20 November 2021: The far-right; A culture clash; Galicia’s white wines; Learning Spanish; Bloody Spotify; & 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

Spain and Portugal have long done without far-right parties – until very recently. Some would argue that, in Spain’s case, this was because the right-of-centre PP party was already pretty far right. But, anyway, we now have the egregious Vox party, which does a very good impression of being Francoist. This blogger asks: Who votes for Iberia’s ‘populist radical right parties?

A clash of cultures is looming – traditional Spanish v. profit-orientated American. Restaurants here are increasingly confining diners to time slots of 1.5 hours, so they’re guaranteed at least 2 ‘turns’ per night. So . .  if members of a group arrive 20 or 30 minutes after the reserved tine, this can lead – as last night – to late ordering and pretty frantic eating. Which is anathema to most Spaniards. And to me. Something has to give. One suggestion is that restaurants start opening much earlier than their traditional time of 20.30/21.00. Vamos a ver. I guess it depends on how much diners rebel, in one form or another. If they do at all.

Scroll down for this from CBS: A seagull flies in the sky where a partial lunar eclipse is visible on November, 19, 2021, in A Corua’a, Galicia, Spain. It’s really A/La Coruña, of course.

Here’s Ian of EoS with comments on one of our 3 great white wines, and praise for the Rίas Baixas area in which I’m lucky enough to live. Personally, I prefer Godello to Albariño.


Here are someone’s top 10 tips for learning it. I endorse them all but regard conversation as by far the most important.


It looks like I’ve been getting this wrong all my life . . .

Finally  . . .

Well, with their ads every 7 or 8 minutes  – even in the middle of concert movements – Spotify has finally driven me back to my CD player. Which wasn’t their objective, of course. This was to persuade me to pay for their non-ad-strewn Premium service.

Which decision has just led me to this wonderful treat for the ears.

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