Madeira 1840 till 1960

Laninka from Canada has sent us a link to a beautiful Youtube video (actually a slide show) of old photos of Madeira Island from 1840 till 1960. It show mainly Funchal with its surroundings, landscapes, customs, how people lived and the types of public transport that were used during those years. Between the photos are also paintings and engravings of the 18th and 19th century.

Sit back … have a Poncha or Madeira Wine, if possible, and watch the rich historical video created by Gil Santos from Madeira. Duration 8 and a half minutes.

See also other vintage videos of Madeira:

Madeira 1969

This is another vintage movie of Madeira I found on Youtube, …. filmed in 1969 in a location somewhere in Funchal.

This one shows the manufacturing of special fishing lines that was used to catch the fish Espada. The yarn was crafted and slicked with oil from crushed bark and roots. The film material is unedited (no sound), 16mm shot with a Paillard Bolex, spring-wound / manual camera, which only allowed up to 20 seconds takes.
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Festival do Atlântico – Not so Happy

Madeira has this month the International Fireworks Competition during Festival do Atlântico (Festival of Atlantic) in which 4 countries are competing, namely Italy, Russia, Germany and Portugal.

For those that can not be here on Madeira to see the fireworks … just to give to you an idea how it looks like … here is an video of a previous firework competition (before this year).
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Royalty on Madeira

I just read that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will visit Madeira islands between July 30 and August 1 next. It was announced by the Portuguese Head of State, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who along with his wife Maria Cavaco, will accompany the Kings on their three days of stay here on Madeira.

The Spanish royal couple last visit to Portugal was in 2005 …. but then they visited the Azores. This time it is the archipelago of Madeira its turn.

Home – The Project

No … we are not planning to renovate our house or to build a new one.

Home is the title of a new “green-awareness” movie created by created by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. “Home” is an environmental documentary that is available today worldwide … in open-air spaces as well as theaters, TV, DVD, and the Internet at www.youtube.com/homeproject (untill 14th of June).

I just saw the film …. it has awesome areal images and a great soundtrack. But at the same time it gives you something to think about. “In 200,000 years on earth, … humanity has upset the balance of the planet. Humanity has barely 10 years to reverse the trend.” It shows incredible views of areas where the pollution, earth disruption and catastrophic climate changes are taking place. I got amazed watching it but at the same time I got worried …. and then you hear the narrated words by Glenn Close …. “It’s too late to be a pessimist.

What is the film about? In one sentence:
It is about the creation of earth and how we are handling it now.

It took almost three years to do this mega-movie, …. shot over 217 days in 54 countries, … providing 488 hours of footage.

So … click on the image to go to Youtube and watch the film (in High Definition – HD) …. but be advised you will need to spend 1h30 of your time to watch it. It is worth it. After watching it … I would appreciate to read your comment about it.

Home Project Youtube
Home Project Youtube