Thursday, 21 September 2017
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fruitHunger in Portugal is widespread, mostly far from obvious, sometimes cloaked in shame.

Among those taking concerted action against hunger is an American with a dynamic project he is developing throughout Lisbon and spreading to urban areas in other regions of the country.   

CleoEach year about this time I get lots of questions about puppies, people wanting advice. What do they do? Where do they look? What should they look for? I can only pass on my own thoughts after my years of living with doggies.

New website takes crime prevention a major step forwardAs a major step forward in providing crime prevention and public safety services to residents and visitors, Associação Safe Communities Algarve have launched a new website replacing the existing one which was formed two years ago.

Passport renewalThe fees for a UK passport for British citizens applying from overseas countries, including Portugal, will fall by 35% from next month.

James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from 7th April the passport fee for customers applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children.

GNR Safe Residence Programme Celebrates its 4th AnniversaryOn 27th January 2014 the GNR Safe Residence Programme SRP celebrated its 4th Anniversary with a gathering of village representatives, from various areas in Loulé, at the Community centre in Querença hosted by the GNR Loulé.

Around 23 village representatives attended representing some 31 areas which are now covered by the programme in the Municipality of Loulé. Presentations were given by Captain Adriano Commander of the GNR Loulé and David Thomas President of Associação Safe Communities Algarve.

A dog is for life...In the past week I have had 3 requests that have involved me giving advice I don't think was listened to. A comment that fills me with horror 'I want a puppy as a surprise for my children for Christmas'. I did my best, but I am sure ALL my words fell on deaf ears. I could bet all have carried on with their idea/whim. I know I am preaching to the converted BUT if anyone hears those words---just tell them the truth!!

Here are a few pointers before purchasing a dog (or indeed any pet) as a gift...

Merrylegs Pet HotelMerrylegs Pet Hotel will be officially opening their top quality purpose built facility on the 15th November 2013. Merrylegs is primarily a dog and cat hotel but we also can care for any other household pet, birds, reptiles, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits etc, and will provide a top quality pet hotel with the highest standard of care possible. 

Situated very close to Loule train station, 5 minutes from Almancil and within easy access to the EN125 and A22.


PovertyHow times have changed in a few fractious years! An alarming number of once prosperous Portuguese have joined the so-called “embarrassed poor,” unable to afford even basic food needs and dependant on handouts.

Severe austerity measures and high unemployment have caused the steady disintegration of middle class society. Poverty has become rife and it continues to spread.