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Catatonic Catalunya

I have visited Catalunya three times. Each time I stayed in a big hotel in Malgrat for two weeks. I am not a club or beach tourist. I saw some of the tourist sites of course, Barcelona, La Rambla, Picasso’s place, Sagrada Familia, the architecture of Gaudi. I got pickpocketed, probably by one of the many Somalian pickpockets in the area. I liked the people apart from the thieves.

Now here’s a thing.

The Catalan people seem to want to be separate from Spain but Spain apparently does not want to let them go.

Last year poor young Catalans were demonstrating about not having jobs, and were blaming the Spanish government.

Now poor young Catalans are demonstrating against tourists because they say they don’t get the money but it goes to AirBnB owners, pushing up housing costs and all the jobs go to East Europeans.

The poor young Catalans have had no luck with protests against their government, so they are now scapegoating the tourists.

So here’s what I think. I am sad that I am no longer welcome in Spain/Catalunya, but I saw Spain/Catalunya before it became an unfriendly country. As usual, once again (as per history – civil wars, Basques etc etc) Spain is tearing itself apart. Fortunately I don’t need to go back there – I’m looking outside the EU for my holidays – maybe South Africa, China, Canada, Japan.

I think the people demonstrating in Spain are wrong, because the money the AirBnB owners get is spent mostly in the Spanish economy and pays Spanish taxes. I also think Spain is wrong because it lets Europe allow cheap labour to flood its market unlike Britain, that has said it will leave Europe so it can stop that problem and control the labour supply to the UK.

British tourists react very quickly – think of Tunisia. The IS attack in La Rambla has frightened some away. Spain’s attitude to the EU negotiations and Gibraltar is making more Brits think of boycotting Spain. The anti-tourist protests and attacks on tourists that are spoiling British, German and Dutch people’s holidays really are the last straw.

I think that maybe many British tourists, and maybe German and Dutch ones as well, might teach the foolish anti-tourists a deep hard lesson and very few at all will go to Spain as a tourist for many years. Then I think the East European cheap labour would go away from Spain as there would be no jobs in the empty hotels, bars and restaurants. There would be no income to all the AirBnB properties to be spent in Spain. There would be no taxes from the hotels, bars and restaurants and tourist shops. There would also be no subsidy from the EU to support Spain any more as the EU would be supporting all the extra jobless East Europeans that Spain would have created, and would be doing that without a third of the EU income – only Britain, Germany and France have any money, and Britain is taking it’s money away.

Perhaps the Spanish anti-tourist protesters would be left dirt-poor with no jobs to even compete for against the East Europeans, their rich class having no income from the AirBnB to pay tax for their welfare system, so their government would have no income to help the poor, the EU would not be able to help them and there would be not even jobs in fishing (because Britain is taking back its waters). These protesters would be left to share their country with their unwanted guests, the Somalian pick-pocket gangs. Maybe Germany could lend them some money then become hated as has happened in dirt-poor Greece. Meanwhile the drug dealers who lost their most valuable asset, lots of tourist customers for the clubs and bars, would probably be looking for the heads of whoever drove their customers away. Britain won’t even buy salad from Spain if the EU exit is not favorable. Britons can buy some nice salad from Africa and help to develop some nice new tourist places there, in the Commonwealth.

Catalunya could become a broken torn-apart land populated by poverty-stricken people, angry drug dealers and Somali pickpockets. Tourists would not want to visit, anti-tourist protesters would have got their wish.

So then it would be Hasta la vista Catalunya – oops I mean – a reveure Catalunya.

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The Bridge Cafe, Oban, Scotland

No, not at the bridge above, the cafe is in Oban town, a few miles further on from the steel edifice pictured over the title.

The cafe is a complete hidden gem.

Lovely town Oban, but the cafes in town are tourist places and frankly not so all wonderful as they might be.

However hidden away in the unprepossessing environs of an industrial estate that borders on urban-explorable in parts, beside a little green=painted iron bridge near the back of Tesco, is a delightful little cafe.

The owners have created a chic friendly cafe where the discerning will know they have stumbled upon L’Ecosse Profonde (Urbain) – i.e. the “Real” (Urban) Scotland – and can enjoy great value tasty cafe food and drink. No pretensions (unlike my prose), just clean, lightly assembled design from simple components. Excellent. They also have toilets one need not be afraid to use – no really it is a real plus marks.

So, 100 percent recommended. Go out of your way to this less obvious place and get a decent repas instead of tourist-priced auto-fodder. Enjoy living like a local and watching ducks with the Mums.

See the webpage here http://www.bridgecafeoban.co.uk

Trip Advisor apparently calls it a hidden gem – well, YES IT REALLY IS!

