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@Chris Feb 9

Nicely put, that last sentence!

Still, remember it'll be all the more pleasurable in the end when you can gird up your loins and make that journey.

You'll probably still have to wear masks, but that just adds to the fun, doesn't it? So I've been told.

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You can leave your mask on Feb 9

Well, no. That just won't work.

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Why not? Feb 9

Jean Dimitriadis wrote:
Well, no. That just won't work.

It never stopped Batman and Robin 🤷‍♂️


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You got a point there Feb 9

Aha, sorry, my mind got stuck on the kinky mouth and nose covering masks we all tend to wear these days, not the superhero-type.

Anyway, cosplay is always fair game, I guess

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Feb 9

oops

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Back to the bars Feb 10

This was announced yesterday. I saw the bar around the corner was open for business again this morning. A shock initiative, as far as I know, because I'd heard nothing about it, probably to give us a bit of a break with our wine and beer and Patxaran before we all fall down and die before Easter due to all the wining and dining. Easter, of course, has been cancelled again.

Like everywhere else, the catering/hospitality/accommodation sector has been complaining for months about all t
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This was announced yesterday. I saw the bar around the corner was open for business again this morning. A shock initiative, as far as I know, because I'd heard nothing about it, probably to give us a bit of a break with our wine and beer and Patxaran before we all fall down and die before Easter due to all the wining and dining. Easter, of course, has been cancelled again.

Like everywhere else, the catering/hospitality/accommodation sector has been complaining for months about all this, so this is a nod to them. "Our premises are safe," they cry. But, oddly enough, we've been restricted for a few weeks now and, despite all that, last night I saw the 24-hour figures for Spain on the Corona + Vaccine News: just under 900 dead since yesterday (it's been creeping up recently from 200-300 a day, 400, 500, 600, the Xmas/New Year effect, presumably), the highest 24-hour figure since April last year, and we all remember what April last year was like.

Still, I suppose they know what they're doing ...

EDIT: I forgot something very important here, so I should add that the bars are only open again because the courts overturned the Basque Government's order to close them. A blow struck for democracy, you might say. The Basque Government is up in arms about it. Being a cynic, I can't help thinking the government is quietly glad all the protesting will now stop, and they don't even have to take any responsibility for it because they can play the holier-than-thou card by blaming the judicial system for all the corpses afterwards.




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Any sympathy for the hospitality sector? Feb 10

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

This was announced yesterday. I saw the bar around the corner was open for business again this morning. A shock initiative, as far as I know, because I'd heard nothing about it, probably to give us a bit of a break with our wine and beer and Patxaran before we all fall down and die before Easter due to all the wining and dining. Easter, of course, has been cancelled again.

Like everywhere else, the catering/hospitality/accommodation sector has been complaining for months about all this, so this is a nod to them. "Our premises are safe," they cry. But, oddly enough, we've been restricted for a few weeks now and, despite all that, last night I saw the 24-hour figures for Spain on the Corona + Vaccine News: just under 900 dead since yesterday (it's been creeping up recently from 200-300 a day, 400, 500, 600, the Xmas/New Year effect, presumably), the highest 24-hour figure since April last year, and we all remember what April last year was like.

Still, I suppose they know what they're doing ...

EDIT: I forgot something very important here, so I should add that the bars are only open again because the courts overturned the Basque Government's order to close them. A blow struck for democracy, you might say. The Basque Government is up in arms about it. Being a cynic, I can't help thinking the government is quietly glad all the protesting will now stop, and they don't even have to take any responsibility for it because they can play the holier-than-thou card by blaming the judicial system for all the corpses afterwards.




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You don't seem to have much sympathy for the hospitality sector. How would you feel if you were forced to stop translating because of corona? I'm delighted the bars are open in Spain. People who're afraid of contracting corona can stay at home if they so wish.


 

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Putting your job on the line Feb 10

It's come to a pretty pass when a bloke can't even enjoy a quiet round of golf these days. There's been a public outcry about a man found breaking the intermunicipality confinement restrictions to play at a course in Mungia this weekend just down the road from here. Not just any man, though. This one happens to work for the Basque Government. Or worked, rather, because he's been shown the door now. And not just any old department of the Basque Government, either, no. This one was on the committe... See more
It's come to a pretty pass when a bloke can't even enjoy a quiet round of golf these days. There's been a public outcry about a man found breaking the intermunicipality confinement restrictions to play at a course in Mungia this weekend just down the road from here. Not just any man, though. This one happens to work for the Basque Government. Or worked, rather, because he's been shown the door now. And not just any old department of the Basque Government, either, no. This one was on the committee of experts advising on the pandemic. Do as I say, but don't do as I do. It's reassuring to know whose hands we're in.Collapse


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Pressure group Feb 10

I'm not against the hospitality sector, to the extent that I've injected large amounts of my money into it over many years, but I draw certain conclusions, that's all. They open up the watering holes, we don't know how to behave, and what happens happens.

You never answered my question about dissent, by the way. But if nobody pays any attention to the voice crying in the wilderness, why not get in touch with Matthias's soon-to-be ex-neighbours (in fact, there'll be an empty house go
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I'm not against the hospitality sector, to the extent that I've injected large amounts of my money into it over many years, but I draw certain conclusions, that's all. They open up the watering holes, we don't know how to behave, and what happens happens.

You never answered my question about dissent, by the way. But if nobody pays any attention to the voice crying in the wilderness, why not get in touch with Matthias's soon-to-be ex-neighbours (in fact, there'll be an empty house going in Kiel), to Make Plans for your Response. You could call it the Round Table, and you could style yourself as the Knight of the Long Whines.
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Severely? Feb 10

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And I ask the question again: how are governments being too "lax" regarding corona restrictions? People's lives are already severely curtailed as it is. What other restrictions are even possible?


