Tuesday, August 17, 2010

According to our local paper, the takings of the stallholders during this year’s Semana Grande are 30-40% down on last year. Which seems a lot to me. Perhaps they feel the taxman will be influenced by this claim. Assuming, of course, they pay any.

Pontevedra now has a new museum. It centres on a huge fosa (defensive ditch) just inside the medieval walls. This was unearthed a year or two back when one of the squares in our old quarter was being re-paved. There used to be a large mansion (El pazo del arzobispo)) on this spot but this, we’re told, was destroyed by marauding Brits in 1719, some of whose catapulted boulders are on display in the museum. Or will be when it’s finally opened. Which, I suspect, was originally scheduled for before the start of this year’s tourist season.

Talking about things that are slated to happen . . . .The local press recently reported on a protest against the ban on smoking in public places rumoured to be coming into force in January next year. This, the protesters say, will force people out on to the street in order to indulge their habit. By analogy with teenage binge-drinking - el botellón - this new group activity has been given the name el cigarillón. Some of us are less sympathetic to this plight than others.

Finally . . . Does anyone know whether the phrase territorio comanche has any particular meaning?

7 comments:

dugroxbab said...

I think territorio comanche means -usually metaphorically- any lawless, free-fire zone.

Diego said...

I believe "territorio comanche" refers to a hostile and/or unknown place or situation.

jorge said...

Hi Colin,

Territorio Comanche = Dangerous place. An old saying coming from North America.

Jorge
SF Bay Area

Ferrolano said...

Colin, I have understood territorio Comanche to be something along the lines of the badlands of the wild west or areas where no rational person would dare to go. It may not be as bad as I am putting across, perhaps being more along the lines of unexplored lands. It is a while since I have heard the expression used, so I don’t exactly remember the context. Maybe a Spanish follower to your blog could be more precise.

Rudy Vinyl said...

I wonder? How many of this protesters are friends and family's of COFFEE/BARS  "owners" who truly think that people, wont go to them ( coffee/bars) if they can't inflict this unhealthy adittion to: ( Us with a view and rights to a healthier life for EVERY ONE ! )  it's  much practice, and loose much income.   

Perry said...

Colin,

You had to ask!

Going Comanche in American is the same as going commando, without your shreddies! Woof, bloody woof!

This should assist.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=1871791

Colin said...

Many thanks, gentelemen.

But Perry, I think there's a big difference between heading into commanche territory and going commando/comanche. Though there's nothing to stop one doing both at the same time. Indeed, it entering comanche territory is particularly frightening, perhaps it would be a wise thing to do.

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