Yeeha! No More Money Worries!

Like most people, it has been a bit of a bumpy ride lately but I am delighted to report that things are looking up at Casa Mio. :)

I didn’t get round to checking last Friday’s Euromillion ticket yet and just before I did so I received the most wonderful email:

Good day,

My associate has helped me to send your first payment of US$7,500 to you as instructed by Mr.James Gordon Brown the British prime minister after the last G20 meeting that was held on April 2nd in London, making you one of the beneficaries.

Here is the information below:
MONEY TRANSFER CONTROL NUMBER: 119-316-2345

SENDER NAME:Ayo Collins
AMOUNT: US$7,500

I told him to keep sending you US$7,500 twice a week until the FULL  payment of (US $360,000.00 Dollars) is completed within 6 (six) Months. For track, send your Full Names via Email to:

Mr Garry Moore
E-mail: western-union007@hotmail.com
Tel: +447045766874

I can only say thank you to Mr. Gary Moore for giving me a laugh this morning and advise Mr. Brown, that if this is some kind of desperate ploy to garner my vote that he’d do better to hand the $15,000 monthly directly to the UK health service who seem even more in need of funds than I do. (And that is saying something!).

And my Euromillion ticket? I don’t know, I still haven’t checked it. The longer I put it off, the longer I can fantasise about what I will do with my winnings.

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Going Bananas in Tenerife

Everywhere you look in Tenerife you will see banana plantations – or you won’t see them -  but they are there, hidden behind that tatty looking grey net that festoons the island.

Now, for the very first time, Tenerife is hosting a banana festival complete with all sorts of wacky competitions and events – banana sculpting for example.

There will be prizes for the best banana inspired dish and plenty of banana booze as well as non-alcoholic banana drinks for the kids. It sounds like a lot of fun and I am promised more bananas than I can carry if I go along with the weans so I guess I’ll see you there.  I’ll be the one checking out the banana rum…
Festival Del Platano

April 24 & 25th 2010

Troya, Playa de las Americas.

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Terrorism Goes Mobile

At the risk of being a gullible mug once again and falling for another email prank, I do want to pass on something just in case there is substance to it.

The notice below says you should not pick up any mobile phone that you find laying around in the street because it may be booby-trapped with enough dynamite to blow off your hand, courtesy of the ETA.

PASADLO AL MAYOR Nº DE PERSONAS POSIBLE.
ES MUY IMPORTANTE. LO HAN PASADO DE LA DIRECCION GENERAL DE LA POLICIA , Y DEL MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR.

NO RECOJAIS NINGÚN MOVIL QUE ENCONTREIS Y LEED ESTO ATENTAMENTE :
POR DETERMINADAS CIUDADES ESPAÑOLAS, INCLUYENDO MADRID, BARCELONA Y VALENCIA, SE ESTAN PREPARANDO ATENTADOS INDISCRIMINADOS CON LOS DETONADORES ROBADOS RECIENTEMENTE EN ‘GRENOBLE’ POR E.T.A.
EL ‘MODUS OPERANDI’ ES ACOMPAÑARLOS DE UNOS GRAMOS DE DINAMITA E INSERTARLOS EN TELEFONOS MOVILES, LLAVEROS, ETC… QUE LUEGO SE ABANDONAN POR LAS CALLES. TIENEN POTENCIA SUFICIENTE COMO PARA ARRANCAR UNA MANO.

ALERTAD AL MAYOR NÚMERO DE PERSONAS QUE PODAIS..

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The K9 Animal Refuge Cattery

Most people if they think of K9 Animal Refuge,  think of it as a dog shelter. With 80 dogs in their care, they are definitely that, but K9 also provide shelter for many cats in their large cattery including the fine felines shown below.

Please call Hazel at the K9 kennels on 667 638 468 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday to ask about the cats pictured or about the other cats.

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A Cat Called Lucky

Okay, we all know that there are cat people and there are dog people and when it comes to their favourite four legged friend never the twain shall meet. But there are those who love both – the cog or the dat people depending on which kind of furry friend was first in their household.

Much as I love dogs, I have always had cats. Even my very first feline friend gave birth to her kits in my bed when I was only three years old.

I arrived in Tenerife in 2000 from Thailand already kitted out (boom boom) with two furry friends that I brought with me. The venerable Boodle (originally Kitten Caboodle) who lived to a ripe old 22 years and Chokdi, whose name meant Lucky in Thai, but who was one of the unluckiest creatures I have ever come across.

