Cosas de España/Galiza
H M Bateman was a cartoonist of the early 20th century, famous for his The man who . . . cartoons, which you can see some of here. Yesterday, I felt I was that man when I saw an e-scooterist in Pontevedra’s old quarter who was not only wearing a helmet but walking alongside her APV.
Odd isn’t it? . . . The majority of Pontevedra citizens are still wearing masks, despite there being no rule that they should. Whereas nearly all the cyclists and APV riders are ignoring the rules re wearing helmets and not riding on pavements. I guess fear is the shared factor. Or, rather, the lack of it in the latter case. No fear that they’ll be stopped and fined by member of any of the several police forces in the city.
Fascinating 1000 years of geographical changes. Not only Mr Putin has wanted to re-draw Europe.
The Way of the World/Quotes of the Day
Both the UCI and FINA, the international water sports body, hear the rumble of female rage and are now suggesting that maybe a woman is not just a chemically impaired male. Elite sportswomen are starting to speak up: the threatened cycling boycott will echo across the world.
Rod Liddle: Labour’s deputy leader has decreed that it’s not acceptable to ask a transgender person if they have a penis. But it’s still OK to ask men if they’re pregnant. But what if they are obese? Wouldn’t that simply be a rather snide form of fat-shaming?
Camilla Long: Over the past 5 years we have endured political chaos, a frightening pandemic, economic instability and, now, the possibility of world war, but the painted twerps of Tinseltown have been frivolously obsessed with one thing only: victimhood and race. We have felt broken and disenfranchised, sitting in our homes and lonely bedrooms, but somehow we have also had to put up with these glossy bedwetters lecturing us divisively from their stupid glassy tombs about “standing in hate against love”. The Oscars has become a ludicrous shell of PR twaddle and nothingness in its scramble to satisfy every minority audience. It is almost as if the more you shriek about inequality but don’t really mean it, the less genuine and meaningful everything about it seems.
Quote of the Day
Remember when it would take a probing question about economic policy or whether we should keep or ditch our nukes to stump a politician? Not anymore. Now the political class is flummoxed, struck almost dumb, by a far simpler query: What is a woman? It used to take a 30-minute televisual grilling on failed policies, broken promises and sex scandals to take the wind out of our political leaders – now it just takes a simple question about biology that most 5-year-olds could answer. . . . It’s time we pushed back, really firmly, against this denial of reality and manipulation of language by activists, journalists and leading political figures. . . . No more trying to please both sides, not least because one side is barking mad, going on about girldicks and lesbians with bollocks, while the other maintains a perfectly reasoned and correct belief in the reality of womanhood and the importance of women’s rights. . . . ‘Women with penises’ is Newspeak, plain and simple. It represents a sinister top-down manipulation of language to the end of altering how we speak and even think about sex, gender, family and community. If they win on ‘women with penises’, they will have established their right to shape reality as they see fit, and to re-engineer the masses, with threats of censure and violence if necessary, to think in the ‘correct’ way. ‘Women don’t have penises’ is one of the most revolutionary, anti-elite statements a person can make in the 21st-century West. . . . it is just really misogynistic to say that someone with a penis can be a woman. What this statement really means is that people with penises – men – should be free to define themselves as they see fit, and to do anything they damn well please, and that any woman who gets in their way is a bigoted harridan who deserves the punishment of social ostracism and possibly a touch of violence. You say: ‘Of course a woman can have a penis.’ We hear: ‘Of course men can do anything they want, including pretending to be women, going into women’s spaces, taking women’s places in sport, and shutting down any person with a vagina who dares to get in their way.’ Hysteria, unreason, censorship and prejudice should always be called out. And for that reason, let’s say it loud and clear: ‘If you were born with a penis, you are not a woman, and you never will be.’ More here.
Sir Keir Starmer is reaching out to ‘peepul’. One of the new pronunciations I, naturally, hate.
Finally . .
Scientists have found that memory loss in old age may be caused by the accumulation of too much knowledge. In later life, the brain simply runs out of space to store it all. As a result, precious personal memories are lost forever. A distressing prospect. But it does endorse the comment of the Farsi teacher my wife and I had some years ago, when he explained that she was better than me because women had more empty space in their heads than men and so could more easily accommodate new learning . . . .
Just thought I’d mention that Putin is 1.7m/5’7″ and Macron 1.73m/5’8″. I am 1.72m, so should be ruling the world.
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