16 November 202: Blood & Gold; Magnificent things to see in Spain; A saffron lady; A tax returns; Bloody Renfe again; & 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’

Cosas de España/Galiza  

Last night, I enjoyed watching the first episode in this series, Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain. I went to Itálica in 2018 but, as it was Sunday, found it closed. So, I must go back South to see both that and the Medina Azahara near Córdoba. The Grand Mosque in Córdoba should be near or at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Though – as with the Alhambra – it’s been years since you could walk round it on your own during normal opening hours, as the presenter did. Personally, I regard the cathedral plonked by Christians in the middle of the mosque as an abomination. But this won’t be the view of everyone, of course.

Another BBC program you might want to access via their iPlayer is this one, in which old films of WW1 troops are miraculously transformed into productions of modern quality. Not for the queasy.

If you’re outside the UK, you’ll need a VPN to see UK programs. I’ve been happy with Express VPN for several years, particularly as their customer service is excellent.

A nice Spanish tale. The internet doing good.

On a less happy note . . . Information here on the new plusvalía tax replacing the one recently declared invalid by the courts.

Training between Pontevedra and Vigo yesterday, I noticed that the print-out of my ticket stated at the very bottom of it – below the large advert and the plugs for Renfe – Maintain the integrity of this page by not cutting off any of the printed-out sections. This left me wondering whether this was always the case or whether my spat with the lady in the Vigo ticket office a week or so ago has led Renfe to add this. It doesn’t appear on tickets issued at the station. But, then, neither do the ads and the plugs.

Finally  . . .

This is the first in a series of humorous – to me – quotes which should bring a smile to  your face each morning:- What has happened to architecture since the Second World War that the only passers.by who can contemplate it without pain are those equipped with a white cane and a guide dog?: Bernard Levin, probably during the 1970s.

An ad on Spotify starts: Hi. Thanks for jumping on this call. WTF does that mean? Anyway, here’s whom I’d been enjoying listening to before the ad hit on me.

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