Tenerife Comes out of Europe and Goes Back to the Peseta in Tenerife News of the Week

This week we’re focussing on a breaking news story that could have serious consequences for many of us living on Tenerife.

Tenerife Goes Back to the Peseta & Comes Out of Europe
The shock news for 2012 is that Tenerife will be swapping the euro for the peseta and handing back its European passport in the new year.

With grumblings about the downfall of the euro and Britain’s stubborn stance threatening the EEC, the Canary Island Government has taken the surprising and controversial move of invoking the same law which has allowed Tenerife to enjoy duty free status to withdraw from Europe and re-instate the peseta.

In an ambitious campaign called Keeping Tenerife Canarian the move will improve the financial and employability status of native islanders but will have serious implications for other European nationals currently residing on Tenerife.

The withdrawal from Europe means that other Europeans will no longer have right of residence or be able to own homes on Tenerife. This doesn’t apply to Spanish residents as sources in the government have said that “We need to keep Spain sweet so that we can continue to benefit from European funding accessed via mainland Spain”. Some of the main changes to affect European residents are as follows.

  • As non-Spanish, residents won’t be legally able to own their homes so mortgage payments will become classed as rent payments.
  • Those who own their home outright will receive a basic monthly allowance from the government until the value of the house (decided by government inspectors) is repaid. It’s thought this could take up to 40 years.
  • Residents without proof of work status can only stay on Tenerife for periods of up to 3 months. This applies to pensioners who will also find that they are no longer entitled to EU subsidies on prescription charges and medical costs.
  • Current non-Spanish European residents will lose all rights to discounted travel and free health care.

Similarly Canarian residents will find their status in other European countries affected. But as the spokesperson pointed out, “Most Canarios only travel to mainland Spain and the other Canary Islands, so it won’t affect them in a negative way.”

It’s claimed Keep Tenerife Canarian will revitalise the local economy at a time when some Ayuntamientos (Town Halls) are struggling to pay their bills even though it will be at the expense of foreign residents, some of whom have lived on the island for decades.

Another aspect to the campaign is that for all businesses employing staff, a minimum of 50% of the workforce must be Canarian born with Canarian parents.

A spokesperson who wished to remain anonymous said that the campaign was devised after statistics about residency on Tenerife shocked the island’s nationalist politicians by revealing that in some areas of south Tenerife up to 75% of residents were non-Canarios. He claimed that the move was partly motivated by pre-empting a scenario where UK residents woke from their political apathy and used their voting power to achieve something that Admiral Nelson couldn’t ““ to conquer Tenerife.

Eager to set plans in motion, the Keep Tenerife Canarian campaign will be implemented from today, the 28th December 2011.

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English Language Movie on Tenerife – Tower Heist

Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda

Plot: Conscientious tower block manager Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller) discovers his pension fund has evaporated and that the culprit is Wall Street bigwig Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) who just happens to be under house arrest and guarded by FBI agents in the heavily protected penthouse of Kovaks” tower block. With the aid of fellow disgruntled employees, Kovaks plans a daring heist on Shaw’s apartment to try to steal back what is rightfully theirs.

TM Rating: With a cast headlined by Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, you’ve probably guessed that Tower Heist isn’t going to be a hard-hitting social drama.

The plot involving blue collar good guys turning into bad guys in order to right a wrong and hit back at big business is the stuff of good pantomime and the wonderful Alan Alda is a perfect pantomime villain. Stiller, as usual, is likeable and funny and Eddie Murphy does what Eddie Murphy does best.

But in the end it’s a run of the mill heist movie with plans going wrong, red herrings, twists and double twists, coincidences and unlikely scenarios.

With Stiller, Murphy and Alan Alda involved, Tower Heist was never going to be a Christmas turkey (you might not like Ben Stiller, you might not like Eddie Murphy but everyone likes Hawkeye). It’s fun and funny and, unlike Christmas dinner, you won’t feel stuffed after digesting it.

6/10 ““ Tower Heist is a decent choice for a week in which many people’s brains have probably been addled by partying. For those who don’t want to have to think too much over the festive season, Tower Heist obliges with a serving of light and bubbly Christmas cheer.

