MG Cole writes from a farmstead on Bala Lake:
I am disappointed that you, a Welshman, don’t publish more stories of interest to dope-crazed New Age pillocks and consumer goods purchasers like myself.
Here then is an authentic photo of Hungarian stag-princess, Violant, on her way from the Lands of the Morning to her wedding to the well-known
Languedocian Aragonese Catalan novelist, psychopath and amateur ornithologist, Jaume, in 1235:
- Catalan hunter-king meets Hungarian stag-princess
In which I suggest that a Catalan folksong about a Hungarian princess also touches on the latter country’s foundation myth.
- The legislation affecting the Catalan language is different depending on what state you are speaking
One of the inconveniences of living or doing business on Mallorca over the last decade has been language legislation which, unless like Palma-based Air Berlin you are big enough to ignore the law, has required all (ie not just customer-facing) public employees to speak fluent Catalan and all businesses to provide all consumer information and, where …
- Blonde virgins
Last week I snapped a Scandinavian blonde Maria in Vilafranca del Penedès. Joan Amades (El pessebre (1959)) tells us that, in Catalan nativity scenes, the Mother of God was always represented by a young, very white girl with hyper-perfect features, and that her whiteness is both traditional and proverbial (“white as a Mother of God”). He then …
- Pig foot gypsy charm
A Roger Ekirch, At day’s close: night in times past: “suspending the heart of a bullock or pig over the hearth, preferably stuck with pins and thorns”. Barcelona’s inquisition records and other (later) sources also contain a desperate screech of (sometimes living) cats and a wide range of barnyard animals with pins stuck into them …