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.
FINALLY . . . DID YOU KNOW?:
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.