Victor Mallet has a good piece on Spain’s damagingly mistaken claim that Zapatero had successfully begged $9 billion from China. Chinese state media seems now to be hinting that, while some bucks may be on offer, Spain needs to present some bang asap – usufruct of the Balearics as latter-day Deshimas, proposes a mischievous voice. More constructively but also with the slightest hint of schadenfreude, Charles Butler suggests that Spain-trashing Zapatero, whose “Pavlovian reaction to an opportunity to resume his hard-wired good-news-all-the-time mindset”, might feel at home at Greece-trashing Citigroup.
- Comparatives: Spain vs Yugoslavia
Montenegro’s population is only a tenth of that of Catalonia’s, but Critilo’s conclusion over at ¿Hay derecho? – that the political sovereignty of (new) state(let)s is posited on monetary and economic sovereignty – still deserves a wider audience than the translation suggests.
(On the other hand, Candide, who brings considerable knowledge of the Balkans to bear
- French lessons: Grannie on her bike rides across the pool
Boby Lapointe, an obsessive, deranged comic genius who seems to have drunk himself to death aged 50, points to one of the delicious traps lying in wait for elephants who proceed beyond their French-English phrasebooks – the fact that of the supposed infinity of possible sentences in natural language, most are nonsense:
- 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.
- Some Itanglish in a Dryden comedy
One José María Trilladas has apparently been combing the accounts of the black card looters of Caja Madrid and has discovered that between them the great and the good, lefties and righties, spent everything on, to put it mildly, wine, women and song, and not a single cent on the printed word. But let that not
- Merchants and tenants at Billingsgate Market include…
City Music Services. Let me explain. And introduce my top 10 performing fish.