Priest in cross-hairs over his secret habit

THERE was a priest, the dirty beast: We do live in an age of energy renewable resources and food is of course energy.

One then can’t but admire the pioneering spirit of the parish priest of Puebla la don Fadrique near Granada. Juan Luis Garcia Rodriguez, a 37-year-old parish priest, has been reported to the Guardia Civil for pot-shotting his bell tower pigeons using an air rifle, which he denies.

He says he physically catches and necks them for this method of despatch in sending our feathered friends closer to heaven is more humane.

Well, he would say that wouldn’t he?

That is as maybe but then he uses their meat for food. It is said that the soup is remarkably tasty. In his words, ‘it is so good it would revive the dead.’

Don’t then take your starters to the church’s burial grounds.I wonder if he has any more habits that need laundering.

Height capital of Europe

I RECALL bewilderment when years ago I noted the weather predicted for the Spanish Costas was a balmy 20C and people were promenading in shorts and sandals.

Checking out Madrid, which geographically is not too far distant, I discovered it wasn’t much different from London’s weather; miserable and perhaps 10C.

Only later did I learn the reason for these phenomena: Madrid at 646 metres (2,119’) above sea level is the highest capital in Europe; some mountains don’t quite reach that high.

The first snows to lure the winter sports crowds have begun to fall in Spain and there are Alpine conditions to be enjoyed whilst much of those parts of Central Europe we normally associate with skiing resorts are still dreaming of a white Christmas.

A cut above the rest

IN terms of scientific advancement nothing it seems keeps up with the world of medicine. ‘It was like breaking the record three days in a row,’ says Rafael Matesanz, director of Spain’s national transplant organisation.

Over these three days 93 patients received transplants including one fortunate patient; unfortunate I suppose if you’re ill enough to need it. He received a double lung and heart transplant.

Well done, Spain. Kidney, hearts, pancreas and liver and even an intestinal transplant took place. As far as I am aware they are all still living. Even the Spanish Air Force assisted.

Surprisingly very few of the recipients were road accident victims due to improvements in road safety. Two were non-Spaniards.

The self deprecating Sr. Matesanz has much to be pleased about but shrugs: ‘They did include 48 kidney transplants and these are the easiest to perform.’ They’re easy? Yes, I do them all the time. Get those donor cards filled out and you can give someone a life too.

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