Holy week in Seville

Today I have a guest post from my daughter Angela who has also provided the photos. She was lucky enough to spend three months teaching English as a foreign language in a bilingual school in Seville in Southern Spain a couple of years ago and experienced the Easter celebrations for holy week.  This was part of the Erasmus scheme which provides study opportunities abroad for both students and teachers. She was surprised to find that children got a lot less chocolate than at home and a shorter Easter holiday. Many of the children came to school wearing national costume.

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Easter wishes from Bristol

 

Easter will be very strange this year. In some ways nothing has changed. There are still lambs in the fields and bluebells in the woods.  Birds are making nests and trees are coming into leaf. In other ways every thing has changed. I never imagined I would live through a pandemic. A virus has emerged for which we have no vaccine or treatment and our only defence is the euphemistically titled “social distancing”. For most people it means we can no longer see our family or friends for fear of spreading infection. Here in England restaurants, pubs and non essential shops have been closed and sporting events have been cancelled.

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Upon Westminster Bridge

It has just been announced from Westminster that Boris Johnson, the prime minister, Nick Hancock, the health minister, Dr Witty, the chief medical officer and Prince Charles have all gone into self isolation with Corona virus. Here in Britain we are in lock down and non essential workers and most pensioners have to stay at home. We are only allowed out to buy essential supplies and to exercise near home once a day. We are not allowed to visit friends or family.

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Don’t panic if you have to self isolate and still need money

This is going to be a very difficult time for a lot of people. Many people will be unable to work. The coronavirus/corvid 19 means that a lot of people have to find work that they can do from home. people with certain pre existing medical conditions such as COPD, cystic fibrosis or heart problems have been told to self isolate maybe for months and to avoid social contact.  If you are in this situation you will still need to pay your bills.

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Bristol Street art

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Bristol is famous for its street art. It is after all the home of Banksy.  In inner Bristol graffiti adorns  shop fronts, back alleys underpasses and almost any available surface. Some older residents regret the invention of the spray paint can  but tourists love discovering hidden gems. I have grown to appreciate it and it certainly brightens up our drab city streets.

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