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Silvester Paradox meets Mr Macbeth

Posted: June 14th 2006 17:30. Last modified: January 16th 2012 01:14

This is the promised translation of the chapter in Pío Baroja’s serialised novel The adventures, inventions and mystifications of Silvester Paradox / Aventuras, inventos y mixtificaciones de Silvestre Paradox (1901) in which Silvester takes up with an English conman, quack, amateur pugilist and exponent of inventions such as the translatoscope called Macbeth. The source is […]

The mugger mugged

Posted: June 2nd 2006 11:27.

Several Chinese have whispered me grossly inaccurate versions of this story, so here's the truth, from the mouth of a horse who wouldn't want his mum to read this kind of stuff on his blog: I was having a drink in La Penùltima on Barcelona's Riera Alta when in came what turned out to be […]

Destitution of Valencia’s King Harlot

Posted: March 29th 2006 15:07. Last modified: March 29th 2006 15:18

Someone told me once that the best brothel in Spain, ever, was a mythical one run in medieval Valencia by one Rei Arlot under licence from the King of Aragon. The reality is slightly more predictable: King Harlot was the popular name given to the government official charged with regulating prostitution, and the office was […]

King of Spain

Posted: August 15th 2005 18:31. Last modified: August 15th 2005 18:34

When I went back to live in Ingerland a few years ago, it took a month before I felt I knew what was going on in meetings where people used new expressions like "the dog's bollocks" and "a load of arse". This time I'm preparing my trip and today I discovered that England spin bowler […]

Cricket is the most American of sports

Posted: August 1st 2004 11:58.

Very fine piece by Steven Wells here, in which he explains that without cricket, the United States of America wouldn't exist in the first place.

Bug money

Posted: May 17th 2004 22:44.

Dirty smelly infant entomologists are the new elite in South Korea, reports Chosun. Apparently prices range from USD8.5-85 for ones with shells pretty as jewels. "There are an estimated 100,000 insect owners in the country and industry sources say the market is rapidly growing," we are told, although there is a substantial Farmer Brown contingent: […]

Cricket, lovely cricket

Posted: May 2nd 2004 20:44. Last modified: July 13th 2005 12:35

No help for the beardless wonder in the search for Conan Doyle's Reminiscence of Cricket, but I did find two wonderful poems by South Asian schoolboys. Cricket Teams by Raza Shahban Ali of Fatimiyah Boys School, Karachi would have been an outstanding review of the world scene, had his laudatory couplet about England not been […]

established religion/balls

Posted: March 4th 2004 18:34.

Ronaldinho was following a venerable tradition when he broke a window in Santiago de Compostela's cathedral while attempting a fancy kick for a TV spot. Bryan Griffiths tells us that back in 1330 the priest of Winkfield, William Pagula, wrote a Latin poem proposing an end to churchyard games:


Posted: January 22nd 2004 18:03. Last modified: November 16th 2004 19:20

So there I was, dear reader, saying the nicest things about Margaret Marks. And now I discover, to my dismay, just the vaguest trace of irreverence in her posts (1/2) re John Cage's 4'33", implying that she secretly possesses seven heads, ten horns, various crowns, and upon her heads the name of heresy. For what better than a piece that can be performed by anyone, that provides automatic free updates reflecting changing soundscapes, and that reminds one of Thoreau when he writes:


Posted: October 10th 2003 15:46.

It looks like the city's Asian Festival is turning into an annual event. Last year's was frighteningly embarrassing: marvel at the the profundity of the Japanese! and how spiritual the Tibetans are! (and the Indians too!). Chinese and Pakistani culture was in fairly short supply, which is strange given that the festival is located in […]

England’s black legend: a right old load of haggis

Posted: October 9th 2003 09:30. Last modified: May 24th 2012 15:52

“Uncle,” exclaimed … Antoñita, “didn’t it disgust you to see so many drunks in the streets? I’ve started feeling frightened.”

Casasús and the curse of the French

Posted: September 21st 2003 20:50.

It sounds like Josep Maria Casasús, alleged ombudsman for La Vanguardia, is going around telling folks that I'm an American secret agent for asking him four months ago to do something about the paper's plagiarising, fictionalising, semi-literate London correspondent, Rafael Ramos. John Chappell - who bravely reads the paper on Sunday - has the details […]

The strange case of Rafael Ramos

Posted: May 16th 2003 18:23. Last modified: November 1st 2012 12:04

La Vanguardia's London correspondent can't write English, passes off fiction as fact and is a rampant plagiarist.

Holy smoke

Posted: May 4th 2003 23:47. Last modified: October 4th 2010 18:40

Why a power station on the edge of Badalona is the most important religious building in Barcelona


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