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“Chaste, pious, prudent”: to which British king does the poem below the break refer?

Posted: November 3rd 2012 00:19. Last modified: November 3rd 2012 11:36

Part of the series Crazy Shit AMA Recites.

Do financial instruments count as technology?

Posted: October 23rd 2012 11:16. Last modified: October 23rd 2012 11:21

Re this, JB comments that showing any kind of relationship between financial and technological innovation is kind of hard, but rather liked this illustration - of what happens when you let an entrepreneur also run monetary policy. (When was Spain's first bubble? Spanish Wikipedia is big on Anglo disasters, but doesn't mention Spanish railways in […]

Juvenal: Will you please … learn the colour of your own bread

Posted: July 16th 2012 15:18. Last modified: July 16th 2012 15:19

Class consciousness didn't commence in the bakeries of the Industrial Revolution.

¡España británica!

Posted: May 24th 2012 23:48. Last modified: May 25th 2012 00:07

Why impose disastrous Spanish policies on thriving Gibraltar when British colonisation of Spain would have so many advantages?

Weird word-initial stress: ási

Posted: October 25th 2011 00:47. Last modified: October 25th 2011 10:59

I'm well aware of the whole ansí, ansina, asina, assí, etc etc business that preceded the standard así in contemporary mainstream peninsular usage, but I'm struggling to get my head round this particular version of the adverb. Perhaps they're transcription errors, though that strikes me as rather unlikely, particularly as I've also got a rather […]

Interesting hints on pronouncing the Urdu q

Posted: October 12th 2011 22:38. Last modified: October 12th 2011 22:59

Think of a bird or a bottle.

How to grow enough mustard for a salad from seed in two hours

Posted: June 23rd 2011 17:31. Last modified: June 23rd 2011 17:32

Ingredients: a horse, a fire, seed.

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.

The Two Gardeners

Posted: March 2nd 2010 19:39. Last modified: March 3rd 2010 21:01

An anti-intellectual French horticultural fable.

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."

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;

Son of a broker

Posted: October 9th 2009 11:06.

A Dutch compliment becomes a French insult.

Rhyme vs reason

Posted: October 4th 2009 18:05. Last modified: October 4th 2009 18:24

Restif de la Bretonne goes one step beyond Shakespeare and says that poetry is the language of Gods and beasts, and that reason speaks in prose.

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.

Fiesta mayor programmes and Zapatero

Posted: August 29th 2009 14:46. Last modified: August 31st 2009 09:40

Party political prejudice, or yet more historical memory bollocks?

The naming of El Picazo

Posted: August 10th 2009 00:56. Last modified: August 11th 2009 10:25

Mr Muñoz Soliva postulates the participation of some peculiarly phurtive Phoenicians.

Spain, a nation of whores, soldiers and fools?

Posted: April 17th 2009 13:39. Last modified: September 7th 2009 13:37

Spanish entries from the 1811 Dictionary of the vulgar tongue, with some fanciful etymological speculation and a mercifully brief bout of bar-room anthropology.

The invention of Barcelona carnival

Posted: March 2nd 2009 19:08. Last modified: March 2nd 2009 18:58

Moreto's El desdén con el desdén and Reznicek's Donna Diana: Vicky Christina Barcelonas of yesteryear?

Revisionist history of 17th century Mediterranean trade

Posted: February 12th 2009 17:31. Last modified: February 12th 2009 17:33

Molly Greene describes the complex anarchy that existed between the collapse of the Mediterranean powers and the entry of northern fleets.

Death of a monkey mascot

Posted: February 9th 2009 15:12. Last modified: February 9th 2009 15:26

Anecdotes from the frozen wastes of Spain and Britain, with a brief burst of the usual twaddle.


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