Disabled Blue Badge parking in Lagos and Faro
EDITOR, We are regular visitors to Faro and Lagos at least three times
disabled driver, we always rent a car from the airport, and when in and around
Lagos where we stay, we need to be able to park our car in a disabled space.
Previously so far never a problem.
However I now read in UK press that along with other countries like
France, Spain, Italy, Portugal could introduce parking fines, that UK issued
Blue Badge will not be recognised and could be a risk of cars being towed away
if parked in allocated disabled car parking spaces.
Blue Badges are issued because of specific health reasons, clarity of
parking in designated spaces is urgently required.
Can you please help with this urgent request as we will once again as
loyal Algarve tourists arrive on 6th September for four weeks and need the
reassurance and peace of mind that we can justifiably park our car in a
Brian & Marilyn Dudley (ages 77 &
Re: Origin of Chicken Piri Piri
EDITOR, I beg to disagree with the article as to where Chicken Piri Piri
We are talking about a dish, what are the ingredients, what it is spiced
with, how it’s cooked and served so where the original red peppers came from is
of little interest, ie: if we talk about that then we have to talk about where
chickens originated from.
Living in the Algarve now for practically 50 years, and having visited
previously, it’s always been well known (to me and most more local people) that
the dish Chicken Piri Piri may well have originated in Africa, but the
mentor of the dish in Portugal, was Senhor Ramires of Guia, in 1966, and his
restaurant by the same name is still run today by his direct family.
Guia is the mecca of the dish but it is indeed served all over Portugal
and worldwide by Nando’s that originated in South Africa in 1987 (long after
Ramirez opened his door) by a Portuguese called Fernando Duarte and his partner
Robert Brozin. It’s logo symbolises Portugal through the use of the colourful
cock of Barcelos! However you’ll be hard pushed to find a chicken Piri Piri as
delicious as we know it in the Algarve, in a Nando’s outlet!
Sr. Ramires did not actually do his military service in Africa, but many
of his colleagues would have and it’s likely he could’ve picked it up from
someone who had experienced it there, or indeed from another source.
It’s real name is Franguinho da Guia, and can be served with or without
the spicy home-made pp sauce that is brushed on after the chicken is barbecued,
with nothing more than chunky sea salt, or preferably from the local salt pans
of the Ria Formosa. The chicken is barbecued butterflied whole and when served
is cut up into smaller pieces that are best enjoyed if you eat with your
Fred Phillips, By email
Re: Bottled Water
EDITOR, Congratulations to Paul Luckman for his enlightened views
(Opinion, 30.7.22) on bottled water. Apart from the huge waste of money
involved, he was right to note the industry’s significant environmental
costs. While PET plastic bottles can be turned into bottles again as PET,
only some companies do so and on a modest scale.
Moreover, as a quick look at how many plastic bottles litter rubbish
bins mere metres from Brussels’-required yellow ecopontos, just some of us in
Portugal even bother to recycle. Within the EU only Greece and Malta
recycle less; and recycling is the least important of the three Rs, Reduce,
Reuse, Recycle. We have a long way to go.
Antonio Lambe, Silves
EDITOR, I am an American. I bought an apartment in Faro about two years
ago. I am not here all the time but plan to spend more time here in the future.
I have been here since the end of June and will fly back to NY this
week. I love the city. Have enjoyed my time exploring the different areas and
eating at some wonderful restaurants.
I have one huge complaint. Trash. I understand the large bins where I
throw my trash. There is one up the street. The problem is they are not
maintained. The trash is everywhere and it is always full. I live in an area
that is very populated. Many apartments, stores, restaurants. The one bin in
this area is not enough. I live in New York City. We also have a trash problem
Too much trash. The difference is it gets picked up everyday.
I am not
sure if this problem can be resolved.
Paula Krulak, By email
EDITOR, There has been a lot of coverage in the press all through the
summer about the drastic shortage of water in the Algarve. The worst situation
for 150 years they say, but so far, there appears to be no real publicity of
any kind about the shortage of water.
Everywhere we go we see water being used needlessly. The Câmara in Lagos
is watering grass that has only this season been laid - using copious amounts
of water every single day. We can understand the need to make Lagos look
welcoming for the tourists, but why wasn’t artificial grass or some other
medium used in the first place? No watering needed.
Lagos Câmara have done a wonderful job making Lagos look attractive and
clean for visitors, but the plants they have used everywhere are in the main
those which need watering frequently. What about some drought loving plants
instead? This would save on water – and also on maintenance.
The tourists in the main do not read the newspapers, and whilst we were
on a campsite in June we watched motorhomers washing almost clean motorhomes,
canoes, cycles and boats before leaving for home. On the many water points
throughout the site, and also in the toilets, there was no mention of trying to
save water. Most people would have responded to this, so how much water was
needlessly wasted – just for the sake of a few notices? When we mentioned the
water shortage to other campers they had absolutely no idea about it.
We have not used Faro airport this year, and neither have our family,
but are there any notices there about the severe water shortage? Why are there
no notices in prominent public places?
ON - WE DESPERATELY NEED TO SAVE WATER *
Anne Hodges, By email