27 May 2022: Football madness; Camino dangers; An interesting Pv character; BoJo’s fitness; US society; & 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’ve read there’s a furore in the Spanish football media over a French player called Mbappe who’s decided not to move to Real Madrid from his Paris club. This is apparently because football fans had believed the lies of the ‘controversial’ president of the club around a ‘done deal’. But it wasn’t, and Hell hath no fury like Real Madrid spurned. [BTW: In the lunatic world of football, Mbappe will be paid c.€1m A WEEK. After getting more than €100m for re-signing for his French club, which lost over €200m last year.] 

But you have to laugh . . . The Spanish Liga  – not known for its high ethical standards – has said the French deal with Mbappe “puts sporting integrity at risk”.

Apart from the significant increase this month in camino ‘pilgrims’ either alone or in pairs, I’ve noticed we’re now getting large groups, particularly it seems of Germans. As some of the walking is done on tarmac roads, there’s been an inevitable increase in accidents. So much so that the Galician government has instituted a Safety Program and is even handing out high-viz jackets to pilgrims in certain ‘black spots’. Presumably handed back on the other side of them.

There’s a male prostitute who has walked – more accurately, sashayed – through the streets of Pontevedra city for years now. I’ve seen him numerous times, dressed in outfits of varying degrees of unusualness. Him, not me . . . Last night he passed my terraza table sporting a new very blonde hair-do and a floor-length floral dress. This is the first time I’ve seen him in women’s clothing. I guess years ago we’d have said he was a male transvestite but now one is compelled to wonder whether he’s gone transgender. Though perhaps not yet the whole hog. I don’t plan to ask him . . .

Maria’s Beginning Over 17: US Republican hypocrisy.

The UK 

A Times leader: The Gray report on illicit Downing Street parties sets out a litany of cynicism and illegality that brings shame on Boris Johnson’s administration.  Few will forget the picture of the Queen sitting alone in the pews of Westminster Abbey. And while the public know she will always do her duty, few are surprised when Mr Johnson fails to do his. That divergence exemplifies the Downing Street parties scandal.  Again and again, the prime minister evades moral accountability and hides behind legalistic quibbling, heedless of the responsibilities and dignity of his office. It is a sorry tale that will breed cynicism and draw contempt.

But, then, we know – via numerous accounts – that Johnson has never seen any rules applying to him since he was about 11 years old. My hope was that he would have a serious cabinet around him, instead of the dolts he chose, primarily for their fidelity to him, it seems

From somewhere else . . .The British style of government works only when the person at the top knows what they are doing, can process paper, transact policy, drive decisions within proper structures and create a widely understood sense of what they want for others in the organisation to anticipate. Everything flows from that. Boris Johnson has communication skills. He has been an election winner with a gift for distinguishing between what really matters, in terms of personal survival, and what is media froth and hysteria. What he is not is someone cut out for government. The Conservative party would be stupid not to ditch him before the next general election.

The USA 

A few facts and opinions from this article:

– The elementary school shooting in Texas is the 212th mass shooting this year. 

– It is the 27th school shooting.

– There is a deep sickness in this country. It goes beyond our addiction to guns.

– An anti-social, anti-human disease has gripped our society and our politics. A big part of that disease is how numb we have become to violence.

– You don’t need to be told what you already know: that mentally ill people getting their hands on guns to commit mass murder this easily is deranged and wrong. Accepting this as normal has nothing to do with respecting the Second Amendment. 

– The dissolution of our social ties — and with them the accountability and responsibility that an actual community demands — has allowed insanity to fester unnoticed. 


Infrautilizado: Underused

Inutilizar:  To render useless; disable; cripple

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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.

One comment

  1. The Mbappe saga has been quite amusing to say the least.
    Still, its Saturday evening and if RM beat the red shirted fellas from a place to the west of Manchester in this evenings Cup final, all will be forgotten. At least until Monday.

    I came across a couple of busloads of Germans in Oporto a few weeks back. They blitz krieged their way out of the hotel Nordic walking sticks in hand, and headed north.


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