21 September 2022: A positive tale; A changing norm?: Russia’s threats; Those galleons; & 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’

Cosas de España/Galiza

Another very positive experience . . . I have an unexpected house-guest, a friend of my daughter who’s been forced her to give up the camino by an angle injury. She’s a professional cellist and wanted to give a concert in my house next week but, of course, needed a cello. So, I went to the Conservatory of Music in Pv city and begged a loan of one. And they couldn’t have been more pleasant and cooperative. 

It is – or was – the cultural norm in Spain for shops – free of charge – to wrap purchases as gifts, if you want them to. This is taken to extremes in pharmacies, where your little box of pills will be wrapped in tissue paper, sellotaped and then – unless you stop it – put into a small plastic bag. But perhaps energy-related sanity is just around the corner. I say this because last night this didn’t happen. But it was a new pharmacy for me, so now I must see what happens at my normal place, and elsewhere. 

BTW . . . The same thing happen in hardware stores too – ferreterías – even if you’re buying just one screw. I kid you not.

The UK

AEP is uncharacteristically positive here – about the UK economy. His bottom line: The UK faces difficult times but it is not an economic crisis and it is not in worse shape than Europe. Nor does it have higher inflation, contrary to what we are led to believe. The August tally was 9.9% in the UK and 10.1% in the EU. What we do face is a cultural crisis: a ‘trahison des clercs’. The pathological catastrophism of the pro-Brussels commentariat is becoming a national cancer.


The use of nuclear weapons seems to have taken a step closer. Which is more than a tad depressing. See here and here.


Violoncello: Cello

Finally   . . . . 

Well, I recalled that I do have fotos of the galleons painted on the walls of my bedroom. I leave it to you to decide whether or not I sold mine short:-

En passant . . . This was done in a rented council house. I was later told that the subsequent tenants were none too happy about our ‘desecration’ of the wall. 

To amuse . . .

Three days later . . .

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. At my pharmacy they simply ask if I want a bag. But I like that habit for a single screw. Otherwise, I place the screw in my purse or pocket, and forget about it for the ages. At least, when my fingers touch a small package when rummaging, I’ll remember to take it out.


  2. When I go to my local chemist for my monthly top-up of pills and the like, I take along the same bag that he gave some three years ago which inside I keep the prescription (since updated).


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