13 May 2020: Mask laws; Women’s laws; Spanish toilets; Kamikaze drivers; Eurovision prospects; & Other stuff.

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Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable
Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’


Spain: Despite EU-wide relaxations, masks continue to be obligatory on public transport and in planes coming to or departing from here. More on this here.

Cosas de España/Galiza 

The socialist PSOE government is again in the van as regards laws to benefit women.

Right on cue . . . No sooner do I query the Mediterranean diet, than the prestigious UK medical journal, The Lancet, publishes an article on how it reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks. So, what do I know?

After driving thousands of kilometres around the country – and having walked 10+ camino routes – I can state with confidence that there’s a wide range of toilet facilities here in Spain. A few years ago – having listened to a woman who said she was going to write a book on them – I drew up a list of 14 0r 15 things I felt the perfect loo/rest room should have. The good news is that things are improving, in that every new bar or restaurant I visit merits a high score against these criteria. Possibly down to a new law introduced in the last 20 years

Drivers who go the wrong way on the autovias (kamikazes) are not exactly a rare occurrence here in Galicia. But the latest is particularly odd. A young guy drove 25km before turning off and calling the police to ask them to come and arrest him. High on alcohol and drugs, of course. The driver, I mean, not the police. Thing aren’t that bad here. Not these days. Since the Chief of Poio police retired.

There’s been a recent spate of robberies from local churches and yesterday’s Diario de Pontevedra reported that ‘2 residents of Poio’ had been arrested for these. This is the term used for the gypsies who live in the 2 permanent sites at the bottom of my hill. Though, of course, there are other residents here, so one shouldn’t draw a hard conclusion.

I have gleaned more info re football leagues in Spain. Someone might be interested:-

Primera and Segunda Ligas: Professional. Run by the National League for Professional Footballers

The league run by the RFEF 

– 1st Division: Professional

– 2nd Division: Professional

– 3rd Division: Professional and amateur

Regional Divisions: Numerous. All amateur

I believe Pontevedra FC has just risen from the RFEF 2nd Division to the 1st. But they’ve been here before, I think. Indeed, back in the good old days of the 60s(?) they were in the Primera Liga, where Celta Vigo currently are. And Deportivo of La Coruña. So, some way to go yet.


Franco: Open(eg a door); Honest; Free; Candid; Outspoken.  Who’d have thought?

Finally . . .

Some British cynic with knowledge of the last decade’s Eurovision results had drawn up this prediction of what will happen next Saturday. Or would if the Russian entry hadn’t been banned:-

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.



  1. My mother once pulled the chain in a Mojácar lavatory and the whole cistern fell on her head.
    She also liked to tell the story of the American woman who didn’t think much of the cleanliness of the Mojácar loos (this, of course, many years ago), but she liked the idea of the basket next to the toilet with the ready pre-crumpled sheets of lavatory paper.

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  2. It has been a few years since Deportivo graced La Liga as do their eternal rivals Celta.
    Currently they reside in the RFEF 1. They have reached the playoffs for promotion to the 2nd Division, equivalent to the Championship in England. So within a few weeks things could be looking up, or not for Deportivo. Once very successful, they were almost driven in to oblivion by a certain presidente and his offspring. In fact these days they are only still afloat thanks to tens of millions in loans provided by Abanca.

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