21 October 2021: The Vatican’s Voice; Freedom Day; Energy prices; CoP26 cop-outs; & Killer phones.

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops
Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable
– Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’

Cosas de España/Galiza 

Politics: The far-right Vox party, says someone, represents the culmination of the Catholic Church’s  political program’. Probably correctly.

Regardless of negative UK developments, our central government will remove the final social restrictions at midnight tonight. In time for a weekend even more festive than last week’s. Pubs to close at 4.30am, discos at 5am but restaurants as shockingly early as 1.30. But 5 regions will retain some limitations on numbers. We’ll still be obliged to wear masks in public places, I believe – when not eating or drinking.

Energy prices are rising rapidly all over Europe. With the winter season around the corner, many consumers are worried, especially in Spain.

Specifically re electricity.

Less importantly . . . The low-down on churros, which I think I’ll be avoiding from now on . . .

The Way of the World 

With the apparent exception of the ‘world-leading’ UK under the ‘vainglorious posturing’ of Boris Johnson, all major economies are currently burning more coal than last winter. This, says Richard North, makes a nonsense  of the CoP26 aspirations for reducing emission levels and demonstrates that, for grown-up administrations, the first priority is to keep the lights on, using any fuel source available – including coal. As for the UK . . . This option is not available as most of the coal-fired power stations have been shut down. There is limited ability, in the short-term, to reduce reliance on expensive gas supplies. As for the Glasgow talk-fest . . . It appears unlikely the Chinese president will attend the conference, while Putin has said he definitely won’t be present. Without these 2 key players, the gathering will lose much of its force, fatally damaging the prospects of a binding agreement.  More from Richard North here. Especially on those rebellious East European members of the EU.

Quotes of the Day 

Without China’s leader “in the room”, the CoP26 conference is being compared to Hamlet without the prince.  

Or, as John Crace, put it in the Guardian 2 days ago:-

Without the cooperation of the leaders of China and Russia, 2 of the world’s largest polluters, global action on the climate crisis is just pissing in the wind.

By way, it will involve 20-30,000 people, I’ve read.

Spanish 

Anyone got any idea what Ingeniería de factores humanos is?

Finally  . . .

I read this and vaguely recalled deciding, as a young man, to remove the one-bar electric fire from the small shelf at the end of the bath.

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  1. Ingeniería de factores humanos? Perhaps a fancy name for behavioral psychology. Like in the old Soviet Union, everyone can be an engineer of one type or another.

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