Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Some not-very-related odds and sods . . . .

Driving past the brothels of Poio yesterday, I caught sight of three immaculate Morgan sports cars, all being driven by men no longer in the bloom of youth. The number plates were all British, so I imagine they'd come over by ferry and driven down from Santander. Though I don't know where to. Happily not to one of the brothels.

Regular readers will know I have a problem with people who exit a shop and walk right across right in front of you, within a few centimetres of your face. Even more so with people who come up behind you, pass you on your left and then immediately turn right. And yet more so with people who look at you as you're taking a foto but continue walking, between you and your subject. In the first two cases, I'm prepared to believe there is no conscious thought. But in the third? How can you not be on their radar?

In this part of Spain, at least, they virtually boycott mackerel, regarding it as 'too strong'. In contrast, they adore hake and seem to revel in its blandness - If they haven't smothered it with olive oil and sweet paprika (pimentón dulce), a la gallega. I mention this because my friend Jon, who's big in fish, got hold of some fresh mackerel yesterday and I was able to enjoy this delicacy for the first time in many years.

Well the Economist issue of Sept.1 arrived today, a few days late. As to the whereabouts of the previous 2 or 3 issues, God only knows. Possibly in a large bin in the Post Office sorting room.

Click here for the Economist's overview of the rape issue, spotlighted by the predicament of Mr Assange.

A thought stimulated by the speed of the van which passed me in a pedestrianised zone last night:- Has anyone ever seen a Spanish vehicle bearing the legend - How is my driving? Call xxxxxxxx. Don't think I have.

The island of Nauru was, for a while, the richest place in the world. All thanks to bird shit, basically. Getting a little ahead of themselves, the islanders set up not only a shipping line but also an airline. Both of which failed. At least we were saved these lunacies in Spain, where useless airports and vanity follies were the plat du jour. We nearly got a fourth Galician airport up near Ourense but the bubble burst just in time.

One thing that wasn't built during the bum years – a municipal tip. What negligence. Fly tipping anyone?.

We have four different tourist organisations in Pontevedra. I went into two of them today to try to get info on the Spanish National Triathlon which takes place here in the city at the weekend. Neither of them could give me an iota of data. But they could give me a street map.

A new Spanish word – Un swinging. 'An interchange of partners'. This is in the local news because the six clubs in the vicinity of Pontevedra (e. g. New Kisses) all report that their clientele is no longer confined to couples in their 40s and 50s but now includes some in
their 30s and even their 20s. People are getting bored earlier and earlier, it seems.

Can you believe that 46% of kids killed in cars in Spain were not wearing a safety belt? I guess it's easier to police the stupid law about not wearing earphones when driving.

21 comments:

Azra said...

Although all kinds of fish are available here for consumption, Hake is the fish-staple in this part of the world too, mainly because it's the cheapest!

Lenox said...

'Un swinging'. How about 'un dogging'? Making ñacañaca in a public place, apparently. Our modest tourist resort learned this expression, along with the 'botellón', big-time this year.

Anonymous said...

Colin,

I find you do generally not let the truth get in the way of the exuberance of your scribblings.

The Economist has tried to tackle the issue of rape and the difficulties involved in trying to pin down what is and what is not rape accross the world. It seems not only Ecuador's president has a sui generis opinion on rape.
Mr. Galloway does as well.

Rape in a swingers club? Now that could be tricky.

http://www.economist.com/node/21561883

Colin said...

@Anon

Not quite sure why you're citing to me and Economist articleI've just cited but no matter.

I'mm guessing this comment is from Moscow.

Well. if I had to consciously choose between truth and exuberance, I might just go for the latter. But, then, "What is truth?" said Pilate, and departed laughing.

An example or two of your thesis would be nice to have.

I have already cited the view of Galloway and others. But whatever their opinion, all that matters is what the law in Sweden is and whether the women who've made allegations can prove them. A notoriously difficult thing to do.

Naomi Wolf had some interesting comments on the BBC the other night. She stressed that Sweden has one of the highest incidences of reported rape in the world but she never got round to trying to explain why. As I've said before, maybe it's a simple as the fact the police their don't have attitudes more in common with the Middle East than Western Europe.

Colin said...

@Lenox. Yes, I was pretty sure 'un dogging' would come along quite soon. Many thanks for the new word 'ñacañaca'. Which I will now look up . . .

Colin said...

Aha, two words - ñaca ñaca

given as rumpy pumpy, which looks like a good fit.

Colin said...

Aha, two words - ñaca ñaca

given as rumpy pumpy, which looks like a good fit.

