Everyone except UMassD prof Brian Glyn Williams, the Huffington Post and Greek nationalists has known for more than a decade that there’s no way they were left behind by Alexander. No great loss: it was always a pretty unimaginative story, and what actually may have happened (via) is quite extraordinary. Don’t get me wrong: I love silly old stories, but they’ve got serious competition.
- Ash cloud already in Asia, says the Spanish press
Malaprensa has from JMNoticias a stupendous English-Spanish cockup. Reuters put out a story in English explaining that the chaos caused in Europe by ash from Eyjafjallajökull was leading to knock-on problems for Asian airports forced to deal with thousands of stranded passengers. The Spanish news agency Europa Press mistranslated this as the ash cloud itself having arrived …
- Fake story about a fake passport
The headline belongs to Josu at Malaprensa, who has the marvellous story of how Guus Hiddink’s comment in Bild that it was unfortunate that Mesut Özil had distinguished himself with a bad pass was translated in the Spanish press as Hiddink regretting a false passport having been required to enable him to play for Germany.
- Brenda strikes back
“Don’t waste your time on obscure contemporary composers, John,” she said.
- La Moncloa prints press conference Arabic backwards
It may slowly be dawning on even Zapatero, with his great Alliance of Civilisations, that the road to الجحيم is paved with good intentions. A recent post here found Hebrew characters ordered back-to-front, and, perhaps to demonstrate evenhandedness in Spanish treatment of Semites, last week Zapatero’s communications staff struck back with some arse-over-tit Arabic. Moeh Atitar de …