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Day off Oct 23, 2020

I might do a bit of blaargh later, but for the moment it's still my Day Off. You've got to get out and about:

Me, I went for a drive, enshrouded in that guilty, depressing, overwhelming Should-Be-Translating-Really shroud (I'm sure you know what I mean), to get the car for the Basques. Driving around Bilbao, I thought I might be swerving all over the shop, and cursing the elderly behind the wheel, but no. On the way to the garage I saw some sad sights that picked me up. I know it's
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I might do a bit of blaargh later, but for the moment it's still my Day Off. You've got to get out and about:

Me, I went for a drive, enshrouded in that guilty, depressing, overwhelming Should-Be-Translating-Really shroud (I'm sure you know what I mean), to get the car for the Basques. Driving around Bilbao, I thought I might be swerving all over the shop, and cursing the elderly behind the wheel, but no. On the way to the garage I saw some sad sights that picked me up. I know it's bad, but that's how I felt. I saw the black girl on calle Gardoki with the little money tray in front of her who always trills Bueeeeeonos díííías at any time of day, I almost cried listening to the bloke outside El Corte Inglés on Gran Vía singing Benito Lertxundi's haunting Txori Ttikia ("Little Bird" - highly Basque-symbolic, about a bird that didn't want to live in a cage - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUpVkM7wYH0&list=RDXEl9SswhlRk&index=10), I saw a very, very, very sad girl who looked as if she might have just been returning from a gig, and I don't mean a concert, with a generous décolletéd frontage that many would happily sneer at, and that many would condescendingly condone, but that both parties would goggle at and willingly get into if they could, pardon my French, I saw a man arguing with a woman about money outside the casino, I saw a lot of sad shit. I'll say it again, it shouldn't be like that, and I'm ashamed of myself, but it picked me up with a capital U in my translator depression.

I have just over 3K for next week, a 17K gig hanging in the balance while a former TV reporter considers my offer to translate her website, happy with the previous gig and wanting the same translator for the next, although she asked me to change a few things, saying I had perhaps introduced some sexual connotations (I know what you're thinking, especially after yesterday's debacle, but really, both the agency and I thought WTF at the time, I only translate what they give me, and it was only in her head ...), and also almost 4K, which - on Friday - after a few "modifications", has suddenly blossomed into more like 6K, and they "haven't finished it yet", so that's 6K and counting. For Monday? You understand me, my customer said. "I do," said I, "but do you understand me? How much do you understand me? And by "how much", I don't mean how much do you understand me. I mean money, honey." But she understood. Or I hope she did. Whatever way it goes, I'm in for a shite weekend.





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Directives await Oct 23, 2020

And until they are dealt with, I'm looking forward to reading today's diary entries.

Meanwhile, yesterdays headlines include "EU shuts door to travel from Canada amid surge of infections". So much for our flattened curve...


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It's Friday and... Oct 23, 2020

I have to get it off my chest...
Mervyn, I'm sorry for hijacking your diary!
There was a time I believed coronavirus would change people for the better, but I was wrong.
People have changed, yes, but... for the worse.
In real or virtual places, I keep seeing no respect for others.
We have a professional and personal responsibility to be civil and show respect and kindness for others at all times.
This is not what I see these last years everywhere, including
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I have to get it off my chest...
Mervyn, I'm sorry for hijacking your diary!
There was a time I believed coronavirus would change people for the better, but I was wrong.
People have changed, yes, but... for the worse.
In real or virtual places, I keep seeing no respect for others.
We have a professional and personal responsibility to be civil and show respect and kindness for others at all times.
This is not what I see these last years everywhere, including Portugal (sometimes, I think I don't know my country anymore).
And this is not what I saw yesterday in one of the threads of this website.
The lack of respect, intrusion in private life, and unfair treatment are the worst traits that the human being can show.
Nobody's perfect, but we can keep try and trying to be better every day, myself included! Yes, I have many faults.
I will be waiting as well for reading the "next chapter" of the diary!
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It's not hijacking ... Oct 23, 2020

... Exy, it's called contributing, not hijacking. "Sorry" doesn't apply ...

