In my relentless quest to ensure every foreigner driving in Spain knows how to go about navigating a roundabout(circle) correctly, I give you this short video. And by 'correctly' I don't mean 'sensibly' but 'legally'. Essentially, the manoeuvre you see in this film when the driver turns right - which would be left here in Spain - is illegal here and will get you a fine of at least 200 euros. In Spain, you can only go into the inner lane if you're doing a U-turn. If you don't believe me, watch how a learner driver is taught to make a left turn, cutting across anyone who wants to go straight ahead.
Talking of unusual aspects of Spain . . . Here's a nice introduction into the country's would-be nations and nationalities.
There's regular talk these days of reducing the number of immigrants entitled to benefits in the richer EU countries. Indeed, Switzerland - OK, not an EU member - has just had a referendum on the subject. In the UK, Rumanians are once again in the news as "An increasing number of Romanian women are working as prostitutes in London’s 'thriving' sex trade." Apparently they have a very efficient operation which involves dropping cash off at various points. A reverse ATM, I guess. They'll be running the country within 20 years. If the poles don't get there first. These fine folk have set about opening private medical centres around the UK for those who don't want to wait for NHS treatment. You don't have to be Polish to go there. But it helps.
I mentioned last week the difficulties I'd had with changing my terra.es email to one with terra.com. After problems logging on today, I decided to apply for a new name. Which is why they now have two people called colindavies living in Antarctica on their books. Undetected by their computer. Possibly because, with the second one, I am feminina.
The EU: Whenever it comes to delivering on its plans, the EU always fails. It is great at bullying Britain, and forcing member states to comply with whatever comes out of Brussels, but whenever the shoe is on the other foot, and Brussels has to deliver, nothing serious ever gets done. But then, trying to get the liberal "free-market" British to cosy up with the dirigiste French and the rule-bound Germans, together with the anarchic Belgians, all with the corrupt Greeks, the Italian jokers and the rest, always was a crazy idea. More here.
Why are people so confounded by womens' breasts? There was some TV report on Femen the other day in which the young, bare-breasted women chained to railings had just their nipples blacked out. Do they have some transformative power I've not yet encountered? Do I need to do more research?
Finally . . . Fotos. I was shocked to find the exhibition of old fotos finished yesterday. So now I have only a few to compare with new ones. Just the one, in fact.
This square is now named after the Spanish Naval officer, Mendez Nuñez, though it was called something else in 1900.
Few things to note:-
- Again, a third floor has been added. With a nice open balcony on one house.
- The doors and windows are all 'faithful' to the original. Especially the little one.
- The right-hand corner is now a (book) shop.
- As with the others, there are no men in the old picture.
- Whitewashing has gone out of style.
- They didn't have rain in 1900.