Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain: 28.7.21

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable. 

– Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’ 

Cosas de España/Galiza 

The word ‘Annual’ might not mean much to most readers. But it does to at least some Spaniards, being a battle in North Africa in which the Spanish army suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the – very heavily outnumbered – Moroccan Berbers. This was back in 1921, a hundred years ago. An anniversary which the Spanish government is  – understandably – said to have pasado por alto. i.e. overlooked/ignored.

Yesterday I noted that Spain is said to have the highest percentage of double-jabbed in the world. But its ranking is much lower when it comes to the percentage of the population with one jab. I can’t pretend to know which – if you have the choice – is the better option.

Yet another case this week of a Galician ‘kamikaze’, a driver heading the wrong way on the A6 motorway, at 6pm. This time not a confused geriatric but a drunken 33 year old. We seem to have quite a few of these kamikazes every year. Don’t know about other regions.

The Galician police were as officious as ever over the weekend, fining folk for all sorts of Covid infringements, including an excess number of no-conviventes together out in the street.

María’s Not So Fast: Days 22-23  A [Health] Service We Pay For

The UK  

OTOH: Daily Covid infection numbers are on the decline. With hospital admissions hovering around a quarter of what they once were during infection peaks, evidence is building that the vaccines are working: preventing not just serious illness, but reducing transmission as well.

OTOH: We can’t get too comfortable: Covid is constantly surprising us and numbers may well rise again

OTOH: The economy appears to be racing ahead. EY’s latest estimate shows it growing at its fastest rate in 80 years, forecasting 7.6% growth in 2021.Its analysis fits a trend: other economic heavyweights are also predicting a faster bounce back than initially anticipated.

OTOH: Don’t be fooled: the situation remains fragile and a rapid recovery is still not guaranteed.

The UK and the EU post Brexit

Query. Did the British not read the fine print when they signed their Brexit deals? Not only do they regret agreeing to a lay a customs border down the Irish Sea to avoid the need for passport checks and inspections of goods on the Ireland-Northern Ireland border; they also have second thoughts about their agreement with Spain for Gibraltar.

‘Perfidious Albion’ yet again?

The Way of the World 

The Scottish Government – which likes (like Spain) to be ‘different’ – is backing proposals to encourage 8,000 civil servants to pledge they’ll specify their preferred pronouns at the end of each email. Effie Deans mocks this development here.

I’d like all to know that, henceforth, my personal pronoun – for I, me and you – will be Zak.


Zak’ve often wondered and, yes, there used to be an adjective ‘miscontented’, back in the 16th century. Now displaced by ‘discounted’, of course.

Zak’ve finally looked it up . . . ‘To cosplay’: To dress up as a character from a film, book, or video game.


To cosplay: Hacer cosplay.

Finally  . .

A conner conned. Nice one. But gullibility and immoral profiteering continue, of course.

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  1. First dose vaccination has reached 67% of the population in Spain. One of the highest in the world, only behind the likes of Malta, Iceland and so on. It will cacth up with the UK in a matter of days, and then speed forward, and leave Britain well behind, as Spain is also ahead with regards to the number of doses given per day. The UK is sleep-walking into a catastrophy with the vaccination roll-out grinding to a complete halt. And with a large section of the population refusing to get vaccinated on account of spurious human and indivual rights, this sitiuation will come to a head soon. But you would not know that if you read Ambrose in the TG today. He contrives to give what is good news for the EU a negative spin. Quite an achievement even for this supreme propagandist. He probably wrote his article before the announcement that, over in the US, Biden is enforcing vaccination for federal employees.


  2. Spain leave Britain well behind . . . Despite the August closedown of so much? See María’s post.

    a complete halt . . . might be true but seems a bit unlikely

    a large section . . . can you define this?


  3. I haven’t read the AEP article yet so I don’t know if he touches on this but do you acknowledge that (thanks to Brussels) more people have died in Spain – possibly many more – than if the rollout had begun at the same time as the UK’s? And do you reject AEP’s argument that this has also had economic consequences for Spain et al?

    Spain, by the way, is on its 5th (by my calculation 6th) wave. Not everything has gone swimmingly here either. The 7 day cases average is 26k, or 38k pro rata compared with the UK, where the 7 day average is 33k. Not that I am admirer of how the British government has gone about things.

    And I will be perfectly happy if Spain ‘races ahead’ of the UK with the vaccination challenge.


    • Just read the opening para . . .

      ‘the slapstick spectacle of Britain’s pingdemic’ doesn’t look much like (positive) propaganda to me.

      But I will read on.


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