Black Scabbard Fish Festival. Fires controlled.

Black Scabbard Fish Festival

Black Scabbard Fish FestivalThis weekend sees the Black Scabbard Fish Festival, held in the picturesque fishing village of Câmara de Lobos. The festival, organised by the local council for the last 25 years, aims to showcase the culinary potential of the Espada Preto, and, at the same time, highlight the traditional fishing activity of Câmara de Lobos – and of course visitors will have the opportunity to taste other local specialties, notably the local Poncha à pescador!

The event combines cuisine and entertainment in a festival filled with show cooking demonstrations, and dance performances. There will be music and the usual food and drink stalls.

Feast of the Assumption

Chapel of São Pedro, in Lamaceiros, Porto MonizThere will be many festivities taking place in Madeira and Porto Santo next Tuesday, August 15, the day on which the Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of Our Lady.
One of popular places where there will be celebrations is at the chapel of São Pedro, in Lamaceiros, Porto Moniz, where various ceremonies will celebrate the occasion on Monday and Tuesday. Prior to that there will be the usual festival celebrations over the weekend. There is also a festival culminating in a solemn mass at the Church in Monte on Tuesday to celebrate Nossa Senhora do Monte.


João Gomes BridgeA young man aged 25  died in the early hours of yesterday after jumping  off the João Gomes Bridge on the Rapida. This seems to be a location that is regularly selected by those that are that way inclined. For a small population Madeira does seem to have a lot of suicides.

Fires controlled

The Diario reported that small fires were brought under control by fire-fighters in both Encumeada (stunningly photographed below without any fire) and Tabua yesterday. Hopefully this is not repeated on any more serious scale this year – yesterday was the anniversary of the outbreak of the fires that last year caused huge damage and fatalities around Funchal.


Very high UV risk

IPMA, the Portuguese Met Office, have issued a “very high” UV risk warning for Madeira today. The Port Authority of Funchal have cancelled the strong wind warning that was in place yesterday.

18 Responses to Black Scabbard Fish Festival. Fires controlled.

  1. noud Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10:38 #

    i think you should correct the name of the feast… although it’s funny in the context, Maria assumption… its called ascension

  2. jorge Friday, August 11, 2017 at 12:23 #

    What makes you think that Madeira has a lot of suicides? I read the newspaper every day, and watch the RTP-m telejornal every night, and I don’t recall any other suicides this year, so I wondered where you wre getting this information.

    • Emily Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 11:03 #

      There were two suicides in Machico the other week. One hung himself and the other jumped off a bridge. Very sad.

  3. Ruth Patterson Friday, August 11, 2017 at 15:00 #

    I think Assumption is the correct term Noud. Somebody more Catholic than me can probably advise.

  4. Mick Hibs Friday, August 11, 2017 at 16:12 #

    I have a perfectly good old fashioned CRT TV to get rid of (in Funchal). There must be charities or similar that will accept this rather than just binning it?

  5. Ann Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 09:00 #

    Yes, 15 August is feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Christ’s Ascension is celebrated some time after Easter 😇

  6. noud Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 09:05 #

    yep you are right… it’s called assumption

  7. jorge Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 13:13 #

    The one who hung himself had his hands tied behind his back …. the police suspect crime. The other I did not see reported in the media. I just did a search of the Diário website for this year, and only one suicide is reported, and that was a man in prison.

    So that one plus Emily´s one means 2 in 7 months (as the one mentioned above has not been classified as suicide yet), so we are heading for 3 maybe 4 this year. What is the yardstick the writer of this blog is using to determine “For a small population Madeira does seem to have a lot of suicides”.

  8. karen Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 16:56 #

    Don’t know about Madeira but in UK men between 20 and 49 are more likely to die of suicide than any other cause of death.
    Shockingly , statistics suggest 26% of men between 20 and 34 take their own lives.

  9. Eiryl Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 19:38 #

    Think Samaritans Report statistics were 26.5 deaths per100,000 men of that age?

  10. Joanne Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 21:02 #

    not all suicides are in paper. I know of 3 in the last couple of months, one was in Journal. There was one at the glass platform not too long ago, it isn’t unusual. The bridge near Carlton, I know of at least 3 a few years ago, I know of two who have used poison, it is not as rare as people think, quite often unfortunately.

  11. Sergio Monday, August 14, 2017 at 13:01 #

    From the evidence above no one can conclude that the madeirans are suicidal as suggested, especially compared to those staggering numbers submitted by Karen and Eiryl for the UK.

    If anyone is suggesting that madeirans have suicidal tendencies, then that would make the british suicidal maniacs.

  12. Emily Monday, August 14, 2017 at 14:19 #

    I imagine you would need to look at the statistics in comparison to population numbers too. The UK had a population of 65.64 million in 2016 and Madeira 249,753. The fact remains that for both countries there are a great deal of mental health issues that are not recognised or treated appropriately. Unemployment can lead to depression and a feeling of worthlessness and a life not worth living. It is a vicious circle that many just can not find a way out of and living on a small island can exacerbate these sort of issues. It’s very sad and more needs to be done to health people suffering mental health issues, even if its just a place to go and chat to someone or a programme of voluntary work that can lead to new friendships being made and new opportunities that might arise from such voluntary work.

  13. mauricereed Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 12:17 #

    Whatever the statistics say doesn’t matter. What does matter is when young men, and It’s mostly men, feel so lost that they take their own lives. There was a campaign recently in the UK to raise the profile of the problem of suicides in young men and to try and get more funding for supporting them before they get to the point of suicide. The sad thing about it happening in Madeira is that you tend to think of the closer family ties here and thus more in-family support.

  14. Sergio Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 13:42 #

    wow you guys have some weird prespectives about my society, but in respect of the dead of the tragedy in Monte I am not going to expand on that any further.

  15. mauricereed Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 14:57 #

    11 dead after old oak tree collapsed onto the crowd in Monte during the festival. Very very sad.

  16. pete Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 15:28 #

    The Monte tree fall been covered by British media. The tree by DN said it was marked to come down 2014.

  17. Ann Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 18:49 #

    So very sorry to hear about the Monte tree tragedy at the Assumption festivities. How awful for everyone involved. 😥

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