Tag archive for Napoleon I (RSS)

I read all of L’Atlàntida!

Posted: August 27th 2013 14:19. Last modified: August 28th 2013 12:10

Everyone knows Verdaguer was a Spanish nationalist, right?

Who is the enemy of our happiness?

Posted: December 12th 2012 15:25. Last modified: December 12th 2012 15:58

The Emperor of the French, just in case anyone had forgotten. I suppose there's a frying pan-fire unionist argument to be made against secession, and who better to put it than a Frenchman: Well, one of the participants was a Frenchman. Here's another load of Bellocs of which I'm also rather fond:

Symbols of French nation and state: rooster vs eagle in the 18th & 19th century corpus

Posted: December 23rd 2010 13:48. Last modified: December 23rd 2010 13:52

With some vague rabbitings on my silence and the rebirth of the humanities.

Constantí Ribalaigua, the Catalan who DIDN’T invent the daiquiri, for Pete’s sake

Posted: November 4th 2010 19:03. Last modified: December 5th 2010 16:03

Of Tate Cabré, ethnicity, creativity, and talking dogs that shit up walls.

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.

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.

Elections (brothels, Nazis), corruption, Girona airport shuttle, an Andalusian lexicon

Posted: June 5th 2009 13:21. Last modified: June 6th 2009 21:43

Link love for 05/06/2009.

Drunk and disorderly

Posted: April 6th 2009 17:02. Last modified: April 7th 2009 19:40

A British soldier's hazy recollections of civil war in Portugal.

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.

Beware gypsies bearing gods

Posted: September 14th 2008 15:59. Last modified: November 2nd 2011 23:00

The Santa Majestat in Caldes de Montbui.

Bonaparte moon

Posted: August 26th 2008 14:01.

A double reflection makes up the man who was born on the thirteenth day of the moon, lost his throne on the thirteenth day of the moon, and fought the battle of Waterloo on the thirteenth day of the moon: I wonder if Josephine's astrological babblings didn't cause Napoleon's natural military interest in the moon […]

10 sensational revelations concerning Étienne Cabet and his Journey to Icaria, with a biography of the author

Posted: June 6th 2008 09:40. Last modified: September 5th 2008 15:24

Étienne Cabet's Voyage en Icarie (excerpt) is his novelised idealisation of Napoleonic nationalist totalitarianism: if not exactly a New Jerusalem, then certainly a New Paris, built around a New Seine, designed by its dictator, the Icar. This book and its hype led hundreds of families, mainly French, principally artesans (sez James Chastain) to doom and […]

How the Swiss saved Spain

Posted: July 10th 2006 14:11.

Far from welcoming Napoleon as a liberator from the evil Bourbons, Catalan irregulars inflicted some of the most significant and discouraging defeats suffered by the French in Spain. However, things were not always as they seemed. Here's a bit of Antoni Moliner Prader's dossier, Popular resistance in Catalonia: somatenes and migueletes in the French war: […]

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 […]

Madrid presentation of Citizens of [Whatever]

Posted: May 10th 2006 12:55.

Boadella of Ciutadans has a sound bite: "Just as there are the ill who believe themselves Napoleon, so there are collectives who believe themselves a nation."

An old crab was I ere I saw Barcelona

Posted: April 4th 2006 17:53. Last modified: April 3rd 2006 17:54

More inspiring palindromes in OV Michaelsen's Word Play Almanac. (Re Napoleon: there used to be, and may still be, a band called Remarkable Elba Kramer.)

Can I coup my horse here?

Posted: January 17th 2006 08:05. Last modified: January 18th 2006 14:54

PP senator Carlos Benet has said that Pavía entered Congress on a horse (during the 1874 coup), Tejero with a pistol (this is the 1981 coup that failed), while Zapatero arrived by suburban train (the reference is to the Al Qaeda train bombs before the elections two years ago). I don't think Pavía actually went […]

My Bolivarian republic for a horse

Posted: November 28th 2005 17:23. Last modified: November 28th 2005 17:40

The last time I was in Caracas a general parked his tank outside the national assembly building and the chamber maid died of cholera. Things haven't improved since, and Hugo Chávez's infant daughter has just thrown a spanner in the works of the historic Bonaire invasion project by telling him to drop everything else until […]

Antwerp dialect

Posted: August 10th 2005 19:33. Last modified: August 10th 2005 19:38

Even if you stay clear of the Russian gun smugglers in the port, it's still often very difficult to follow Antwerp dialect, with its Anglicisms (makkadam, "asphalt"), Gallicisms (memmaure, "memory"), games ('t Chingchangsplein for Sint Jansplein, "St John's Square") and surreal inventions (I get halfway through melkkaarenoungdenaar, "lousy haircut", and then lose track of what […]

Wanted: 150-year-old palmist

Posted: July 26th 2005 21:01. Last modified: October 2nd 2009 18:16

I think I can show that the term guiri is traceable to Semitic roots, and I will do at some stage, but I'd just like to add a little bit of very vaguely circumstantial evidence to an alternative hypothesis discussed here. At the time I turned over in bed and muttered: So was the term […]


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