2 November 2022: Costly parking; A bad dose; Cheating; & 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   

Up in fashionable San Sebastian last week, someone paid €180,000 for a garage space. Presumably for a Rolls Royce. Even in that city, you can buy a house for less.

You have to feel sorry for the inhabitants of Cadavedo, in neighbouring Asturias. They get a visit from the royal family and the 2 princesses both go down with gastroenteritis from the food given to them there. Will they ever live it down? I suspect there are memes on the net. But it could have been worse; neither of their parents got the bug.

A bit of a shocker . . . A BBC look at the fatal July event on the Morocco-Spain border at Melilla. Will the truth ever come out?

In a recent survey, a majority of Spanish undergrads admitted to plagiarism. I can’t say I was surprised to read this. As I’ve said more than once, this sort of thing isn’t stigmatised here as much as it is elsewhere.

Galicia’s railway stations – always in granite – are usually very handsome edifices. This building possibly used to be Pontevedra’s, when the line ran alongside the road  – Raiña Vitoria Uxía – that was ‘temporarily’ closed during Covid and is now permanently closed as a way into the city:-

Said road has been converted, in part, into this skateboard ‘park’, which doesn’t seem very impressive to me. Or used, when I passed it the other day, Perhaps at night or at weekends:-


Allegedly . . . The cost of net zero is now becoming clear. For the UK, at least.

Quote of the Day

The older one gets, the more one realises that it’s not winning that matters in life, but the way one conducts oneself.

Did you know? 

Door knobs are made of brass not only because this is durable and resistant to corrosion but also because it’s good at preventing germs and bacteria from spreading, even completely destroying them..

Finally   . . . .  

Quote: All Saints’ Day is celebrated on November 1st to remember all saints and martyrs during Christian history. It’s followed by All Souls’ Day on November 2nd to commemorate those who have passed within the faith.

Query: Aren’t all the former included in the latter, meaning they get honoured twice?

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.