Registration matters

Make sure your documents are correct now that the UK has left the EU

Staying safe in Tenerife’s heat

Think it can never be too hot? Stay cool! and be safe in the hottest months

Staying safe in Tenerife waters

A dip to cool off when it’s hot is great but be safe and read here first

Forest fires

How to help prevent forest fires, and what the “three 30s” are all about

The famous Perseid meteor shower will peak this Wednesday 12 August, though meteors have been visible for a couple of weeks or so now and will remain visible for some time after the peak. The Perseids can produce over 50 meteors an hour with a large percentage of very bright shooting stars, and the Cabildo generally activates a protocol to ensure safety for all the cars that traditionally drive up to the caldera to view the shower. Although the Perseids actually radiate from the constellation of Perseus, they are visible all over the sky, so just look up after midnight. Alternatively, you can follow onlineREAD MORE

Updated 9 August: As we know, the Walk For Life is different this year … here’s the lovely Daniel O’Donnell about how he’s joining in with it, himself, walking with his own heart! Original post 15 July: The Canarian Foundation Carrera por la Vida – Walk for Life has been chosen by the Think Pink Europe network, as the solo Spanish organiser of the RACE FOR THE CURE, the most far-reaching digital race ever organised across the continent of Europe. The Think Pink Europe network brings together multiple associations and initiatives from 30 different countries, whose primary aim is to fight breast cancer. The Canarian FoundationREAD MORE

The UK Government currently advises British nationals against all but essential travel to the whole of Spain. Anyone who travels to Tenerife despite this advice may find their insurance invalid, and Government assistance in the case of even non-Covid-related problems minimized if not not-existent. Everyone who returns from any part of Spain must also quarantine for a fortnight on arrival back in the UK. Please see HERE for more information on this situation. Spain is no longer under an estado de alarma but various parts of the country are experiencing local lockdowns. In the Canaries, we are in the New Normal, a stage likely toREAD MORE

Despair and fury, frustration and an overwhelming sense of futility, are behind the police asking what the hell they are supposed to do, four of them, dealing with the crowd that gathered last night outside bars in the Veronicas strip. Four of us, they say, at least 500 of them. We could test them on arrival but we don’t, and we could make more of airport controls, but we don’t … and then people expect the police to have superpowers, and they don’t. El “turismo de calidad” (nótese la ironía) vuelven a colonizar Verónicas este Agosto de 2020 – #SurdeTenerife #Arona — AROPOL🚔 (@AROPOL)READ MORE

NB: Spain, including the Canaries, is in the New Normal: please see HERE for details. If you feel at risk or infected first use the online test HERE then for further help if needed ring the free multi-lingual helpline 900 112 061. For general info use the Canarian authorities’ websites/official social media. Use 112 only for emergencies.  Updated 9 August: I really don’t want to be going back to daily updates but the figures need it, at least at the moment. Today, we have:  Total recorded cases 2,912 (currently 1,642 of them in Tenerife)        Fatalities 164 Recoveries 2,372 Active cases 376 (23 inREAD MORE

Photo: Canarian Parliament. Some countries adopt a rather strident approach and language to immigration, but others are more nuanced. Today, Gustavo Matos, the President of the Canarian Parliament, has reminded of one of the hardest odysseys ever undertaken in respect of the Canaries … one made by 171 Canarians 70 years ago when they boarded the Telémaco in search of hoped-for success and a new life in the Americas. Matos says that it’s good to remember this date when we look at the migrants who today risk their lives by crossing oceans for a chance at a dignified life. No talk of “illegal refugees” here,READ MORE