‘Flyboarding’ in Tenerife

When it comes down to getting seriously involved with ‘extreme sports’ I have to admit that I drew a big line under that one as soon as I reached the tender age of ’50’, having already survived ’13’ crashes whilst unofficially racing motor-cycles around the highways and by-ways of Europe and North Africa. I had also accumulated numerous battle-scars on my body, after many years of fighting in the dojo, and competing in various martial arts tournaments up and down the UK -and to top all of the aforementioned antics, I had also been fool-hardy-enough to treat myself to a death-defying sky-dive in Las Vegas (in my forties) and a monumental bungee-jump in Tenerife the following year, which almost put-pay to me altogether!

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Paragliding in Tenerife

Over the past few months I have covered many sporting activities which are available in Tenerife, from relatively sedate past-times, such as golfing, fishing and swimming, to the somewhat more energetic sports, including lawn tennis, paddle-tennis and marathon running. I have also written several blogs on many of the water-sporting activities (above the waterline) which are at one’s disposal on the island, such as water-skiing, jet-skiing, banana-boating and parascending, along with several aqua-activities ‘below the waterline’, including snorkelling, scuba-diving, bob-diving -and also a wonderful submarine adventure.

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The ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife’.

The ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife’, (which is second only to the ‘Rio de Janeiro Carnival’ in Brazil) is held in February every year, and it attracts many thousands of people from all over the world. The Carnival, which is affectionately known as the ‘mixing of the masked upper class with the common people’, has been celebrated since the time of the earliest European settlement -and possibly even prior to that. The festival has two parts: the ‘Official Carnival’, and the ‘Carnival on the Street’. The festivities actually begin on the Friday prior to the main Carnival, with a grand opening parade, which reaches a crescendo during the evening, as thousands of people -the majority of whom are attired in outlandish fancy-dress costumes continue dancing the night away -well into the early hours of the morning.

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Gran Canaria -The Final Frontier.

Well, this is it -my final write-up on the Seven major Canary Islands, and this one is all about the island of Gran Canaria. Apart from being a part of my amazing 7-island circumnavigation, it is also an island I have had the pleasure of working on for just over one year, and during this time I got to know the island -along with many of its inhabitants, very well indeed. Gran Canaria is actually quite similar in lots of ways to Tenerife, but like all of the islands in this relatively small archipelago, it also maintains a certain individuality that is entirely different from its counterparts. Like all of my previous write-ups I will finish-off this blog -and likewise this chapter on life in the Canary Islands, with a small excerpt from my ‘7-Islands’ travel-journal, which I sincerely hope you will enjoy reading as much as I enjoyed writing.

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El Hierro Island – ‘The End of the World’

El Hierro, which was formed around 1.2 million years ago, is affectionately known as ‘Isla del Meridiano’ (the ‘Meridian Island’), and it is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Island archipelago. Just like the other Canary Islands El Hierro is mountainous and volcanic, and only one eruption (which lasted around four weeks) has ever been recorded on the island, which came from the Volcan de Lomo Negro vent in 1793. However, at least three major landslides have affected El Hierro in the last few hundred thousand years, the most recent of these was the ‘El Golfo’ landslide that occurred about 15 thousand years ago. The indigenous people are descendants of the ancient Bimbache tribes, who worshipped the sacred garoe evergreen tree, which produces water from its leaves. Before Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas (which was actually an accident, because he was originally sailing in search of a new route to India, when he discovered them -hence he named the islands ‘The West Indies’), the south-western tip of El Hierro was considered to be ‘The end of the world’.

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‘Sister Act – The Musical’

At the end of this year Tenerife will be opening its doors to a stage production of ‘Sister Act’, a hilariously-funny film, which was one of the most financially successful movies of the early 1990’s -and a film that has also been rated number ’83’ on Bravo’s ‘The 100 Funniest Movies’ list. Such was the movie’s success, that within a year the sequel: ‘Sister Act 2: back in the habit’ was released, which likewise became a box-office smash. Over a dozen years later -in 2006 to be exact, the musical, ‘Sister Act’ premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, before opening at the West End’s London Palladium in 2009. In April 2011 the musical opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, and as we stand today it has been performed in no-less than ’12’ countries, having played to over ‘four million’ spectators -in ‘seven’ different languages. Based on the movie, this stage interpretation of the film will be coming to Tenerife over the New Year, as the ‘Winter festive-season Special’ at the Adan Martin Auditorium in Santa-Cruz.

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Entertainers in Tenerife -John G. with his ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’ Tribute Act

Jon ‘G’ (the ‘G’ simply stands for ‘Gibson’) was born on 25th January 1963, in ‘Lennox Castle Hospital’ in Lennox town, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland -an establishment with a rather lurid past regarding its mentally disturbed inmates “Which kind of suits me to a tee”, Jon joked, as we began our interview at the Clear Blue Skies offices in Playa Fanabe. Jon, who has never been married, and has no children, spent the best part of his childhood moving around Scotland with his two sisters (one older and one younger) and his parents, until sadly their father passed-away aged only 49. John has always had a love for music, playing the coronet and trumpet as a schoolboy, which unfortunately included being continually bullied by his peers, who took great pleasure in kicking him and spitting at him in-between lessons and after school.

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Ronnie J, Haynes -A True Entertainer

‘Ronnie J. Haynes’ is a name synonymous with the word ‘Entertainment’ here in sunny Tenerife; just ask anyone in the business -or his multitude of fans, who have simply adored this guy’s magical voice, along with his never-ending smile, his unmitigated charm -and an unequalled charisma that has wowed audiences the world-over for over half a century. Ronnie is simply ‘The Perfect Gentleman’ both on and off stage, and having been a close friend of his for over 17 years, I can say unequivocally that this mans personality has not changed one iota from the day we first met -no matter what may be going-on in the background. Ronnie is a true professional. “What a lucky guy, to have lived such a charmed life”, I have heard one-or-two people say after speaking with him, the cardinal of all sins, envy, creeping slightly into they minds, having seen the adoration that is bestowed upon him after every show that he performs -and yet in reality nothing could be further from the truth!

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Entertainment on Tenerife

In the ’18’ years I have been living on this wonderful island, I have been entertained by some of the greatest exponents of music, song and laughter on the planet…period! Next month I will be attending this years ‘Entertainers Awards’ extravaganza at the Castillo De San Miguel, where men and women from all four corners the entertainment spectrum will be converging for this rather prestigious event -several of whom will be walking away with such coveted titles, as ‘Best Variety Act, ‘Best Band’, Best DJ’ -and ‘Best Newcomer’ -to name but a few.

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