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Wednesday 20 May May 20

Deaths yesterday still below 100, but up from 50+ to 80+, and contagion seems to be going down. Again, for the moment.

Meanwhile, we have regional Basque Government elections coming up on 12 July. So does Galicia. With guarantees of proper safety conditions (every time someone says "guarantee" I assume they're lying). OK, so they should have been held in May/June, but do they really think people want elections? The expense to choose from a load of tossers who've all been wringing th
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Deaths yesterday still below 100, but up from 50+ to 80+, and contagion seems to be going down. Again, for the moment.

Meanwhile, we have regional Basque Government elections coming up on 12 July. So does Galicia. With guarantees of proper safety conditions (every time someone says "guarantee" I assume they're lying). OK, so they should have been held in May/June, but do they really think people want elections? The expense to choose from a load of tossers who've all been wringing their hands over the last two months and little else, on full salary. And the tossers’ minions and lackeys driving all over the city blaring out their tossy promises (no mass meetings, obviously). The week of the pre-campaign filled with coronavirus and elections and the tossers. The two weeks of campaign proper filled with coronavirus and elections and the tossers. Saturday's "reflection day" before the elections the next day filled with coronavirus and elections and the tossers. Election night filled with coronavirus and elections and the tossers. The month after the elections filled with coronavirus and elections and the tossers. Sure, we're up for elections and no mistake.

And, ahead of the elections, nastiness is back. The local socialist boss here is in the paper today, on the pavement surveying the front door of her house on the street parallel to this one yesterday, covered in the red paint someone threw all over it. Why red? Blood on her hands? Socialist colour? Could be either, or both. Hard-line Basque nationalists used to throw red and yellow paint at PNV premises too (in a nod to the colours of the Spanish flag), but I thought they’d stopped doing that, and in fact I can’t remember the last paint-throwing incident.
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Right royal apple cart May 20

If you’re browned off with confinement these days, spare a thought for Spain’s most famous prisoner, who’s been in solitary for almost two years as the only male inmate at a female bang-up in Ávila. The King’s naughty bruv-in-law is serving a term of just over 5 years for misappropriation of public funds, although these days he’s allowed out now and again to do some community graft. Good behaviour, see. Difficult to get into trouble in there when it’s only you ...

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If you’re browned off with confinement these days, spare a thought for Spain’s most famous prisoner, who’s been in solitary for almost two years as the only male inmate at a female bang-up in Ávila. The King’s naughty bruv-in-law is serving a term of just over 5 years for misappropriation of public funds, although these days he’s allowed out now and again to do some community graft. Good behaviour, see. Difficult to get into trouble in there when it’s only you ...

I wrote the following when he’d been sentenced but before he was sent to jug, and it was only a matter of which particular jug he’d be sent to:

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Who would ever have thought, all those years ago, when the dashingly handsome, fresh-faced, vibrant handball star Iñaki Urdangarín swept King Juan Carlos’ daughter Cristina off her feet to become part of the Spanish royal family, that the young beau would one day be on a countdown to a stretch of a few years in clink? And it would seem there’s no get-out-of-jail-free card to be had either.

Still, it’s not all bad news for a disgraced former Duke. Most people awaiting a lengthy period of heel-cooling in the slammer on serious fraud charges and misuse of public monies are usually in the joint already prior to sentencing. Unless they can find the dosh to post bail. Or unless the beans they might just spill are so damningly sleazy and sleazily damning that certain members of the judiciary or the general state apparatus might hesitate to confirm a prison term, lest the wretched wrongdoers compromise them into the bargain. Anyway, in Iñaki’s case none of this was necessary, and they allowed him to just bide his time as a free man, by way of an exception. Not 100% hoi polloi, then, Urdangarín. Nor is it normal for hoi polloi awaiting sentence in Spain to be allowed to go on living in Switzerland where her indoors ekes out a living as best she can at an international foundation, before the dread moment arrives.

