Saturday, January 07, 2017

Pontevedra Pensées: 7.1.16

El País recently featured a 3-part TV documentary on the Spanish Civil War, 'colourised' by some (British and Spanish) geniuses. It's entitled España Dividida and is stunning. You can see it on Youtube here, though only in Spanish.

El País has also reported a fascinating comparison of Civil War and modern spots in Madrid, using Google Streetview. Click here for this.

Relatedly, there's something of a dilemma in modern Spain about what to do with Franco's triumphal arch in Moncloa, which I pass every time I drive into Madrid from the North West. El País again here, in English.

I guess I don't need to tell you what the RT News reaction is to the developments in the USA around alleged Russian hacking during the recent elections. "No facts, no evidence, no certainty, no absolute confidence in the conclusions". All, of course, in the relentlessly scornful, mocking tone that's the hallmark of RT.  It's all about the seeding of doubt and I guess it must convince - or at least confuse - some people other than, possibly, themselves. RT, of course, can always find some Americans to disparage the actions of their government. I'm not sure that would be possible for, say, CNN in Moscow.

Which reminds me of a question that's occurred to me recently - Why are we even bothering to entertain the possibility of a post-truth society? Surely we - including Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - should be doing our utmost to ensure truth prevails. Tough as this might be.

Once again it's reported that petrol(gas) prices here in Galicia are the highest on the Spanish mainland, having risen by 23% in 2016. I could've sworn I'd seen a fall in crude prices over the period. Truly do we motorists suffer here, what with the most expensive insurance and driving schools as well. Why? Cartels??? Are they all run by our inviolate narcotráficos?

Talking of leaders - and of drugs - I see the UK and Spain still head one particular list.

More positively . . .  Here's a video of the Reyes procession - the cabalgata - in Pontevedra of last Thursday evening. Wish I'd gone now . . .

And, going further back, here's the film of an event I did attend, when I was very, very young. I was pleased to note the Spanish connection. Though Spanish readers might differ. They don't make newsreels like this any more. Indeed, they don't even make newsreels. By the way, 'newsreel' in Spanish is No-do. Your guess is as good as mine.

Talking of truth . . .  Here's today's cartoon . . .


Eamon said...

A node is a junction or an artery also a stem in botany. I suppose because node in Spanish is nodo then no-do is the equivalent for newsreel. Like a stem a newsreel branches off to many different subjects. Just guessing.

Sierra said...

You seem to have acquired the rose-tinted spectacles of a typical Brexiteer - do you read the Telegraph? Crude oil in Euros is up from €35/barrel at the end of July to the €51 region currently.

Maria said...

No-do comes from Noticiero y Documentales. It didn't only disseminate the official news to movie-goers, but also lauded places in Spain and aspects of Spanish life.

Colin Davies said...

@Sierra: Yes, I do read the Telegraph every morning. And The Times. And The Guardian. And El País. Inter alia. Surely you've noticed the citations. No one should only read the journal(s) they agree with. And I've several times written of the decline of the DT.

No sensible Brexiteer is unaware of the price to be paid, as I've said several times. I'm not at all cleare where you see my rose-tinted optimism.

@Maria: Thanks. Suspected the first part was connected to Noticias.

Colin Davies said...

@Sierra. Forgot to add that i also read every morning the most informed commentator on Brexit, at, the writer of which has no time for the idiotic members of the broad Brexit 'community'. See his Flexit document, which I've cited many times.

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