to prepare meals for himself, but has family who can help him at night. He is fed only when the SS remember or can be bothered to do so, and never knows what day the next meal will be coming. His family also complain about the quality of the food. The SS of course pretty much deny the allegations. The service does not operate on public holidays, so you can imagine that Christmas must be a real jolly time for those who don’t have family to take over the feeding.
I don’t know if we have any beer drinkers who read this blog, but in a national analysis of 28 beers sold in Portugal by a consumer protection group, the best place achieved by a local brew was ‘Zarco’ (6th). The winner was Sagres (Portugal), and Coral of Madeira came in 12th. I didn’t even know that Zarco was made in Madeira, and I have never seen it in on sale anywhere other than in a supermarket.
Industrial action over fuel prices is diminishing the working hours of Portugal’s 20,000 truck drivers, and that in turn means that imported goods are running out in the supermarkets. I presume that will also affect Madeira?
Peter Roy, the author of a book about Madeira that has an outrageous title, lived on the island for 5 years before moving to Australia around 2003. Does anyone know him / remember him? I would like to contact him about including some excerpts on the blog … can anyone help please? many thanks, especially to Tobi for loaning the book.
If you got up this morning and thought everything seems very quiet on the island today, then maybe you didn’t realise it’s a public holiday today. It’s the National Day of Portugal. It commemorates the anniversary of the death of Luis de Camões, Portugal’s national poet.
25th to 28th June sees the 21st classic car rally on Madeira, organised by the Madeira Classic Car Club. It’s an event of international renown, and as such all entrants must be driving vehicles in their original state during the 400km event.
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