Well, they could stop relaxing travel restrictions and opening schools and bars and shops and tourism as soon as numbers go down a bit, causing them to shoot up again.

They could shut down public transport and non-essential work. Stop sporting events. Close the borders. Ban air travel. Have curfews.

They could make us actually, literally, stay at home. They could actively enforce the rules.

The restrictions vary from country to country, but the common denominator is that as soon as they are relaxed the virus runs riot and a shedload of people die.

You can't just say "if you're scared, stay home". That's too simplistic. Letting the virus run through the population isn't an option because who is going to run the hospitals then?

I can see we're not going to find common ground, but nobody likes the restrictions. I've just come to realise it's a price worth paying.


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Mervyn Henderson wrote:

It's come to a pretty pass when a bloke can't even enjoy a quiet round of golf these days. There's been a public outcry about a man found breaking the intermunicipality confinement restrictions to play at a course in Mungia this weekend just down the road from here. Not just any man, though. This one happens to work for the Basque Government. Or worked, rather, because he's been shown the door now. And not just any old department of the Basque Government, either, no. This one was on the committee of experts advising on the pandemic. Do as I say, but don't do as I do. It's reassuring to know whose hands we're in.


We too have had our fair share of People In Charge getting caught breaking the rules for various reasons.

Which makes me think: Stupid ****s. You know everyone is watching you.

But what kind of moron genuinely thinks, if they're not following the rules why should I?


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Wow Feb 10

Chris S wrote:

Well, they could stop relaxing travel restrictions and opening schools and bars and shops and tourism as soon as numbers go down a bit, causing them to shoot up again.

They could shut down public transport and non-essential work. Stop sporting events. Close the borders. Ban air travel. Have curfews.

They could make us actually, literally, stay at home. They could actively enforce the rules.

The restrictions vary from country to country, but the common denominator is that as soon as they are relaxed the virus runs riot and a shedload of people die.

You can't just say "if you're scared, stay home". That's too simplistic. Letting the virus run through the population isn't an option because who is going to run the hospitals then?

I can see we're not going to find common ground, but nobody likes the restrictions. I've just come to realise it's a price worth paying.


And how long would sou suggest those kind of authoritarian rules stay in place.

It's quite unbelievable how authoritarian people have become in response to the coronavirus. All the more so since these are often the same people who, before corona, would call other people Nazis for daring to suggest even minor restrictions on immigration, for instance. Now it's all "Shut the borders!", "Make people stay at home!", "Throw people into prison for years if they break the rules!". I'm genuinely deeply shocked at what we've become.


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The Knight of the Long Whines Feb 10

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

I'm not against the hospitality sector, to the extent that I've injected large amounts of my money into it over many years, but I draw certain conclusions, that's all. They open up the watering holes, we don't know how to behave, and what happens happens.

You never answered my question about dissent, by the way. But if nobody pays any attention to the voice crying in the wilderness, why not get in touch with Matthias's soon-to-be ex-neighbours (in fact, there'll be an empty house going in Kiel), to Make Plans for your Response. You could call it the Round Table, and you could style yourself as the Knight of the Long Whines.


I wish I had said that ...


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This just in: Feb 10

From our German office:

A man was questioned by German police earlier today at a stall he had set up with shots of Basque txakoli wine, Patxaran liqueur and snack-sized pieces of cod in “vizcaína” tomato sauce. He was accompanied by four or five unsmiling, heavily-tattooed skinheads with northern German accents, wearing nose rings, jeans two or three sizes too short held up by braces in the colours of the national flag, purple Doc Marten boots, and black T-shirts with a range o
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From our German office:

A man was questioned by German police earlier today at a stall he had set up with shots of Basque txakoli wine, Patxaran liqueur and snack-sized pieces of cod in “vizcaína” tomato sauce. He was accompanied by four or five unsmiling, heavily-tattooed skinheads with northern German accents, wearing nose rings, jeans two or three sizes too short held up by braces in the colours of the national flag, purple Doc Marten boots, and black T-shirts with a range of motifs: “I am a Kieler”, “Kiel! Kiel! Kiel!”, “Kielhaul them all!”, and even “DO mention the war!”

In a constant diatribe directed at passers-by, the man proclaimed solidarity with the “downtrodden restauranteurs, bar-owners and hoteliers of Euskadi”, punctuating his phrases with grim warnings such as “Watch it, Mutti, it might be you next” and “Nice little Reichstag you’ve got here – be a shame if it got set on fire”.

When the police arrived, the man, who claimed to be ex-pat Irish, sneered and said “I suppose you’re going to arrest us for rabid, deliberate, provocative dissent, are you?”, but was merely told he had a perfect right to express discontent under German law, and that in any case the whys and wherefores of other countries were simply irrelevant in his country of residence.

On hearing this, he gathered up his stall and left in obvious disappointment, although one skinhead with a tattoo on his forehead, “We’ll get you for this, Hess, wherever you may be”, and another on his bare chest, “Ich könnt’ dich plattmachen, nur weil heute Mittwoch ist”, only just legible amid floppy white breasts and rolls of fat, complained bitterly: “What, I don’t even get to knife anyone?” he was heard to hiss.
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Enjoying the lockdown, are you? Feb 10

P.L.F.Persio wrote:

I wish I had said that ...


So everyone who complains about the authoritarian lockdown measures is just a whinger in your view?


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