Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bull baiting; English toilets; El Corte Ingjés; Spanglish; Abortion; & Injudicious judges.


Tordesillas is a Spanish city famous for several things. One of them, sadly, is annual 'festival' based on the torture until death of a terrified bull which is chased and lanced continuously by braves on foot and horseback. Even aficionados of the bullfight (La fiesta nacional) find this disgusting and the good news is that there was a huge demonstration against it in Madrid at the weekend. With luck and a fair wind, its days are numbered.

Just when you thought the Portuguese were our friends, an academic returning home there has produced a book in which he has painted the English as promiscuous, dirty and drunken. Everywhere he went, he says, the toilets were filthier than his grandma's hen coop. Well, I must have visited thousands of toilets in England over the years and I can honestly say I don't recall meeting a filthy one. And if you were to ask me about Portuguese public toilets, I'd reply that it's not uncommon to find (as in Spain) that they are without paper. Nor, sadly, have I come across much promiscuity in England. Nor drunkenness, for that matter. Maybe we haunt different places. Or he was getting down and dirty only with students. More here.

Another doyen of Spanish commerce has died in the last few days - the president of El Corte Inglés. As with the president of Santander bank, he was of an age (79) well past that of normal retirement. And he is to be succeeded by a relative. El Corte Inglés is Spain's biggest department store, essentially because it's the only one. Even little Cyprus has two. Luxembourg also has only one. I suspect without a hint of irony, it's called Monopol.

Bits of Spanish.
1. To separate the wheat from the chaff - Separar el grano de la paja
2. A lobbyist - Un lobist
3. Relay switch - Un relé

The EU: One of Spain's top politicos-cum-eurocrat has pronounced that the new government of Mr Junker is 'revolutionary'. Ye gods!

With a general election next year, Spain's PP government - as I predicted - has scrapped its plans for a controversial abortion bill. God knows why it ever thought it was smart to initiate it in the first place. The relevant minister should be sacked. But won't be.

Finally . . . An association of Spanish judges has warned the Catalan president that he could face up to 15 years in jail if he goes ahead with the vote on Catalan independence in November. Since when did judges involve themselves in a political process? Or perhaps the question here should be - Since when didn't they?

1 comment:

Splite said...

Very interesting, Pops.

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