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expressisverbis
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I am not allowed to leave my country... yet May 26

TonyTK wrote:

expressisverbis wrote:

... and of course, I need to cut my hair,



https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7a7qi


Land borders between Portugal and Spain will remain closed until 15th June, according to the news
In the meantime, I think I will take care of this hair.

[Edited at 2020-05-26 09:52 GMT]


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Come to sunny Spain May 26

As of 1 July. Time for Spanish sun, sex, sand and sangría again. Well, maybe not in that order. First the sun, then sangría because cor blimey, phwoaaarr, worra scorcher on this sand, John, give us another couple of jugs of the same, darling. And then the sex, amid optional tragic balconing larks. Or maybe not, because some irresponsible people put just about anything in sangría down there in Torrepardillos, don't they, oh yes they do, and the cheaper and nastier the additives the better, so ... See more
As of 1 July. Time for Spanish sun, sex, sand and sangría again. Well, maybe not in that order. First the sun, then sangría because cor blimey, phwoaaarr, worra scorcher on this sand, John, give us another couple of jugs of the same, darling. And then the sex, amid optional tragic balconing larks. Or maybe not, because some irresponsible people put just about anything in sangría down there in Torrepardillos, don't they, oh yes they do, and the cheaper and nastier the additives the better, so you might not be in any condition for any sex subsequently, and all that dark purpleness tends to bring your guard down and lower your level of choosiness, say. Maybe a more likely combo would be sun, sand, sangría, syphilis and sorriness.

They'd originally ordered a 14-day quarantine for anyone coming to Spain, so obviously Pete and Marge from Middlesbrough weren't going to come here to sit around in a hotel room with the sprogs for the 2 weeks, were they? Especially as you can't even use the rest of the hotel, just the room. Might as well put out a few loungers and open a few tins of Newkie Brown on the allotment back in Middlesbrough, right? But the hoteliers and restauranteurs and airlines and travel agents and all the rest have been whingeing to the government for ages now, so there are high hopes for the Spanish tourist industry this summer. I just know September's going to be a mess, but at least Melià shareholders will be a little happier. Silver linings.

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expressisverbis
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Hot temperatures in Portugal May 26

This past weekend, people discarded their face masks and rubber gloves all over the sand...
How can people dump this garbage on the beach while we are facing a sanitary crisis?
Where are the lifeguards with very specific rules on beaches and the bathing season?
Most important: Where are common sense and good hygiene habits?
I am ashamed...


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Presumably not Levi jeans, though.

 

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Thanks ... May 27

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

Maybe a more likely combo would be sun, sand, sangría, syphilis and sorriness.



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When is a death not a death? When it hasn’t been counted as a death, that's when. A battle of figures has been ongoing at Spain’s Ministry of Health in recent days, with coronavirus deaths that hadn’t been counted as coronavirus deaths, non-coronavirus deaths that hadn’t been counted as non-coronavirus deaths, deaths that might have been coronavirus deaths or simply your run-of-the-mill common-or-garden deaths, 2,000 deaths which had disappeared from the death records and then abruptly r... See more
When is a death not a death? When it hasn’t been counted as a death, that's when. A battle of figures has been ongoing at Spain’s Ministry of Health in recent days, with coronavirus deaths that hadn’t been counted as coronavirus deaths, non-coronavirus deaths that hadn’t been counted as non-coronavirus deaths, deaths that might have been coronavirus deaths or simply your run-of-the-mill common-or-garden deaths, 2,000 deaths which had disappeared from the death records and then abruptly reappeared in death records, give or take a few deaths …

I’ve stopped trying to make sense of it all, mainly because there’s so much information, disinformation and misinformation and people shouting on all sides about deaths that I’d go mad if I had to process it all, but I suspect that deaths are starting to rise again. Spain is rushing back to its larger bars with a vengeance, with people queueing for their turn on terraces and inside, but nobody allowed to stand at the bar inside, where it's sitting room only. Quite a large establishment around the corner from here reopened this morning, presumably because it’s just that - quite large. This place has long been a watering hole for those who work in the government offices and banks and upmarket shops dotted around the city centre.

