Monday, January 25, 2010

There’s a great deal of news in the Spanish media at the moment about the challenge of dealing with the immigrants – legal and illegal – who came to Spain in the boom years of 2000 to 2005 and who are now surplus to requirements. Just to put things in perspective, Spain’s population grew during this period from 40.2m to 46.7m. Of the additional 6.5m souls, 4.8m were immigrants. It’s quite hard to believe no one realised this might cause a headache or two once the phoney boom was over but this is certainly the impression once gets.

I touched yesterday on the subject of property abuses down in the badlands of Andalucia. Today comes the news that sales along the Costa de Sol are 99% down on those of the peak year of 2005. Of course, the pound has fallen a lot since then but one can’t help wondering about the impact of all the adverse publicity in the UK. Not that you’d know much about the scandalous treatment of foreign purchasers from the Spanish media.

I feel it’d be a dereliction of my duty not to report the establishment of the Kingdom of New Galicia. I came across this by accident this morning and was disappointed to see it’s located in Mexico and not Spain. I wonder if it will end up fighting for a seat at the United Nations with the future nation of Galiza...

Another day, another report of a woeful approach to critical statistics by the climate warming ‘community’. This one comes under the rubric “More Himalayan Howlers” and can be read here. What with both the scientists and the politicians making a pig’s ear of just about everything in this area, what hope has the world got? Whatever the truth is. Looks increasingly like the only real option open to us is Wait and See.

Anyway, to cheer some of you up, here’s an interesting insight into football(soccer) in the Basque Country.

Finally . . . I was impressed to see that the winners of the Mr and Miss Pontevedra competitions at the weekend were not only boy and girlfriend but also both students of Technical Industrial Engineering. Which is presumably how they met. Also nice to see that the three runners-up in the ladies’ competition were Miss Simpática, Miss Elegancia and Miss Fotogénica. Though I imagine there were at least three more contestants more photogenic than the last mentioned.

3 comments:

Graeme said...

People are going to have to get used to immigrants Colin. I read something the other day that said Spain will need 7 million more over the next 20 years just to maintain the current ratio between those of working age and those who are retired. Another question is whether there will be any work for them....

CafeMark said...

It's funny how the 2 countries with the largest immigration (UK and Spain) have both suffered more than most in this recession. Not saying there's a direct link, but it was a bit annoying previously to hear the pro-immigration brigade crow about how it benefited the economy in the so-called boom years. Let's hope many of them are business entrepreneurs who can help pull the economy out of recession - migrants in the past have often shown to be so, so there is still hope.

Ferrolano said...

Colin,

After reading of the Kingdom of New Galicia and it being in Mexico, I wrote to a Mexican friend of mine, who after working with me in Ferrol, proceeded to abscond with a local fair maiden on his arm. I now realize that this was to help in the repopulation of the new Kingdom with true Galician blood. He has since denied the allegation.

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