Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Strangely, the few houses that are currently being built in Spain are mostly located in those parts of the country where there are the most empty properties on the market. Must make sense to someone. Or, as I've read - "Some housing market experts say it's because these regions have too many of the wrong sort of homes (holiday homes) and not enough of the right sort (affordable primary residencies) – a glut and a shortage at the same time."

I mentioned the other day that the name of a person I'd just written to in Gmail immediately popped up as a potential friend on Facebook. My better-informed daughter tells me that it's Google who do this, not Facebook.

Talking of big internet companies . . . Last time I used Skype I had to put in some credit before I could talk to my mother. After I'd done this, I got the message "Thanks for setting up Auto-recharge." Which was news to me. Hey ho.

Good to see that the Galician government agrees with me that electricity bills are (almost certainly deliberately) impossible to understand. Or perhaps even to produce, as eight suppliers are being prosecuted for deception and fraud. The Xunta has proposed that all regional governments get together to agree a single, clear format. Which wouldn't be a bad thing but I can't see it happening.

Talking of local governments . . . Several Catalan MPs are moaning about the money being spent on the AVE high-speed train to Galicia, saying - basically - that it can't be justified as no one wants to go there. Which is nice.

I see that, while the EU struggles to form a single real government, Belgium is still doing without one completely. Which is ironic. And informative.

Quote of the Week: Especially for the father of two daughters:- "Women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition"

Which reminds me, I need to revise my estimate of the percentage of females amongst Pontevedra's smokers from 75 to 90%. Depressing.

And here's another unusual word from Orwell: - Demiurge. 'A concept from the Platonic, Neopythagorean, Middle Platonic and Neoplatonic schools of philosophy for an artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe.' Useful. To my friend Alfred B. Mittington perhaps.

Finally . . . An interesting post.

Finally, finally . . . Here's a video from my friend Norman on the delights of the place I mentioned in a recent post - Monte Santa Tegra, at the mouth of the Miño/Minho. Also called Monte Santa Tecla. Enjoy.


CafeMark said...

I hate to say this, but I think the Catalan MPs have a point. The Valencia line has attracted close to a million passenger journeys in the first 6 months of operation. Will the Galicia line even attract 200,000 in 6 months?

Majid Ali said...

Please help me for Christ sake

Colin said...


Colin said...


True but it's all about stopping the treatment of Galicia as un undeserving poor relation.

Or solidarity.

Though I've often said that, in Spain at least, this seems to mean "You keep on paying me". Not "I'm happy to go on subsidising you as you are poor but deserving."

Mike the Traditionalist said...

@Majid Ali - I suggest you click on the two counters on the right hand side of this blog which are View site stats and Sitemeter. This is a popular site but Colin does not make enough on here to pay for a morning coffee once a week. Average time on this blog is under four minutes so you will have to make your blog more exciting if you want to make some money.

Colin said...

Did I miss something about MA's blog?

Is Majid in Arabic the same as Masjed in Persian? Mosque.

Mike the Traditionalist said...

I too had a look at MA's blog but it was not much to get excited about.

tim said...

Aren´t they still building houses because its safer than having money in the bank? AVE, I think, is more about being Spanish than making money - if you connect the automunious (is that how you spell it?) regions its some sort of political cohesion goal?

Colin said...

Possibly and Yes.

Why do I have to complete word verification for my own blog?