Monday, June 26, 2006

It’s an ill wind that blows absolutely no good. . . Spanish insurance companies have begun to offer protection against loss of your licence once the tougher legal provisions come into effect next week. Who said the Spanish don’t show a real nose for commerce?

I’m not sure I believe this but I’ve read the Galician government is going to change the law so as to allow one to make a non-specific testamentary bequest along the lines of ‘I leave everything to whichever of my children has taken care of me in my dotage’. This, of course, is to force your offspring [especially in culture where children are endlessly indulged and financed] to do their duty. But I’m not sure it would be allowed under Anglo-Saxon law. In the UK – and, I imagine, in the USA - you’re allowed to leave every thing to your hamster. Under Spanish law, in contrast, you can’t cut your spouse and/or your kids out of your will.

Galicia has suffered the largest drop in student numbers over the last year. And the region has the smallest percentage of foreign students among its university population. I wonder if this is part of the price paid for forcing people to learn Gallego so that they can complete a course. Just a thought.

The World Cup

The English performance against Ecuador got the Spanish press it deserved:-

A tedious and anodyne display . . . Without rhythm and utterly lacking in football skills . . . England have continued to progress in the competition without showing any sign of why they’re considered one of the teams likely to succeed . . . Following the script of their manager, Lampard, Gerrard, Cole and Beckham have forgotten about creativity and mired themselves in mediocrity . . . The only good news is that Rooney showed signs of why he’s considered a quality player.

Thank-God I didn’t watch the match. Except that I did.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I've been reading your blog for months now and I always thought I should post a comment but never did... Anyway, I don't think the lack of foreign university students is due to gallego, the number of students in the three universities is decreasing in general and in fact, I don't even think foreigners know gallego exists when they come here in the first place. I don't know if they are too demanding with the language in the courses for Erasmus/other exchange programmes here...but why are there so many exchange students in Catalunya then?

Ah, and when you rant about Pontevedra traffic. Hah, no wonder, what a terrible town to drive!

But for the rest, reading your blog makes me think this is a terrible country. But it's okay, always interesting to see things from other point of view.