And the word is there’s a further concession in that he gets to choose his own Big House. Fancy that. How does it work? Does a man pop in one day at your plush Swiss pad? … “SO pleased to meet you, Mr U. Now, I’m from Penitentiary Prospects … yes, it’s a little sub-department they created a few years ago, quite discreetly too, because of course it’s all rather hush-hush, in fact … mm, yes, to make arrangements for our more upmarket future inmates, you know, and my job is to give you an insight into some of our Special Incarceration Options. We’ve struck off all the tougher, nastier dives, naturally, so you don’t have to worry about lavatory-call privacy, or the Daddy clapping his drug-crazed eyes on the latest likely-looking lad to arrive at the gaff, or vicious knife-fights over needles, tinfoil and spoons for jacking up after lights-out, no, ha-ha, ahem …. Now, I’d just like to run a place called Archidona past you, if you will … haven’t heard of it, have you? … no? … well, it’s a darling little facility down south, brand new, ideal in fact, and quite close to Málaga airport, which I believe has a direct route to Geneva … for your lady wife, of course, though, not for you, obviously, for the time being at least, ha-ha, ahem ... Unfortunately, you see, Archidona got off to a bit of a bad start publicity-wise, when all those tiresome asylum-seekers were shepherded in a while back, do you remember, and then they saw the razor wire and bars and security turrets and snarling, salivating Rottweilers, and realised they were being accommodated in a proper jail, even though, to be fair, it hadn’t actually been opened at that time. But it has a heated pool and everything, all mod cons, and you’d be alongside ordinary decent law-bending citizens like your good self, Mr U, people who simply had a solitary fleeting moment of weakness, madness, recklessness, people whose only crime was bad judgment, people who fell in with the wrong crowd of well-heeled bigshots and politicians through no fault of their own, or were temporarily blinded by overwhelming economic temptation as they contemplated a mesmerising array of potential cookie jars to slip their hands into, to help us achieve our ultimate objective of making a spell at His Majesty’s pleasure as painless as possible for a very different category of prisoner. Now, I don’t know whether you’ve given any thought to wall colourings? … for instance, our feng shui experience is that azure is very popular with first offenders, very soothing for people in your position traumatised by an inevitably abrupt change of surroundings, whereas we find that canary yellow can produce quite an energising oomph to get a thumping good start to the day when you’ve found your sea legs, as it were, and it can look quite jolly in the evenings as well, if a few friends happen to drop by with a six-pack or two to hang out and watch the match … as for amenities, well, there’s an extensive range of self-improvement courses you can sign up for … ”

His Majesty’s pleasure, indeed. King Felipe VI will be relieved when his sister’s husband finally has to do his bird, because it will confirm that there can be no favouritism on his watch. A step in the right direction to silence any accusations of unseemly nepotism. A bit of spring-cleaning to tidy up the monarchy a little. Especially since his sister got away with what were initially his & her charges. Well, after all, she did have the public prosecutor on her side from the word go. It’s a funny old world.

Family, eh? How did that song go?: … “Sisters, sisters … O, Lord help the man who comes between me and my sister, and Lord help the sister who comes between me and my dad.” Well, maybe it didn’t go quite like that, but it does remind me of it. Yes, a firm hand was needed, as their Pa himself confirmed way back when he announced pointedly that in Spain “nobody is above the law”. Which might seem a rather ironic backfire now. One of the most urgent questions facing the Spanish government after JC’s mediatically disastrous and embarrassing elephant-culling faux pas in Botswana, which contributed to an inglorious abdication (despite a certain amount of nonchalant palatial whistling in the background), appeared to be how to best protect against any bothersome lawsuits that could be filed against an erstwhile rex suddenly stripped of immunity. I say the task was urgent, because rumour had it there was quite a bit of scope in that area – a paternity claim from a Belgian woman, for instance. And her bruv, too. To paraphrase a Wildean riposte, one of them may be regarded as misfortune, but both of them looks like carelessness. Or, indeed, carefreeness. Still, this has been easily crushed by the courts – totally and utterly impartial and independent courts, I hasten to point out - for the time being. And then people tend to overlook the fact that Urdangarín started cashing in on public funds simply because he was copying what he saw going on around him once he’d made the family circle.

