1. Come back. Munguin needs you in the pic too.
2. As promised, a Scarab Beetle
3. Bryce Canyon, Utah.
4. Excuse me, but are these the First-Class Accommodations? I’m known to Munguin!
5. El Tajo Dam, Spain.
6. This is very tasty. Whats for pudding?
7. Summer in Greenland. You can tell I’m rather fond of the place, can’t you?
8. I want you to know that I’m not just any flycatcher… I’m a royal fly catcher, so I’ll thank you to mind your Ps and Qs.
9. There there, who’s a pretty human then?
10. That coffee don’t look half strong enough to wake me up.
11. Try not to look down your nose at them, Cedric. They can’t help only being humans.
12. I’m pretending to be Adam Ant in my armour. I don’t suppose Lulu will happen along and give me a quick chorus of Boom Bangabang? No? Oh good!
14. Oh, hello Munguinites. Off to collect nuts, can’t stop.
14. Munguin with his wee pal, Woolie, as in “that’s the wonder of”, rescued by Munguin on the last day trading in Woolworths, Lochee.
15. Nice whiskers, huh?
16. You’d have thought that even the meanest intelligence would have told you that I have the right of way, because I’m bigger. Oh well. See ya round.
17. Gaborone, Botswana.
18. Shall I quack you a lullaby?
19. Our kind of street market.
20. You have to go? That’s a pity. A banana would have been nice…
21. Oh, how kind!

Special thanks to Munguin and Woolie for giving up their precious time to pose for that photograph.

77 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. First in and the sun’s already up (at least, it is here)!! That’s an unexpected distinction and adds to the usual SS inspirational start to the morning. Tris, please thank Munguin and Woolie for their much appreciated contribution.

    The Spanish dam is breathtaking – and I think I’d happily spend the rest of the day at that readers’ street market. Where is it? This is turning into an AOY extension of detective work. Like the Scarab Beetle. It does have more than a passing resemblance to a Volkswagen. Is that how it got its name? I’ve heard of VW Polo, Golf, Passat, etc but never a Scarab. Unless the Scammel Scarabs of yesterday’s discussion were made by a VW subsidiary.

    I’m sure enlightenment will follow as always as the day wears on and the comments fill up from ever knowledgeable Munguinites.

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    1. Morning, John.

      Munguin and Woolie say they didn’t mind posing for you guys. Munguin likes his photograph to be widely published and syndicated around the world.

      Woolie, on the other hand, is a shy bird, but could be persuaded to appear again, should he prove popular.

      I don;t know where the market is. When I search Google, it just comes up as “books”.

      I’m thinking that it must be somewhere where it is unlikely to rain suddenly.

      This is the story of the Beetle:

      I suspect more will be said by other contributors.


      1. Tris, looking at the background buildings near the book market, I see tenements with outside metal fire escapes. There’s also a wire suspended traffic light at the junction behind and two vehicles that could be yellow taxis. Also, from what I can see, lots of the books are in English. So, I’d guess the States, possibly New York City.
        By the way one book right in the foreground is Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘The Ladies’ No 1 Detective Agency’, so there’s a serendipitous link to pic 17 – Gaborone, Botswana – where Mma Ramotswe runs that very detective agency.
        I think pic 16 has been Photoshopped but it’s stil good for a laugh.

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        1. Yes, Andi, I’m sure it has, but it’s, as you say, good for a laugh.

          Amazing that a McCall Smith book would be in that pic, when we’ve been talking about Botswana.

          I loved these stories and the tv dramas they made of them.

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        2. Thanks, Andi. I tried to read that title but failed. Maybe I should get a Sherlock-size mag glass. How serendipitous as you say. And I can add another link, having been to Gabarone often in my Africa period and interviewed the author while based in Dubai and hosting a books programme on the wireless. Every bit as warm and entertaining a subject as you’d expect.

          Unlike some who’ll go nameless. Sometimes I’d look at the studio clock and think… Jeez, how am I going to squeeze another 15 minutes out of this without listeners deserting and never coming back.