It used to have a rather different clientele back in the days when it had a large heavy curtain at the entrance and was frequented by the sinister former chief of police here, Amedo, who apparently closed it down more than once simply so that he could have the place to himself with his cronies and girlfriends in the evenings, at a time when suspected members of ETA were beginning to disappear, both those here and those who had fled across the border to France just in case, people they couldn’t actually pin anything on, so they decided to quietly bump them off instead. Some of them were found buried in lime pits and the like. Amedo did 12 years for it in the end, along with a few others, including some who had been ministers in the socialist government of the time, because according to Amedo he was just following orders from the very top. The very very top (PM Felipe González) emerged unscathed, however, but it’s an accusation they still level at him even today, after over 30 years.


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Local time: 10:12
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Romania May 27

Yesterday I took my daughter out to get her a pair of sandals.
I was absolutely amazed to see a small shopping center had reopened. It hosts several stores and I was still under the impression that such spaces would remain closed. There were guards at the entrance, checking people's temperature.
Some buses were really crowded, too, no way one could keep the minimum recommended distance of 1.5 meters.
Most people were wearing masks.
We then went to Carrefour, to get food s
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Yesterday I took my daughter out to get her a pair of sandals.
I was absolutely amazed to see a small shopping center had reopened. It hosts several stores and I was still under the impression that such spaces would remain closed. There were guards at the entrance, checking people's temperature.
Some buses were really crowded, too, no way one could keep the minimum recommended distance of 1.5 meters.
Most people were wearing masks.
We then went to Carrefour, to get food supplies. Not so many buyers, all went fine (I hope). Free sanitizer, wipes, and foil gloves were provided.
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Whining the blues ... May 28

Sorana_M. wrote:

There were guards at the entrance, checking people's temperature. (...)
We then went to Carrefour, to get food supplies. (...) Free sanitizer, wipes, and foil gloves were provided.


If it's any consolation: That sounds like people there are paying more attention to what competent (i.e. East Asian) societies are doing to deal with the pandemic. There is nothing like that here in Berlin. The vast majority of people wear masks when they go inside anywhere (with public transportation seeming to display the largest proportion of people without masks, but even there it is a small minority at this time). A very small minority, probably way less than 10%, seem to be wearing masks whenever they go out.

You are generally required to take a basket or cart whenever you go into a grocery store, pet store, library, etc., because they use these to keep track of the number of people inside. They wipe them down each time, but having everyone who comes in and goes out touch the same things does not seem like a great counting strategy. I have almost never noticed anyone who is not at work wearing gloves, and I have never seen or been offered hand sanitizer for when I go around touching stuff in public places. No one is taking anyone's temperature, although that is one precaution that I think it might make more sense to let go in a culture where that would be pretty completely socially unacceptable. There have already been demonstrations against the anti-Corona measures, people have also been (sometimes successfully) asking courts to strike them down as unconstitutional, a big shot in the radical-libertarian party (Kubicki) accused the Robert-Koch-Institut (German public health agency) of doctoring its numbers for political purposes, the radical right and conspiracy theorists are also all abuzz with daring feats of innumeracy and illogic ...

More importantly, the actual implementation of most of the practical precautions that have been put in place (such as the plastic shields between customers and clients at supermarkets) seems to be slowly degenerating into a pure formality that can't really be expected to have much effect on the virus's reproduction rate, because people aren't using them in a meaningful way. I assume that the use of masks is also going to decline massively over the next month or two. And, while I may be a good mask wearer, there are all kinds of other little things where I find myself undermining my own better intentions and efforts. The whole situation is kind of depressing, particularly people's hopes about a crisis like this somehow bringing about some kind of rebirth of society or lasting changes - a hope that hardly seems very plausible in the face of the reality pretty unmistakably unfolding around us and within us. ... To misquote a saying commonly misattributed to Einstein: "The definition of humanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results."


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Thursday 28 May May 28

To quote Michael in "Whining the blues":

"The whole situation is kind of depressing, particularly people's hopes about a crisis like this somehow bringing about some kind of rebirth of society or lasting change ..."

My thoughts exactly. There'd been a lot of that optimistic woffle here too, but I reckon people are really becoming increasingly angry, selfish and bitter, more concerned with pointing the finger at a scapegoat, any scapegoat, to vent their rage on, mostly e
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To quote Michael in "Whining the blues":

"The whole situation is kind of depressing, particularly people's hopes about a crisis like this somehow bringing about some kind of rebirth of society or lasting change ..."

