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  • Thank you for your lecture Ellen. However, as long as people have the right to promote agents, other people have the right to indicate that not everyone has found them to be all that they wanted. A cup of coffee and a chat is not going to change tha…
  • And I've just used economycarrentals to get a minibus for carting round our visitors, and they were excellent. They are like a broker, and the company was actually Thrifty. I'd happily use them again. Watch Hertz - they charge you to wash the car ag…
  • You are joking Ellen! This is Calheta remember. There are no house numbers for the most part, although the camara has promised that all houses in the district will have a number to go with the new road names in the near future. It is very difficult …
  • Absolute nonsense about all of those. Sour grapes there, I'm afraid. With MADS it is just that there has been nothing to put anyone in touch with. As I explained before, Les Mis made a big loss, and therefore no spring show will happen this year, wh…
    in MADS Comment by AndrewM January 2009
  • An interesting comment from Limbo (whoever he or she is). Must be close to libellous, without supporing evidence. I guess he or she has had a bad experience - but maybe is just a competitor in the field. Apart from Tony not being an 'unlicensed es…
  • However, there are at present no plans for a 'proper' show next year, because of funding - or rather, lack of it. Having a very large deficit from previous performances (especially Les Miserables) means that this has to be resolved before more commi…
    in MADS Comment by AndrewM November 2008
  • I think the next elections are next year. Most councils here are run by the same party - PSD (the party of AJJ). As for bribe taking, the ex-president of Ponto do Sol is currently in prison, so this was not overlooked. Nowadays, local politicians a…
  • We avoid the Golden Gate these days - overpriced, and the quality is definitely not what it was. Shame, because the location is great, but they seem to have lost the desire to do things well - just make a good profit.
  • Try the Armazem do Sal - lovely food, good service. Especially good value at lunchtime. Be careful, though, as they shut on Sundays, and on Public Holidays! Near the Praca do Columbo.
  • Unfortunately, 18 degrees feels VERY cold, even though it sounds good. You'd be better off with a pool if you can find one.
  • We moved 18 months ago from East Sussex and brought a whole container with us (40'). After much effort on my part to find a good company to do it, we used Britannia Removals, based in Seaford and Brighton - note, Britannia is a franchise, so you may…
  • Forgot to say, at present t-shirts are all that is needed even in the evening. Last night, for example, the temp was 21 at 9.00pm. I haven't yet resorted to a jumper or jacket for months. There is a distinct lack of formality here, unless you are st…
  • The temperature of the sea is 23 degrees off Calheta at the moment. It is curently also dead calm, if that is of any relevance. Hope that helps!
  • Madalena do Mar is a pleasant little community - the banana capital of Madeira! There are some bars, and a couple of restaurants that some people rate, but I don't. I think you are best going out - but there is plenty of choice in the Calheta beach …
  • Funny isn't it - the very reason that Ellen gives for recommending Maria is the very reason I wouldn't. She tried to sell us what she had, rather than what we wanted. Also be aware with estate agents that they may not be telling you the truth - trad…
  • info@rental-madeira.com is the mail address of Brian and Catherine at Casa Serena. I have a different opinion to Ellen about Maria de Ponte. All estate agents are pushy, but some are more pushy than others. We found Madeira Plus Properties (29128218…
  • Not sure I agree with that - furniture here is NOT cheap, and is quite....Madeiran. It is not to everyone's taste. We wanted to be surrounded by our own things - we wanted a home here, not a hotel suite of sterile new furniture. But each to his own!…
  • We used Britannia removals - first class service, nothing broken, and it arrived on time!
  • Unfortunately, they only serve the Funchal area. Buses to the western part of the island are infrequent, dirty and old. The service leaves a lot to be desired. Out here, car hire is the only option other than taxis - which can get very expensive way…
  • Some people do, indeed, like living in Funchal. And some of us don't. Calheta and the surrounding towns and villages have more sun, higher temperatures and beautiful countryside (and coastline), whilst being within 30 minutes travelling time to Func…
  • It also depends where you are staying. The east of the island, near the airport and including Canico, is almost always breezy. Funchal is less so, and Calheta has hardly any wind at all. So, when you are here, if it is too windy where you are, go so…
  • Couldn't agree more - it is one of those rare things here - a restaurant where they really know how to cook! And what is on offer is different from the usual stuff that is dished up in every place on the island. I think it offers great value, especi…
    in Restaurants Comment by AndrewM June 2008
  • There are Maxmat branches at Cancela and Machico as well. However, it is at best a DIY place. The branch of Mata mentioned above is their smallest - they have a new one near Madeira Shopping. Also near there is Casa Santo Antonio. They are a real bu…
  • Try this link www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Funchal%2C+Portugal&MR=1 and go to the History and Almanac button. From there, you can see what the weather has been like at that time of the year since the millennium. B…
  • When you say the weather is 'mainly cloudy', is that a reference to weather websites? If so, remember 2 things. Firstly, almost all websites relate to the airport, and you will recall that it is located right at one end of the island. It has its own…
  • Well, Les Miserables is finished now. We played to pretty full houses each evening, with substantial numbers for the afternoon matinees too. Since we received standing ovations at every performance, I think most people, at least, enjoyed the show. W…
    in MADS Comment by AndrewM April 2008
  • Thanks for that - we all felt that Friday's performance was our best yet - but I think we can still do better. We'll keep trying! The audience was fantastic too - they give us a real lift when we are performing.
    in MADS Comment by AndrewM April 2008
  • Last night was the dress rehearsal for Les Miserables, with a full invited audience. It was a fantastic success, with the cast given a standing ovation at the end. The quality of the singing, acting, costumes and orchestra make this show better than…
    in MADS Comment by AndrewM April 2008
  • Tickets are on sale now, so get along to the Teatro Baltazar Dias and book your seats for this tremendous show - as advertised on tv here in Madeira!
    in MADS Comment by AndrewM April 2008