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:-
- 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
- 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.
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.
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”]
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.
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