Today’s Lesson: And it came to pass that, on the 3rd day, my Mac resurrected itself. Which is just as well, as I can’t take it for the appointment with the IT company this morning, as I’m walking the camino to Caldas de Reis again.
This is a must-listen podcast for all those who promote early Net Zero and believe in the myth of its rapid, painless achievement.
Near term . . President Macron says there’s no need for a new gas pipeline between Spain and France. Apparently the opposite of what the German leader thinks.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s totally confused by the operation of the international energy market but this headline did take me by surprise: Spain was the country which imported most [liquid]gas from Russia by ship in July and August. Especially as Madrid argued with Brussels that Spain was less dependent on Russian energy than other EU states , so should have a lower reduction target.
Life in Spain
As elsewhere . . . The number of rich folk in Spain increased during the pandemic year. Almost 8,200 people declared an income of more than €6m in 2020, 295(3.6%) more than in 2019. Of course, this doesn’t actually mean there were only 295 more.
Cosas de Spain/Galiza
Here’s something on bits of Old Madrid. Be careful in the Market of San Miguel; it’s rife with pickpockets. In my experience, at least.
Spain’s ‘Robin Hoods’ – Andalucian bandits
And the even more exotic Lola Montez, who rose and rose again and again, usually from a horizontal position . . .
Back in 2020, the car-hating mayor of Pv city, closed one of the main access roads to the city – ‘temporarily because of Covid’. The closure was later, to no one’s surprise, declared permanent. And now I read it’s to be converted into a 735m-long skate-park. Which should please the kids, if not the guests in the hotel on the road.
Few people give Ms Truss more than 2 years in the office she’s gained. But who then? Yet another Tory leader or Labour’s Mr Starmer?
Meanwhile, the outgoing Mr Johnson assured us this morning that he did a great number of massive things, one of which was restore international respect for the UK. Utterly delusional. Or just an inveterate liar?
The Way of the World
A counter-blast to the zealots/ideologues – on both the Right and the Left – who think the Enlightenment was a bad thing. “The New Puritans”.
The first 5 of the argot(jerga) of today’s Spanish kids:-
A machete: Ir con todas las fuerzas, intensidad máxima.
Azul: La Policía Nacional.
Bakano: Muy, pero muy bueno.
Beef: Riña agria entre dos personas.
Boomer: Para referirse a cualquiera que saque unos cuantos años al adolescente que tiene delante. Un “ok, boomer” es la forma más desdeñosa que se puede soltar para zanjar debates.
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.