Local road, water and electricity disruptions: water cut in Adeje Thursday 25 April

Local road, water and electricity disruptions: water cut in Adeje Thursday 25 April

Date&time/incident/area

Thursday 25 April: 8.30am-2pm. Water cut in Adeje. Areas affected: Avenida Austria
Calle Pasaje de Austria
Avenida Europa
Calle Suecia
Calle Grecia
Avenida Francia
Calle Portugal
Calle Francia
Calle el Musgo
Calle Diario de Avisos
Calle Vista Bella
Calle Italia
Avenida de Dinamarca
Calle Alemania
Calle Irlanda
Calle Paises Bajos
Calle San Eugenio Alto
Calle Suiza

Source Janet Anscombe

Arona en colores 2019

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Tenerife’s Fiestas de la Cruz – the May fertility rites

Tenerife’s Fiestas de la Cruz – the May fertility rites

Wherever you look over the next couple of weeks, and especially Friday next week, you’ll see floral crosses. They are symbols of the Fiesta de la Cruz de Mayo (May Cross Fiesta) which is celebrated on 3 May throughout Spain, but especially in Tenerife because it is the date on which, in 1494, Santa Cruz was founded.

The best known celebration here is in Los Realejos, where a firework display that is now world-famous is part of the town’s Cruces & Fuegos fiesta (see HERE). There are also major celebrations in any town with Cruz in the name, indeed there is a municipal public holiday in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz, as well as Los Realejos (see HERE).

Although the actual origins of the fiesta are unclear, the cross is evidently a Christian symbol. The real roots, however, are far older, and go back to pre-Christian, pagan times when May meant fertility and growth, and signified Spring passing into Summer. To mark this time, trees were traditionally decorated with greenery, flowers and coloured ribbons to represent the blooming of new life and the abundance of the land.

And as the main symbolic representation of fertility in many village greens and squares, the tree was replaced by a pole and was decorated instead. We think of the May Pole and the morris dancers as particularly British, but in Spain, the Fiesta de la Cruz de Mayo was originally called the Fiesta del Palo de Mayo … not the “cross of May” but the Pole of May! We are not the only ones who have a May Pole because ancient symbolism runs deep and very far afield! And you’ll see plenty of Tenerife’s May Poles over the next week in the modern day version of the May Cross Fiesta!

Source: Janet Anscombe

Arona en colores 2019

It’s now an established annual event, and this year’s Arona en Colores will no doubt be as popular as ever. It will again be held in Las Galletas, this year on Saturday 15 June. The council calls it a multicolour urban fiesta which is intended to boost the area’s...

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

Updated 29 May: Just a reminder of this major public holiday tomorrow, the Día de Canarias. From today and over the weekend too there will be traditional dances (Bailes de magos) in many towns and villages, and of course most offices and many shops outside the main...

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Loro Parque celebrates World Penguin Day in the eternal midwinter of the Penguinarium!

Loro Parque celebrates World Penguin Day in the eternal midwinter of the Penguinarium!

Loro Parque foundation has done enormously good work for environmental causes, especially when it comes to birds, some species of which it has saved from extinction. And one particular species of bird has found an amazing home in the park, where the penguinarium hosts the largest colony of penguins outside Antarctica in an environment that offers real snow and a huge iceberg in facilities that are considered the best human reproduction of the natural living conditions of these curious and amusing animals.

This Thursday, 25 April, Loro Parque says that it is celebrating World Penguin Day. The park says “we have five different species of this animal represented in our expositions. Unfortunately, the situation that penguins face in nature is very complicated. A number of threats, such as climate change, pollution, overfishing or uncontrolled tourism, are impacting negatively their populations, which are decreasing by leaps and bounds. In fact, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), of the existing 18 species, 10 are under pressure through one or another type of threat. The specimens that live in Loro Parque act as ambassadors who help raise awareness and, thus, contribute to the conservation of their counterparts in the wild.”

The park has released the following video of how a real winter exists at Planet Penguin even in the middle of a Tenerife summer.  Loro Parque says that the penguins “find themselves in a significantly darker environment with lower temperatures as dim light perfectly recreates the Antarctic winter season for these animals that receive the best care by their keepers. A perfect example to it is that penguins voluntarily collaborate with the veterinarians of Loro Parque who control their weight and conduct the corresponding analysis.”

Just lovely!

