Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain
Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops
25 September 2022: Beautiful Spain; Schooling in Spain; Funny pilgrims; Spanish rules; & Other stuff
Cosas de España/Galiza Sometimes the breathtaking beauty of Spain’s landscape and beaches makes you feel as though you must have stepped onto another world. More here. For parents residents in Spain . . . Eleven things to consider when choosing a school. There’s been a decade of tax folly, says Fernando, Gonzalez Urbaneja of The […]
Cosas de España/Galiza In contrast to the British government (infra), the Spanish government is going to increase taxes on the richest members of society, ‘For 2 years only’, of course. The Spanish PM says his government will support an agreement over Western Sahara which is mutually acceptable to Algeria and Morocco. Well, why on earth […]
September 23 2022: Judicial corruption; Translation differences; A shocking tale from the 1930s; Wunderland; & Other stuff.
Cosas de España/Galiza There’s a judge in Spain who has remarkable – and unhidden – right wing sympathies and left-wing antipathies. This is a shocking article on his failure to pursue PP corruption and his obsession with opening specious cases against the PSOE and Podemos. There’s a (slightly improved machine) translation below. Which reminds me […]
Cosas de España/Galiza The Prado is opening an investigation into the provenance of works seized by the revolting Nationalists during the Civil War, with the aim of restoring them to their rightful owners. The museum has released a list of 25 paintings, including works by the (wonderful) Spanish impressionist Joaquín Sorolla, the workshop of Rubens […]
21 September 2022: A positive tale; A changing norm?: Russia’s threats; Those galleons; & Other stuff
Cosas de España/Galiza Another very positive experience . . . I have an unexpected house-guest, a friend of my daughter who’s been forced her to give up the camino by an angle injury. She’s a professional cellist and wanted to give a concert in my house next week but, of course, needed a cello. So, […]
20 September 2022: Modelo 720: A/La Coruña delights; Portugal positive; El kueré; An English eccentric; & Other stuff.
Cosas de España/Galiza In case you’ve been fined for a Modelo 720 offence . . I’m wont to say that life in Spain moves you between the 19th and 21st – or even 22nd – centuries. This thought returned to me yesterday, when I went through the very efficient process of getting my annual car […]
19 September 2022: Energy madness again: Bull madness again; A filtering challenge; A new use for a veg; A final word or two on Portugal; & Other stuff.
Cosas de Spain/Galiza The data (here) on electricity prices each day continues to confuse, with yesterday’s allegedly cheap hours being almost 3 times higher than the allegedly expensive hours . . . Another fatal goring. It looks like it’s going to be a record year for these. A final comment on that round the world […]
Cosas de Spain/Galiza María’s advice re electricity prices: You can see the days’ prices here, set for the day, according to what the origin of the electricity is. It shows what the price is when you open the web page, the maximum, the minimum, and the average. Then, each hour’s price.Yes, The price doesn’t follow […]
17 September 2022: Price rises; The FERVE event; Atrocious Portuguese; That London queue; Bloody cyclists; & Other stuff
Cosas de España/Galiza Hmm. The credit rating agency Moody’s claims that – due to their greater ability to raise prices – Spanish companies are the most profitable among the main European countries of the UK, France, Italy and Germany. No wonder, then, that our inflation rate is now 11% On the theme of prices . […]
Cosas de Spain/Galiza Back in the 60s, Spain was so poor it was officially considered part of ‘the developing world’. Six decades on – for one reason and another – it’s rich enough to host the most expensive restaurants in the world. No wonder the Spanish are grateful for the EU. And for the sun […]
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