For what it's worth, I finished off my Day Off (jeez, the solid-state bollocks I'm going to have to print out tomorrow ..., but I won't - can't - do it now) at El Corte Inglés. Four o'clock is the perfect time to go to El Corte Inglés. All the mammas and pappas either go before that, or after. I know my hugely amiable female friends at the meat and cheese counter could tell I'd been crying (the mask concen
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... Exy, it's called contributing, not hijacking. "Sorry" doesn't apply ...

For what it's worth, I finished off my Day Off (jeez, the solid-state bollocks I'm going to have to print out tomorrow ..., but I won't - can't - do it now) at El Corte Inglés. Four o'clock is the perfect time to go to El Corte Inglés. All the mammas and pappas either go before that, or after. I know my hugely amiable female friends at the meat and cheese counter could tell I'd been crying (the mask concentrates your gaze on the eyes, I see that now), and were wondering why, but they're too nice and polite to ask why, and I didn't explain. They didn't ask why because why would they, and I couldn't have explained it to them or to myself anyway.

Now I'm going to do what I never do at 5 pm, and that's watch a film I recorded a few days ago, because what I want, no, need, to do is laugh - "Analyze That", with my ultimate hero, Robert de Niro. And I hope you like that rhyme, too, because I do. Oh look, there's another one ... Bad guy, good guy, funny guy, even good guy with occasional badassness (Mad Dog and Glory), Robert can do them all. In the admittedly unlikely event you're reading this, Bob (can I call you Bob, like Scorsese does?), if you're ever in Bilbao, I'll be your interpreter for free, plus I know a few locales you'll like. And I know "Analyze That"'s not as good as "Analyze This", but I'm told it's a free country, so I think what I like.



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My turn Oct 23, 2020

to go to Lidl supermarket. Let me see if I find the Knorr pea soup
I miss El Corte Inglés (on the other side of the Douro River), but I am quite far to go there.
Enjoy Robert de Niro movie! I go for Al Pacino...


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Exy... Oct 23, 2020

expressisverbis wrote:

I have to get it off my chest...
Mervyn, I'm sorry for hijacking your diary!
There was a time I believed coronavirus would change people for the better, but I was wrong.
People have changed, yes, but... for the worse.
In real or virtual places, I keep seeing no respect for others.
We have a professional and personal responsibility to be civil and show respect and kindness for others at all times.
This is not what I see these last years everywhere, including Portugal (sometimes, I think I don't know my country anymore).
And this is not what I saw yesterday in one of the threads of this website.
The lack of respect, intrusion in private life, and unfair treatment are the worst traits that the human being can show.
Nobody's perfect, but we can keep try and trying to be better every day, myself included! Yes, I have many faults.
I will be waiting as well for reading the "next chapter" of the diary!



What a considerate, compassionate, absolutely lovely, and all-round excellent young woman you are. I have to say it on a public forum like this. Life's too short not to tell someone how honoured I am I met them, even if it sounds lovey-dovey and schmaltzy. I don't care.

And Mervyn, don't let the bastards grind you down. We may not know you well enough to be called your friends, but we can see who you are, we see you. Mmh, that sounds a bit creepy... but you get it, right?


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I don't know how to insert a blushing smiley here... Oct 23, 2020

P.L.F.Persio wrote:

What a considerate, compassionate, absolutely lovely, and all-round excellent young woman you are. I have to say it on a public forum like this. Life's too short not to tell someone how honoured I am I met them, even if it sounds lovey-dovey and schmaltzy. I don't care.

And Mervyn, don't let the bastards grind you down. We may not know you well enough to be called your friends, but we can see who you are, we see you. Mmh, that sounds a bit creepy... but you get it, right?


I am speechless and blushing... but I feel I am writing to a lovely young lady who can be also described with these kind words above.
The honour is all mine to meet you

By now, Mervyn is watching Robert de Niro, probably eating a cheese toast with some new and savoury Spanish herbs he doesn't know yet and trying to "Analyse That"


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Family Oct 23, 2020

Not everything de Niro touches turns to gold, we watched one called The Family recently, a mob “comedy”, which was horrendous... but also brilliant because his wife was Michelle Pfeiffer, who was always my dream woman and has only got better with age.

