Way to go, Spain

Way to go, Spain

Way to Go, Spain!

Well what a match! And what a lot of sore heads round my neighbourhood this morning if all the tooting of horns and blowing of trumpets is anything to go by. I don’t get the attraction myself but it seems that after every successful game any young male worth his testosterone is honour-bound to leap into his car and drive up and down the roads tooting his horn.

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Posted by Julie at 7:04 am

June 30,  2008

More in the Pot for the Self-Employed

More in the Pot for the Self-Employed

An additional Euro 3,673.864 has been allocated for “self-employed promotion” in the Canary Islands.

The first half of this program allowed 950 people to become self-employed (autonomo). A second initiative resulted in grants of 3.5 million eros and 593 people becoming self-employed.

The self-employed promotion campaign is 80% funded by the European Social Fund and its aim is to strengthen the entrpreneurial capacity of the self-employed in the Canary Islands with average grants ranging form 5,000 to 8,000.

Those to benefit from the scheme are registered as unemployed and the amount of grant received will depend on whether they belong to any of the groups considered as priority in the  They may be beneficiaries of grants under this program are registered as unemployed and seeking employment in the public employment services when setting up as self-employed or own account and the amount of the grant to receive will vary depending on their membership or not any of the groups considered as priority in the Canary Employment Strategy 2008-2013


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Gastro Gallo Italian Restaurant, Costa Del Silencio

Gastro Gallo Italian Restaurant, Costa Del Silencio

Italian Restaurant : Costa del Silencio

Gastro Gallo

Great pizza, a la carte and daily special pasta, charming mother and son proprietors, lovely sunsets.

People Say...

“… Food is brilliant. Service is great.”

“This is, hands down, the best Italian restaurant outside of Italy I have ever been to.”

Opening Times:
Tuesday to Friday :   6.30 pm to 12.00 am
Saturday:  1.00 pm to  4.00 pm –  7.00 pm till 12.00 am
Sunday:   1.00 pm  till 11.00 pm
Closed Monday

Calle Hercules, 1,
38630 Arona,
Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Put that Book Down! Active Holidays in Tenerife

Put that Book Down! Active Holidays in Tenerife

Sometimes all you want to do on your holidays is sack out by the pool with a block-buster, sipping cocktails all day. If you have a stressful job for the rest of the year, that two weeks of bliss can even make the previous 50 seem worthwhile.

I know because I have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Once upon a time a horrendous boss laid into me so badly (and unfairly) in a meeting that I quit on the spot and treated myself to a week in Koh Samui to recover. All I did was lay on the warm sand and concentrate on feelings of relaxation and peace. (And dream up painful ways for my evil ex-boss to meet her maker).

I was totally refreshed and ready for action when I got back to town and very quickly found a new job. One that had better hours, better pay and a boss that was not descended from Vlad the Impaler.

Funnily enough, I think if I was in the same position today, I would do the same. I’d go for a change of environment but instead of spending my time relaxing, I would do something more exciting, something I’d never done before, like kayaking or scuba-diving. Or I would sign up for a week’s programme of personal fitness training and really get myself in shape, the kind of activities offered by Sports School Felix on the Active Holidays Tenerife website, in fact.

Swimming lessons in TenerifeAnother thing you can do is take professional swimming lessons. Felix at Active Holidays Tenerife is a professional swimming coach among other things and will take on infants, adults and family groups. He also trains competitive swimmers in particlsu upping the game for triatheletes who need to cut seconds off their swimming time.

It occurred to me when I was looking through that website that it would be a good package deal for a bride-to-be. She could come out here with her bestie prior to the wedding and after a week of being put through her paces by Felix, she’d be looking fabulous on her big day.

Whether you are coming to Tenerife on holiday or are already entrenched here, the activites offered by Sports School Felix look interesting and good fun.  I have got Kayaking and proper swimming lessons down on my to do list … just as soon as I finish this book. 😉

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