Etikettarkiv: Covid-19

TGIF, and Klarna

Yes, again, TGIF… And every Friday I use TGIF as a tag it feels like Fridays arrives very often… While the weeks feels like they never ends… Strange things. It’s like weekends, 1 hour on a Saturday can’t possible be as long as 1 Monday hour.

And why bring Klarna up here? Cause it is a shit company who taken over too much of the digital payment market in Sweden, and fuck things up. Let me explain, from what I noticed.

I have 2 Swedish Master Cards still in use, why? First of all to get a credit card in France is a nightmare and I do not plan to be in France for the rest of my life and want to keep my bank accounts.

All of a sudden the banks start to work together with Klarna and every time I buy something Klarna check with the Swedish population register, which now (since 2 months back) block all payments.

Calling the bank they say, “no we have never been able to have customers not living in Sweden”, upon I provide them with the letters from 2015 where I asked if I could keep the accounts and cards when I moved abroad, upon they answered “yes”. They have also, since 2015, sent the bills (paper) and new plastic cards to my French address. And around 2 months ago they changed to only digital invoices, and thats when all this started. And, even if it’s just a guess, they now use Klarna, cause way back, I have never been able to buy anything from webstores using Klarna, all cause I don’t have a Swedish address.

So, for fucks sake open up for EU at least. Happy enough to say Im not the only one who hates Klarna.

From that, welcome to this weeks Covid in France update:

And again then, TGIF

Björn

So, TGIF & ABBA

First, before talking about what happened yesterday with ABBA, Today it’s now 08h41 and I have 12.686 steps on my step counter, it’s 10.8 km, yes I feel very good about myself, even if it’s not Swedish at all.

What is Swedish is ABBA, and yesterday was the day when 5 million Swedes joined a lot of people around the world watching a YouTube channel. ABBA is back.

So what happened? Two new songs was presented, the “ABBA-tar” project was introduced, none of the two surprised anyone, been gossiping about that for weeks. BUT, what we knew before yesterday was the release of 4 new songs, so the surprise here was they recorded a new album, release November 2021.

About the show yesterday, the avatars, called “ABBA-tars”, looked scary, I’m still not onboard even if I get it, and when in London most likely will try to get tickets.

The two songs presented yesterday was a ballad I think reminded me a lot about ABBA ballads, will take a while before it stick in my mind. The uptempo song was a banger though, will be played a lot the upcoming months, for sure. And Swedish radio already repeat it over and over. Heard it twice before 6 o’clock this morning.

But overall the show felt very “Café Norrköping” (a so called café tv show, like a poor mans American late night talkshows), not as professional as I thought, very low key and all over the place. And when it ends with a view of a German ABBA fan crying over the new songs… Oh my God…

But I am happy that woke Björn Ulveaus not fell in the trap to write a “Hymn for Greta” or peace on earth, save the climate lyrics. It was a risk.

So bad show, good songs and we wait for the album. So I will get back to ABBA in a few months.

And we end with the current Covid situation in France.

Björn

TGIF-, Goal-, Covid- & Music Friday

Where to begin this Friday? I think I start with yesterdays celebration, sadly forgotten by the community. No parades, No Macron speech and not a word from the PM in Sweden… But I reached the goal, 365 days of workout. 365 days in a row! Goal, done! Prize? To allow myself, if needed, to have maximum 2 days of rest each week. Mainly Sundays to be honest.

365 days of work out, 365 days in a row.

With the celebrations done let me tell you of this strange morning. Friday mornings usually means a early rush hour, cause people want to go home early if they can. But today, not a car on the streets of Paris. It was so strange I actually started to think I missed out on a public holiday or something.

But I guess the reason is that “working one day from home” mainly is done on Fridays now. Which leads us to todays covid update.

So, we reach the end of this post, and I do that with some music. Still update my iTunes library after Apples decision to “delete” my tracking in iTunes. I have now tried to get as close as possible to how it was before my play count all was set to “0”. Still, after 8 months, still far from done. which gives strange “most played” charts. Not much “new” music there. I present you with the “last 7 days most played songs” & the “last 30 days most played songs”.

Passed 7 days most plays, my iTunes
Passed 30 days most played, August 2021, My iTunes

With that I give you TGIF, and let you all out to “behave”, and do it “bad”.

