Going briefly back to the FIFA decision to avoid the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 jamboree to Qatar . . . Looking back, I believe the only real surprise is that they didn’t award both events to Russia.
Back here in
, President Zapatero is still making promises. This time that economic growth will be above the EU average from 2013. But, as someone pointed out to me this week, there surely can’t be anyone left here who still believes a word he says. That said, for a naturally sceptical people, the Spanish certainly took their time coming to this decision. Spain
Talking of forecasts, the President of BNP Paribas Real Estate consultancy claims that
’s huge stock of empty new properties will be exhausted by 2016. Given that it takes up to five years to finish a place here, this means that new starts must be made from next year, if a scarcity of property – and a concomitant surge in prices – is to be avoided in the middle of the next decade. Can’t see that happening myself. But, given the unreliability of even (especially?) official statistics, it’s all a huge guessing game anyway. Spain
Our new merged savings bank (caja/caixa) is to be called – somewhat predictably – Nova Caixa
. Or, more accurately, Novacaixagalicia. For which I’m told the waggish nickname is Nocages. Galicia
Finally . . . My forecast of the, much delayed, AVE high speed train finally reaching Galicia by 2018-20 is now looking optimistic - what with the cuts and the frightfully high cost of tunnelling through our granitic mountains. A leading politician has gone off to
to seek finance from there. Which is a little ironic when you consider the China railways were constructed by gangs of indented cheap Chinese labour. How the wheel turns. US
Book plug: My daughter, visiting me this Puente, has now published Chapter 13 of 19. Click here.