Cosas de España/Galiza
In the 21 years I’ve been here, I’ve seen pet dog numbers soar. Particularly of the ultra-trendy but ugly flat-snouted dogs such as French bulldogs and pugs. The former – a brachycephalic breed – suffers from various health issues because of the abnormally short snout and intense breeding. They have a life expectancy of only 4.5 years, and the other flat-faced breeds – English bulldogs, pugs and American bulldogs – only get to 8. Jack Russell terriers have the longest life expectancy – almost 13 years, followed by Yorkies and then Border Collies. The latter have an average of 12.5 years but mine lasted 17.5. Back in 2001 he was the only Border Collie in town. Now there are dozens of them, few of them getting the exercise they really need
Lenox Napier of Business Over Tapas tell us that: Some 16,000 Brits took European nationality in 2020 (obviously no longer counted as foreign residents). But we don’t know how many got Spanish nationality, although it is generally known to be a difficult and a drawn-out process. expensive and stressful. Tomorrow I’ll re-post my comparison between the Spanish and Irish processes. Covid is making me a tad lethargic today.
From Lenox again:- From The Local: ‘Why is everything in Spain closed on Sundays? . . . Many countries across Europe, like Portugal, Italy, and the UK, have more liberal trading hours legislation. In fact, the European Commission ranked Spain as the country with the second highest number of restrictions on commercial trade in the EU. As Lenox says: It’s evidently down to petty laws, which appear to do little more than dampen commerce. How is it, we wonder respectfully, that the Chinese bazaars are always open, even on Christmas Day?
Pilgrim numbers are shooting up in town. Two unusually large groups of Germans this week. I sometimes stop people to tell them there’a a much prettier variant after O Burgo bridge. This is usually well-received but I’ve learned not to take offence at those who eye me as if I’m mad. Even worse, those who start edging away from me as I give my spiel.
Some e-scooterists in Pontevedra city are obeying the new law and some aren’t. The latter continue to race recklessly through the narrow streets of the old quarter and what amazes me is the (traditional Spanish) live-and-let live attitude of those at risk from this. I’ve never seen anyone remonstrated with, even by the mother of a small child. Neither e-scooterists nor cyclists.
The European Travel Information and Authorization System will introduce a mandatory registration and a €7 fee for visitors to most European countries as of May 2023. While some people have called this a “visitor tax,” the stated reason for the program is improved security. According to then-European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker when ETIAS was announced in 2016, “We need to know who is crossing our borders. This way we will know who is traveling to Europe before they even get here. ETIAS states the system will be able to “Assist in detecting and decreasing crime and terrorism” and “Impede irregular migration.” With the system, Americans and visitors from 62 other countries will still be able to travel visa-free in most European nations. That now includes Brits, of course
Quote of the Day
Tesla drivers – on the road, on the internet, in real and in notional form – are the absolute horror show, a brand affiliation that, no one needs reminding this week, goes all the way to the top. They’ve taken over from BMW drivers, apparently. In the UK, at least
My Hamburg friend last night sent me, in error, a message in German. In this was the word dummdoof, which he says is his invention, meaning ‘very stupid’. Possibly related to dummkopf. Which is merely ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’. I like it and think it should be introduced into English.
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