Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Thoughts from Heald Green, Cheshire, England: 6.11.19

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.   
                  Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in Spai
Spanish Politics 
Spanish Life
Galician Life 
The EU
  • Central European leaders and their allies are siphoning off tens of millions of pounds a year in EU farming subsidies through “legalised corruption”, an investigation has claimed. Spain seems to have lost the mantle of frontrunner in these corruption stakes
The USA
  • Trump simply cannot help himself from embellishing the truth to make it far more dramatic than it was. This time it was during his announcement of the killing of the ISIS leader, when he said that at the end he was crying and whimpering. Senior officials have no idea what he’s talking about or which orifice he dragged that one out of.
  • Some republicans are ready to deal in the truth, it seems
The Way of the (Catholic) World
  • An auditor sacked from the Vatican has claime he was targeted after investigating secret funds linked to a west London property investment that is now at the centre of an internal inquiry. Anyone shocked?
Social Media 
  • Be warned. Sadly, unless Airbnb improves its dispute mediation, rogue hosts will continue to get away with playing dirty. It is high time Airbnb forced them to clean up their act.
English 
  • This ain't a huge surprise. One constraint is the daft Spanish belief that they're 'bad at languages'. Because - for one thing - Spanish has only 5 vowels and they're afraid to make a fool of themselves struggling with others.
Finally . . .

  • Needless to say, the courier company advised me they couldn't deliver the product to my home yesterday. And again offere several options for alternative arrangements. And again then told me it was too late to change anything. Three times. Oh, and the button for changing the text from English to Spanish (for the benefit of my neighbour) didn't work. Another example of malfunctioning technology. Which reminds me .  . .  I need to book a train journey with RENFE . . .

3 comments:

Sierra said...

Central European leaders and "their allies" - the reaction of UK farmers to their loss of the EU gravvy-train should be interesting

Colin Davies said...

At least they are legal, if greedy. And fortunate with the crazy rules that permit the situation.

Maria said...

The last time I almost ordered something from Amazon, I didn't. It was a pair of work boots not available in Spain, for my husband. I looked at the name of the company that provided them through Amazon. So, I visited the company's own website. It was Italian, with no English or Spanish translation, but I understood quite well. Ordering direct from them made the boots close to twenty euros cheaper, with little hassle. I will only order from Amazon if it is the ONLY way I can get something that I truly need. Anything else will take plenty of soul-searching to decide.