TODAY’S PHOTO : After the festa of São Pedro just after a week ago, the beach was cleaned thoroughly of BBQ remnants by a huge influx of seagulls, who had disappeared the next day. They came back again for a religious festival last weekend, and then disappeared again. These birds are smarter than we think … unlike the rest of us they know exactly when a festa takes place, and are experts at cleaning up afterwards.
Front Page News : source : Diário de Notícias 7/7/2008
The Monday edition of the Diário wasn’t on their website yesterday, it still showed Sunday’s paper. But I managed to get a quick glimpse at the paper version … a very quick glimpse!
Whilst the rest of Madeira are just starting their holidays, the football team Marítimo have just returned to work for medical checks and their first training session.
A head on collision between two cars in Faial (Machico) killed one person and injured 7.
Other News :
The Legislative Assembly of Madeira was due to work another 3 weeks before starting their 2 month summer holiday, but on deciding it was too hot to work opted to close earlier. So President Jardim will return from Venezuela to an empty assembly … whilst the cat is away the mice will play!
Message from Tobi : “I had my wallet stolen last week, I was very annoyed, as it had 300 euros in it which I had taken out to give to a friend, anyway its gone , I reported it to the police, phoned the banks in the evening straight away , cancelled my UK card no problem, they will send a new card out and I should have it within 7 days. Phoned the stupid banks here, cancelled my cards, and was told I would have to go to the banks and order new ones, so I did this the next morning.
Today someone from Banif phoned me and said they have my new cards but I need to deposit money into my account, I asked why, he said to pay for the cards, €30 each, I have an account card and a visa with them. I just went mad and told him to stick them where the sun don’t shine (I wasn’t that polite) and I will be in tomorrow to close my accounts. Unbelievable, if its not bad enough I’ve had them nicked, they want me to pay for new ones. I’m also with Montpio and they have been very good.”
Bad luck Tobi, hope you get it sorted out without to much expense. Don’t forget that some of the banks charge you for closing an account, so don’t be too hasty.
I went to another rip-off bar Saturday night (special foreigner prices), that had overcharged me earlier in the week, but because I was called in by a local friend who paid, the prices were lower. It’s not really newsworthy anymore, but last night was a little different … read on.
My local friend didn’t believe me when I told him last week, but Saturday night it became indisputable. Having established that I was being charged higher prices, he (not me) called for the owner / manager, who UNUSUALLY spent 10 minutes trying to justify the policy to me:
1. There are bars in Funchal and Calheta that charge €1.20 and more for the same beer.
2. “We don’t overcharge on the food”, you pay exactly what it says on the menu, and they are very good prices.
3. It is my wife that overcharges you, not me.
4. You weren’t overcharged very much.
He obviously didn’t get it, and no apology came, but he did squirm somewhat, and when I said I wouldn’t use his bar again He tried to drag me inside for a free beer and some pizza, which I couldn’t accept as I was wearing my hat of principles at the time. On reflection I should have taken what I could get, and then left for good, on the winning side for once. SO NOW WE KNOW SOMETHING BEHIND THE MENTALITY BEHIND THE INFLATED PRICES FOR FOREIGNERS.
On the same subject, I have known a local girl here for 2 or 3 years, who works part time in a cafe here. She said her boss rips-off everybody he doesn’t recognise, Portuguese included. The degree of the rip-off however does depend on your nationality … so does that make it slightly more acceptable? She also told me that another bar she works in at night, has now become a smoking bar. She said the police come in every night to check on the smokers … perhaps if you are not smoking they throw you out?
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