Up early again this morning as too hot to sleep! So first, as usual, was a browse through my messages and social media, including getting involved in some good (and almost heated in some cases) discussions about the situation in the UK (both on email and on Twitter) which is getting addictive and, if I allowed it (or should I say, if Jan allowed it), I could probably continue with all day. But that would eventually drive me even madder than usual.
Otherwise, due, of course, to who I follow, a lot of stuff about sport – or the lack of it – and when things might get going again.. not only for us, generally, but professional sport. It just doesn’t seem likely as things stand, and you have to wonder when any of the ‘big sports’ can realistically start up: I noticed today that the Vuelta a Espana (one of my favourite events to watch), which is already delayed to the autumn, is now planning to start in Spain rather than the Netherlands as planned (which, in my book, is a good thing, as I am sure I am not alone in being irritated by these big tours starting in non-related countries) – but how will it all work with the riders, support teams, followers coming from all over the world… I dunno… I just can’t see it.
Still on social media and sport, there has recently been a ‘virtual tennis tournament’ involving some of the big players, but, to quote one of England’s finest lady tennis players on Twitter this morning, in a not very ladylike way, ‘I would rather clean my toilet than watch virtual tennis’. I suspect, in the end, that it was mostly about betting than about the need to take part in something related to tennis, and on that basis, no surprise that our Roger wasn’t involved.
Talking about Roger (and I always love an opportunity to do that – and I mean Roger Federer rather than any of the Rogers reading this, although I love them too), I saw this fantastic photo of him on Twitter this morning, which I thought was appropriate to include in today’s blog, since I have been doing a lot of dancing myself today (as practice for when I, too, might get back on a tennis court and demonstrate my backhand like this!).
As far as sport for me was concerned today, I decided to take a day off (getting ready to RUN on Saturday so saving my legs!) and instead I did the supermarket walk first thing – what a lovely walk down to Aldi, in glorious weather with the smell of the sea, lots of ants to watch and trees to hug, and not a soul about. Along the way, I practised a few show-jumping steps and also contemplated whether Bollywood was really for me (I tried out a few of those moves as well, but I am just not sure – just now I am thinking about trying something a bit more energetic – I am going to try a ‘Flamenco’ app that I downloaded earlier tonight … I reckon, if I practice every day, I could have it in reasonable shape by the time I get back to Prague… we will see).
On the way back, then, and in keeping with the sporty mood, I thought about the fact that it should have been the London Marathon the other day, and the Prague Marathon this weekend. As mentioned before, we were the PR agency for Prague Marathon for a long time – what an experience that was, and how much we learned. At the time, Jan used to run it each year (as many of you know, because he goes on about it a LOT, he is a ‘Gold PIM King, which means that he has done 15 Prague marathons in a row, amongst others. I, myself, am a mere ‘PIM Princess’ – a made-up name for my 6 Prague half marathons and a few others along the way too). One thing that we worked hard on, though, for the Prague Marathon, was getting people to run for charity – something that was unknown in the CR at that time, but which now works well I think. This, of course, was based on the London Marathon concept – they actually raise more money for charity on one day, than any other one day event in the world!!
So whilst I walked, I thought about how much money charities are going to be losing right now (in all jurisdictions) and how damaging that will be in the long run – which, of course, made me ponder what sort of fund-raising activities we could start to think about once we get back to Prague. No doubt I will be back to that subject soon – but I am very open to people’s ideas, as usual!
I also stopped off on the hill to listen to the muezzin calling out from the mosque – it being Ramadan, there is a lot of that at the moment and very ‘haunting’ to listen too – but no-one at all attending – and that reminds me that I saw a photo of Mecca on Twitter this morning – completely deserted. I might try to dig it out for tomorrow’s blog, as it is really something.
This afternoon, then, was yet more pool cleaning – Bloody Hell… this may only be a small pool, but what a lot of work it is to look after – years ago, when I was very poor, I dreamed of a day when we might be able to afford somewhere with a pool….as they say, ‘be careful what you wish for’! Then a couple of runs down to the rubbish bins – no-one in sight today, but the Pueblo looking gorgeous in the sunshine – and then a bit of Flamenco dancing planned before supper… which means another day gone – number 50! Who would have thought!