Screening Times: 5.30pm daily

Tickets: €6.50 Buy Your Tickets Here

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Plot: Quiff-haired, fresh-faced reporter Tintin accompanied by trusty, super smart terrier Snowy and grizzled, boozy sea dog Captain Archibald Haddock become embroiled in an adventure packed quest searching for a lost family fortune.

TM Rating: Some people are obsessive about the ginger roving reporter and are bound to treat any film adaptation as blasphemy no matter how good or bad it actually is ““ you just can’t please all of the people all of the time. But expectations are different for those of us for whom ‘Hergés Adventures of Tintin” signified the promise of excitement and adventure that came with waking up on a Saturday morning. What we want is for The Adventures of Tintin to be a rollicking adventure full of frantic fun that captures some of that carefree joie de vivre of innocent youth.

With Steven Spielberg directing and Peter Jackson producing that’s exactly what you get with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

The film looks absolutely gorgeous and brings Tintin and his mates (and enemies) to glorious CG life. Jamie Bell plays the role perfectly as the likeable but slightly bland Tintin whilst Andy Serkis has great fun with Captain Haddock, making him the star of the movie…but only just. Snowy comes a close second and will capture the hearts of all the children in the audience.

The plot, involving aspects of three Tintin stories, races along at a relentless pace as Tintin, Haddock and Snowy’s quest take them to exquisite looking locations that evoke a golden age of travel and adventure.

It might not please everyone, but The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a cinematic joy for children and adults with adventure in their souls.

9/10 ““ This is simply Tintin for carefree adventurers, not for those who’d have him as an arty icon. Sit back and lap it up ““ it’s Saturday morning again.

Screening Times: 4pm daily

Tickets: €6.50 Buy Your Tickets Here

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The Thing


Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaj

Plot: Palaeontologist Kate Lloyd joins an expedition to Antarctica to excavate an apparently long dead alien life-form frozen in the ice. Despite Kate’s concerns, her Norwegian colleagues insist on extracting tissue from the ‘fossil’ – big, big mistake…

TM Rating: A horror fest of a movie is an appropriate choice for Halloween week and The Thing certainly sets its cinematic sights on scaring its audience…but is it any good?

Those of us of a certain age will remember with chilly fondness John Carpenter’s original classic of its time. The Thing (1982) had ridiculous moments for sure (the head on spider crab legs for one) but it tapped into the fear that comes from being trapped in an icy hell hole with nowhere to go when something in the darkness comes a calling. It was gruesome, horrific, tense and scary as hell. And it left us wondering.

The Thing (2011) isn’t a remake, it’s a prequel and there-in lies the problem. If you’ve seen the original, it has nothing new to say. It simply fills in the gaps of a story audiences already know the outcome to…well up to a point anyway.

The Thing (2011) isn’t a bad example of its genre (despite some clumsy, wooden dialogue), there’s just nothing original about it. Even using Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the protagonist evokes thoughts of a watered down version of Alien’s Ripley.

It’s not a spoiler to reveal that ‘The Thing‘, when it’s woken from its long slumber, turns out to be able to mimic those it gruesomely dispatches, human or animal. In the original movie this plot device ramped up the tension by having characters turn against each as it became increasingly impossible to tell who was human and who wasn’t. It’s a trick that also works in the prequel as fear and paranoia causes almost as much mayhem amongst the members of the disasterous expedition as the rampaging ‘thing’ wreaking death and destruction in their midst.

Although classed as a prequel, The Thing 2011 is almost an exact remake of The Thing 1982, albeit one that completely lacks John Carpenter’s deft touch and original vision.

6/10 ““ If you’re a fan of sc-fi, horror and gore and haven’t seen the original The Thing, you’ll probably find this prequel an enjoyable and moderately thrilling ride. If you have seen the original – give it a miss and dig out John Carpenter’s much, much superior film. I wonder whatever did happen to Kurt Russel’s character?