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    2. John, I don’t think the VW was ever called a scarab but it was referred to in Germany as der KΓ€fer, the beetle. It was originally the KdF (Kraft durch Freude – Strength through Joy) wagen taking its name from the Nazi labour organisation. Back in the 60s, Alfa Romeo produced a series of concept cars, very sporty, called Scarabeo. I sometimes wonder why anyone would name a streamlined sports car after a species of humble dung beetle. Mind you, the ancient Egyptians carved numerous representations of scarabs, made jewellery featuring them, etc. But they saw its behaviour of rolling a ball of dung along the ground as symbolic of the journey of Ra, the sun god, across the heavens.

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      1. I used to have an Alfa Spider sports car, so I suppose that’s no more incongruous than taking the name of a beetle, especially one with such a distinguished history as the scarab. The Spider was also known as the Red Submarine because it always rained every time I left the roof down. No drain holes, so every time I braked afterwards, a mini-tsunami would make landfall at the pedals. Now I know why that part of a car is called the foot-well.

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    3. I have always thought of the Porsche 911 as nothing more than a squashed Beetle.

      Not technically correct, of course, as it has the engine at the opposite end.

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  2. Sorry, Tris, but are you sure of your identification of number 5? To me it looks a lot like the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) in Ronda, southern Spain. Admittedly, it does cross El Tajo gorge, but it’s a bridge, not a dam.

    Puente Nuevo is nowadays a slight misnomer, as the bridge was built in the 18th century – a bit like Edinburgh New Town, then – but the other bridges in Ronda are the Puente Viejo (Old Bridge) and the Puente Romano (Roman Bridge).

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    1. El Tajo river is 300 miles north of Ronda, and is Aranjuez the famous city it pass through before ending in Lisbon. The confusion may be due to the name “tajo”, which means “cut”, is the name of the gorge that separate the two sides of Ronda.

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    2. Jim, I’m sorry. I took what was written where I saw it as gospel without looking a it carefully.

      You are absolutely right. It is indeed Puente Nuevo and as you say… hardly an appropriate name.

      Thanks for putting me right on that…don’t tell Munguin!


        1. I’m having difficulty believing that there is a female anywhere who is impressed by the sound of a car alarm… but hey, if it works, it works.


  3. Lovely stuff. Adored no 1. A pleasure to make Woolie’s acquaintance and what a handsome pair they are. I have to agree no 9 is a pretty human. I’m not sure about the street market though. Maybe it’s a function of living on the West of Scotland but books outside – what about the rain!

    In case Ed doesn’t make it, life is re-affirmed.

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    1. Woolie says he’s never met a Panda before, but you’re a very nice one.

      I suspected you might have taken a fancy to No. 9.

      I thought that about the market. It must be somewhere where rain is not an issue. So nowhere in the UK!


      1. More evidence I’ve been away a long time – and mainly in sunny places that are rain-free for long stretches. The books getting soaked didn’t occur to me until more discerning Munguinites made the (now) obvious comments.

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          1. As I recall, re exposure of second-hand books to the rain, in New York a lot of outside displays of things would be under a roll-up awning outside a shop, or otherwise people would dash around throwing tarpaulins (tarps)Β over the merchandise to protect it.

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    2. Reaffirmed indeed, PP, and I agree too that no. 9 is a pretty human.

      I expect Danny will know for sure, but the American city with the outdoor book market must indeed New York because, as I understand it, it’s the only American city in which those outside steel fire escapes were mandated to retrofit on the cheaply built, multistorey firetrap tenements with narrow, wooden stairs (“walk-ups”) that were thrown up to house the burgeoning population of immigrants in the 19th / early 20th century, Ellis Island being the premier port of entry for immigrants to the US in the days of the transatlantic liners.

