Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in SpainSpanish Politics
- Now that, by the skin of someone's teeth, we have a government, below are the 10 challenges that El País sees it facing.
- Getting back sovereignty over Gib must be number 11.
- A foreign journal has said of the appointment by the deputy PM of his wife as a Minister that in other democracies this would be worthy of public comment or even criticism. Or, at the very least, a mention. But not so here in Spain.
- Back to public healthcare . . . After 27 hours in Santiago hospital, I can list the positives as:-
- Excellent level of cleanliness, including in the toilets.
- Two vending machines that worked, one of which gave me change, though the other only a bit of useless 'credit'.
- Food that's basic but fine. Chicken and fish. Plus soup and a dessert. And, of course, bread.
And the negatives:-
- Minimal night care. Otherwise, I wouldn't have had to (try to) sleep in a reclining chair next to my friend.
- Inefficiency 1: Duplication of the morning medication.
- Inefficiency 2: Bringing breakfast when he was to have nothing after midnight.
- Frightfulness. A nurse with a streaming cold attending to patients in a respiratory ward.
Believe me, my criticisms are nothing compared to the locals whose husband/father was in the next bed. My point . . . The Spanish healthcare system shouldn't be looked at through rose-tinted glasses. And one shouldn't ever generalise from the particular.
- Another couple of contrasting fotos, of the Paseo Antonio Odriozola, down one side of the main square, Plaza de Herrería:.
- A new camino in the making? . . Or at least a new stage. El Camino de la Pedronía. From Padrón (which already has the Camino portugués) to Santiago, passing through the townships of Ames, Teo y Reis, for 25km. Enriching various proprietors along the Way. And why not?
- Word of the Day:- Un comino; A fig; A toss; A Shit; A flying fuck, etc. As in: "I don't give a . ."
- Phrase of the Day: A solas: On one's own; By oneself; Unihdlaterally
- If you can prevent your kids from taking too much nicotine and alcohol, you'll have done them a big favour. And they should outlive you.
- If you've got this far, you'll probably have realised why this post is so late today.
- The Catalan situation
- Budgets and financiation
- Labour reforms
- New organic laws (euthanasia, universal justice)
- Impunity for those guilty of corrupt
- Renewal of the Constitution and Judicial oversight
- Elimination of ancient rights to trial in limited courts
- Educational reform
- The law on climate change [presumably just the man-made one]