Atlantic Festival finishes
The Atlantic Festival draws to a close tonight at 10.30pm. In these Saturday-night firework displays, which take place throughout June, companies compete for a trophy awarded by public vote, through the Internet and boxes located in strategic places in Funchal city (City Pier – day of the show, La Vie, Marina Shopping, Av. Arriaga Tourism Office). The fourth and final pyrotechnic display on the outer pier will be by Macedo’s Pirotecnia company of Portugal, with the theme: “Epic”, whatever that means.
Coincidentally Portugal play their first match in the knock-out stages of the World Cup earlier in the evening, so it is likely to be a busy evening in Funchal – live music is planned in the Praça do Povo from 6.00pm, with blues bands before the fireworks and a DJ afterwards, ending at midnight. The weather is forecast to remain favourable with a possible slight drop in temperature.
The Journal reports that the popular tunnel that connects Poças do Gomes and Praia Formosa will be closed from 08:00 am on July 4 for remedial works, reopening at 6:00 pm. Might be wrong here, but the tunnel doesn’t seem to be closed as often as it used to be a few years ago. The alternative route from Ajuda to Praia Formosa is not quite as scenic and takes a fair bit longer.
More Brits take EU nationalities
The BBC are reporting that a survey shows there has been a surge in UK citizens acquiring the nationality of another EU country since the Brexit referendum.
In 2017, the year after the referendum, a total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states from which the BBC has received figures. This compares with 5,025 in 2016 and only 1,800 in 2015, the year before the referendum. The most frequent new nationality was German, which saw a huge jump from just 594 cases in 2015 up to 7,493 in 2017.
The rise is presumed to be the result of Britons who can meet the criteria seeking to keep their legal rights attached to European Union membership. The 2017 figure is about seven times the 2015 level. The dramatic increase is consistent across many countries. France was the second most popular nationality, jumping from 320 instances in 2015 to 1,518 last year, and then Belgium, where the increase was from 127 to 1,381. Strangely, the number of Brits opting for Portuguese nationality is well down the list.
The number for Ireland rose from 54 in 2015 to 529 in 2017. However, this does not include new Irish passport applications from the much larger number of people who already had entitlement to Irish citizenship, due for example to being born in Northern Ireland.