On a menu in Baiona recently we came across an item called “pulpo bipolar”. It turned out to be something to do with the way they cook the octopus but we were amused at the idea of a manic depressive octopus.
In Sanxenxo I noticed that someone I had developed a nodding acquaintance with at the pool was one day sporting a large plaster on her leg. So I asked what had happened. It turned out that she was bitten by a spider, not she hastened to add in the hotel but somewhere
in Sanxenxo. It had injected poison or else she had had an allergic reaction and the bite turned into a huge swelling, the size of a two-euro coin. I was reminded of the time Phil had a run-in with tiger mosquitos in Italy and ended up at emergency first aid.
And here is a story from Indonesia:-
“The body of 54-year-old Wa Tiba was found on Friday when villagers cut open the seven-metre (23ft) python which was found bloated in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island of Muna, off Sulawesi.
“Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden,” said local police chief Hamka. “The snake’s belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside.”
About 100 residents and relatives launched a search for the woman after she failed to return from her garden on Thursday night. Hamka said villagers found the giant serpent lying about 30 metres from Tiba’s sandals and machete, adding she was swallowed head first and her body was found intact.
The garden in which she disappeared was at the base of a rocky cliff, pockmarked by caves, and known to be home to snakes, Hamka added.
Giant pythons, which regularly top six metres, are commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines.
While they have been known to attack small animals, attempts to eat people are rare.”
Such are the difficulties of wildlife.
We have been staying with a our friend Colin and are heading back to Vigo later today. Over breakfast this morning we discussed diet with him, as you do. He pressed onto us jam, butter, milk and orange juice that, admittedly, we had bought, on the grounds that if they stayed in his fridge he would end up consuming them and growing fat. We are all of us more or less obsessed with our health, our size, our weight.
Some more than others. Everything in moderation!
Here is an excerpt from the writings of one of those mad women who live on stuff most of us have never heard of:
“At 8am, I had a warm, morning chi drink on my way to the school drop off, drunk in the car! It contains more than 25 grams of plant protein, thanks to vanilla mushroom protein and stone ground almond butter, and also has the super endocrine, brain, immunity, and libido- boosting powers of Brain Dust, cordyceps, reishi, maca, and Shilajit resin. I throw ho shou wu and pearl in as part of my beauty regime. I chase it with three quinton shots for mineralization and two lipospheric vitamin B-complex packets for energy.”
If that’s not enough, here is a link to more of the same.
Another bit of madness, and bad grammar, comes from an advert I came across for a fancy fan that you put next to your bed with a kind of funnel that goes under the sheet. “This device means your never too hot in bed” is what it said! Nobody ran a spell check over that!
And finally, here is another “day”; next Thursday is national handshake day, in the US at least – a day no one observes, or if they do, no one notices. So here is an article about handshakes-