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A Rugged Week

A real coffee maker

A real coffee maker

After a rugged week, coffee is on the way,

I have a wicked headache, so bad that I took a paracetamol. I rarely take medicines, usually not needed, but there are times like this.

A great cup of coffee is only moments away, then sanity will return to the world, at least my world.

The coador (cloth strainer) is the only way to make coffee. It is faster and more efficient and simply makes better coffee than all your gadgets or machines.

Of course, it’s not without its drawbacks; you actually have to boil water, and worst of all, you have to lift the coffeepot afterward to pour the elixir into your cup.

I am wallowing in bliss, much like a pig wallows in the mud; that first sip of freshly brewed morning coffee transports one to paradise, no return ticket.

Friday, I got over Hump Day, no elephants involved. Slid all the way down Thursday, and arrived with a resounding thump on Friday, albeit with the headache which is slowly dissipating. Coffee truly is a purveyor of miracles.

No class today, no class tomorrow, and football (soccer) and beer on Sunday. Yes, a three-day weekend.

Coming in to land at El Alto (La Paz) Airport

Coming in to land at El Alto (La Paz) Airport

I see Bolivia is a tad more than miffed at having their president banned from flying over France, Italy, Spain and Portugal through their airspace and forcing a stopover in Austria, where Morales consented to having his plane searched for the US whistleblower.

What would have happened if Morales had refused under diplomatic immunity?

Further food for thought; what would have happened if Morales jet had defied the four-country ban and flown over any of those countries? Would they have shot it down? Would the cowards have the balls to do that?

We all know who was to blame for the ban.

The Bolivian president is considering closing the US Embassy as a result, four other South American nations are also considering the case.

“The Bolivian president blamed Washington for pressurising European countries into refusing him passage.

“My hand would not shake to close the US embassy,” Mr Morales said.

“We have dignity, sovereignty. Without the United States, we are better politically and democratically.””BBC News

I am beginning to think that he may be right, not only Bolivia,but the rest of the world might be better off without American interference. Politically, Washington is getting too big for its boots.

Imagine if: “”If this had happened to the president of the United States, it probably would have been grounds for war,” said Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.”BBC News


The sun is promising to top the trees in the praça, it looks like a beautiful day ahead.

Prince Charles in front of the Tardis

Just before I toddle off into the blogosphere, I will point you toward a blog that I find tremendously funny. Prince Charles _ HRH of Twitter If you are a fan, or even if you’re not, of England’s Royals, this will appeal to you; a spoof of Prince Charles at his best. A wonderful example of British humour and stiff-upper-lip. The current post on Dr Who is funny, but the previous Ascot post is hilarious.


A Recipe for Bliss

I apologise for my recent absences, but I have found it hard to return to blogging after battling the ‘flu for a couple of weeks. I am hoping the impetus has returned and that I am back to normal.

Now, on with bliss.

There is a recipe for bliss, and it is a simple one.

  • 2 slices of freshly baked white bread
  • 1 slice of generously cut ham
  • Butter (NOT margarine)
  • Coleman’s Mustard (NOT the ready mixed poop)

A ham sandwich is about as close to bliss as I can come.

It has been a favourite of mine since childhood, and in fact is still my favourite sandwich. I have just had two as a late morning snack.

I would love to hear about your version of bliss. What’s your favourite food? What do you consider ‘comfort food’?

Work is increasing. I have taken on some new students privately because the course I work for has been unable to fill my hours of late, and I was tired of having to think, ‘Can I afford this beer?’ This is stress I don’t need in my life, which, as a 60+ year old, I try to avoid. Stress is the greatest killer, worse than heart problems, smoking ills and various other maladies.

Our weather has returned to hot and dry. Despite a feeble attempt to rain the moment I walked out the door to catch the bus yesterday, I didn’t even get wet and found it rather refreshing. Brazilians have this innate fear of rain drops, they see two and run, or up with the umbrella, or slam the windows shut in the bus. When you are on a Brazilian bus, you are already packed in like sardines, to close the windows makes you sweaty little sardines and that is even worse than the rain.

Nice to be back.


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