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International literary evening at Tavira library – Wednesday 16 November

Tavira Biblioteca

A mixture of Portuguese, Swedish, German and English, poems, stories and songs will be shared tomorrow night in Tavira Library (Wednesday 16 November) (6:30 doors open for 7:00 start). A few of the 15 Swedish writers visiting Tavira this week, will share their latest work alongside local writers and six students from the Escola Secundária Dr. Jorge Augusto Correia.  The students will perform poems by Álvaro de Campos – the heteronym of the Portuguese.. Read More

November – Writers and Art in Tavira

Tavira Biblioteca

A group of Swedish writers are in Tavira this week, 12-19 November 2016. The group are called “Magic – writers without boundaries.” Led by Barbara Fellgiebel from Algarve Friends and Literature Association some of them will be peforming their work along with local writers at Tavira Library on Wednesday 16 November (6:30 doors open for 7pm start). Jazz music on piano will welcome people to this International literary event. The Portuguese writer.. Read More

Swedish writers get creative in Tavira in November

Tavira river and town

Fifteen Swedish writers will visit Tavira from 12-19 November 2016 for a week of literary and networking events. Barbara Fellgiebel from Algarve Literature Friends Association (ALFA) will lead the published writers who are planning to share some creative moments with locals. This includes readings and having fun! A Swedish Literary Salon in Moncarapacho has been organised for Sunday 13 November at 2 pm, taking place at the Monterosa olive farm… Read More

Hold hands on Tavira island and stop fracking

Human Chain Demo - Fracking

A peaceful protest to highlight the dangers of fracking and offshore drilling in the Algarve will take place on the island of Tavira this coming weekend 23 and 24 July 2016. It has been organised by Tavira in Transition – Tavira em Transicao. The two days will be filled with talks, opportunities to sign petitions, sand sculpture workshops, jazz concerts, a sunset party with DJs and on Sunday 24th, people.. Read More

La mer and all that jazz in the farthest part of Europe

There are moments when you are glad you sat in the right chair. Yesterday afternoon at Sao Bras Jazz Club was one of those goosebump moments. The Hot Manouche Trio that turned out to be a quartet, played Django Rheinhart and other jazz greats. They are playing again in Cafe Cantaloupe on June 28, 2016. Well worth a night out. Yesterday’s setting in the courtyard of the Museum of Work meant.. Read More

Onshore or Offshore – Oil, Gas, Drilling in the Algarve

no oil gas demo Tavira

Neptune would probably not be happy with what is being planned 40 kilometres off the coast of Faro. Portuguese media are reporting that despite every Mayor in the Algarve being against offshore oil exploration, drilling for gas may start in October 2016. Antonio Costa Silva, president of the Executive Committee of the Partex Group, said there will be no oil platform in front of the beach. Everything will happen on the seafloor… Read More

N is for Neptune in Faro

Neptune Mosaic

Here is a quick post for the letter N. It could have been Neil Young or Neil Armstrong. In the end, it was Neptune. Part of a Mosiac of the god of the sea was unearthed near Faro Railway Station in 1976. Occupying a large room the Mosiac was relocated to the 16th Century Infante Dom Henrique Archaeological Museum. The museum is housed in a former convent in Faro. Along with Neptune, the museum.. Read More

The “old laughing lady” in Olhão market

The Ocean in Olhão

“If I were a pop star, I’d sing like Johnny Cash,” said Clive James. I wondered who Josie would imitate? I do not sing, but music and Josie’s voice are occupying my thoughts. Josie Whistler is a character in development. She may appear as an ageing hippy, owner of a food van, frequenting music festivals, in a new novel this year. The birth pangs are not painful, just ever present and ponderous. My head.. Read More

L is for love, lies and last days!

Christopher Hitchens

Jim, my husband, wants me to write about love. But I am not sure where to begin. I could talk about all the people that I love, but that may embarrass them and me. I could say I love my family, but what does that indicate? If you were raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and decided to leave, then you probably have had a weird experience of love and family.. Read More

Knitting, Kaffe, and old patterns

Old Portuguese patterns

I knit. I knit less these days, but when I do it is gloriously satisfying. I learned as a child the intricacies of plain, purl and pass the slip stitch over. My stash of wool is more than I could ever knit up. It is a kind of unformulated security blanket that sits in a large plastic box. I have metal and bamboo pins along with a prized set of.. Read More