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Homeless Chinese in Barcelona

Posted: January 24th 2013 12:13. Last modified: January 24th 2013 12:24

Plus, how to acquire a country house for next to nothing.

Spain, zombie kingdom?

Posted: April 13th 2012 10:48. Last modified: April 13th 2012 10:52

Some terrible discoveries along the Llobregat.

Spain’s self-employed

Posted: June 22nd 2011 19:05. Last modified: June 22nd 2011 19:16

Destined to save the nation? More numerous than thought? Someone explain, please.

French and Russian cavalry rode backwards in retreat?!

Posted: April 24th 2011 13:45. Last modified: April 25th 2011 11:39

This claim helped defeat Valentine Shortis' insanity plea at his murder trial in 1895-6, but was it true?

The Arabs say خروف, the Catalans say ovella, the Chinese say 羊, but the Spanish apparently say Ovis orientalis aries

Posted: October 22nd 2010 16:35. Last modified: October 22nd 2010 18:54

Can something be done about the nutters who use scientific rather than common names for Wikipedia articles, or is it time to call the whole thing off?

Spain and the correct relationship between man and dog

Posted: October 18th 2010 00:31. Last modified: October 18th 2010 09:15

Away with those canine metaphors! More Cela in translation!

¡Tú imitas tan bien a los animales! ¿No serás … aztor?

Posted: July 30th 2010 11:59. Last modified: July 30th 2010 12:03

A phonological curiosity from coastal Cantabria, with speculation as to the supernatural powers of María Teresa Fernández de la Vega.

J in Catalan Spanish

Posted: June 19th 2010 12:44. Last modified: June 19th 2010 13:57

Immortalised in the "disastrous cowboy" genre of jokes.

How not to win la Guerra de los Toros, or The Cattle Raid of Cooley revisited

Posted: March 6th 2010 11:12. Last modified: March 6th 2010 11:36

Some historical advice from an Irish perspective for Esperanza Aguirre on the pitfalls of attempting to demonstrate by symbolic means the virile and libertarian spirit of Madrid in the invented and regrettable conflict between it and doldrummed Barcelona.

Pig / lion / monkey / child wine

Posted: January 16th 2010 22:41. Last modified: January 18th 2010 10:29

A Portuguese menagerie of sozzledness.

Nice work if you can eat it

Posted: January 14th 2010 11:03.

Influence of fat content on palatability of roast beef.

A West Cornish Barbary pirate and ghost-ship

Posted: December 9th 2009 14:00. Last modified: December 23rd 2009 01:17

"Discontented devil of a blackamoor, why canst thou not be satisfied to live here?" "Avast there; all our gold and diamonds can't procure us here the bright sunshine and joyous people, nor the rich fruits and wine, of my native clime."

The bullfighting Chinaman and his magnificent midget show

Posted: October 6th 2009 08:16. Last modified: October 6th 2009 08:22

Yet more Spanish culture for Brussels to ban.


Posted: September 29th 2009 13:38.

Can someone work out from this steaming pool of verbal diarrhea if they're loading the donkey down with GPS recorders etc and then letting it go wherever it wants? Now that would be really interesting. Er, not, actually. [Whatever happened to Deirdre (?) and the donkey and cart with which she made her way from […]

Bites with denomination of origin

Posted: September 28th 2009 15:24. Last modified: September 28th 2009 15:26

Tracing that hot doggie.

Man combing Vietnamese pot-bellied pig in Cuenca courtyard

Posted: September 8th 2009 21:54. Last modified: September 9th 2009 10:15

Or perhaps it isn't.

Going to the dogs

Posted: August 31st 2009 11:35. Last modified: August 31st 2009 11:41

Vague musings on the past and present of hare coursing and greyhound racing in Spain.

Keep dogs under close control

Posted: April 22nd 2009 13:56.

And whatever you do don't let them loose in fields containing horses.

Mole models in Cervantes

Posted: April 9th 2009 17:43. Last modified: August 31st 2009 10:23

From saviour to saved to savoury: the de-/remystification of bodily imperfection.

Crisisssss – 4 fuets for 5€

Posted: March 14th 2009 08:59. Last modified: March 14th 2009 09:59

Stallholders in Vilafranca del Penedès are slashing prices, but don't let greed get the better of you.


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