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There is rather a lot of activity this week in the Los Gigantes Marina when it was revealed that the Clash of the Titans crew and cast had returned to film scenes for Clash of the Titans part two: “Wrath of the Titans”.

Once again Teide National Park, with pine forests and lava fields, Garachico, Guía de Isora and Icod de los Vinos will stand in for Ancient Greece, but it is our famous cliffs of Los Gigantes that will be the backdrop for many of the scenes, with a replica of an ancient Greek ship already berthed in the Marina (pic right).

Local Whale and Dolphin trip boats Nashira Uno and Gladiator have once again been hired for the camera crew but a much larger boat will be needed to carry the 200 local people employed as extras. Filming will take place along the cliffs from Barranco Seco to Punta de Teno.

Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton reprise their roles whilst Jonathan Liebesman replaces Louis Letterier as director. This time it is being filmed in 3D and is scheduled to be in cinemas around spring 2012.

Casting for extras caused havoc around Tenerife last month with over 5,000 aspiring extras queuing up in La Laguna, some dressed in Ancient Greek styled robes in order to improve their chances of being selected. Whilst in El Medano many camped out overnight for a better chance of being chosen. Apparently there were a lot of mysterious illnesses affecting schools and businesses on casting days

The storyline of Wrath of the Titans is about hell being unleashed on earth.
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth… Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

This second part of Clash of the Titans will be a follow-on to the original which was one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, earning nearly $500million worldwide.

Fit Friends, what a result!

Posted by dolly diver on May 4, 2011
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It started on the 1st of January, a sponsored slim to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness, by the end of the allotted time they had lost 94lbs between them and raised the fantastic sum of 436 Euros.

Fit friends was started a few years ago By Sally who now runs Tipsy Terrace. Chrissie took over from Sally when she took on Tipsy Terrace, and now runs the group which meets every Tuesday morning at Tipsy’s here in Los Gigantes

The numbers vary through the year but they have a core of about twelve residents both women and men. So why not pop in and see them and get fit with a friend.

For More information why not give Chrissie a ring on 922 861012 or 666 513969

Tourist figures rising

Posted by dolly diver on April 30, 2011
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Tourist figures for the first three months of this year show an increase to more than 1.258 million visitors, which is 8.8 per cent up on the same three months of 2010 year.

Figures for April are expected to show an even bigger increase due to the Easter holidays.

President of the Tenerife Cabildo, Ricardo Melchior stated that the rise in figures was mainly due to the crisis in North Africa and the Middle East, but estimated that without the problems figures would still be up to around 5 per cent

Luxury hotels for Playa San Juan

Posted by dolly diver on March 31, 2011
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Guia de Isora’s drive to attract upmarket tourism continues to gain force with the early stages of planning approval for 2 new luxury hotels in Playa San Juan.

Town Mayor Pedro Martin said that that a new zoning plan has been agreed by the council after lengthy negotiations with other levels of administration and with the companies behind the project, which will see a total of 1,100 new hotel beds added to the area, along with an upmarket thalassotherapy centre. “We are adamant we only want a few hotels and the ones we do allow must be 5 star” explained the major.

The council will also go ahead with public works which will improve parts of San Juan, particularly those close to the locations of the new hotels.

According to the mayor there will be a new connecting path created between Calle Artes de Mar (the road that goes down to the beach) and a new urban zone which will also boast one of two new public parking areas for the town, the other to be constructed near the Agua Dulce neighbourhood and the TF47 and the new hotel sites.

According to Martin the council’s planning is three-fold. “One, to acquire and develop more public spaces which will happen within the plan: Two, to see two new luxury hotels built with the intention of turning Guia de Isora into a reference point of the world of tourism, and last but not least to inject some economic life into the zone”.

Regarding the latter, the mayor said that the economic benefit of having 5 star hotels in the area were two way, “just as the hotels will benefit from having a beach nearby, the beach wins too by having such hotels in the proximity with people coming and going, commercial activity and an increase in the leisure activity”, all leading, it is hoped, to economic benefits for the area.

Council approval has now been sent to the regional government as well as the Cabildo and the Costas department and once all the approvals have been received work can begin.

Source: Tenerife News

Carnival Queen candidates

Posted by dolly diver on March 17, 2011
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A total of 3 candidates hope to be crowned “Queen of the Adult Carnival 2011″, which this year has the theme “Latino.”

The gala for the election of the queen as well as the appearance of many entertainers, will take place this evening Thursday 17 March, from 21:00 pm in the Plaza Los Gigantes.

The candidates this year are:
1. Veronica Cairns Martin, who will wear the fantasy, entitled “Night of Fantasy”.

2. Tamara Pérez Gorrín will wear the fantasy “Madam 1909″.

3 Tatiana Pérez Hernández with the fantasy “The Guardian of Dreams”.

Speed limit reduced

Posted by dolly diver on March 7, 2011
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The new speed limit of 110 kmh on motorways and dual carriageways came into force early today.

