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Friday, February 27, 2015

Miss Queen Madeira 2015

This is just a translation below. The event will take place Saturday night in Dubai night club by the Carlton Hotel. My partner Nelio will be one of the judges so if you go say hi....

Beauty Queen Miss Madeira takes place Saturday

This Saturday February 28, will be held the final Queen Miss Madeira 2015 to elect the representative of Madeira in the National Final Miss Queen Portugal in 2015.
Miss Queen Portugal is the official election contest of Portuguese candidates for major international beauty contests, and the national event with more followers.
After the end of the former Miss Portugal, is the only competition that is present in all mainland districts, as well as the Azores, Madeira and some Portuguese communities throughout the world.
In this event will participate 15 candidates selected through face Casting held last February 20 in Funchal and also on the 25th.
The organization is in charge of representing the Queen Miss Portugal in Madeira, but also of the National Committee of the competition.
The National Director - Ricardo Monteverde also integrate the organization of Miss Queen Wood in 2015, and is available for interviews and explanations to the press from 25 in Funchal.

Thus, the end Miss Wood 2015 will take place in space - Dubai Club from 22 hours, on 28 February.
The winner of the event, will represent the Madeira in the Miss National Final Queen Portugal in 2015.
Throughout the 28th February, the various candidates will participate in photo shoots in Funchal, in cooperation with various partner organizations of the initiative.
The designer Madeira Fabio Carvalho put on 15 candidates in one of the evening shows.
The event will also see bikini parade and "cocktail dresses".
The jury will be composed by Ricardo Monteverde (National Director), Fabio Carvalho (Stylist), Fábio Pereira (Businessman) and Mamlio (Hairstylist), Nelio Pestana (Event Manager), Paula Martins (Fashion Consultant).

Monte Toboggans

CNN has released 7 of the worlds coolest commutes, and this has included the toboggan ride down from Monte in Funchal.
The toboggan ride takes about 10 minutes, and around 150 men work this, sending mainly tourist down the steep hill for a never to forget experience.

Click the photo for full article.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

English Church News

International Women's World Day of Prayer
This annual service is being held at Holy Trinity (The English Church) on Rua Quebra Costa, Funchal, on Friday the 6th of March at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and to join us after the service for tea, buns and chat.


British Legion Lunch.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fire near Casino

A fire broke out early evening from the grounds of the Casino Park Hotel, in the gardens close to Santa Catarina Park, and the Presidents place Quinta Vigia and above the Vespa night club.
24 Police, firefighters and ambulance crew attended the area.
The prompt intervention of the emergency crews, put the fire out quickly so not to much of an area was damaged, but the heat shattered the windows to the Casino's nightclub, and 2 people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.
The most probable cause of the fire is from a cigarette being thrown from someone at the hotel.

 Photo Martin Mears


Bad weather

The mountainous regions of Madeira are now under yellow warning due to strong wind forecast with gusts of around 100 kilometers per hour, said the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).

According to IPMA, mountainous regions of Madeira are on yellow warning, the third most serious of a four-scale, due to strong wind forecast today between 10:00am and 06:00am on Thursday .

It is certainly very strong in Caniço de Baixo, but I do not think to many problems at the airport. I believe the easyjet flight from Lisbon returned back to Lisbon.

The IPMA also issued a yellow warning for the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo due to the forecast of strong sea waves with northwest of waves 4-5 meters between 18:00 and midnight.


A magnitude 3.9 earthquake on the Richeter scale occurred in the early hours of the morning on Wednesday in the sea just off the siuth coast of Madeira, and was felt by some people living on the island.

According to the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere, the event was registered at the 1:17 a.m., 10 feet deep in the Atlantic Ocean, at a distance of approximately 100 kilometers from Funchal.

Despite of mild to moderate intensity, the earthquake was felt by some islanders who admit having seen a slight vibration for a few seconds.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Festa da Anona

The Anona (Custard Apple) festival in Faial this year will be held on the 7th-8th March.

One of the festivals I have never been to, as the weather is usually wet, Lets hope this year it will be dry, as I would like to go.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Madeira 1860s

This is a good read of a years residence in Madeira in the 1860s.

I have had a link on my website to this book, As I am updating my website I thought I would post the link here.

Another strange cloud

Another strange looking cloud over Funchal this evening.
These seem to be occurring more often.~

Francisco Correia

Nélio Sousa 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lets never forget.

5 years today Madeira suffered one of its worst tragedies. 
Funchal, Ribeira Brava and Serra da Agua were the places hardest hit. When I look back at my photos on Flickr it is hard to imagine this happened, and we pray it never happens again. 

You can see my album on FLICKR
Also an Album of images from friends and from the internet on FLICKR

One of the most dramatic photos captured.