1 November 2022: Halloween in Pv city; The risk of violence; EU inflation; New Spanish words; Cats & 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/Galicia   

There was a great deal of Halloween gaiety down in Pv city last night. And a good deal of dressing up. But, for the life of me, I can’t see what dressing in very short shorts and having a gun or knife – or both – in a garter on your stockinged thigh has to do with Halloween, though many young teenage girls clearly could. Emulating a pop star?

On the theme of risk of injury during street demonstrations . . . . Reader Danny of FincaGalicia asks: What if you are a Brit Jew? He adds that, here in Galicia: So far it has been safe. Most of the swastikas graffitied I have seen were anti-Vox. I have to confess to not recalling seeing a swastika anywhere in 21 years. Many Spaniards are racist when it comes to gypsies but I can’t recall any antisemitism here. Perhaps in larger cities. I’ll check Pv city’s (plentiful) graffiti today. 

Danny separately cites this page, as of possible interest to others living here in Galicia.

I’d already decided – on the basis of my own near-death experiences – to don fluorescent armbands as I approach the large zebra crossing at the city end of the O Burgo bridge at night – a decision endorsed by reading of 2 women killed on Galician roads on Sunday, one actually on a crossing. The article reported a high average age for pedestrians mown down and helpfully explained this is because they’re too slow to get out of the way. Does this count as victim blaming?

The EU

I read 3 articles on inflation in the EU this morning, off which is the most comprehensive. Interesting to see how high it is in Germany and The Netherlands and how low, relatively speaking, it is in France and Spain. Anything to do with energy subsidies. Clearly, this ain’t a problem confined to the UK-

Quote of the Day

Twitter is a poisoned chalice that Elon Musk won’t be able to control.


Patatús: A fit, faint or keeling over

Cubre-bañera: The sheet you have in around you in a canoe

Tirar alguien de los orejas;  Lit. To pull someone’s ears: To castigate, tell off.

Flequillo: UK, fringe. US, bangs (why??)


El offsourcing: ‘Relocating factories from costly countries to the cheaper economies’.

El Friend-shoring: ‘Prioritising your friends and allies when you develop and strengthen supply chains’. So, not China or Russia.

Finally   . . . .  

To amuse . . . A neighbour has recently moved and left her cat with her ex. In desperation, it has adopted me, refusing to accept that I’m allergic to her . . .

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.