Plans to cut down on the national bill for crude oil, was formally passed by Parliament last week in response to soaring oil prices caused by the continued unrest in Libya, which supplies around 13 per cent of Spain’s oil.

Traffic authorities say the switch-over, which meant that signs had to be changed on almost 10,000 km of road during the night, by teams of workers on the TF-1 and TF-5, has gone smoothly and motorists are observing the new limit, 110k per hour.

Speed traps throughout the country have been adjusted to take into account the new figure, which will remain in force for four months and then be reviewed.

St. Patrick’s Night at the Blarney Stone

Posted by dolly diver on February 22, 2011
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St. Patrick’s Night

Have you a little bit of Irish blood in you? If so you must come to the “Blarney Stone”, in Playa Arena on March 17th 2011. With Lions Club of Santiago del Teide they will be holding a traditional Saint Patrick’s night from 7:30pm

The evening will include Irish music and a full carvery with special drinks prices and a raffle. The proceeds will go to Lions funds.

The “Blarney Stone” is opposite the beach in Playa Arena.

In all a great family night out. Tickets Euros 15 per person (children Euros 10)

Tickets available from the “Blarney Stone”, and MDI Alcala

If you require any further information call Mary 607435267 or Sheila 637819204

Stormy weather hits the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on January 26, 2011
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 	stormy-seas-playa-arenaHaving enjoying the past couple of weeks of beautiful sunshine and calmer seas another bout of stormy weather has hit the Canary Islands.

The gusty conditions follow the heavy rain that fell for several hours early on Tuesday which caused severe flooding to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

The Emergency Services in Lanzarote had one of their busiest days in recent times with 240 call-outs. Trials at the island’s main courthouse had to be called off when the building was flooded and Arrecife port was closed for several hours due to the sea conditions.

Meanwhile parts of La Gomera were also badly hit, with roads blocked by mudslides and debris. The bad weather forced the authorities in Tenerife to close the roads up to Mt Teide due to the snow and ice, although they were later reopened.

The sea conditions off Los Gigantes are rough but we got off lightly with only a few showers and not too much wind. The Met Office has warned of another storm front gathering in the Atlantic off the Canaries which is expected to enter from the west at the week-end.

Looks like I’m in for another few days holiday.DD

There are many people whose Spanish driving licences have expired without their realising as they were expecting to receive a renewal reminder.

At present it appears that Tráfico are not sending out renewal reminders, so it is up to us to remember! The process for renewal of your Spanish drivers licence is as follows.
You need to present in Tráfico or have somebody present on your behalf the paperwork:
* The application forms for the renewal of the driver’s licence that can be obtain from .
* To pay the renewal cost of €22.22
* N.I.E form and Certificado de Empadronamiento or the Green Residencia form and photocopies.
* Passport and photocopies.
* Expired licence.
* Medical certificate from an authorised medical centre to prove that you a fit and able to renew your licence.
* A photograph of maximum size 32 x 26 mm in colour with a plain background.
* A photo signature application form that can be obtained from Tráfico.
The licence can be renewed up to three months before it is due and can be renewed after its expiry date but driving when it is expired can be penalized with a fine.
Staying on the same subject if you decide to exchange your foreign licence for a Spanish one you would need to follow the next two steps.
In the first instance you need to present Tráfico with photocopies of your licence, passport and NIE or Residencia along with a signed declaration telling them what you a presenting and that you are happy for them to carry out the paperwork on your behalf, this form is available from Tráfico. You would then need to wait 45 days from the date of presentation to complete the process as Tráfico need to contact the authority that issued the licence to check the licence is still valid and that it has not been revoked for any reason.
After the 45 days you would need to present the following documentation to Tráfico in order to complete the process.
* The application forms for the renewal of the driver’s licence that can be obtain from .
* To pay the renewal cost of €26.26.
* The Green Residencia form and photocopies.
* Passport and photocopies.
* A photograph of maximum size 32 x 26 mm in colour with a plain background.
* A photo signature application form that can be obtained from Tráfico.
* The licence that you are exchanging.
* Declaration form available from Tráfico.
If the licence that you are exchanging is still in date you do not need a medical certificate. If however the licence has expired you will need to have the same documentation but you need to pay for inscription and then an exchange at a cost of €30.10 and also you need a medical certificate.

Source:Tenerife News

7th storm alert

Posted by dolly diver on December 17, 2010
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SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) issued a yellow alert yesterday due to a storm approaching the islands.

The alert has been extended to all the islands today with warnings of high winds and heavy seas.

This is the seventh storm alert that the Canary Islands have suffered recently, the worst one being at the end of November.

Yesterday, bad weather forced La Palma airport to cancel four flights and six flights were delayed for more than an hour.

Today in Tenerife, rain is forecast at 15mm per hour with winds gusting at 75km per hour in the higher altitude, particularly in the Vilaflor and La Orotava areas.

On Saturday, there will still be some rain and wind which may extend into Sunday morning. There will be a transition period from Sunday afternoon and Monday when a new storm is predicted for Tuesday.