The Great Musical Gala, Magma Centre, 1 April

Update 31 March: Just a reminder that this show is tomorrow, so there’s still time to get tickets. Original post 26 March:  On April 1, the Magma Centre is presenting a show for the whole family with some of the most popular children’s stories of all time staged in musical form. The show starts at 6pm and offers two hours of songs, humour and entertainment from The Wizard of Oz,…

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At least one honest taxi driver in Tenerife!

They have a rotten press very often, so it’s only fair to report the lovely story of a taxi driver of some 19 years experience driving in Santa Cruz who returned a bag left in his cab to the Policía Local last Wednesday. The bag, it appears, contained nearly €900 in an envelope as well as a mobile phone, a diary, an umbrella, and various medications. The police were able…

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Beaches invaded by jellyfish

Update 30 March: Another jellyfish invasion has arrived at Tenerife beaches after the creatures started to arrive en masse  this morning at El Médano and Playa de las Vistas, Los Cristianos. By midday, seven bathers had been attended at El Médano alone for stings. Update 31 January: Jellyfish invaded a swathe of Arona and Adeje coastline yesterday, leaving the beaches of Los Cristianos, Las Vistas, El Camisón and Troya at the…

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Pirámides de Güímar opens a Secret Garden

Pirámides de Güímar has opened a Secret Garden to offer alongside its existing “outdoor routes” – walks around the ethnographic park focusing on the nature and culture of Tenerife throughout its history (see HERE for these “Rutas al aire libre). This new Secret Garden is a collection, unique in the Canaries, of some of the most dangerous vegetation on the planet. It opens today, Friday 30 March, and offers an…

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Santiago del Teide y los vinos de Tenerife, un Acantilado de Sabores, Playa la Arena, 31 March

Update 30 March: Just a reminder that this is tomorrow for anyone who is interested in going along. Original post 21 March:  The Avenida Marítima in Playa de La Arena will be host to “Santiago del Teide y los Vinos de Tenerife, Un Acantilado de Sabores” on 31 March between 8pm and midnight. Eight local catering establishments will take part in the event, which is organized by the Ayuntamiento’s Employment…

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Man dies on Torviscas beach

A 78-year-old man died just after midday today on Torviscas beach. Emergency services received a call reporting that he had been pulled unconscious out of the water and needed assistance, but despite attempts to resuscitate him by paramedics and a medical doctor who was on the beach himself, sadly nothing could be done to save his life and he was declared dead at the scene.

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Update on “illegal letting” asociación (ALOTCA) following committee meeting yesterday

There was a committee meeting of the founding members of ALOTCA yesterday, and I can report the following points. As I’ve previously posted, the first appeal of the fines resulted in a €3,000 reduction; the second appeal received a 15 page letter essentially saying that all argument was irrelevant and pointless, and that the problems resulting from Turismo’s actions were neither their fault nor responsibility. Now, a third appeal to…

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General strike called for 29 March in protest at new Government labour reforms

Update 29 March: As always, statistics are disputed. Unions say there has been 77% support for the strike, a level they call “historic”. Business leaders and the authorities, however, say that support has been low and that the day’s activities have seemed normal with “massive” attendance at work. Even with the usual massage of figures that can be expected on both sides, this discrepancy beggars belief. Update 28 March: Just…

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