This story from the Daily Mail, asks if it is the biggest scandal in doping history. Even Andy Murray is laying into the row, as the first paragraphs say.
Andy Murray last night hit out at a Spanish judge who ordered evidence relating to one of the biggest doping rings in history to be destroyed.
Britain’s No 1 tennis player called the decision to dump more than 200 blood bags from stars in a number of sports as ‘the biggest cover-up in sports history’ and said it was a ‘joke’.
Sometimes you think that there is one law for Spain and one law for everybody else.
Seville was rather a disappointment, as it does seem the Spaniards are intent on ruining one of the gems of Europe, with some hideous architecture. But against that the I liked the innovative trams and was pleased to see the floats before the parade.
I didn’t see much of Cadiz and it is a city that I would visit again.
In hindsight, given the times that the Oriana was in Cadiz, I think it would have been better to give Seville a miss and explore the city on foot.
We left Cadiz as the parades ended and the sun went down.
I did get a glimpse of the floats from Oriana, but the pictures are too bad to upload.
The cruise ship shown in the picture was the only other cruise ship we saw in port. The guide at Cadiz, said business for her hadn’t been so good in the last few months as visiting cruise ships to Cadiz, were down in numbers compared to previous years.
Returning to the Oriana, our coach was held up by a parade.
The pictures aren’t the best, but it was difficult photographing from the coach.
Seeing these parades, reminds me of probably the first serious film; The Pride and the Passion. I saw it with my father at the cinema in Felixstowe. I remember vividly the scenes where they hid the enormous gun under a float in the cathedral to hide it from the French.
I do wonder where they shot these scenes.
Not by joke, but that of our tour guide to Seville.
The guide was German.
I caught sight of this notice.
I suppose it’s fairly obvious, but I can’t resist the obvious translation.
I finished my day in Seville by walking back down the river to the coach for the journey back to the Oriana.
There are some interesting bridges and the Torre del Oro.
In contrast to most rivers in Britain, there were very few places to sit and those that did exist, were rather muddy.
I’m not totally against modern architecture, as after all, I used to live in one of London’s most modern brutalist tower blocks, but s0me examples like the Metropol Parasol are not to my taste. Here’s a couple more.
Does Spain have planning rules to stop the worst of these buildings getting constructed?
Call me a Philistine if you like, but I believe truly great buildings enhance the buildings around them, rather than obscure their features. That is why One New Change is a much better building than The Shard.
After seeing the Metropol Parasol, I wandered through a few churches looking at the floats for the afternoon’s Palm Sunday parade.
In some ways, I find these sort of Holy Week parades obscene. All that gold, silver and expense, when in many places in the world, there is a great deal of poverty and starvation.
If you reckon this is all too ostentatious, then look at some of the churches in Ecuador and other parts of South America. It does seem that Pope Francis is trying to move the Roman Catholic church to a different and more humble plane.
But will he succeed?
The Metropol Parasol in Seville, must be one of the worst pieces of architecture and design, I’ve ever seen.
I was also told by a couple, I met beside it, that when it’s hot in summer, the market underneath is not a pleasant place to be.
I should think too, that being made of wood and glue, it could be a bit of a fire risk.
Apparently, though, it was built by a retiring mayor, who wanted to leave his mark on the city. Ken, Boris and the other UK mayors, may have big egos, but I can’t think of any legacy of a mayor, that wasn’t received positively.