Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

14-day quarantine UK arrivals from Spain

July 26, 2020

As of midnight last night, all arrivals into UK from Spain will have to go into 14-day quarantine.

Strictly speaking self-isolation, not quarantine.

For once the UK government has acted promptly.

14-day self-isolation for arrivals from Spain, FCO advice, do not travel to Spain (Balearic Islands and Canary Islands exempt).

Spanish holiday in Tenerife during the summer. Thus what is safe today may not remain safe.

The usual suspects are bleating, airlines, tour companies. They knew Spain was high risk, but happily transported tourists to Spain.

Reckless behaviour by Jet 2 encouraging tourists to ignore FCO advice and travel to Spain regardless. Those stupid enough to ignore FCO advice will invalidate their travel insurance.

Nothing surprises me cowboy Ryanair.

Countries across Europe are acting responsibly, restricting where visitors are from, who can enter the country.

More countries could be added at short notice to the UK quarantine list.

We can take the train. It will reduce CO2 emissions, but does nothing to halt the spread of covid-19. When we travel, we risk spreading covid-19.

Everyone entering UK should be scanned for high temperature, random testing of arrivals.

Those who travelled to Spain, should have known it was risky. Did travel companies like tui and Jet2 not warn them? I doubt it.

Only a couple of weeks ago, travel companies flew a plane load of willing lackeys who would write glowing reports it is safe.

If we look at affected regions in Spain, the numbers of covid-19 cases had shot up in the last few days.

The Spanish Foreign Minister who claims coronavirus under control, she also claims no political show trials in Catalonia, demonstrates her stupidity every time she opens her mouth.

If we look at USA, fast approaching 100,000 case per day.

Beaches packed, nightclubs and bars heaving. Only now has Barcelona shut down nightclubs, affected tourist areas shut down bars. In US very late in the day shut down bars.

Why were they ever open?

We should all be learning lessons.

We do not heed the whining from the tourist sector. They are not victims as they like to portray themselves, they are the perpetrators.

In England, why are pubs open? Why is The Lion and Snake and other pubs full of drunks, fights in the street, not closed, licence withdrawn?

Leicester in lockdown, why no roadblocks?

Bolton and other cities seeing sharp rise in cases, why no local lockdown?

Unless streets are closed traffic free tables in the street we are going to lose many local indie coffee shops and restaurants.

We must rethink tourism. In Venice they are rethinking tourism. It is ridiculous flying to a location for one week to sit in a bar full of drunken yobs from UK. We must encourage longer stay, direct bookings, end stranglehold of tour companies on the sector, quality tourists, fewer tourists, implement a post-pandemic doughnut economics recovery programme.

Few places are safe to travel to. It is not only the risk of quarantine on return, it is the risk of being stranded, of falling sick. Does your travel insurance even cover covid-19?

And those places that have had few cases, where unlike UK they acted quickly, will see cases rise if they permit visitors from countries like UK where covid-19 is not under control.

Those returning from Spain, or had their package holiday cancelled, will very soon discover the cover tui was offering not worth the paper it was written on.

Cancelled flights, refunds within seven days. Cancelled package holidays, refunds within fourteen days. But good luck with that as many are still waiting a refund.

Demonstration outside Spanish Embassy

October 21, 2017

A demonstration outside Spanish Embassy in Athens to condemn the Fascist regime and its treatment of Catalonia.

Madrid the buzz on the streets

May 24, 2015
Podemos four years ago

Podemos four years ago

If I devised a system, where a tiny percentage owned and controlled all the wealth society produces, where the overwhelming percentage of the population were poor and getting poorer, would such a system be tolerated?

If the answer is no, then why do we tolerate such a system, as that is what we have now?

Indeed it is even worse. We are destroying the planet to keep the system in place.

Why then do we tolerate it, why do we not rise up and not only remove the corrupt politicians who keep the system in place, why do we not replace the system with a fairer system of open coops, open commons, sharing, of participation?

In Greece they are doing, in the little Somerset town of Frome they are doing, in Spain this Sunday they went to the polls and we can but hope Podemos and citizen groups have overthrown the corrupt system.

Crisis economica en Puerto de la Cruz

June 10, 2012
 boarded up shops in Puerto de la Cruz

boarded up shops in Puerto de la Cruz

Last year I was shocked at the number of bars, shops and restaurants that were closed down, boarded up in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerfe in the Canary Islands.

This year I expected it to be far far worse.

I was therefore surprised to see the number of people on the streets, the bars were full, the restaurants were overflowing.

It was all sadly an illusion, It was carnival time. As soon as the carnival was over the streets were empty.

It was as though everyone was having one last binge, blow everything, then nothing left.

I walked back one night from chatting with my Swedish friend Julia. It was around midnight. It was eerily quiet, no one was about, I was the only one on the streets, my footsteps were echoing down the quiet streets.

Bars were closing at ten in the evening. Often we were the only ones in bar. If we did not get to a bar before ten we would find it closed.

Talking to a bar owner, he said local people had no money, tourists were not spending. That is why I was finding bars shutting at 10pm, if not earlier.

He counted off on his hands, ten hotels that had closed down. He said many hotels had not paid their staff for months, others had laid off staff.

Where I was staying they had clearly laid of loads of waiters as there was not sufficient staff to provide a decent service.

That many hotels have gone all inclusive is not good. It was hitting the local economy last year, and only serves to make a dire situation worse.

I found whole streets, every single bar, restaurant, shop, closed down and boarded up.

I encountered a problem I had never experienced before. Gangs of rough looking young men aged 20-30 hanging around. I wondered how long it would be before they set upon tourists who had what they lacked, money.

A friend who had lost her job as a music teacher told me a new teacher would be hired on lower pay.

I do not know what the unemployment figures are for Puerto de la Cruz. For Spain it is 25%. Youth unemployment 40-50%.

The Spanish government has been repeating like a mantra: We are not seeking a bailout.

Saturday lunchtime on BBC Radio 4 Moneybox, UBS said Spain would not be seeking a bailout that weekend, but may need a bailout in the near future.

Saturday night Spain went cap in hand on bended knees to Germany and the EU and sought 100 billion euros for its ailing banks.

100 billion euros is pissing in the wind. Spain is the fourth eurozone country to seek a bailout.


May 4, 2010
Tarifa - Priya Sher

Tarifa - Priya Sher

The Alchemist: At the highest point in Tarifa there is an old fort, built by the Moors. From atop its walls, one can catch a glimpse of Africa.

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