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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.

Goethe, responsible for Victorian pteridomania?

Posted: February 15th 2011 08:32. Last modified: February 15th 2011 11:29

The disastrous horticultural consequences of fucked literary translation.

Montserrat Tura and PSC hypocrisy in La Clota, Horta

Posted: February 7th 2011 21:10. Last modified: February 15th 2011 10:01

The demented, evil swine has herself photographed in a neighbourhood her party has spent the last 20 years doing its damnedest to destroy.

Assaulted by a pine processionary caterpillar!

Posted: February 5th 2011 23:12. Last modified: February 15th 2011 23:33

With chunks of Dioscorides and Andrés Laguna, including the wonderful story of what happened when an impotent bridegroom and a constipated friar involuntarily swapped medicines.

Berlusconi and the wiseness of Mubarak

Posted: February 4th 2011 16:45. Last modified: February 4th 2011 16:56

"The wisest of men" line isn't the former's, but ben trovato it certainly is.

A bicycling boho hobo, tempted by Cockaigne, fearful of Ruin

Posted: February 2nd 2011 14:53. Last modified: February 2nd 2011 16:07

What to do when a mysterious lady offers you a free ride?

The Nay of the Chacoli

Posted: December 29th 2010 12:38. Last modified: December 29th 2010 12:40

The Basque provinces demand observance of protected geographical status for their lousy wine, but Burgos fights back with a costly study centre project that will prove that they make lousy wine too. ¡Viva la crisis!

Mens insana in vico insano?

Posted: December 20th 2010 18:21. Last modified: December 20th 2010 18:26

In one of a number of Neapolitan-style toxic waste mafia scandals currently breaking in Spain (today it was also announced that of the 141 councils in Alicante province, 23 are under investigation for waste and planning offences), it has been alleged that Cerdanyola hosts an illegal and potentially explosive dump containing at least 650,000 tonnes […]

The Arabs say خروف, the Catalans say ovella, the Chinese say 羊, but the Spanish apparently say Ovis orientalis aries

Posted: October 22nd 2010 16:35. Last modified: October 22nd 2010 18:54

Can something be done about the nutters who use scientific rather than common names for Wikipedia articles, or is it time to call the whole thing off?

Spain and the correct relationship between man and dog

Posted: October 18th 2010 00:31. Last modified: October 18th 2010 09:15

Away with those canine metaphors! More Cela in translation!

Three Russian rooster animations

Posted: September 30th 2010 15:50. Last modified: October 31st 2010 21:35

"Big cock" and "The old man and the cock are versions of "Medio pollico" / "Demi-coq", and "Why the cock wears shorts" is something else.

Guerrilla gardening in Barcelona

Posted: August 14th 2010 13:37.

Check out Alex on the birth, death, and resurrection of a patch of green. Contrary to what some may suspect, it wasn't this neighbour who closed down v0.1 but the owner of this bookshop, who apparently preferred the redundant building site opposite her living room window to be occupied by filth and the occasional junky. […]

What’s the best way to wash down raw rodent?

Posted: August 5th 2010 21:16. Last modified: August 5th 2010 21:21

Rat, squirrel or capybara, kittens have one favourite sauce.

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?

¡Tú imitas tan bien a los animales! ¿No serás … aztor?

Posted: July 30th 2010 11:59. Last modified: July 30th 2010 12:03

A phonological curiosity from coastal Cantabria, with speculation as to the supernatural powers of María Teresa Fernández de la Vega.

Filets de Lapin as at Barcelona

Posted: July 9th 2010 20:00. Last modified: July 9th 2010 20:01

From Georgiana Hill, The gourmet's guide to rabbit cooking, by an old epicure (1859): Take the fillets from a fine young Ostend rabbit (by the fillet is meant the thick part of the thigh, separated from the bone) cut the meat into slices, round ways, of about three-quarters of an inch thick; let them soak […]

J in Catalan Spanish

Posted: June 19th 2010 12:44. Last modified: June 19th 2010 13:57

Immortalised in the "disastrous cowboy" genre of jokes.

Solving the crisis in Spain’s public finances, part LXXII: It’s time to ban socks

Posted: May 16th 2010 22:54. Last modified: May 17th 2010 17:14

The Spanish government is determined to retain the 500€ note as a crucial weapon in the fight to reduce tax evasion and money laundering. Getting rid of socks would achieve that same goal effectively without inconvenience to honest citizens and would also provide a stealth-protectionist boost to the economy.

What’s it like being stuffed up a rooster’s arse?

Posted: May 1st 2010 17:36. Last modified: May 1st 2010 17:38

Half Cock looks to a Tuscan witch for inspiration.

How many working Andalusians does it take to keep a fellow-countryman on the dole?

Posted: April 30th 2010 12:47. Last modified: April 30th 2010 12:49

More than some people think.


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