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The French penchant for inventing things already in existence elsewhere

Posted: September 12th 2017 16:59.

François Dominique Séraphin, Bourbon favourite, began operating 15 years later than is generally thought, and, far from being the father of shadow puppetry/ombres chinoises, may have copied his techniques from an itinerant Italian or a London Alsatian. Featuring the memoirs of the valet to the later Louis XVII, early descriptions of the delights of the renovated Palais Royal (including a pygmy show), and jolly old Baron Grimm on French opera and marionettes.

The 1903 Paris-Madrid race that got away

Posted: May 29th 2012 16:05. Last modified: May 29th 2012 16:13

A remarkable feat of memory from Arturo Barea's autobiography.

Langston Hughes in Spain

Posted: October 1st 2011 17:51. Last modified: October 1st 2011 18:08

Idealism vs realism as a Stalinist hack copes with the Italian bombing of Barcelona but struggles to explain why Moorish peasants are slaughtering Spanish workers in the battle for Madrid.

Your street organ repertoire proposals

Posted: August 2nd 2011 23:01.

Collected via the form. I’ve done basic arrangements of around 50 for the configuration that will be available to me and I’ll brush them up when I get hold of the instrument and can try things out. I’ll probably also post a few samples here in the interim. I’m not on Facebook any longer (yep, [...]

A tribute to the Valencian work ethic

Posted: April 15th 2011 15:45. Last modified: April 15th 2011 16:22

Featuring my draft recording of "El dilluns jo no treballe", with various other European "7 days lazy" songs.

For sale, the church of St Paul at Montmany

Posted: April 5th 2011 10:43. Last modified: April 5th 2011 10:47

Buy the scene of the miserable fate of the rector in Els sots feréstecs!

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.

Renfe prefers you to fly

Posted: November 11th 2010 10:54. Last modified: November 11th 2010 11:51

If not, why is it so difficult to buy advance tickets from them?

Tivoli, Rotherham

Posted: October 15th 2010 22:47. Last modified: October 15th 2010 22:50

Because of the fame of the gardens of the Villa d'Este [at Tivoli] (and of their namesake in Paris), the name has also been applied to other entities: ... A stand at the Millmoor stadium in Rotherham.

Alboraya Council’s tinker books

Posted: October 14th 2010 15:02. Last modified: October 14th 2010 15:08

The reforms of the Council of Trent led to parishes registering in five books--quinque libri--the baptisms, confirmations, communions, marriages, deaths and excommunications celebrated there. Quinquilleros, hojalateros and other itinerant pot-breakers and -menders were nominally Catholic but frowned on and frequently persecuted by the establishment, so it's good to see the Ajuntament de Alboraya drawing them […]

Recentralising Spain’s health care system

Posted: August 12th 2010 17:12. Last modified: August 12th 2010 17:18

The gov that dares not speak its name.

Les pervertis de Santander

Posted: July 31st 2010 20:41. Last modified: July 31st 2010 20:44

Archaic French erotic pulp, plugging Cantabria's gaping literary hole?

Catalan government insolvent, up $hit creek, etc etc

Posted: June 6th 2010 18:23. Last modified: June 8th 2010 09:56

But leaking the news just after the Mavi Marmara incident meant hardly anyone noticed.

Alectryon, the Ancient Greek model for our cuckold’s horns?

Posted: April 16th 2010 18:15. Last modified: April 17th 2010 11:42

With a field study of the nymphomaniacs of Goa and brief notes on the early history of composite grafts.

In praise of British arse

Posted: April 5th 2010 23:50. Last modified: April 7th 2010 08:02

How amiably drunken shagfests could resolve the burka problem in a manner acceptable to freedom-loving readers of this blog.

Regional government doesn’t have to be a hysterical disaster

Posted: April 1st 2010 14:49. Last modified: April 1st 2010 15:21

Georges Frêche in Languedoc-Roussillon: If possible with Paris, if necessary without Paris, but never against Paris.

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.

An unusual case of risus sardonicus

Posted: November 9th 2009 22:35. Last modified: November 10th 2009 11:34

Is Mr Barbecue Bunny's sardonic grin pre- or post-mortem?

Jingoistic poem celebrating the Battle of Vigo Bay (1702)

Posted: November 3rd 2009 23:35. Last modified: November 3rd 2009 23:37

Half roasted Frenchmen, some o'er Gratings Broil'd/Do mix with Spaniards in the Sea parboil'd;

SCAM

Posted: September 10th 2009 12:07.

Or, the (Parisian) Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia (via). Recalls SHIT (photos), the Servicio de Hosteleria Industrial de Terrassa, which sells big saucepans. Should organisations aim for stupid/obscene acronyms on the basis that all shit is good shit?

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