Category Archives: People

The Times – Christiano Ronaldo

levadeiro/ May 18, 2007/ Madeira, People, Sports, Uncategorized

Alberto João Jardim was reelected as president of Madeira 12 days ago and one of his first decisions was to have Cristiano Ronaldo’s former house knocked down. Three days into his new term of office, a digger duly arrived and flattened it. “Maybe they will build a statue there,” Hugo, Ronaldo’s elder brother, said, sarcasm ringing in his voice. But

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Cops and Robbers

levadeiro/ April 17, 2007/ Guest Bloggers, Life, Madeira, People, Uncategorized

(A word to the wise by Gina Leach) A few weeks ago my father had an eye operation here on the island. Having spent a long day with him and my mother in the hospital I brought them home at 6.30 in the evening. Parking the car outside their house, Dad was still a bit doddery from his op so

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Cristiano Ronaldo

levadeiro/ April 14, 2007/ Madeira, People, Sports, Uncategorized

Cristiano Ronaldo from the Madeira Island … seeks to be the best of the best (ever) in the world of soccer / football. “Cristiano at 22 has definitely got to the level of the best player in the world. Thereafter it will be up to the people and coaches around the world to decide if he is as good as

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Carros de Madeira

levadeiro/ April 9, 2007/ Attractions, Driving, Folklore, Island, Life, Madeira, People, Sports, Uncategorized

These last Friday the people of Camacha were witness of hazardous speed limits breaking race. It was the 3rd edition of the Carros de Madeira race. Reckless race drivers risked their lives on the streets of Camacha …. were hundred populace watched with fear in their hearts these phenomenon’s of the road passing by as greased lighting. And making it

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Gay and Lesbian scene

levadeiro/ March 5, 2007/ FAQ, Funchal, Island, Life, Madeira, People, Things To Do, Travel, Uncategorized

Portugal, and also the Madeira Archipelago, has a long history of repression and public intolerance of homosexuality. Luckily these days … the voices of repression have simmered down and can be ignored … as Madeira has become generally tolerant of homosexuality, which was decriminalized in 1982, eight years after the Carnation Revolution. While in Lisbon, Oporto and Algarve the gay

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Winston Churchill

levadeiro/ February 26, 2007/ History, Madeira, People, Uncategorized

Winston Churchill is one of the many great names the island of Madeira had the honour to have as a visitor. Other visitors we can recall are Empress Sissi of Austria, Emperor Karl I of Austria – Karl von Hapsburg (also known as Charles IV of Hungary), or George Bernard Shaw and so on. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, a nature

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Alberto Joao Jardim resigns

levadeiro/ February 20, 2007/ Island, Life, Madeira, People, Politics, Uncategorized

Alberto João Cardoso Gonçalves Jardim, (born Funchal, Madeira Island, February 4, 1943) president of the regional government of Madeira, resigns his office as a protest to the Portuguese government’s 2007 budget, which reduces fund for the islands. According to Jardim the new budget would mean that he would not be able to complete projects undertaken during his 2004-2008 term. “This

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