Saturday, June 21, 2008

We're going off to the pueblo for the long weekend; Iberian Notes should be back on the air Tuesday. I've been putting some effort into MundoFreaky.com, and it's looking pretty good. A couple more tweaks, some publicity, and systems are go. We're planning to go to this Spanish blogger thing called the Blogellón in Zaragoza on July 4, so that ought to be fun.

It's San Juan weekend, and I hate San Juan in Barcelona because of all the damn firecrackers. They bother me and frighten the pets.

News from these here parts: Rajoy got what he wanted at the PP convention. He's the candidate for the next election, and Dolores de Cospedal is the new party secretary-general. Two Spanish soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in Bosnia. Our Castro-loving government, led by Zap and Moratinos and other weasels of that sort, persuaded the EU to lift its symbolic diplomatic sanctions on Cuba. Of course whoever writes Fidel's articles said that wasn't good enough for him, that the Europeans were hypocrites. I'm amazed the Europeans haven't twigged yet that the Cuban pattern is: whenever you get a concession, demand more.

Nasty crime among gypsy drug dealers in Tortosa, two murdered, a mother and her son. Spain's population topped 46 million, 5.2 million of them immigrants. Top 14 nationalities: Romania 730,000: Morocco 645,000; Ecuador 420,000; UK 350,000; Colombia 280,000; Bolivia 240,000; Germany 180,000; Italy 160,000; Bulgaria 155,000; Argentina 145,000; Portugal 125,000; China 125,000; Peru 120,000; Brazil 115,000. It's pretty clear that Spain is not Eurabia, with the Moroccans the only Muslims among the top immigrant groups. And three-quarters of a million of our immigrants are well-off Europeans, often retired.

7 comments:

Colin said...

John, For Freaky?

Vigo.- Una conductora de Vigo ha recibido una multa en la que se le denuncia por circular a 750 kilómetros por hora en una céntrica calle de la ciudad.

La Policía Local atribuye la misiva a "un error humano" al transcribir la información obtenida del radar.

Los hechos ocurrieron el pasado 18 de marzo a las 00:30 horas de la medianoche cuando la mujer conducía por la Avenida Castelao de Vigo, por donde la velocidad está limitada a 50 kilómetros por hora.

Según consta en la denuncia que ha recibido y que va a recurrir, fue sorprendida por el radar a 750 kilómetros por hora, una velocidad que, en la misma nota, se rebaja a 712 kilómetros por hora tras aplicar el coeficiente de corrección.

Error de transcripción

En un comunicado, la Policía Local de Vigo asegura que tal circunstancia "en ningún momento se debió a un fallo del radar sino a un error humano al transcribir la información".

En la misma nota, la Policía Local adjunta como prueba la fotografía del radar que registró al vehículo sancionado, en la que consta que la velocidad a la que realmente circulaba el coche era de 75 kilómetros por hora, por lo que superaba en 25 kilómetros el límite permitido en ese tramo urbano.

El asesor jurídico que tramita el recurso que ha presentado la infractora, Julio Borja Saura, ha asegurado, sin embargo, que por el momento, "nadie" les ha notificado esta versión ni se han puesto en contacto con su clienta para explicar el error cometido.

Saura, antes de saber la versión oficial, cuestionó que las máquinas, en referencia a los radares, condicionen la "vida penal" y la "inocencia" de las personas porque, alega, "si fuera a una velocidad más creíble, como 200 kilómetros por hora, esta mujer podría estar en la cárcel", aseguró.

Por ello, ha expresado su confianza en que sanciones así sirvan para poner de manifiesto la necesidad de "revisar" la normativa de tráfico y "enfocar sanciones como esta desde otro punto de vista", ya que, ha alegado: "No podemos confiar nuestra vida penal a una máquina".

No obstante, ha reconocido que si se constata la versión policial, no descarta pedir una indemnización por daños y perjuicios.

Lenox said...

'350,000 Brits' according to the INE - which is based on town hall empadronamentos.
The Foreign Office reckons there are a million Brits in Spain.
The reason for the difference? The Spanish authorities don't particularly care if the extranjeros go on the padrón or not - there's certainly no rule for it, and, in fact, they have now made it more difficult for Europeans to be registered anyway.
So why bother?
Well - lots of reasons actually. I'd let the authorities explain - but they wouldn't want to waste their time, I reckon.

Murph said...

Thanks for your input Colin - we'll be putting it up soon.

Anthony said...

Anyone know how many Italians in BCN are actually from Argentina or Uraguay ?

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