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On the other hand…

Posted: May 3rd 2013 11:54. Last modified: May 3rd 2013 12:24

Why the mob may want to consider murder and mayhem. With apologies to the Archpriest of Hita.

Temps de la picor

Posted: March 21st 2013 13:26. Last modified: March 21st 2013 13:29

The itching time came up yesterday, probably referring to Francoism, while I was prancing around in a new wig for purposes that will shortly be revealed. DCVB says "l'any de la picor" refers to distant times, and proverbologist Víctor Pàmies cites Joan Amades's hypothesis that it comes from the Year of Fleas and Famine, 1471, […]

Brazilian pastor to his flock (f): “My penis emits sacred milk”

Posted: March 21st 2013 11:48. Last modified: March 21st 2013 11:51

Cf. one of the tales from the Decameron which made me laugh most as child, that of the hermit Rustico who teaches the virgin Alibech how to put the Devil back into Hell.

Granada, Andalusia:Santa Fe de la Vega::Granada, Catalonia:Santa Fe del Panadés

Posted: January 7th 2013 17:43. Last modified: April 12th 2013 15:49

But was the Andalusian Santa Fe a copy of the Catalan one, or did they really arise without reference to one another?

Unusual duelling weapons

Posted: July 18th 2012 12:59. Last modified: July 21st 2012 17:48

Of sausages, sugarcandy, daggers on helmets, sharp-bladed collars, pills, and billiard balls, with a note on zombie destruction.

Is it the fault of the Greeks that the Germans are the way they supposedly are?

Posted: December 7th 2011 00:38. Last modified: December 7th 2011 17:00

I sense potential for reparations claims citing Aesop.

How Emperor Charles V ended up talking German to his horse (1)

Posted: August 24th 2011 15:43. Last modified: August 31st 2011 18:12

Domain-based code-switching from Daniel Bomberg's Jerusalem Talmud to Hieronymus Fabricius' De locutione. Featuring the wit and wisdom of Rabbi Jonathan of Beth Gubrin, Padua's medical school and Jewry, and the Polish utopian Jan Zamoyski. With excerpts from Fellini's I Clowns and a bodice-ripper by Kent M Chater, whose Agent Alighieri claims that "Like the great Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Spain I speak Spanish with God, French with men, German to my horse, and Italian to the ladies."

Londoners pronouncing Barça

Posted: May 29th 2011 20:00. Last modified: May 30th 2011 07:48

It's Barker vs Barser, but you can't blame the proto-Lebanese.

Castells, for real

Posted: May 27th 2011 12:58. Last modified: May 27th 2011 13:12

A mad, mad Japanese video, and a human ladder at the Muslim siege of Aleppo in 637.

Gypsy madonna, madonna gypsy

Posted: March 18th 2011 11:53. Last modified: March 18th 2011 13:31

Who's copying who?

Origins of cock and bull

Posted: December 30th 2010 00:10. Last modified: December 30th 2010 00:18

I'm going to try and pin it on John of Bridlington's rapidly disproven prophecy of a cock and bull and Anglo-French relations.

An early candidate for a Darwin Award

Posted: April 26th 2010 13:25. Last modified: April 29th 2010 18:36

David Bar-David, the lemming messiah.

Catalan language policy: Marxist, Stalinist, Francoist or fascist?

Posted: January 27th 2010 16:40. Last modified: January 27th 2010 16:50

The precedents for, and some possible implications of, the Catalanisation of Barcelona's cinemas. Plus some crowd-pleasing video of the Quebec language police in action. (Allez! Allez! Allez! And the hell with the economy!) All in somewhat fevered response to an article by Martin Dahms in the Tages-Anzeiger.

Time to behead Fèlix Millet?

Posted: January 14th 2010 11:20. Last modified: January 14th 2010 11:21

On this day in 1466, one Juan Sort, aged 70, was beheaded for the misappropriation of public funds. Millet is said by the auditors to have stolen around 30 million and has fessed to around 10%, but has not been anywhere near a prison, and indeed seems to think that by looking old and grey […]

Roddy Doyle’s niggers of Europe explained

Posted: September 2nd 2009 21:40.

Don't claim national origins for yourselves without very carefully considering the possible consequences.

The coming and going of the gypsies

Posted: June 12th 2009 23:27. Last modified: December 1st 2009 09:49

Yo, el vaquilla, quinqui cinema, and the usual political whining.

On preparing an anthology of English-language nursery rhymes for a Pyrenean baby

Posted: January 13th 2009 11:32. Last modified: January 19th 2009 11:06

Dead space is newish horror survival game set on board a stricken interstellar mining ship. You play an engineer fighting a polymorphic, viral infestation which turns humans into grotesque alien monsters. Reviewing it Seth Schiesel asks: When did fear become fun? I've been thinking about that a lot as I’ve played Dead Space, the new, […]

Beware gypsies bearing gods

Posted: September 14th 2008 15:59. Last modified: November 2nd 2011 23:00

The Santa Majestat in Caldes de Montbui.

Squatter eviction proceedings were first documents in Italian

Posted: August 31st 2008 13:58. Last modified: August 30th 2008 12:28

The excellent Mauro Baglieri writes: "The Placito Capuano or Placito di Capua is the first in a number of acts, also known as Placiti Cassinesi. They were written in early Italian between 960 and 963 A.D. : court proceedings allowing the Benedictines from four abbacies to reclaim their lands from squatters that had occupied them […]

In praise of toads

Posted: May 14th 2008 13:28. Last modified: May 14th 2008 21:05

George Sandford has left a fascinating comment on this post, which deals with an amusing 19th century literary-historical hoax--purported correspondence between Ferdinand the Catholic and an esoteric global selection of fellow-monarchs. George is family of the alleged editor, Brother Antonio the Goth, and thus of the Christian clan kidnapped by the Moors when they invaded […]

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