Cosas de España/Galiza
As I keep on saying, Galicia – with a population of 2.8m – has not one but 3 ‘international’ airports, each of them much smaller and less useful than Oporto’s, in nearby North Portugal. This summer’s flights have just been announced and, significantly, there are none to Manchester, Birmingham or Liverpool. But you can fly to London, Dublin or Edinburgh and then get a plane from there, I guess.
Q: Why is there not just one central, truly international airport here?
A: ‘Localism’ and petty political rivalries. And a regional government which won’t or can’t step in to stop a nonsense which hinders economic development.
Another modern monstrosity going up in my barrio:-
I wonder if there’ll be a gargoyle at the end of the projection on the left side of it. If not, what on earth is it for? I do know that, inside not many years, there’ll be large, black water stains down all its sides.
How it became a narco-state. And I thought things were bad here in Galicia . .
Who’d be a Russian General? If you disobey Putin, you disappear. If you don’t, your own disenchanted troops might do something like run over your legs with their tank and kill you. Or the Ukrainians might do the job for them.
Putin’s demographic desperation. He really needs 40m Ukrainians to become Russian. Plus the Moldovians? And some Poles snd Finns?
The Way of the World
The video-viewing priorities of those accessing the BBC News site yesterday:-
Quote of the Day
The despots’ curse: An utter detachment from the reality that would, under normal circumstances, restrain them. A la Putin.
I really should have known . . . Un ceda al paso: A zebra/pedestrian crossing
Línea Directa: An insurance company, the subsidiary of the British company Direct Line. Translated by Depl’s machine as ‘Hotline’.
An ‘off-ramp’: A way out of a disastrous situation (usually of your own making). A phrase popular in geopolitical circles. Everyone is currently looking for one for Putin. Possibly even Putin himself.
Finally . . ..
I’d really like one ofd these for my bike:
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.