Björn

TGIF No 33

So, week 33, and finally TGIF again. Productive week locked up in my own little bubble of tasks at work, workouts in the afternoon, cursing at myself for repeating to forget to start my “outdoor cycling” timer on my iWatch (at least in one direction, going home or work), and the not so pleasant realization that the 15 minute program for washing workout clothes heavily impact your electric bill.

So overall it’s been a fantastic week, actually not stress. Not even the knowledge that budgets is coming up made me go bananas.

So for that reason I published this little poll on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram:

Guess the hidden animal and I might party tonight, I have in a clever way air brushed the animal out of the picture.

Let’s see if there will be a bottle of Casal Garcia tonight. Most likely I will keep myself in my apartment since I have stuff to do tomorrow morning and need to stand up and be ready for the gym, if not very early, at least no to late.

And the Covid count for France:

Again, not the best of statistics when you think of the fact that the spread of the virus goes up in the fall and winter…

But forget about it, and have a nice TGIF and weekend

Björn

60%

The latest opinion poll result shown a 60% support for the French Governments vaccine pass (the health pass), and a 40% against. And even in minority the 40% succeeds to cause trouble by, in a very French way, demonstrate, riot and of course make things worse.

And I really want to put them in a room and discuss why they are against the health pass. Just like the Yellow wests they gather different opinions and most likely don’t like the reasons to be against from some of the other groups.

So we see pure antivaxxers (for some reason vaccines are ONLY dangerous in their eyes), we have the 5G people, who thinks the vaccine will connect to 5G and give Governments a tool to control the people, of course we also have the group who always demonstrate cause they want to and are in to destroy things and riot. And there are more reasons, all under same flag, “we don’t want the vaccine”.

Today I even heard that someone compared the vaccine against Covid too “The pandemic of domestic violence”, and no sanctions is imposed cause of that… Seriously?

To not take the vaccine is a choice, it’s your own decision and if you don’t you can’t do a lot of things. The only group I have some sympathy for is the care givers who might loose their jobs if they don’t take the vaccine. But even here I am split, cause in my world, if anyone working within any profession taking care of people, should not even think twice to make it as safe as possible for them they are there to care for.

The, in real Swedish, “Foliehattarna” (foil hats) I have no word for, to be honest the world will be better without you, even if I don’t support or hope that anyone dies caused by the Delta or “normal” Covid.

So why this blogpost? Cause I wish, for once, that the supporters of something could take the streets and show support, not only make it look like everyone is against something. It’s a very French thing I never will understand, strikes, demonstrations etc.

So please, take that jab now, and remember it takes more than a while before you are considered as fully vaccinated. So do it now. Before the next lockdown – it will come, for sure. And maybe the health pass is the free pass to now be locked in…

Björn

Friday turned out to be a boring day

Apart from the Opening of the Olympics. As always watching the parade of athletes is amazing, and outfits fun. Sweden, of course, made a fool out of themselves in the area of outfits. This year not even yellow and blue, we paraded in wearing the Australian colors, yellow and green. I don’t know who takes the decisions of the Swedish clothes in sports.

You might not need to go all Togo, for the third Olympics now?

The famous Togo Olympic boy

But I also went downtown in the evening, without burning from the idea, so of course a brief visit before I was home, before 21h00.

French Covid situation pasted week:

Take care,

Björn

Back to normal

France National day, 2 days off and now tomorrow back to the hamster wheel, and what can I say. Far from enough, really needed but to be back to normal will take more than 5 days, maybe more than 1 week (it’s soon upcoming), cause my brain is on fire.

But forget about that and look at France and the Covid situation. First of all:

France will impose Covid-19 tests of less than 24 hours on entry to its territory from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands, Matignon announced Saturday.

The measure will come into force at midnight on Sunday.

From midnight on Sunday, unvaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom, but also from five European Union countries (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands), will have to present a negative PCR or antigenic test less than 24 hours old to enter France, Travellers vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency will be exempt from this requirement from Saturday.

And I guess there is a list of countries to follow the UK for example, all cause the rapid amount of new cases in France. We have the last week seen:

And then we have the new restrictions coming up from the 21st of July and 1st of August, and the protests planned around us. I read, without being able to get it confirmed, that even Policemen will refuse to take the vaccine, the mandatory vaccine for people with jobs where they take care of people.

I do support the new rules, no questions about it, but from start I have said that the Government must lay down the infrastructure and be clear with the rules first, then take the decision to impose this on the people in, in this case, France.

