6 December 2021: Covid in Spain; Zara; Galgos again; France v The UK; & An Xmas puzzle.

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’


Fear over rising Covid cases in Spain and Italy as northern wave heads south. Infections on rise in southern Europe. More below.

Vaccines really do work, it says here

Cosas de España/Galiza

Without the protection of the secret services, neither the monarchy nor some democratic administrations would have survived. See the first article below.

Should you want to know about who’s heading up Zara’s – Galicia based – parent company, Inditex,  it’s all here.

I mentioned yesterday the cruel culling of Galgos no longer felt to be fat enough. The Wiki article has it that: An estimated 50,000 to 100,000 Galgos and Podencos are killed each year by their owner. Methods of killing reportedly include burning, hanging, stoning, and poisoning, which is “based on the belief that, the more painfully a dog dies, the better luck a hunter will have next year.” 

After writing yesterday, about the 2 foreign ballerinas heading up England’s premier ballet companies, I got to wondering if this would happen in Spain. Probably not, I suspect. Even if they spoke fluent Spanish

The UK 

A poll reveals huge public cynicism, with just 5% of respondents believing politicians work for public good.  . . .  Trust in politicians to act in the national interest rather than for themselves has fallen dramatically since Boris Johnson became prime minister. . . What a surprise.

Boris Johnson has united every Tory faction – in anger at him.

More criticism from The Guardian here.


Vitriolic France seems intent on trashing the precious Franco-British relationship. See the 2nd article below.

Finally  . . . 

An Xmas challenge . . .

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