Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just in case anyone’s that interested, here’s an article sympathetic to the challenge faced by the (English) referee to the Holland v. Spain World Cup Final on Sunday night. In a word, it was a bitch of a match. But with the Dutch as the main culprits, does that make it a butch of a match? You decide.

One Spanish article I read listed all the mistakes the writer felt the odious Mr Webb had made. Except the one of missing Iniesta possibly being offside when he scored the only goal. Funny that. But, anyway, we all agree that the right team won and that Spain deserved to become champions for the quality of the football they play. Even the Dutch. And it was a joy to witness the nationwide celebrations of the achievement.

I actually watched the game with three Dutch folk (volk?) and so it wasn’t surprising that the room didn’t exactly resound to complaints about outlandish (or even Netherlandish) tactics. There was some talk of the referee being too harsh and Spaniards going down like sissies but I took this to be irony. If I’d been back in Pontevedra, I’d have joined Spanish friends in the main square to watch the match on a big screen there. Which only happened, I heard today, as a result of pressure from the Pontevedra provincial government. For, in a pathetic attempt to emulate what they must see as Catalan statesmanship, the local BNG nationalist party which runs the city had tried to stop this. As a result of which, I’m betting their share of the vote in the next regional elections will fall below the mere 14-15% they got last time round. It’s tough being a nationalist party when even you don’t demand secession but they are their own worst enemies at times.

I was going to mention the reports of our neighbours in northern Portugal being close to revolt against what they see as neglect on the part of the government down in Lisbon but then came a rather more interesting item – viz. that “Playboy magazine is terminating its Portuguese edition after an outcry over a photo-shoot depicting Jesus Christ alongside topless models”. This, it seems, was part of a somewhat misguided tribute to the recently deceased author José Saramago. More here. With pictures.

Another language difference . . . In English, if you are rapacious, you’d sell your grandmother. In Spanish, it’s your mother. Freud could probably have explained this.

Finally, driving up into the hills today, I felt my car was handling a little differently from usual. Recalling it had been serviced on Friday, I checked the tyres. To find they were all more than 25% over-inflated. This, of course, happens every time you have new tyres put on in a workshop here. But this was the dealer who sold me the car in the first place. So I’m left with the question – Is there a universal belief in Spain either that all tyres should be over-inflated? Or, alternatively, does everyone here really believe that all cars of whatever make and size should have their tyres inflated to exactly the same pressure? If so, why? Or is it just Galicia?

24 comments:

Nieves said...

I agree with you on that la Roja deserved to win the Cup because they really played very well during all the Championship and because of their fair playing and this is written by someone who is not a football fan at all but the Roja conquered me! Regards,

Anonymous said...

“ ... If I’d been back in Pontevedra, I’d have joined Spanish friends in the main square to watch the match on a big screen there. Which only happened, I heard today, as a result of pressure from the Pontevedra provincial government. For, in a pathetic attempt to emulate what they must see as Catalan statesmanship, the local BNG nationalist party which runs the city had tried to stop this ... “

mr davies, if you are, supposedly, a Galician nationalist, you have to stop, or at least try to stop, any propaganda moves by your adversary, in this case the Spanish nationalists with that football match. What kind of idiot would suggest to them, knowing that they are (supposedly) Galician nationalists, not to do anything to stop that move? Well ...

On the opposite direction, the Spanish nationalists have been trying their very best to stop the Galician national football team from playing international games. Which they haven’t succeeded to, altogether, by the way. You don’t know that because you don’t know what happens on the other side. But still you have the right to write your thoughts, of course. It makes your “innocent” ignorance even funnier ...

(I wonder who would respond to this, mr davies or mr affable ... either way, they sound pretty much the same to me. What kind of spiritual link bonds these two ... ? I wish I was so "tuned" to someone else)

Colin said...

Thanks, Nieves.

Colin said...

Keep it up, Cade.

Xoán-Wahn said...

Hooray for la Roja! I have to say that if anyone was acting like a "sissy" (a word I just don't like), it wasn't the Spanish players (fade out to Robben whining at the referee).

@Anonymous - There's a Galician national football team? Who are they? I'm genuinely curious. I've never heard about this before.

Anonymous said...

Who are the Galician national football team? Come on, everybody knows it! It is the Andalusians, of course! They play in Seville, as everybody knows ...

Check it up here, if you can read Catalan:
http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reprezentacja_Galicji_w_pi%C5%82ce_no%C5%BCnej

But living in Galicia, the land of your forefathers, how could you know it?

Anonymous said...

mr davies - mr grumbly -mr "galician in the good sense" xoan-wahn - mr "wisdom seeker" mike ...

*** dios los crea y ellos se juntan ***


pure entertainment

I'm looking forward to hear from your most brotherly first meeting in the plaza de toros de pontevedra ...

(and I want to see the pics in mr davies galicianist website)

Ole!

Anonymous said...

Anyway, let's congratulate the great triumph of the Spanish nation and their much democratic and civilized hooligans ...

http://www.siareirasgalegas.org/principal.php?pag=lernot&id=282

(This link is not real, it is part of the virtual community that I want to introduce to "mr galician- in-the-good-sense". I am very sorry to impose, once more, Galician on you, but I couldn't find the Spanish version)

Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

By the way, Galicians have the right to their own national football team, to be losers, just like the English! Anyway, I don't think we would do a more thorough ridicule as the English have been doing since, when was that, 19 ... mr alfie, at that time already retired from his former playing days in France must know (if his long long memory don't play tricks with him) the precise year of the last century of that most glorious (even if with some "extra" little help) day ...