Of course, his defining role will always be, no not Taxi Driver, as a Fokker. Call me a pleb, a philistine, I don’t care.

Base humour, Michelle Pfeiffer, a beer and I’m done👌

And in 18 minutes here
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Not everything de Niro touches turns to gold, we watched one called The Family recently, a mob “comedy”, which was horrendous... but also brilliant because his wife was Michelle Pfeiffer, who was always my dream woman and has only got better with age.

Of course, his defining role will always be, no not Taxi Driver, as a Fokker. Call me a pleb, a philistine, I don’t care.

Base humour, Michelle Pfeiffer, a beer and I’m done👌

And in 18 minutes here in Wales we enter a 17-day “circuit breaker”, aka Lockdown 2: Return of the Eery Quiet. I think I might spend it with Michelle.
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Turn up da Fokkahs Oct 23, 2020

Any movie. Any of dem. Sublime. How he does that badass squint, we'll never know. Talk to me, Bob. Are you talkin' to me? ... I said, Are you talkin' to me? ...

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Sinister weekend gift Oct 23, 2020

I can hardly type, I'm so pissed off with everything, but watch, if you will, from 2.30, with all the musicians merrily musicianing, but look at tortured Eric among them at 2.15 just before he starts in again. I don't know much about Eric's life, but you can tell from his face it wasn't all wine and roses. The House of the Rising Sun:

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I can hardly type, I'm so pissed off with everything, but watch, if you will, from 2.30, with all the musicians merrily musicianing, but look at tortured Eric among them at 2.15 just before he starts in again. I don't know much about Eric's life, but you can tell from his face it wasn't all wine and roses. The House of the Rising Sun:

https://www.google.es/search?as_q=&as_epq=house%20of%20the%20rising%20sun&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&tbs=
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Record sleeve Oct 23, 2020

Dang, Mervyn, I was looking forward to seeing a tortured expression on someone else's face for a change but all I see is a record sleeve!

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Sleep Oct 23, 2020

Is what I need. Good night.

And from minute 0:10 in The Animals video, on reflection, and certainly after 0:30. All of it, in fact. Music to be frightened by ...

And so to bed, because the Basques have just said I have to go to bed, and they're right. Especially since last Saturday I got them up for breakfast at the usual time, and they said What, you crazy foridgener, this is Saturday, WTF, you've got all morning to go and buy the clams for the rice, so put that frigg
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Is what I need. Good night.

And from minute 0:10 in The Animals video, on reflection, and certainly after 0:30. All of it, in fact. Music to be frightened by ...

And so to bed, because the Basques have just said I have to go to bed, and they're right. Especially since last Saturday I got them up for breakfast at the usual time, and they said What, you crazy foridgener, this is Saturday, WTF, you've got all morning to go and buy the clams for the rice, so put that frigging duvet back over us frigging sharpish, will you? I should have stood up for myself, of course, but in the heat of the moment I clean forgot.

Have a pleasant weekend, everyone. I won't.

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I´m afraid but ... Oct 23, 2020

expressisverbis wrote:

to go to Lidl supermarket. Let me see if I find the Knorr pea soup
I miss El Corte Inglés (on the other side of the Douro River), but I am quite far to go there.
Enjoy Robert de Niro movie! I go for Al Pacino...

... you won´t, because it is not produced anymore since 2018. But this evening I had this canned kind of pea soup I only can recommend:
https://www.erasco.de/produkte/eintoepfe/vegetarisch/erbsen-eintopf-vegetarisch-vegetarisch/

Perhaps it will be engraved in tiles as well in 50 years or so.
The soup was served with German Schnaps, this one:
http://www.fuerstbismarck-kornbrand.de/home.php
Ja, it seems that I turn out to be of one of these hidden and f***ing German nationalists now, but believe me, they don´t care for old fashioned pea soup and Schnaps: They eat Kebap Döner all the day and drink Corona Extra or Vodka and have no notion about Bismarck and why he better solely should have burnt Schnaps than ... but that´s a different story to discuss in another kind of forum.
And I can´t help, but I believe: can´t we just agree here altogether, that no one else but only Mervyn should be allowed to call Exy as "Exy"? Thank you.

