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Canary Cast

By Cliodna O'Flynn
Clio O'Flynn and Janet Anscombe catch up on the latest news from the Canary Islands as Brexit takes hold and hopefully Covid begins to make it's way out of the picture-
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Euro 2022 special
Janet and Clio on their absolute favourite topic, the Eurovision song contest - non-fans needn't bother, it's all about the songs and the staging and the predictions and the sillyness, with clips. 
May 13, 2022
Canary Cast - ode to Tiggy, sad days indeed
Janet and Clio mourn the passing of Janet's cuddler-in-chief, the lovely feathery Tiggy. Inevitably talk turns to the current war sitaution in Ukraine - they bring their own personal overviews to the situation, also look at  how it affects Ukranian and Russian residents here in Tenerife, and tourism, and talk about why 'soft' boycotts, of sporting or cultural events,  matter too. 
March 01, 2022
The Eurovision restaurant at the end of the universe?
In this Canary Cast Janet and Clio wander through their shared love of the writings of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams and manage to end up discussing the Spanish entry for this years Eurovision Song Contest. What has any of this to do with the Canary Islands....well you'll have to listen in to find out!
January 31, 2022
Will it be a happy new year?
In the first Canary Cast of 2022 Janet and Clio bring news of storm damage this weekend, also look at how Spain is moving to change Covid from Pandemic to Endemic - and what that really means.  They also discuss the future of tourism in the year ahead - and are both just a bit hopeful that things might start to get better. 
January 17, 2022
Covidmas? Let's hope not!
In the last Canary Cast of the year Clio and Janet go over current regulations for travel to Spain and the Canary Islands, also look at what being in Level 2 means for Tenerife and Gran Canaria, and how use of the covid 'passport' can change some restrictions. There is also an update on what is happening in La Palma. 
December 13, 2021
Can rain put out a volcano? And there's more
Janet and Clio check on the latest volcanic and visitor activity on La Palma, discuss the ups and downs of visiting the island, and also look at what is happening to Covid restricitions here, all in today's Canary Cast. 
November 22, 2021
Rants, raves and a blue tit or two
Clio and Janet bring you news on new hotels in the south west of Tenerife, Expedia's decision not to sell  excursions to dolphin or whale shows, and the discovery of a blue tit or two.... (Photo: Alex Jones)
November 08, 2021
Animo La Palma
There is some tongue-in-cheek banter, and a bit of a rant or two in today's Canary Cast - Janet and Clio talk volcanos, Covid, Brexit and Janet's MBE ....a selection box if you will 
October 25, 2021
La Palma and holiday lets - an odd combination we know
Janet and Clio outline the latest news from the La Palma eruption, and then move back to Adeje to talk about a conference this week on defending the rights of private  property owners to rent out their properties as holiday lets. 
October 11, 2021
Fire and fiestas and a bit of a rant
In this week's Canary Cast Janet and Clio bring you the lastest on the La Palma volcanic eurptions, wander into a bit of a rant about the UK's current Brexit-Not Brexit dilemas and end on a more positive note with news of the Adeje fiestas this week and next. 
October 05, 2021
No back burners for volcanos or covid!
Janet and Clio bring you up to date on the situation in La Palma, look ahead to tomorrow when the government will declare the island an official disaster zone, which will be able to free up direct funding to those who are most affected.  Clio also looks at her Covid experiences in both Ireland and England this month - travelling and's not over by a long shot.
September 27, 2021
Natural spectacle or disaster - or both!
Clio and Janet hear from Barbara Belt, who is in La Palma, with her 'on the ground' report close to where the volcano is erupting....and discuss science, safety, and what might happen next-
September 21, 2021
Where did the summer go?
Janet and Clio pop back for a one off, bridging the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, to have a quick look at where things stand Covid-wise in the Canaries, and to congratulate Michelle Alonso for her gold in the ParaOlympics....
August 30, 2021
"Don't pee on the stick"! Canary Cast takes the test
Janet and Clio discuss the latest restrictions coming into force in Tenerife today, updates (or lack of them) on travel to the UK if you've been jabbed here, and now that you can buy an antigen test in a pharmacy here they try to explain just how to do the test at home - don't pee on the stick!
July 26, 2021
The three degrees? Vaccines, travel, tourism!
