I was alerted to some great footage of the the old Atlantis hotel at the end of the airport runway and its demolition in March 2000. It was actually part of a complex was built between 1970 and 1972 and included a hotel, holiday apartments, English bar and games room, a shopping centre with cinema, bowling alley and an Olympic swimming pool with a restaurant overlooking the pool. Interesting to see that there are some online booking websites offering to reserve you accommodation there! I think you can still see the old diving boards from the road at Água de Pena.
Another video on YouTube covering the event includes some excellent footage of the runway extension being built in the same year:
Jardim – 36 years in power
Monday saw the 36th anniversary of Alberto João Cardoso Gonçalves Jardim. Wikipedia somewhat understates the reality:
A controversial personality, Jardim is usually seen as an outspoken populist, who is infamous for his often outspoken remarks about his political opponents, from left to right, including several journalists. He has been compared to politicians like Jean Marie Le Pen and Hugo Chávez”.
Ronaldo form continues
The only other well known Madeiran was in action again last night and kept up his amazing run, scoring twice in Real Madrisd’ 9 – 2 aggregate thrashing of Schalke. This puts him level with the legendary Ferenc Puskas on 242 goals for the Spanish giants. In an interview reported on goal.com his team-mate Karim Benzema says he believes Ronaldo is the best footballer of all time http://tinyurl.com/prdat6e
Seafront work in progress
Worth just mentioning a link that has been on the blog a number of times before – this website provides some great up-to-date photos of the various works in progress on the seafront in Funchal (to see earlier photos go to bottom of the page):http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1081775&page=43