Well the journey started badly as m’ blog team set sail, with storms a’blowin’ and worse predicted … no that’s a bit tooooo dramatic. Actually we got on a plane, and that’s where this blog is getting typed. We started off the trip by bus at 8.15am, changed buses in Funchal, and arrived at the airport around 10am. The smoker castigation has already started there, ............
The beer company ‘Coral’ wants to aquire more customers and boost sales by producing over a million litres in 2008 of a new beer called ‘Coral Classica’. This new beer is “more sophisticated” and more expensive than its current range, in that it uses a malt used in the manufacture of whiskeys, and its a slightly stronger brew than the normal Coral. It has ............ ...read more
Source : Diário de Notícias 27-11-2007
The holder of the biggest private collection of live insects of the world, is interested in creating an “insectário” on Madeira. He plans to find a permanent space for the around 1,300 species captured by himself over the years from around four corners of the world.
This is intended to be a tourist attraction, as well as a scientific ............ ...read more
With the new year approaching rapidly, the time to think about quitting smoking as a new year resolution has come to the fore, one reason being the change in the law due that affects bars, cafes & restaurants, due to come into force in January 2008.
Portugal has a high average for the number of smokers. In 2005, around 31% of the male population were smokers, showing a small decline over recent ............ ...read more
No major stories in todays press, but still plenty of aftermath about the big rock fall in Câmara de Lobos last week. Did you see the size of those rocks?!?
Well that seems to have started a bit of a panic, with the whole island now in danger of collapsing into the sea. I saw a map in yesterdays paper, with a number of red bits and tags. Unfortunately my head wasn’t switched to translation ............ ...read more
Just reading a travel bulletin board where someone wrote in complaining about the pesky timeshare people in Funchal, and the amount of times they got stopped whilst here on holiday.
Having lived here for 4 years, I can honestly say I have never been stopped once, let alone been hassled by anyone. In fact the last time I remember ever being stopped was on the Canary Islands, many years ............ ...read more
Source : Diário de Notícias 23/11/2007
I guess most people have heard by now about the huge rockfall in Câmara de Lobos that killed two workers that went out for a cigarette. Judging by the pictures in todays paper, it seems fortunate that the fall wasn’t further along the cliff, where there is a large building that would probably have been buried with far more severe consequences.
Don’t ............ ...read more