Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Thoughts from Galicia, Spain: 6.6.18

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.

  • Sr Rajoy's is departing as both PM and as leader of the PP party. Cue infighting to succeed him in the latter position. As the two main candidates – both female – are reported to be at each other's throats, it's possible that the Galician president - Sr Feijoo – will come through as the winner.
  • Meanwhile, it was amusing to read yesterday that the ex Foreign Minister - Motormouth Margallo - had asserted: I will do everything possible to ensure that [ex VP]Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is not the spokesperson for the PP. She is the most powerful person in the history of Spain since Godoy and is the only one responsible for wrong strategic decisions. Guess he doesn't like her.
Life in Spain
  • The Local has 2 lists for us this morning:
  1. Some beautiful Spanish villages
  2. The 8 best music festivals around the country this year.
  • If you're too 'senior' for music festivals and you speak Spanish – or at least read it – this mag might be of interest – The N3WS Tercera Edad
  • Something you might prefer not to know about.
  • It's a feature of Spanish life that, as no one here seems to be concerned that everyone will overhear their conversations, you're frequently treated to personal details you really don't want. In my watering hole last night, a guy at the corner had a phone rant which drowned both the music and the conversation of everyone else in the bar. Not that there were many of us, in truth.
The EU
  • Here's a nice article on the problems Brussels is having with Poland. A very Catholic country which is stubbornly refusing to be 'liberal'. As regards immigrants in particular.
The UK
  • I mention salad cream and the very next day Heinz announces it's planning to change the name to sandwich cream. Just a marketing ploy, say some. Will never happen. I really don't care so long as the taste remains the same.
  • This year's spring/early summer weather has been even more capricious than usual. After sweltering in more than 30 degrees 2 weeks ago, I've had to put on an electric heater as I type this today. I might as well be in bloody England. 
  • Which reminds me . . . I met a British couple on Monday night who are here for all of this cool, wet week. Thank god nothing I've ever written had persuaded them to come here.
  • I was a tad surprised to read last week that only Madrid has more asset-rich people than this poor region. 'Asset rich' is defined as having more than €30m. Drugs????
  • The other interesting (alleged) fact is that Galicia's rich have emerged from the10 year Crisis seven times richer in assets than before it.
  • A less controversial fact – Only 1.5% of petrol(gas) stations here in Galicia are self-service. Apparently there's a lot of resistance to them but I'm not clear as to from whom. Drivers, I suppose.
Finally . . .

© David Colin Davies, Pontevedra: 6.6.18


Alfred B. Mittington said...

Mr Feijoo as the new PP leader... Already tainted by his somewhat suspect contacts with Galician narcos. Life is looking up for the Spanish 'centre-right'...

Meanwhile, I really think you are too harsh on and brutish about Mariano Rajoy. He's probably the most decent PM that Spain has had since the death of Franco. It just takes a while for the sooth of general hostility to wash off the reputation of a Spanish leading politician. But let's talk again in 10 years time...

Just get off that silly invention called salad cream - only fit for people too clumsy to whip up a decent vinaigrette; and switch to true Mayonaise, for heaven's sake. Have you learned NOTHING from my blog??

Duff B Mittington

Maria said...

Of course, the richest Galegos are probably drug connected. Is there any other way to get rich in this place?

It's not the drivers who object as much to no-people gas stations, though cash is still king in this area, as the workers who would lose their jobs.

Another Galego in the Moncloa? Have those people learned nothing yet?