Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops
Cosas de España/Galiza I see that Manchester City, 2 goals down, scored 3 goals in 5 minutes to gain the Premier League championship ahead of Liverpool. If this happened with Real Madrid and Barcelona here in Spain, there’d surely be accusations of skulduggery. Especially in Cataluña. I mentioned that a friend who’s setting […]
22 May 2022: Kingly coverage; Family fights; Tree trouble; Ukraine next? Russian tunes; & Other stuff.
Cosas de España/Galiza Only the first 6 pages of yesterday’s Diario de Pontevedra were on the ex-king. And today’s 4 pages have even been moved inside the paper. I guess it sells copies . . . One of the guards in Pontevedra’s main hospital was attacked this week by ‘members of a family’. […]
21 May 2022: Ponters Fame; A right royal welcome; Lo que hay: Another camino; Ukraine v Russia; Pugs yet again; & Other stuff.
Cosas de España/Galiza HT to Lenox Napier of Business Over Tapas for the news that the fame of Pontevedra city is now truly global. As I might have said, this is a conservative, right-wing region. So the disgraced ex-king was welcomed by cheering crowds to Sanjeno. And yesterday’s Diaro de Pontevedra, devoted its first […]
20 May 2022: Birth data: A Galician success; Bloody weather; Bloody bad custom; Ukraine mentions; Bloody pugs; & Other stuff.
Covid consequence? Here in Pontevedra, ‘gender violence’ grew by 20% last year. So far this year, it’s been even worse. Cosas de España/Galiza News that surprises me at least. I see the Galician entry did very well in the recent Liet International – a song contest for musicians who speak any of Europe’s regional or […]
19 May 2022: Obesity here and there; A mad theory; Poio tourism; Pilgrim(s); Cats and Irish poets; & Other stuff.
Cosas de España/Galiza It’s claimed that, if current trends continue, by 2040 40% of Brits will be obese and another 30% merely overweight. Meanwhile, here in Galicia, 55% are already said to be overweight – something which the regional government is bent on addressing via an ‘ambitious program’ based on exercise and diet. Hard to […]
18 May 2022: Name-changing; Monarchical molestia; Spanish table-talk; Mad rich women; & Other stuff.
Cosas de España/Galiza Traditions die very slowly in Spain. Or in Galicia, at least. The most common forenames in Pontevedra province in 2020 were:- Manuel José José Manuel Antonio David María del Carmen Carmen María Dolores (Mary of the Pains) María Pilar (Mary of the Pillar) María Teresa BUT . . . Birth names in […]
17 May 2022: Valencian graves; Pegasus again; Pro-Russian Frogs; Astonishing footwear; & Other stuff
Cosas de España Good news re Iberian energy prices. A grisly report from Valencia on mass graves from the Franco era And something from the Guardian on Spain’s ‘crisis of democracy’ resulting from the Pegasus scandal. Cosas de Galiza Today is the Day of Galician Literature(Letras Galegas). I think the print edition of the Voz […]
16 May 2022: Almerian delights; Solar sights; A Pontevedra foto gallery; Putin’s people; & Other stuff
Covid Would you trust the WHO and its favourite contributor when the next plague comes along? See the first article below? Cosas de España Lenox Napier of Business Over Tapas tells us here a bit about Almería here. Western towns, cowboys and fields of plastic sheets, it seems. I must take a look. Talking of […]
Cosas de España/Galiza A worrying demographic trend – 60% of Spanish households now have no kids. If this doesn’t change, Spain will disappear. Or become Moroccan. A second invasion of the Moors . . . Not terribly surprising . . . Security experts say the full dimension of the Pegasus spying scandal has yet to […]
14 May 2022: The driving licence saga; Spanish noise levels; Scottish corruption; The UK and Macron’s ‘New EU’; & Other stuff
Cosas de España/Galiza The investigation into corruption around the massive contracts to build a high-speed train in Saudi Arabia has been kicked into the round file. Allegedly for ‘lack of evidence’. I guess few will be surprised at this development. I do have some sympathy for Brits who came after the 2020(2021?) deadline and have […]
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