What’s Spanish for Deja Vu?

By DeusExMacintosh

The Relief of Gibraltar (with apologies to Richard Paton)

A Royal Navy warship is to pay a “routine” visit to Gibraltar, the UK government has said, amid a continuing row with Spain over border checks.

Relations between Gibraltar and Spain have deteriorated in recent weeks. But the Ministry of Defence said the visit was “long-planned” and one of many “regular and routine deployments”.

HMS Westminster, accompanied by two auxiliary ships, makes up part of a task force which is destined for the Middle East. Other warships in the task force will visit ports in Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and Malta.

“Gibraltar is a strategic base for UK defence and as such Royal Navy ships visit its waters throughout the year as part of a range of regular and routine deployments,” an MoD spokesman said.

Spain’s foreign ministry agreed that the visit was “routine”, adding that the UK government had asked for permission to stop over at the Rota naval base, which is near the Strait of Gibraltar in south-west Spain.

“They asked for permission for the operation and in our relationship as allies, we granted it,” a Spanish foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters news agency.

On Wednesday, a spokesman said UK Prime Minister David Cameron had raised “serious concerns” with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy over deteriorating diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The call followed concerns over increased vehicle checks at the border between Spain and Gibraltar causing major delays for tourists and residents.

BBC News


With apologies to Richard Paton. This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.


  1. kvd
    Posted August 10, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    no quiero mentir, estoy sintiendo tan azul
    entonces llevame lejos, asi llevame contigo
    hay misterio, chica estoy callendo por ti
    y esta noche estoy viviendo el ultimo dejà vu

    – from here. As always, happy to be of assistance!

  2. Posted August 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Um, yer, guess that am now considered a ‘troll’. Not – i might suggest, a “Troll”. One of those mythical creatures who hide under Norse bridges.

    Just some dingbat male with 70 years of life, loves. a few disasters; an interest in the difficulties, joys, jokes – of language.
    (self can only speak and understand two languages – polyglot English and Australian). Heh.

  3. Posted August 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    (um, perhaps should mention that the 240 volts to power the “internet” via ‘satellite’ is sometimes unreliable).

  4. Posted August 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Ok, KVD – reminds me of another ‘joke’
    Scapa Flow;1943. Primitive radio. Signals by flag.

    Fleet comes within sight.
    Signalman: ‘Admiral requests woman’.

    Some confusion on board.

    Next flags: ‘insert washer between Admiral and woman’.

  5. Posted August 11, 2013 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Ah, the perils of that newfangled modern technology, HC…

    As I’m in the safety of another hemisphere, do I dare mention the ‘E’ word?

  6. kvd
    Posted August 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Anyways, at least the Brits can sally forth without worrying about sub attacks 😉

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