11 March 2022: Vox in power; 11M; Absent Russians; Trans fascists; & 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 

Very bad news: For the first time, the execrable Vox party will participate  in one of Spain’s numerous regional governments – Castilla y León – in coalition with the right-of-centre PP party. Down in Hell, this should cheer up the Generalisimo. He’ll be dreaming of the return of his statues.

The estimable Guy Hedgecoe writes here of a sad Spanish anniversary and of an impressive documentary.

Spain was awake early to the rise of the Russian traveller, marketing itself heavily in Moscow almost as soon as the Soviet Union had fallen apart, in 1991. The number of Russian arrivals broke the million-mark for the first time in 2012. Quite possibly a lot fewer this year.

Locally, the birth rate in Pontevedra is now only a third of what it was in 1975 – 529 a year, against 1,406. Important long term implications, of course.


This is the intro to this series of podcasts, episodes 159-163: You certainly won’t understand what ordinary Russians see in Vladimir Putin if you don’t understand what happened in the 1990s, a time of utter, utter collapse.

En passant . . . In a novel set in Russia in 1990, one of the characters draws a parallel between a collapsing Russia and the Weimar Republic, pointing to several shared characteristics. He then predicts what the final one will be – the emergence of a Russian Hitler . . . Life imitating art??

The EU

AEP is not fond of the EU . . . The lowest common denominator prevails again in European diplomacy. Germany cannot yet bring itself to forgo Russian fossil energy until the end of the decade, seemingly whatever Vladimir Putin does to Mariupol, Sumi, or Kyiv today. The EU policy towards Russia fails the test of statecraft on every count. It smacks of business as usual and underestimates the intensity of public outrage across Europe. This link might work.

The Way of the World

The small number of the population who are trans are the reason, through no fault of their own, that all political parties are now terrified of the word “woman”. It is a form of madness. In the name of inclusivity, we cannot name the majority of the population. Until recently, this was but a very fringe issue. However, in the space of a few years we’ve reached the point where a politician can’t explain what a woman is on the radio on a programme called Woman’s Hour, showing how mad the debate has become.

Talking of women . . . Kim Kardashian’s fame originates in a huge arse. This has brought her a $1.8 billion fortune, a private jet, a $23 million mansion with two swimming pools, and 291 million followers on Instagram. And some of us thought the world was mad before she arrived on the scene.


This appears to have reached the UK: A flex: Informal US: ‘A boastful statement or display’. 

Finally . . .

Can this be true?

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.


From Hana Videen’s The Wordhord. Pronunciation in brackets

ǣmett-hyll, noun (am-et-huell): Ant hill. 

cealdost, adjective (superlative) (cheh-al-dost): Coldest. 

dæg, noun (daie): Day; person’s lifetime; name of the D-rune

dæg-rēd, noun (daie-raid): Dawn, daybreak, early morning. 

dæg-rima, noun (daie-rim-ah): Daybreak, morning. 

ēagan bryhtm, noun (ay-ah-gahn brue-h’tm): Moment, eye’s twinkle. 

earfoþ-hwīl, noun (eh-ar-voth-hweel): Time of hardship. (Awful?

ēaster-mōnaþ, noun (ay-ah-ster-mo-nath): April (Easter-month). 

folgian, verb (fol-yih-ahn): To follow. 

frigdæg, noun (frih-daie ): Friday (Frigg’s day). 

gēar-dagas, plural noun (yay-ar-da-gahs ): Days (of one’s life), lifetime; days of old, former times. 

gēol-mōnaþ, noun (yay-ol-mo-nath ): December (Yule-month). 

gyrstan-dæg, noun/adverb (yuer-stahn-daie): Yesterday. 

hālig-mōnaþ, noun (ha-lih-mo-nath): September (holy month). 

hærfest, noun (haer-vest): Harvest, autumn. 

hærfest-mōnaþ, noun (haer-vest-mo-nath): September (harvest-month). 

hēa-līc, adjective (hay-ah-leech): High, elevated, lofty, proud, noble, deep, profound.

hlūd, adjective (hlood): Loud, sonorous.  

hrīmigost, adjective (superlative) (hree-mi-gost): Frostiest. (Rhime?)

langung-hwīl, noun (lahng-gung-hweel): Time of longing or weariness. 

lencten, noun (lenk-ten): Spring, Lent. 

līðe, adjective (lee-thuh): Soft, gentle, mild, serene.  (Lithe?)

midsumer-mōnaþ, noun (mid-sum-er-mo-nath): June (midsummer-month). 

midwinter-mōnaþ, noun (mid-win-ter-mo-nath ): December (midwinter-month). 

mōna, noun (mo-na): Moon. 

mōnandæg, noun (mo-nahn-daie): Monday (moon-day). 

mōnaþ, noun (mo-nath): Month. 

morgen, noun (MOR-gen ): Morning; morning of the next day, tomorrow.

morgen-colla, noun (mor-gen-koll-ah): ‘Morning-dread’, ‘morning-rage’. (Choler)

nū, adverb (noo): Now.

sæterndæg, noun (sat-ern-daie): Saturday (Saturn’s day).  

sumer, noun (sum-er): Summer. 

sunna, noun (suh-na): Sun. 

sunnandæg, noun (suh-nahn-daie): Sunday (sun-day). 

sunwlitigost, adjective (superlative) (sun-wli-ti-gost): Most beautiful with sunshine. 

tīma, noun (tee-ma): Time, hour. 

tīwesdæg, noun (tee-wez-daie): Tuesday

tō dæge, noun with preposition (toh daie-yuh): Today. 

þræc-hwīl, noun (thrack-hweel: Time of suffering, hard time. (Rack?)

þrimilce-mōnaþ, noun (thri-mill-chuh-mo-nath): May (three-milkings-month). 

þūresdæg, noun (thoo-rez-daie: Thursday (Thor’s day). 

un-tīma, noun (un-tee-ma): Wrong or improper time; bad time. 

wēod-mōnaþ, noun (way-odd-mo-nath): August (weed-month). 

winter, noun (win-ter): Winter; year. 

winter-fylleþ, noun (win-ter-fuell-eth): October. 

wōdnesdæg, noun (woad-nez-daie): Wednesday (Woden’s day). 


  1. Frigg’s day, 11th day of Month of Mars. Aldingelsk en Westfrysk binne ûnderling fersteanber.

    Astonishing video available of Russian column fleeing Skybyn.


    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Laugh it off (Lavrov) dismissed concerns about civilian casualties as “pathetic shrieks” from Russia’s enemies, and denied Ukraine had even been invaded.



  2. It is almost 3 weeks since you wrote this entry Colin, and ze Germans have just announced a potentially huge LNG deal with Qatar. Which on paper sounds great, except Germany has not got a single LNG terminal. Still it is a start, but it appears it will be 3 years for it all to be up and running.


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