Monday, January 01, 2018

Thoughts from Galicia: 1.1.18

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.

Just odds and sods today . . . 
  • President Fart: If you can stand it, here's the Guardian's report on his end-year farteting of his achievements. No surprises there.
  • The English Language: Eleven phrases you might be mis-using:-
- “For all intensive purposes” - “For all intents and purposes”
- “I could care less” - “I couldn’t care less”
- “One in the same” - “One and the same”
- “On accident” - “By accident”
- “Fall by the waste side” - “Fall by the wayside”
- “Irregardless” - “Regardless”
- “Self-depreciating” - “Self-deprecating”
- “Jive with” - “Jibe with” [Think I was guilty of this one last week]
- “Tongue and cheek” - “Tongue in cheek”
- “Make do” - “Make due”
- “Nip it in the butt” - “Nip it in the bud”

More tomorrow.
  • Social Media: Silicon valley is 'eating your soul', it says here. Join the rebellion,
  • Galicia: Pouring with rain this morning. Just what we need . . .
  • Pontevedra: This is an ad for a teaching assistant job here. The (estimated) net salary of €6.14 per hour is way below what I pay my cleaner. Actually, so is the gross salary. I guess it makes sense to someone. Don't all rush.
  • Liverpool tourists: Some of the daft questions they've asked:-
  1. An American lady, on disembarking from a cruise liner: How high are we above sea level?
  2. Is Abbey Road included in the bus tour?
  3. Referring to the Liver building: What are those birds up there? 
  4. Where does the Leeds-Liverpool canal go?
  5. Are the Beatles statues at the Pier Head life sized? They are 8ft//2.4m tall.
  6. What is the Wirral peninsula?
  • Nostalgia Corner: I read just now that the Levi denim jacket is 'the new hoodie', a must-have fashion item in 2018. Here's the one I wore every day at university, my friends tell me.  But corduroy, not denim, I have to admit:-

I recall mine being rather lighter than this. Bleached by (occasional) washing, I guess.

Welcome to 2018. I've baptised it by ordering 12 bottles of red wine from a bodega in Tordesillas which I visited in 2015, on a camino.


jan frank said...

Dear me, you old fogey. "I could care less" means "If I really tried very hard I think I might be able to care less, but I'd find it a strain". It's sarky like.

Colin Davies said...

Take it up with the Liverpool Echo.

You might be right that some (younger) folk use it this way but this doesn't rule out others using it wongly, of course . . .

Perry said...

Not sure whether this would work in Spain, but I toss it into the mix.

- “Make do” - “Make due”........ Make do is a phrase in its own right. In this case it's arse about face.

It means someone doesn't know how to spell "do". Opposite of the problem I saw yesterday on a sign at a gas station: "Do to the cold weather the car wash is closed." – Hot Licks Jan 14 '16 at 18:52

What is the Wirral peninsula? Colin's mum's place of residence, IIRC.

Perry said...

According to the former director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York city is now underwater.

Has anyone checked?

This explanation is moot:

The IPCC distinguish between a prediction and a projection in the sense that when you make a prediction you mean that unconditionally something will happen (with some probability), whereas a projection is contingent on a scenario, i.e. if we follow this course of action then X will happen (with some probability). If that course of action is not taken, then we shouldn't necessarily expect to see X (at least with the same probability). This distinction makes good sense to me in situations where the future outcome is dependent on events that happen between now and then.

Colin Davies said...

Yes, I saw that Fox thing this morning and asked my daughte to check it out . .

A projection seems to me to be defined by the availability of all the critical assumptions made. So that one can plat What if?

Colin Davies said...


Alfred B. Mittington said...

Another question I heard many years ago about the Leeds - Liverpool Canal was: Why is it nicknamed 'the Paranoid Canal'?

A pint of ale for (s)he who knows the answer!


Colin Davies said...

Convince me.

paideleo said...

Happy 2018 !.

Colin Davies said...

Many thanks. Igualmente.

Alfred B. Mittington said...

'Cause it sports no fewer than 91 locks...


Colin Davies said...