Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Soap operas; Walking in sand; Galician names; & A pen with attitude

From brief experience of watching one for 10 minutes, I'd say that nothing much happens in Portuguese soap operas. And that what does happen happens slowly and, above all, quietly. Which is not quite how things go in Spain. Or in East Enders, for that matter. Anyway, in the one I watched tonight, one of the main characters had a stammer. Which naturally slowed things down even further. For reasons lost on me, the background music to one romantic scene over dinner was an instrumental version of that old Irish favourite, Danny Boy.

We walked a bit of the Fisherman's Trail today, along the magnificent Atlantic coast. It was described in the guide as 'Quite difficult'. Which wasn't totally accurate. One part would've been quite difficult for a mountain goat, never mind us. And I also re-learned a lesson of my youth - when it comes to sand dunes, it's great walking down them but hard pounding going up them. I fear for my leg muscles tomorrow morning.

Before I left home, I saw an article on the most popular names in Galicia last year. For girls, these were:- Noa, Sara, Daniela, Lucía and Carla. And for boys: Hugo, Mateo, Pablo, Nicolas and Daniel. All pretty traditional, then - though I've never heard of Noa - and probably all saints' names. Significantly, none of the first 10 in each category were old Galician names but the following did rank among the top 20:- Breogán, Brais, Sabela, Iria, Antía and Iago.

Finally . . . I bought a pen in Pontevedra last week and have just noticed it's called V Sign. This is, to British eyes, like calling it The Finger in the USA.

My apologies to those confused by my referring to 87 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday. It should, of course, have been Centigrade. Reader Perry suggests waiting a minute before pouring boiled water on your coffee grinds. Which I will now try.


Alfred B. Mittington said...

Never heard of Noa either. Might it be Ainoa? Seem to remember some girls bearing that name.


Perry said...

Close enough.

The minor goddess of Things That Stick in Drawers, Anoia is praised by rattling a drawer and crying "How can it close on the damned thing but not open with it? Who bought this? Do we ever use it?" As she says, sooner or later every curse is a prayer. She also eats corkscrews and is responsible for Things Down The Backs of Sofas, and is considering moving into stuck zips. The Maccalariat family of Ankh-Morpork have been Anoians for five generations. She is not part of the number of gods praised at the Temple of Small Gods, but instead has a freelance priestess who also serves for various other minor deities. Thud! refers to a painting of Anoia Rising From The Cutlery.
She was previously a volcano goddess, possibly under the name Lela. Anoia (and Lela) are first mentioned in Going Postal. She appears in Wintersmith as a tired, skinny woman wearing a bedsheet and smoking a cigarette that sparks like a volcano (she began smoking when the Storm God kept raining on her lava). On a whim, Moist von Lipwig named her as one of the gods responsible for his "miraculous" recovery of a large sum of buried money that he had in fact himself buried: since belief is what empowers Discworld gods, she benefited tremendously from the resulting surge of believers. As of Making Money her religion has seen something of a revival, and now she is making a move into becoming the Goddess of Hopeless Causes.

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