Well well, no one cares but here is list of things I wish been done before the 1st of July:

  • How will not vaccinated, but tested, get access to Restaurants, shops, supermarkets, Cafés and bars? Force them to take a test every 24 hour (todays not for free).
  • Who is in charge of throwing people out if they don’t have the QR code?
  • Who, in a busy café or bar, will be in charge of the scanning of codes?
  • Is the QR code also mandatory on the terraces? Or only inside? Like the masks are now?
  • Scannars are tech, tech can malfunction, what then? What if the “TousCovid” app go down, being hacked? Do we need the papers as well?
  • Why can’t I test the QR code at home to see if it actually works as promised? Now its no problem to scan the test result, but the QR code for scanning just say “No data” when you try to scan it with a normal scanner. So I guess there is a special scanner or application for people in charge of scanning. Or?

Just a few things. At the end I still think the only way to get figures down is to stop border crossings completely for a month, worldwide. What countries then decide within their borders is one thing, but no travel for anyone, Royalty and EU folks included.

Björn

French link in French only

Stupid moi

Seriously, second day at the gym (after the lock down) I managed to walk from home without my watch, so no record of the workout today. And I need to fill that workout ring, not missed one day since 17th of August 2020, and just to have a gap caused by me forgetting the stupid watch? Oh no, I really don’t accept that.

So what to do? Walk down and have another workout just to fill the ring? Or keep the workout app on all day, random workout, and just fill it? Stuff like this can make my mood sink deep.

But, let me introduce you to the new Corona regulations, if you go to Paris or France the upcoming months.

Take care out there and take the vaccine

Björn

Rain in Paris, France

Thinking about it, and take all the facts into account, I have been very lucky so far this summer… All summer, up until now, have more or less rained away. Just like the summer 2015 it rains at least once a day… And I say at least, cause it’s way over that.

But I have not been in hit by any showers going to work or back home on my bike. OK, two days were rain all day, but I knowing that I took the Metro, but it’s only 2 days. So lucky me. But the rule still is, rain in the morning, no bike. Rain in the afternoon going home, bike is OK… I can arrive home looking like I been swimming in the Seine – with clothes on.

The picture of the day is from the passed weekend. It was sun, a bit of windy and I went to the restroom and came out again to what you see in the picture. From dry cobbler stones to that in max 4 minutes.

I also noticed this morning it’s getting darker and darker in the mornings when I leave for work. Soon time to put the lights on and the yellow west, which in my case have nothing to do with the French Yellow wests, whom I think will be out soon on the streets. That is a wild guess after Macrons speech yesterday.

Macron yesterday

So, just a few words on the Presidents speech yesterday. Not much of a surprise when it came to Covid, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. But it really was more about kick starting the Presidential campaign for 2022. And I guess that will push the yellow wests out on the streets again, and the unions to strike. Just wait for it.

On the Covid issue, health workers must vaccinate, mandatory. With a very wide rage of the word “Health worker”. In his speech health worker is anyone taking care of vulnerable people. So guessing also the police and firemen will be included here.

And we know that the unions there already said no to mandatory actions when it comes to vaccines.

Then for the normal people. The health pass will be used in a much wider rage than now. from 21st of July you need it for all gatherings with more than 50 people and from 1st of August also when you go out to a cafè, restaurant, mall etc. Think “everything” with more than 1 person involved.

I do not oppose this, its easy to get the health pass, even if I wish it was possible to test the QR codes to be sure they actually work (now I know you can upload them on the app, but then the new code can’t be tested as a private person). What I wonder is if the timeline is a bit narrow.

No problem to impose new rules but you need to have the infrastructure in place first. Cause who will check the QR codes in a busy cafè? Do the owner need to hire someone for that or is it something the state need to provide?

What happens if someone refuse to leave when they don’t have the pass? Is it up to the owner of the place to kick them out or will we see more police on the streets, if so where do they come from?

What about tourists? If you need proof of full vaccination or a test result no older than 48 hours, must tourists take a test every second day just to be able to go out for a meal? And now when the test will cost you, will tourists spend more than a short weekend in France? If so, won’t boost the tourism industry.

And what about buses, Metro etc, more than 50 persons for sure.

But this way to impose rules on people without having the infrastructure in place first is typical for politicians nowdays, cause everything must go fast fast fast. If it is Corona rules or city planning it’s the same problem. First the law then the infrastructure.

Not smart, but it’s how they do it.

So we will see how this is going to work, all start on the 21st of July and since I have my health pass the only thing that worries me is that I have no idea if the QR code works or not. I want to confirm it works.

Have a nice day now peeps

Björn