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I am the way, but which way?

Posted: April 6th 2012 13:46. Last modified: April 6th 2012 13:49

"To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; / Its shame and reproach gladly bear; / Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away, / Where His glory forever I’ll share." Yes, but wouldn't it be helpful if more wayside crosses, like this one, somewhere near Le Malzieu, indicated the […]

Run like a gypsy

Posted: May 5th 2011 14:46. Last modified: May 6th 2011 19:52

With Imanol Arias as El Lute, retired generaliser George Borrow, and walking and running style as social differentiators.

Montserrat Tura and PSC hypocrisy in La Clota, Horta

Posted: February 7th 2011 21:10. Last modified: February 15th 2011 10:01

The demented, evil swine has herself photographed in a neighbourhood her party has spent the last 20 years doing its damnedest to destroy.

A bicycling boho hobo, tempted by Cockaigne, fearful of Ruin

Posted: February 2nd 2011 14:53. Last modified: February 2nd 2011 16:07

What to do when a mysterious lady offers you a free ride?

What’s the best way to wash down raw rodent?

Posted: August 5th 2010 21:16. Last modified: August 5th 2010 21:21

Rat, squirrel or capybara, kittens have one favourite sauce.

The right and the wrong type of snow, according to Avicenna, Aristotle and Plutarch

Posted: February 11th 2010 00:19. Last modified: February 11th 2010 07:40

With an excerpt from a plea for more state funding by the Bostonian Western Rail-road, in which we are given to understand that snow is not necessarily a bad thing.

Why I’m called Trevor

Posted: November 12th 2009 17:10. Last modified: November 19th 2009 23:59

Or rather, how my grandfather seems to have been named after a minor railway station.


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 […]

Referendums on independence are for pussies

Posted: September 8th 2009 12:40. Last modified: September 8th 2009 15:20

Serious separatists will drive on the left, in Vic, starting Sunday.

Entertaining video of prostitutes and thieves on the Rambla

Posted: May 6th 2009 08:22. Last modified: May 6th 2009 08:26

By Ramon Vila & Marta Cuatrecasas

Proprietary digital mapping query

Posted: September 17th 2008 16:30. Last modified: September 17th 2008 16:35

Just in case any of you are experts in this kind of thing, here's where I'm at: Data collection is fine. My Garmin eTrex Vista HCx doesn't get near the sales claim that "Deep foliage, nor canyons phase the rugged eTrex Vista HCx"--it gets lost quite easily between quite modest buildings in down-town Barcelona--but it's […]

20 vital beach holiday photos

Posted: September 5th 2008 13:01.

A popular photography course, copied from a neighbourhood magazine produced by Alejandro Pérez, an enterprising Nou Barris estate agent, encountered on this walk: I imagine the Bayeux Tapestry was planned in similar fashion.

10 sensational revelations concerning Étienne Cabet and his Journey to Icaria, with a biography of the author

Posted: June 6th 2008 09:40. Last modified: September 5th 2008 15:24

Étienne Cabet's Voyage en Icarie (excerpt) is his novelised idealisation of Napoleonic nationalist totalitarianism: if not exactly a New Jerusalem, then certainly a New Paris, built around a New Seine, designed by its dictator, the Icar. This book and its hype led hundreds of families, mainly French, principally artesans (sez James Chastain) to doom and […]

In praise of virtual travel writing

Posted: April 14th 2008 19:08. Last modified: February 27th 2009 22:08

Nice story here about underpaid author Thomas Kohnstamm, who wrote his Lonely planet guide without going to Columbia. (Or did he go there and have to deal coke to survive? LD is characteristically confused.) Guidebooks are so superficial, and information online so plentiful, that there's actually no reason now why they shouldn't be written from […]

Jaroslav Hašek in Barcelona, almost

Posted: March 24th 2008 23:51. Last modified: March 25th 2008 00:03

Just before he died, says Cecil Parrott in The bad Bohemian, the author of The good soldier Å vejk (that's Shvake: "No one pronounces it Shvike--not even in Germany") drafted a letter to the district police: I, the undersigned, ask respectfully to be kindly given the necessary passport for a stay in Spain (Barcelona, Calle Rosellos […]

Figures on bridge over the RENFE line near Montgat

Posted: October 3rd 2007 16:03.

Did Columbus actually ever come to Barcelona?

Posted: September 17th 2007 14:58. Last modified: March 17th 2009 12:49

Letters of Alexander Von Humboldt to Varnhagen Von Ense (GBS): On the 9th of June, 1839, Varnhagen writes in his diary: "Humboldt agrees with me in the assertion made by me at different times, that too much cannot be inferred from the silence of the historians. He refers to three highly important and undeniable facts, […]

Aragon, maddest part of Spain

Posted: September 16th 2007 17:27. Last modified: September 16th 2007 18:09

Mr. T. was struck with the number of lunaticks confined in the several provinces of Spain:

Swallows and seasons in Spanish and English versions of the proverb

Posted: September 12th 2007 15:49. Last modified: September 12th 2007 16:36

Emanuel del Mar, Nuevo guía para la conversacion, en español é inglés (1839, via GBS): Una golondrina no hace verano. One swallow does not make spring. Both spring and summer are used in both languages, but you'd kind of expect northward migration to take swallows to Spain in spring and then England in summer. Perhaps […]

Kill rootless scum

Posted: September 12th 2007 12:59. Last modified: October 22nd 2008 20:05

The other night I stayed with a neo-peasant Catalan hippy couple living in a grace and favour masia in the hills, for which you and I and anyone else without the requisite ethnic badge would probably have to lay down something in the region of €750K. The guy, son of Andalusian barkeepers, agreed that affection […]


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