Friday, November 30, 2018

Thoughts from Cologne, Germany: 30.11.18

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 German
  • My friend Eamon in La Coruña has kindly – and brilliantly - reproduced the final seconds of Strauss's Ein Heidenleben as heard on Sunday evening:-

Matters Spanish 
  • I've written of the dangers faced by Spanish pedestrians from inconsiderate cyclists et al. And on the Spanish attitude to risk. Now, following a death caused by an electric scooter rider, there's talk of new laws at both the national and, maybe, the regional level. See here and here on this. I'm reminded of a reader's question a while ago: Why does it always take a death in Spain? One possible answer is a lingering fear of appearing to be authoritarian/Francoist.
  • Talking of Francoist tendencies . . . It's reported that, since the right-of-centre PP party lost power a few months ago, cases of manipulation and censorship have fallen 'precipitously' at the public broadcaster, RTVE.
  • Prostitution in Spain 1: Hat tip to Lenox of Business Over Tapas for this: Following news that the High Court has annulled the statutes of the Sex Workers Union, the president of the Union of Prostitutes says: "The same politicians who want to veto us are going whoring in their spare time."
  • Prostitution in Spain 2: For Spanish readers – or non-Spanish readers who can see fotos – here's an article from reader Sierra on a particular 'club' in Galicia, plus a bit on salacious posters there. The brothel advertises itself to wives as a 'nursery/daycare centre' to send their men to, so that they can get a bit of peace at home. Only in Spain? Assuming you think Galicia is part of Spain. Which not all Galicians do. Needless to say.
  • Here's something useful if you drive in Madrid or are thinking of doing so.
The EU and Brexit
  • It's reported that Brussels is willing to postpone the April date for Brexit. Quel surprise! Anything to allow the Brits to think/vote again and to come up with the right answer this time.
The UK and Brexit
  • Richard North: It is Mr Rees-Mogg and his friends who have driven us to the brink – even if they have been aided and abetted by a weak prime minister who lacked the courage and the depth to take them on. Incompetence is writ through the establishment, like letters through seaside rock. The "great and the good" have made a complete hash of Brexit. 
  • What that benighted country has descended into. Would the woman in question ever have been heard if it weren't for social media giving her and her ilk a foghorn? Thus bringing her to the attention of the egregious Fox News channel. The bright new dawn has severely dimmed. The mob rules, at least in Fart's America. Hampered only by such trivial things as the Constitution and the courts. Sometimes. Oh, and the occasional Republican sentor with integrity.
  • Caitlin Moran: In many ways, it doesn’t pay to overanalyse the statements of Donald Trump: even over the past year, his vocabulary and syntax have become chaotic. An average Trump speech is like a snowglobe of words chucked down stairs by a petulant child.
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1 comment:

Perry said...

The traitor May has much in common with failed politicians in OZ.