Xmas lights danger. Fortaleza do Pico.

Christmas lights in Bom Jesus, FunchalYesterday’s Journal takes an unusual slant on the Christmas lights that were turned on last Friday night. They report on Madeira-based researcher Raimundo Quintal launching an alert on Facebook  about the irresponsibility of using Christmas lighting in trees. “Irresponsibility can kill,” he said. “Today, I want to break the silence because, on touring Funchal, I found with great concern the irresponsibility with which trees have been used as a support for the structures set up for lighting at Christmas and New Year’s Eve”.
In the same note, he points out as a “most striking case” that of a Tipuana tree located in Largo da Igrejinha, “almost in front of the door of the Regional Directorate of Public Health”, which has a branch “leaning toward the road” in which “two cables of steel were tied together with the purpose of securing the metallic structure installed in Rua Câmara Pestana.”

Christmas lights video

Meanwhile a video of this years festive lights has been posted on YouTube

Fortaleza do Pico

The prominent fortress overlooking Funchal,  Fortaleza do Pico, is to reopen in March 2018 after a significant renovation.

Forteleza do Pico



10 Responses to Xmas lights danger. Fortaleza do Pico.

  1. J G England Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:18 #

    Is the Fortaleza open as a tourist attraction?

  2. mauricereed Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 13:47 #

    I don’t think putting lights in the trees is a problem but, bearing in mind a number of recent tree-related accidents, using them as supports for arrays across streets could be risky.

  3. Ann Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 14:34 #

    The video of this year’s lights is great. Looking forward to seeing them for real sooooon! Surprised that, so far anyway, the Praca do Municipio (sp?!) looks rather bare?

  4. mauricereed Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 16:19 #

    Ann, very true. There are lights in the trees nearby but the square is bare.

  5. mauricereed Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 17:29 #

    Is the site now sorted? Was down for a long time?

  6. Admin Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 17:50 #

    Apologies – the site has been down for most of the past 18 hours after server upgrades did not complete on schedule. Should be OK now……hopefully………….!

  7. mauricereed Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 20:32 #

    Something is happening in the Praça do Municipo, they seem to be laying artificial grass? Any clues anyone?

  8. Ann Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 08:16 #

    Ah yes, Maurice, so it looks from the webcam. Could almost be a cycle track, haha! Good to see that something is going to be made festive there at last 🙂

  9. mauricereed Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 09:17 #

    I believe It’s a Christmas Wonderland for the kiddies.

  10. mauricereed Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 17:12 #

    Important news, if you use an Amazon Fire stick to watch YouTube you will be blocked as of Jan 1st.


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