21 June 2022: Eiffel bridges; See-peeing; Johnson’s therapy; & 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 

Want to do a Camino de Santiago and would like to know which is the easiest? This is the article for you. 

Here’s an article on Eiffel/Eiffel-inspired train bridges in Spain. 

We have 2 such viaducts in the nearby town of Redondela and at least one of them is ascribed to M Eiffel. But this seems to be wrong. Here’s something, in English, on the first of the bridges to be built – the Madrid Bridge, no longer in use. This article seems to come from an outfit called secondwiki, about which I can find no info.

And here’s something, in Spanish, on the still-in-use Pontevedra Bridge.

The Times reports that local councils in Galicia have a penchant for strict beach regulations. The city of Vigo Spain, it says, wants to end urination in the sea by imposing a €750 (£645) penalty. The law now bans physiological evacuation on the beach or in the sea, though details of exactly how the new rule will be policed aren’t yet available. Using soap or shampoo in the sea has is also banned and beachgoers must not wash cooking utensils in the water. The council said it reserved the right to ban smoking on certain beaches to encourage healthy living and prevent coastal pollution with cigarette butts.

Elsewhere in Spain, beach laws have left many folk baffled. In Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca walking along the street in a bikini (or, for men, in swimming trunks without a T-shirt) can result in a fine of up to €300.

The UK 

Johnson and Zelenskiy – The most expensive psychotherapy in history?

The Way of the World 

The turning tide? . . . Football and athletics are likely to follow swimming’s ban on transgender athletes in elite women’s sport.

Quote of the Day

Johnson has clearly fallen back on the last resort of any leader in trouble, be they autocrat or democrat, which is to find a good war. 


Celosía: Lattice work; Truss. As in railway bridges.

Finally  . . .

To amuse:-

For new 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.

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