Kids Carnaval Parade – Las Galletas – 12th Feb

TCarnaval 2007he big parade in Santa Cruz which is scheduled for Tuesday 16th February is the Carnaval event, the one that all the tourists are here in Tenerife to see; the one ‘second only to Rio’. But it is far from the only Carnaval event.

Every town in Tenerife has its own Carnaval with the one in Los Cristianos which runs from 5th to 14th of March and has a Viva Mexico theme this year being the last.

Even though the Arona Carnaval is not until next month, schools are out next week and so those schools which wish to do so will be having their Kids’ Parade tomorrow.

For whatever reasons my kids’ school was a bit of a wet blanket last year with none of the outings and fun stuff the kids had got to do in the previous years. There was no Carnaval Parade, no Canarian Day celebration nor big organised march through the streets to meet the Three Kings and have a picnic in the street.

All their excursions were curtailed too. No visit to the bomberos or to the airport or day spent at the Quimpi farm or environmentally-minded expedition up the side of the Red Mountain.

Although you might think the overall recession was behind the moratorium on fun outings I have a suspicion it was more to do with the teachers lobbying for better pay and jibing at the extra duties required of them in organising and sheperding these missions when they are not paid enough for their daily grind as it is.

Anyway this year somebody put the Ooooh! back in school and we are having a Carnaval Parade. Yaaay! The kids are all aquiver and very much looking forward to their special day tomorrow.

The following information should therefore be of interest to you whether you like kids and want to watch them all march past in their Carnaval disguises or whether you loathe the little monsters and want to stay the hell out of Dodge.

If you are in the Las Galletas neighbourhood tomorrow, the kids will emerge blinking into the sunlight at approximately 12.30. Some kids will be blinking more than others, especially my son who for some mysterious reason is being dressed by his teacher as a traffic light.

My daughter and her classmates will be dressed as natives of La Palma complete with white frocks (at least the girls will be in frocks) and big floppy dress hat.  This year the school chose the outfits and ordered them from El Kilo. Saved a lot of messing about of course but in typical Tenerife fashion we only just got the blouse and skirt home now (2.p.m. on Thursday the day before the big event) to fix or fiddle with if it is too big or small.

As is traditional, all the parents will be there, stepping on each others toes and jostling for position to get the best shots of their babies. It is all in good fun but if you should be there and happen to get a belt in the ribs, well, I apologise in advacne but you really should know better than to get between a mum and her dookied-up darlings.

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Going Postal in Tenerife

My mail was tampered with today. I am sure it wasn’t the regular postie that did it because he is a real sweetie so I can only guess it was some back office sorting-elf (or duende) that did it.

I am more annoyed with the sender of the letter than the desperate soul who fiddled with it. A large corporation which is obviously in the throes of a spend-more-money campaign sent me a voucher offer in a window-fronted envelope. Though the voucher is obviously not real money, somebody must have been desperate enough to steam the envelope open with the  canteen kettle to get a closer look.

Hellloooo-oh! There’s a recession on numskulls! If you want your stupid junk mail to arrive unmolested don’t make it look like easy pickings.

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Unbreakable Glass – Smashing Idea!

What a breakthrough! The collected minds of government and business have come up with two prototype beer glasses, designed to resist breaking into deadly shards should they come into contact with someone’s face.

As glassing each other down the local seems to have become something of a national sport in Britain  (around 87,000 injuries each year  in England and Wales alone), this initiative will enable everyone to continue to get bladdered and smash each other’s face in without fear of actual prosecution.

Not that there has been much fear of prosecution  in the UK lately, unless of course you are a home-owner intent on doing grievous bodily harm to the rabid gang that are in the process of murdering your family and making off with your new plasma screen t.v.

Still, that half and hour in front of the judge fairly cuts into drinking time and it gets pretty boring to keep having to come up with excuses for breaking the ASBO, so full marks to the bigwigs who dreamt this one up.

I bet it won’t be long after the introduction of these new glasses until smashing yourself in the face after downing a pint becomes a drinking game. In a race to finish your pint of Carling Black Label,  winner is the first one to glass himself.

Yikes,  the bars of Tenerife will be awash in blood unless they put up signs to tell that punters that glass is breakable.

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Child Taken in Tenerife – Hoax!

Earlier on today, I posted about a child kidnap that was supposed to have occurred in Tenerife a day or so ago. At the time I felt sick to my stomach that a young child was in grave danger and I rushed to publish in the hope that, as the message  says below, it would help get the news out and may save the girl from being taken off the island.

Now, thanks to the intervention of Parque and DJandDeid of Tenerife Forum, I know that the information I received was false and I am just sick to the stomach that someone would think that anything of this nature was good subject matter for a hoax.

Why would anyone think this was funny? They even went to the lengths of including the picture of a littl girl, which I have since removed from the post.  I am sure I am not alone in publishing this information and feeling rather stupid right now… but what about the next time?  This stupid joke will make it much harder to get the message out when a child really is taken or goes missing

I was very silly to publish the information without checking its veracity and I apologise wholeheartedly to anyone that was unintentionally mislead and upset.

Original post:

A three year old child was kidnapped from the Taimaimo area one day ago. Elise was apparently taken by two men and a woman who were in a beige or brown SEAT Panda. Please do what you can to get the picture out there.  Please God, let this not be another Maddie or Yerami.

Alerta por el secuestro ayer de esta niña de 3 años  y medio  , Elise, en Tamaimo, Sur de Tenerife. Sus secuestradores, dos hombres y una mujer, viajan en un Seat Panda TF-7633-V (color beige o marrón).

