Visiting the UK, I'm confronted again by the separate hot and cold taps(faucets) which the Spanish find so amusing as it leaves them with the impression that the UK is less modern than Spain. And which has left me wondering whether there is a convention that the hot tap is always on the left.
Blogger David Jackson gives an insight into Spanish electricity bills here. As he says:-
- Spanish electricity bills are amazingly complex,
- They’ve recently obfuscated the tax bit by taking certain taxes that used to be separate on your bill and hiding them in the consumed energy bit, but it’s still there.
- Spain has the third highest electricity prices in the EU, higher than in the UK.
- With an ageing infrastructure, closure of plants and future increase of fossil fuel prices, it isn’t going to get better
Galicians will be interested to hear that some Danish archeologists think they've found the tomb of King Ulf The Galicia Raider, who made a habit of attacking their coast in the 11th century. And was understandably known back home as Ulv Galiciefarer. I guess the tomb is in Denmark but the article doesn't say so.
I've referred to US evangelists as the gift which keeps on giving. I enjoy a daily diet of their pious inanities via the site of The Friendly Atheist but don't usually cite any here. But sometimes this has to be done. Take a look at the insane Jim Bakker here. He thinks critics of Trump are inhabited by demons.
Talking about Trump . . . I see this morning he's cancelled a meeting with the president of Mexico and won't restore it until that country starts treating the USA with respect. I suspect his speech was written for him. For what on earth does Trump know about treating people with respect?
Two items on the UK from today's media:
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that the currency of degrees in the UK has been “undermined” by too many illiterate and innumerate students being shoehorned onto courses and graduating with little discernible improvement in the most basic skills. You don't say.
- Visitors to London face the prospect of a “tourist tax” as councils scramble to raise cash to pay for local services. This is bitterly opposed by the hospitality industry which described it as “absolute folly”.
Finally . . . A bit about Business Over Tapas, published by my net colleague Lenox Napier and an invaluable source for me and others:-
Business over Tapas – Useful News for Homeowners and Investors
Business over Tapas is a subscription news service which has been around for a while now, originally as Per Svensson’s ‘Weekly Report’ and from 2013, with its current name.
The BoT seeks to supply useful information for those who have little time to trawl through a hundred or more sites about Spain every week. There’s only hard news here: no frills, and certainly, no shills.
The reports come synthesised from a large number of news-sites, both Spanish and foreign, as well as from blogs, press releases and personal experience (the editor, Lenox Napier, is a journalist who moved to Spain as a child, many decades ago). Lenox is helped by economist Andrew Brociner, who divides his time between Spain and Italy, and retired journalist José Antonio Sierra, who spent many years living in the Republic of Ireland.
The idea of the name is the point that, in Spain, so much business, gossip, deals and trade-secrets are shared outside the office and over a beer. Not a full lunch then, with heavy plates to digest, but a wealth of different subjects served in saucers.
While the ‘free press’ is avidly picked up by the English-speaking expatriates in Spain, there is little useful news, and many stories are tied in some commercial way to local business (from where the free press draws its income). Business over Tapas has no advertisers and relies on a modest annual subscription.
There is both a Facebook presence and a webpage for Business over Tapas. A free copy will be sent on inquiry.