Janet and Clio are joined by Diana McGowan who has blogged recently about the difficulties in trying to travel to the UK when fully vaccinated if the vaccines were administered here, not there!  The three also talk about the state of play here in the islands, the need to change the way we look at Covid stats, and much more. Have a listen 
July 19, 2021
Fingers crossed for Freedom day!
Janet and Clio are back after a short break, comparing the opening up of England with new restrictions on movement here in Tenerife - and both hoping against hope that the English decision to pretty much lift all blocks on freedom of movement within the UK wont' backfire - if it works other countries will follow!
July 12, 2021
Ladies in waiting!
Today Anne Hernandez joins Janet - the two with MBE's about to be presented to them - and Clio, without a medal to her name!  The chat is, not surprisingly, Brexit-related, with some asides, and a bit of background. Hope you enjoy listening. 
June 21, 2021
No words - Anna and Olivia, the saddest news
Today we couldn't ignore the domestic violence case that has made international headlines - Anna (1) and Olivia (6), missing from their home in Tenerife, since their father took them and told their mother she would never see them again, on April 27th. Last last week the body of Olivia was found in a weighted bag on the sea-bed.  The courts have opened the case files....and are searching for Anna, and their father Tómas. 
June 14, 2021
Traditions and teens - but not in that order
Janet and Clio try to give the teens a bit of a break - and then meander into a chat about local traditional fiestas, whether there will be any this year, and how things are changing for ever, slightly or a lot, but change is a good thing, generally, right?
June 07, 2021
Tax, vax and the Vietnamindian take-away
No musical interludes today, Janet and Clio stick to chat, about tax, vaccines and travel, new varients and actually some glimmers of hope for the future
May 31, 2021
Travel and THAT song competition - 12 points o nul?
Guily pleasures galore - Janet and Clio discuss the fact that Spain is now welcoming British tourists, with no restrictions nor conditions on coming into Spain, and then the two indulge their utter love of the Eurovision - it might be over but they have to mull over the night, the winner, the losers and why the voting methodology has to change. See, all the important stuff in today's Canary Cast. 
May 24, 2021
Brexit bites back...and Voila!
The serious stuff today is on emigration, vaccination, vacations and comuinidades - and of course there's a Eurovision song too. Janet and Clio need their music!
May 17, 2021
All bets are NOT off....
Janet Anscombe and Clio O'Flynn try and make sense of the rules and restricitions in place in the Canary Islands now that the state of alarm at national level has officially ended. There's a bit about travel and also an update on the search for two missing children. 
May 10, 2021
Crosses and reopenings and how Cheryl did it!
Today Cheryl explains to Janet and Clio and everyone else how she managed, in just a few bureaucratic dance steps, to get herself and her husband registered as public health patients here making them now eligible for  vaccination. 
May 03, 2021
Boring but bloody important - vaccinations and taxation -
So, Clio and Janet with the lastest on the local vaccine rollout - and Karen Cochrane with a brilliantly concise intervention on why you need to check if you have to make a tax declaration this year even if you haven't been working but receiving the ERTE furlough payments. Boring maybe, but it's kind of really important. 
April 26, 2021
By the pricking of our arm, it shall save us all from harm"...(Sorry Mr Shakespeare!)
It's all about the vaccination roll-out today. Janet and Clio talk through efforts to get privately insured patients onto a vaccination schedule here in the Canary Islands.  As neither can stray too far from the Eurovision, the podcast ends with this year's entry from Iceland, Clio's Nº1 pick, " 10 Years " by  Daði Freyr andGagnamagnið.
April 19, 2021
Vaccines, (Grand) national treasures, what's another year?
Janet and Clio stray into horse racing and rugby today, with (of course) the weekly Eurovision mention too, and a goodbye to Shay Healy. They also answer Julie's question about 'comunidad' meetings during the pandemic, and update information on vaccine availability and roll-out in the Canary Islands. 
April 12, 2021
Easter jinks and jabs and a bit of Eurovision
Lot to unpack here - not that we're travelling - Janet and Clio look back at some Easter weekend shenanigans, try and answer jab queries, remind people that the tax return window in Spain has just opened, and at last, manage to squeeze in a Eurovision Song Contest 2021 hopeful....
April 05, 2021
Canary Cast Comings and Goings, and a bit of religion too
Janet and Clio go over the 90 day rule again as the first end date is upon us. We also outline the current travel restrictions and permissions, and have a look at what is happening locally and online to celebrate 'Semana Santa' here.
March 29, 2021
Canary Cast, levelling out?