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Chokdi settling in

Chokdi and her littermates had been thrown from a three storey window on to the roof of the outside cludgie  of my Bangkok local, ‘Cheap Charlie’s’. Chokdi was perhaps the least appealing because no one had wanted her and while all the others had been spirited away by CC regulars, Chokdi was left in a cardboard box behind the bar. I took the little scrap home.

In the first week it turned out that she had in-turned eyelashes (ouch!) and a fracture in a back leg – not that it seemed to slow her down any. She got stuck behind the oven and stranded mewling at the top of the curtains on a regular basis. At first very scared and nervous, over time she became  a loud and bossy family member with a short, bright tortoiseshell coat and long legs.

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Chokdi getting better (believe it or not).

When we went on holiday, the cats went into the care of a local vet. Apart from being mightily pee’d off with us for leaving her there, Boods was fine, Fergus just as fat and contented but poor Chokdi had been struck by a dreadful flesh-eating type disease.  Her beautiful soft fur was peeling off in long, raw tatters, her ears had begun to disintegrate and she was covered in gentian violet. Had we been much longer the vet would have put Chokdi down.

At home with us she recovered slowly although it took a long time  and her ears never looked right again.

Skye and Chokdi just chilling.

The two cats settled into Tenerife very quickly and neither were phased by the addition of a puppy boxer a couple of months later. Everything was great for a year or so until the night Chokdi picked up poison outside. She went into convulsion and died in pain shortly after. My poor soi baby had been through a lot in her short life but she had known love, a full belly and a warm bed which is more than many get in this life so maybe she wasn’t so unlucky after all.

Chokdi died about nine years ago so you might wonder where this trip down memory lane came from.  Well, except for the most recent addition to our family, Mia, who was given to me by a friend, every cat I have ever owned has been from a shelter or was a street stray.  Every one of them has been a wonderful family member and dearly loved friend and none have had any health problems whatsoever except for Chokdi. I just would never consider paying money for a purebred cat when there are all these fantastic waifs and strays out there just wanting someone to take them in.

The good people at K9 asked me to remind TT readers that they have a cattery which is  bursting wth great felines just  waiting for you to take them home. Please don’t miss the next post which will be all about the K9 cats….just remember not to call your new feline friend Lucky!

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Kids in Costumes – A Town Parade

carnaval-3Well the Kid’s Parade went off very nicely yesterday although I did get into trouble for calling it a cabalgata. ‘It’s not a Cabalgata,’ my daughter informed me witheringly, ‘There are no floats!

In previous years the kids went dressed pretty much as they liked or possibly as they last had for Halloween which would explain the preponderance of devils, witches and mommias, but this year was different. The school chose the disfrazes and they organized getting them or making them as the case may be.

This made our Kids Parade more like the real thing where the dancing troupes called comparsas wear group costumes and pass the spectators together in a band.

First off were the traffic lights of which I have to apologise to all the other mums because my little semaforo clearly shone the brightest.

There were roving gangs of pirates, chefs in tall paper hats, American tourists in loud shirts brandishing cameras, Hawaiian dancers (who certainly seemed carnaval2010-2to be having the most fun!) and  ‘Indios de La Palma’, a nod in the direction of the immigrants who left the Canaries for the Americas and a traditional part of the Carnaval of Santa Cruz de La Palma since the ’60s.

My daughter has been teased by one of her classmates lately, who calls her ‘Ugly’. Telling her that little boys are more likely to torture the little girls that they like the best fell on deaf ears I am afraid, but guess who that is on her arm???

Ha! Change the world as much as you like but the little things will always stay the same.

I took many, many photos on Friday and in all the streets are thronged with parents, grandparents, friends and townspeople. As one local said to me,  ”This day makes us all happy. It is not only for the kids but also for the town.”

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Looking for the Three Greyhounds Bar, Tenerife

Does anyone know where the Three Greyhounds bar is? And no, smartypants, I don’t mean the one in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Apparently there is one in Tenerife somewhere and Michelle has been hunting for it high and low.

Should any kind TT reader know the place in question, please post an address and/or phone number in the comments below.

(And you might want to tell the landlord that it is cheap as chips to advertise his bar on eTenerife if he wants to drop me a line about that. ;) )

Muchas gracias

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