Iberia is a troubled airline. So it's refurbishing its logo and livery. The airline, of course, merged with British Airways a while ago and now forms part of IAG, with BA and the successful low-cost airline, Vueling. Here in Spain, the merger is largely seen as a takeover by BA, who are asset-stripping with the aim of destroying the national flag-carrier. Others, though, see it as an essential eradication of 'Spanish practices', such as paying pilots several times more than the international average. Of course, Iberia hasn't been helped by the significant fall in passenger numbers on its traditional routes in recent years.
The dying embers of the Gibraltar silly summer spat have been stoked up again. Gib's First Minister made accusations against Spain at the UN and this was received here with anger and governmental accusations of lying. Something about which Spanish politicians know a good deal, of course. Happily, though, the Spanish government isn't going to take the Gib leader to court (where?) so things should die down again quite quickly.
I wrote the other day about beggars working the table in Pontevedra's old quarter. It struck me yesterday it could be worse; we could have hookers importuning us. Rather as the disgraced Jimmy Savile used to do in the Flying Pizza restaurant in Leeds every night.
I saw a large ad for the Vaughan Method of Teaching English yesterday. There were 2 ironic aspects to it. 1. Although the ad was festooned with Union Jacks, Vaughan himself is American. 2. No one Spanish can pronounce his name, at least not until Lesson 3, I suspect. As for the UK flag, I believe Vaughan is perfectly aware that by and large (and like other Europeans), Spaniards want to learn British, rather than American, English. Of course, what this means in practice is that many Spaniards end up with Scottish, Welsh and even Irish accents.
Talking (almost) of Brits . . . Here's a list of things we're said to hate.
And here's another list - of the ten worst mistakes tourists and expats (most of them British) make in Spain.
This example, however, is not idiosyncratic, just inconsiderate. BTW - It's not my neighbour.
It's also illegal, of course. Though the police will drive by and do nothing, as they do with all illegal parking. I assume they feel it's below them and leave it to the towing company (La Grua). Interestingly, the reaction of my lovely neighbour, Ester, was "At least she could have left 2 wheels on the road."
Finally . . . I mentioned dogs yesterday. Later, forcing myself to look at fotos of poodles, I came across this abomination, which I take to be a cross between a poodle and a border collie.
I can't think of a better reason for bringing back the death penalty. For humans, I mean.
Finally, finally . . . Can anyone help with a theory as to why my page-views yesterday soared from a daily average of 450-500 to more than 1,400? Seriously, I'd love to know. Maybe I can make money somehow.