23 February 2022: PP fun; Speedy boats; A short and winding road; Apposite sayings; & 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 

Politics 1: This chap thinks that some right-wing media outlets are guilty of ‘stupid arrogance’ in respect of the PP party internal wrangles being played out in public.

Politics 2. Sr Feijóo, President of the Galician Xunta, looks to be well on his way to being at least the caretaker leader of the troubled PP party

Thanks to the DdP, I now know a lot more about the speedboats used by our narcotraficantes:-

I wonder if one or more of them feature in any of the currently popular TV series about our local money-spinning activities.

A very modern Spanish male –  a hipster with curated hair and beard and an ugly small dog on his lap at a terrace table. Only the sunglasses are traditional. Franco will be turning in his grave.

Hope he doesn’t sue me. The hipster, not Franco, of course.

And a lovely foto from Lenox Napier of Business Over Tapas – of a cycle path down South:-

Spanish scenery is not only magnificent but also astonishingly varied. The Guardian suggests a slow train journey to appreciate it. Though It has to be said that sometimes this is the only option available. East West usually. Or vice versa . . 

Here’s info on an  Android banking trojan targeted at Spain and Portugal that you need to avoid in Google Play Store

Russia 

Two old sayings which I heard yesterday, from folk in the know :-

– German: You can’t trust these hordes from the East. 

– Polish: We play chess with them and they play kick-ass with us. 

One wonders how Russia would react if China claimed and invaded some of its eastern territory. The countries share quite a long border east of Mongolia, where there have been serous disputes in the recent past.

RT News main headline this morning: Former US President Donald Trump has praised Russia’s Vladimir Putin for his strategy in eastern Ukraine, arguing that the Russian leader outmaneuvered Joe Biden 

Quotes of the Day

1. From a senior UK epidemiologist: When this pandemic is finally over, we’re going to spend many years trying to work out what worked and what didn’t.

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Spanish

Visitas nocturnas a leronimus: Anyone got any idea?

Finally . . . 

A touch of irony . . . A man on a Make friends with sharks holiday was bitten by one of  his new mates.

For new reader(s): If you’ve landed here looking for info on Galicia or Pontevedra, try here. If you’re passing through Pontevedra on the Camino, you’ll find a guide to the city there.     

One comment

  1. Might be “Visitas nocturnas a ieronimus” or “Your nightly visit from Jerome”, but who might Jerome be?

    Your question about how Russia would react if China claimed and invaded some of its eastern territories is comprehensively answered by Effie Deans.

    Back in 1994 Ukraine gave up all of the former Soviet nuclear weapons that were still stationed on its territory. It received assurances from Russia about its sovereignty, independence and borders. If Ukraine had kept a few nuclear weapons in a silo near Kiev it would not now be worrying about Russia invading and it would not have lost either Crimea or the Donbass.
    https://www.effiedeans.com/2022/02/the-snp-would-leave-scotland-defenceless.html

    Effie continues:
    Russia has been left so weak strategically by Gorbachev that it can no longer properly defend itself against Chinese expansionism in the Russian Far East, where the demographic situation favours China. The Chinese call Vladivostok by its Qing Dynasty name Hǎishēnwǎi. They think that it is theirs.
    https://www.effiedeans.com/2022/02/he-and-she.html

    Britain should do its best to protect our friends in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries threatened by Russian aggression and expansionism, but beside sending weapons and advisors we should recognise that we cannot stop what is going to happen there anymore than we could stop the wars of German Unification or the Risorgimento.

    But the West needs to become serious. Cease teach woke idiocy in universities. This is mere decadence and self-hatred that rots student brains. Rebuild our intelligence capability by recruiting people with serious knowledge about Russia and China. Rebuild our armed forces so that we would have a chance to really deter Russian or Chinese aggression. Rebuild the NATO Alliance in Europe so that each European country makes a serious contribution to a force that the Russians might actually worry about. Cease being so dependent on the goods and resources of China and Russia. Our lifestyle depends on the whim of our enemies.

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