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Missive from Andalusia V

Friday Market, Conil. Photo by Bryan Hemming

Angelica and I seem locked in a never-ending cycle of Tuesdays. Now, I’m not one of those people that have a strong dislike of Tuesdays, even though it is one of the most unnoteworthy days of the week. I won’t say it’s completely boring, but it’s got nothing to make it stand out from the rest. It’s the sort of day you always forget. You can’t rely on it. Tuesday is a kind of “what day is it?” day, where the answer never fails to bring exclamations like: “Only Tuesday? God, I thought it was Wednesday already”.  Give me Monday any day of the week. At least you know what day of the week it is with Monday. Or used to, back in the days before lockdown. Nowadays, every day is Tuesday.

Monday was always the start of the week, loved and hated at the same time. You loved it because you might see that woman on your way to work, and you hated it because you were on your way to work. That very ambiguity has served  as inspiration for songs like “I hate Mondays” and “Monday, Monday”. Wednesday stands out mainly for being midweek, an important position for any day, and one that Wednesday will never give up. Thursday is the day before payday, or used to be, and Friday is the day we thank God for. Saturday and Sunday speak for themselves. But only one Tuesday stands out from a whole year’s Tuesdays, and that’s Shrove Tuesday. Pancake Day in Britain. The day when Mum got out the frying pan to toss pancakes, before rolling them up with lemon juice and sugar. An event that loses most of its appeal not long after puberty. And now we have Tuesday every day, or might as well have.

Well, that’s my thought for today’s Tuesday and forever and ever till Unconfinement Day cometh. Or was Tuesday yesterday? Is it really Wednesday already? Things must be looking up. Or would be if Angelica and I could stop thinking every day is Tuesday.


11 comments on “Missive from Andalusia V

  1. J.D. Riso
    July 23, 2020

    All days seem the same to me now. Haha. One big blur. Hope you are well and jolly, Bryan, no matter what day it is.

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  2. John Booth
    May 16, 2020

    Hi Bryan, I’m the World Weary Working Class Individual ( who from now on can be known as WCI) is contacting you again to know what you are permitted to say on your blog. I’m new to this form of communication and the last thing I want to do is cause problems. I have a lot of information about many things which should be known to the public. John


    • Bryan Hemming
      May 16, 2020

      Hi WCI,
      There are no rules regarding on what you say here as such, but this isn’t a forum, which is what you seem to be looking for. As with most blogs of this type, comments are expected to consist of lavish praise, grovelling flattery and sycophantic worship. Those straying from the rules will be banished from commenting.

      Just joking. Most people that comment here, stick to commenting on content. Those that don’t agree with the content are allowed to express their opinions. Having said that, it’s easy to find other blogs that may suit their leanings. Corrections are always welcome, particularly in cases where facts are concerned, as are personal experiences relating to the content. In cases where there might be a conflict of views or opinions, I do expect sources to be revealed in the form of links, newspaper articles or references to books, magazines or other reliable sources. But I don’t demand it.

      Cases where I feel the comment to have been deliberately offensive, or intended to provoke ie: posted by trolls, will be assessed on an individual basis. Most will still be published, as they often reveal more about the sender than anything. However, I feel under no obligation to reply to, or offer any comment on those I regard as falling into those categories.


    • Bryan Hemming
      May 16, 2020

      Just one more thing WCI, you might like to check out The Lifeboat News. It’s a very basic forum set up to provide links to artcles on subjects in the news. It’s easy to join and you don’t have to use your real name. The articles are up for discussion, which can get lively at times. You can leave comments and even write your own pieces. Many members just copy and paste the articles rather than link to them, which I find a little disrespectful to the author, but that’s me. I’m not a member but I do check it out on a daily basis for information I might not find elsewhere. All you have to do is to click on to the title to link to it.


  3. John
    May 10, 2020

    Hello Bryan, from reading your blogs I get the impression that you have no idea of what is happening in the real world and the devastation that the Spanish have inflicted on the whole of South America, Mexico included, and this is still continuing to the present day. Get yourself up to date instead of talking out of date Nottinghill Gate/Islington CRAP. John.


    • Bryan Hemming
      May 10, 2020

      Thank you John. Obviously, you have just read a couple of my pieces and formed your opinion based on those.

      I have actually covered quite wide variety of subjects over the years. Though it doesn’t count as a in depth study, The Clay Figurine does scoot over some of Spanish history. Shaun Walker renews MH17 propaganda offensive is one of several articles I have written on the corporate media coverage of the Ukraine. Some of those were republished in Russia Insider and Off-Guardian, as well as being translated into several other languages for publication throughout the world. Double, double, toil and trouble… the cauldron of Kiev, an analysis of events leading up to the coup in Kiev, has received a lot of interest. The Myth Peddlars is an article on how a history of the prohibition in the US that led up to Richard Nixon’s war on drugs in 1973. That’s just a small selection.

      A worldy-weary, working class intellectual, like yourself, so thoroughly fed up with my “out of date Nottinghill Gate/Islington crap”, might like to browse through one of my other blogs. Pedersen’s Last Dream covers my trip to the North of Norway and my stay in a fisherman’s hut on a Lofoten Island.

      One of the reasons I have concentrated more on local goings on recently is due to health issues. I just turned 71 last month and have slowed down a little. However, the good bit is that it leaves me plenty of time to read all the articles you have published on your blog over the years. Please feel free to leave a comment, listing a few with links, so we can all have a look.

      By the way, your real name isn’t Chris, by any chance? C.J.?


  4. eremophila
    April 16, 2020

    Out of interest, I checked on songs about Tuesday’s. Surprised how many, apart from the obvious Ruby Tuesday. Try Cat Stevens, Tuesday’s Dead 😁
    Pancakes, oh now you have me drooling…..sigh….

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  5. F C
    April 16, 2020

    Do you watch Seinfeld? Famously, a TV comedy show, proudly publicised as a ‘programme about nothing’. This article is similar, brilliant, funny, but not about a lot. Thank you for enlivening my Thursday.

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    • Bryan Hemming
      April 16, 2020

      I haven’t watched Seinfeld here in Spain, but I did watch quite a few episodes with my nephew the last time I was in England, three years ago. It’s very funny.

      Over the last few weeks of lockdown I’ve been re-editing some humourous short stories I wrote some years ago for another of my blogs. Though they’re not comparable with Seinfeld in most ways – they’re set in a fictional Spanish pueblo, for a start – I think there’s a similarity in the underlying irony of the nonsenical humour at times. Anyway, I’m posting a link:


  6. Colltales
    April 15, 2020

    Well, knowing that Tuesday was named after Mars, I’m not to concerned that it mostly passes on undetected. But I agree, it’s definitely non-descript. It should hire a power agency to tweak its image. Could even suggest a meme: Tuesday, when you’re happy you’re not in godforsaken Belgium. Cheers

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    • Bryan Hemming
      April 15, 2020

      For those of Viking blood, Tuesday is named after Tyr. In Norwegian it’s Tirsdag. But Tyr was also the god of war, so, same thing. Coincidentally, Belgium is known for its pancakes, or crêpes, as well as two of fiction’s best known detectives, Hercule Poirot and Jules Maigret. Five if you count Hergé’s Tintin and the incompetent Thompson Twins. Yeah, when all’s said and done, wet Tuesdays in Bruges are probably worse that rainy bank holiday weekends in Blackpool. I feel a song coming on.

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