Thursday, January 19, 2012

I see you can get broadband for as little as 6 quid a month here in the UK. From O2. I suspect the lowest cost option in Spain is three or four times this much. The irony being that O2 is owned by Telefónica.

Talking of expensive choices . . . if you'd like to see some of the vanity projects commissioned during Spain's phoney boom, click here. And use the arrow bottom left to move through the gallery.

"Fleeing? No, I just tripped and fell into a lifeboat." Well, the captain of the Concordia may never go back to sea but he's surely got a future as a comedian. Though possibly not in Italy.

The IMF is seeking 500 billion dollars to take to a trillion its cushion against the consequences of the European debt crisis getting even worse. Here in the UK, there seems to be a consensus that the only real option for saving the EU is for Germany to leave the currency union. I wonder if anyone is saying this in Germany. And what the odds are on it happening.

Anyway, here's a recipe for banana bread.


kraal said...

Not being a Spanish speaker Colin, what is and the purpose of Las setas de la Encarnacion? I can't make out what it would be used for.

Joanna P. said...

Thanks for the banana bread plug, Colin!
xxx Joanna

Colin said...


It's a multi-purpose building, properly called
the Metropol Parasol.

Here's Wikipedia on it.

Metropol Parasol is a wooden building placed in La Encarnación square, in the old quarter of Seville, Spain. It was designed by the German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann and completed in April 2011.[1] It has dimensions of 150 by 70 metres (490 by 230 ft) and an approximate height of 26 metres (85 ft)[2] and claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world.[3] The building is popularly known as Las Setas de la Encarnación (Encarnación's mushrooms).

Metropol Parasol is organized in four levels. The underground level-0 houses the Antiquarium, where Roman and Moorish remains discovered on-site are displayed.[3] The level-1 (street level) is the Central Market. Level-2 and 3 are the two stages of the panoramic terraces (including a restaurant), offering one of the best views of the city centre.[4]