From Stuart Christie’s immensely entertaining General Franco made me a ‘terrorist’:
Two of my fellow inmates were in [Carabanchel] for what were to me unusual bullfight-related incidents… One was an eccentric Gallego who had been sentenced to six years for recidivism in interrupting bullfights. His particular modus operandi was to vault into the ring at ‘the moment of truth’ brandishing his Galician bagpipes like an espada, push the matador to one side and confront the bull – just as the former (or the latter) was about to make his kill – blasting away on the pipes and playing the banned Galician national anthem for all he was worth.
Even considering that this may be the nth case of peripheral nationalist ben trovato, one question is bothering me: did he wear underpants?
- Death of a monkey mascot
Anecdotes from the frozen wastes of Spain and Britain, with a brief burst of the usual twaddle.
- The true story, never revealed, of the barrow organ
There’s more to this eggcorn than Somerset genius.
- Dear Customs@HMRC
Which EU import tariff is applicable to non-EU kazoos?
- Origins of the “Gaelic Blessing” used at quasi-Christian, pagan and “humanist” funerals, and in a piece by John Rutter
Transphobic druidic mumbojumbo by William “Fiona” Sharp, in which God answers a prayer and cures a Hebridean fisherman’s feminine gender identity.
- Pirates and Kleinecke’s etymology of “pidgin”
It is suggested that an old Spanish slang word has nothing at all to do with Dutch pirates but instead adds weight to David Kleinecke’s generally discarded South American etymology of the word “pidgin”.