Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You might think there'd be nobody in Spain dumb enough to protest against a monument on a university campus to the Civil War's International Brigade but, if so, you'd be very wrong. Far-Right lawyer Miguel García has pursued its demolition through the courts and won. On a technicality of planning law, it seems. Will he be suing next for the re-erection of all the Franco statues? And for the return of all the old street names dedicated to his monstrous generals? I wouldn't be overly surprised. You can almost guarantee he's a member of Opus Dei and needs to get something in return for all that self-flagellation.

As an aside, it seems that, if you run foul of Spain's planning laws, you'll be served with a demolition order if you've erected a small monument or if you're a British couple called Prior and you've bought a house legally and in all good faith; but not if you've erected any of the hundreds of thousands of illegal houses all over the country. Or even if you've built a particularly ugly hotel right on a beach. As I say, I guess it makes sense to someone. In an arbitrary sort of way.
Just when he thought things couldn't get any worse, 3 of the Spanish king's distant cousins have been implicated in a Chinese mafia money-laundering scandal. The latest names on the ever-revolving corruption conveyor belt.

Which sort of reminds me - If I were to ask you which EU countries' CEOs took home the highest pay, would you really come up with 1. Italy and 2. Spain? In the latter case, they pay themselves an average of 788 euros an hour, compared with 592 in the UK and 545 in France. Because they're worth it? En passant, the lowest paid workers in Spain get 3.85 euros per hour.

Galerías in Galicia are 1. Shopping malls under residential blocks, or 2. Glass-enclosed balconies on the outer walls of flats or whole buildings. There are lots of these in Galicia's coastal cities and Pontevedra is no exception. For some reason or other, I decided to photograph many of them today. And here they are, all from the old quarter, or El Casco Viejo:-












And, finally, here's Plaza de Verdura - Vegetables Square - as it looks today, with the Casa da Luz in the background.


2 comments:

Sierra said...

Doesn't compare with A Coruña:

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/33549565

Colin said...

I just knew someone would say this. I agree, of course but, then, Pontevedra doesn't have La Coruña's awful windy, wet weather. If all the properties along the harbour front didn't have galerías, their owners would never get out of thier salons. And La Coruña doesn't have anything like Pontevedra's old quarter. It's always amazed me that so many Brits prefer living up on that exposed corner of the peninsula to living elsewhere in Galicia. It can't be flight availability.

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