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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Madeira's Young Talent

I have been sent this from one of Madeira's talented artists.

Momma D will be performing just before kick off at the Nacional - Benfica game on 9th November. Here is a little bit about her. She wrote it in Portugues, I have just Google translated it, I hope it makes sense. 
Diana Raquel Gonçalves Caldeira, 16 years of age. I grew up surrounded by music, my uncle is one of the great musicians of Venezuela which encouraged me to sing and play instruments, guitar and drums since age 5. I like all kinds of music, but  POP Music and Dance is what I like the most. My first single, Flammable, was written by me and produced by a British producer who worked with and works great British names. I already have some experience in front of cameras, to be dealing with a large audience on stage and also I have done radio. I will soon travel to the UK to work with music producers, radio, videoclips.

Madeira 1965

A glimpse of Madeira in 1965

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Christmas Lights "Spectacular"

Christmas in Madeira is always magical, and this year looks better than ever....

Funchal will have a whole new lot of lights this year, which promise to amaze and use latest technology.
Architect Paulo David has been dreaming of this to happen since he was 6 years old, and this morning at a press conference  for the ministry of culture tourism and transport the dream was unfolded.
One of the changes is the creation of illuminated in various town squares with elements inspired by the architecture of Funchal 'ceilings'. For example, at the quay will be recreated the structure of the roof of the main altar of the Cathedral. The main downtown buildings will have your outline highlighted with strings of lights.
Another feature will be for the public to change the colour of the lights with a mobile application, this will happen at Largo da Cruz Vermelha.
The work of artistic creation and preparation of data sheets comes to a cost of 98,000 euros, and the construction and installation will cost around 2,000,000 euros, with a contract valid for 2 years 
(2x Christmas 2 x New Year 2 x Carnival)

Photos and news from the DNoticias

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who was flying to Madeira last Monday...

A great video doing the rounds on Facebook and other social sites. The footage was taken Monday 20th October 2014, show landings and attempted landings at Madeira airport, Its was the back end of the storm that hit us over the weekend, and was a pretty windy day leading to 14 flights being diverted, and others cancelled. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hot weather continues

Madeira has been placed in orange alert due to high temperatures. Yesterday saw the hottest day since 1949 with a temperature if 35.3 recorded in Lugar de Baixo.
The alert will remain in place till 21.00 Friday .  Temperature today will see a maximum of 32 degrees.

Monday, October 20, 2014

14 Planes Diverted. Heat is on..

Strong winds in Santa Cruz today led to 14 aircraft being diverted to Porto Santo, Canary Islands or returning to airport of origin. 
The Porto Santo Ferry also cancelled the sailing today due to strong seas affecting 187 passengers.

The weather has settled down a lot this evening with the yellow alerts being lifted at 1pm this afternoon.

More settled weather to enjoy for the coming days.

Just a quick update to the crazy weather we have had over the last couple of days. Tuesday and Wednesday could see temperatures hit 30 degrees, a yellow warning has been put in place for this increase in temperature. The warning is in place from 11am Tuesday - 23.59 Wednesday. 

Cancer Run

Nice video of the cancer charity event on Friday.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Another great photo that you just don't find on other blogs.
This photo of a mini tornado was captured today by Sergio Bettencourt at Calheta.

Click the image to enlarge.

Chestnut Festival.

Almost into November which can only mean one thing, Chestnut Festival (Festa da Castanha)

The festival is held in the Nun Valley (Curral das Freiras) on the 1st & 2nd November.