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If colonial Spain was led by Don Quixote and post-colonial Spain by Sancho Panza, who’s in charge now?

Posted: June 11th 2012 16:07. Last modified: June 13th 2012 10:05

"Before [1898], without a doubt, it was quixotic country, which thought of itself differently from what it really was," Baroja wrote in 1927. "Before, in the period of adventures, Spain was led by Don Quixote. From now on, it would be directed by Sancho Panza." (Via learned.english.dog, source?)

Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española

Posted: October 28th 2010 20:37. Last modified: October 28th 2010 23:13

Why I'll probably be sticking with the Biblioteca Virtual del Señor Licenciado Pero Pérez.

Josep Huguet, José Millán Astray and the death of intelligence

Posted: September 5th 2010 13:02. Last modified: September 5th 2010 15:09

With a sublime little parody of romantic nationalism from Camilo José Cela, who has his own particular view of this bothersome culture vs civilisation thing.

Ya en los nidos de antaño no hay pájaros ocaño

Posted: June 9th 2010 00:59. Last modified: June 9th 2010 11:03

An elderly Andalusian's way of saying "this year" may constitute early warning of global (or at least Peninsular) cataclysm, perhaps a regional franchise of the 2012 phenomenon.

The true origins of “Africa begins at the Pyrenees”

Posted: May 2nd 2010 23:58. Last modified: May 3rd 2010 19:29

This deeply resented peripheralising aphorism was coined not by Alexander Dumas but by Dominique Dufour de Pradt or conceivably the Conde do Funchal.

Spanish, most popular elective extra-curricular language in English higher education

Posted: April 7th 2010 13:36.

Now ahead of French, while German is being overtaken by Chinese.

Spanish/French shibboleth commemorates the brief reign of Joseph Bonaparte

Posted: November 15th 2009 12:49. Last modified: November 15th 2009 12:51

Fill in the gaps in this pasquinade on the voiceless velar fricative, which I found last night in Mesonero Romanos' El antiguo Madrid: En la plaza hay un cartel Que nos dice en castellano Que José, rey italiano, Roba a España su dosel; Y al leer este cartel, Dijo una maja a su majo: --Manolo, […]

Man combing Vietnamese pot-bellied pig in Cuenca courtyard

Posted: September 8th 2009 21:54. Last modified: September 9th 2009 10:15

Or perhaps it isn't.

Going to the dogs

Posted: August 31st 2009 11:35. Last modified: August 31st 2009 11:41

Vague musings on the past and present of hare coursing and greyhound racing in Spain.

Mole models in Cervantes

Posted: April 9th 2009 17:43. Last modified: August 31st 2009 10:23

From saviour to saved to savoury: the de-/remystification of bodily imperfection.

A league and a turd/Legua y mierda

Posted: March 30th 2009 20:27. Last modified: March 30th 2009 20:30

Minsheu's Pleasant and Delightfull Dialogues: where did he get all that horseshit?

Nunca digas nunca Hamas

Posted: January 11th 2009 20:51. Last modified: April 13th 2009 22:11

A pun on Never say never again on Gracia's only SWP bodega (one of the proprietors claims to have known Yigael Gluckstein) may be suggesting that may be no imminent solution to the problem of bearded nutters rocketing their neighbours and then moaning about the response. In other graffiti today, the anarchist nutters in the […]

The great Catalan gunpowder swindle

Posted: December 15th 2008 11:18. Last modified: February 27th 2009 22:00

As the evenings draw in, the Arenys de Mar sensimilla syndicate has taken time off from the plantation to post another shambling Gran Armada-wreck of nationalist historical revisionism. (It's dated 2006, but this is the first time it's turned up in my reader, so...) As is customary, our scenario is back-to-the-future: a massive 15th century […]

The legal practicality of resurrection in Spain

Posted: November 17th 2008 12:38. Last modified: November 17th 2008 12:43

People in Barcelona have started relating the apparently low mortality rate among Chinese residents to identity theft in the way they did in London a few years back, but we're never going to get back to the good old days before forensic tools like DNA testing, finger printing and ubiquitous photography. There's an entertaining story […]

Cameo appearance by George Borrow in Valle-Inclán novel

Posted: October 4th 2008 08:03. Last modified: October 4th 2008 02:03

One of Spain's greatest 20th century plagiarists intertextualisers was the novelist Valle-Inclán. His gypsies are substantially borrowed from George of that name, but as far as I know it is only in the following passage from La corte de los milagros, a novel set in the period when Borrow was in Spain, that he refers […]

How West Africans won the heart of Cádiz

Posted: September 28th 2008 17:37. Last modified: February 26th 2009 12:27

African-ish bands have been the talk of Andalusian ports since Cervantes. In 1935 the carnival association Orquesta Senegalesa didn't win any prizes with this song: Aquí está la Orquesta Senegalesa que tocamos las notas con gran limpieza, llegamos desde Londres en un tranvía a visitar la tierra de la alegría. Hemos visto mujeres a cual […]

Prostitution in 16th century Rome

Posted: July 12th 2008 21:30. Last modified: July 12th 2008 21:37

There was a lot of it: Mirá, hay putas graciosas más que hermosas, y putas que son putas antes que mochachas, hay putas apasionadas, putas estregadas, afeitadas, putas esclarecidas, putas reputadas, reprobadas, hay putas mozárabes de Zocodover, putas carceveras: hay putas de cabo de ronda, putas ursianas, putas güelfas, gibelinas, putas injuinas, putas de rapalo […]

The RAE takes the wall and then goes and loses the bugger

Posted: June 21st 2008 07:17. Last modified: June 21st 2008 07:19

Many thanks to Javier for introducing me to the Cantabrian Quixote, which devotes a whole chapter to a duel resulting from a disagreement about who should dexar la acera, give the wall sidewalk. Not surprisingly, like the cognate discussed in the linked post, it doesn't turn up in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy. […]

Der Engel

Posted: April 30th 2008 14:54.

When I saw this first I briefly thought it was Montjuïc viewed from Maians Island, where Quixote first saw the sea. But the sun sets west, not south, and those are mountains in the background, not clouds. So it must be Italy, somewhere. Here's the text.

Casanova warns Spanish authorities re sexual mores of “Swiss” immigrants to Sierra Morena , plus the etymology and origins of flamenco, and other items of interest

Posted: April 2nd 2008 11:54. Last modified: February 1st 2012 20:24

One of the many etymologies of flamenco is rather curious. From the typically poor Spanish-language entry in Wikipedia: Durante el siglo XVIII el asistente Olavide pretendió combatir el bandolerismo instaurando colonias de catolicos alemanes y flamencos (tenidos por disciplinados y laboriosos) en el Alto Guadalquivir. El fracaso de adaptación de muchos de ellos engrosó las […]


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