Talking of corruption cases . . . One of the these (El caso ERE) is presided over by Judge Mercedes Alaya. This lady has the (mis)fortune to be good looking, well-shaped and invariably elegantly dressed. Which means she appears often on TV, usually filmed from the toes to the tip of her well-coiffed head. Which some find sexist. Or at least macho. Anyway, here she is in a funny video which portrays her as a safeguard against corruption. If this doesn't work, click here.
And here are numerous fotos. Decide for yourselves. I guess it's true you wouldn't get many British judges turning up like this in the UK but the systems are totally different. In Spain you study to be a judge and start young. In the UK you're selected only after a long career in the law, usually way past middle age and no longer desirous of/worried about looking elegant. Or, dare one say, attractive. I, of course, am neither sexist nor macho. But I do think Ms Alaya looks best in red.
And talking of the shame in Spain, here's an article which portrays the country at its very worst. One in which 19th century exploitation/slavery still thrives with the connivance of the authorities, for the enrichment of a few families who are almost certainly contributors to the right-of-centre PP party. A taster - This is a remote corner of the continent, where corruption and unlawfulness prosper largely unchecked in a cosy, conflicted and circular establishment embracing corrupt local government, the law, big business and a media that quickly condemns and closes ranks on prying outside eyes.
Watching a youth orchestra perform last night, I noticed there was no hint of a tattoo on the arms of any of the ladies. Which is not to say they weren't elsewhere, of course. But it was a pleasant change.
Finally . . . Someone has written of Nelson Mandela that his human failings (e. g. being a poor tipper) are what made him special. I like to think that's true of all of us. Though I'm a good tipper, by the way. My failings lie elsewhere. As does my specialness. Which really is a word, it seems.
Postscript: If you study the Alaya pix, you'll see where Nigella Lawson got her stunning look from.