Screening Times: 5.30pm daily

Tickets: €6.50 Buy Your Tickets Here

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Tenerife Ladies Matchplay, the Perfect Training Ground for the Solheim Cup

In September 2011, the US and Europe’s top ladies professional golfers will be making their way to the outstanding beauty of Ireland’s County Meath and the tranquil grandeur of Killeen Castle for the 2011 Solheim Cup. The cup will be held over three days of matchplay competition, the first two days will feature two-member teams and the final day will consist of 12 singles matches.

The eyes of the golfing world will be on Ireland to watch the top players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the US Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) battle it out on Meath’s emerald greens for this prestigious title. With the US team currently the holders of the Cup having won the last match 16-12 , Europe will be looking to take back the Solheim Cup this year.

Currently leading in the European rankings (as at 3rd April 2011) are England’s Laura Davies and Melissa Reid, Virginia Lagoutte-Clemente ““ the French girl who gave Trish Johnson a close finish in last year’s Tenerife Ladies Open, The Danish golfer Iben Tinning and Norway’s Suzann Petterson. The five top current US contenders are Christie Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford and Paula Creamer.

But all that could change in the run up to the 29th August finalisation of European Captain Alison Nicholas” team list, with a busy schedule of competitions lined up throughout the summer in the Ladies European Tour. By the time it gets to June, thoughts will be turning to the Solheim Cup matchplay format and that’s when the Tenerife Ladies Matchplay 2011 will come into its own.

This brand new format for a Ladies European Tour Event will be played at the Golf Las Américas course in Tenerife and will be a chance for players to participate in the matchplay format ahead of their arrival at Killeen Castle, and for those who are hovering around the periphery of qualification, perhaps a chance to demonstrate their skills at the matchplay format with the prize of a captain’s invitation place at stake.

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Tenerife Magazine and the Tenerife Ladies Match Play 2011

2011 is an exciting year for Tenerife’s golf scene and for Tenerife Magazine as we are proud to be one of the official media partners for the Tenerife Ladies Match Play to be played from the 9th -12th June 2011 on the prestigious Golf Las Américas course in Playa de Las Américas.

Sponsored by Turismo de Tenerife, this year’scompetition will take a brand new match play format in which just 30 of Europe’s top ranking professionals and two invited players will pursue the title.
Day One (June 9th) will tee the event off with an exciting Pro-Am competition and then the tournament will begin with two days of match play eliminators. After the knockout rounds the remaining 8 players in the competition will play 18 holes stroke play on June 12th to decide the title.

TenerifeMagazine.com will be joining the players and organisers before, during and after the event to keep fans up to date with the state of play, conditions, the leader board and all the glamour and buzz both on and off the course.

With Golf Las Américas as our base, the new Match Play format and the weather set fair for June, it promises to be an exciting start to the summer for Tenerife golf.

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The Carnival is Over, Tenerife’s Crazy Week of Fun in Pictures

It was loud; it was brash; it was colourful, it was crazy and it was even a bit wet. But most of all Carnival on Tenerife was a lot of fun and Tenerife Magazine was in the thick of the action to experience the best bits of Tenerife’s most outrageous week-long party.

First there were the queens. Naomi Cabrera Pulido was crowned carnival queen in Santa Cruz (photo courtesy of Turismo de Tenerife)…

…And Esther Yanes García, the girl with the smile that could melt a creme egg, was crowned carnival queen in Puerto de la Cruz.

Then the Ministry of Sound rocked the capital and over 100,000 people took to the streets to dance the night away at carnival street parties (this was only one street)…

…and this group of larger than life Scots threatened to drink all the beer”¦and eat all the pies.

Talking of food, it’s no wonder those guys got to be so big when faced with stalls like this in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz.

The surreal Burial of the Sardine with its wailing widows has been outdone in the sheer spectacle stakes in recent years by the most outrageous event of any carnival celebrations on Tenerife ““ the Mascarita Ponte Tacón (High Heels Marathon). 50,000+ turn up for this one. This is one of the few photos fit for family viewing.

The Gran Coso Apoteosis (closing parade) in Santa Cruz had its fervour dampened by rain, but it’s counterpart in Puerto de la Cruz a few days later enjoyed warm sunshine, so no soggy feathers for the dancers this time”¦

“¦and much more in line with what “˜tourists’ like these two expect when they come to Tenerife.

