26 March 2022: Traffic rules; Spanish Irritants; La Marca v Bale; Calimocho; Women?; & 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’

Cosas de España/Galiza

The new traffic rules . . . Does anyone know if the cancellation of the overtaking margin of 20kph on secondary roads also applies to autovias and autopsistas? Maybe there never was one.

On this . . . For the first time, personal mobility vehicles(PMVs/VMPs) such as electric scooters, segways and similar devices have a special category in the traffic laws, which also apply to bicycles.  It is now mandatory for users to wear a helmet and it is expressly forbidden to ride on the pavement, motorways or highways. Either of these infractions will be punishable with a €200 fine.  Will this be honoured more in the breach than in the observance and will it stop lunatics careering through pedestrian areas on bikes or e-scooters?

I wouldn’t want to live anywhere other than Spain but, though, I’ve been here for 21 years now, some things still surprise me:-

  1. I’m changing my car insurance. So, I had to take my car for it to be photographed by the new company, including the odometer, and
  2. While I was doing a 3-point-turn at the end of a cul-de-sac yesterday, the driver of the car behind me proceeded to do the same, causing me to suspend my challenge and wait for her to finish hers.

But I really shouldn’t be surprised as the first is a reflection of my oft-cited ‘low ethics’ society in which, naturally, trust is also low. And the second is an example of the lack of consideration for strangers I’ve often moaned about. As with the neighbours who drive up while I’m doing a 3-point-turn outside my house but don’t stop to let me finish it. And folk who park in front of others’ garages.

La Marca – a football/sports journal – is the biggest selling paper in Spain. It’s had a down on Gareth Bale for years, despite his involvement in several Real Madrid honours. This is the latest bit of bile vomited by Marca, following Bale’s contribution to Wales’s win the other night. Not a nice aspect of Spain and one naturally resented by Bale: The Welsh parasite: The parasitum Bale came from the cold and the rains of Britain. He settled in Spain, at Real Madrid, where, in disguise, he first showed diligence and love for the host, but soon his nature led him to suck blood without giving anything in return. Well, more than blood, he sucked, and still sucks, the club’s euros. Unlike others of its species, such as the flea, the louse or the bedbug, the parasitum Bale does not make its host itch or make it sick, but after sucking, it laughs and giggles, showing a jocular contempt for the one it lives off.  It laughs, claps its hands, throws itself to the ground, sings, like a kind of humiliating ceremony, which, thank goodness, has an expiry date, like all misfortunes. [Bale will leave Real Madrid in summer, having rarely been used by the manager in recent years]

All you need to know – or not – about Calimocho/Kalimotxo, the preferred tipple of street bingers during a botellón.

The EU

Will there really be a shortage of wheat? It depends on where you live – in a rich country or a poor one. There is no risk of shortages in Europe, says the writer of this article, Because: The European Union has its own granary.


Don’t try asking a judge what a woman is.

The Way of the World  

In the UK . . . An NHS child psychiatrists’ conference on gender dysphoria was cancelled after transgender rights activists accused speakers of “extremism”. A number of high-profile speakers, including academics and charity representatives, had agreed to address trainee psychiatrists but the event was cancelled at the last minute after some NHS staff complained it had been “captured by anti-trans ideologues”. The conference was due to discuss treatment for children identifying as transgender, after a damning report into the gender identity development service at the NHS’s Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. How much longer will the knee be bent to extremists who accuse everyone who disagrees with them of being an extremist. (In the same way as the word ‘fascist’ is used in Spain . . .)


Despicable modern words and phrases/bizpeak:-

Going forward: [“Never trust anyone who says this”] 


Optimising resources

Circling back

Reaching out



I’m across it

Finally . . . 

This morning’s crop of Lawsuit Compensation scam emails – 12

I’m not complaining but I continue to be surprised at the folk who sign up for email receipt of ,y blog, given that they have no apparent interest in Galicia or even Spain. Shame they don’t bring me any money.

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.


  1. There was never a twenty kilometer passing grace on highways, because 120kph is the maximum speed in the country. Which doesn’t mean that if you’re doing 130, the other drivers won’t pass. After all, only snails go so slow in Spain, or so it seems.

    (But I’ve noticed that, with the extreme rise in gas prices, drivers are suddenly not in such a hurry.)


  2. Coruna my nearest city is full of loony escooters rushing around pedestrian zones and giving little old ladies the heebie jeebies … actually make that everyone. The local council have mad a valiant effort to push them on to the roads with new 30km p/hour lanes. On roads with multiple lanes the far right is limited to 30km, the other to its left to 50km. You now have entire roads with the 30km lane empty, and everyone crowding in to the 50km lane, which naturally comes to a standstill. Any thoughts of racing down the 30km lane are tempered by cameras watching your every move on the clutch.

    Ahhhh. The new road traffic laws … I’ll take my chances and pay little heed to Pere Navarros latest idea for safe driving. It will apparently be reviewed in a year, which is not much consolation if you are dead.

    I stopped reading Marca and AS years ago. I have noticed a general tendency in sports press to run stories run by other newspapers. For example “rumours” in the UK press, especially tabloids quote along the lines of “Player X to Team Y, according to Marca. And in Marca the same, maybe ending, “according to De Bild”, whose own version completes the circle by saying “According to the Sun/Mirror/Dail Star etc”. Reading the piece on Bale just shows that Marca et al are determined to keep sinking lower and lower.

    As always I really enjoy your articles Colin.


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