Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pontevedra Pensées: 19.2.17

I'm not really up on Spanish divorce law and practice but I thought shared custody was relatively normal these days. Apparently not. This article suggests it still only happens in around 25% of cases. I'm assuming the mother still gets priority, having a raft of relatives to help her. Usually.

In this article entitled The Unthinkable Just Happened in Spain, the estimable Don Quijones relates the rather shocking story – well, not if you've lived in Spain for a while – of Bankia, the large bank created from 7 dud small banks and then foisted on the public via a criminally fraudulent stock market listing. DQ sounds rather surprised at the judicial turn of events. Perhaps Spain is not as different as it used to be,

Talking about the Spanish legal system and the judicial process . . . . HT to Lenox of Business Over Tapas for this comment on the scandal of the vast corruption of the Pujol family who've run Cataluña for decades: An interview with the retired second-in-command of the Spanish police in El Mundo throws up interesting facts about the investigation and how he tried on several occasions to arrest members of the Pujol clan for ‘political corruption’ but was always stymied by the judiciary and the Rule of Law.

An American expat in Spain has noticed some of her compatriots doing stupid things there. See here for her advice for others thinking of visiting. Of course, (North) Americans are not the only guiris who make a fool of themselves when they visit Spain. We've all done it. Mind you, Spanish waiters are not too critical of those yanquis who feel compelled to tip 25%, as against a local norm of 0 to 10%.

Talking of the USA . . .

Nutters' Corner:

I think the Lord’s plan is being put in place for America and these people are not only revolting against Trump, they’re revolting against what God’s plan is for America. From one of the country's bottomless pit of crazy evangelist preachers.

Finally . . .  I stayed last night in a hotel in Leamington Spa, where this notice was stuck on the glass shelf above the bathroom sink:

As I'm convinced it should have been removed before the room was first occupied – many years ago? - I took the liberty of taking it off and pasting it on the wall so I could take that foto. And then I binned it.

How to ruin an interesting building, in Bridgnorth:-

More amusingly, another great Bill Tidy cartoon:-

Footnote: At this hotel in Leamington Spa, "The restaurant serves breakfast from 7am" apparently means there'll be no staff member except the kitchen cleaner there at that time, that you'll get a coffee at 7.20 and that hot food will be ready around 8am. Can't trust these Brits.

But I've been able to use the time freed up for me by writing this post. Lemon into lemonade . . . . 


Maria said...

It's not just Americans or Brits who do and say strange things here. We breed them ourselves, too. Check out this summary.

Perry said...


From your American tipster, the answer to Leamington Spa breakfasts.

In general, meal times probably go like this: Breakfast: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Second breakfast: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Lunch: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Merienda / Snack time : 4:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Dinner time: 8:00 PM to Midnight. Tapas, Aperitifs, Cañas of beer: 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM . In a lot of places, you might not find kitchens open for dinner until 8:30 PM and you won’t be able to get warm food before that. Plan your meal times accordingly… and if you spot a place with a bunch of people happily eating dinner at 6:00 PM, that’s a place full of tourists. It’s not necessarily a sign that the place is a great place to eat because it is full of locals.

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