Name that novel

Adelante: ‘Ice e-skating,’ said Marta.‘Ice skating,’ said Domingo.‘Ice e-skating.’‘No, no. No e. Ice skating. Try it again.’Marta hesitated.‘Go on!’‘Ice es-kating,’ she said, with deliberation.Domingo smiled. ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s a common problem for Spaniards. Two consonants together causes a difficulty. I have conquered this issue after a long time. But you are unlikely to…

Seniorita’s sauna and massage parlour, Chatsworth Road, Clapton, London

Google Brain is rounding off this blog’s already manifest redundancy, so let’s treasure Seniorita’s while we may: Seniorita’s is of course advertised on pimpsites as a brothel (grab). This supposed punter will never make it in the grocery trade: Senioritas At 2 chatsworth rd london E5 you will find a mp with about 8 young…

By the face

Jordi Pujol Ferrusola has apparently been paying Liberty Seguros an average of €45 per annum per car to insure a Mercedes Benz 230 SL Pagoda, a Porsche 911 S 2.7 turbo coupé, a Lotus Elan and a Ferrari F40. Crónica Global: Un informe de la UDEF revela que a Jordi Pujol Ferrusola las pólizas de…

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…

As Pontes’ clitoris festival

La Voz de Galicia, the oldest Google source for the story, says that the council of Puentes de García Rodríguez posted the work of Google Translate on its website, but I can’t find a screengrab. As if all those mistranslated greens weren’t bad enough, the town’s illiterate English Wikipedia entry tells us that: The town…

Brantridge Brantrindge Barntrindge Barntridge: Herbert (Rainford) Towning and the Pujol clan

Four mentions, four spellings in Crónica Global’s piece about a British tub in the Pujol clan’s money laundry. This dyslexia appears sourced from Antonio Fernández’s new book, Pujol & Puig, which mixes the forms “Brantridge” and “Brandtridge”. CG follows the Spanish practice of assuming that foreigners also have two surnames, and refers to “Herbert Arthur…