The Policía Nacional says that it has broken up a drugs and money laundering ring in south Tenerife with the arrest of nine individuals in Playa Paraíso, Armeñime and Callao Salvaje. Along with the arrests, police say that they seized some €27,000, 59 grams of cocaine, 373 grams of hash, implements for treatment and dosification of drugs, five high-range vehicles, and a range of documentation from four dwellings in the three areas, where the detainees and the majority of their clients for cocaine live. The nine are now being processed by the judicial authorities, with the two “ringleaders” being remanded in prison.READ MORE

Applications for renewals of British passports from abroad will be 35% cheaper from next month. James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from 7 April fee for British citizens applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children. This will mean the fees for new passports will be £83.00 for a 32-page adult passport, £53.00 for a 32-page child passport, and £91.00 for a 48-page passport, whether for adult or children. The reduction in price is the result of efficiency savings that have been made over the last three years by bringing back the processing and issuing of overseas passportsREAD MORE

Update 17 March 2014: Adeje Council’s Culture department will once again present “the greatest story ever told” – the Passion of Jesus Christ – tomorrow, Good Friday, 18 April. The annual Easter passion play reenacting the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth, the Pasión, will once again be staged in Calle Grande and will be broadcast live throughout Spain on TVE in the Canaries and on La2 nationally. La Pasión will start at 12 noon, and for the second year running the scene of the crucifixion will be in the Plaza España. Culture Department councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt noted that “with the change of location andREAD MORE

This is just a reminder of my Literary Tenerife page HERE, for books about or novels set in Tenerife. I’ve just added a new one, Lágrimas en el mar written by local author and restaurant owner Pascal Buniet. It’s not available in English, but I’ve always thought reading a book in a foreign language is a great way to help to learn. Pascal’s novel is about three different cultures, and the whole experience of “immigration”, something that any of us here will relate to. Apart from being able to buy this book in shops or online, Pascal also always has books available in his restaurant, which is theREAD MORE

NB: If you are reading this and want to work for the HRC, please contact them directly, not through this site. Update 15 March: The official opening of the Hard Rock Cafe takes place tonight, with a concert outside the restaurant by Spanish singer Leiva, formally of the group Pereza.  Arona’s concejalía de Seguridad del Ayuntamiento has coordinated security measures, which will involve a hundred or so Policía Local and Nacional and Protección Civil officers. The concert starts at 7.30 with a Canarian group followed by the traditional “Guitar Smash” (I have no idea … ) and then Leiva will take the stage. Update 30 December: Here is aREAD MORE