CHRISTMAS: Yesterday was the big day/evening here, when half of the world's supply of shellfish was consumed by the Spanish at a huge evening meal. But today is the big day in the Anglosphere – or at least in Britain. So it's time to post here – with a hat-tip to my friend, Dwight - this all-encompassing greeting produced by some wit in the US of A:-
For My Politically Correct Readers:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2016, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in theWestern Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
By accepting these greetings, you are accepting the aforementioned terms as stated. This greeting is not subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself/himself/others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishee.
For My Normal Readers:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And now a bit of controversy . . . a positive take on La Fiesta Nacional (bullfighting) by an anthropologist.
And some good news: The left-wing newish mayor(ess) of Madrid is getting shot of 30 street names which honour people, places and events of the Franco military uprising against the 1936 government. Not before time.
Looking ahead to 2016, here's a Spaniard's view of 10 nice villages to see. I hope to do all of them.
FINALLY . . . The obligatory foto:- Courtesy of Facebook themselves – who “care about” me and my memories – here's a foto from a previous Xmas of 2 young women who claim to be my daughters. Poor deluded creatures.