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Fitting a counterweight to the LST, Feb 2018, Roque de Los Muchachos observatory, La Palma island

Progress on the Large Size Telescope: February 2018

They’re making great progress on the LST, and I’ve finally managed to get a photo which shows you just how huge it is. It’s one thing to say that the mirror will be 23m across. It’s another to see engineers beside the dish. They’re actually fitting a gigantic counterweight – the huge triangle of dark red metal at the top to the picture. Eventually it will be replaced by the…

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The Sardine’s Funeral in Santa Cruz

The sardine’s funeral in Santa Cruz will be tomorrow, Friday. The procession will start at the Alemenda square (near the concrete ship) at 8:30 pm, and go along the Calle Real and then the sea front to the Cabildo, where the sardine will be cremated. After that three drag queens will perform. At 10:30 the band Los Lola will perform on the main carnival stage followed by Furia Joven and…

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Snow at the Roque

On Sunday I had a tour group at the Roque. The direct route from Santa Cruz was closed due to ice, and I had to go up and down the long way around, through Garafía. It made for a long, tiring day, but the scenery was spectacular. The sun had melted much of the snow, except for anything facing north, and the rest had turned to ice (or was ice…

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Los Indianos 2018

Today is Los Indianos, and perhaps 22,000 people will be on the streets of Santa Cruz, dressed in white, listening to Cuban music, and throwing vast amounts of talc at each other. The party goes on all day an all night. It will be hard to park, so there is a special bus timetable. Come and have a mojito! Or you can eat sopas de miel which are traditional for…

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Los Indianos parade, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Carnival 2007

Upcoming Carnival Highlights

Wig festival, Friday 9th starting 2:30 pm Santa Cruz Ambassador’s Parade Saturday 10th starting 6:30 pm Santa Cruz Concert by Los Vinillos y Forever Sunday 11 febrero, 9:00 om – 11:30 Santa Cruz main carnival stage (My husband plays the drums for Los Vinilos) Los Indianos Monday 12th All day Santa Cruz Carnival parade Los Llanos Tuesday 13th Sardine’s funeral Los Llanos Friday 16th Puerto Naos carnival parade Sunday 18th…

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The Carnival bus from the local school, Breña Baja, La Palma

Carnival’s coming

Like the rest of Spain, La Palma celebrates Carnival in the week before the season of Lent. I always say people are making sure they have something really juicey to repent, but these days most people just regard it as a darn good excuse for a party. It wasn’t always that way. Franco banned Carnival. It’s always been a time when people could say and do things they wouldn’t normally…

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