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
As if we residents didn’t know . . . Spain enjoys more ‘días festivos'(bank holidays) than most countries. This week we had 2 of them – Tuesday and Thursday, with the inevitable ‘bridges’ on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I imagine it wasn’t a particularly productive week here. But, then, I get the impression that no week in December ever is. I could be wrong, of course, as I’ve never worked in an office here.
It’s an ill wind . . . American investor firms are buying up the abandoned villages of España vacía. To sell, I guess, to their countrymen fleeing the US for one reason and another.
The word matador doesn’t mean ‘bullfighter’, but ‘killer’. In one of those coincidences, on the same day that Lenox Napier kindly sent me this interesting page from Matador Network a local paper ran this foto of our latest narco to be caught – nicknamed Matador.
Here’s Impactour on Pv city’s museum. You can get a slide show, with the text in English, here. But the English link on the Visita Virtual page doesn’t seem to work. And I can’t see a Spanish option. The creators obviously live in an ideal world where everyone who visits the site speaks Gallego. Or at least its sister language, Portuguese.
Enough said . . . Vibes beat facts for Meghan the influencer. The duchess knows that American viewers will fall for the faux-spontaneity and curated candour at which she excels.
The World Cup
As I’m only 1.73cm tall, I’ve always been pleased that some of football’s greats were/are the same height, or even less. So, I liked this comment: We’re seeing the passing of a generation of technically talented, often physically small, players such as Pedro, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Lionel Messi – players with excellent touch, vision and passing, who excel at maintaining possession.
A propos . . A nice article on the little genius, Messi.
The Way of the World
Spot the mistake in this Times headline: Heroics of Emiliano Martínez keep Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream alive as Argentina goad through to semi-finals. Except it might not have been a mistake, as this sentence is in the text: After all that struggle, they could not resist one final act of goading their vanquished opponents.
I’m always confused between the word for socks(calcetines) and underpants(calzoncillos *). Which led to a bit of embarrassment at a Pilates class last week.
* Not to be confused with bragas; knickers/pants
Niggling: Is it any surprise that Americans – including, of course, Princess Meghan – think this originates in the N-word, whereas it’s Viking Danish in origin.
A shoo-in: The Oxford Dictionary says the term first appeared in print in 1928. It comes from horse-racing – for a horse that’s a guaranteed winner in a rigged competition. it comes from the word ‘shoo‘, used to drive an animal or person away by gestures or noises.
Finally . . .Did You Know?
The Diagram prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been won this year by: RuPedagogies of Realness. What Nudism Exposes: An Unconventional History of Postwar Canada. Previous winners include:-
Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way
The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories and
Cooking with Poo.
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