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Spanish practices
Listening to the Home Service a couple of days ago, I heard Nick Robinson refer to some MPs’ behaviour regarding their expenses claims as “Spanish practices”. I’m so used to the BBC being particularly sensitive about the use of language that it made me stop and think, but it appears to be a phrase in common use in reporting about labour disputes. Wikipedia suggests that it might have originated with Sir Francis Walsingham.

Makes me wonder what “Portuguese practices” or “Andorran practices” might be.

Watched last Sunday’s “George Gently” this evening. Enjoyable, and good performances, but frustrating in that everybody appears to be miserable. Were the mid-60s really that dreary?

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