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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Three Kings Denied Visas

imageChristmas was already in doubt, it seemed, in the UK this year when it was reported that Santa had failed the CRB check.

A year ago, new Heath and Safety rules were brought in over Christmas songs.

Now there’s a cloud of doubt over the forthcoming visit of the Three Kings to the Canary Islands on January 5th.

Reports reached us this morning that the three men in question have been intercepted by Frontex over visa issues. It seems that although there is some doubt over their origin and, indeed they are undocumented, it is most likely that they hail from either modern Iran or Iraq and, as such, require entry visas into Spain.

The issue is also complicated because of controlled substances found on their person. And, in addition, Spanish border agents seem to have mistaken their ships of the desert as cayucos, a craft that is popular with the many illegal immigrants who try to enter Europe from Africa.

(Warning: This story was published on December 28th.)

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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