Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in SpainSpanish Politics
- Banco Santander takes a big (Brexit?) hit.
- How Spain's supermarkets shape up.
- If you've read that article, you'll know that Alcampo is one of the cheapest supermarket chains and that the cheapest of their stores is in the Vigo barrio of Coia.
- You'll also know that Galicia is the most economical region for grocery shopping, whilst the Balearics and Cataluña are the most expensive.
- A nice development for the region.
- Traditionally, the police have turned a blind eye to cyclists and e-scooterists on the pavements, whether inside the pedestrianised areas or outside them. Even to idiots weaving in and out of groups of kids at speed. It'll be interesting to see if any of these maniacs get fined along with - inevitably - the car drivers who move at 11kph. I suspect not.now
- It's very possible that Johnson will lose his parliamentary seat in London, meaning that he'd not be able to sit in the Commons even if the Conservatives win the December election . As someone as said: This would make a fitting end to the year in which British politics truly went deranged.
- It’s truly surreal to see Nigel Farage oppose Brexit. There’s only one possible reason for his refusal to back Boris’s deal: ego. Nigel is a very talented politician but anyone who works with him will tell you he is his own worst enemy and his ego has got the better of him.” His egotism is on a scale exceeded only in Hollywood or the current White House. And it's clear from his assertions that he is losing grip on reality.
- Ffart has managed a turnover rate of 80% among his top staff. Who are/were 'only the very best', of course. And 9 of his cabinet of 15 have gone. Some achievement.
- A couple of nice quotes:-
- The woke generation has created a cult of purity.
- Political scientists define devoted supporters of Farage, Trump and Corbyn as "low-trust" voters, who believe nothing they hear on the news. And yet they turn as trusting as children when their great leaders lead them on.
- In that book I recommended you don't buy, the pirate Francis Drake is correctly said to be called El Draque in Spanish, this being the way his name is pronounced in Spanish. The author adds that it means 'The Dragon' and reflects the hatred of him in Spain. I doubt that the first half of this contention is true.
- I wonder how one would feel if one had spent 50,000 quid to see England humiliated by South Africa in the rugby World Cup final yesterday. I guess it depends on what percentage this is of your income or your assets.
- As for the team's performance - contrasting rather a lot with the demolition of New Zealand last week - the best quote in today's papers is: England saved their worst for last. Inexplicably.