Well, it's Friday and – unless I missed something – the Spanish king hasn't got round to nominating a prime minister, despite discussions with everyman and his dog. Maybe there'll be a breakthrough over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the ex/acting President Rajoy has to decide whether he'll attend the parliamentary elections for the post, given that he'll be embarrassingly overlooked and that the event promises to descend into an anti-PP party bunfight. At the very least.
The association of The most beautiful towns in Spain – those with fewer than 15,000 people and boasting an 'impressive architectural or cultural heritage' – have added 9 more to their list:-
- Laguardia (Álava)
- Liérganes (Cantabria)
- Sepúlveda (Segovia)
- Sos del Rey Católico (Zaragoza)
- Torazo (Asturias)
- Trujillo (Cáceres)
- Ciudad Rodrigo (Salamanca)
- Peñalba de Santiago (Leon)
- Zuheros (Córdoba)
I'm pleased to say there are 7 here I've yet to visit. More on each of them here.
A headline in The Times this morning says that my brain has enough storage space to hold every book ever published 36 times over – a capacity ten times bigger than previously thought. Operating at full stretch, say the men in white coats, it could hold 4.7 billion books, or 670 million web pages. I don't know about your brain, dear reader. Maybe, like mine, it forgets an awful lot of what it takes in, simply refusing to use its storage and retrieval capability. Or the latter at least. Otherwise, I'd be able find my cars keys whenever I needed them.
Talking of headlines . . . those compiling the web page of RT TV, the Russian propaganda channel, seem to have missed today's news item about President Putin 'almost certainly' approving the murder of the dissident Litvinenko in London. Which is surely quite remiss of them. Maybe tomorrow. Meanwhile, Turkey needs to be more vilified than ever. By the way . . . The motto of RT is Question More. To which one might add But Not Always. It was the same on said TV channel, of course. No mention of the development on the News. So it didn't happen.
Finally . . . Here's today's post from a young friend of mine – the one I prematurely drenched in an ice-bucket challenge back in 2014 – on the theme of home-made tapas. He seems to have forgotten the chilli peppers for the zamburiñas al ajillo. Or queen scallops in garlic.
Postscript: Talking of chillies . . . Here's something on the hotness of these.