Angel of Assicom Square
The blog’s Instagram site (link below) was started as an experiment – a small sub-site with exclusive photos reflecting the archipelago – but it has quickly become popular, gaining more and more followers. A recent photo (replicated opposite) immediately attracted a lot of “Likes”, not least one from a sculptor who worked on the project. This prompted a little research into the history of the “Fallen Angel” as I guess most people call it (more correctly “Anjo da Praça da Assicom” but also referred to as: Monumento ao Trabalhador (Monument for the worker), Anjo da Ilha da Madeira (Angel of the Island of Madeira), and Homenagem da Assicom (Tribute of Assicom)
The large bronze statue representing a human figure with wings hanging in a steel frame is on the large roundabout outside the Regency Palace Hotel in lower part of Pornais, between the Forum at Ajuda and Praia Formosa. Designed by the sculptor Ricardo Madeira Velosa, it was inaugurated on September 24, 2004. Pornais is an otherwise rather ugly area with a lot of characterless (and largely empty) high-rise development further up the hill.
AssICom is the acronym for the Construction Industry Association of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, founded in July 18, 1932. The inscription below the statue reads “Homage of AssICom; To all who collaborated on the development of the construction and public works sector during the recent years in the autonomous region of Madeira”
easyJet announce Manchester and Edinburgh flights
As Debs mentioned (thank you) in the last “Comments”, the budget airline is to begin flights to Madeira from Manchester commencing14th February 2015 operating twice per week on Mondays and Saturdays. easyJet will use a 180-seater Airbus A320 and expects the to attract around 14,000 passengers over the first 12 months. Edinburgh flights start slightly earlier – 3rd February and it looks like this will fly on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Detailed prices were not available last time I looked but press statements quote “from £64.00 return” (link below).
easyJet employs more than 320 staff and bases eight permanent aircraft at Manchester – Madeira will be it’s 35th destination. Ali Gayward, commercial manager at easyJet, said: “We’re pleased to add Funchal, Madeira to easyJet’s growing network of destinations from Manchester Airport which now spans the UK, Russia, Middle East, Iceland and Europe. We believe the beautiful island of Madeira will prove a popular addition to our network thanks its array of beaches, rich culture and affordable accommodation”.
RBL Annual Dinner
Regular contributor Sue Marloye-James has asked that we mention the up-coming Annual RBL Dinner details below:
Madalena do Mar Banana Festival
The 19th and 20th of July sees the village of Madalena do Mar, in the municipality of Ponta do Sol, pays tribute to one of its most important and best known products, which is also one of the main regional agricultural productions.
17th July: World’s largest sailboat arrives in harbour
Photo below of the STS Sedov, the largest sailing ship in the world being escorted into the port of Funchal by a pilot boat this morning (Thurs) – it will remain here until the 19th. Under the command of Captain Maxim Rodionov, it has 54 sailors on board, 102 cadets and 46 trainees from universities in Murmansk and St Petersburgh. The ship participated in the Tall Ships race in 2008 which marked the 500th anniversary of the city of Funchal. The STS Sedov has four masts, weighs 6148 tons and is 117.5 feet long. During its two day stay in Funchal it will be open to the public.