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Pea cream ready-made Oct 23, 2020

Matthias Brombach wrote:

expressisverbis wrote:

to go to Lidl supermarket. Let me see if I find the Knorr pea soup
I miss El Corte Inglés (on the other side of the Douro River), but I am quite far to go there.
Enjoy Robert de Niro movie! I go for Al Pacino...

... you won´t, because it is not produced anymore since 2018. But this evening I had this canned kind of pea soup I only can recommend:
https://www.erasco.de/produkte/eintoepfe/vegetarisch/erbsen-eintopf-vegetarisch-vegetarisch/

Perhaps it will be engraved in tiles as well in 50 years or so.
The soup was served with German Schnaps, this one:
http://www.fuerstbismarck-kornbrand.de/home.php
Ja, it seems that I turn out to be of one of these hidden and f***ing German nationalists now, but believe me, they don´t care for old fashioned pea soup and Schnaps: They eat Kebap Döner all the day and drink Corona Extra or Vodka and have no notion about Bismarck and why he better should have burnt Schnaps than ... but that´s a different story to discuss in another kind of forum.
And I can´t help, but I believe: can´t we just agree here altogether, that no one else but only Mervyn should be allowed to call Exy as "Exy"? Thank you.



Dear Mattias, I don't understand German.
I once had a German very funny student who tried to teach me, but he was a better student than me. I used to teach kids and teenagers (foreign and Portuguese students) when I finished my studies.
Your language is powerful in terms of sounds and quite beautiful, but I am a disaster!
Here, we have pea soup ready-made: "creme de ervilhas" (pea cream) https://www.lidl.pt/pt/novidades/eu-e-que-descobri/as-sopas-do-lidl
Kebab Doner we also have it here, and many more, but I prefer Portuguese food. No Corona, please!
No, we have agreed that Mervyn and everyone can call me "Exy", according to my "godfather" (if I can call him that), Don Chris S.
Our dear P.L.F.Persio has already called me by that name this week. So, everyone is entitled to use "Exy"


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Thanks, Matthias Oct 24, 2020

For more info on German food. I'll be back with that info. Sooner than you know. I lazily let the word "wavies" drop. I can say no more ...

But the wavies are far away right now. Time to get serious. Right now it's 8.30 am, and I've been up since 7. The Basques quite rightly put me to bed early last night. With very little protest. I thought they were worried about me, but then they said something about me having to be on the ball on Saturday to do the chickpeas with beef. Basques.
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For more info on German food. I'll be back with that info. Sooner than you know. I lazily let the word "wavies" drop. I can say no more ...

But the wavies are far away right now. Time to get serious. Right now it's 8.30 am, and I've been up since 7. The Basques quite rightly put me to bed early last night. With very little protest. I thought they were worried about me, but then they said something about me having to be on the ball on Saturday to do the chickpeas with beef. Basques. Always food. WTF is it with the Basques?

I literally could not type by the end of yesterday, but I'm fine today. Good job, because what do I find this morning? What I find is the 6K of blaargh I have to do by Monday. Rush rate. Written by the head of culture at an undisclosed place of culture. You can imagine the thinly veiled bullshit in there, can't you? But, undaunted, I've been conveying bullshit for an hour or so now, and I find it comes naturally. Yes, I can hear you laughing, don't think I can't. But I like people to laugh, and I hate it when people cry. Talking of crying, to wit, the last sentence I just translatored:

A fear that grips the present and future of our existence.

Jesus H.C. It's all like that, too. He (she?) is talking about the Disease of the Moment, of course, Covid. I hope it's a he, though. It makes it much easier for me to loathe him, because I wouldn't have the #MeToo brigade on my back. So I'm going to be here for a while. Going down for the paper in a bit. Hopefully that bloody zebra won't be around.

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