Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ponters Pensee´s: 17.7.16

The Real Spain?: With a HT to my friend David, here's a provocative little piece from Julio Llamazares in El PaIs yesterday. I regularly point out that Spain is different, comment from me would be superfluous . . .

Reality

For as long as our most international festival is San Fermín, Spain won't be a normal country

For as long as in Spain there are still people dying in bullrings or being gored by bulls and cows in bull runnings celebrated everywhere, this will not be a normal country. For as long as our most international festival is San Fermín in Pamplona - an exaltation of testosterone and the herd, not only during the morning bull-runs but all day and night - Spain will not be a normal country. For as long as our traditional festivities consist of throwing tomatoes and chucking firecrackers at each other,  or decapitating geese hung by their feet for public amusement, or forcing bulls into the sea for the same reason, or bathing collectively in wine, or bursting galloping horses in processions to virgins, or participating in competitions to see who can eat more eggs, meatballs or kilos of pork sausages, this won't be a normal country.

We will be in the European institutions, but we won't be a normal country.

For so long as our institutions continue to be populated by persons convicted of or being investigated for corruption while their followers continue to vote for them, for so long as our most famous fraudsters and scammers come and go from jail as if it were their home, for so long as on the TV and in bars no one is listening to anyone else, for so long as half the population doesn't read a newspaper or a book in their life, for so long as social networks are a snapshot of hatred, insults and beastliness, for so long as the grotesque and the picaresque remain our two most identifying features, for so long as most Spaniards boast of not having the slightest interest in science (nor in the humanities), for so long as we continue to be the noisiest country in the world, for so long as we have the largest number of mobile phones per person - all ringing at once - for so long as we lead the world in internet piracy, for so long as tax evasion and fraud are admired by many people, depending on who the fraudster is - "I'd do the same, if I could!", declare some admiringly - for so long as poor education is highly valued in our society and good education considered a sign of weakness, for so long as it's considered eccentric to speak and write correctly, for so long as listening to others is considered to be extraordinary, for so long as fun is identified with excess in any of its manifestations, for so long as vulgarity is admired and the mob commands, this country will be whatever it is, but it won't be normal. It'll remain crude and dreadful, as it has been throughout its history, no matter how much rhetoric we indulge in, as we're doing now in respect of the dead bullfighter.

On a lighter note . . . . Well, perhaps not:

Is the BBC Real?: We learned from them last night that Isis was claiming credit for killing 80 in Nice. Credit??? How about admitting responsibility???

Visitors: As I've already stressed, my sister and my niece did a fantastic job of cooking for me and my guests during their recent stay. But one downside was the amount of rubbish 2 female visitors can generate, mostly shopping bags and shoe boxes in their case. Another is the loss of  small household items that get chucked out with said rubbish, I guess. As far as I can see, I'm down 1 glass, 2 steak knives and 3 teaspooons so far. My sister, by the way, is the world's most professional packer. Her ability to stuff a case to within a gram of the 20 kilo limit is truly impressive. And it was good to see again the arrive-with-3-cases-depart-with-4 stratagem that my second wife employed on all our holidays.
  
Finally . . . This really is funny. Though not all will agree:-


I imagine there's a simpe answer.

13 comments:

Eamon said...

I imagine there's a "simpe" answer. Yes there is but the simpleton who made up the picture has no idea.

Colin Davies said...

He's a comedian, Eamon. He has to act dumb.

What is the simple answer, btw? What do the original Greek and Hebrew texts call them?

guiriguay said...

So who gets to define what's "normal"? Llamazares is the worse sort of snob by disassociating himself from and pretending to be scandalized by age-old customs kept alive by an enthusiastic populace. Ignorant city-dwellers who think peas come from tins and never think about where their burgers come from may be excused for being shocked by Spaniards' differential treatment of humans and other animnals, but when Llamazares does this it's only a pose designed to curry favour with urban Scandinavians. It should be stressed that admission of mindless animals into human ethical schemes is a 20th C. conceit, and a highly problematic one, though anthropomorphization of animals dates back at least to the snake in the Garden of Eden, and probably to the prehistoric dawn.

Alfred B. Mittington said...



There is no Hebrew in the New Testament, and no Jesus cum disciples in the Hebrew-and-Aramaic Old.

If you can figure out the Greek alphabet, take a look at this bi-lingual site for some of the names:

http://www.ellopos.net/elpenor/greek-texts/new-testament/matthew/4.asp


PhilologicAl

Eamon said...

People adopted names from various sources do to books or trade. One can see it in names used today that were unheard of some years ago. Many names have been written to suit the local tongue. One can see that with Irish names like Sean (Shawn) etc. Also some of the names have come from the Bible and translated into the local tongue and that name has been taken by another tongue and written accordingly. The name John is very common in most languages but under various spellings. Check out any name you like on the internet to see its origin and you will see how many variations it can take. The Hebrew name Moshe is Moses so how did we arrive at that in English? Noah pronounced Noach in Hebrew is another example. How do other languages write the latter examples?

Kangaroo Ingles Porriño said...

And there is the fact that Jesus changed their names. How would that go down today?
Helen meet my sister Ruth.
Hi,Ruth. I'll call you Esther!qqq

Kangaroo Ingles Porriño said...

And there is the fact that Jesus changed their names. How would that go down today?
Helen meet my sister Ruth.
Hi,Ruth. I'll call you Esther!qqq

Colin Davies said...

There's never been a Hebrew translation of the NT?

Colin Davies said...

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=new+testament+in+hebrew&ia=web

Colin Davies said...

Possibly even written in it originall . . . . WTF really knows?

http://www.promotethetruth.com/id23.html

Alfred B. Mittington said...


The oldest surviving versions of the NT, if I remember well, are in Koine Greek and Coptic. Of course there is a Hebrew translation of the NT. There is also a Hebrew translation of The Da Vinci Code. But that does not make Dan Brown an Ivriet author.

For crying out loud!

EducationAl

Colin Davies said...

Why do you always create straw men? And then false analagies?

Alfred B. Mittington said...



Never in my live did I create a false Analagy!

I do admit I did create a valid Analagy or two, but that's another story, from bygone days…


AnALagy

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