No doubt about it, young Iñaki was lapping up knowledge from a past master. A yacht from a group of Spanish businessmen to a keen sailor as the perfect regal gift? Bring it on, except you can’t be sailing every day, of course, what with all those stately affairs of state to attend to in the daily grind of stateliness, and it’s expensive to maintain a luxury craft and keep it berthed up most of the time … but, wait a minute here, why not just donate it to a public trust? Eureka. Let the great unwashed pay for the whole caboodle, but it’s still only you and yours that get to actually use the thing. And why dig into the government’s measly unkingly allowance to buy a car when carmakers up and down the country are falling over themselves to say ‘ello Juan, wanna noo motah? Yes, and the biggest most baddest motor of the lot, too, the latest model, with the insurance, customised “JC1” plates if you’re into that kind of thing, an endless supply of road juice, state-of-the-art everything, leather-and-mahogany trim, a drinks cabinet fairly creaking with Cristal, impenetrable tinted windows, because you don’t necessarily want to advertise who’s in there with you when you’re out and about all naughtily incognito like that, do you, no you don’t, you old rogue you, the Full Monty, drive the ruddy thing into the ground for six months or so because what do you care, whereupon they just bring a new one round to the side door at the palace, no questions asked. Yes, Urdangarín saw all this and began to drool and slaver at the potential, but his big mistake was to think he could do it too. The problem with commoners is that, well, they’re so common, aren’t they? They start off thinking they have a right to it, and if you give them an inch of leeway they even start believing they were born into it. They get above their station, that’s what they do. And now the other commoner-turned-royal, the King’s own wife, former TV anchor Letizia, also seems to be getting a little too uppity recently. But that’s another story ...


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Sliding into the crease - too busy with work today. Deaths still under 100, but up all the same, and contagion more or less steady, as I remember. Took a running detour and went past Idoia Mendia's house this morning to take a look-see at the red paint job, but it's all gone, minus a few traces on the wall. Quick on the uptake.

Just to ram things home, they organised a naughty car convoy the next day to drive past the house, and stopped in the street to sound their horns for a while
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Sliding into the crease - too busy with work today. Deaths still under 100, but up all the same, and contagion more or less steady, as I remember. Took a running detour and went past Idoia Mendia's house this morning to take a look-see at the red paint job, but it's all gone, minus a few traces on the wall. Quick on the uptake.

Just to ram things home, they organised a naughty car convoy the next day to drive past the house, and stopped in the street to sound their horns for a while too. Looks like we're in for some bitter elections.

[Edited at 2020-05-21 15:40 GMT]

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I reckon I should provide some background. They're targeting the socialist (government) party in support of a member of ETA, Patxi Ruiz, who's now been in prison for 22 years for the murder of a Pamplona Town Hall councillor, and is currently on hunger-and-thirst strike at a prison down south in Murcia as he leads a protest against the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Spanish jails.

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People over here are getting on with their lives.

Official reports concerning Covid-19 victims still not to be trusted, as a woman wrote on Facebook she was suffering from acute ovary pain, running a mild fever because of an infection, yet was admitted to a first hospital as "displaying Covid-19 symptoms", having to resort to personally calling a gynecologist to diagnose her properly.

Officially, we have to wear masks when in indoor closed spaces (such as supermarkets)
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People over here are getting on with their lives.

Official reports concerning Covid-19 victims still not to be trusted, as a woman wrote on Facebook she was suffering from acute ovary pain, running a mild fever because of an infection, yet was admitted to a first hospital as "displaying Covid-19 symptoms", having to resort to personally calling a gynecologist to diagnose her properly.

Officially, we have to wear masks when in indoor closed spaces (such as supermarkets) and our bodily temperature is checked at the entrance.
We may move freely inside our place of residence, no statement needed anymore. However, we do need such a statement if we get out of town - a form stating the purpose of our travel.
Small shops only allow 2 or 3 people inside at the same time. With masks.
Larger stores are allowed to be opened as long as entering can be done from the outside (no joint commercial spaces).
Hairdresser's parlors and dentist's offices are opened provided they follow strict prevention and sanitation measures.
Public parks are opened for strolls. Not playgrounds.
People started abandoning pets again. And returning to their old habits - leaving trash where they go.

A LOT of people chose not to give a damn anymore and celebrated the relief of measures by going for a picnic in groups - barbecue and beer.
Or shopping.
Although the official warning says: "no more than 3 people if they do not belong to the same family".

Last Sunday I decided to go to this storage space I have rented (a garage, actually) - it's full of stuff - to get it all vented and cleaned a bit. It felt so strange.

I spend my nights reading and my days helping a great writer on wattpad with the revision of their two novels.
Online school with my 11-year old daughter s**ks.

