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:

HAIRDRESSER SILVIA PATO
OPTICA ROGE
HAIRDRESSER TERESA ALGARRA
FLORISTERIA LAS CALAS
AESTHETIC GUISELA GOMES
PACHI PAPEL
ESTANCO ALVARO
MY SHOP
ADMINISTRATION DE LOTERIAS "LA PURISIMA"
SUPERMARKET SARMIENTO
MODAS ALICIA
BEAUTY AND MASSAGE CENTRE MARY PAZ 
MEDINA

BOOKS  AT LEAST 5 EUROS* 
MASKS AT LEAST 8 EUROS*

* 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.