From a Barcelona tech company, with offices on c/ Blames (or whatever it’s called), an emergency sign that people will actually read and remember:
Next him was Fire, all arm’d from top to toe,
Yet thought himself not safe enough thereby,
But fire’d each Shadow moving to and fro:
And his own Arms when glittering he did spy,
Or clashing heard, he fast away did fly,
As Ashes pale of hue, and wingy-heel’d;
And evermore on Danger fix’d his Eye,
‘Gainst whom he always bent a brazen Shield,
Which his right Hand unarmed, firefully did wield.
Coming confusions in this class: “dear”/”dire”, “ear”/”ire”, “leer”/”lyre”, “spear”/”spire”, and “tear”/”tyre.” Imagine, if you will, Dowland’s “Flow my tears” recast as the wail of a Berber trucker marooned in rubber-melting heat in Hispaniam desertam:
Flow, my tyres, fall from your springs!
Exiled for ever, let me mourn;
Where night’s black bird her sad infamy sings,
There let me live forlorn.
In the land of the one-eyed, the king is blind. We wouldn’t want it any other way.
(H/t Alex K at the excellent tech/weird blog, A bite of…)
- In which the Spanish Inquisition strikes down a translation and saves an English sailor from a fiery fate
Werner Thomas (* 1931)
is an accordionist from Switzerland credited with composing a tune popularly known as the “Chicken Dance” or the “Birdie Song” while working as a restaurant musician in Davos during the early 1960s
The Chairmans, however, describe him as a composer, and say that his masterwork was actually finished by 1957 and first pressed in
- Weal chop
“Txuletón estilo vasco” is the original in this restaurant in the Eixample/Ensanche, Barcelona, so it’s not a
wreal chop for these hungry times, nor a flogging and amputation SM dish, but a Pickwickian morsel:
“Well,” said Mr. Weller, “… Ain’t you a goin’ to sign it?”
“That ‘s the difficulty,” said Sam; “I don’t know what to
- The European dissemination of Barcelona Maghrebis’ trademark mugging technique: a brief multilingual glossary
The emerging narrative seems to be that the mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other places during the New Year celebrations confronted on the one hand white left-wing institutional racism and sexism (brown men can do no ill, for all Rolf Jäger’s (misreported?) fine words) with on the other hand brown right-wing popular racism and
- Osona: the power of pigshit
Anon enjoys juxtaposing the gibberish from the tourist body for the Catalan district containing Vic, Manlleu and Torelló:
Discover thepower ofcatalan land, close to Barcelona
… with news from Grup de Defensa del Ter that the average level of nitrates in tested springs in the area -vital for walkers- has increased over the past year from 64 to