6 March 2022: A blue village; Getting enchufado; Spain’s police forces; Russia; The World; & Other minor 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  

If I liked mushrooms, it might be worth visiting this white village which is actually blue.

Being enchufado – plugged in – can be very useful in Spain, where the personal factor usually counts for a lot. Here’s some advice on how to achieve this status. It’s all sound but some of it might be hard to do in practice. Numbers 8 and 9 are essential.

Confused by seeing cars from at least 3 different police forces attending an incident? This might help you understand why.

Two or three years ago, I commented on the opening of a specialist hipster barber shop in Plaza de Dos de Mayo in Malasaña in Madrid. I see now that it is lo que el viento se llevó.

Russia

Putin’s attempt to label the Ukraine government as Nazis is beyond irony. If there’s any fascist here, it’s the Russian dictator.

The Kremlin has accused the West of behaving like bandits and claimed it’s impossible to isolate a country as big as Russia. Time will tell. Perhaps sense will prevail before that point has been reached. Or before nuclear war has made the question academic.

The rise of crypto and Bitcoin risks blowing a hole in Russian sanctions. Cryptocurrencies will help raise funds for those defending Ukraine, but also help oligarchs evade western sanctions.

The Way of the World/Quotes of the Day  

The war has woken the West to its own decay. Self-obsession has blinded us to the poison seeping into our democracies. Rationale here, if the link works.

The past 10 days have been the most important in decades. We have seen an authoritarian state turn into a totalitarian one in front of our eyes. . . . The West must accept that Putin’s invasion has ushered in a new world order. The war has set off a chain of events that could alter the balance of power for good. This is a possible link to the rationale for these statements. 

Social Media

Self-indulgent echo chambers – Same source.

English

A ‘global survey’ of non-native speakers came up with some surprising results:-

Most Annoying Women’s English Accents

1. USA 

2. South Africa

3. New Zealand 

4. Australia 

5. Wales 

6. England [probably BBC English rather than Brum]

7. Canada 

8. Scotland

9. Northern Ireland 

10. Ireland 

Most Annoying Men’s English Accents

1. USA 

2. Canada 

3. Wales 

4. South Africa 

5. Northern Ireland, 

6. England 

7. New Zealand 

8. Australia 

9. Ireland 

10. Scotland 

Finally . . .

A new lizard . . .

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. Desinformatsiya. Disinformation was defined in Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1952) as “false information with the intention to deceive public opinion”. Operation INFEKTION was a Soviet disinformation campaign to influence opinion that the U.S. invented AIDS. https://www.historyofinformation.com/detail.php?id=5069

    Yet again, it’s essential to read Dr. North & other sites that value truth & integrity above the external advantages circulation & money:

    “And very shortly, things seem set to get worse for everybody. The weather forecast has it that temperatures are to drop to -20 degrees in eastern Ukraine, with deep snowfalls. We were set for a new cold war, but I don’t think this was quite what was expected”.

    https://www.turbulenttimes.co.uk/news/front-page/ukraine-perceptions-of-war/

    “Meanwhile, the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Mr Putin and his cronies is bringing about a growing realization, among those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, that the global-warming narrative so sedulously peddled by the climate-change industrial complex originated in the Desinformatsiya directorate of the KGB. For a detailed background to this story, visit https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/03/the_strategic_threat_from_netzero_emissions_.html. There, the kind editors have published a 5000-word piece by me giving some history that readers of WUWT will find fascinating. It is a tale much of which, for security reasons, has not been told until now”.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/04/the-pause-lengthens-again-no-global-warming-for-7-years-5-months/

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