Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in SpainSpanish politics
- In contrast to its EU partners, Spain has come out in support of Turkey's operations in Syria. One wonders why. Cynically connected to arms sales?
- Them old Franco bones continue to be troublesome, thanks to monkish resistance to the government and the courts.
- The celebration of Spain's National Day and the trouble this causes. Time to forget it?
- The urban incidence of car theft in Spain.
- This (amusing) article has left me wondering whether I could sue/presecute anyone who insulted any religion I created in Spain. Or is there really only one faith - out of the many hundreds - which is protected there?
- Such is the size of the problem of marauding wild boars, the Xunta has given hunters extraordinarily free rein on killing them for a temporary - but undefined - period in 33 councils.
- Talking of serious nuisances . . . The Asian Wasp/Hornet (La Velutina) continues its advance across the region. As many as 60 of their nests are destroyed every day now.
- Driving north last week and west and east this week, I clocked frequent motorway signs warning - I assume - truck drivers that export document requirements might change on November 1, and exhorting them to be ready. I assume they've also got them for truck drivers actually heading south towards Europe and not Scotland. Which is, for the moment at least, still part of the UK.
- Richard North remains decidedly pessimistic: We seem to be marching inexorably to a no-deal. So far has sentiment reversed - from the Johnson bluster of a "one in a million" chance of a no-deal - that the only real surprise would be an agreement on a deal. But the chances of turning water into wine might be greater.
- The Republicans in Congress are not as supine as some critics suggest. Trump risks losing Senate support just as he needs it most the disquiet over the US withdrawal from Syria. We can but hope.
- A nice cartoon:-
- And something seen in a book store yesterday:-
The Way of the World
- When my daughters were very young, they enjoyed being chased by the 'bum biter'. As do my grandchildren now. But my daughter has counselled me to stop, as she fears an innocent comment in school will result in a visit from the Social Services paramilitary. Thank god I'm resisting the temptation to mildly slap them for bad behaviour . . . .
- Right wing US pastor, E.W. Jackson: The Democrats are liars because they are the party of the devil.
- Still in the USA. Only in the USA? Scarcely credible.
- Word of the Day: Boina
- HT to my friend Phil for this - as much as anyone would want to know about the use of the apostrophe in English. Where you'll learn why it's wrong to talk of the 'possessive case'.
- The UK Prime Minister and I will both be in Liverpool today. Him for a meeting with his Irish oppo and me to deposit a Probate application at the Registry there, and to lunch with my sister and brother-in-law. I do hope the PM's plans don't cause me any inconvenience.