Weather 18th April 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Leisurely breakfast on the patio then friends will get ready for a visit to Jungle Park and they have just the day for it.  Bright, sunny and already 21C.

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Yesterday they went to Siam Park and although I thought there was quite a bit of cloud cover, a mile down the road they had sun all day except for a short 30 minute spell around 3.00pm  Came home like lobsters!!  Temperature in full sun was 30 degrees but in shade a mere 23C so very deceptive.

You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see the north of the island. Despite the overnight change of clocks the timings down the side of this webcam are still 1 hour ahead.  Wow! since I started adding this webcam I think this is the first day with no dark clouds in the north for the whole day – yesterday looked lovely.

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A Man Spent Years Taking Photos Of One Small Town

Artist and photographer Michael Paul Smith has spent hours upon hours photographing one special town that he holds very dear to his heart. There is something that always drew him to it, and the images he created are simple, but stunning. They glow with small-town charm and innocence, reminiscent of days and decades past.

If you’d like to see more pictures of this perfect American town and learn more about Michael’s work, visit the Craftsmanship Museum website for a full writeup on his talents and process.

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Weather 17th April 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

22C this morning and it looks the right sort of day for Siam Park.  Unlike yesterday when friends felt a few drops of rain whilst on Las Vistas beach, we had cloud up here in the hills but no sign of any rain.

5-DSC04867You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see the north of the island. Despite the overnight change of clocks the timings down the side of this webcam are still 1 hour ahead.  Today in Puerto also looks nice but yesterday cloud again.

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There’s An Island And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.

There are so many strange parts of this world that you won’t see in your daily life (and there is a chance you will never see in person). It’s an odd thing to think about. For example, there’s a small archipelago of four islands located in the Indian Ocean that look so strange, it’s hard to believe they are real. It’s called Socotra and it’s located near Yemen. What makes Socotra different from other islands is the way it was created and isolated. Because of that, it has evolved to look like an alien land.

The main island, named Socotra Island, is a perfect example of just how strange this place is.

Even if you never see Socotra yourself, it’s so cool to know that a place like this exists somewhere in the world. It looks like it belongs in a movie or video game.

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Weather 16th April 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

22C this morning and it looks to be a nice day – friends to be dropped at the beach while we have the excitement of the dentist!

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You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see the north of the island. Despite the overnight change of clocks the timings down the side of this webcam are still 1 hour ahead.  Today in Puerto also looks nice but yesterday light cloud for a large part of the afternoon.

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Shocking Images

WARNING: You Haven’t Seen Disturbing Until You See What This Photographer Witnessed. It’s Haunting Beyond Words.

Between 1999 and 2002, after the Yugoslav Wars, photographer George Georgiou was living and working in Kosovo and Serbia, photographing mainly the aftermath of the NATO conflict with Serbia. While there he visited three psychiatric institutions, taking these haunting photographs of the patients and their shocking living conditions.

George had spent four years teaching a photography class to people with psychiatric disorders in London prior, so psychiatric institutions and patients were not alien to him. What he found in Kosovo and Serbia was a far cry form the contemporary practice in London.
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When I first visited the institutions they were hidden from the gaze of the general public and came as a shock to Serbs when they were exposed. Money, during the years of the Milosevic regime had drained away, leaving filthy conditions, contagious diseases, lack of medical care and rehabilitation and a failure to provide oversight due to an unmotivated low paid staff struggling with their own economic difficulties.

The worst aspect was the total lack of care and stimulation and the high number of people who should never have been in these places. People with physical disabilities, a boy with no legs was a victim of a car accident and orphaned, downs syndrome, a high proportion of Roma or children whose misfortune was to have been born in the institutions. By living in this environment of deprivation, with little stimulation or compassion they start to display repetitive rocking behaviour and self-injury.

By 2002, on my final visits, money had been raised in a public campaign of awareness in Serbia and with the help of a number of NGO’s conditions had improved. For me, after the initial shock at the conditions and total lack of care, it became clear that the patients from all ethnic backgrounds were able to display more community, affection and care with each other, than the sad situation that their “sane” countrymen were displaying to each other on the outside.

Source: George Georgiou

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Weather 15th April 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Having just come home from our morning walk the temperature is 23.5C with only a few fluffy clouds to give shade from the strong sun.

our walkYesterday was lovely with a beautiful sunset to match.

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You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see the north of the island. Despite the overnight change of clocks the timings down the side of this webcam are still 1 hour ahead.  Today in Puerto also looks nice but yesterday more cloud.

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