Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thoughts from Galicia: 11.6.17

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
- Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in Spain. 
Life in Spain:-

The latest Spanish bank to go under the microscope and face collapse is Liberbank. See here and here. As Don Quijones says: Banco Popular’s demise is a stark reminder that Europe’s banking woes are far from resolved, despite the trillions of euros thrown at them After Popular, Liberbank is the Spanish entity with most exposure to toxic real estate assets - another smaller bank that could bite the dust while the biggest banks get bigger and ever more dominating in the market. 

Another Spanish bit of English-shortening: 'Skate-boarder' becomes skéta. That said, my daughter has just told me 'skater' is used in English. So, what do I know? Well, for a start that, this English gerund is one that is actually used correctly by the Spanish: El bullying.

As I was saying to friends only the other day . . . Not the least of the problems facing British politics is the absence of any big, self-confident, experienced and capable figures. It is as if a whole generation has gone missing just at a time when we need it most. So, Mrs May might/may cling to power for at least a few months.

Can you believe that 55% of (North) Americans believe that religion can solve all problems. Well, if you know anything about the USA, Yes. Mind you, things could be even more irrational; not so many years ago it was 82%. Needless to say, the number is higher amongst Republicans than Democrats. They've probably already given up on Donald Trump.

A staggering headline from this morning's Daily Telegraph: Why the DUP maters.

Better run my spellcheck . . . 

Finally . . . The author forced into an unusual pose by his elder daughter . . .

1 comment:

Perry said...

Viewing those fine old photos of Spain prompts me to muse about whether the Spanish realise how they have been damaged by the EU & especially the Euro? Spain is like the rest of southern Europe, nothing special now, just another place where Waynes & Waynettes debauch themselves. What's the point of Spain being in the EU, if a measly one thousand Euros per MONTH is a thought, devoutly to be wished? When will the scales drop from Spanish eyes?

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