Monday, November 02, 2015

Sp. Holidays; Marketing; Football; Pontevedra jobs; & DYK?

HOLIDAYS: Today is a public holiday here - All Saints. Which actually fell yesterday. As the sun is shining, I'd normally expect the tapas bars to be teeming at midday. But, on public holidays, the Spanish simply disappear. God knows where. Anyone know?

MARKETING TRIUMPHS: These are not confined to modern times.  All over the HIspanic world people spent small fortunes on flowers for the graves of relatives who have no idea this is being done. One up to the florists, then.

FOOTBALL: John Carlin wrote in yesterday's El Pais to explain why he has no sympathy for The Special One. Good stuff. Click here if you read Spanish.

PONTEVEDRA    : On the edge of the city is a cellulose factory which permanently belches steam and, occasionally, a bloody awful smell. When I came here 15 years ago, there was talk of it being forced to move in 2018. Back then, this seemed a long time away. But it doesn't now. Trouble is - this factory is the city's main employer. By a mile. And 62% of residents are said to be against its disappearance. This not too surprising. What is more surprising is the mayor who's been driving for this destruction of jobs is from the the leftest of our parties - the Galician Nationalist Block. Talk about irony.


1. The most popular funeral tune request in the UK is 'Always look on the bright side of life'?


2. Fifty Galicians are included on the RC Church's list of those who are already saints or at blessed or are in the waiting room for consideration for such an honour. But time is nothing to them. I'm told.


Alfred B. Mittington said...

Insofar as they are not on a mini-outing to Paris, London or New York, the Spanish gather together in the patriarchal home for a large family dinner, I believe. Which is why you won't see them come out until it is time for the evening aperitifs.


Eamon said...

"....... flowers for the graves of relatives who have no idea this is being done." Not quite true because they already know it is going to happen before they die. Then there are those who have passed away that don't have that luxury which you will notice if you go to the cemetery. But we do get your message about the after life.

Anthea said...

Some of the absent Spaniards will have gone "home" to their pueblo for the long weekend but most of them will have been cleaning up the family graves and puting those flowers they all bought where the spirits of thier dead loved ones (or not so loved ones) can see them. Think of the opening scene of Almodovar's "Volver".