En previsión de que puedan pasar a la península con ella, haz circular este este mensaje con la foto. Gracias…

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No, I Have Not Lost the Plot

If you have been popping into Tenerife Tattle over the last few days, you might very well have thought that I had finally blown my last gasket what with all the design and colour changes.  It has and continues to be an interesting transition from the previous theme which I felt had become too heavy to this one, which was, I felt nice and airy and flexible. Until that is, it started forcing an authentication box on all visitors.

How annoying. Anyway, just like that sweet young thing Amy Winehouse, it was time to go Back to Black which is the Suffusion theme stripped back to basics and start again.

So, if over the next days, you happen back to TT and it has changed AGAIN, it is not because I have flipped my lid.  I’m just fiddling until I get things working properly..

By the way, I know I could be doing all this faffing about in the background without letting the whole world witness my disasterous mistakes … but where is the fun in that?

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Specs for Less in Tenerife

It has been some time since my last pair of glasses gave up the ghost. I’m not sure if the final straw was when my son accidentally dropped them in the toilet or if it was the dog sooking off the elastoplast that held the glasses’ legs on that finally did it but finally, sadly, I bade my beloved old specs goodbye and resolved to get a new pair in the following few days.

Well, one thing after another and days turned into weeks and weeks into months. I think the world has a certain special charm when seen through a constant fuzzy haze and who cares about littering and graffiti when they are perceived only as pretty colours anyway? No doubt I have offended or confused more than one person as I sailed past them in the street totally oblivious to anything that is going on outside of about a five-foot radius.

I am dreadfully short-sighted but it doesn’t bother me too much. After all, I work at home all day in front of a computer. I only need to see far enough to recognise the keyboard. I suppose I could have gone on quite happily in my soft-focus bubble had I not taken a trip to Carrefour with my nearest and dearest.

After my mother and I had wittered round the shops for a while and hubby had stamped off to the car, my mother decided she needed to visit the loo. There was a bit of confusion between her going in and me coming out, and before you know it I was stranded alone at the door to the carpark. There was a vast sea of cars in front of me and not a nearest or a dearest in sight.

Okay, so there was nothing for it but to plunge off into the murk and trust my sense of direction. Some time later I was rescued from spending the night wandering about the Carrefour carpark by my mother and husband who had been watching me from afar (probably giggling hysterically and taking bets on how long it would take for me to get arrested).

After that experiences glasses were placed firmly back on my To Do list but first they had to fit on my Can Afford list. I was horrified at the quote I got in the first opticians I tried – €500! Jeez I need a pair of specs not the Hubble Telescope!

Next stop was a shop in San Eugenio which had Rebajas signs plastered all over its window. The sales woman talked down to me and stalked my husband round the shop like a hungry lion. The ‘great deal’ at this shop included not charging for an eye test if you end up buying specs from them and a 10% discount on frames. Big deal! Specs from here would cost about €360. My husband was quite happy for us to go ahead and order them but the sales lady had put me off and I would have rather gnawed off my own leg than throw any of my hard-earned cash in her direction.

And then inspiration struck. Hubby looked up a shop he knew from Paris called Afflelou on the internet. Yes! There are two in Santa Cruz. Had I but been able to see it in the first place, Afflelou, is right there in front of the food checkouts in the same Carrefour that kicked off my latest quest for specs and they have a great offer on right now. Buy one set and get a second for €1!

Brilliant. But even better is that the first pair have a standard price. It is about €79 for under 16 (it is some time since I could claim to be under 16 so I didn’t pay to much attention to that offer), €129 for those over €16 and €329 for bi-focals. Imagine that, two pairs of bi-focals for €330!

In my case, I wanted a pair of ordinary glasses and a pair of sunglasses both medicated for my short sight. I had to pay an extra €50 for the sunnies but in the end, I have now got two fab pairs of specs for a total of €180!

So happy as I am at the outcome of my tale, I have two bits of advice to share. The first one is, if you need specs get yourself over to the Afflelou store in Carrefour Santa Cruz before 28 February at which time this fab deal will expire. And the second is to Mr. Alain Afflelou himself. If you are kind enough to offer such a fabulous deal to the optically-challenged and cash-strapped, I suggest you make the posters advertising it at least ten feet tall so people like me can actually see it when we are shopping in the supermarket right in front of your store.

Credit to Dimitris Kritsotakis for the great picture!

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Kundenbetreuer Wanted in Tenerife

Part of the problem with finding a job here in Tenerife is finding legitimate offers. Those who scour the positions vacant columns of the local Spanish newspapers are usually disappointed to find that many of the jobs listed are not for jobs at all but ads for specialist training supposedly required before applying for specific jobs.

These are always set out as if there are scores of attractive positions available and only those who have paid for and taken the training on offer are likely to be accepted. What a load of rubbish!

Still, if you are looking for a job in Tenerife and are not interested in the scratch card brigade, don’t want to be a PR pulling people off the street and into bars and restaurants and you can’t sing a note what options have you got?

I recently stumbled across something you might want to look into. Called it is an employment site which does list a sizable number of jobs across Spain and a couple of hundred current ones for right here in Tenerife. The cowboy training mob seem not to have caught on yet, so the offers are realistic.

You need to understand some Spanish in order to scan the ads but they are easy to navigate and there is even the odd offering for English speakers including one for an English native speaking Kundenbetreuer for an International Bank. That is amusing considering that I am a native English speaker and I wouldn’t know a Kundenbetreuer if I fell over one in the park but there you go. If you happen to be a jobless Kundenbetreuer now you know where to look for a new job in Tenerife.

You can search the Infojob database via location, job type and by keyword. Try using ‘ingles’ in the search box to see what you come up with today.

The other side of this coin of course is that any business who lists their jobs vacant on this site are guaranteed a certain level of familiarity with the internet. A good start for those advertising web design and marketing positions of which there are a few.

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