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Monday, October 11, 2010

Funeral for Ex-President of the Canaries, Adán Martín


Funeral rites for the former president of the Canary Islands, Adán Martín, who died at a Barcelona hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning where he’d undergone a bone-marrow transplant in August, are to be performed this afternoon at 3 pm in the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Concepción - Tenerife's oldest and most important church – in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The burial will take place in private, by request of the family, while his state funeral will be celebrated in the cathedral of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Wednesday, October 20th, at 7 pm, officiated by the two bishops of the Canary Islands. Martín would have been 67 on Tuesday, 19th.
As well as posthumously conceding him the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands, the Canary Islands Government has declared three days of mourning for Martín, who was president of the Canary Islands Government between 2003 and 2007.

Martín, who will be familiar to many expats, also served as mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife from 1979 to 1987, the minister of public works in the island council of Tenerife from 1982 to 1986, a national deputy from 1993 to 1996, vice-president of the Canary Islands and president of the island of Tenerife from 1987 to 1999.

Having had the opportunity to meet the former president personally, in 2006, I can concur with the opinion expressed at Canarias Bruta, that, “above any political consideration, he was a good person.” He leaves a widow, former Government Minister, Pilar Parejo and two children from his previous marriage.

Pimp My Ride, Tenerife Stylee

Rusty Motorcycle

It’s difficult to decide whether the protagonist of this tale should get an reward for his resourcefulness, or whether he should be considered as a possible future winner of a Darwin Award.

Whatever, he may possibly already have set some sort of world record for the most number of motoring offences committed at any one time – all while still a minor.

What is is about moped users in Tenerife, for heaven’s sake? We’ve previously had a goat on a moped,  wearing a crash helmet and then there was the snake on a moped, without a helmet. This time there are no strange animals involved, you’ll be glad to hear, unless you count the reckless two-legged rider, of course …

In this latest report, the youngster was apprehended by the Civil Guard’s Traffic Division in Tenerife after he’d been observed circulating on his moped, on the hard-shoulder of the TF-5 highway, in sentido contrario (going the wrong way.)

The lad explained to the police patrol in Icod de los Vinos that he was on his way to the petrol station to fill up and inflate the tyres. (As you do, I guess!)

The report states that officers found him riding without a helmet, with no driving licence, no insurance, nor documentation for the vehicle, which also didn’t have a registration plate. The motorcycle didn’t have the necessary registration or documentation, as it had been assembled out of pieces of various others.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Tenerife in October

Valley Vines

Valley Vines

Grapes in the Ycoden-Daute-Isora wine region, the most ancient wine region in Spain, approved by Shakespeare, are usually harvested in early October.

Tenerife Weather in October

Tenerife features the lowest temperature 'difference' between summer and winter for anywhere in the world. The minimum and maximum annual average air temperatures in Tenerife are about 15C in winter and 24C in summer.

October Averages Tenerife UK
Daily hours of sunshine 6.9 3.2
Daytime temperature C 22.8 13.6
Sea temperature C 23 -
Days with rain 3 11.8
In October, you should enjoy an average of 6.9 daily hours of sunshine in Tenerife (in contrast to an optimistic 3.2 hours in England).

The average daytime temperature in October in Tenerife is listed as 22.8 degrees centigrade. This is, of course, an average for the entire island. And, no matter where you are on the island, it is sure to be better than the English equivalent, given as a maximum of 13.6 degrees centigrade.

The sea temperature in Tenerife in October averages at 23C.

The average is 3 days with rain in October. Better than the 11.8 days in the UK.

Tenerife Fiestas in October

October 12th is a Public Holiday throughout Spain for the Fiesta Nacional de España / Spanish National Holiday. It’s sometimes also referred to as Día de la Hispanidad and, of course, is better known as Columbus Day to our colonial cousins.

On and around October 25th, Buenavista del Norte celebrates it’s main annual fiestas, with an ample calendar of gala events, in honour of the town’s patron, Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of the Remedies), who is supposed to have miraculously seen off a plague of locusts that had devastated the area in 1659.
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