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After living in Tenerife for seven years Birmingham couple Gayle and Mick Curtis headed back home. Due to rigorous quarantine procedure their two beloved dogs, 8 year old Ebony, a Staffordshire bull terrier, and 13 year old Libby, a White West Island terrier had to be left behind for a while, and they knew they would have to wait a few months before they could see them again.

After the wait was over the couple looked forward to welcoming their faithful hounds back at their Marston Green home. When they arrived at Manchester airport to collect the dogs they were left devastated when officials told them they had lost their pets on the flight from Tenerife to Manchester.
Instead of being unloaded, bungling baggage handlers forgot to take them off the aircraft and the poor dogs were left on board for an hour before being sent all the way back to Tenerife – a round trip of nearly 4,000 miles and nine hours.

Beside themselves with worry they were told the dogs would be walked, given water and food when they landed back in Tenerife.

Ebony and Libby finally arrived back in Birmingham at 9.30am on Saturday morning, nearly 24 hours after they left Tenerife. They had been on the aeroplane for around 12 hours.

A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said: “The welfare of the animals transported on Thomas Cook Airlines is always a priority. We would like to apologise to Mr Curtis for any upset and inconvenience caused.”

A spokesman for baggage handlers, Menzies Aviation, said: “As soon as the error was realised staff took immediate action to ensure the animals were met by a vet in Tenerife and were examined before being allowed to travel back to the UK. Menzies Aviation is undertaking an investigation into this incident and will take disciplinary action where appropriate.”

Blaze scare for La Esperanza

Posted by dolly diver on July 7, 2008
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Forest fire units in Tenerife sped into naction for the first time this summer to deal with a blaze near La Esperanza.

The fire broke out around 4pm yesterday near the road which is used by many tourists to drive to and from Mt Teide.

The flames, initially confined to the right hand side of the road soon crossed over, triggering alarm among locals with houses nearby.

Four helicopters were quickly on the scene and began ferrying giant buckets of water, which were emptied from the air to dampen the surrounding area and prevent the fire from spreading further. The blaze was put out shortly afterwards and a fire brigade team stood by for the rest of the evening to make sure it was not rekindled by the strong winds.

Once again the Canary Islands host one of the most amazing events in the annual music calendar, the Canarias Jazz y Mas festival, sponsored by Heineken. Apart from the concerts at the Auditorio, the shows are free, so jot them down in your diary!
Tenerife:
4 July 21.00 Puerto de La Cruz, Plaza de Europa – The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, Kike Perdomo, Ac&Funk
5 July 21.00 Puerto de La Cruz, Plaza de Europa – Lizz Wright, Nguyên Lê Quartet
6 July 21.00 La Laguna, Salón de Actos del I.E.S. La Laboral – “The Music of Ivan Lins”, featuring Ivan Lins with special guest Nnenna Freelon and guests Leonardo Amuedo, Marcelo Martins, Teo Lima, Marco Brito, and Nema Antunes
7 July 11:00 to 14:00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Conservatorio Superior de Música – Seminars
21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Kyle Eastwood, Esperanza Spalding
8 July 11:00 to 14:00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Conservatorio Superior de Música – Seminars
21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Spyro Gyra, Yul Ballesteros
9 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – Toto Bona Lokua, Gerald Toto, Richard Bona & Lokua Kanza, and the Ramón Díaz Group
10 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Plaza behind the Auditorio – New York Voices, Polo Ortí Group
11 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife – Sala Sinfónica The Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Ray Parker Jr., Nick Sample, Nils Landgren and the Funk Unit. Co-organized with “Auditorio de Tenerife”
12 July 21.00 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife Sala Sinfónica – Madeleine Peyroux.
Co-organized with “Auditorio de Tenerife”
Tickets can be purchased for Auditorio events direct from the box office, or through CajaCanarias ticket sales at the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre.

2 weddings, 1 passport and a funeral

Posted by dolly diver on June 27, 2008
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Many thousands of miles to travel, an out of date passport, a missed flight, a death in the family – yet it all came together at the last minute when Alison and Nigel tied the knot with friends and family of many nationalities as witnesses, in Los Gigantes Church.

It was always Alison’s dream to have a white wedding and to walk down the aisle with her father, and that dream came true earlier this month on June 14th.

Nigel and Alison have been an ‘item’ since 1999. They met in the 80’s at Warwick University while each was there with their brothers. Nigel’s brother was studying and Alison’s brother played volleyball.

Nigel works in Nottingham as an IT field engineering manager and Alison works 3 days a week, catering in her now retired fathers’ previous bar, the Queens Head in Meriden, as well as running her own beautician business mornings and evenings.  Read more

Bonfire night

Posted by dolly diver on June 23, 2008
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Tonight is St John’s Night, and the skies throughout Tenerife will be lit up in celebration with the annual bonfires.

