According to a letter in El País, there's a two kilometre stretch of road up near León which is never completely cleared of snow and is thus unusable as an approach to the town throughout the winter. The reason is that the Junta of Castile y León is responsible for one third of the road, the provincial government is responsible for another third and the town council is responsible for the final third. And they can't coordinate their respective snowploughs. Assuming this is not an apocryphal tale or an attempt to initiate an urban myth, it must rank as a comment on Spain's increasingly unworkable Constitution.
On this subject, it's good to see the Madrid is doing something to attack the excess layers of government in the country. However, rather than get rid of, say, the fifty provincial governments (diputaciones) they've announced they're going to eliminate some mancomunidades. No one seems to know what these are, and they certainly don't get voted into power, but the dictionary has them as free associations of town councils. So their abolition won't actually involve any reduction in numbers or complexity. But it's a start, I guess.
A couple more silly car names:-
The Mercedes Ener G
The Smart Forjeremy (Yes, that's right – Forjeremy. Perhaps he was killed in the making of the car.)
Not having a Twitter account – actually, I do but I've forgotten what my name is – I didn't witness Thursday's spat between Donald Trump and Alan Sugar over wind farms in Scotland. Neither man has ever had the slightest appeal for me so I was pleased (and amused) to read in the Daily Telegraph this morning that they were “two of Christendom’s more grotesquely inflated egos”.
Finally . . . The winter of 1962-3 in Britain was one of the coldest in hundreds of years. Why do I mention this? Because a TV program last night had Aker Bilk's Stranger on the Shore and this beautifully evocative tune and that winter will forever be intertwined in my mind. Along with a (pretty unrequited) love affair. How powerful such musical stimuli can be. Incidentally, another program had as its musical theme Peggy Lee's Is That All There Is?, which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.