A multitude of sports shirts were on sale here in the center of Asuncion. Paraguay is an interesting place. I still find it strange that the capital city closes at midday on a Saturday. That said it is almost a forgotten gem among South American nations. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
It is but a few weeks before the next London marathon. We will be able to watch in their 10s of 1000s the very dedicated people of all different abilities try to get round the grueling course. Here is a photo from last year’s even with many people to be seen on each side of the road going in both directions. And the band played on. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
This is a photo I took on the 6th of April as a large number of runners were heading towards the Bastille in Paris. We didn’t see a lot of the event but at the various parts of the course that we did see there didn’t appear to be the public support for it that you would see in London. It was a fairly nice Spring day but despite running past many apartments with balconies the balconies were generally empty. Given the beauty of Paris it is a shame that the event isn’t better supported by the public. The organizers had done a lot of work and there was live music at places. And 50,000 runners registered for the event. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
The London Marathon is a great spectator event and the large crowds make it a superb event for the dedicated runners who flog themselves round the length of the course. I saw the 2014 Paris Marathon and the support was very low key and it is basically runners, yes I know that they are all runners, but there is very little in the way of dressing up for the event. It took place in early April and there just doesn’t seem to be that much interest in it. But then again they do have the finish of the world’s greatest cycle race. And maybe the event will grow anyway. Well back to the London event of 2014 and there I was at mile 22 when this girl just beamed as I was taking a photo. She must have been extremely hot in this outfit and still had four miles to go but she was obviously still enjoying it. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
The news seems to be full of how our now past it former England football captain, and did he really take England to that much glory, driving a big fat pig Audi crashed into a tiny car that looks really damaged. In that car was at least one unnamed human being who could be your father, your mother, your son, your daughter or another member of your family or a good friend and it may be that they were a lot more than just shaken up by having been driven into by a huge lump of German steel. I would like to know if the person or people driving that little car are alright because they are just as valuable if not more so than an old footballer.
I tend to wear clothes until they literally disintegrate. Yes, I do wash them regularly but for me when you get used to something it’s comfortable to keep on wearing it. Anyway I was very surprized the other day when I looked at a pair of old shorts that I only wear occasionally. They were manufactured by Nike and these days I would never buy anything by them because of the way they treat the workers that produce the branded goods. Then I noticed as you will see in this photograph that these shorts were made in the UK. I can’t believe that that still happens and it means I guess that they must have paid their staff reasonably fairly. So do you buy Nike goods? Do you care about the working conditions and the wages of the workers who produced what you buy? Remember it is only dumb animals that are ever branded so are you a sheep or a free thinker. One of the vacuous dead heads or somebody with complex thoughts in their head?