Flower and Plant Festival Las Galletas, Tenerife

If you are in the South on 6,7,8th of June you might want to stop by the Flower Festival on La Rambla of Las Galletas. The festival includes flower arranging classes and a kids activity area, a photography section and an evening musical performance.

The last event in Las Galletas which boasted a kids’ activity area was actually a bit of a disappointment as there was not much in the small padded square that would have entertained any kid more than 2 years old for less than a nano-second so don’t rely on popping your kids into the play park and serenely sailing through the stalls of gorgeous blooms. Still, you may pick up some pretty bargains for the garden here as well as (if the festival runs true to history) local handicraft items.

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Song for Pilar – Time for a Change

Read any of the tourist or expat literature about Tenerife and you’ll likely come across reference to the island’s excellent medical facilities. Had it not been for the care he received I may well have lost my step-father last year and both my kids were born in Hospiten Sur so I can’t complain with the standard of medical attention we received through the social security system.

However, Lina Vargas has a very different opinion about the medical facilities available in the South of Tenerife especially those which are available to babies and children. Lina’s granddaughter fell ill in the evening and there was neither a paediatric doctor in the South on duty at that time nor an ambulance available to rush the child to the Children’s Unit in the North. Though an ambulance was supposed to be sent at high speed from Candelaria it never came.

Tragically, little Pilar died that night, her tiny body a mass of pin pricks where a non-paediatric nurse and doctor had tried to raise her tiny veins.

Lina blames Pilar’s death on the lack of paediatric facilities in the South and has written the song above to commemorate Pilar and call for change. She feels that if her song is to be heard and more facilites made available round the clock to children in the South, that if one child is saved because of this, then little Pilar will not have died in vain.

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The Teachers are Revolting!

Great! My DD has just informed me she has a note from school. Apparently the teachers are on strike again.

I am on the side of the workers – just pay them! – but it does make me wonder how many of the parents cope with this. Working from home, it’s easy enough for me but what happens when you are supposed to grab the guagua to work by 8.00 a.m. but your kid just tells you there is no school tomorrow.

This last scholastic year has been very disrupted by strikes. While I am all for sending the kids to state school that only counts if there is actually a teacher to take the class for the majority of the year.

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Dog For Sale

Given my jitters about the size of your average Presa Canario dog and the fact that at four months old Tito is already heavier than my four year old son and three kilos heavier than his own brother, you’ll understand that this picture caught my attention.
Here are the reasons the girl is selling her four legged friend:

Free to good home.

  • Excellent guard dog.
  • Owner cannot afford to feed him anymore, as there are no more thieves, murderers, or molesters left in the neighborhood for him to eat.
  • Most of them knew him as ‘Holy S**t.’

Heh. :)

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Surfs Up at El Socorro, Tenerife

Head to Playa El Socorro tucked between Puerto de la Cruz and Icod de los Vinos to catch the Santa Surf Pro Junior in which 98 of Europe’s best under-21 surfers will compete to bag a US$4,000 prize. This is a Grade 4 ASP Junior Men’s Event and is taking place between the 4th and 8th of June 2008.

Live Coverage from Surfer’s Village

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A Dying Breed

I have smoked for donkey’s years. Most people I have ever met would probably find it hard to imagine me without a fag in hand (ooo er) and even when I worked for the fabulous Amari Hotel Group in Thailand the birthday cake they had made for me was decorated with a chocolate ashtray and rolled icing cigarettes. How sad is that?

Well, I am now officially a non-smoker. Yes, Lisa, you can pick yourself up off the floor. I no longer merit the nickname Fag Ash Lil. Although I promise hand on heart not to become one of those deeply irritating born-again smoke-free zones, I must say that if I can do it, so can anybody.

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Tenerife Hotel Telephone Numbers

If you have ever tried to find the direct number of a hotel in Tenerife you will know that it is not an easy task. Sites like my own eTenerife do not list these numbers at least partly because should we do so, then the visitors can click off, book direct and we’ve just lost the smidgen of commission we are given for referring a customer. More often than not, the client is given no further discount for booking direct as the affiliate programmes run by websites book in bulk and guarantee low prices.

But what about if you have a relative staying in a hotel in Los Cristianos and want to phone up to make an arrangement to meet. You can scour the internet till you are blue in the face but the hotel companies themselves seem to be reluctant to be found. Trying to call directory enquiries is like asking Basil Fawlty for directions unless you are a fluent Spanish speaker … so what to do?
Well here is a tip: The Tenerife Tourist Offices and Kiosks have lists of hotel numbers and they are manned by clever cookies who can give you the number you want in English, French, German and who knows how many other languages.

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