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So Apr 5

Mervyn Henderson wrote:

Despondency, doom, despair, I mean. The Big Final was played down in Sevilla last night to an unpacked stadium, thanks to Mr/Madam Corona. I watched it because, although I'm not a fanatic, I like to see a game every now and then. On the box, of course. I rarely got up enough enthusiasm to pay to actually have to go and see it live. I saw Athletic Bilbao play at home once, I saw Barcelona play at home once, and I saw Derry City play at home once, and that's it. It's better in your own home, or in a bar. At the stadium, you drop your crisps, and somebody scores while you're looking for the bag under your seat, and you don't see the replay. Or the endless slow motion repeats.

Replays and slow motion. They must have shown the replay of a penalty offence in both slow motion and fast motion twenty times last night. There was no doubt it was a penalty, but apparently the issue was (1) whether Athletic defender Martínez had brought a player down inside or outside the box, and (2) whether he had handled the ball (actually, it hit his elbow from behind, from what I could see). He was given a red card, then the ref consulted with the VAR, and brought him back on with a yellow card. But Oyarzabal won the game from the spot. 1-0, and that was the way it ended. Athletic was never really in the game, though (shh, don't say I told you so ...).

I cut the sound on the TV at the final whistle, and listened. Oh dear. Not a peep from outside in Bilbao, and nobody out on the balconies parping their red and white trumpets and waving their red and white flags. I imagine the din was absolutely deafening up the coast in Donostia, aka San Sebastián, with absolutely everyone out on the balconies parping their blue and white trumpets (I assume they have the same thing there) and waving their blue and white flags.

Poor Athletic Club Bilbao. Still, cheer up, lads - that was the 2020 Copa del Rey, but meanwhile Fate dictated that they also made the final of the 2021 Copa del Rey, due to be played in a couple of weeks at the same stadium, but against Barcelona this time. Whatever happens, they'll go down in history as the first club in the realm to play two finals of the same cup in the same year.

I imagine this has happened in many countries, the national cup being postponed for a year. I don't know anything about the UK's FA Cup, but considering Boris' flaffing-around policy last spring, presumably it was played in 2020 without a hitch.

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Summary: the old Roman version sounds more fun


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Doom and gloom (continued) Apr 6

Along with Madrid and the surrounding area, and Catalonia too, we're one of the red-alert zones. And considering the crowded beaches during Easter and crowds everywhere else too, not least those who turned out in large numbers to send off both football teams for the final last week (and turned up again in equally large numbers to welcome them back), no social distance, and not many masks either. The Basque Government will be bringing out an assessment of the situation in a few days, and nobody t... See more
Along with Madrid and the surrounding area, and Catalonia too, we're one of the red-alert zones. And considering the crowded beaches during Easter and crowds everywhere else too, not least those who turned out in large numbers to send off both football teams for the final last week (and turned up again in equally large numbers to welcome them back), no social distance, and not many masks either. The Basque Government will be bringing out an assessment of the situation in a few days, and nobody thinks it's going to be good news either.

Still, they managed to pull off a marathon AstraZeneca vaccination stint here during Easter. In the larger picture, the Spanish authorities had been hoping to have everyone vaccinated by the end of the summer, but that was just wishful thinking, and it'll be more like September/October now.

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Never-ending cycle Apr 6

After cunningly keeping all the vaccines for ourselves, we thought we were on the home straight, unlike all you dirty continentals who never did wash your hands, but now they’ve started talking about another wave here too in the autumn due to new variants capable of evading even our Great British vaccine (you know, the one that only works half as well as the other ones and may or may not have fatal side-effects, but is still just as good or better because we made it ourselves). Will this blood... See more
After cunningly keeping all the vaccines for ourselves, we thought we were on the home straight, unlike all you dirty continentals who never did wash your hands, but now they’ve started talking about another wave here too in the autumn due to new variants capable of evading even our Great British vaccine (you know, the one that only works half as well as the other ones and may or may not have fatal side-effects, but is still just as good or better because we made it ourselves). Will this bloody thing never end?Collapse


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Side-effects Apr 6

What they don't ever say about AstraZeneca - it's the only one I know about, used in the Easter Shot Marathon here - is that you can feel pretty queasy for a day or even two days afterwards, although of course this varies from person to person. Which might even be construed as a kind of encouraging consolation, because it means that they're giving you something rather potent to combat something equally potent. I haven't been called yet, but I'm up for a bit of short-term queasiness.

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Statistics Apr 6

Well yes, best assume a couple of days off work just in case. According to the leaflet you get after (but not before) the jab, flu-like symptoms occur in “more than one in ten” people. So, anything between 11 (arguably 20) and 100 per cent. Talk about scientific precision...

