I was in Spain over the weekend and already have felt the results of the Paris incident. The 7 hour ferry, docks a long way from the depot, so we are taken from the boat
there by a shuttle bus. Between the depot and the bus, there is a little van that has that luggage scanning machine, so ou drop you luggage on one side and collect it on
the other on your way out. On the return trip, we are simply waved through the gate that has been manned by the police. however, we were delayed for 30 minutes, with the bus surrounded
by armed and armored cops. Two got on the bus, as some others removed all the lugage from below and scanned it. Fortunately, unlike the U.S. and the U.K. everybody is required to have
a national identity card, or passport at ports so identifying a bus load of people should not have taken long, except that in the seat behind me were two Muslim Magrebi guest workers.
While they could prove they were legal, because of their place of birth, they had to be removed from the bus, and while we waited, they were photographed, fingerprinted, DNA taken (for later),
and checked against some data base.
Since totems is the subject there is a new one on all the local channels, and heading the articles on the Paris bombing. Here is how it works.
Imagine the peace sign, as a pigeon´s foot print surrounded by a circle. The dove, going back to Noah has been a symbol of peace. But this footprint was a little different,
imagine a dove with webbed feet, and you have a logo for the Eifel Tour. Have any here seen this since this weekend?