23 May 2022:Un montaje?; Non-‘countries’; The criminal again; A troubled marriage; & 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’

Cosas de España/Galiza    

I see that Manchester City, 2 goals down, scored 3 goals in 5 minutes to gain the Premier League championship ahead of Liverpool. If this happened with Real Madrid and Barcelona here in Spain, there’d surely be accusations of skulduggery. Especially in Cataluña.

I mentioned that a friend who’s setting up a new pilgrims’ albergue in Pontevedra city’s old quarter has been waiting months for a final licence. Last night I learned that there now has to be an ‘archeological check’. I suggested that, if Roman remains were found, he should scrap the albergue plan and go with a ‘Roman baths’ attraction – whether or not there really are remains of these there. Several other Spanish cities have them. And/or Moorish hammams, modelled on the Roman and Greek varieties.

Back in January, I joined a Pilates class. Like a good Brit, I’ve been telling the teacher when I’d be off, visiting my daughter and grandson in Madrid. But I’ve noticed none of the others do this. So I’ve stopped doing so and will confine myself to being a good Spaniard. Or Irishman, perhaps . . . 

On the way back from Pilates I stopped at a plant supplies shop to buy a basil(albahaca) plant. The shopkeeper went outside to see if he had any. When I pointed to a box of them, he told me that, while the label said albahaca, it was some other plant and that, in fact he didn’t have any basil. At least, I think that ‘s what he said, as he spoke in Gallego. Apart from that, it was a perfect shopping experience.

Still no sign of the ‘Spain-wide’ heat wave up here in Galicia. Right now – 10.15 – we’re covered by the Atlantic Blanket and it’s a mere 14 degrees. Good if you’re a ‘pilgrim’ walking to Santiago de Compostela but not for we stationary folk.

And no sign of functional internet in this café. Off to another one. Hey ho.

The UK 

I didn’t believe it when I read of it but, yes, Wiki confirms  that Scotland has a Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights.  

Which reminds me . . . The Scottish government likes to give the impression – eg during the recent visit of the First Minister to the USA – that Scotland is a separate country/legal entity from England. But it isn’t. Like Cataluña, it’s a region of Great Britain, with devolved powers from London. Since the Act of Union in 1707 it’s been part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. So, it’s only a country in the same way as Cataluña, Galicia and the Basque Country are in Spain. Hence the demand for independence.

The amusing John Crace on The Convict again here. He really doesn’t like the man. Which is nothing unusual, of course. Neither does Richard North, at the other end of the political spectrum. Oh, and nor me.

Social Media

Facebook’s slide into dystopia. Good Comments.

Quote of the Day

The powerful organs of the LGBTQ+ movement have spent the last decade saying, “Let’s end stigma, break taboos, and stop judging”. What this actually means is “Let’s move stigma, place taboos around other things, and carry on judging people but for different reasons”. More here.

Finally . . .

To amuse . . . 

For passing readers: 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.

Welcome to a new subscriber, Aditya. Who might or might not be really interested in what I post . . .

P. S. It’s 14.07 and the sun just came out . . .


  1. Social Media: An interesting article. I was reminded of the days before Facebook, when Friends Reunited was around, at least in the UK. Suddenly after many years “apart” old school friends (and enemies) could be found via school listings. The focus back then was to share our profile and spout on about how unbelievably successful we had become in life. If it really was all true, then my school would have been at the top of the Ofsted rankings, and not languishing somewhere in mid table. That was actually as close as I have ever got to catching up with people who I have not now seen in around 40 years, and have zero interest in doing so.

    The article also mentions that nobody cares what we think about just about anything in this world …. unless you are a Kardashian that is.

    I am quite happy not being a part of the social media set up. I am on LI though (which I suppose is the same thing), and will share my LI story. I joined for professional reasons back in 2010. It was quite basic then, and in many ways its simplicity was its strength. Over several years I built up around 5000 contacts. In 2019 I sat down and decided to clean up my contacts list. I had a simple rule, “Have I had any contact with this person in the last 6 months?”. the answer being no, they would be mercilessly removed as a connection. It took a few days. By the time the cull had been completed, I was down to under 300 contacts. I had removed in one fell click of my mouse approx 4700 connections. Some three years later I can share with you exactly the number of ex-connections who pulled me up on this wicked behaviour. That number is ZERO, ZILCH, NADA.

    Aside of that in the last 2 years LI has become just another portal for people to shout stuff, abuse others and disagree on Brexit, Covid, Ukraine, the price of butter and what not. I really don’t care what Kevin the HR Manager thinks the world should do about Putin, and frankly I don’t think anybody else does. LI has also become very toxic. Even worse are the number of “professionals” now sharing cat videos and positivity stuff. Now what does that remind you of? Ahhh, how I yearn for the days of cement block sized mobiles and flimsy note pads.


  2. Thanks, David.
    I had no idea Linkedin had become such an animal, now owned by Microsoft. I joined briefly in the early 2000s and quickly came off its. I guess I still have a profile but have no idea what my password might be . . .

    I did meet an old girlfriend via Friends United. She came to stay for a week or 2. A disaster . . .


  3. Albahaca. Did you smell or taste the plants to verify? Nullius in verba.It might have been Thai Basil, Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora, which is delicious.


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