Colin said...

@Azra: Another good reason to swap SA for Spain. But only where you can find fresh mackerel!

Anonymous said...

Colin,

To be honest, what happened with Assange in Sweden to me simply does not look like what I would call rape. I am not a public personality so I can write this without fear of being burned at the stake by the PC inquisition. I am afraid I agree with Galloway and the chap from Ecuador on this matter.

I think the USA are after Assange and any means is ok in order to get him. He should be freed and the UK government stop the charade.

Finally, the Swedes, the scandinavians, are great at self-promotion. Things are far less hunky-dory there than people generally believe.

Moscow

PS: I can't be bothered to re-register that is why I am now "Anonymous"

Colin said...

@Anon-cum-Moscow.

The issue is consent to whatever form of sex the man has indulged in. Or half-indulged in.

It's an easy concept to understand. Until you move on to 'consent' given in a drunken stupor. Or when asleep after a night of sex. Or whether consent can be implied in any way and, if so, to anal/oral sex as well as straight sex.

Assange's women allege they didn't consent and this is what the trial would be about. My guess is that he'd get off, assuming he's got clever lawyers such as Garzón.

While it may suit the UK to send Assange to Sweden, they have no option but to do so under their EU/international obligations. They must fervently want him off their patch one way or another.

It's interesting that Assange made no mention of his legal difficulties in his Juliet speech from the balcony.

I'm very glad I didn't contribute to his bail money.

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Colin said...

@Anon/Moscow.

Do you also agree that
1. If you get into a bed and consent to one form of sex you have impliedly consented to any and all forms of sex.
1. Husbands can't be guilty of raping their wives.
2. All intercourse with girls less than, say, 14 is rape
3. Women who are raped are also guilty in some way.

Anonymous said...

Colin,

Honestly, your last gratuitous post baffled me. Any relation to what I wrote? I think you know what I would answer if I were to answer those points.

That is the thing: how do you convey consent or non consent when you are lying naked in bed while/after/during you were having fun together? Couldn't it be that Assange did not get the message? Was he sober enough to get it? To then go ex-post and say oh no there was no consent and denounce him to the police, isn't that a tad hypocritical? He doesn't need a star lawyer to get acquitted. But that is not the real issue, isn't it?

I see a mix of two things here: dirty tricks tactics by the US and PCness getting way out of hand again. Call it whatever you want but don't call that being more advanced. Many of the laws passed through in the so called advanced western nations will have to scrapped or modified in future.

Colin said...

Another view of George Galloway

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/ruthdudleyedwards/100179758/the-bullying-george-galloway-has-become-a-creepy-joke/

Anonymous said...

Colin,

Thanks. Anything written in the Torygraph I tend to take with a (more than) a pinch of salt........

I read the other day that according to you the EU is now disintegrating at great speed...so has "eventually" at last morphed into inmediately? Can I write that down for the record?

Moscow

Colin said...

@Moscow

You might be right to do so if it were a news item but it's not. It's an opinion piece.

Colin said...

@Moscow

Comments exchange, to a Times article:-

Claire
There is nothing simple about history, and children deserve to be taught it properly.

Peter Bolt
Believe me Claire, our children, (my grandchildren) are fed almost on a daily basis just how horrid (even nasty) we English have been., and to some we stll are.

The Scots, Welsh & Irish seem to be exempt from such accusations.

We (the Brits ) are certainly no better than any other comparable nation but neither are we any worse.

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Anonymous said...

Colin,

Amen to that.

The British are a great nation.
Perhaps even, Britain is Europe's most remarkable nation.
But for me they (the govn't, the elite, the establishment, whatever you want to call it) are on the other side of a dividing line that separates two differing future visions of how to:
1) Run an economy
2) Live in Europe.

I have lived 10 years in the UK. And what I saw did not convince me...at all.

Moscow

Lenox said...

The thing about Assange... is he a serial rapist, with something of a history of this activity? Or, had he suddenly raped two women, in a matter of days, in Sweden, jus' like that?
Of course, in Spain, we were brought up to admire 'las suecas' and their jolly ways - back in Franco's times.

Colin said...

And before feminists had not advanced the concept of rape and enshrined it in Swedish (and British) law.

It certainly looks odd that Assange should be prosecuted for two alleged rapes. But maybe it's as simple as two women seeing the chance to cash in on his global notoriety,

Whatever the facts behind the accusations, the British government has no choice but to comply with the requests of the Swedish government and to send the circus back to Sweden. It can't, of course, guarantee anything and it's ridiculous that this should be demanded of it.

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