Cosas de España/Galiza
No huge surprise to read that a couple of days before giving a government-imposed discount, 280 petrol stations in Spain raised their prices by the same amount.
Vigo was hit by another curse this week – 2 vast cruisers disgorged 6,000 short-term visitors onto the streets near the port, all at the same time. These streets, of course, have been transformed – as with Oporto’s riverside – by the huge growth in tourism over the last 20 years. Time was when the Rúa Pescadería featured babushkis offering fresh seafood on stone slabs. Now, there’s a row of classy restaurants there, each with a pretty woman outside offering you the menu.
This is Pontevedra city at 6.45am:-
The bright object in the centre is a large block of government offices. In these energy-worrisome times, one wonders why the lights are necessary so early.
Doing a Camino de Santiago this month? Here’s what you need to know about the month’s positives and negatives.
Can Ukraine really win the war? Only if it gets ‘sophisticated and innovative technology’, says Richard North here.
The Way of the World
A wonderful article on what the cult of victimhood and the internet have done to the tough discipline of philosophy in the last 10 years or so. But maybe not yet in France. If it’s an Anglo thing.
And another on the belated turn of a tide.
Quote of the Day
From that article, in case you didn’t read it:- In the end, it wasn’t one person who pointed out that gender extremism wears no clothes. There were so many: therapists, academics, parents, authors, athletes, politicians, barristers, journalists, scientists, feminists, gay activists, all shouting over the years that this ideology would hurt women, children, gay people and trans people. And this was the week the spell began to break.
Finally . . .
here’s the cat I mentioned, arriving at my gate as my car draws up . .
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.