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The fall of petrol prices

Posted by dolly diver on January 5, 2009
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cepsaIt’s not all doom and gloom. The Canary Islands continue to benefit from the steady drop in fuel prices at petrol stations.

Over the past month diesel has fallen another 10% and unleaded 95 octane petrol 8%, now down to 61 cents at many fuel pumps.

Experts predict further decrease in the next few weeks and it is hoped that the worsening crisis in the Middle East doesn’t increase prices again.

Mobile phone charge boxes available in the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on January 5, 2009
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It can be a bit of a problem when you are out and about and you suddenly find you need your mobile phone and it is down on battery power because you forgot to charge it up. It happens to the best of us.

New machines called “Charge Boxes” are being set up in shopping centre, health centres, hospitals, airports and many other public places which will enable mobile phone users to have a 30 minute charge for 1 Euro. The machines are also able to recharge many portable devices such as iPods and mobile game consoles.

These “Charge Boxes” were first installed in the UK three years ago. 25 devices will be installed throughout the archipelago in January and over the next twelve months another 100 will be installed. They are compatible with all the main types of mobile phones.

The new charger is a tower divided into six compartments, each secured with a key, where mobile devices can be recharged with complete security, you simply put a euro in the slot and the machine will give your phone a 30 minute boost while you do some shopping or go for a coffee

.A spokesman for the company providing the service said: “This invention will fill a niche in the Spanish market, since we have all found ourselves with a dead mobile at some time”.

 	weller-margaret-and-keith Margaret and Keith Weller of Calle Adelpha in Los Gigantes got the shock of their lives on the morning of New Year’s Eve when they discovered their apartment had been robbed – while they slept.

Margaret woke first to find their patio door open, she was about to blame Keith for leaving it open overnight but then noticed their TV had gone!

They had gone to bed at around 11pm and as their freezer is rather noisy they sleep with their bedroom door shut, so heard nothing.

The thieves had forced open the patio door and had gone through every cupboard and drawer in their lounge and got away with 2 mobiles, Keith’s wallet, a digital camera, an I pod their TV, but the biggest shock of all was when they discovered all Keith’s joinery tools gone. Keith relies on these tools for his work.

It is assumed that the thieves had a panic getaway as all their remote controls had been taken with their TV but their DVD player and satellite box were disconnected but not taken. They found their two pair of binoculars outside on their terrace.

The cheeky thieves had even taken a bottle of water and some mars bars out of the fridge and discarded the empty bottle on the path outside.

They were somewhat disconsolate to find that the police showed no interest whatsoever in the dearth of fingerprint evidence left behind both on the patio door and plastic bottle from which they were drinking. It is a sad indictement of our local police that they seem to have more interest in parking infractions and noise from bars than solving real crimes.

Margeret and Keith agreed to tell their story to in the hope that it would be a warning to others to step up security in their homes.

Keith and Margaret do have the necessary house insurance, but how long it will take to agree a figure with the insurance company is anyone’s guess. A payout will compensate for the goods stolen but not for the stress caused and the worry that it may happen again.

Happy New Year to everyone.

High winds and heavy rain was forecast for the Canariers over the Christmas and New Year holiday. The Los Gigantes area had its fair share of rain and many had flooded terraces to cope with but fortunately Christmas day was mild and sunny, although the sea remained rough. After a few more days of high winds and rain our luck was in once again as on New Year’s Eve it was very mild with a cloud free sky, and there has hardly been a cloud in the sky since.

The Los Gigantes Plaza on New Year’s Eve was heaving as everyone forgot the current crisis and enjoyed the evenings celebrations, many dancing until dawn.

The continuous rough seas and high swell delighted the surfing enthusiasts at Punta Blanca but has been a disaster for all the dive centre owners and whale/dolphin trip organisers who had hoped the Christmas busy season would boost business in this time of crisis.

The warm sunny weather brought many people out and on to the beaches for a last minute panic tan before the end of their holiday. Playa arena beach was packed and many chose to ignore the red flag to have fun in the waves. The life guard’s job was made very difficult as people ignored his whistles and shouts. People really don’t understand that it is for their own safety as the undertow can be treacherous and many over the past years have not lived to tell the tale.

Below are views of the area taken on New Year’s day.

1. Surfing at Punta Blanca
2. Snow on Teide
3. High waves Playa Arena Beach
4. Crowded Playa Arena Beach
5. Cliffs of Los Gigantes
6. Los Gigantes beach and Marina

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