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Duck hunting in the nature reserve on the Llobregat

Posted: March 18th 2009 18:38. Last modified: March 18th 2009 18:46

It's no longer a swinging safari now the nature-lovers have got guns too.

Semi-naked Spanish rugby players

Posted: May 11th 2008 19:53.

All praise to Lenox over at Spanish Shilling, who got the shot without getting his head punched. "During the second half, perhaps inspired by a herd of goats being led past by a dusty looking old shepherd and a couple of dogs, the Cabras rose to even greater efforts and by the final whistle (and […]

Sales of Catalan-language fiction in English translation on Amazon

Posted: February 27th 2008 13:01. Last modified: February 27th 2008 13:09

Ferran Mascarell said a couple of months back that Frankfurt perseguia tres objectius: millorar la presència de la literatura catalana en el món, entendre el paper fonamental de l'edició catalana amb els seus cinc segles d'història al darrere i ensenyar al món l'existència d'una cultura forta, plena i integral. El primer objectiu suposo que ha […]

Ancient circular enclosures in northern Spain

Posted: November 28th 2007 14:28. Last modified: October 28th 2009 10:31

Dido and Hengist are remembered as early heroes of isoperimetry for having solved the challenge of maximising the area of a land grant made to them by stringing together strips of oxhide and using the resulting closed superthong to trace, respectively, a semi-circle at Carthage and a full circle at Kaercorrei. What was news to […]

Novel explanation for presence of volcanoes and river gold in the Pyrenees

Posted: September 24th 2007 18:28. Last modified: September 26th 2007 15:57

James Howell, Epistolae Ho-Elianae: Familiar Letters, Domestic and Forren (1688, on GBS): There is a Tradition, that there were divers Mines of Gold in Ages pass'd amongst those Mountains; and the Shepherds kept Goats then, having made a small Fire of Rosemary-Shrubs with other combustible stuff, to warm themselves, this Fire grew along, and grew […]

How the Moriscos of Granada made poison darts

Posted: June 29th 2007 14:40. Last modified: December 20th 2009 17:05

The action sometimes turned a shade Bulgarian during the Granada Wars--at least that's what one infers from Diego Hurtado de Mendoza in this extract from Guerra de Granada (paras introduced for legibility): Wounded by two poisoned arrows, Don Alonso [de Aguilar] fought until he fell, disabled by the poison used among hunters since ancient times. […]

Destruction by the EU of pastoralism in the Balkans

Posted: June 24th 2007 15:43. Last modified: June 24th 2007 15:57

This is one reason why large numbers of Romanian shepherds, shearers and others are ending up in Spain. There's an interesting collection of info here (beware stupid music and cursor) dealing with the history and organisation of transhumance in Spain. While the sheepway infrastructure still exists in the Balkans, lorry transport, improved roads and the […]

Communal herding arrangements in the Pyrenees

Posted: June 14th 2007 20:58. Last modified: June 14th 2007 21:05

The sheep and goats above have just arrived back in Plan from low pastures to spend the summer in the mountains, rather like schoolchildren coming back from a language exchange. Joaquín Costa's Colectivismo agrario en España (1898), available in full on Corde, contains a number of accounts of communal herding arrangements in the Pyrenees: The […]

Horny shepherds’ song within a song

Posted: April 25th 2007 16:42. Last modified: April 25th 2007 17:43

Transhumance is in the air, so here's a smutty song from a commie from Zaragoza: Los pastores se van, se van, Los pastores lloran, lloran: ¡ay de mí, pobre pastora! ¿con quién follarás tú ahora? Rejigged: The shepherds are going, they're going again, The shepherds are weeping, they're wailing this strain: "Alas, alack, oh Phyllis […]

The demon barber of Calais, a 17th century Sweeney Todd

Posted: November 13th 2006 16:55. Last modified: November 13th 2006 17:17

I believe the current early chronology of versions containing all the basic motifs is as follows: Joseph Fouché was a politician and administrator, and the delightfully wicked creator under Bonaparte of something vaguely resembling the modern police service. According to PBS, he wrote in something called Archives of the police of a series of murders […]

How to make head cheese (queso de cerdo)

Posted: November 2nd 2006 21:09. Last modified: March 12th 2012 14:40

In Argentina. In Kilburn (thanks Dave). (First mention in Corde is in Ventura de Peña y Valle, Tratado general de carnes (1832). That marrano means pig as well as a renegade converted Jew is probably explicable in non-cannibal terms, although with these Frankish types you never know.)

