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 78.7 mg/l; that there are peaks of 456.5 at Taradell, 353.4 at Santa Cecília de Voltregà, and 343.9 at Gurb; and that more than half of the springs exceed the WHO’s recommended limit of 50 for drinking water.
- GDT believes that politicians and civil servants are in hock to big business, which is to say pig business. (Aside: A Dutch gent who ships his pigs for fattening in Osona before returning them to Holland for slaughter says that the lack of environmental checks has a crucial impact on his pricing, and the effect on nose and eyes is often reminiscent of parts of Holland in the bad old days.) However, human water consumption is more than four times that of our snorty friends per head, so both sides may be hearing shortly from porcine rights activists.
- Anon suspects murderous xenophobia – “Let’s get ’em here, and poison ’em.” But then they’d have produced a decent translation, no?
- You already know what I think.
- “Where is limit” and the decline in rote learning
Well, here’s a race you won’t want to miss – it’s the prize-winning ‘Stupidest Titled Activity 2014’ which this year goes to the World Capital of Plastic Farming: ‘1st Trail Where Is Limit El Ejido’. Yes, they are all very excited, especially the chap who had the honour of finding, with
- Shiteways Cider Company Ltd
The first phoneme of the subject of this splendid story by the Diario de Jerez appears to have colonised the first of the (long defunct) Whiteways Cider Co. Ltd., and they probably deserved it.
For Whiteways et al in 1966 sought a ruling allowing them to market as sherry beverages that used the Jerez process but that …
- Facebook: if you form a civil partnership you must be gay
Chez Lexicool, via MM, Katia, who, using Facebook in English, described herself as being in a civil union with Juan, only to have a lucky escape from her mother-in-law, who, using Facebook in Spanish, had understood that this was in some sense a homosexual union, and was just about to order some educational literature from Amazon.es …
- Business and pleasure: concerts, birthday parties, receptions, cocktail parties, weddings and other special celebrations
A memorable, surprising, high-quality quickie for your champagne moment – birthdays are particularly popular. Sprog hint: If yours are under five foot, a (stable) beer crate will enable you to photograph them organ-grinding without your nearest and dearest having to hold them up in mid-air. This passage from Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment kind of counts: …