Forty years ago I was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack, it turned out to be Pericarditis, a severe virus on the heart bag, I was admitted immediately. After several more tests they told me it was very infected and that I would have to stay in hospital for the next 10 to 14 days, and to me that was a very daunting prospect.
Located at the very top of the Albufeira marina, for a long time it was a street without a name. Different residents used different names: Alto de Orada, Camino de Baleeira ...
The street is probably the least maintained in all of Albufeira. A long time ago (in some places), sporadic repairs were made on the road. There are now level differences (pits), from +10 cm, loose stones, broken footpaths, simply smelly dirt and very dangerous. Stones flying around by passing cars, people turning their feet when walking.
In this time of chaos we need firmness and expertise, even at the expense of unpopularity. It is time for statesmen, such as Churchill, Sá Carneiro and Golda Meyer. Finance is not an end, but a means for citizenship. It must have less power then Health, Education and Economy.
Economy comes from the Greek, Oikos, which means home. It is about managing a farm, an activity not just for you; then to the next and even on to customers. This more or less formal science exists for 4000 years, with regional trade, where people could no longer just trade goods, China used bronze objects as currency. Later they introduced silver or gold coins, the weight of which represented the value of the goods sold.
I love Portugal and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, but one bother is stray dogs and cats. When we arrived here six years ago, hunters shot dead my neighbour’s beloved 14 year old cat and dumped a dog inside our fence. I phoned a local pet help group who came immediately, collected the dog, treated a cyst that had probably worried the hunter-owner, and rehomed it.
This is a line of thought with reference to a ‘somewhat humorous’ newspaper report published on the ‘Srilankan island’ newspaper of 7th February 2020 by which a stray dog had carried a pistol concealed in a bag to a policeman thereby preventing a murder!
We all have our 'triggers' in daily life - things that really rile us. Someone standing too close behind you in a queue? People parking over the white lines in a busy car park?... what really gets your goat?
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