17 January 2022: Covid; The Reckoning; Covid Rules? ‘Minor-attracted people’: & Other stuff.

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’

Covid: The Great Reckoning

Spain. See here on Recovery and Truth. At some length.

The UK: It was wrong to impose the restrictions, but the elites responsible are incapable of admitting it. My fear is that we’ll emerge from the pandemic without a proper assessment of how much damage the restrictions regime did – to our society, health and economy. Me too.

I’m citing again this podcast, in which someone clearly sane talks with knowledge, experience and common sense about the last 2 years and the damage done in so many areas. Damage which must be avoided the next time a pandemic occurs. But won’t be unless there’s an honest appraisal of reactions to the threat of Covid 19. Some of which were clearly born of panic or nefarious political motives. 

Cosas de España/Galiza

I’m told the obligation to show a vaccine certificate in bars and restaurants was re-imposed when I was in the UK. If so, here in Pontevedra city it’s being honoured in the breach at least as much as in the observance. Some places, yes; other places, no. In contrast, virtually everyone is obeying the dictate to wear a mask while walking in the open air. More easily copped by the officious police, I guess.

Unvaccinated folk in Galicia total 6% of the population. But they occupy 60% of the beds in the region’s intensive care units, Interesting to note that the Singapore government doesn’t pay for hospital treatment of unvaccinated patients.

The Way of the World 

I wonder how many people would agree that pedophiles should be referred to – sympathetically and non-judgmentally – as ‘minor-attracted people’. The writer of this article certainly doesn’t. Welcome, he says, to 2022, where wokeness has dragged us so far down the putrid well of moral relativism that now even family newspapers are wondering out loud if perhaps we have been a tad harsh on people who find children sexually attractive. I guess one important question is: If pedophilia  really is 100% genetic, can it be cured?


Damn! Another word not in the RAE dictionary – curruncho. But I did find it in the dictionary of the Galician Academy: Sitio apartado, máis ou menos pequeno e oculto, dentro dun espazo maior. Apparently, post Covid, property buyers are going beyond an extra bedroom, a terrace and a garden. Even a curruncho  – a shed? – will raise the desirability of place.

Finally . . .

Apologies for the typos in yesterday’s post. These go especially to those lovely folk who’ve signed up for email receipt. I fear you get the very first ‘final draft’, before I post a revision only a few minutes later.

It’s taken them a week but the birds have finally come back to the (new) feeders hanging from my  bougainvillea. Which is nice.

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