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A bit of the same here May 22

Sorana_M. wrote:

Online school with my 11-year old daughter s**ks.

[Edited at 2020-05-21 18:37 GMT]


I believed this only happened here...
Many Portuguese parents are complaining about remote classes via TV, a distance learning programme, a "method" created by the Ministry of Education.
Lessons are being broadcasted on TV channel "RTP Memória" since the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Online schooling May 23

Schooling via TV was even a bigger fiasco than online classes.
Over here, schools closed on March 11th. That was the last day of physical school.
Theoretically, March 12th was the day online schooling should have started. The emphasis being on should.
Many children in Romania live on or under the poverty line. Their access to modern devices and the Internet is limited or missing altogether.
Then, many teachers didn't give a crap about online schooling.

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Schooling via TV was even a bigger fiasco than online classes.
Over here, schools closed on March 11th. That was the last day of physical school.
Theoretically, March 12th was the day online schooling should have started. The emphasis being on should.
Many children in Romania live on or under the poverty line. Their access to modern devices and the Internet is limited or missing altogether.
Then, many teachers didn't give a crap about online schooling.

But after a month or so, it was decided that they would have to actually prove they had continued their teaching online. Otherwise... they would risk their salaries.
It was then that the "dormant" teachers woke up and started flooding their pupils and students with lesson plans, worksheets, and homework. Each teacher chose their own method of online teaching - Facebook, Skype, whatsapp, Zoom, various platforms, you name it. Some actually held video classes. Others communicated in writing.
I've read tens of messages from parents, each describing their own situation.

The greatest achievement of online schooling here was to expose the flaws in our educational system. And my, are they major.
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Sunday 24 May - @expressisverbis @Sorana_M May 24

I watched a documentary last night called The Portuguese Miracle. Despite a bad start when someone flew in to Oporto from China, was it? in March and infected many, many people to start it all off, the concentration remained in the North and hardly touched the South, they said, and all basically under control now, all thanks to early reaction, efficiency and common sense. Qualities lacking elsewhere, as we've seen.

I didn't see a documentary on Romania, but Sorana_M is doing quite w
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I watched a documentary last night called The Portuguese Miracle. Despite a bad start when someone flew in to Oporto from China, was it? in March and infected many, many people to start it all off, the concentration remained in the North and hardly touched the South, they said, and all basically under control now, all thanks to early reaction, efficiency and common sense. Qualities lacking elsewhere, as we've seen.

I didn't see a documentary on Romania, but Sorana_M is doing quite well at that herself. When she said before that online school with her daughter sucks, I thought she meant it was just a pain with a young girl moping around the house all day and being forced to go to school at home, but I see now it's the system that sucks. Looks like online schooling could do with a bit of an overhaul. Still, as they say over here, that's what elections are for, to punish those who didn't come up to scratch, and to reward those who would have done it much better if they'd only been given the chance to save the country from this disgraceful shame and shameful disgrace, a safe pair of hands (properly gloved), no barefaced lies (just masked lies), why-oh-why, blah-blah etc. etc. etc.
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I watched a documentary last night called The Portuguese Miracle. Despite a bad start when someone flew in to Oporto from China, was it? in March and infected many, many people to start it all off, the concentration remained in the North and hardly touched the South, they said, and all basically under control now, all thanks to early reaction, efficiency and common sense. Qualities lacking elsewhere, as we've seen.

I didn't see a documentary on Romania, but Sorana_M is doing quite well at that herself. When she said before that online school with her daughter sucks, I thought she meant it was just a pain with a young girl moping around the house all day and being forced to go to school at home, but I see now it's the system that sucks. Looks like online schooling could do with a bit of an overhaul. Still, as they say over here, that's what elections are for, to punish those who didn't come up to scratch, and to reward those who would have done it much better if they'd only been given the chance to save the country from this disgraceful shame and shameful disgrace, a safe pair of hands (properly gloved), no barefaced lies (just masked lies), why-oh-why, blah-blah etc. etc. etc.


