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Monday, July 15, 2013

Missing in Calvos-Carrasqueira

Our little boy has gone missing somewhere in the Calvos-Carrasqueira, Sao Bartolomeu de Messines, Silves area. Last seen on Monday 8 July, he is a neutered male, black & white, and answers (sometimes) to the name Calvos.
Further details are available at "Lost Pets in the Algarve".

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Get Out Of This One, Madam Mayor

Sometimes things go amiss in the Algarve.

The Mayor of Silves Câmara and her cronies regularly deny any responsibility for what goes on in the county, be it bad roads, Dale Farm-ish encampments of camper-vans on public land or corruption within the administration.


Try as they may, they will find it difficult (although I'm certain they will attempt) to distance themselves in the matter of the quality of the domestic water running from our taps over the last 48 hours (and repetitively in the past), supplied by and billed for by the Câmara.

Maybe their campaign motto could be "We washed our hands. It's not our fault they didn't come clean"

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Travel Tip: General Strike Thursday 24 November

The anticipated general strike planned for Thursday 24 November will cause travel chaos. If you have travel plans for Thursday contact your travel operator or airline to confirm the impact on your flights.

"ANA, Portuguese Airports, advises all passengers with flights scheduled between 10pm on Wednesday and midnight Friday, departing from any Portuguese airport, to contact your airline or travel agent before departing for the airport, to check the state of your flight."

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Casting The First Stone

Ever since it was announced that Iceland, the UK frozen food chain, would be opening a store in the Algarve I have followed, on the many forums aimed at expats, the frequently heated debate about the desirability of such a commercial endeavour. While I will not be a frequent shopper I will be an occasional one, in the same manner that I occasionally shop at a number of different Algarve establishments. OK, that's my position. But now about the furore.

There is a small but extremely vocal group of people who would like to restrict my choice, your choice, our choice of where we shop because they can not understand why people who have relocated their homes, their families, their lives to the Algarve would want to maintain ties to the UK and it's produce. These proponents in the 'Buy Portuguese' camp seem to have cut their dietary ties with Blighty, and while I have a degree of empathy with their argument to buy locally, the hypocrisy latent in their arguments leaves me cold.

If integration into the local community is paramount to this band of naysayers, why are they posting, in English, on expat forums aimed at non-Portuguese? Have all of these pro-Portugal opponents of free choice taken up official residency and converted their driving licences? And forgive me if I'm wrong, but are they, by any chance, watching UK television via Sky, Freesat and the internet?

If the philosophy of Iceland's detractors is that of 'When In Rome, do as the Romans do', surely their credibility would be enhanced if they said so in Italian.