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Days off Apr 6

That's great. I'll talk to the boss about a couple of days off, maybe even three to make sure. That'll be one in the eye for him, the miserable Paddy git.

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Little photoreporting from my Covid vaccination Apr 6

http://www.condak.cz/nove/2021-04/05/CS/00.html

Ostrava, Černá Louka /black meadow/, pavilion "A"

First dose 8.3.2021 and second dose 5.4.2021.

No waiting before vaccination.

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AstraZeneca Apr 8

Big, big cafuffle over here with the AZ vaccine. They've now suspended it for the under-60s. Thing is, which vaccine are they going to use instead? PM Sánchez promised just the other day that - I'm doing this from memory - about a third of the population would be vaccinated by May/June, then about half of them, and finally about 75% by the end of the summer, something like that. Great expectations. If you have the vaccines to vaccinate them, that is. Everyone seems to be flogging vaccines nowad... See more
Big, big cafuffle over here with the AZ vaccine. They've now suspended it for the under-60s. Thing is, which vaccine are they going to use instead? PM Sánchez promised just the other day that - I'm doing this from memory - about a third of the population would be vaccinated by May/June, then about half of them, and finally about 75% by the end of the summer, something like that. Great expectations. If you have the vaccines to vaccinate them, that is. Everyone seems to be flogging vaccines nowadays, though, so there's bound to be one out there that fits the bill. I'm thinking of putting one together myself.




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Egg on face Apr 8

Similar picture emerging here, with the government now looking to give young people different vaccines.

I do hope they had the foresight to buy up all of them too.

I am by nature cynical of government, and the ethics are seriously questionable, but I have to say whoever in Whitehall decided to snap up 99% of the global supply of jabs just for Blighty was very much on the top of his or her game. Shame he or she wasn’t in charge of the rest of the shitshow.

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Similar picture emerging here, with the government now looking to give young people different vaccines.

I do hope they had the foresight to buy up all of them too.

I am by nature cynical of government, and the ethics are seriously questionable, but I have to say whoever in Whitehall decided to snap up 99% of the global supply of jabs just for Blighty was very much on the top of his or her game. Shame he or she wasn’t in charge of the rest of the shitshow.

I just hope feeling bored at work isn’t a precursor to a blood clot.
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I want the Russian one, obv. Apr 8

On the other hand, having turned 18 in December, I reckon I'm never going to be vaccinated. My teenage, chirpy antibodies will take care of the virus in their youthful, devil-may-care attitude.

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18 Apr 8

Congrats, PLF!!! Big 18. Now you can finally do whatever you want. You can drink alcohol, you can check out the coffee shops in the Netherlands, you can vote, you can pay taxes and social security too, and you can even get sent to prison if the fancy takes you, all that go-to stuff. Enjoy!

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Congratulations Apr 8

Hey, Portia, how YOU doin’?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZEI3K5q6iM

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Thanks for asking, Chris! Apr 8

Chris S wrote:

Hey, Portia, how YOU doin’?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un41oly0Iu8

Well, I used to feel that way for the whole second decade of my life, most part of the third, and a bit of the fourth too.

Now that I'm approaching old age, I feel more cheerful and optimistic, with a bittersweet aftertaste:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHJ3iZpfBRI

[Edited at 2021-04-08 13:25 GMT]


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Old age Apr 9

Old age, real old age, Portia, is anywhere between 80 and death, so you have a good 40-odd years left yet. I'm sure you'll put them to exquisite use!!!

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Exquisite, moi!? Apr 10

This is the kind of old fart I wish to become, in this immortal poem by Lewis Carroll:

"You are old, father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head —
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," father William replied to his son,
"I feared it would injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again a
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This is the kind of old fart I wish to become, in this immortal poem by Lewis Carroll:

"You are old, father William," the young man said,
"And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head —
Do you think, at your age, it is right?"

"In my youth," father William replied to his son,
"I feared it would injure the brain;
But now that I'm perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again."

"You are old," said the youth, "as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door —
Pray, what is the reason of that?"

"In my youth," said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
"I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment — one shilling the box —
Allow me to sell you a couple."

"You are old," said the youth, "and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak —
Pray, how did you manage to do it?"

"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life."

"You are old," said the youth; one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose —
What made you so awfully clever?"

"I have answered three questions, and that is enough,"
Said his father; "don't give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I'll kick you down stairs!"

PS for lovely Chris: That a was a huge Swoosh! over my head. Sorry, my dear, as it is more than apparent now, I didn't get the Friends quote; I've almost never watched that show, and I didn't like the few bits I have.

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