As far as I know, the first case appeared in Porto (yes), if my memory serves me right.
It is possible, but I can't remember, or I haven't heard it in the news that someone flew from Porto to China.
I know a businessman went to an exhibition of shoes abroad and came infected from Italy.
I believe he was the patient zero and this case was known on March, 2nd. Also, he was one of the recovered patients later on.
On March, 8th, I remember I went to Porto's downtown and the streets were crowded with tourists, and I noticed people, in general, were a bit strange, quieter, worried.
As for the swift reaction of the country, I believe it was more the Portuguese's discipline itself that helped (and it is helping) to control the outbreak.
(Of course... there are always "supermen" and "superwomen" who brazenly flout the rules).
Each Municipality sounded the alarm of this pandemic in the beginning, I recall this too.
I feel Portuguese's Government lacks a bit of consistency during all the Ministries/Agencies/Services speech.
In the early beginning, every person was deemed to be at high risk, in particular, patients suffering from autoimmune diseases, but since the relaxation of the restrictions, every person whose health conditions require certain care and attention can go to work freely (or forced?).
Also, some health professionals were (are) facing some difficulties.
Portuguese aren't perfect, and as someone wrote here before that our President is very well-respected and blah blah blah... well, he can't be an example.
Right now, I can see some "new normalities" I don't agree with, because they simply can put people at risk again, mainly very young children.
The online classes are being a bit criticised. It's something new for everyone, and I believe teachers, students and parents are trying to adapt to this new scenario.
However, funny (and at the same time very sad) things happen during these remote classes. In a Portuguese class, a teacher showed a part of Saint Exupéry's novel, "The Little Prince", in Brazilian Portuguese.
When someone is European Portuguese native, is studying in Portugal, and learning the basics of his/her mother tongue, I am of the opinion that classes should be handled in European Portuguese.
Have a lovely Sunday everyone!

(PS: I might be criticised for my last opinion, but it's my view, my brain, and my knowledge).




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New cases May 24

145 new cases yesterday, May 23rd.
213 new cases today, May 24th.

New outburst at an ice-cream factory in Alba County.


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Mervyn Henderson wrote:

I watched a documentary last night called The Portuguese Miracle. Despite a bad start when someone flew in to Oporto from China, was it? in March and infected many, many people to start it all off, the concentration remained in the North and hardly touched the South, they said, and all basically under control now, all thanks to early reaction, efficiency and common sense. Qualities lacking elsewhere, as we've seen.


Well, Romania is a major workforce exporter for the EU. Though a part of that workforce chose not to be legally employed, so of course they did not have any medical insurance and so.
Many Romanians worked in the HoReCa industry - that is hotels, restaurants, catering. Or as "badante" - assisting elders. Italy was one of the favorite destinations. You can find documentaries on this.
When the industry closed down, they were forced to return home. And they came home... by the thousands. Easy way for the virus to travel. By plane, by bus, by car. Some people even crossed the border on foot at Nadlac. Friends or relatives were waiting for them on the other side.
Of those who returned, some lied about their departure point, claiming they were returning from Germany. Or some other EU country, but not Italy.
Then some other countries were labeled as "red flags". And we witnessed another wave of returns.
A 14-day quarantine was established - either at home, for those who could do it at home, or in institutionalized facilities, as they called them. Some tenants were not pleased at all and caused destruction. Even fled, trying to get home faster. Penalties were applied by police.
At present, all Romanian citizens returning from a foreign country are subjected to the 14-day quarantine.

One of the most famous cases here is this.

A 60-year old guy, ex-police officer, travels to Israel accompanied by a lady.
On February 26th, he returns to Romania and goes on with his life.
Following a traditional March 1st custom here, he goes to work - meaning the Public Domain Administration in District 4, Bucharest, and gives "martisoare" to the ladies there (120 people were in the building at that time), shaking hands and exchanging kisses. His wife was employed there as well.
On March 5th, he starts feeling sick and goes to a special hospital in Bucharest - special because it belongs to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
When questioned about having traveled abroad, he denies it.
Some of the medical staff there get sick and the hospital is closed down.

The lady who had accompanied him on his trip to Israel was working in a public office in Bucharest. The office was closed down, 70 people being quarantined.

His son, pregnant daughter-in-law, and little nephew were said to have also been infected. A doctor who had treated him for some other condition was also infected. Other people, having had contact with contacts of this guy or his family, were also infected. Both his son and his daughter-in-law's jobs implied social contact.

This is all public information, in case anyone is wondering, and a criminal case against this man was opened. Apart from a 4,000 EUR fine.

