|A selfie with Pippa, the apple of my eye. I took her with me for moral support to return the Yoigo mini on Friday.|
|Oli with her journalist friends Giovanna and Paula.|
|A clip from Oli's programme on Monday night.|
|The family in León celebrating my mother-in-law, Ernestina's 95th birthday|
|Nokia was the most talked about brand at this year's Mobile World Congress|
|Oli receiving flowers for the successful programme on Monday night.|
If I was worried that morning, Barcelona football fans around the world were rejoicing. They had beaten PSG (Paris St. Germain) in the second round of the last 16 in the Champions League by none less than 6 goals to 1, 3 of them being in the final minutes. They had lost 0-4 in the first leg and no one in their wildest of dreams could have predicted such a comeback, one of the biggest in the history of football. Now, I am not a Barça fan but merit is due when its due. It was a fantastic victory and I am proud of Spanish football. They will, of course, have to meet my favourite team, Real Madrid, in the next phase. But for the moment they are true champions.
|Barcelona's amazing victory against PSG on Wednesday night|
|My blog reader statistics always amaze me.|
|Great weather this week.|
|Hostages, a pretty entertaining Israeli TV series available on Netflix.|
Then it was time to drive the Yoigo branded Mini car the firm had lent me until 10th March for the last time, as Friday was the due date for returning it. That means we will only have one car between us from now until my new Mini is delivered at the end of the month or the beginning of April. I took Pippa with me for moral support. Funnily enough I got Pippa through Yoigo but I was not returning her; no way hahahah. There is still a flutter in my heart just at the sheer mention of the company that bought Yoigo after having been made redundant. But, funnily enough, I have a good relationship with the guy who replaced me, Fernando (thanks for reading my blog Fernando) and the head of HR, Roberto, who fired me. It wasn't their fault.
Eladio brought me home in the old Volvo which is actually the car I had at Nokia and which we bought when I left. It'll have to serve us well for quite a few years now. On the way back home, Suzy called. We don't speak to her often and we should really. I'm a bit lazy about phone calls. She had just come back from a dietetic community home visit where she had had to assess a severely mentally, deformed and physically handicapped 19 year old who could not communicate and can only be fed via his stomach! She said that the visit had had a huge impact on her and that how could she complain about the silly things in life compared to the boy and his family she had just visited. How right she is.
After lunch I had another conference call, this time with my Catalan customer. He was, of course, delighted with the Barcelona Football Club 6-1 score against PSG and I congratulated him on the win.
Eladio joined me on my second walk at around 5pm and "golly" my phone registered 26ºc!!! We had to get out shorts and summer t-shirts and Eladio even donned his panama hat. The weather is amazing at the moment but unfortunately will not last past today.
I continued working that afternoon until I got an email from Oli with the news of what is now a viral video from the BBC. Professor Robert Kelly, an expert on South Korea, had been interviewed that morning live on the BBC on skype from his home about the political crisis there. What happened in the interview will make him famous forever, but not for his expertise on South Korea. His interview was "videobombed" by his children and I am sure you have already seen it. As he is talking, his little daughter dances in and he tries to push her aside. Then in comes his baby on a baby walker strolling in. The interviewer alerts the professor to the fact but there's not much he can do. He gets stuck for words and then in comes the Mother to remove the children unceremoniously from the view of the public and ends up trying to pull the door shut whilst lying on the floor hahahaha. These are the perils of live television and working from home. If you haven't seen it, here it is and enjoy it because it will make you laugh so much. I commented on Twitter that Robert Kelly's little daughter and baby on its baby walker videobombing the interview had made many people laugh that day. Unsurprisingly it was the talk of the day.
|Professor Robert Kelly on the BBC videobombed live interview|
If you are English and living in England, there are 2 words from the above 2 paragraphs which you will not have noticed but are interesting to point out. One is "videobombing", a completely new word which means barging into a video being taken. The other word is "golly" which is not used any more but that was much in use before I left England in the early 80s. I read today in an article in The Times that "golly", "tara", "gosh", etc are going out of use. New words have crept into the English language and most of them are to do with technology. "Golly" has been replaced by the Americanism "awesome" which I hate. But there are others like "video or photo bombing" which are new, as is the word "24" which now means 24 hours a day, or one I learned the other day "mansplaining". All I can say is that "golly" or "gosh" my English vocab is getting rapidly out of date hahaha.
|Dessert at La Sarten por el Mango on Friday night|
After the big meal the night before I didn't have much of an appetite for breakfast on Saturday morning. I worked off some of the calories I had consumed on my first walk that day. It was yet another wonderful walk in the sun. I came home to make the family lunch; "bitki" (Russian hamburgers) with potato and carrot puré. It was 11th March and I had nearly forgotten it was the anniversary of Europe's worst terrorist attack ever, the train bombings at 4 stations in Madrid. It happened in 2004 killing 193 people and injuring more than 1.900. How could I forget that? Certainly the families of the victims didn't and memorial events were held around the capital yesterday.
|The 11th March train bombings in 2004 never to be forgotten.|
|The Spanish priest rock group, La Voz del Desierto, who Oli filmed yesterday|
|My latest book, the story behind the independence and partition of India.|
We shall be having guests for lunch, Toño and Dolores, and I have already begun making it; "cocido madrileño" (Madrid meat, chickpea and vegetable stew).
I shall tell you all about the rest of the day in next week''s post. Meanwhile, I wish you all a happy Sunday and a great week ahead.
Cheers till next time,