5 September 2021

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

– Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain

 Cosas de España/Galiza

This article purports to explain why electricity prices are so high. I can’t say I felt any wiser at the end of it.

Talking of electricity prices . . . The Voz de Galicia: Meter reading errors lead to higher electricity bills. Just what you need when prices are at their all-time high.

There’s a shortage of grape harvest(vendimia) workers in Spain. As with all shortages in the UK, this is 100% down to Brexit . . .  

So, Santiago de Compostela isn’t the only northern city with a a white elephant vanity project. . . . El Mundo: The disaster of the ‘Centollo*: Nobody wants this €360m building. Even at a give-away price. The extravagant Palacio de Congresos in Oviedo cost 5 times what was budgeted. Ten years later, it’s closed and is being auctioned for a symbolic amount, but nobody is bidding and the city council is looking for uses for it. One option: hosting the Cheese World Cup. Here’s what it looks like:-

* Spider crab . . .

If you’re driving in Spain with GB plates, be warned.

And if you’ve driven to Galicia to play golf, this is the article for you.

The UK 

Lorry(truck) drivers could get banned from the roads for crashing into railway bridges. We could do with that law in Galicia. Or Pontevedra, at least.

Emma Raducanu was unknown to me. They say she’s a great young British tennis prospect. I checked on her on Google but I couldn’t get past the fotos of her lovely expressionful face.  I guess it’ll soon be appearing in ads.

The USA/Religious Nutters 

Self-proclaimed “prophet” Mark Taylor has declared that vaccines are “genocide” and demanded that the entire Biden administration be arrested and tried for treason.


Can this be true: Dyslexia seems to be a genetic weakness in our tongue – the way Gaucher’s disease preys on the Ashkenazi Jews. Apparently there is no dyslexia in China, as it doesn’t occur in languages that use pictograms. And it’s less prevalent in ones where the spelling and grammar are logical.   

Finally  . . .

All you need to know about how narcissists succeed

Talking of narcissists . . . What a shock – for Brits, at least – to see this infamous one introducing a big hit of the 60s.

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