Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
The issue now is water.
Monday, August 16, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Watching the Olympics, it was obvious from their faces the great satisfaction and pride that the athletes felt - not just those that won medals but those whose performances met their personal best as well.
It struck me last night, at the Concert for San Joaquin, that the musicians in our band must experience the same satisfaction when they have played well. The beaming delight on their faces and the face of the director said it all last night because it was a triumphant performance.
The challenge of playing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was met with aplomb. There were no cannons but there were church bells and it was magnificent. In fact the whole programme was an absolute delight to listen to.
If you have never listened to my recordings of the band before, I suggest you listen to this one.
PS The band have played the 1812 Overture before. I recall it was at a similar concert held in the Town Square but I can't remember the year and who was the director then. I'm sure Pascual Segura (the archivist for the band) will know the answers to my questions.
Friday, August 13, 2021
There are workers on the site of the allotments, strimming the weeds and collecting them up into large bags.
That is good news on two counts:
1. It should look a lot tidier.
2. Clearing the area will reduce the fire hazard created by the dried vegetation.
Let's hope that people will now be able to take advantage of the area and grow some produce for the table.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
We're not expecting blood on the streets but we are told that the temperature will reach somewhere between 41 and 45 degrees that day. By next Tuesday, this heatwave should be over and temperatures will be back to normal.
In other years, at 31 degrees folks would be complaining but this year it will feel positively cool.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Due to Covid restrictions, the cooking competition has been postponed.
Even without Covid restrictions, I think it was likely to be a toned down affair.
A few years ago, town hall organised a photographic competition which I entered but unfortunately misunderstood the theme.
There were only 6 entrants for the contest from a town where there are likely to be many photographers.
I believe that was because the rules were overly complicated. The photographs had to be a specific size - mounted on foam board which again had to be a specific size and thickness.
In my opinion, the rules for Abuelo Chef were restrictive. Originally it was only open to grandparents and grandchildren. They would have half an hour to buy the ingredients from a local shop and then two hours to cook the food. They would have gas rings and utensils provided but no oven ruling out anything that would need roasting or baking.
Sunday, August 08, 2021
Friday, August 06, 2021
1. Spain remains on the UK’s amber list. If you have been fully vaccinated in Spain, you will not need to quarantine when you arrive in England or take a day 8 test. You still need to take a COVID-19 test in the 3 days before you travel though, book and take a day 2 test and complete a passenger locator form.
2. What does fully vaccinated mean? You must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised by the European Medicines Agency. You must have had your final dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before you arrive in England. Please be aware that the UK does not recognise natural immunity for international travel at this time, but this will be kept under review. We know that the EU DCC does enable people to prove natural immunity. This is not currently accepted in the UK and quarantine and day 8 testing requirements will only be eased, for those who have been fully vaccinated in a relevant European country, with an EMA-approved vaccine.
3. How do I prove my vaccination status? You need to show your travel operator proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated with one of the authorised vaccines before you travel. This proof should be an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EU DCC) for Europe (digital or paper certificate), showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA-approved vaccination..
4. What test do I need to take before travelling? As a precaution against the prevalence of the virus and variants in Spain, the UK is encouraging people travelling from Spain to use a PCR test for their pre-departure test.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, travel is different this year and if you choose to travel abroad you should be prepared for changes in restrictions and requirements both in the country you are travelling from and the country you are travelling to. Keep up to date with the latest information on https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain, where you will also find links to the rules for travelling back to the UK.
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
Monday, August 02, 2021
Remember that Europe was accused of lagging behind the UK in terms of Covid vaccinations. That was due to the fact that Europe took longer to give regulatory approval to vaccines and the short supply of Astra Zeneca.
The table has now turned. Spain is the nation that has fully vaccinated the largest share of the population out of the 50 largest countries in the world, outstripping the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Germany.
According to the latest figures, 55.7% of the population in Spain is completely vaccinated, equalling 26.4 million people. A total of 31.3 million have at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, or 66% of the population.
Vaccination by age group
As of August 2.
|Age group||With one dose (% of total)||Fully vaccinated (% of total)|
|80 and over|
|Between 70 and 79|
|Between 60 and 69|
|Between 50 and 59|
|Between 40 and 49|
|Between 30 and 39|
|Between 20 and 29|
|Between 12 and 19|
Sunday, August 01, 2021
We had a booking to have a pool rail installed last Tuesday. Then the company phoned on Monday to say they could fit us in that day. We were surprised that they were even working with an orange alert for rain and thunderstorms pretty much all day Monday.
Then the electricity went off and stayed off. We discovered later that all the way down to Avenida Europa was affected but not the other side of the town. We are used to short power cuts but this was much longer - over seven hours.
When he arrived, we had to apologise to the technician because even the buzzer from the gate was not working so we had no idea that he was there.
Our Spanish neighbours didn't know what the issue was with the electricity but assumed it was not simply at the sub station for the estate.
I wonder, did anyone know what the problem was?
The other question I'll ask is, "what are your thoughts about the new roundabout at the junction between Avenida Europa and the road to the reservoir?"
I must admit, when I first saw it I thought that lorries, including the nightly refuse collection, would have difficulty negotiating it but the striped bollards are still standing.