Once upon a time Pere Quart (Joan Oliver to his friends) composed some often wickedly funny verses that were published with drawings by Xavier Nogués under the title Bestiari in Barcelona in 1937. His treatise on the camel and the dromedary is reminiscent of one by Ogden Nash that I blogged into melodious Catalan a couple of months back and I prefer his zebra:
Strolling the sandorama:
A donkey trapped in its pyjama.
- Basta lágrimas de cocodrilo sobre el cierre de Bar Marsella
Si nos importa tanto, ¿por qué no lo compramos?
- Barrel Moreneta
Thinking about a mannequin to run off the machinery, a Darwinian take on the patroness of Catalonia and her composite stone chimneys came to one’s fetid brain:
Has anyone else noticed the similarity between the Catalan regional patron and her mountains, and a monkey and its barrel organ pipes?
(The stop-motion monkey unharmed by this collage …
- An organ-grinder at Archway
Pleasures and treasures of the Edwardian street, by a descendant of Scottish banditti.
- El submarino casi está
No será exclusivamente amarillo.
- Palabras que pierden el camino
De los granadinos de Barcelona y las mozuelas de Logroño y otros lugares.