Concrete facts

THERE’S a law in Spain relating to fresh concrete. People are obliged to tread through it to leave their mark. This also applies to cyclists and motorists; tyres must make an impression, several centimetres deep. Dogs and goats are not excluded. Owners must ensure that claws, paws and hooves are inserted. Unaccompanied animals have a special responsibility to use their initiative. Nothing is exempt . . .

Dogs are extraordinarily happy to oblige because it’s one of the few ways they can attain immortality. Unlike Miguel Cervantes, El Greco or Penelope Cruz, their opportunities to achieve celebrity are limited. Dipping their paws into wet concrete is the canine equivalent of being recognised with a terrazzo and brass star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Goats do it because they are, basically, anarchists deprived of the ability to draw an “A” in a circle.

I’m out for a walk exploring some of the back lanes of Orgiva. I take pictures of the footprints. I must admit, I feel a bit like that bloke in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film Amelie who collects discarded photographs from beneath passport photo booths. My excuse is that we English are renowned collectors of the obscure. It is expected of us. That’s what I think. And the goats agree with me.


13 thoughts on “Concrete facts

  1. Outstanding headline, Alen 🙂
    I wish I was an Englishman. So I would have an excuse for all my photos of trees and lakes.
    Have you remembered to immortalise your footprint?
    PS It’s a little freaky that the Andulus goats master the trigonometry!!!

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    1. Hanna, if you were English you would probably wish you were Danish. And you forgot to mention your unique collection of dipper pictures, which must be one of the best in the world.
      The goats around here are very clever. We have three herds that are led past our property every day, and I often hear them discussing things of great importance.
      Cheers, Alen

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  2. There must be a potential hoax possible with all this. If you did a bit of concreting outside your house and then imprinted two left feet walking through it. I suppose locals knowing it’s ‘that English bloke what lives there’ will see through the prank. Or maybe not…


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