Monday, December 25, 2017

Thoughts from Galicia: 25.12.17

A Happy Time of the Year to all, of whatever nationality, race, colour or creed. Not to forget gender.

Unless you happen to be Donald Fart.

I'm down in Madrid to spend a few days with my elder daughter, to pick up the (cash light) wallet dipped from me a couple of months ago, and of course, to try to knock some sense into the thick skull of President Rajoy.

About which I'm none too optimistic.

But, hey ho, one must do what one can . . .

I leave you with today's cartoon:-



14 comments:

Maria said...

Merry Christmas, Colin! May your wallet never meet another pickpocket in the coming year!

Colin Davies said...

Many thank, Maria. Merry Xmas to you too. Keep those comment coming!

Colin Davies said...

'comments'

Sierra said...

Merry Christmas - one for the Brexiteers:

https://i.imgur.com/bRNUw0i.jpg

Colin Davies said...

Thanks. I agree with that . . . All stuff and nonsense. But associated with 'freedom' in fact, not 'empire' or 'nostalgia'.

If you haven't been free - and uninvaded/defeated - for 300 years, it's almost impossible to imagine what this means. Or feels like.

As an Iranian said to me once, when describing how he felt when landing in the UK. His comment to me: "You will NEVER understand what this means".

Sierra said...

It's also about what you do with that "freedom" - and UK hasn't had an unblemished 300 years

Colin Davies said...

Tell me who does . . .

Colin Davies said...

@ Sierra: This year's winning number -- 79140 -- appeared on 1,600 tickets, for a total payout of 680 million euros.The vast majority, 1,300 tickets, were sold in Galicia.

1300 is 81% of 1600. Or 552.5 of 680m.

I rest my case . . .

Eamon said...

Happy Christmas Colin! While you are in the Madrid lost property office ask if they have any unclaimed Panama hats because you may find a few that fit you.

jan frank said...

Yes, England hasn't been invaded in 300 years (well, the last time was when Dutch King Billy invaded England in 1689, which makes it 328 years) but it was invaded and taken over in 1066; the whole snob class system was then established, and the Brits are still living with it. I don't really call that "freedom" for 90% of the inhabitants of the British Isles. Whereas most EU countries got rid of the occupying forces at the end of WWII.

Colin Davies said...

Well, Jan, as you surely know, the Dutch were invited to 'invade' because of the fear of the next English monarch being Catholic.

Yes, there is too much attention to class in the UK. But I can only say that, as a working class kid, I never met much of it or suffered from it at all. It can be very exaggerated. And, as they say, if one think's there's no class system in, say, the USA, one is very wrong. It's just different.

You need to ask the 90% if the feel free, even if you don't think they are . . . . Or at least a representative proportion of them.

At least they're free to insult the police . . . . And their politicans. And their clerics. Anyone, in fact. I now realise.

And there is a difference between living in a country where one is allowed to do anything one likes that isn't actually against any law, as opposed to having one's freedoms defined, leaving everything else perforce illegal.

Colin Davies said...

*if one thinks . .

Colin Davies said...

Thanks Eamon. Sadly, my daughter had already picked it up. But I will have a go in Pontevedra. If they have a Lost Property Office there.

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas Colin, Your old friend, Q10