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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Get up, sweet-Slug-a-bed, let's go a-Maying! Mayday


Robert Herrick, from Corinna's going a Maying:

Get up, get up for shame, the Blooming Morne

Upon her wings presents the god unshorne.

                       See how Aurora throwes her faire

                       Fresh-quilted colours through the aire:

                       Get up, sweet-Slug-a-bed, and see

                       The Dew-bespangling Herbe and Tree...

Rise; and put on your Foliage, and be seene

To come forth, like the Spring-time, fresh and greene...

‘Four-hour wait to board flights’ after coronavirus pandemic

From Graeme Paton, The Times

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From the article

"Air passengers could face four-hour waits to board planes, inflated ticket prices and a dramatically reduced schedule in the future, analysts have said.

The flight experience would be “very uncomfortable” after lockdown, with pre-pandemic levels of service unlikely for up to five years, they predicted.

It is widely expected that some form of health screening will be demanded before and after passengers fly to prevent a second wave of the virus.

One expert said that four-hour waits before departures could be expected, up from one or two now, as medical tests were added to the normal pre-flight ritual of check-in, security, passport control and boarding.

It is also likely that social distancing will be maintained on aircraft, with warnings that as few as 20 per cent of seats may be filled to keep passengers at least two metres apart.

Another analyst said that budget airlines typically had to fill at least 80 per cent of seats to break even, so passengers could expect a big increase in prices. Unprofitable routes will be abolished...

 As carriers emerge from the crisis, it is likely that the travel landscape will be changed in terms of cost, route availability, the number of airlines and the flight experience. Ministers are considering a compulsory two-week quarantine for anyone entering the country.

Andrew Charlton, managing director of the consultancy Aviation Advocacy, said that compulsory pre-flight health checks would also be the norm, even if they doubled waiting times at airports.

“Even if it starts raining vaccines tonight, we are still looking at two years at least to get back to levels seen before the outbreak, and it is probably going to be more like five years,” he told The Times. “There will be fewer flights, fewer seats available, prices will go up and there will be very uncomfortable conditions because of the demands to wear personal protective equipment and maintain social distancing.

“Whereas we used to be able to turn up at the airport an hour or two before departure, we could see something as horrible as four hours as health checks are added to the usual palaver of check-in, security and immigration.”

It has been suggested that passenger numbers would be cut by a third to maintain social distancing on aircraft, with the middle seat being left empty in each row of three.

However, the airline analyst Chris Tarry said that maintaining a two-metre gap would require airlines to leave up to 80 per cent of seats empty, adding: “The maximum compliant load factor would be between 20 and 25 per cent, given current cabin densities and the seat pitch. This would act to regulate the number of passengers per flight.”

Paul Zalkin, a partner at the business advisory firm Quantuma, said: “Budget airlines operate at a break-even load factor well in excess of 80 per cent, so taking out all middle seats will not work, unless all the window and aisle seat passengers subsidise the empty middle seats. That would mean much higher ticket prices.”

Monday, 27 April 2020

Good Oud - Tamino's Playlist (BBC Sounds); Masters of the Oud. Music Life.

Tamina's favourite oud-playing (Music Life, available for circa 30 days)

"The Belgian singer and musician Tamino, with a selection of sounds featuring masters of the lute old and new, including Marcel Khalifa, Anouar Brahem, and Farid al-Atrash".



Marcel Khalife

Ummi (My Mother)


Hamza El Din



Munir Bashir

Taqsîm En Maqâm: Râst


Rabih Abou-Khalil



فريد الأطرش

Kelmet Etab, Part 3



Indigo Night

Mediterranean, Simon Reeve, BBC TV/iPlayer

Series 1, Episode 1

"Simon Reeve embarks on the first leg of his epic four-part journey around the Mediterranean... Travelling east along the southern tip of mainland Italy, Simon visits a turtle conservation centre, meeting Raoul, a loggerhead turtle rescued after swallowing huge quantities of plastic, a massive and increasing threat to Mediterranean wildlife".

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Dead sea-turtle between Corfu and Albania (photos JP)

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Music Therapy on Maiden Castle: Handel and Hendrix

Handel's Organ Concertos on my iPod, walking up to Maiden Castle on a glorious Sunday morning.

Opus 4 Nos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, with the Bath Festival Chamber Orchestra, Simon Preston on chamber organ.

Followed, on the way down, by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Red House" -

"Wait a minute, something's wrong, the key won't unlock the door".

Handel and Hendrix in London:

From Spotify

On Maiden Castle (William Barnes Society website):

Lawrence Durrell, Grecian Echoes

Lawrence Durrell, Grecian Echoes - on YouTube GB

How to Buy a House 

Part 1 

Bitter Lemons

Part 2

Bitter Lemons

Part 3

Prospero’s Cell

Part 4

Islomania, Rhodes, Reflections of a Marine Venus

Friday, 24 April 2020

Epirus: Ancient Greek Theatres, Postage Stamps

Ancient Greek Theatres 2020

"Greece’s ancient theatres are magnificent silent witnesses of the spirit of our ancestors and with the simplicity and grandeur of their architecture they take us on a unique tour of ancient Greek culture. Hellenic Post presents five unique stamps that take us on a fascinating journey to Epirus, revealing the region’s rich cultural heritage. They depict the Ancient Theatre of Dodona, which was an integral part of the Panhellenic Sanctuary of Dodona; the Ancient Theatre of Nicopolis, one of the most impressive monuments in Greece, associated with the new Actian Games dedicated to Apollo; the Ancient Theatre of Kassope, with its panoramic view of the Ambracian Gulf, the Ionian Sea and the Acarnanian Mountains; the Ancient Theatre of Ambrakia, the smallest of the theatres that have been discovered to date; and the Ancient Theatre of Gitana, built in the capital of Ancient Thesprotia, many of whose seats bear inscriptions of names".