Saturday, February 06, 2016

Yet more trivia

Spanish Boozing: It's reported that 17% of Spaniards drink 'too much'. Though 25% of them only take a tipple twice a week or less. More here.

Spanish Longevity: Spaniards have the best life expectancy in Europe and until this week boasted a 107 year old chap who attributed his long life to 4 bottles of wine a day. 

So, pick the bones out of those 2 reports.

Only in Spain?: Our pre-Lenten festivities (Carnival/Entroido) began yesterday. These include various prize-winning events and the presentation of awards for one of these will take place at 2am next Saturday morning.

Religious displays in Spain: Despite very low church attendance these days, there's still a lot of these. And they're invariably garish. In 2014 a group of feminists mimicked the standard procession of strangely-garbed penitents bearing aloft some vibrantly painted idol or other. Only in their case it was a large plastic vagina. The suitably outraged the Association of Christian Lawyers, has now brought an action against them for "provoking discrimination, hate and violence." I wonder if I could do the same in respect of the Semana Santa processions, arguing that I suffer the same reactive emotions in their regard. Or do you have to be a Christian to be able to do this?

Worried Spanish Bankers: Yes, apparently these fine survivors of (profiteers from?) La Crisis do suffer from stress-induced insomnia. Here's the ever-estimable Don Quijones on the 4 things that keep them awake at night.

Facebook Innovations: They have an endless list of these, it seems. Today I had Games You Might Enjoy plus the nomination as a possible friend of a certain Luisa Avellaneda. Who appears to be a portal for, inter alia, an on-line prostitution service. Don't all rush to check this out, gentlemen; the site doesn't come up if you search her name. Only some under-dressed young ladies who don't apparently work in a brothel.

Finally . . . There was an English chap on Russia's RT News channel yesterday, supporting everything Moscow is doing around the world. I wasn't too surprised to see this on his CV: Chris Bambery is a leading member of the International Socialist Group. He was a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party until 2011. In 2014 he published "The Second World War: A Marxist History”. So, totally objective. One of those who believes the world has done a disservice to Stalin and who sees Uncle Joe, on balance, as a force for Russia's good. It takes all sorts.

3 comments:

Perry said...

Smarmy Dave is condemned on "Conservative Woman".

http://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/suzanne-evans-daves-european-pantomime-a-straight-lift-from-slippery-harold-wilsons-playbook/

I mention the above headline, because I have concerns that your blogging about plastic birthing canals & Facebook bitches are outward signs of inward turmoil. I cherish my ignorance of FB & LinkedIn seems to have hit the buffers. Jerry's weiner has shrunk & so it should. It's better to be thought an idiot, than to confirm the fact with ill considered Tweets or whatever etc.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/shares-massacred-after-linkedin-makes-loss-and-scraps-ads-product-a6857331.html

My comments here are for us alone, we cognoscenti of Umar ibn Ibrāhīm al-Khayyām Nīshāpūrī aphorisms.

The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.... Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.... As far as you can avoid it, do not give grief to anyone. Never inflict your rage on another. If you hope for eternal rest, feel the pain yourself; but don’t hurt others.

I look forward to such gems from PostprandiAllegory.

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