Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
- Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in Spain.
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- Here's a Financial Times profile of Spain's new PM.
- And here's Politico with 5 Takeaways from the Overthrowing of Rajoy.
- And here's Think Spain with Sanchez's To Do list.¡
- Perhaps the sickest person in Spain at Sanchez's triumph will be Suzana Díaz, the PSOE Presidenta of Andalucia, who led the failed attempt to oust him as leader last year.
- As for Cataluña, most folk seem to think there's at least a glimmer of hope.
- Looking back on last week, I enjoyed one of the cartoons in a local paper which had Rajoy and Zidane sitting on top of a hill, with Rajoy saying: “It's great to go out at the top, isn't it”.
- Finally, on the events of the last few days, below are 4 editorials from El País, 2 from before Friday's vote and 2 from after it. They make interesting reading. El País used to be thought of as left of centre and, therefore, a supporter of Sanchez's PSOE party. This doesn't seem so obvious these days.
- U.S. officials have begun using the phrase “environmental resilience” in place of “climate change”. WTF?
- Reports Richard North: The latest survey of Tory members and activists conducted by the ConservativeHome website reveals that only 28 % of these dedicated Tories express confidence in the government’s handling of the Brexit negotiations. Almost two-thirds do not have any such confidence in the government Mrs May ostensibly leads. And if the prime minister cannot lead on Brexit, she cannot lead on — or receive credit for — anything else. Conservative members are exceptional. There are not much more than 100,000 of them, but for once they mirror the public mood.
- A judge in Vigo has been suspended for working in her private time as a fortune teller/Tarot card reader. Apparently, she went so far as to stick adverts on the windscreens of cars parked near the court. Hard to believe but you have to be pretty smart to pass the relevant exams, I'm told. I wonder if she saw her suspension coming.
- I got it wrong yesterday . . . It's the central government which is responsible for the AP9 autovia that crosses the Rande bridge. And for the issue of franchises. The local Galician government – the Xunta – is trying to get hold of control. So it can decrease tolls, it says.
- I took a look at the stuff on display at the Sunday flea market yesterday. As ever, there was stuff which I find it hard to find is saleable. 1. Old farm tools abd other junk, and 2. Old horsehoes. Incidentally, the gypsies are back in town . . . :-
- Yesterday was, I think, the feast of Corpus Christi. Here's the evidence:-
A video that might or might not work:-
Where the processors are heading for:-
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