Category Archives: Events of interest

Primed and programmed

This has been a very strange general election, coming as it does just five weeks after our local council elections. A snap election called by our Prime Minister who managed to overturn the 2011 Fixed-term Parliament Act to call it. … Continue reading

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And then there were clowns

In the week before the carnival in Funchal the broad boulevard beside our apartment turned into a riotous mass of swirling shapes and colour. Madeira was in party mood. Bright awnings pierced with shapes were slung between trees. Beneath these, numerous stalls … Continue reading

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Carnival in Madeira

The colour, glitter and liveliness of this amazing parade. Continue reading

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The sands o’ life

My love is like a red red rose That’s newly sprung in June: My love is like the melodie That’s sweetly played in tune. So fair art thou, my bonnie lass, So deep in love am I: And I will … Continue reading

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European dreams

I should have been born in a warmer climate, but then I wouldn’t have been Scottish, and I rather like being Scottish – especially at present when politics here are amazingly interesting, though often also hair-tearingly frustrating. The thrill of … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

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On the eleventh day of April

What is so special about the eleventh day of April? A hint. It’s not the eleventh of April this year I’m referring to. It’s the eleventh day of April 1868. Ring any bells? Probably not — unless you live in … Continue reading

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February 14th

No red hearts or roses for me today either. Instead I’m going with images of a sculpture of two people that I found decorating a wall in a street of Funchal’s old town. Continue reading

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Exhilarating

The boat was a Turkish gulet, twenty-three metres in length, called Bonita da Madeira, made from rich coloured woods and stainless steel, with masts that soared towards the sky. At the stern, we lounged on blue plastic covered mattresses formed … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone and a big bouquet of thanks to everyone who has read my blog, with a special flower of appreciation to those who have commented. Hope 2016 brings you all what you wish for. Keep blogging and … Continue reading

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