Moments from the Costa del Sol - What a difference a week makes

March 24, 2021 - 09:08 AM - 924 views
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Hola Funky Media listeners from a gloriously sunny Costa del Sol. Yes, of course it's me Michelle/Essex, bringing you this week's update on what's going on where I am. Well, what a difference a week makes, yet again I'm glad to report that the COVID numbers here have dropped way down, so this has resulted in the restaurants and bars being able to extend their opening hours, until 10:30pm, at night. Yipppeee, we can all eat dinner at dinner time. Well, at least for the next three weeks and our curfew has been raised an hour as well to 11pm, until at least the 9th of April. Happy days. I get to enjoy my birthday dinner out like a civilised person at dinnertime as opposed to lunchtime. You know it's gonna seem really strange, going out at night, we haven't been out a night in a whole year. The ironic thing is is I hate driving at night, oddly enough.

On the subject of driving. I haven't had a great week this week, I had just popped down the road to my chemist when my car had a bit of an argument with a red and yellow post and it's now sporting racing stripes down the passenger side. I was pulling into a parking space, and some idiot has erected a barrier after the last space on the row, which is lower than the wing mirrors of my car. So to be fair, I didn't see them but I certainly heard the scraping of them as they stripped the paint off the side of the car. You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach because you know you've caused damage and it's going to involve an insurance claim. Anyway I got out of the car to survey the damage and I must say on my own behalf, I did a stellar job. Thankfully, my insurance company gave me a no excess year this year due to my excellent driving skills, and the 100 years of no claims bonus that I have. So thankfully it's not going to cost me a cent. Well, at least until my premiums due, I'm sure they'll probably put my insurance up this year. I have to say the lady the insurance company was very helpful and the first thing she asked me was, if I was hurt, or okay which I kind of thought was a nice touch. I told her, no I wasn't hurt but my car wasn't feeling too great and she told me not to worry because everything will be taken care of for me. I got to say, as it was my first claim they were brilliant. I was actually dreading calling them. I don't know why, I guess in my head I thought I was gonna get a stern telling off for being such a klutz that I am and to be fair, well, I don't know I've never done this before but the lady was very nice and helpful. Unlike my husband, who's always telling me how clumsy I am. Well I have broken a few things since we've lived here but in my defence everywhere here has marble floors, It's hard not to drop something without smashing it into a million pieces. In fact, yesterday, my neighbour came over to borrow a vase, (ahh bless her, she´s just had a new baby) and I managed to break two vases, whilst trying to get one out of the cupboard for her and glass when everywhere, it´s like, do one job create 10 That's my motto. And I'll tell you something else about marble floors, they´re hard, and they bloody hurt when you fall down on them. It's not like landing on a carpet like in the house where I grew up in all my life. Oh no, it flippin hurts ! I had an episode a couple of years ago when I came, hurtling down my staircase, and I cut my elbow open. I kind of put my arms back behind me to like, avoid fracturing my skull on the stairs on the way down and my elbows took the brunt of it. If I tell you I saw stars that would not be exaggerating, well, maybe a little embellishing but there was blood everywhere and my luck on this particular day, I had just hired a new cleaner. I think a frightened the life out of her because needless to say, I never saw her again after that. I've also fallen off a pair of high heels in the bedroom. Erm, can I just add I was getting ready to go out and that nothing kinky was going on and I didn't only hurt my pride I can tell you, in fact my old man turned around and said to me, "Are you going to be able to walk in those" ? to which I replied, "Only to the table in the restaurant".

Anyway, back to the lifted restrictions. These will only apply for the next three weeks, as far as we know, until the high days and holy days are over and then, depending on the situation here, I'm guessing they will assess the situation and will either revert back to the 6:30pm closing rule or hopefully if the numbers stay low here, maybe things will remain the same. We still have the four people allowed inside and six people allowed outside restriction in place, but the Spanish tend to have very large families, so I'm not sure what's going to happen when we get to Semana Santa, or Easter week as we know it. They tend to have very large family gatherings, you know, with like relatives of relatives but as far as I'm aware at this point, there will be no parades this year, which is normally traditional but none of those will be taking place. Other than that, I guess, compared to other places in the world we haven't got it so bad. There's still no news on the vaccines. I have asked around and as far as we're aware the AstraZeneca shot has temporarily been risk suspended here due to investigations, so I'm sure that's going to slow the process down a bit more. Another week and still empty shelves of meat products and certain items in the English supermarkets. However, this week special seems to be Skittles, which I gotta say I'm quite partial to. Sausages are becoming like gold. If things get any worse. We'll be buying them off the black market, let alone the supermarkets.

And while we're on the subject of food. Taiwan is in the news this week with a very fishy tale. Officials in Taiwan apparently begging people to stop changing their name to SALMON, after more than 130 Fish lovers, changed their name in order to get free sushi from a very clever marketing ploy. I mean, can you believe the intelligence of some people, A Japanese chain of restaurants called Sushuro ran a two day promotion ending Thursday March 18, which offered a free for all, you know a free all you can eat meal to any customer and five friends if they change their name. All the customers needed to do was show their ID and as long as it contained the Chinese characters for the word salmon, which I'm not going to try and pronounce, they would get their sushi free. It turns out that the Taiwanese people can officially change their name up to three times maximum. Now, I have no idea if there's a charge to change your name, but I think it seems a bit of a drastic thing to do for a piece of fish but apparently it seen a lot of young people formally request to change their names at the Government offices. One college student told a local TV channel, that they changed their name and managed to save 176 pounds. Another woman said she too had changed her name to SALMON, as did two of her friends. She added that, they'll just change their names back afterwards but what a palavar for freebie but officials are fuming, really, they are really fuming and they're begging people, yes begging people to stop changing their name, as it's taking up too much of their time. It does make you wonder how many people actually applied, an official said that the kind of name change not only waste time but causes unnecessary paperwork. He added, I hope everyone can be more rational about it. I think that's got to be one of the nuttiest or even fishiest stories I've read this week. I mean, you got to be desperate for some sushi to go to those kinds of lengths.

And finally, this guy in, he's got to be the luckiest fellow in the world right now, an anidentified Connecticut man bought a bowl from a boot sale for $35 last year, that's about 25 GB pounds or 30 euros to me, because he had a feeling that there was something special about it and you know what ? he was completely right. He emailed photos of it to Sotheby's seeking an evaluation. Appraisers determined that it dated back to the Ming dynasty of the early 1400s, and estimated it's worth at about 300 to 500,000. In fact, it turns out to be a rare 15th century Chinese artefact, which is now sold at Sotheby's auction for $721,800 That's more than 20% times have its original asking price. Why can't that happen to me. Every time I go to a boot sale is full of people selling crap neither they want or I want. It reminds me that episode on Only Fools and Horses when Dell boy's father in law have found that rare watch in his garage that was worth millions. In the meantime I'm struggling to get one number on my EuroMillions lottery ticket. I did complain to the guy last week who sold it to me. I told him that he sold me a duff ticket, and that the numbers were wrong but I think he thought I was joking. God loves a trier and as they say, "You've got to be in it to win it" !!! Well, I'm off to plan my birthday celebrations for this year, or at least instruct my husband of my wants and desires. Have a great week everyone. Be sure to tune in next week to find out what went wrong. Nah, I'm just kidding. Be kind to people it's a lot easier than getting thumped. See you next week. Stay safe, and as always from me, Michelle ...............Hasta Luego from the Costa del Sol.


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