Saturday, July 09, 2016

Ponters Pensées: 9.7.16

Spain's Most Expensive Cities: Here's the Top Ten, with the percentage premium to the national average:
I'm surprised to see a Galician city - A/La Coruña - among these. And I can't think why it's more expensive than, say, Pontevedra. Or Santiago. Perhaps because it's because it hosts the HQ of Inditex/Zara. Or maybe Madrileños flock there to escape the unbearable summer heat of the capital city.

Spanish Tourism: The chickens are coming home to roost. And the tarnished goose might soon stop laying its gilt eggs. Residents who've endured decades of cheap tourism are finally rebelling against it. In places such as Mallorca and Minorca, Tourists go home! has been daubed on more than one wall, in protest at one unwanted effect or another.

The EU: The ineffable President Juncker is still at it: Unable to resist gloating - or to understand democratic processess - he's told the EU parliament: I would just note that the proud Brexit heros of last week are now the sad heroes of Brexit. He's even been reported to have wondered out loud how the development would be seen by superior extra-terrestrials. It's surely time for Mrs Merkel to tell him: For god's sake, Go!

RT TV News: I've mentioned its obsession with Turkey. Well, it's now been censured by Ofcom - for the fifteenth time - for lack of impartiality in its coverage of this country. As if they care.

Mental Conditions: Someone once said something like Psychiatry is the only medical discipline to invent not only the treatments to be used but also the conditions to be treated. Here's a list of recent conditions and treatments that I can recall offhand. Some of them are, naturally, not as fashionable as they once were:-
  • Codependency
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (Now called Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder)
  • Momism
  • Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT). Not such a recent treatment, of course. 
  • Type A and B personality categorisation
  • Transactional analysis (PAC: Parent, Adult, Child)
  • Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Also been around a long time but now rather discredited.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Mindfulness - The latest fashion, of course.
By the time you've read this, the medical fraternity and the drug industry will have invented at least one more condition and its treatment.

Finally . . .  My friend Eamon in said A/La Coruña has sent me this picture of my neighbour, the lovely Ester, surveying her handiwork in my garden . . . 


Maria said...

Actually, A Coruña isn't among the most expensive cities. The column on the right is "respecto a la media", or "compared to average." It's given a negative value, so it's slightly less expensive than the average Spanish city, though probably still one of the most expensive in Galicia.

Colin Davies said...

Yes, I realised the just now when I read the post. BUT: The national average is an artefact and reflects the high premiums of San Sebastian, Madrid and Barcelona. La Coruña could be below this average and still rank in the top ten. Which is what I assume this chart says. I can't find the original article. Or putting this another way - I can't be arsed to look for it. Busy day ahead. . . .

Eamon said...

You are correct about Madrileños flocking here to get away from the heat. It has been that way for many years and many have property here. The Madrileña on the fifth floor comes in June and stays till the beginning of October then returns to Madrid. Others make their way to San Sebastián to get away from the heat of Madrid. A Coruña was once the capital of Galicia and had plenty of industry so it attracted more people and like any other big city housing is expensive. Many sold their small farms and moved to A Coruña where they opened a shop or bar. I first came to visit A Coruña in 1967 and it has changed beyond belief since then. There was a large shoe factory, tobacco factory, match factory, large army garrison and an "intendencia" where military clothes, shoes and some arms were made. Now all gone but there is still a small garrison of soldiers here. However, there is still the Estrella de Galicia brewery and a refinery along with other industries like the Coca Cola factory. We also have the fishing port and cruise liners berthing on a regular basis. I remember the trolley busses and in the town centre it was usual to have a policeman dressed in a white uniform directing traffic. Now they seem to be decked out with a baseball type cap and stand around with their arms crossed waiting for something to happen. In many parts of the city one could find a "sereno" walking his beat late at night something unheard of now.

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