8 October 2022: Covid still rules; Spain and beer; Galicia and ‘flour’; Trans reversals; & 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’


Hand-washing and mask-wearing: Covid rules we would be wise to keep. Certainly the former and probably the latter too, at least on public transport.

Cosas de España/Galiza

Spain is mostly known as a wine producing and consuming country, so one would wonder when and how did beer become so popular. Wonder no more. Just click here. En passant, this is true of some bars in Pv city: Nowadays, beer can be cheaper than a Coca-Cola!

An interesting article on Galicia.. Mostly accurate, though it’s hórreos, not horrerós. And the English cemetery in Camariñas ain’t on the cliffs but quite close to the beach . . . 

As for the drugs, I think I’ve said that I often stump visitors with the question: What do you think is the biggest source of cash along this wealthy coast? No one ever gets it right. We don’t much talk about it locally.

The UK

And I thought the hotel prices were high in Madrid last Wednesday night . . . The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Liverpool next year, on the 13th May. Hotels are already 99% booked that week and the cheapest remaining room is £639. Or c. €735. But I’m sure I could find you a cheaper room somewhere, for a price . . .

The Way of the World/Quote of the Day

The tide is finally turning on the trans lobby. Despite the best efforts of ultra-woke politicians, the public are waking up to the dreadful reality of this cultural imposition. Now, though: The mono-thinking culture has been exposed for the lie that it always was. More here.


Conchinchina: Used to suggest the back of beyond. Even further away that el quinto pino, I guess.


‘Losslessly’: Done or being without loss. So: Lossless data compression; Lossless power transmission.

Finally   . . . .   

My younger daughter back in the UK has published a couple of posts in her blog. Scroll down a bit here and make her day.

To amuse . . .

Oh, come on, Genghis.We only need one more to make a horde.

This is from the fabulous Bill Tidy, who – I discovered yesterday – was born only 2 miles away from my birthplace in Birkenhead.

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. En la Conchinchina comes from the end of the nineteenth century, when Spain actually collaborated with France and sent troops for them to help conquer Vietnam. The area conquered is still called Cochinchine. So, to go so far away, as to go to the other side of the world.


  2. Very interesting article on beer and its history.
    While Mahou, Aguila & Damm are quoted, there is no mention of every hooligans favourite beer San Miguel, bought by Mahou in 2000.
    It is true about the price of beer and many soft drinks.

    Naturally being near Coruña I should mention Estrella who under the latest generation of the Rivera family have morphed from a local brewery in to an international outfit. They have also pushed Mahou out of the number 1 spot in large swathes of the Spanish peninsula.


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