My thoughts exactly. There'd been a lot of that optimistic woffle here too, but I reckon people are really becoming increasingly angry, selfish and bitter, more concerned with pointing the finger at a scapegoat, any scapegoat, to vent their rage on, mostly economic rage, and the realisation that those who govern them are certainly not in the same boat those who govern them say they're all in together. Dominic Cummings is a good example, albeit not so much comings as goings in his case, going up north to get out of the Smoke. Do as I say, don't do as I do. Why would you even do such a sneaky and immoral, not to mention illegal, thing? Because you think there'll be no payback. And maybe there won't be.

At the end of the day what concerns human beings above all is the money in their pockets, or the lack of it. Think back: the shit hit the fan at the end of 2008, leading to calls for belt-tightening all round (apart from the banks and others who have never had to tighten a belt in their lives). Around 2012 when it seemed to be just about getting back on track, more belt-tightening in the usual sectors. And now this, not just a frightening health crisis, but a definite economic crisis to follow. Who can be happy about this after over 12 years of belt-tightening? And then they look around and see MPs and ministers and footballers and all the rest who are most definitely in another boat, and in fact some of them even have their own boats, and this puts a damper on their eagerness to gather around a solidarity fire and croon Kumba Yah.



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Sorana_M.
Rumania
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Sanitizer May 28

Michael Wetzel wrote:
If it's any consolation: That sounds like people there are paying more attention to what competent (i.e. East Asian) societies are doing to deal with the pandemic. There is nothing like that here in Berlin.


I'm sorry to hear that. I don't expect much from the Romanian state apparatus as a whole, but...

I did notice that, when we got off the bus in the Carrefour parking lot, a lady who looked to be in her 50's got on and started spraying the handles and bars with disinfectant.
Likewise, in Carrefour, another similar lady gathered the plastic carts (the smaller ones, which have long handles and people drag them around) and sprayed them with disinfectant.
A security guard had a device which looked like a camera fitted on a tripod - I presume that's the temperature scanner.

Money as a resource is a problem here as well.
I'm spending more now than I used to spend before the pandemic. And the food I buy doesn't last.
Another problem is... with fresh fruit and vegetables, which were a "must" in my family, the price went up while the quality went down.
It's... terrifying to enter a grocery store and to see the produce there has withered away, yet it's still being left on display with the same price tag. I literally cannot buy quality apples anymore. In Carrefour, my daughter said, "I'd like some apricots, could you please get me some, I miss them". And I did, albeit they were imported from Turkey. They didn't smell like apricots and their lack of taste was baffling.


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. May 29

We have to queue to get into any grocery store here, almost everyone wears a mask inside, there's sanitizer at the entrance which everyone helps themselves to. Otherwise the metro is packed at rush hour despite the government asking businesses to stagger their working hours.
I'm happy to have my bike. They've added more bike lanes, in places where they were really necessary, so cycling is now a whole lot easier compared to last winter when there were suddenly loads more cyclists due to st
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We have to queue to get into any grocery store here, almost everyone wears a mask inside, there's sanitizer at the entrance which everyone helps themselves to. Otherwise the metro is packed at rush hour despite the government asking businesses to stagger their working hours.
I'm happy to have my bike. They've added more bike lanes, in places where they were really necessary, so cycling is now a whole lot easier compared to last winter when there were suddenly loads more cyclists due to strikes, but no extra lanes, so I kept finding myself stuck behind a slow rider who wobbled far too much for me to overtake safely.
Apparently it's very hard to get hold of bikes, whether new or secondhand, not to mention scooters and other hip devices people get about on these days.
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Friday 29 May – Death in Spain May 29

Yes, death, not deaths. I hadn’t picked up on the news right - only 1 death in both of the last two days. Looks like all that merry togetherness lately outside the four walls of home hasn’t borne its fatal fruits yet, or maybe I’m just plain wrong.

Anyway, I’m not going to waste my time on that. As I mentioned at some point in the past in this diary, I’ve got myself genned up a little more on the contents of trash TV in recent weeks. What they call “Survivors” over her
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Yes, death, not deaths. I hadn’t picked up on the news right - only 1 death in both of the last two days. Looks like all that merry togetherness lately outside the four walls of home hasn’t borne its fatal fruits yet, or maybe I’m just plain wrong.

