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Farewell, (Catalan) Talgo

Posted: January 17th 2011 09:40. Last modified: January 20th 2011 13:21

One of 20th century Spain's great engineering achievements disappears as it drove: with nary a whisper.

Paradise and town-planning

Posted: June 5th 2010 12:29. Last modified: June 5th 2010 12:34

The Turks and Jews of Istanbul demonstrate that co-existence is not impossible.

Shipping news

Posted: February 20th 2010 00:30. Last modified: February 20th 2010 11:20

Public auctions of wrecks in Barcelona, Pontevedra and Algeciras, with thoughts on how to reduce blogging competition.

The secret language of doctors

Posted: January 20th 2010 14:01. Last modified: March 28th 2011 21:32

Why and how the 17th century Portuguese tropical medicine specialist, Aleixo de Abreu, tried to prevent proles from reading his cure for scurvy.

Barcelona Airport T1 pics

Posted: January 12th 2010 08:25. Last modified: January 12th 2010 08:28

But getting there is still a pain in one's posterior end.

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."

Mosquitoes, alcohol and violence

Posted: August 13th 2009 14:14. Last modified: August 13th 2009 14:23

A Catalan children's song remembered by Francesc Candel; early rave culture on Central America's eastern seaboard.

Star Trek, the origins

Posted: March 10th 2009 10:53. Last modified: March 10th 2009 14:26

Kalebeul's investigation into Vosk and the Na'kuhl temporal conduit yields some surprising results.

How singing can save your life

Posted: October 29th 2008 13:38. Last modified: October 29th 2008 10:59

César-Javier Palacios reports on the cyclist, shot dead by a hunter who mistook him for a boar. When in death's dark vale loud singing usually suffices to drive off hell's hunters. Hunters know this too. In his romance, Count Arnaldos, hungry hawk in hand, falls prey to a sailor (love, glory or death, true or […]

Yves Saint Laurent disinterred?

Posted: June 5th 2008 17:59. Last modified: June 5th 2008 18:16

Surely the first two stories are in reverse chronological order. More news from beyond the grave: Frank Drake plans to talk to alien civilisations in 100 years; is El Draque still after Nova Albion?

Of the honest galley slave, and other Catalans of colour

Posted: May 5th 2008 10:24. Last modified: May 5th 2008 20:54

James Howell, Epistolae Ho-Elianae: Familiar Letters Domestic and Foreign (1754): I am now in Barcelona; but the next Week I intend to go on through your Town of Valencia to Alicant, and thence you shall be sure to hear from me farther, for I make account to winter there. The Duke of Ossuna passed by […]

Early C20th business Spanish lessons

Posted: April 27th 2007 14:18. Last modified: May 17th 2007 16:33

Check out these wonderful cylinder recordings at the Donald C Davidson Library at UCSB.

Touch wood/iron

Posted: April 21st 2007 11:31. Last modified: April 21st 2007 11:35

Re a reference@Amando de Miguel: that the expressions are interchangeable (“Capulino frotó suavemente el respaldo de una silla; acarició después el metal de un llavero, por expresa recomendación de Juana. Y sonrió.”, or here for the English) suggests that Frazer was wrong to point to iron's novelty as the source of its taboo status. Intriguingly, […]

Tangier, a filthy hole

Posted: April 20th 2007 09:42.

Check out the excellent Guirilandia. I recently commented on the mob of thieves that awaits you at the ferry port and was accused, seriously, of racism. Tangier is just horrible, and I suspect that Mr Bowles wasn't much nicer than his fellow residents.


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