Saturday, May 02, 2015

Those funny Spaniards 2; Cash pipes; & A footnote.

Here are few more generalisations which have just fallen off the top of my head about those those funny Spaniards. Not in any order whatsoever:-
  • They bury their dead within 2-3 days.
  • They are very informal, except when they are very formal.
  • They lack antennae and bump into you a lot, if you don't get out of the way.
  • They apologise beautifully, possibly because they get a lot of practice.
  • They have a daily schedule 2 hours behind everyone else's
  • They eat their main meal in the middle of the day, as in pre-industrial Britain.
  • They regard the 'middle of the day' as 2-3pm. Or when they eat.
  • Their shopping hours are, roughly, 9.30-1.30 and 4.30-8.30
  • They don't all have a siesta during 'the dead hour', by any means.
  • They move like sheep to and from the beach, always at the same times of the summer day.
  • They hate to be alone in public, preferring to aggregate - in restaurants, on the beach, on the train, etc.
  • They love talking and are very good at it.
  • They don't read many books. And never alone in public ("He must be friendless").
  • They don't trust anyone except members of their family and very old friends.
  • They believe in the 'personal factor'. It compensates for the absence of trust.
  • They prefer to do business face-to-face.
  • They don't have much of a problem with nepotism and croneyism, at least when it works in their own favour.
  • They don't regard exam cheating or making false insurance claims as much of a sin.
  • They favour tribal politics and are very forgiving of their politicians. "The others are even worse".
  • They look down on the Portuguese
  • They feel looked down on, by the French in particular.
  • They tend not to move far from their place of birth/upbringing.
  • They have a high quality of life.
  • They have a great pride in everything local.
  • They are very independent.
  • And proud.
  • They have a lot of fiestas and are very, very good at organising them. If they employed this attitude to everything else, they would - as they once did - rule the world.
  • They have closer family units than in other societies.
  • They leave the parental home later than in other societies.
  • They are considered 'young' between 18 and 35.
  • They believe they demonstrate more 'solidarity' than other nations.
  • They have a commendable live-and-let-live attitude.
  • They are a lot better drivers than they used to be.
  • They are lax about parking, even on zebra crossings.
  • They take a lot of cocaine. Second only to the Brits.
  • They are getting fatter.
  • They are members of a young society but one which is getting older. Because:
  • They have a very low birth rate. And:
  • They live longer than anyone else in Europe.
  • They are good looking, by and large.
  • They are not as Catholic as they are thought to be, with only c. 20% practising this religion.
  • Despite this, very many of them tick a box on their tax return which permits some of their money to go to the Church.
  • They put broom on their houses and cars on May 1.
  • They don't all enjoy Flamenco.
I hope you weren't looking for consistency and logic.

Finally . . . I was going to say that one thing my daughters would never see - except in a museum - was a 'pneumatic cash carrier' like the wonderful one at our local Co-op. But, astonishingly, they're still in use, in hospitals, for example. Like this one. Now I come to think about it, this may be how the stuff arrives at the counter of the pharmacy I use.

P. S. It seems I have to admit I was joking when I said there's no word in Spanish for 'whisper'. As in, 'They've removed the word gullible from the dictionary. Check it out.'

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