Archive for October 29th, 2009
Tenerife Magazine – a real live wire

Do we have friends in low places or what? Barely a few days after becoming Tenerife’s first online magazine, the Tenerife government announced they will lay a new telecomunications cable on the seabed between Tenerife and the Spanish mainland. This work, costing 68 million euros, will start this November, and we are promised it will herald faster and cheaper communication with the outside world.

Yes, this new fangled internet thing looks like being the way forward, I may even have to join the modern world myself and ditch my 8 track cartridges and Betamax video player. And so it came to pass that a group of Tenerife writers decided to pool their expertise, and with the technical nursing of Sorted Sites , who are pretty damm knowledgeable about social media, set up Tenerife’s first online magazine. The aim is to deliver fresh, crisp, original articles about life on this wonderful rock, and we have a strong team. Joe Cawley has written for just about every major UK national newspaper and penned the book “More Ketchup Than Salsa”. Julie Hume is a must read blogger on, Jack and Andrea Montgomery wrote “Going Native In Tenerife” and Real Tenerife Island Drives“ and there is also a blonde, football loving beach bum that you may know.

Unshackled by print deadlines, we will be constantly updating the site and you can get invloved through our Facebook group, Twitter and Flickr. Joining the Facebook group will allow us to nudge you when new articles are added, and ensure you don’t miss out on our competitions, the first is to win a fabulous weeks holiday in Lanzarote at Sands Beach Resort Hotel - I had a week there just over a year ago and have been singing it’s praises ever since. This does of course mean I will be lurking even more around Tenerife chasing interesting stories, but as i enjoy exploring, it will be a continued pleasure.

CD Tenerife second string look ropey in Cup

Chomping at the bit, pulling out all the stops to nail a regular first team slot – that’s what I was hoping for from a much changed starting line up in the Copa del Rey 4th round, first leg at Celta Vigo last night. Sadly it didn’t turn out that way, a 2-1 defeat should be easily overturned in the home leg, but this was not an impressive display.

Tenerife started without Nino and Alfaro, preferring Ayoze (pic), Omar, Angel and Dinei as the forward options, but CDT struggled to get over the half way line in the first half hour. Luis Garcia in goal was tested and plucked out a few high balls, often his weak spot, Saulo shot wide after just 3 minutes as Celta looked to conradict their lowly second division placing. Richi had a decent chance from a break but shot wide in a brief respite from Celta’s attacks. Saulo got his goal after 20 minutes, catching the Tenerife defence off guard, another wave followed, this time Michu headed home to make it 2-0.

Celta were rampant and our thoughts went back 24 hours to Real Madrids 4-0 huniliation at Alcorcon. Tenerife managed to rally and put some pressure on their hosts. Ayoze put a good cross in and Richi rose to head the ball in the net on the stroke of half time-phew. The blanquiazul were a little better in the second half, Angel couldn’t carry on after earlier treatment for a nasty gash on his leg, Saizar replaced him for a new forward combination. Arthuro missed an open goal for the home side just before the ineffective Dinei gave way to Nino after 76 minutes. Celta tired but Tenerife couldn’t level the game, Juanlu went close with a header and Saizar hit the post in injury time. The away goal could be vital, but a more convincing performance would be appreciated in the second leg. Like a naughty teenager, Tenerife were just pleased to get the first leg over.