Here there be rants. There will be Freeman stuff, Lawful Rebellion stuff and Random stuff. I am rebelling because I want my country back. My lawful obligations are as follows: “together with the community of the whole realm, distrain and distress us in all possible ways, namely, by seizing our castles, lands, possessions, and in any other way they can, until redress has been obtained as they see fit…” Article 61 Magna Carta 1215
March 09, 2011
View From My Hotel
As you can see, my view is spoiled by those giant corporations.
Tesco, on the left, attracts most of the footfall, and Asda, in prime position on the corner, comes a close second. In the middle is Lidl, and she doesn't get much business at all. Stunning, when you learn, (as I did), that all three sell fags, sweets, drinks, fags, phone cards, fags, nuts, fruit, fags, and fags. All of it is "Cheap-cheap, Monsieur!" the ladies tell me. I favour Lidl's because she doesn't get many nationals, never mind international customers. Plus, I always support the underdog.
I have seen dozens of multi-coloured lizards about 18" long but the buggers will not stand still long enough for me to take pictures.
I have seen one set of working traffic lights (which everyone ignores) in the whole city. The traffic flows beautifully. I think our problems in our cities is due to the active traffic lights. We should switch them all off. As my driver, Jonas, said to me this morning "Here, everybody assumes they have priority at all times and everybody respects that". It should be chaotic but it just isn't.
All in all, not a bad place to be. I am melting in the 34 degree heat but I am rehydrating with French beer and that old stand-by, Gordons gin. Smoking in bars is a pure delight. No-one complains. No fake coughs and no infantile hand-waving. Bliss!
Right, I'm off to hunt down some passive lizards for you....
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I'm jealous! It's even raining here in the Costa del Sol.. but, in the smaller backstreet bars, they're pretty much ignoring the smoking ban. Most of the guardia smoke so nobody is enforcing anything.... yet!
If you want to photograph lizards, early in the morning is the time to do it. They'll be cold and sluggish from the night, and out basking in the sun to warm up so much easier photographic targets.
It is dry season now. When it starts raining it doesn't stop for 4 months.
I'm supposed to come back here in a few weeks. Better bring my brolly!
Thanks Dr Dan.
I'll get up earlier and look around the hotel garden. There are hundreds of them in there but they are sneaky.
I've noticed that they can move at a fair lick when they feel threatened.
How I love local shops and stalls. No globalisation shotgun selling there, me thinks.
They have roads?
Smoking in pubs? What a delight!
Thanks! Lovely post.
I look forward to the lizard hunt.
Not a pothole in sight either!!
Aberdeenshire woke to snow this morning. Not much, but it's bitterly cold and there's not a single pub we can smoke inside.
Which is why my house is stocked with booze and ashtrays.
At least we had National No Smoking day today, which made my cigar taste so much better.
I notice Tesco has the biggest bike park, starting as they mean to continue.
Cheering post, looking forward to seeing these stealth lizards :D
Ranty man, could you please do a post on the census rebellion taking place in london on the 26th of march???
You have a doppleganger!
Check out "Colonel Shouty" in the comments...
Quote - "Lawful rebellion" is a load of nonsense. It's like being bukkake'd with stupidity.
"I have seen dozens of multi-coloured lizards about 18" long but the buggers will not stand still long enough for me to take pictures."
Probably don't want to end up grilled on a stick to be sold at the local emporium!
Thanks all, for your comments.
Internet is really poor here. I had to pay CFA45,000 (around £60) for one weeks access and it isn't much better than dial-up. It is making blogging difficult.
I have seen loads of the multi-coloured jobs but I never seem to have my bloody camera ready.
Julia, I checked with Mrs Lidl. She says they don't eat them. "The tribes up north, however", she said, "Will eat anything".
My emails from you lot are backing up as well. Plenty of emails on a variety of subjects so thank you for those. I have read them but have not had the time to reply to them all. I will reply soonest.
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