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2nd Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 5 March

  The first Tapas and Wine Night was crowded out a year ago in the harbour area in Playa San Juan, and organizers hope the second Noche de Tapas y Vino on Saturday, 5 March, will be just as popular. The event starts at 7.30pm and will be going on until midnight, and once again the public will be able to enjoy tapas and wine from just €1, and there’ll be live music…

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Aemet issues prealert for costeros over next few days

Update 8 February: The Canarian Government’s Dirección General de Seguridad y Emergencias (DGSE) has issued a prealert for rough seas from midnight tonight and lasting over the next few days. As I posted below, any cold water shock risk is much increased when the sea is rough and when people have to struggle in it, and that is in addition to the risk of simply being swept away by waves or undertow which may be…

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The “chicken-run” stretch of the TF1 has its first fatality

As I said HERE last Tuesday, I didn’t think that the head-on collision on the “chicken-run” part of the TF1 would be the last such accident on that controversial stretch of road … and now there’s been a fatality. A 69-year-old man was killed around 1.30 last night on the TF1 in Santiago del Teide when his vehicle left the road and collided with a wall. Emergency services found that he…

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Guardia Civil ask for help to stamp out abomination of FGM in Spain

Today is International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which has been much in the news in recent years, and particularly over the past 48 hours as Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations secretary general, has added his voice to the clamour to end the barbaric practice (link). The vast majority of cases occur in a band across sub-Saharan Africa despite being banned (link), and now the Guardia Civil in Spain has…

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Local disruptions for road, water and electricity works next week

Arona Ayuntamiento has announced that there will be traffic disruptions for road painting on Wednesday and Thursday next week, 10 and 11 February. Parking will be banned from midnight on the 10th (i.e. over Tuesday night) in Av. Juan Carlos I (ascending) between the C/ La Caleta and C/La Chalana junctions, and from midnight on the 11th (i.e. over Wednesday night) in Av. Juan Carlos I (ascending) between the C/La Chalana and Av. Londres junctions. Restrictions…

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First “hosepipe ban” in the Canaries in 2016 introduced in La Gomera

It hasn’t rained, properly, for a long time, and if the situation continues, there could be trouble ahaead. And with this in mind, Vallehermoso Ayuntamiento in La Gomera has become the first to introduce a “hosepipe ban”. The public in the municipality are now banned from using domestic supplies for agricultural irrigation or gardening purposes, or for washing their vehicles. The council says that it is looking ahead and has taken…

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Guía de Isora and Granadilla desalination plants prepare for test phase

Photo: Gobierno de Canarias. The Canarian Government’s director de Aguas, Juan Ramón Felipe, together with Cabildo consejero de Aguas Manuel Martínez, Guía de Isora mayor Pedro Martín, and Granadilla Works councillor Juan Rodríguez Bello, has visited two new desalination plants which are now at test phase. The two plants, which will complement the Adeje-Arona one (link), are in Guía de Isora and Granadilla, and have received investment of €41m from Madrid and the EU; between them they will…

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La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet displays

Update 4 February 2016: I’m always asked well in advance about this, so for those who want to make plans to see La Orotava’s Corpus Christi carpet displays this year, this year the festival will be celebrated on 2 June, with the carpets on display from 31 May to 5 June (link). The carpets are world famous, and have held the Guinness World Record for the largest ephemeral carpet display in the world since 2006….

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Semana grande in Tenerife next week

Photo: Phil Crean. Cecilia Navarro Arteaga, representing La Opinión and McDonalds, was chosen as Reina del Carnaval at the main gala in Santa Cruz’ Recinto Ferial last night. She was “wearing” a fantasia called “Arena blanca del desierto” – white sands of the desert (above) – which was designed by Daniel Pages, who also designed the fantasia called Eva worn by the runner-up, Flavía Martínez Álvarez. Cecilia herself came third in 2012 and is now…

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