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Cases are falling (?) May 24

I don't know if coronavirus numbers announced by authorities are correct, but I feel the number of daily new COVID-19 deaths and virus cases in the main European countries are falling.
Here the situation reports:
30,471 confirmed patients;
7,705 recovered patients; and
1,302 deaths
I hope to be here next year, see the world alive and kicking again!... and of course, I need to cut my hair, attend to my medical appointments, etc.
My "hippie" hairstyle will live
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I don't know if coronavirus numbers announced by authorities are correct, but I feel the number of daily new COVID-19 deaths and virus cases in the main European countries are falling.
Here the situation reports:
30,471 confirmed patients;
7,705 recovered patients; and
1,302 deaths
I hope to be here next year, see the world alive and kicking again!... and of course, I need to cut my hair, attend to my medical appointments, etc.
My "hippie" hairstyle will live until the end of this year, and doctors only next year... I guess.
Instead of a headband, I will be using a "face band"
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I hear this fella's quite good May 25

expressisverbis wrote:

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



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A Memorial Day message May 25

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Goes together with this:

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Goes together with this:

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Tuesday 26 May - a funeral May 26

I went to one here yesterday evening. An elderly acquaintance’s mother, which made the deceased elderly with stripes – she’d passed the ton, in fact, finally pegging out at 101. Not from coronavirus, from a heart attack, but at that age it doesn’t really matter anyway. As Robert Mitchum said, when someone pointed out that he smoked and drank more than was good for him, “Man's gotta die from somethin', right?”

A terrible pity, but a relief too, as people said in hushed t
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I went to one here yesterday evening. An elderly acquaintance’s mother, which made the deceased elderly with stripes – she’d passed the ton, in fact, finally pegging out at 101. Not from coronavirus, from a heart attack, but at that age it doesn’t really matter anyway. As Robert Mitchum said, when someone pointed out that he smoked and drank more than was good for him, “Man's gotta die from somethin', right?”

A terrible pity, but a relief too, as people said in hushed tones outside the church. Well, hushed tones because it’s the kind of thing you say in a hushed tone, but everyone wearing masks makes it more hushed and largely unintelligible anyway.

Two to a pew, that’s the church standard now. Two to every other pew, actually, and one person in the pews inbetween. One at either end of the pew, which were about 5 metres long, and only one person at the centre of the pews behind and in front.

The priest looked a bit like Selwyn Froggitt. Those of you who don’t know will have to look it up, sorry. Not that I, or anyone else, because I asked afterwards, understood a lot of what he said, because he was talking into the mask on his chin vaguely in the direction of the mike, but the acoustics of the place weren’t great, and my pew was just in front of the loudspeaker, so I was hearing his mumblings twice at once, plus he was wheezing and whistling and hawking throughout it all, and there was one high-pitched whine when I thought he was going to keel over himself.

He did the old lady proud, though, because most priests have wrapped things up within 30 minutes or less, but this one was just shy of an hour. I’d never been in that particular church before. Jesus looked on balefully from the cross over on the left, and Mary was up on high at the centre of the altarpiece.

Which reminds me of that film, The Greatest Story Ever Told. Well, maybe you don’t remember the title, but you’ll definitely remember John Wayne as the Roman centurion at the very end, looking up at the cross and saying “Truly, this was the son of God.” Quite surprising at the time from an actor more used to lines such as “Don’t you worry none, Sheriff, we’ll get a posse together and head off all those mean hombres at the pass”.

They say that on the first take, Wayne just looked up at the cross and said, beaming widely, “Truly, this was da son of Gaad!” The director came around and said “That was great, John, just fine, but could we possibly do another take, with a bit of awe this time, a little awe, can you do that?”

Wayne thought about it, said “Sure, I can do that”, and when they’d set up the take and the director cried “Action!”, Wayne looked up at the cross again and said, “Aw, truly, this was da son of Gaad!”


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Mervyn Henderson wrote:

They say that on the first take, Wayne just looked up at the cross and said, beaming widely, “Truly, this was da son of Gaad!” The director came around and said “That was great, John, just fine, but could we possibly do another take, with a bit of awe this time, a little awe, can you do that?”

Wayne thought about it, said “Sure, I can do that”, and when they’d set up the take and the director cried “Action!”, Wayne looked up at the cross again and said, “Aw, truly, this was da son of Gaad!”


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