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        1. Tris…Ed…..I’m late to Soppy Sunday today. It certainly has a New York City look to it, from the outside steel fire escapes to the hanging traffic light. To be certain, it would be nice to have a view of the rooftops. New York City never got around to providing enough water pressure for buildings taller than six stories, so all such buildings in the city must have their own water pumping system and a water tower on the roof to provide the necessary pressure to the building’s plumbing system. The roof-top water towers are everywhere in the city!

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          1. Struth, they are ugly things, Danny.

            Still, I suppose even New Yorkers need water πŸ™‚

            Oh, and Munguin says: don’t be late again, otherwise he’ll dock some of your pay.

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            1. LOL……Tell Munguin I’ll try to do better. I like his little friened too. πŸ˜‰

              I don’t think I’d ever want to drink New York City tap water on a regular basis. (Maybe the big new buildings with well-maintained, state-of-the-art water systems are OK though.)

              I’ve never found a clear explanation why other cities built water systems that supplied suitable pressure for small and middle sized buildings, (such as by building one or more very high water towers to pressurize the system,) but New York never did.

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                1. Tris…..I’d never drink the water in an old New York City tenement building. Imagine expecting the landlords to maintain and disinfect the buildings’ old wooden water towers on a yearly schedule. That surely hardly ever happens. A powerful argument for using bottled drinking water in the city! πŸ˜‰

                  Reminded me of what I’ve heard of old Victorian plumbing systems in the UK that often used open tanks on the hot water supply…..leading (I’ve read) to an old traditional British attitude that hot water is not usable for human consumption out of the tap. So you always fill the tea kettle with cold water and heat it on the stove.

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                  1. That is correct Danny, about the water systems in the UK having a cold feed tank to the hot water tank, usually in the loft to give pressure to the hot water feed. It is also why people are suspicious of water direct from the hot tap, that suspicion extends to mixer taps.
                    I’m baffled England adopted a mains feed pressurised hot water system decades ago, breaking the resistance to mixer taps but Scotland’s building regs retained the old system.
                    You’re all perceptive enough to recognise a scab has been picked with this one!

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                    1. Alan…..I saw a reference to Churchill, noting that in his memoirs he described a mixer tap that he used in Russia during the WWII Yalta Conference. He was apparently quite impressed with it…..perhaps having never encountered one in England. The only separate taps I ever saw in the States was in a very old house that one of my great aunts lived in. The plumbing fixtures looked like they were installed in the 1930’s, and there were individual hot and cold taps on the bathroom sink. I was faced with scalding or freezing my hands, and mixing hot and cold in the old sink wasn’t something that I wanted to do either. πŸ˜‰

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                    2. He probably had them installed in his residences, Danny.

                      I think they are relatively common now in the UK.

                      Although my kitchen has two separate taps as does the basin in the bathroom
                      Only the bath has a mixer.

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                    3. In the UK, if you’ve got a combi boiler your hot water comes direct from the water main, though not at the same maximum rate as the cold. The UK in general doesn’t seem to go in for the mains-pressure (electrically heated) hot water tanks so common on the Continong.

                      When I lived in East Africa, it was inadvisable to drink from the tap anyway, and all our water used to go to up to the tank in the roof space, or on the roof, first. The reason for that was intermittent supply. A variation on that is to have a large tank at ground level or even underground; that has the additional advantage that water will continue to flow into a tank at ground level even when it can’t get up to the tank on the roof. When you have that arrangement, you have an arrangement of float switches operating an electric pump to get the water up to the roof (when the power is on) when the tank up there isn’t full as long as the bottom tank isn’t empty.

                      I used to have a couple of water coolers that took those big bottles of purified water. Very handy, not least because the amount of assorted muck in the water supply was truly extraordinary.

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                    4. Tris……Interesting! I saw an article that pointed out that even the most modern and fashionable British plumbing fixture designs still have individual tap designs available.

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                    5. Ed……Interesting about the water supply you had in Africa. Skyscrapers have to maintain their own pumped water systems of course, but it’s not the sort of thing you would necessarily think that a six story building in New York City should need. In the States, individual cities generally have tall water towers that pressurize the system, such that the water pressure is suitable for average size buildings. They don’t seem to need water tanks on the roofs like you see in New York City.

