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Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain

Random thoughts from a Brit in the North West. Sometimes serious, sometimes not. Quite often curmudgeonly.

Thoughts from Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain: 27 November 2020
27 November 2020 @ 09:56

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.

- Christopher Howse: 'A Pilgrim in Spain'*   

 

  Living La Vida Loca in Galicia/Spa

This is a decent overview of the political landscape here. Hard to disagree with the comment that Spain’s culture wars look set to ramp up.

Are there political parties to the right of Vox? Unfortunately, says Lenox Napier of Business Over Tapas, citing this article.  

Yesterday's lists suggested those born in Spain 1946-64 are the Transition Generation. Elsewhere in the world, these are known as Baby Boomers. María advises that this label is used in Spain  for the next cohort - Generation X. Confused? Well, Spain is different, they say. See here for the all labels used for the 20th and 21st centuries. Interesting to see that my parents were of the  'Silent Generation'.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomers

There's a nice example here of both Spanish bureaucracy and the risk of relying on only a notary when buying or selling property in Spain.  Don't listen to the agent!

María's Riding the Wave - Day 13  

The UK

My passport renewal. . .  1. It was my old passport that I mailed at midday, not my application, and 2. I missed out a 5th foto rejection reason - 'Your eyes appear to be closed'. As if.

I wonder if anyone understands the government’s new 'tiered' restrictions. More importantly, I wonder what percentage of the population will abide by them. The ones who haven't had their businesses closed down, I mean.

Judging by all the Xmas ads, there's been an explosion in mixed-marriages since I left the UK in 2000. A wonderful development, of course.

The USA  

In a preview of how much damage a conservative majority on the Supreme Court can cause, the justices ruled 5-4 late last night that religious institutions do not have to abide by a public health order in New York limiting how many people can gather in one place. More here.

Finally . . .

Another random quote, to  raise a smile:  I performed badly in the Civil Service Exams because evidently I knew more about economics than my examiners: John Maynard Keynes.

 

* A terrible book, by the way. Don't be tempted to buy it, unless you're a very religious Protestant.



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