It is at
3 Soroba Ln, Oban PA34 4HX
Phone 01631 566697
Opening time on the website – its a daytime place.

I have no commercial connection with the cafe and gain nothing from posting this other than the good feeling that I am telling people about a lovely business that deserves lots of nice customers.

Google stuff about it here https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Bridge+Cafe/@56.4095754,-5.4705996,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x81d13b63895b882!8m2!3d56.4095754!4d-5.4705996

 

Like Radio, Hate Ads?

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If you use a foreign proxy server to listen to your favorite internet radio station, chances are you will be served audio ads for the country the proxy is located in. So chose a country that you cannot understand the language of. That way you still get ads but they are in a language you can’t understand for products you never heard of, that you cannot buy. Hooray now it just sounds fun exotic instead of brainwash annoying.

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Skulduggery

“Skulduggery” these days means underhand behaviour and deception. The word originates probably from a Scottish word for adultery. Adultery as well as being  sexual sin, also implies adulteration, the adding of an impurity to something wholesome for bad reasons. The word also offers a handy pun for this blog article…

Is it me?

No it isn’t. The world really is peppered with satanic symbols and it really is trying to push, ease, cajole and groom you stealthily through nasty little gateways into bad stuff.

So here’s what I found on just one popular culture website on one day – Cool Hunting website today – without even really trying hard.

SKULL image; PYRAMID image; GOAT-HEAD image; Invite to “BE GREEDY.”

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WORLD-TURTLE image; outline of FEMALE TORSO FLOWERS image (suggests deflowering or dismemberment of the female – if you think I am unique in seeing that, then see what Klee thought!); Invite to “BE GREEDY” again.

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An up-beat non-critical article about transgender options in virtual reality SIMS game, a similarly toned article about recreational Cannabis use (yes I do characterise this example as recreational not medical), and an article about getting orgasms from your music.

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So, do we think this is a bunch of wholesome and healthy stuff that a Christian would feel happy to push out onto the world’s lifestyles?

Fortunately we know that the saved reborn are given eyes to see what the unsaved, sadly even when it is pointed out to them, cannot see. If you want to see what is really afoot in this world, you need to light of the world to see by, Jesus.

John 8:12 (KJV)

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

 

Grate idea

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Followers will know I am on an experiment to eliminate modern chemicals from my bathing routine. This means I am using old-fashioned soap bars rather than modern bottles of shampoo detergents.

I wanted a nice soap dish, and came across an item that is not intended as a soap dish but it makes a very good one. Ceramic ginger graters are the perfect size and shape for soap bars, and the spikes mean the soap sticks on the dish once it has dried so you can pick up the whole dish and soap. Take care you don’t drop and break it of course as the ceramic shards would be sharp. You can also use the grater to grate off flakes of soap if you want soapflakes. I purchased mine in John Lewis in the UK, but the link above shows they are easy to find.

 

NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer or store to mention the products or stores featured in this blog article.

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Missing in Asda

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It looks nice, there is a car park. How inviting…

That Asda store is handy I can buy a soft drink on this sunny day…

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I am not superstitious being a Christian, but I do recognise irony and it was Friday 13th.

I wish to stress that the performance of Asda at Anchor Retail Park I experienced is no reflection on the Anchor Retail Park itself or any other businesses based there. I have been with a friend to another shop on the park in the past (to Currys) and we were fully satisfied.

Asda you have given me an appalling impression of your store and organisation. Not that I have shopped much at Asda’s for decades, because compared to  the supermarkets that I do use, I find Asda stores INCREDIBLY DULL and their prices not special at all, but you have definitely encouraged me to continue going elsewhere.

I called in at the store in London to buy a soft drink on my way by because I was working in London that day. The drink was on offer at £1 (UKP) according to the sign on the shelf. As queues were long I went to the service till to pay. The till operator went away and left a queue of us waiting until we began to comment and talk (cheerfully) among ourselves, and then eventually give up and approach other tills. Another till closed as we approached despite it being busy. The spare member of staff manning the security desk just sat there watching the problems. A robot till user was calling for help but no-one went to help him. Finally I got to the till and was told my drink was not on offer. I took the till assistant  to the shelf (she insisted that the shelf she went to was where the product was, but I then took her to the different shelf where the product actually was) and showed her. She angrily pulled the price ticket off and said that should not be there. I said well your store put it there and I want the goods at the price your store has posted. She grumbled and finally agreed to sell me the item at the posted price. Robot till guy was still calling for help, now in an angry raised voice. Static security assistant guy was still statically observing the chaos. Missing assistants one and two were still missing. I think it took me about 25 minutes to get one carton of drink at the posted price, and to have a customer experience that was about as enjoyable as falling into a thorn bush.