By the way, and to finish on a high, for that happy day in which an Englishman wins Wimbledon or that golf tournament, the Galician national team would have probably won enough olympic gold medals to pave the final legs of the caminho de santiago ...

Keep it up folks!

We love losers!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My dear Cade,

You ask: ‘What kind of spiritual link bonds these two ... ? I’

Well, it is a funny thing called friendship, a bond which allows two people who are extremely different in many ways (and who write in completely different styles!) to knock it off well together.

You ought to try it some time. It will enrich your life, and calm your burning anger with the world.

Affable Alfie

Colin said...

Cade,

"either way, they sound pretty much the same to me".

So, this your response to my request for some logic behind one of your asinine assertions. We think similarly so we must be the same person.

So, what does that make you, I wonder.

But I leave my readers to speculate.

Keep it up.

Mike the Traditionalist said...

Mr. Cade mój język polski nie jest też dobry. (For those who don't speak Polish I just said Mr. Cade my Polish is not very good.) Galician football team hee hee!

Anonymous said...

What now, poor Mister Web? He earn 25,000 euros or something for jogging 120 minutes and than the balt frog maffiosi still wines about the dutch playing hard and making his life sour! And about how hard his life is. Poor poor man…!

And then I don’t even speak of the little extraas he has probably gotten on the side from Madrid! And what money is that? Money which Bruxelles has milked out of the Dutch tax-payer and passed on to the Spanish beggars! We are paying for our own abuse!

I also watched the game with a Englishmen slouched on my couch. After the umptiest yellow cart, I said:
‘That balt frog must have a lot of property on the Costa del Sol!’
‘Not yet,’ my English friend said. ‘But tomorrow he will…’

Shows you that there are some honest Englishman still!

HUP HOLLAND HUP !!!!!

Henk en Ingrid van Wassenaar

PS Oh and by the way. At the moment everybody compaints that the Dutch team plaid so rough. But it has it’s blessings too. For the first in centuries the world is showing respect and fear for the Dutch again. So I dare to go to Marokko again!

Colin said...

So, I have two Dutch readers. Unless you are Mr Cade in another guise.

Why was Mr Webb a 'frog' by the way?

And is Ingrid etc. a woman or a place?

Any why tod I have to do word verification for my own blog? Never used to have to.

Anonymous said...

mr davies,

don’t listen to mr cadev, he never reason, he never discuss your arguments, one by one, he just a Galician terrorist full of spite, who doesn’t even know the real meaning of friendship and of true love. He is just as despotical as the bad muslim chechenian. He hasn’t met yet a truely Russian woman, as you are about to.

Sweet Svetlana, Krasnoiarsk

Anonymous said...

You Russian cunt! I may share the dog with Colin, but under any circumstances will I let you approach him and offer him your favours! You are only mine, remember?! The fact that we, colin and I, alternate so harmoniously our responses to mr cade doesn’t mean that we will “share-alternate” you too ... is that clear?!

Affable Alfie
Former (mid 50’s of the past century) famous scousy hunkie

Anonymous said...

easy, alfie, eeeasy ...

Svetlana has the right to make up her own mind: one old rag or another old rag ...

colin davies, galicianist in the good sense (= not too galician)

Anonymous said...

mike the traditionalist,

I think you are a bit misguided, old boy. Listen, you live in the Spanish Galician, not in the Polish one! I know it all sounds the same to you (even “Croation”) but they are two different things altogether, believe me ...

affable cade

Anonymous said...

mr Henk en Ingrid van Wassenaar,

I watched that game too. It is true that the English referee tried very hard not to send off half the Dutch team by half-time, but that doesn’t mean he was given some free large allotment of cannabis. On the other hand, the Dutch team has shown it has a great future ... in kung-fu!!

Mike the Traditionalist said...

Mr A "http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reprezentacja_Galicji_w_pi%C5%82ce_no%C5%BCnej" takes me to a Polish site which I can read. Hence my reply in Polish so why publish a Polish site about "Galicia" when you claim it is written in Catalan. Cracking up under the strain I guess. Oh and Croation well Mr A, ja nisam budala. Ti stari konj!

Anonymous said...

mr mike,

I never directed you to a Polish site, but to the Polish version of the Galician footbal national team article in wikipedia, originally written in galego, by and for galego people. I could have directed you to the English or to the Spanish or to the French version of the article, but chose the Polish because ... because what ... ? ... do a bit of clever thinking, will you ...

I have to inform you though that Madrid and other Spanish people use to refer mockingly to the Catalans as the "polacos" ...

But how were you supposed to know that?

Don't give up though, I'm confident that a bit of retranca will eventually rub off on you ...

Mike the Traditionalist said...

Mr A you just can't lie down can you!

Anonymous said...

Alfred B Mittington says:

Well,now we're getting confused of course. The message posted over my signature starting with 'You Russian C***' was not, of course, written by me. But by mister Cade, with the C of C***

As were just about all the other ones following, if I am not mistaken.

If you want us to insult you, Cade, kindly give us time to do so ourselves. We ARE able to do so! And you deserving.

ABM

Xoán-Wahn said...

Wow, Galicia really does have a national football team. Cool. I'm not much of a sports guy, so I had no idea "A Irmandiña" even existed! No one I know has ever mentioned it. By the way, Galicia is not the land of my forefathers. Technically (if we need to get specific), it's Canarias...Gran Canaria to be exact.