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Fireworks & Bollywood in Tenerife News of the Week


Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

An Explosive Community Spirit
Those fortunate enough to have seen the wonderful annual firework display in Los Realejos on the evening of May 3 witnessed something a lot more impressive than a mind blowing pyrotechnic extravaganza; they witnessed a display of harmony (despite the fact the display has its roots in neighbourhood rivalries) and pride amongst the people of Los Realejos that deserves to be acknowledged and applauded. The whole display and the beautiful decorations on 300 of the municipality’s crosses is funded totally by residents, not a centimo comes from public funds. As soon as the display is over the fund-raising begins again to ensure the tradition continues. So if anyone passes Los Realejos way during a fundraising event try to take the opportunity to donate, it’s a wonderful and very special tradition whose publicity benefits all of Tenerife.

Bollywood Comes to Tenerife
It’s official, the theme for Santa Cruz ‘Carnaval’ 2013 will be Bollywood ““ the choice of the people. For the first time chicharreros were able to pick the theme of their carnival by voting on social media channels such as Facebook and 42% opted for what should be a perfect choice for a lively and vibrantly coloured carnival.
Santa Cruz Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez voiced his approval for the people’s choice by saying it was particularly ‘special’ because of the sizeable Indian community in Santa Cruz who have been an important part of commerce in the city for generations. We’re with José, Bollywood is perfect for carnival and gives us an excuse to dig out Slumdog Millionaire again to check out some of those dance moves.

It’s Good to Talk
This week a small ceremony in Santa Cruz celebrated an event that changed Tenerife and the Canary Islands forever 129 years ago ““ the arrival of a telegraph cable that linked Tenerife with Cádiz providing a link with the outside world for the first time that meant news wasn’t weeks or even months old by the time it got to the islands. And where did this liberating cable come ashore? It was at Los Silos where there’s still an anonymous little hut marking the spot.

Third World or Modern Day Europe?
It seems incredible in this day and age but 2,500 residents of Puerto de la Cruz have been without drinking water for 12 days and no-one is able to say when their tap water will be given the all clear. There seem to be some inconsistencies about the cause of the contamination relating to a reservoir cover collapsing and falling into the town’s water supply. An “It’s complicated” statement from the water authorities didn’t really help clear up the mystery. The areas still affected are San Antonio, Las Aronas, Taoro and Las Dehesas. Officials say there isn’t a serious health issue otherwise the supply would have been cut off completely. But come on guys; 12 days without drinking water in Europe in 2012? It’s time to wipe out this buffoonery.

CD Tenerife on the Up?
Good news for CD Tenerife fans at last. This week the team secured a play-off spot so fingers crossed they can actually give their loyal fans something to cheer about at the end of a tumultuous season.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦ Loggers in the Anagas
You’ve got one of the last remaining ancient luarisilva forests on the planet so what do you do? You chop some of it down. Well you do if you’re a complete no-brainer with no love or respect for your island and its natural beauty. Thankfully forestry agents rumbled the unofficial logging operation around the El Bufadero area of the beautiful Anaga Mountains and have put a stop to it but not before an area of 2,000 square metres was affected.

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Carnaval 2013 & Fast Food is Depressing in Tenerife News of the Week


Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

Choose the Theme for Carnaval 2013
We know it seems like only yesterday when grizzled blokes with beards were checking that their stocking seams were straight but plans for Carnaval 2013 are already taking shape and this year you could be part of them. For the the first time Santa Cruz city council are asking the public to choose the carnaval theme. On Monday six potential themes were decided and these have been posted on the official Santa Cruz carnaval website and the corresponding Facebook page. The choices are Bollywood, cartoons (los dibujos animados), Africa, the sea, carnavals of the world and the Olympics. All you’ve got to do is make your choice and start working on your costume hoping that everyone else is thinking along the same lines. The site is in Spanish but it isn’t difficult to cast your vote even if your grasp of Spanish only runs to ‘gracias” and ‘dos cervezas por favor’. At the moment ‘cartoons” is out in front with 30% of the vote. There are enough Mickey Mouse operations on Tenerife as there is, so maybe a change would be novel. The poll closes on May 6, so get your vote in now.

Best Resort in Spain
Congratulations are in order to the Hotel Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, or at least we think they are. According to newspaper reports, the luxury hotel at Alcalá was voted ‘best resort in Spain” by readers of the prestigious travel magazine Condé Naste Traveler. We wanted to include a link to the awards in the magazine but were unable to find any mention of the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora in the Gold List 2012 for Spain currently shown on the magazine’s website, so if anyone has a link to the page with the awards that include the Hotel Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora we’d really appreciate knowing where to find it.

Eating Fast Foot is Depressing – Official
At least it is according to a six year study carried out by Las Palmas University. Out of a test group of 10,000 initially healthy people, the study discovered that those who had a daily dose of fast food were more likely to experience depression. This was attributed to the presence of hydrogenated fatty acids in junk food. These fatty acids are used to enhance texture and flavour in mass produced commercial fast foods and are associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease which, according to the study, increases the likelihood of depression. It’s not really the result you expect when you place that order for a ‘happy meal’.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦ Gran Sur Cinemas
A group of Brits arrive at a location in good spirits and with high expectations to discover what awaits them doesn’t exactly match the promise of what had been ‘sold’ to them online. This might have been the plot of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which was advertised as the English language movie at Gran Sur Cinemas in Costa Adeje… but it also applied to those who turned up to watch The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Despite initially being advertised on Gran Sur’s website (mysteriously disappearing later), staff at Gran Sur told disappointed movie-goers that there wasn’t an English language movie and that there had never been plans to screen The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in English. Must have been a mass hallucination then. There’s a lesson to be learned here by Gran Sur; if something doesn’t pan out as planned, let people know, they will accept it. Do not try to pretend it didn’t happen ““ there’s this little thing called the internet you see…

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