And finally the whole thing was rounded off with some more wild and wonderful street parties, but there’s no picture for these”¦this time the camera stayed in the bag and the notebook remained in the pocket so that we could do what everyone else was doing ““ let our hair down and enjoy the last big carnival bash of 2011.

Carnival in the north of Tenerife is over, but carnival continues in Los Gigantes and Los Cristianos during the second half of March.

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Carnival Dates in Tenerife 2011

Carnival on Tenerife hit top gear at the weekend. Although the opening round of parties are over, some of the most popular carnival events are still to come.

There are loads of carnival events on Tenerife to look out for over the next few weeks. So anyone with a yen to slip into the fishnets and little black number (men only on this occasion), really vamp it up at an unforgettable open air party or even simply enjoy the spectacle of a colourful carnival parade should take a note of the dates in our Carnival Agenda.

Carnival on Tenerife, Güímar

Güímar has the best carnival poster on Tenerife this year and enough to warrant a visit the town of the mysterious pyramids for their celebrations.

Main Dates: 11th to 26th March. More Information Here

Carnival on Tenerife, La Laguna

Not a lot of tourists seek out this carnaval, or many fiestas in the former capital city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna even though they hold some of the biggest parties there.

Main Dates: Between 5th and 12th March. More Information Here

Carnival on Tenerife, La Orotava

With a theme of the music from the 70s and 80s La Orotava could be a hippy and new romantic haven during carnival.

Main Dates: From 5th to 12th March. More Information Here

Carnival on Tenerife, Los Cristianos

Despite the carnival poster howler, the circus themed Los Cristianos carnival should be a lot of fun.

Main Dates: 25th to 28th March. More Information Here

Carnival on Tenerife, Los Gigantes

One of the best carnivals in south Tenerife, Los Gigantes has a Latino theme this year.

Main Dates: 13th to 21st March. More Information Here

Carnival on Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz

Not quite as big as Santa Cruz, but carnival in El Puerto involves tens of thousands of people and rocking street parties.

Main Dates: Between 3rd and 12th March. More Information Here

Carnival in Santa Cruz

The biggest, brashest and most exuberant celebrations are held in Tenerife’s capital city, Santa Cruz.

Main Dates: Carnival really hits its stride in Santa Cruz between 2nd and 13th March. More Information Here

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Carnival on Tenerife, La Orotava

With a theme of the music from the 70s and 80s La Orotava could be a hippy and new romantic haven during carnival.

Main Dates: From 5th to 12th March

Main Events
Carnaval Parade: The Coso Apoteosis takes place on Tuesday 8th March followed by a 70s and 80s inspired disco at 7.30pm
Time: 4.30pm
Location: From Cruz del Teide to Plaza la Paz

Burial of the Sardine (in La Orotava it’s called Quema de Crispín): Wednesday 9th March
Time: 9pm
Location: Calle From the football stadium to Plaza de la Constitución.

Closing Carnival Party: The Baile de la Piñata on Saturday 12th March is the time to wear your best carnival costume in La Orotava
Time: 11pm
Location: Plaza de San Juan Bautista

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Carnival on Tenerife, Los Gigantes

One of the best carnivals in south Tenerife, Los Gigantes has a Latino theme this year.

Main Dates: 13th to 21st March

Main Events
Fiesta Blanca Latina: Batukada performances and Latino bands on Sunday 13th March
Time: From Midday
Location: Plaza Buganvilla

Election of the Carnaval Queen and Gala: Thursday 17th March
Time: 9pm
Location: Plaza Buganvilla

Children’s Parade and Grand Ball: Saturday 19th March
Time: From 5pm
Location: Plaza Buganvilla

Closing Parade: Coso Apoteosis followed by masked ball takes place on Sunday 20th March
Time: From 5pm
Location: From La Pescadora roundabout to Plaza Buganvilla.

Burial of the Sardine followed by Widows’ Ball: Monday 21st March
Time: 9pm
Location: From the start of the village to the Hotel Los Gigantes.

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