After nearly 2 weeks on the road, it’s about time to talk about prices in the UK, compared to you lucky guys enjoying Madeira’s low low prices. A pint of beer here costs anything between €3.50 and €4.50, and I guess equates to well less than two of those balloon glasses that the Coral Beer is usually served in, which in total should cost less than €2. So the UK is more or less
WHAT’S IN THE UK NEWS THIS WEEK :
The law and order authorities in the UK are considering a proposal where the decision on whether to imprison a criminal or not, will depend on the availability of a prison cell. Could be handy if you work for the Home Office, as when all the spaces are full you could go out and rob a bank.
Main story of the week has been about the english guy who having disappeared ..................read more
Having spend the weekend in two places well out of town, and having the backache to prove it after 3 different beds in 3 nights, your blog team managed to gain an insight into the changes in country pub life since the smoking ban came into force in England last July.
This time we were in villages called Pilton (Friday) & Crampton Fotterell (Saturday), where we have been forced to modify the names ..................read more
The picture was taken last weekend, when the December temperature was well down in the single figures, and although through some miracle the sun was out when the picture was taken, this is what the desperate smokers are prepared to do in order to get their nicotine fix. Cafes and bars that didn’t use to have outside furniture or pavement space, have now seemed to aquire such in order ..................read more
Wondering what the picture is? That innocent looking vibrant pink pouch (also available in a stern grey), has a sinister but useful purpose. I could have done with one of those as a kid, when smoking out the bedroom window as I heard a parent coming up the stairs, blowing frantically to get rid of the smoke, chucking the cigarette end into the sock drawer.
Guessed it? It’s a ‘Stubbi’. ..................read more
After one solitary day, almost without rain, I sit here typing away in the local library with soaking cold feet once again!
If you are familiar with the Britsh pub scene, you have to admit that the British pub is quite a different experience to a Madeira cafe / bar / snack bar, and there are a few establishments on the island that milk this factor with some success. The Price Albert, The White ..................read more
Over the weekend, the madeira 4u blog team extensively researched the impact of the UK smoking ban in public places on the smokers themselves. Again, we needed to blend in, in order to put people at ease in the several venues we visited, which involved indulging in yet more beer (prices ranged from €2.50 to €4.50 a pint). The line of questioning, included ‘have you given up or intend ..................read more