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Coviar

It was two years to the day that I visited Coviar in Kolonaki in Athens.

I was having a coffee in Taresso and was told of Coviar a new coffee shop not far away that I must visit.

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About five minutes walk a little set back and would have missed if not looking for.

Externally the look of a five-star hotel.

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And that was only the exterior, inside amazing, a long bar of white marble from Tinos, other surfaces green marble from a different island. On the long bar every coffee device could think of, V60, Japanese syphon, Aeropress.

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Behind the bar, an eye catching custom designed espresso machine. …


Coronavirus travelling circus street food market
Coronavirus travelling circus street food market
Coronavirus travelling circus street food market

Heading into second lockdown with new coronavirus cases doubling every few days let’s bring it on hold a travelling circus street food market in Lincoln High Street.


A delivery from Coffeelink, a Suffolk based roastery.

inside the box from Coffeelink
inside the box from Coffeelink
inside the box from Coffeelink

A delivery from Coffeelink, a Suffolk based roastery.

Contents currently at reduced prices from Coffeelink and with free delivery.

Over the next few days unpacking of the box and an exploration of its contents.


empty space relocated fruit and vegetable stall barely lasted a couple of weeks
empty space relocated fruit and vegetable stall barely lasted a couple of weeks
empty space relocated fruit and vegetable stall barely lasted a couple of weeks

Useless Lincoln City Council jobsworth kicked out a market trader from Lincoln Central Market who had been trading in the city centre for 35 years, who with his daughter continued to trade throughout the covid-19 pandemic, who set up a veg box scheme for the housebound.

Good news, said the useless jobsworth responsible for mismanagement of the market, we will relocate the outdoor fruit and vegetable stall into the market. …


CoffeeJack a small hydraulic device for making espresso, currently being crowdfunded with misleading claims.

CoffeeJack
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CoffeeJack

Originally crowdfunded on kickstarter, then even though target reached, switched to indiegogo to raise more money.

Also a price hike

  • £73 or 2x £130 — kickstarter
  • £75 2x £140 — indiegogo

Stated delivery has not been met. At end of June was showing May 2020. Not been shipped by June 2020. By end of June 2020, not shipped and then stating September-October 2020. July changed again to October 2020. At a guess lucky if see before Christmas, if see at all. …


spot the customers in deserted Lincoln Central Market
spot the customers in deserted Lincoln Central Market
spot the customers in deserted Lincoln Central Market

Louth has a thriving market. Hull has Trinity Market. Lincoln a shabby, run down, badly managed Central Market.

End of last month, the outside fruit and vegetable stall relocated to the vacated pitch. If it did not generate footfall for the market when located outside the doors to the market it was highly unlikely to generate footfall for the market when it moved by a few feet. But who can comprehend the perverse mindset of worthless jobsworths? And so it has proved to be, not a jot of difference. …


A new fruit and vegetable stall Nathan Willows Fresh Produce has opened in Lincoln Central Market.

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Nathan Willows Fresh Produce new fruit and vegetable stall Lincoln Central Market

Quality, a novelty for Lincoln Central Market.

It is still a great loss, the fruit and vegetable stall that has been kicked out by dysfunctional local council bully boys. Worthless jobsworths responsible should be fired, a public apology by the council and compensation to the stallholders. Remaining traders should be compensated for loss of business and receive a rent reduction. …


We’re tired of being white and we’re tired of being black

First Aid Kit Leonard Cohen concert Sotckholm 2017
First Aid Kit Leonard Cohen concert Sotckholm 2017
First Aid Kit Leonard Cohen concert Stockholm 2017

We’re tired of being white
and we’re tired of being black,
and we’re not going to be white
and we’re not going to be black any longer.
We’re going to be voices now,
disembodied voices in the blue sky,
pleasant harmonies in the cavities of your distress.
And we’re going to stay this way until you straighten up,
until your suffering makes you calm,
and you can believe the word of G-d who has told you so many times,
and in so many ways, to love one another,
or at least not to torture and murder
in the name of some stupid vomit-making human idea that makes G-d turn away from you,
and darken the cosmos with inconceivable sorrow.
We’re tired of being white and we’re tired of being black,
and we’re not going to be white and we’re not going to be black any longer. …


sunset Washingborough looking toward Lincoln
sunset Washingborough looking toward Lincoln
sunset Washingborough looking toward Lincoln

Sunset this evening.

Washingborough looking toward Lincoln.

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sunset Washingborough looking toward Lincoln
sunset Washingborough looking toward Lincoln

Tenerife exempt from FCO travel advice do not travel to Spain but still subject to 14-day quarantine on arrival back in UK
Tenerife exempt from FCO travel advice do not travel to Spain but still subject to 14-day quarantine on arrival back in UK
Tenerife exempt from FCO travel advice do not travel to Spain but still subject to 14-day quarantine on arrival back in UK

As of midnight Saturday 25 July 2020, all arrivals into UK from Spain will have to go into 14-day quarantine.

For once the UK government has acted promptly.

Puerto de la Cruz exempt from FCO advice do not travel to Spain
Puerto de la Cruz exempt from FCO advice do not travel to Spain
Puerto de la Cruz exempt from FCO advice do not travel to Spain

14-day self-isolation for arrivals from Spain, FCO advice, do not travel to Spain (Balearic Islands and Canary Islands exempt).

The usual suspects are bleating, airlines, tour companies. They knew Spain was high risk, but happily transported tourists to Spain.

Spanish holiday in Tenerife during the summer. Thus what is safe today may not remain safe.

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Keith Parkins

Writer, thinker, deep ecologist, social commentator, activist, enjoys music, literature and good food.

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