Saturday, October 27, 2018

Thoughts from Hamburg, Germany: 27.10.18

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.

Matters Hamburg
  • Shop names – and slogans – in English are commonplace here. As ever, there are mistakes. So, one expensive-looking outlet is called: Conrad Hasselbach - Shoes and Garment. Never knowingly undersold, you might say. Their web page gives the lie to this claim, showing various bits of apparel.
Matters Spanish
Matters US
  • Whatever level of politically-motivated violence there is these days in the USA, the (American) writer of this article fears it can only get worse. Reflecting a pernicious and deep rot in our system. The words Hell and handcart spring to mind.
Matters UK
  • There's growing support for a last-minute attempt to wring the 'Norway/Efta option' out of the EU Commission. Without there being – says Richard North – any real understanding of what it means and whether it's achievable. Who can be surprised?
Spanish
  1. Word of the Day: Derrumbar
  2. Test your knowledge of Spanish idioms here.
Finally
  • Spaniards might be prone to jaywalking but rarely to eating on the hoof in the street. In Germany, in contrast . . . Different cultures, different norms. And one's own – instilled from babyhood – are surprisingly difficult to shake off.
© David Colin Davies, Hamburg: 27.10.18

1 comment:

Perry said...

Good old Gutenberg. Has anyone heard of Ishi, the last wild red Indian?

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8084/8084-h/8084-h.htm

Colin, El Progresso had a much more chilling story to report from Italy

https://www.elprogreso.es/articulo/mundo/docena-hombres-asesinan-joven-16-anos-roma-violarla-10-horas/201810260838471340678.html?fbclid=IwAR0V5VmnxjQ3WSjWMbZ_J_PJBmYAK8jSmNmkvfs91c20udrYZ8nGATeWQkM