Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thoughts from Galicia: 14.6.17

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
- Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in Spain. 
Life in Spain:-
  • Taking a copa of wine in Dos de Mayo square in Madrid last Saturday, I wasn't surprised that they didn't have Galicia's godello white wine but I was rather taken aback that they didn't have albariño either. All that was on offer was rueda.
  • My daughter has owned a flat in Malasaña for 10 years now and has watched its gentrification gathering pace in the last few years. The barrio was once (in)famous as the epicentre of the movida after Franco's death and is now famous again, as the centre of Spanish hipsterdom. My daughter has an ático flat and has watched the tenants change from whole latino families to hirsute, single hipsters.
  • It would be easy to fill this blog with translation errors noticed on a daily basis, even in places where a lot of money has obviously been spent on setting up an exhibition. One will suffice for now – paradojas given as 'parodies' in a foto exhibition in Madrid. Oh, and scotched ham. Whatever that is. Or should be.
  • I went to the Pontevedra branch of the state tax office yesterday morning with my enquiry about completing Modelo 600 in respect of a donación to my daughter. To find that they'd changed the system yet again. Where there was once a receptionist who directed you to a machine which would tell you which office and desk to go to, now there's a receptionist handing out a brochure telling you you have to call a Madrid number or go through an internet process so that the national tax office can give you an appointment at your regional tax office. So, it is I have to return to the latter at 11 this morning. As usual, no apology for the waste of my time. It's a different concept here . . .
  • Undaunted, I then went to the local tax office - the one of the Galician Xunta, not the state - to ask about processing the form. Yes, it was true, the guy at the Information office advised me, that I'd had to come here with my Modelo 600 when I sold a house but this is dealt with by a different office when an asset is being passed as a donación. So I will go there at 10 this morning.
  • My daughter told me that when she went to register at the town hall in Madrid, she was directed to an office across the square. There she was told things had been moved to another building. Since when, she asked. "Seven years ago", was the reply . . . .
The Washington Post has an interesting take on the stand-off between Barcelona and Madrid on the independence referendum scheduled for October 1 in Cataluña. Click here for this. Contentiously, the author claims that: There is a growing conviction in Barcelona that Spain looks less like a democracy than a state still mired in the legacy of Franco-style authoritarianism

Which reminds me . . . In the face of growing disaffection with endemic corruption among Spain's politicians, President Rajoy has retorted: I won't deny that there have been corruption cases in the Popular Party, like in other parties. Some very serious. However, this is the exception and not the rule in Spain. Not from where we're sitting, mate.

The Spanish language: Can any reader tell me if there is a difference between huevos rotos and huevos estrelladosAnd possibly provide a translation that works in English. A normally very reliable site gives merely 'fried eggs' for the latter but I wonder if this is really what it means to Spanish diners.

Here in my barrio of Poio, across the river from Pontevedra, there's much rejoicing among many of my neighbours on the national Supreme Court deciding that its Galician equivalent was wrong to declare their houses illegal. Maybe some of the 40 or so empty ones will now be sold

Nutters' Corner: I can't resist citing this video of the execrable Jim Bakker in action. Enjoy. The End Times are clearly an ill wind that blows some good for some folk. What a lovely wife. Or is she the world's first face-lifted parrot?

Finally . . . How many people knew that Tom and Jerry were originally 2 street dandies – Corinthian Tom and Jerry Hawthorn – in Pierce Egan's verse story Life in London, published in 1821?

Today's cartoon:-

Note: Click here for my web page on Galicia and Pontevedra. You won't be disappointed . . . 


Diego said...

The Agencia Tributaria website has a link to the Cita Previa application, it works fine here in Asturias. One good thing is that if you screw up and get an appointment with the wrong person they will transfer you to the right one. As i said, at least here it works.

Maria said...

My understanding is that huevos estrellados are eggs sunny-side up. Huevos rotos are eggs sunny-side up that have been torn apart on the plate, generally over fries and sausages. And there are about five hundred recipes for the latter, depending on the part of Spain where you're cooking.

Sierra said...

"All that was on offer was rueda" - not surprised, regularly drive down the A6, and there seems to be a new vineyard being laid out every time - guess those EU subsidies must be appealing

1994 - 6.3 million bottles
2016 - 85.5 million bottles

Colin Davies said...

@Diego: Thanks, Diego. Yes, I got a cita via the site for this morning. See tomorrow's post!

@Maria: Thanks, Maria. I will check that out and report . . . I knew about the 'rotos' (have enhoyed them many times) but not the 'estrellados'

@Sierra: Thanks, Sierra. Yes, indeed. I've passed them a few times but never realised they might be quite new. I assumed they cut back the (small) stocks each year.

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