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From today, Spain begins the longest period of official mourning in its democratic history: ten days in honour of all those, nearly 27,000, whose lives were taken by covid19. While the luto oficial lasts, official buildings will fly their flags at half-mast, and many will be draped in black crepe. To bring it to a close, King Felipe VI will lead a ceremonial honouring of all the victims of the virus. Many victims will have died alone, been buried alone and without ceremony, without the ritual that we all need to begin to process our loss, a ritual as much if not more for theREAD MORE

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento. NB: The Canaries moves into Phase 2 of the estado de alarma de-escalation process on Monday 25 May: please see HERE for details. If you feel at risk or infected first use the online test HERE then for further help if needed ring the free multi-lingual helpline 900 112 061. For general info use the Canarian authorities’ websites/official social media. Use 112 only for emergencies.  Updated 26 May: Sanidad’s figures to 8pm last night show five more cases recorded in the Canaries bringing our total to 2,329. Thankfully we have no further fatalities so the total of deaths remains at 158. Recoveries areREAD MORE

NB: Tenerife is in Phase 2 of a de-escalation process within a state of emergency (estado de alarma). There are more relaxed measures in Phase 2, the ten main rules are as follows: face masks must be worn at all times in public transport as well as in any public space (in or outdoors) where a 2m physical distance cannot be maintained – there are exceptions for those with breathing problems and anyone doing something where it’s impossible but they must carry a mask to use when they have stopped their activity there is no restriction on people going in cars with others but ifREAD MORE

Updated 26 May: The Tenerife Cabildo has lifted its ban on use of the national park but explained that there are still restrictions and rules for use of the mountains as part of phase 2 of the de-escalation process. Please see HERE, 5pm, 26/5 update, for details.    Updated 25 May: Tonight the Canarian Government’s Department of Security and Emergencies has ended the forest fire alert in Tenerife, as well as in the rest of the western province – La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro – and in Gran Canaria. The alert ends officially at 7am Tuesday 26 May, and is the result of theREAD MORE

25 May: HERE – Beaches, pools, social responsibility, the very nature of the liberal democratic social contract, and how the Canaries is paying homage to us and all Canarians on Saturday’s Día de Canarias. 21 May HERE – Today’s pod- covid- twit- whatevercast … the big rush to normal, emergency help, swimming pools, and masks … and drippy sweaty runners … ewww … 18 May HERE – the latest podcast, covidcast … twitcast … just realised it not only stands for two women in Tenerife, or three women in Tenerife as and when it is, but also for a Twice Weekly Internet Talk – castREAD MORE

It’ll be very different this year, of course, but next Saturday 30 May is a public holiday for Día de Canarias. Normally shops and offices close away from the main tourist areas, and there are official events and traditional dances; this year none of it will happen, of course, at least not in the same form, but it is still a public holiday, and so have a look HERE for what usually happens, and what we must all hope will happen again from next year. The Canarian Government itself has said that this year’s Día de Canarias will be viewed as an homage for usREAD MORE