It is expected that tens of thousands of people will light hundreds of fires across the Canaries, mainly on the beaches.

The Fire Brigade is on standby ready for its busiest night of the year to attending fires which go out of control and spread to nearby scrub land, although the cooler weather conditions today in several parts may help to reduce the problem.

UK’s Jamiroquai in Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on June 22, 2008
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UK’s Jamiroquai started their world tour on Friday, 13th of June,  with a concert in Gran Canaria and in Tenerife’s Arona the following evening.

After a two years break the group celebrated a magnificent comeback to the stage to present their new CD. The stadium of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, attracting around 30,000 fans, while the stadium in Los Cristianos, Tenerife, seemed to take a while to fill up. Eventually there was a rapturous reception when the group’s lead singer, superstar Jay Kay finally arrived on stage at about 1.30 am.

While fans were waiting for Jay Kay and his band, Canary musician Aristides Moreno and the popular Spanish group El Canto de Loco, kept the audience well entertained, so much so that the appearance of Jamiroquai with Jay Kay performing as lively and funky as always was just another highlight of a fabulous evening.

 

Even though the stadium was only half full by midnight, there was a good atmosphere. Jamiroquai performed songs from their new album but also delighted fans with classics like Cosmic Girl or Deeper Underground. And despite rumours claiming the performer from Manchester was not going to wear anything on his head this time, Jay Kay appeared with his typical funky hat, looking as cool and sexy as he probably could.

 

Farewell to QE2

Posted by dolly diver on June 22, 2008
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The world’s most famous cruise ship has paid its last ever visit to Tenerife.

The Queen Elizabeth 2 arrived in Santa Cruz port on Friday morning for a 1-day stop and will be the focus of a special goodbye celebration organised by the local authorities.

The liner, which first visited Tenerife in 1969, has been sold by Cunard to a Dubai company which intends to convert it into a floating hotel. Passengers are to be met today by hostesses in typical Canarian dress and will be sent on their way at 10pm tonight with a firework display.
The cruise liner, which first visited the island on April 5th, 1969, will be handed over to its new owners in November, and, will become part of the Palm Jumeirah complex – the biggest artificial island in the world.

Fuel protest takes to streets in the Canaries

Posted by dolly diver on June 13, 2008
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Hundreds of lorries are expected to take part in a protest at spiralling fuel prices in several of the Canary Islands today.

An estimated 300 trucks, vans and coaches will turn out in a Canarian version of the mobilisation of hauliers that has brought Madrid and Barcelona to a standstill several times this week.

The protest has been organised to voice anger at the failure of the government to take steps to mitigate the rising cost of fuel in the transport sector. Snail’s pace traffic is expected in Las Palmas, Arrecife and Puerto de Rosario at various times of the day.

In Tenerife sector representatives have opted not to take to the streets but instead hand in a petition asking for urgent measures.

Update 13.6.08 @ 16:00
Lorry drivers in Tenerife are blockading the Port in Santa Cruz, other drivers are causing chaos on the motor ways by driving slowly.

Press release from the British Consulate in Madrid

PASSPORT COURIER SERVICE SUSPENDED DUE TO ROAD HAULIERS’ STRIKE
Due to the disruption caused by the road hauliers’ strike in Spain and Portugal, the passport courier delivery service provided by Bpack for the British Consulate has been suspended.

We are monitoring the situation and will reinstate the service as soon as possible. In the meantime, customers who have submitted a passport application to us can call our hotline on 91 524 9761 (Spain) between 10am and 2pm or 213924104 (Portugal) between 9am and 11am.

If customers need to travel soon and cannot collect their passports personally in Madrid or in Lisbon, they may request to have them delivered by registered post. But this is at customers’ own risk as the Spanish and Portuguese Postal Services are likely to be affected by the strike too.

The British Consulate is doing everything it can to ensure that customers’ passports are safe; the suspension of the courier service at this time of uncertainty will help safeguard these important documents. As soon as the Bpack service is no longer affected by the strike, passports will be couriered to customers as quickly as possible.

 

Bodega San Miguel has received the Silver Medal at the “Challenge du Vin”, held in Bordeaux (France)

The wines of Bodega San Miguel have recently obtained the Silver Medal at the “Challenge du Vin”, held in Bordeaux (France), one of the most prestigious wine gatherings in the world. The prize recognises the value of the excellent vineyards that there are not only in this part of the Island but all over Tenerife.

The Tenerife wine produce, belonging to the San Miguel de Casmi Agricultural Cooperative, received its recognition as one of five thousand wines from thirty-five different countries which entered the competition.