Thursday, August 06, 2020

Showing support

Modelling my San Joaquin commemorative mask. These are in different material to the original green Bigastro masks. I'd say they were more breathable and comfortable to wear plus they are shaped to cover your nose properly. 

He makes Johnson look good

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are often compared for all the wrong reasons. However, in his interview with Jonathon Swan, Trump surpassed his British counterpart.

Johnson has said that the Government's handling of coronavirus had been a “great success”. I don't think most people would agree with that.

Trump though bettered Johnson in his interview.

The coronavirus testing system in the United States has been a disastrous hodgepodge. There is no uniform standard, it is difficult for parts of the system to coordinate or communicate with each other, and even people who do get tests have to wait so long for the response that the signal is useless.

Trump presented this state of affairs as if it was good. “We’ve come up with so many different kind of tests,” he boasted. “The only thing we have now is some people have to wait longer than we’d like them to.”

Swan asked Trump why he would hold a huge maskless indoor rally during a pandemic. Trump’s reply, incredibly, was to boast about the size of the crowd and insist it was twice as large as news reports (and photos) indicated.

Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t like coronavirus testing because it shows how many cases you have, which makes him look bad. This time he attributed this position to undefined manuals and books.

On several occasions, Trump replied to questions about the coronavirus response by insisting the U.S. is containing the virus as well as it possibly could. When Swan points out that 1,000 Americans are now dying per day, Trump replies, “They are dying. That’s true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”

“They are dying. That’s true. And it is what it is.”

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Was there a point to this?

Do you remember at school having to learn the collective nouns for groups of animals? Have you ever had to use any of them since?

We also had to learn weird units of measurement like; bushel, rod, furlong, gill, peck, fathom and chain. I remember tests where we were asked e.g. how many florins there were in so many guineas.  How many half crowns, three penny bits, farthings etc. Without a calculator, we had to rely on long division and then later, log tables. I wonder, do any of you recall how many yards there were in a mile. 

How the mighty fall

Spain's former King Juan Carlos has left the country for an unknown destination, weeks after he was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption.

Juan Carlos, 82, announced the move on Monday in a letter to his son, Felipe, to whom he handed power six years ago.

He said he would be available if prosecutors needed to interview him.

In June, Spain's Supreme Court opened an investigation into the alleged involvement of Juan Carlos in a high-speed rail contract in Saudi Arabia.

The former king had most likely already left when the letter was released on Monday, Spain's El País newspaper reports. It is unclear where Juan Carlos is, though some Spanish media report he is in the Dominican Republic.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Viva San Joaquin!

To commemorate the centuries-old tradition of our festivities, a special edition of the commemorative book of our patron saint festivities has been published for solidarity purposes and whose pages take a tour of our history and the difficult times you lived during the last 12 months.

In these times of hydroalcoholic gels and masks,  masks with the image of San Joaquín have been designed and made with the collaboration of Eduardo Navarrete and the # Costureras_de_la_Esperanza so that we can comply with safety and hygiene regulations in a  Bigastrense style.

Commemorative books and masks are available for sale in the Bigastro City Hall Central Building and in the following collaborating establishments:



* Remember you are paying for production and donating to charity. 

Take good care of yourself to take care of everyone.
And that next year we can celebrate our patron saint festivities as San Joaquín and the town of Bigastro deserve.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Which beach is safer?

Photos courtesy of Geoff Durkin. We should note that newspapers are notorious for using stock photos. The one of Brighton is NOT from yesterday. 

Brighton beach
Brighton beach

Benidorm beach

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Geoff Durkin posted this on Facebook

You know, as much as I love living here in Spain, my heart is still in Yorkshire. For the benefit of those who have never ventured north of Watford, this is Knaresborough. 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Prepare to be baked!

The rules are simple

Apparently, the reason for the last minute changes in large parts of Northern Britain are because people were not following these simple, easy to follow, rules:-)

Legally, up to 30 people can gather.
But official advice remains that people should avoid socialising outdoors in a group of more than six – except if two large households are meeting.
Two households can also meet indoors – including in a pub or restaurant – but should not touch each other.
The only exception to the touching rule is if you have formed a ‘support bubble’. This is when two households merge. This is only allowed if one of the households is either an adult living alone or a single parent with children under 18. You cannot change the members of a bubble, and if someone gets ill both households must isolate.
You can stay overnight in another home – including at a holiday home or second home – but you should only be with one other household. You must maintain social distancing.

People should either stay two metres apart or ‘one metre plus’.
‘One metre plus’ means if the gap is below one metre ‘mitigations’ must be made to help prevent transmission.
‘Mitigation’ usually means wearing a mask – they are mandatory on public transport, in hospitals and in shops.
Employers have been told staff can be within two metres of each other if it is not practical to keep them further apart but they must ensure measures are in place to protect staff. These can include screens, facing desks away from each other and ensuring there are lots of hand washing stations.

Damn it, even the PM doesn't understand the rules. He has been  pictured bumping elbows with strangers at. less than 2m apart without wearing a mask. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Boris' best friend

Boris Johnson is convinced that having Dilyn, the rescue dog, helped him recover from his dice with death. Taking Dilyn for walks has also helped him shed the pounds.

No 10 has therefore announced that the government will provide £50 vouchers to help people to own their own dog. The voucher can be used in several ways; for vet's fees, to buy items like dog baskets etc or to pay for a rescue dog.

So, you can enjoy 50% off meals out during August, £50 off cycle repairs and now £50 to help you own a dog thanks to your caring Prime Minister. 

PS Even though I've made the story about dogs up, you could have easily believed it couldn't you?