Source Janet Anscombe https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/its-the-depth-of-winter-in-loro-parque-at-least-in-the-penguinarium.html

Arona en colores 2019

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30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

Updated 29 May: Just a reminder of this major public holiday tomorrow, the Día de Canarias. From today and over the weekend too there will be traditional dances (Bailes de magos) in many towns and villages, and of course most offices and many shops outside the main...

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The Brexit post: British PM statement as UK enters last week of EU membership

The Brexit post: British PM statement as UK enters last week of EU membership

Updated 7 April: British Prime Minister Theresa May has made the following statement as the UK enters what could be its last week in the EU, with a deadline on Friday, if an extension cannot be agreed, that will see the UK leave the EU with whatever arrangements are put in place over the next five days, or with no deal at all.

Delivering Brexit has been my priority ever since I became Prime Minister and it remains so today. I want the UK to leave the EU in an orderly way as soon as possible and that means leaving in a way that does not disrupt people’s lives.

My strong preference was to do that by winning a majority in Parliament for the agreement the UK reached with the EU last November. I did everything in my power to persuade the Conservative and DUP MPs who form the government’s majority to back that deal – including securing legally-binding changes to address MPs’ concerns with it.

But that deal was rejected three times by Parliament and there is no sign it can be passed in the near future. So I had to take a new approach.

Because Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the European Union with a deal or do not leave at all.

My answer to that is clear: we must deliver Brexit and to do so we must agree a deal. If we cannot secure a majority among Conservative and DUP MPs we have no choice but to reach out across the House of Commons.

The referendum was not fought along party lines and people I speak to on the doorstep tell me they expect their politicians to work together when the national interest demands it. The fact is that on Brexit there are areas where the two main parties agree: we both want to end free movement, we both want to leave with a good deal, and we both want to protect jobs.

That is the basis for a compromise that can win a majority in Parliament and winning that majority is the only way to deliver Brexit.

The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the Brexit the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for and to do that we need to get a deal over the line.

To achieve this I will go to Brussels this week to seek a short extension to Article 50. My intention is to reach an agreement with my fellow EU leaders that will mean if we can agree a deal here at home we can leave the EU in just six weeks.

We can then get on with building a new relationship with our nearest neighbours that will unlock the full potential of Brexit and deliver the brighter future that the British people voted for.

Updated 4 April: The Spanish Government’s Royal Decree detailing No Deal Brexit contingency measures was approved last night by Congress. This will provide UK nationals legally resident in Spain with a 21-month window to register for their new TIE (third country national foreigner ID card) in a system whose details will be announced in due course but which is promised to be “virtually automatic”. The TIE will be a replacement for the green Certificado de Registro, which is why it is essential for British nationals living in Tenerife to be legally registered with the police before the point of Brexit, whenever that might be … possibly next Friday 12 April if there’s no solution to the current impasse. For more information, see the government’s website HERE.

Source Janet Anscombe https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

Arona en colores 2019

It’s now an established annual event, and this year’s Arona en Colores will no doubt be as popular as ever. It will again be held in Las Galletas, this year on Saturday 15 June. The council calls it a multicolour urban fiesta which is intended to boost the area’s...

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

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This weekend in Tenerife

This weekend in Tenerife

Updated 5 April: A varied weekend is in store with the El Arca de Noé homeless charity fundraiser in Los Cristianos tomorrow and the IX Feria del Queso de Canarias in Pinolere ethnographic museum village tomorrow and Sunday. Also on Sunday, runners and spectactors will fill the roads for the Las Galletas Half Marathon and the magical and devilish Las Burras de Güímar will take place, postponed from last Friday because of weather conditions. Whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time.

Updated 28 March: It’s a big weekend this, and no longer because of Brexit! That might have been postponed but there is a lot still going on in Tenerife over the next few days! Today starts the new three-day Magic of Science and Technology fair in Playa la Arena, and tomorrow Friday Chio hosts new Boleros al Vino wine event and there’s the marvellous Sensaciones ‘Más que Mar’ in Los Abrigos. Also tomorrow, something very strange, mystical and devilish is going on with Las Burras de Güímar. On Saturday there’s the ever-popular Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan, and over both Saturday and Sunday runners and spectators will be taking part in the Trail Fuente Alta Vilaflor. Finally, on a sporty Sunday, boxers take part in bouts including the National bantamweight title fight in Santa Cruz, and the El Médano Triathlon will see hundreds swimming, cycling and running in the annual challenge that’s exhausting to watch, but hundreds more will still be lining the routes! However you spend the weekend, I hope you have a marvellous time … and that you remember to put the clocks forward an hour on Saturday night!

