As usual on a Thursday morning, I'm indebted to Lenox of Business Over Tapas for a couple of these observations . . .
Corruption in Spain:
- A 'risky endeavour' says this writer in the New York Times.
- Andalucia is the most corrupt region in Spain. The details and the dramatis personae would leave you gobsmacked. And now the leader of the Junta there – a candidate for the PSOE leadership – is to be questioned over the humungous €2-3bn EU fraud centred on phoney training companies. Along, of course, with her husband. But not their new baby. There are limits. Even in Spain.
Spanish Culture: Two useful listsfrom The Local of museums around the country. I've still got a few to go.
Amazon Spain: Their follow-up is to ask me for evidence that the book was a promotional offer. Or a confirmation that I want re-payment. When they will presumably delete the book from my kindle. So, I'll read it quickly and plump for repayment. Oy vey!
Another Irritation Yesterday; Effing Cyclists: Walking, in bad humour, into town, I was confronted on the pavement by a speeding cyclist in full lycra nonsense, on a bloody racing bike. Unable to knock him off, I swore volubly at him and pointed at the road. As I did with the poor old dear crawling along on a normal bike, 50 metres later. It's clearly time to revert to my practice of carrying a walking stick, held horizontally. The only counter-argument is that I'm bound to leave it somewhere. Or kill someone.
Spanish Words: There are at least 2 words for 'unpunctual': impuntual and informal. This info comes from my lovely neighbour, Ester, who is unbelievably informal but claims her friend, Maria, is even worse. I doubt it. BTW . . . A better translation of informal might be 'casual'.
Spanish Football Teams : Click here for an analysis of why they are kings of the midden at this point in the history of the European game.
Finally . . . . Inevitably, Liverpool v Sevilla last night. I only saw the last 40 minutes and agree entirely with this overview: It was scarcely believable how poor Liverpool were in the second half. See here for his reasons. Two pertinent comments:
- Sevilla began like Stoke, launching high long balls in the direction of Steven Nzonzi. It was a strategy that surprised Liverpool at first. And as un-Spanish as you can get.
- From the miracle of Istanbul to bedlam in Basel. This was an embarrassing capitulation from Liverpool.
I would care a lot more about this if I weren't an Evertonian.
I can't find a cartoon with the tagline It's only a game. So you'll have to make do with this:
And this, for Liverpool supporters:
That old Scouse humour, eh? Can't beat it for rapier-like wit.