7 October 2022: Franco era crimes; A sexist shocker; A clever cheat; tl:dr; & 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

Interesting to see that both the centrist party and the 2 right-wing parties oppose a change in the law about prosecuting Francoist atrocities. One of the PP senators went so far as to claim that the new law was “a weapon” and a “betrayal of the Spanish people” that “aims to turn us into a leftist militant democracy”. Anyone know what sort of animal that is?  I suspect she’d be more at home in the Vox party.

A rather disturbing report on sexist machismo in a Catholic college here in Madrid.

Mark Stücklin tells you here how to become a digital nomad in Spain. Old hands will fear they won’t escape the bureaucracy to the extent they’re promised.

My grandson was 3 in January and started primary school in September. The youngest pupil in his class is only 2 as his 3rd birthday will be in December this year. For some reason, the Spanish system includes December as a month of the following year. Seems very young for kids to attend primary school but I doubt that, at this tender age, they do much more than learn how to socialise when there.

Cheating doesn’t quite carry the same degree stigma here in Spain as it does in, say, the UK. Years ago I was astonished to see how tolerant a group of teachers of English was towards a colleague who was seeking inside knowledge of an important test she was about to take. I thought of the incident when reading of this driving test ‘scam’ down South.

I was a tad taken aback at the €14 price of a G&T in Plaza Mayor last night. But we did have the pleasure of seeing the (Mexican) waitress almost collapse in laughter when I referred to myself as a guiri viejo.

At my favourite tapas place later on, we had the even more pleasant experience of a waiter telling us the bill he’d given us was too high, as they’d included 2 brandies (also at €14 each) instead of the single one enjoyed by my colleague.

The EU/Europe

Spain and Belgium have said they’re none too happy with the German fiscal stimulus package, seeing it as potentially prejudicial to other EU members. Something, of course, which hasn’t much bothered German decision-makers over the years.

M Macron now has a wider vision of ‘Europe’, it says here. Post the Ukraine invasion: The very existence of the new summit acknowledges that the EU’s ambition to speak for Europe is no more. Now, for the first time, the EU has gone out of its way to respect the concerns of non-member states and accept that their voice deserves to be heard just as loudly.

Ukraine v Russia

An unhappy 70th birthday for Mr Putin?

The Way of the World/Social Media

Another article on the modern curse of social media. Now we know for sure that big tech peddles despair, we must protect ourselves.


Tener envidia sana: Literally ‘To have healthy envy’ but possibly just ‘To be envious’.


SMS abbreviation: ‘tldr/tl:dr’ – Too long; didn’t read

Finally   . . . .   

Some idiots get lucky . . . An English youth tried to climb Mont Blanc in just a tracksuit and was found by rescuers just minutes away from death, with a body temperature of 25C, some 10C below the hypothermia threshold. But he had taken a tarpaulin to use as a tent . . . 

To amuse . . .

That cartoon reminds me of one of my favourites, which I can’t post now as I’m away from home. It has the Chinese emperor saying to his chief engineer – who has a lot of smiling Mongol warriors standing behind him, with a wall behind them – “When I asked you to build a great wall to keep out the Mongol hordes, couldn’t you have checked which side of it they were on before you finished it?”

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. Russia does not have the budget for war.

    Read the platitudes from Governor Burkov.

    Over the past few days, our Unified Advice Center and I personally have been receiving questions on social networks from mobilized guys and their relatives about regional payments.

    Mobilized guys from Omsk even recorded a video message on this topic. I understand their request: they are leaving to protect the interests of the country, leaving their wives, children, elderly parents here, and quite rightly want them not to need anything.

    This is understood in the Government of Russia. Currently, the federal center is taking measures to equalize the budget. This takes some time. We are talking about regulatory approval of the social package for recruits and members of their families throughout the country.

    The Omsk social support package is already starting to work. I signed an order on additional payment to the mobilized employees of state institutions and enterprises in the amount of at least a monthly salary. The same is highly recommended for businesses.

    As for the support of mobilized children at the regional level, it depends on the level of budgetary security of each region.

    At present, the Omsk region has shifted from 29th to 51st place in terms of budgetary security. We see that some regions, for example, the Kemerovo region gives 200 thousand rubles for support, the Krasnoyarsk region – 100 thousand, the same Novosibirsk region, Omsk and Altai regions did not make such a decision, taking into account certain problems with the budget. It is clear that we cannot compete in this with Moscow, where the budget allows for additional support measures – monthly payments to those mobilized in the amount of 50 thousand rubles. monthly.

    In the Omsk region, the budget deficit is more than 13 billion rubles. We still do not understand how we are going to pay wages, and this is one of the most important items in the budget.

    But this does not mean that we will not look for a mechanism to solve this problem. We will do everything possible to ensure that the servicemen receive support and social guarantees.

    Oct 4 at 14:05

    The Russian Ministry of Defense is demonstrably not providing even basic military equipment to mobilized personnel. It appears to be leaving wealthy oblasts to fill that gap, while mobilized men from poorer oblasts may be going without non-crowdsourced equipment entirely.


  2. 14 Euros!!!!!! I can buy a full bottle in Froiz for less than that. And drink it my garden, where nobody is trying to flog me a CD of Take That. Or a lighter.

    Putin got a tractor for his 70th. I would be delighted to get a tractor, working our little piece of land gets harder every year.


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