Shopping For Survival

Source : Diário de Notícias 16/11/2007

According to a recent study the population of Madeira spend €353 million a year in supermarket purchases (food, drink, and regular household expenditure. That works out at an average €399 euros per month, for Madeira’s 74,000 families, which is roughly equivalent to the minimum wage, and 75% of this is spent in the 3 main supermarket chains (Modelo, ..................read more

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Christmas cheer …. not!

Source : Diário de Notícias 15/11/2007

The Portuguese are going to spend an average of €596 this Christmas, €276 of which is destined to buy the usual presents.  The forecasts are the results of a study by Deloitte, released this week, that has identified a proprotional fall in expenditure on christmas presents due to pressures on family budgets.  In 2006 the costs of presents represented ..................read more

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Competitive Flying

Sources : Diário de Notícias 14/11/2007

EasyJet pressures British operators to launch package holidays with low cost flights.

The start of the low cost flights coming from British airports to Madeira, in particular EasyJet, is putting some pressure on the traditional holiday companies, unable to compete with some very attractive prices.  It reports that interest in Madeira is high within the ..................read more

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A Pig In A Poke

California unites the Portuguese with the death of the pig (a literal translation)

Source Diário do Notícias :  13/11/2007

Tucked way well behing the real headlines of the day, Nacional 0, Marítimo 2, was a not entirely unrelated story.

The Club ‘Sport Marítimo’ of Califonia (USA) last week hosted a gathering joined by nearly a hundred Portuguese to celebrate the ‘death of ..................read more

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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, …..

Skipping local news for today, another important issue has really been bugging me the last couple of weeks.

So firstly, a mention for Nettie Q. Cornett who managed to get past my email spam box and straight into the days important emails with this poetic contribution, titled “Great news for men in despair”.

That’s great you’ve found a lass that’s hot

You wanna ***** her ..................read more

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Goodbye Tamadaba, Hello Tijarafe …

Source Diário de Notícias 11/11/2007

A new ferry boat will almost certainly replace the existing one that runs the service between Madeira and the Canaries Islands in April 2008.

The brand new spanish built ferry ‘Volcán of Tijarafe’, weighs 20,500 tons and was formally launched on the 30 of August.  The cost of construction was around €90 million.

The ‘Volcán of Tijarafe’, ..................read more

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Welcome to Democracy, Welcome to Europe ….. !

Pushing aside all the other exciting news of the day, I spotted this letter in the newspaper, and thought it was worth sharing. The letter is fairly emotional (just count the !!!!s), so whilst I can’t guarantee an exact translation in terms of sentiment, so you should get a fairly accurate gist.

“Bullshit”

(readers letter in the Diário de Notícias 10/11/2007)

In this sad country you ..................read more

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