13 November 2021: Covid confusion; Disappearing cash; 3 small boats and a big one; The hunter haunted; & Other stuff.

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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’


Who on earth can keep on top of this . . . ?

– While many European countries are seeing steep rises in coronavirus cases and preparing to step up Covid restrictions, the UK has been going in the other direction.  Yesterday, at least.

– Cases are again on the rise here in Spain but experts are optimistic the country will avoid a 6th wave. Yes, the 6th.

Cosas de España/Galiza  

One of those helpful articles, this time from ThinkSpain on the law on cash payments. Something which the government would like to stop, or at least minimise.

Even more here from the estimable Marinero on Columbus’s 1492 voyage. Good to know of those 3 replica ships down in Huelva. One of them – the Santa Maria – is thought to have originally been called La Galicia. Which, by pure coincidence, is the name of the Brittany Ferries boat I’ll be taking later this month and again in January. How the wheel turns.

Not exactly in tune with the zeitgeist. This troubled chap possibly belongs in a museum of dinosaurs . . .

The UK

The police seem to be constantly striving to reach new levels of absurdity. They’ve opened an investigation into posters carrying the phrase ‘It’s okay to be white’ and are treating this as ‘a hate incident’ – because someone complained that this – objectively accurate – statement is used by white supremacists in the USA. By which evil-by-association logic, vegetarians are today’s Adolf Hitlers.

Normal Quote of the Day

I’ve lost patience now with companies still excusing lousy service with a simpering: “I’m sure you understand. It’s due to Covid.”

(A)GW/Quotes of the Day 

There’s always a deal, but there are deals, and deals.

A question for everyone – If you were asked to vote for a policy which would, at the same time, make you considerably poorer and Russia and China much stronger, would you do so? Didn’t think so. So, maybe you won’t be given the chance.


Following on from yesterday’s list of English words ‘stolen’ by the Spanish, here’s the BBC with some of the Englishisms used around the Hispanic world.

Finally  . . .

Reader Eamon in La Coruña kindly sent me this news but I can’t find how to access the game. If anyone can, please share the secret in the Comments. It might be a life-saving act . . .

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