Saturday, August 11, 2018

Thoughts from Galicia, Spain: 11.8.18

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. Garish but informative.

  • Not all refugees/immigrants see Spain as the desirable end-point. Many make their way up to IrĂșn/Hendaye on the NW border with France.
  • As reader Sierra says, it's an ill wind that blows no good. The Valle de Los Caidos has seen a massive increase in visitors after the publicity about the removal of what's left of Franco.
  • Which reminds me . . . I read yesterday that Germany's flying ace and his partner were highly distressed by Hitler's refusal to let them die with him in his Berlin bunker. Knowing of such misplaced loyalty to such a monster makes it a tad easier to understand people who honour Franco's memory.
  • Spain's government seems to favour cryptocurrencies more than those of other countries. One wonders why. Easier to trace payments and increase the tax take, perhaps.
  • Says Gary Younge, in an article entitled 'The Democrats must do more than simply oppose Donald Trump': A year and a half after the most bigoted, misogynistic, jingoistic, president in living memory won the election, Democratic leaders are still just letting him talk because they aren't clear what they have to say for themselves.
  • Recalling her years spent playing golf with Donald Trump, the professional golfer Suzann Pettersen reflected on his style of play: “He cheats like hell”. Who would have believed it? Everyone, I guess.
  • As many as 44% of Republicans think that Trump should have the power to close down news outlets. Who would have believed it?
  • A first class American nutter/fraud.
The UK
  • The 'intelligent but not wise' Boris Johnson has said that women in a burka look like a letter box. He's been called on to apologise. Here he is doing exactly that, in his own inimitable way:-

Galicia and Pontevedra
  • The changes to the roundabout I mentioned yesterday are reported to have been initiated without the knowledge – let alone the approval – of the relevant local council. As if Cheshire County Council suddenly decided to do roadworks in the middle of Wilmslow, say. Not surprisingly, there were more articles yesterday on the 'irritation and confusion' arising.
  • But, anyway, here are some fotos of the changes:-
An exit road closed:-

The arrow and chevrons pushing the traffic into a single lane of the approach road . . 

And .  .   The disappearing chevrons just before the roundabout.

There's a prize for anyone who can provide a rationale for closing off a lane for 20-30 metres and then opening it up again.

And here's what they've done to the road I exit from on to the main road, just before his infamous road feature.

  • Actually, I wonder if it's all connected with the announcement yesterday that – after 16 years of process – permission has finally been given for the expansion of the small industrial park at the side of this road. The one from Pontevedra to Vilagarcia. This will feature the likes of Decathlon and Eroski, a Basque supermarket company, and will be operative in 2022.
  • The real question is - What will now happen to the illegal gypsy shacks at the side of the industrial park, where all the town's drug dealing takes place.
Finally . . .
  • After ordering a book from Amazon Spain using the 1-Click option, I noted that the delivery charges were €6, against a price for the book of €12. I guessed that somehow I'd requested next day delivery and so cancelled and re-ordered the book for normal – 2 day – delivery, at just €1. I'm now wondering whether the (useful) 1-Click system has been sneakily rigged to make expensive rapid delivery option the default setting . . . I wouldn't be terribly surprised, if it has been.
© David Colin Davies, Pontevedra: 11.8.18


Sierra said...

As ever, Spain lagging behind UK - The Magic Roundabout, Swindon:

Splite said...

Good to see you are now taking 'foots' whilst driving...