Anyway, I’m not going to waste my time on that. As I mentioned at some point in the past in this diary, I’ve got myself genned up a little more on the contents of trash TV in recent weeks. What they call “Survivors” over here, filmed in Honduras, and what they call “The Island”, I think, in the UK, has just finished, and the esteemed contestants are now back in Spain, but have to spend their 14 days in quarantine, so they’re wheeled out nightly for a bit of quarantine sport until such time as they can be taken to a TV studio for the usual accusations, shouting and insults. These aren’t just any contestants, mind. Not mere nobodies. This is the “celebrity” version. Most of last night’s excitement or dreariness, depending on how you look at it, focused on one of them:

Rocío Jurado made it big as a crooner in the 70s and 80s, and also as an occasional actress. Big being the word – a big woman with big hair, big … lungs, big voice, big following, big presence, big everything. So big, in fact, they called her “la más grande”.

She wasn’t the star contestant on the show last night, though.

She married a boxer, which was breaking a mould because Spanish crooneresses are supposed to marry bullfighters but, as if she’d realised her protocol mistake, they separated and she duly swapped him for a bullfighter. She and the boxer had a daughter. Guess what they called her? Yes, Rocío. Kind of stretching out the legend to the next generation. The boxer's wife died in the mid-noughties, after a last-ditch dash to Houston for cancer treatment amid hushed vigils and minute-by-minute health reports back in Spain and most especially her native Andalusia, Spain’s cradle of songsters and bullfighters.

The bullfighter was already famous for being a bullfighter, and later in life for retiring, and shortly afterwards making comebacks various, and of course for being La Jurado’s hubbie. He also picked up some unwanted publicity when, tripling the legal alcohol limit but sailing merrily along nevertheless in a car, he ran over and killed a man on a pedestrian crossing. It took them two years to convict him, and even then he only served just over a year. Meanwhile, he and Rocío I had adopted two children, one of whom, the girl, went straight to reality shows various to talk about her life, while the other lad went straight to drugs and prison and trouble. Like father, like son.

But none of them were last night’s star feature either.

Back to Rocío II, occasionally known as Rocíito, little Rocío, to distinguish her from Spain’s biggest. Rocíito in turn married a Civil Guard, who first hit the news for imposing a cash fine on a French tourist visiting Spain and forgetting to take it out of his own pocket afterwards. The pair also lounged around reality shows for years, particularly after they too separated, and the mutual mudslinging began.

Neither of them was last night’s contestant either.

Rocío II and the light-fingered copper had a daughter. Now, can you hazard a guess at what they called her? Yes, step forward Rocío III, last night’s star turn. Rocío is now a tubby twenty-something whose CV is somewhat sparse, but she is nevertheless, in her own modest words, “the granddaughter of the greatest”, reflected glory being the most powerful asset. That is what makes you a celebrity these days. I look forward to the day she too has a daughter.

Rocío III was the star last night because she had an in-quarantine visit from her gawky oaf of a boyfriend. But no touching or smooching, of course, so they had fitted up a perspex screen with two pairs of those sleeves researchers put their arms into to handle chemicals inside a cubicle, so that they could at least enjoy a plasticky embrace. A tearful session ensued. I missed you loads. Oh, I missed you too. Did you miss me? Well, I missed you. Loads. Yes, oh yes, I missed you.

Pa was looking on proudly from the studio, because he is now a fully-fledged social commentator on the show and doesn’t need to steal from passing motorists anymore. Another contestant on this edition is also distantly related to the family. I forget how ... I'm always asking when we watch it, "Er, isn't this the man who slept with his girlfriend's sister, the one who was in rehab and was married to the politician who was jailed for embezzlement and then switched parties and doesn't speak to his daughter because she's bisexual and had an affair with his sister-in-law, who was on the island and was cuddling up to that young bloke who was going out with the cousin of ....?

And the first Rocío also had a brother, a wretched paunchy bon vivant who acted as her manager and, evil tongues say, also helped himself to a lot of the money his sister made, and he in turn was married to a woman who is also a commentator on the show, and … generation after generation, this is how stars are born, and that’s only one family, to be praised, cursed, envied, torn apart and vilified between themselves and by others on Spanish realities.

Lots of work today. Can’t go into this anymore just now, but I hope to soon.


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What I'm watching on TV May 29

What I'm watching on TV: you wouldn't be interested. Why should you be?

 

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Er ... May 29

Er ...




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Interest ... May 30

... in the uninteresting. That's interesting.



[Edited at 2020-05-30 12:27 GMT]

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