1 September: 2022: Beach etiquette; Spain’s best cheeses; Arresting events; The return of rain? & Other stuff.

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Awake! For, Morning, in the Bowl of Night, has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight
And, Lo, has caught the Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light

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

Life in Spain

Brits prefer to sit apart from each other on a beach – and elsewhere, in fact – whereas the Spanish prefer the opposite. But this foto might well be an extreme example of the Spanish approach:-

Cosas de Spain/Galiza

HT to Lenox Napier of Business Over Tapas for this article on the best Spanish cheeses. Irrelevant to me, in fact, as I’m one of those odd/unfortunate folk who don’t like the stuff. Lenox prefers the manchego variety..

Hard as it is to believe, The Olive Press reports that there’s something of a boom in cricket here in Spain. Allegedly, it’s the kids who love it. So, demand is growing in schools.

A young man has been sentenced to 240 years in jail down south. Which is quite a sentence. But, then, he’d been running a massive Internet porno site featuring children. One wonder if he’ll survive even one year in prison.

And the head of Galicia’s biggest drug trafficking clan has been arrested in Poland. I suspect he’ll have a good lawyer or two.

Still on crimes . . . . A taxi driver has been caught doing 170kph in a 70kph zone near Melide here in Galicia. This is a spot which is regularly said to be dangerous for those walking the camino. One can understand why.

The Diario de Pontevedra yesterday headlined the claim that we need 4 months of rain to compensate for several months of drought. I’m not sure this means every single day but this did actually happen during my first winter here, 2000-1. Anyway, right on cue, it started to rain last night. Or at least drizzle. And now we wait to see if God’s cosmic joke will ruin our last big fiesta of the year – our huge Medieval Fair (Feira Franca) – on Friday evening and all Saturday.

We will have an Oktoberfest in the course but this is a pretty pathetic affair – a large tent in which expensive beer and sausages are sold to folk who sit at half-empty tables, trying give the impression they’re enjoying themselves in Bavaria. Despite the absence of big-bosomed frauleins.

The EU

Not only in the UK, then . . .


It’s not all bad news there . . . Sarah Palin has suffered a shock election defeat in Alaska. Albeit only by a whisker.


Colear: To wag your tail.

Todavía colea: A colloquial phrase which indicates  no haberse concluido todavía un negocio o un asunto, o no ser aún conocidas todas sus consecuencias.

Hence: El debate sigue coleando.


To amuse . . . On the beach theme I started with, reflecting my younger daughter’s recent blog post:-

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.


  1. You wrote: Good news for my pension in GBP? The euro ‘will plunge even further’ as gas prices rocket. Currency traders have been accused of underestimating the risks of a full-blown energy shutdown in Europe this winter, with investors expecting the euro to be in the front line of a market sell-off driven by surging gas prices.

    Doesn’t look like good news. They forgot to add that although the Euro is plunging against the dollar not so vs. the Pound. The Pound exchange rate against the € has absolutely plummeted in the last 5 days.


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