This week,  while trying not to discuss the Eurovsion Song contest, Janet and Clio try to make sense of the new tangle of restrictions, some in force since midnight, some due on Friday March 26th.  So where can you go, who can you go with and from where!
March 22, 2021
Canary cast 'for life'!
We look at the new restrictions in place in Tenerife from today - and our special guest in Brigitte Gypen from the Walk for LIfe Foundation - she tells us about a very special woman indeed, Hilda, and also how and why you need to keep on donating to this amazing and very worthy cause- (the donation button is at the top of the page).
March 15, 2021
Some International women....
Today we chat about the new Casa Fuerte shop, run by the daughter of the current resident of the Adeje fort house, we also mention Adeje's Abinque prize and there's new following a consultative meeting between the Adeje council and the British consul on post-Brexit problems that may need ironing out. 
March 08, 2021
Going home, coming back
Today we look at the latest news on travel restrictions, the Gold Medal awarded to the staff of the H10 Costa Adeje hotel, say goodbye to Peter Wilson, look ahead to Easter and play out with music from The  Mary Stokes Band
March 01, 2021
Double Whammy - with Carol Schleisman
Currencies Direct's Carol Schleisman joins Janet and Clio to explain why Brexit is possibly costing you a lot more at the bank - and we examine new rules about entry into Spain under Covid restrictions and whether they will change how long non -residents can stay (by the way the answer is No!)
February 22, 2021
Questions and answers from Age in Spain
Today Janet and Clio are joined by Deepika from Age In Spain to help try to answer  some of the questions British residents and holiday makers still have post-Brexit.  (Virtual call line number for Age in Spain is (0034) 932 209 741
February 15, 2021
There's snow business....
Snow, jabs, blackbirds and a firefighters. Janet and Clio with their weekly look at what's going on here in Tenerife, Covid and beyond. 
February 08, 2021
Faking it?
Marking one year on since the WHO stated we were facing a pandemic, and just who is selling fake Covid negative tests to travellers - join Clio and Janet as they try not to interrupt each other in this week's Canary Cast!
February 01, 2021
Deportation, vaccination, welcome to 2021
In this week's Canary Cast the British Consul for the Canary Islands Charmaine Arbouin warns how the Spanish authorities could ultimately deport people who deliberately seek to flout the new 90/180 day rule for non-resident British visitors. We also have a word of advice for people who may be working in non-registered/private care homes. 
January 25, 2021
Level 2 - can we keep this down?
Janet and Clio talk today, January 18th, about the improvement in Covid stats in Tenerife and our move to Level 2 restrictions, some update or clarification on vaccinations and what now and what next for places like Tenerife that have relied on mass tourism!
January 18, 2021
Snowplough and sandwichgate
Snow on Mount Teide and Sandwichgate at Brexit borders - Janet and Clio cast a Canary Cast eye over the week's news, also see where we are here regarding vaccines, and invite listeners to suggest non-Covid, non-Brexit topics for future podcasts. 
January 12, 2021
New year solutions?
We have put this one together on the run covering the problems people are facing on returning to their homes here in Spain if they happen to be British, given the Brexit/Covid vortex we are living through. There are some technical blips and blops but we hope it's worth a listen. 
January 04, 2021
Rocking around the Covid tree_
This was recorded on Dec 21st just after 4pm...that might be relevant as things are changing all the time. Janet and I have tried to give you the relevant information you might need to enjoy a safe Christas weekend...and apologies to those we have yet to reply to or incluce their voice messages in our podcasts...we will get to grips with this new platform by 2021. Hopefully. Enjoy, and a safe and healthy Christmas to all. 
December 21, 2020
Happy Christmexit on the Covid horizon?
Janet and Clio bring up you to date on the latest Covid figures from the Canary Islands, look at rumblings from Brussels and separate rumour from fact regarding why and what restrictions on travel for Britons to and from the Canaries are in place now and will be from January 1st.  Oh, and there's a Christmas song at the end too. 
December 14, 2020
Crunchie time for Covid and Brexit
Janet and Clio continue their December specials, taking a look at the extra restrictions in place in Tenerife this week to combat the uncontrolled Covid infection rate. Testing, travelling and a touch of Brexit rounds off the episode. 
December 07, 2020
It's beginnig to look a lot less Covid
Janet and Clio are back on a new platform, with a preview of their Canary Christmas Cast podcasts - so catch up and do send us Christmas Carols/song suggestions for the next epispde. 
November 30, 2020