Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ponters Pensées 17.5.16

The Looming Spanish Election: As predicted . . . Another incident aimed at showing how tough Madrid is over Gibraltar. Spanish authorities stopped a British military aircraft carrying the Foreign Secretary from flying through Spain’s airspace on its way to Gibraltar and forced it to fly over Portugal instead. Petty, petty, petty.

Problems with Spanish Authorities: Years ago, I was told by a village mayor that one doesn't usually have these unless an angry/interfering neighbour indulges in the Spanish hobby of making a Denuncia against you. So it is that my regular bar has had to remove all its outside tables – except my personal one yesterday – because a neighbour has reported them to the police for not having a licence. Like every other bar in the street. This, in fact, has been granted but not yet issued. So, today will contact the mayor, whom I know, to see if this problem can be solved in the traditional Spanish way - via a personal relationship with someone in power. This will hopefully trump the heft the complainant has as the widow of the guy who used to be the city architect. Así son las cosas.

Life-Changing SpainHere's an article by someone who feels Spain has improved her life in 7 ways. I can certainly relate to some of these. On the other hand, I'm no longer prompt and lie a good deal more than I used to. Anyway, the writer calls herself a travel blogger, leaving me wondering how I'd refer to myself. Ideas welcome. Honest.

E-cigarettes in Spain: I was going to call them E-fags but realised this would confuse American readers. Anyway, they seem to be falling out of fashion. Fifty percent of the population is said to regard them as just as harmful to health as real cigarettes. And that doesn't include the ones that catch fire or explode. More here.

TV Language: There was a practice terrorism incident in Manchester other day. Sky News spoke of the relevant mall as a place where people congregate to engage in retail activities. Or, as we humans say, to go shopping. Or perhaps marketing, if you're American. Going forward, of course.

Which reminds me . . .

The Letter H: This used to be pronounced 'aitch' in the UK. But even TV announcers and (Sky) ads voice-overs say 'haitch' these days. Is this regrettable? Probably not. That's English for you. It's 'crowd-funded'. Wonder how they pronounce it in the USA.

The Pope's Legions: They're still spamming my Google+ page. The latest example comes from a Maria Pereira, who asks What was the role of Mother Mary in the Early Church? And answers(?) that She was married to St. Joseph but remained a Virgin till death. As if. I didn't read on but merely blocked her.

Finally . . .  Scouse humour. The Everton football club has 2 big shops in the city, one at its ground and the other in the new-ish central shopping area, Liverpool 1. The latter is called Everton 2, giving the address: Everton 2, Liverpool 1. Brilliant. If, a tad optimistic.

An insight into Donald Trump's mind . . .


Perry said...

An interesting post today, Colin.

So where did Yeshua Ben Yusef's brothers & sisters come from? The Gospel of Mark 6:3 and the Gospel of Matthew 13:55-56 state that James, Joses (or Joseph), Judas, and Simon were the brothers of Yeshua, the son of Mary. The same verses also mention unnamed sisters of Yeshua.


Aitch is a shibboleth in N.Ireland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H#Name_in_English

Introducing Mr. Aitch. http://www.iainaitch.com/

The term shibboleth originates from the Hebrew word shibbólet (שִׁבֹּלֶת), which literally means the part of a plant containing grains, such as an ear of corn or a stalk of grain[7] or, in different contexts, "stream, torrent".[8][9] The modern use derives from an account in the Hebrew Bible, in which pronunciation of this word was used to distinguish Ephraimites, whose dialect lacked a /ʃ/ phoneme (as in shoe), from Gileadites, whose dialect did include such a phoneme.
Recorded in the Book of Judges, chapter 12, after the inhabitants of Gilead inflicted a military defeat upon the invading tribe of Ephraim (around 1370–1070 BCE), the surviving Ephraimites tried to cross the River Jordan back into their home territory and the Gileadites secured the river's fords to stop them. In order to identify and kill these Ephraimites, the Gileadites told each suspected survivor to say the word shibboleth. The Ephraimite dialect did not contain the "sh" sound and so those who pronounced the word as sibboleth were identified as Ephraimites and killed.[10][11] In the King James Bible[12] the anecdote appears thus (with the word already in its current English spelling):
And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

Did 42,000 Ephraimites fall at the Jordan or was it 2,040? Inquiring minds want to know.

The EU and the Looming Brexit: Flexcit the Movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GliFMIHiGog

Mercy bucket,


Sierra said...

The "outside tables" seems to be a region-wide money-raising scam - see local report:


Alfred B. Mittington said...

For a reference to yourself, I would suggest 'The Pontevedra Pedestrian', or 'Ponters Pedestrian' if you prefer short.


Maria said...

It's "aitch" in the U.S. and not likely to change soon.

Eamon said...

I was born in Colchester, Essex in 1938 and everyone said "haitch". I had to change when I went to Canada in 1946 as everyone there said "aitch". When I returned to Colchester in 1959 everyone was saying "aitch".

Colin Davies said...

My thanks to all of you for your comments. Except Mr Missler, of course. Unless he's not trying to make a nasty point.

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