Follow This Weekend’s Lunar Eclipse Live From Mount Teide

September 25, 2015

Many people around the world will be able to see an orangey red, big supermoon that will be covered during the total lunar eclipse taking place during Sunday night and the early hours of Monday 28th September (local time), but Tenerife is one of the best vantage points.

The supermoon which happens once every year, will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter in the sky that evening, but  as if that wasn’t already a spectacular sight, this eclipse is the fourth and final of the  ”blood moons,” a phrase that has become popular to describe the four lunar eclipses we have seen in 2014 and 2015. Scientifically this is known as a “lunar tetrad.”

Another supermoon eclipse will not occur again until 2033

The Canarian SiempreWeb company are to be responsible for the HD cameras and streaming via the internet to cover the coming  lunar eclipse.

The 360 degreesMobotix cameras will be located at the Mount Teide cable car platform, an IP camera set up at one of the highest altitudes in Spain, exactly 3,600 meters.
Four Mobotix cameras will allow perfect view of the total lunar eclipse and are also capable of recording audio, so the feeling of actually being on the peak of Teide will be even greater.
The broadcast can be followed live at and the eclipse starts at 1.11am on the 28th September, peaking at 3.47 am, before ending at 6.22 am

The average pension in the Canary Islands is 825 euros 27

September 24, 2015

According to the Ministry of Employment and the  Spanish Social Security,  the average amount of  retirement  and other pensions recorded for the month of September was just over 825 euros, representing an increase of 1.5 percent over the same month of 2014.

In the country as a whole, the Social Security laid out a record high of 8.293 million euros to pay contributory pensions this September. 

Most of the 8.293 million,  5.796 million went to pay old age pensions, followed by  1,486 million on widows’ pensions, 863 million on permanent disability pay outs, orphan’s support accounted for 126.2 million euros and pensions for family members totalled just over 20 million euros.

Taken individually; the average retirement pension was 1024.95 per month, representing a 2.19% increase over September 2014 and the average widow’s pension was 631.63 euros per month as at September , a 1.06% increase over the same month last year, while permanent disability reached an average amount of 924.15 euros per month, with an increase of 0.8%.

No madam, we can’t find a chef to make you haggis

February 27, 2015
Can you recommend a Scottish chef in Brussels who can make haggis? How do I set my antennae to receive English TV channels in Italy? Can you find me cheap flights to New Zealand? These are just some of the recent enquires the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has received from around the world.
Last year the FCO’s Contact Centres received more than 365,000 calls from British nationals. The vast majority of these were genuine calls from people who needed our help, but we still receive thousands of enquiries every year relating to issues we are unable to assist with. These enquiries can take valuable time away from those in genuine need of assistance.
 Some of the more unusual calls received in 2014 include:
-         A caller asking for help with setting up ‘British-style’  hanging baskets at a trade show because the professional gardener hired for the purpose had stage fright
-         A British woman asking the consulate in Albania how to find out if her son’s fiancée was already married
-         A caller asking for advice on how to treat a cat’s infected paw
-         A man called requesting that staff at the Embassy in Mexico City go to the airport to check whether he had left his mobile phone on a plane
-         A woman in Italy calling to enquire how she could synchronise her TV antenna to receive English channels
-         An event coordinator in Brussels asking for the name of a Scottish chef based in the country who could make Haggis for a Burns Night event.
Such enquiries stem from a lack of understanding of what FCO consular teams can do for British nationals overseas, so we are launching an awareness campaign to remind UK travellers and residents overseas of the services we provide, and what we can and cannot do.
The FCO’s priority is to protect the welfare of British nationals abroad, and consular staff will always do their best to assist people when they find themselves in difficulty. However, it is important for travellers to understand what services we provide before getting in touch. There are also some simple pre-travel steps that you can take to reduce the risk of getting into difficulty and needing our help, such as taking out comprehensive travel insurance, researching the destination and any health risks and ensuring access to emergency funds.
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister, David Lidington, said:

 “It is important for FCO consular staff to be able to focus on our most vulnerable customers, such as victims of crime, those who have lost a loved one abroad or people who have been detained or hospitalised overseas.

“Consular staff support thousands of British nationals who encounter difficulties overseas every year and we handle over 365,000 enquires annually. We will always try to help where we can but there are limits to what we can do, so it’s important for people to be aware of how we can help.
“We can issue an emergency travel document if your passport is lost or stolen, offer support if you become a victim of crime or visit you in hospital or prison, but we aren’t able to pay medical bills, give legal advice or get you out of jail, or indeed act as veterinary surgeons.”
Head of the FCO’s Global Contact Centres, Meg Williams, said:
“The role of the FCO Contact Centres is to help enable consular staff to focus on what is important and to concentrate on those in need, but we continue to receive misdirected enquiries from British nationals. We receive hundreds of thousands of calls every year and while the vast majority of these are from British nationals in genuine need of our assistance and services, in 2014 38% were not related to consular support at all.
“For example, one caller asked us to help find his son’s missing suitcase – as it had apparently been lost by a British airline, the caller thought the British consulate would be able to locate it.”
Recent research revealed that the number of people who have knowledge of what embassies and consulates do has dropped to the lowest in three years among young people (aged 16-24), from 62% in 2011 to 55% in 2014.
For more information on how the FCO can help British nationals overseas, please visit