17 November 2022: Good and bad news for Spain and Galicia; Odd news from Ireland; Poor Poland; The Cheem Mindset; & Other stuff.

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable

Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’ 

Cosas de España/Galiza

This is the the execrable leader of the Vox party exhorting the leader of the opposition PP party to get tougher with the government, almost certainly in respect of the change to the sedition law. The cartoonist clearly has a thing about noses:-

Very bad news for some:- Spain’s national football team will be deprived of their beloved jamón at the World Cup in Qatar. Three tonnes of materials and equipment have been sent to Qatar. The chefs in charge of feeding the squad usually carefully selected ham ahead of such an expedition but this time around, they will not be taking any food with them at all on the trip, and pork products are strictly off the menu as their importation and consumption is prohibited in the Arab country.

This is a (badly translated) article on Xmas lights around Spain. Vigo naturally features prominently.

Not by any means for the first time, the police have broken up a criminal gang based in Pv city and dealing in stolen expensive cars. As with drug-smuggling, this seems to be a local speciality.

As does driving the wrong way down said AP9 motorway, this time resulting in a head-on crash and 2 deaths.

The UK

A reference to the ex PM:-


Quite hard to believe . . . Sinn Fein has given up on a united Ireland


Deserving of more support?


Just in case you don’t know . . . Cheems Mindset: “The reflexive belief that barriers to policy outcomes are natural laws that we should not waste our time considering how to overcome”. In other words, there are simply things we can’t do, policies we can’t implement because it would be too complicated; too tricky even to contemplate.

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.

Finally, finally . . .

The IT shop has confirmed they sold me a duff battery – for €110 – and are now ordering a new one. So, several more days of struggling publishing posts . . . And my 8th trip to the shop around a new battery. No apology, of course.

Just maybe the new battery will be from Apple and not a Chinese knock-off factory..