Source Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/this-weekend-in-tenerife.html

Arona en colores 2019

It’s now an established annual event, and this year’s Arona en Colores will no doubt be as popular as ever. It will again be held in Las Galletas, this year on Saturday 15 June. The council calls it a multicolour urban fiesta which is intended to boost the area’s...

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

Updated 29 May: Just a reminder of this major public holiday tomorrow, the Día de Canarias. From today and over the weekend too there will be traditional dances (Bailes de magos) in many towns and villages, and of course most offices and many shops outside the main...

35th Feria de Artesanía de Canarias 2019c

Every year shortly before Christmas, the Canarian Government organizes a huge and extremely popular arts & crafts fair which alternates between the islands. Last year’s was held in Gran Canaria, and this year’s will be back in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz...

The Brexit post: Spain approves No Deal residency measures for legally registered British nationals

The Brexit post: Spain approves No Deal residency measures for legally registered British nationals

Updated 4 April: The Spanish Government’s Royal Decree detailing No Deal Brexit contingency measures was approved last night by Congress. This will provide UK nationals legally resident in Spain with a 21-month window to register for their new TIE (third country national foreigner ID card) in a system whose details will be announced in due course but which is promised to be “virtually automatic”. The TIE will be a replacement for the green Certificado de Registro, which is why it is essential for British nationals living in Tenerife to be legally registered with the police before the point of Brexit, whenever that might be … possibly next Friday 12 April if there’s no solution to the current impasse. For more information, see the government’s website HERE.

Updated 29 March: This was to have been Brexit Day, but instead it has seen the House of Commons reject Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement on leaving the EU. The House will now reconsider on Monday whether there are alternatives it could coalesce around in a procedure started earlier this week by Sir Oliver Letwin, and if not, whether or not it should revoke Article 50 to avoid the No Deal situation it has already said it will not permit.

Within minutes of the votes, Jeremy Corbyn called for the PM to go and set the date for a General Election. The ERG has called for Theresa May to go even though it voted heavily in favour of accepting the deal – the deal its leaders Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steve Baker and Mark  Francois had excoriated. It is rumoured strongly in Westminster and Brussels that they did so only so that May would keep her promise and go, and then they intended to install an “ultra” Brexiteer in her place and void the deal they had supported.

Other speakers after the result was announced called for a long extension or a People’s Vote, while the SNP’s Ian Blackford suggested revoking Article 50 to “put the brake on”. Of course revoking Article 50 is not a brake to buy time: once Article 50 is revoked that is it. Some MPs and even London mayor Sadiq Khan have called in the minutes following the result’s announcement for revocation followed by a people’s vote but that is impossible because article 50 cannot be revoked simply to buy time. Revoking is something that the ECJ itself has ruled must be “unequivocal and unconditional”. It is a one-off decision, for good.

Meanwhile the breakaway Labour and Conservative MPs who formed the independent grouping TIG have today applied to become a full political party – Change UK. They want to be ready for any and all elections coming up, including the European elections if the UK does take part in them, and a putative General Election if one is called in desperation by the Government under whoever happens to be leading it at the time.

Whatever happens now one thing is clear: the UK has lost the EU’s extension to 22 May, and Brexit will now happen on 12 April with an extraordinarily tight schedule to find any options that MPs might be able to get a majority for and which could avoid No Deal. Even if they do find them, they will be at the mercy of the EU, and whether it will agree the inevitably necessary extension for whatever plan Parliament can come up with. If they refuse an extension for a plan or if MPs fail actually to find one, Brexit will occur automatically as 11 April comes to a close.

Source by Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

Arona en colores 2019

It’s now an established annual event, and this year’s Arona en Colores will no doubt be as popular as ever. It will again be held in Las Galletas, this year on Saturday 15 June. The council calls it a multicolour urban fiesta which is intended to boost the area’s...

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

Updated 29 May: Just a reminder of this major public holiday tomorrow, the Día de Canarias. From today and over the weekend too there will be traditional dances (Bailes de magos) in many towns and villages, and of course most offices and many shops outside the main...

35th Feria de Artesanía de Canarias 2019c

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