José Antonio moves

– José Antonio…

– Present! … Ah, no, wait, no.

The corpse of José Antonio Primo de Rivera will leave the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen under the new Law of Democratic Memory. After the exhumation of Franco, it’s time for the exhumation of the founder of Falange. It is not very clear if the remains will leave the grounds of the Valley or rather will be placed somewhere in the civil cemetery where there are not only Republican victims but the dead of the coup side. It will be, in any case, in a “non-prominent” place. Now it is time to negotiate with the family.

  • Map of the bombs in Madrid. A book documents street by street the damage suffered by the fascist bombings over the capital, where no plaque or monument explains anything.
  • And speaking of ultra-right, but more modern. It’s ten years since the Utoya massacre, the Norwegian Labour Youth camp where an extremist broke in and killed 77 people.

The things of the judiciary

When the judiciary is politically blocked, pending renewal, and on top of that it has in its hands the designs of something as delicate as the management of the pandemic, it is well worth starting to learn the names of the magistrates and to get to know their internal affairs.

Today, we are reporting that in the sentence of the Constitutional Court some paragraphs of the initial text that were sympathetic to the Government were eliminated. The result of the sentence does not change, but to know the details of how the internal arrangements of a judicial decision of this level are made is not a waste.

  • Touch from Brussels. Precisely this Tuesday, the European Commission urges Spain to proceed as soon as possibletes to the renewal of the judicial leadership and other bodies that has been pending since 2018.
  • Little big swindler. Another prison sentence for Little Nicolas, who with this one confirms that he will be in prison for a while. Three years have fallen to him for impersonating a senior official of the Government and the Royal House, simply to give himself importance.

Don’t let it go

  • Fifth wave fired. More than 30 Spanish cities already have a rate that exceeds 1,000 infections. Here the map. At this rate we will see a spike in the number of deaths. Several communities are now calling for a return to the mask and curfew.
  • Astrobezos . The founder of Amazon has achieved his challenge: to place a private ship, manned by himself and several companions, beyond the atmosphere, in outer space. The adventure lasted 11 minutes, enough to inaugurate the era of space tourism. Details and video.
  • Pablo Iglesias returns to work. The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya has hired the ex-vice president via public tender for a part-time research on political discourse and social networks.
  • Crisis of materials. We live in a system that moves by impulses and now I touch another extreme example. After predicting a fall in the price of housing, it turns out that the cost of building materials is rising dramatically. For example, the price of wood has risen 70% in one year. All because it seems that the market is recovering.
  • Ona Carbonell, the captain of the Olympic synchronized swimming team, has stirred up the social networks with a video in which she denounces that the restrictions of the Olympic Games in Tokyo prevent her from reconciling the competition with breastfeeding her baby. The organization is still flirting with the public entering the events.


I can’t wait to travel

  • Preikestolen. In southern Norway, near Stavanger, there’s a stunning place called Preikestolen, ‘the pulpit’, a rock that juts out of a fjord cut and forms a perfectly flat platform before a terrifying precipice. After a hike with steep sections, tourists can rest on the very edge. The first time I went you could see some foolishness on the edge, but the selfie era has turned it into a gorge of recklessness full of people in search of the best selfie. Forget the camera and enjoy.
  • Pinsapo. Andalusia is not only beaches and now that in Cadiz the incidence rates overwhelm the usual coastal destinations, it’s good to have a getaway in the chamber. For example to the Sierra de Grazalema, with several villages that are worth a visit. Here’s a guide to hiking among pinsapos and strolling through white streets at some height from the sea.
  • Lunch. My mouth is watering with this list of Yucatecan dishes, a Mexican variant of Mayan origin. The cochinilla pibil is the best known in Spain but there is everything: eggs with beans for breakfast, lime soup or poc chuc. Yum.

Come on, see you tomorrow. A hug,


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