Christ the hunter

Posted: April 17th 2006 16:33. Last modified: April 17th 2006 16:36

In a romance from Almansa on the La Mancha-Levant borders:

Revealed: Ildefons Cerdà‘s muse

Posted: March 5th 2006 16:30. Last modified: March 5th 2006 16:41

Barcelona's Eixample district slots humans into a grid of stacked cuboids; it often smells of poo. It is no surprise, then, to discover that its planner, Ildefons Cerdà, was born on a large pig farm. (It's just outside Centelles which, like the rest of the region, continues to ignore European law by spraying on slurry […]

In praise of troglodytes

Posted: January 25th 2006 14:47.

The NYT editorial Army Troglodytes in Spain is misguided and reactionary (as well as being factually inaccurate re Spain's history and constitutional order). Troglodytes are good, forward-looking people whose choice of housing reflects a concern for energy conservation; unlike nomads, troglodytes rarely form armies and are generally nice, romantic things like shepherds, brigands and Ruby […]

Bush is worse than …

Posted: December 13th 2005 12:51. Last modified: December 13th 2005 13:15

'“Bush is worse than Stalin" -Hitler' gets 30 ghits while '“Bush is worse than Hitler" -Stalin' gets 822. Is this because the people who make this kind of comparison (a) haven't heard of Stalin; (b) think Stalin was uniquely awful, an ÃœberBusch; or (c) think Stalin was actually a nice guy with some bad press? […]

More churchy coppers

Posted: December 8th 2005 18:36. Last modified: May 28th 2006 20:45

Re shepherds, Pío Baroja says that in the Navarre village inhabited by Silvester Paradox, hero of The adventures, inventions and mystifications of Silvester Paradox (Aventuras, inventos y mixtificaciones de Silvestre Paradox, 1901) that the local guardians of public order were called ministers (ministros). (Silvestre Paradox is very strange and very funny. It's a disgrace that […]

Shepherds in Galician ports

Posted: December 7th 2005 15:51.

Amando de Miguel says that Aura Grandal says that people in Ferrol, Galicia call policemen "chepas", and that this derives from "shepherds", which is what British engineers called the watchmen in the naval arsenals. I'm going to believe it, whether I do or not.

Mother of all abominations

Posted: August 5th 2005 17:39. Last modified: August 5th 2005 17:41

One dreadful consequence of writing this blog has been a realisation that ideas whose sublimity none has dared impute in the bar down the alley, Sally, are regularly rubbished by those too distant to receive the hair-mussing they so richly deserve. Here, for example, barrett writes "Ghits", by the way, is an abomination and reminiscent […]

Is Michael Moore a resurrected Saracen monster?

Posted: June 6th 2005 12:05. Last modified: June 14th 2005 21:48

European acceptance of Michael Moore's new anti-Americanism has been greatly assisted by the loving detail with which he depicts the country he has invented, bursting with gun- and God-happy fatties and ruled over by a Semitic mafia. Here, from El Semanario Curioso, Histórico, Erudito, Comercial, Público y Económico, El Blasón de Cataluña (1842; cited in […]

Official languages

Posted: April 20th 2005 11:03. Last modified: April 20th 2005 14:49

There's a lot of fuss at the moment in the land of the free about attempts to make English the official language of government. In Catalonia the 1979 statute of autonomy, responding to the political reality of a bilingual society, designated two official languages: Spanish and Catalan. Trouble, however, has arisen from the use by […]


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