                      Most individual hot water systems in homes in the States use an electric or natural gas heated water heater with a 30 to 50 gallon tank capacity, pressurized by the cold water mains. However, I’ve seen “tankless” electrical systems advertised that apparently heat the cold water on demand. I don’t know how those work.

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                    6. A major thing that restricts the water pressure in New York is the age of the water mains. We shouldn’t forget that the reservoir that served the city was the one in Central Park between 86th and 96th streets, and that was opened in (googles frantically) 1862. So, not much gravity-fed pressure from that, then. It wasn’t decommissioned until 1993. Even so, major pipe bursts are or were ridiculously common: I remember one outside Grand Central terminal flooding down into the subway, flooding the 6 line almost up to platform level and shutting it down quite thoroughly.

                      I recall that on another occasion, after a pipe burst down around Wall Street somewhere during the ’80s or ’90s, it was revealed that the water main in question was actually made of wood, it was so old. If it was toward the end of my New York years, maybe it burst after the system was put under greater pressure after the Central Park reservoir was finally shut down!

                      We had a similar problem here in Dundee: there was a major project to replace / reline the cast-iron water mains in the streets in various areas, including where I live, that finished – oof – last year or 2018. There were the usual complaints about the disruption and inconvenience as the streets were dug up, which Scottish Water countered by letting people know that some of the water mains they were replacing had been put in before the first Tay Bridge was built – the bridge opened in 1878…

                      Down in Glasgow, there wasn’t a municipal water supply before the first decade of the 19th century and various water supply schemes were in place from then on, but it wasn’t until after 4,000 people died of cholera in 1848-1849 that the Corporation of the City of Glasgow got round to commissioning the rather wonderful Loch Katrine water supply scheme. That one was opened in 1859 and is still in operation today, though it’s not the only source of supply any more.

                      Over in Edinburgh, the first municipal water supply company, the Edinburgh Water Company was established in 1819. Putting the pipes (and the plumbing fixtures) back then under a lot of pressure would have been a very bad idea, and if you have a gravity-fed supply that works, there’s no real reason to go to the expense of putting in pumps just to up the pressure. In my flat in Edinburgh (the building was constructed in 1878, actually), I had a typical Edinburgh water supply: the cold water from the kitchen tap came direct from the main, everything else, including the toilet, was supplied through a tank in the flat. And no mixer taps.

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                    7. Thanks, Ed. I didn’t know most of that, although I did know that my drinking water (and all other) came from the mains, because I don’t have a tank in the attic.

                      Although Munguin has a pool…

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  4. Here we go CDC updates its stats.
    Only 6% of deaths recorded as Covid19 are solely due to Covid19 all the rest had comorbidity issues. @2:10 in there is an Australian Government notice stating that the PCR test cannot distinguish between virus and noninfective RNA. It cannot distinguish between Covid and the cold, measles or even ebola. Duh! As I stated before we are being played, its a con designed as a distraction. So what could be happening that is worthy of such massive deceit? I know, DO YOU.


      1. I’ll give it a try. English speaking country, not scared of rain, outside fire escapes, hanging traffic lights, high rises on one side of the street, trees on the other.
        New York?

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          1. Not that it’s a competition – tee hee! – but I posted that suggestion at 12:04. Soppy Sunday’s getting nearly as challenging as AOY! And on that basis, I’ve worked out that pic 18 is a cryptic reference to a pub – The Dog & Duck.

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            1. LOL.

              I dunno. It starts off with a competition to find out who’ll be first to comment. John in Bulgaria or DonDon in Germany…

              Sometimes an up late Scot beats them to it!

              Some people’s minds always go straight to the pub, huh, Andi?


  5. What a place, that’s me now ready for tomorrow.
    Sheesh Marcia, Botswana is flat but thankfully 1000m above sea level. My natural empathy caused me check 😊

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