I filled out their online feedback, you can imagine eh?

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The store manager’s name makes a pun – selling. Irony huh.

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NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer or store to mention the products or stores featured in this blog article. By completing the Asda customer feedback as I did, I do stand to win £1000 (UKP) in their feedback competition draw (or whatever it is) which would be nice but that’s not why I filled it in, but I would accept the money if I won as hey why not they made my hard day of work feel a tiny bit worse so some money to cheer me up would not be turned away. I hope if I do win however, I can spend it at some other stores than Asda.

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Conducting an experiment

The great soap experiment continues. Links to some earlier blogs about to here and here and here <– click them

Your intrepid researcher would like you to know he is now “suffering” for soapy science. He is enduring electric shocks to add to the knowledge of the world. <grin>

Occasionally like most people I get static electricity shocks, usually when getting out of my car, and only in certain weather if I am wearing certain clothes or shoes.

Since changing to pure minimum-chemical soaps for all skin and hair washing activities and Dead Sea salts for bathing I have been getting ridiculous amounts of shocks off all kinds of objects. My watch also stopped – it is less that two months old and had a new battery in it.

So I am now beginning to think that I have changed the electrical properties of my skin – probably its conductivity.

I had wondered what the long-term effects, possibly ill, of SLS and similar on the skin might be. Especially I had thought that maybe any ill effects might be unexpected and non-obvious, as well as possibly more obvious. Changing the electrical properties of the body, in any way, is certainly nothing I had imagined. It goes to show however that there may indeed be some unconsidered and potentially (little pun there) far-reaching side effects from these almost ubiquitous surfactant chemicals that we may want to  question deeply. I have no idea what the changing electrical properties of my body are, or in what way they are being changed – whether it is just something trivial or whether there are more subtle and profound effects. I do know our nerve impulses and brain are electrochemical circuits, so I do wonder if something profound might just be lurking.

Another thing that happened that is hard do describe was when I was washing my hands on one occasion, I had a very strange and fleeting feeling of a withdrawal symptom, incredibly subtle and fleeting, but of the kind one gets when one has stopped using an addictive chemical such as Nicotine.

I recall that Pastor Robert Maasbach of Life Church UK, when he visited our local church and prayed for me, said that I would be freed from all addictions. I was freed from addiction to Nicotine. Are we also being addicted to SLS compounds? Sounds crazy, but I dunno, this is an experiment.

I will report further.

 

Hidden meanings

Today I found another skull image hidden in plain sight. Just another sign of the times. There are thousands of them. Just turn a packet of Cadbury Giant buttons upside down and compare to a Google search of skull cartoons.

Did the artist who drew it know? Who knows, the skull image is so prevalent now in  the End Times that it easily seeps into the sub-conscious, especially of those whom the Lord has not yet opened their eyes.

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But let us turn Satan’s nasty little games to do the Lord’s work. Let’s look for skulls and hidden things in the Bible.

If you search for skull in the Bible you will find it mentioned about half a dozen times. All but two mentions refer to Golgotha – the place of the skull – where Jesus won his victory.

Of the two exceptions, one refers to Abimelech’s head, and the other  in 2 Kings to Jezebel. Both the exceptions refer to death and destruction where death seemed to be the victor, and the non-exceptions to the place where Christ fought death and won.

And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. – 2 Kings 9:35 (KJV)

The example in 2 Kings is especially enlightening because it is an echo prophesy. The bones of the head, hands and feet of Jezebel that remain after her death reflect the crucified hands and feet, and crowned head of Christ. Such echo prophesies are part of the watermarking of the divine word of God, our Holy Bible.

 

Soap Ops

I was looking for, oh you guessed, a soap without nasty chemicals. Not the shampoo soap, we fixed that, but just a regular daily soap.

This involved me traipsing around five health product stores in Cambridge UK looking at the labels on soap bars. Guess what, all the main brands of friendly health soap seem to actually have nasty chemicals in them.

I finally found one, just one, brand. Quite an obscure one I think. It was in UK retailer Holland and Barrett’s. The price was minuscule, 1.29 UK Pounds, about one Dollar US. The ingredients are impressively low tech and sparse.

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The Brand is called Oliva.

It is of course as the ingredients indicate, not perfumed. So it smells like… cement. I hadn’t realised that olives smell like Portland cement until today, but actually, yes they do.

Does it work? No idea yet. I will let you know as we go along.

NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer or store to mention the products or stores featured in this blog article.