Friday, August 25, 2017

Thoughts from Galicia: 25.8.17

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

If you've arrived here because of an interest in Galicia or Pontevedra, see my web page here.

I am driving south today and setting off quite early. So this will be a brief post . .

Life in Spain:-
  • HT to Lenox of Business Over Tapas for this article (in Spanish) on the 300 tricks played by the goverment and industry to rip off the Spanish public. Very high prices for energy and telecoms services, for example. I haven't read it yet but assume it includes the standard ploy of charging very high fixed costs even when actual usage is very low. Something long gone in countries where consumer protection is a lot stronger than here. And government-industry collusion far weaker.
  • Spanish companies sometimes don't seem terribly afraid of court action. I say this because the 4 companies taking excess passengers to our Atlantic Islands have ignored both police actions and judgments against them and are flagrantly persisting in overbooking and overloading their boats. 'Having their August', as they say here. Incidentally, local hoteliers are displeased that the adverse publicity is causing lots of room cancellations.
  • Good to read that the British yacht which has won the last Tall Ships Race for the first time in 31 years - the Royalist - was designed and built in Spain. In nearby Asturias, in fact. At Astilleros Gondan in Figueras.

More from the USA on my favourites Galician wine, godello. Apologies if it's the same as the last one I posted . . . 

Finally . . . As I'm short on time, here's a list of fatuous advertising slogans I've compiled over recent months:-
Nuffield Health – Specialists in you.
Listerine – Bring out the bold
Peugeot SUV – Imported from the dust
Tampon manufacturer - Experience amazing
Dog chewy thing – Because he only gets one set of teeth for his entire adult life. (On this logic, we should all be chewing them). – booking dot com, Yeah!
VW – We make the future work
Lawyers – Your case is our cause. (Our profit more like)
Subway – Keep discovering
Nicotine patch - Do something incredible
Toothpaste – Brush like a pro
Tampon manufacturer - Power over periods
Coca Cola – Taste the feeling.
Supermarket – Morrison's makes it

One wonders how much money is lavished on the 'creatives' who come up with these. And what on earth the rejected slogans are like . . . 

And here's a foto of a large slug, the latest to be attracted from the garden to the cat food in the porch. Result of the dry weather?

Today's cartoon:

Just remember, my boy - we're all equal in the eyes of the Lord . . .  though I can't understand  why.

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