Gironese secessionist politico Francesc Ferrer, an obsessive self-publicist with what looks like an advanced persecution complex, has always unjustly been reduced to scribbling in green on the margins of global discourse. Fortunately the man has now started publishing a distinctly Gogolian blog on his splendid website. Here’s a contribution for 2003/12/20:
The decicision [sic] of those who think they run Girona Town Council to halt construction of the carpark on La Creu Street and to decide to transfer it to Emili Grahit Street on the site of the Barracks is an authentic resolution of an absolute monarchy. In spite of obeying the popular will [this is what the residents wanted] it is the fruit of an all-enveloping absolute and despotic Socialist approach.
More later re Ferrer and, in particular, his compendium of Some More Bad Things Spain Did To Us, La Persecució Política de la Llengua Catalana. One of the interesting things about this rant and other noxious emissions over the last couple of weeks is that he seems never to have got worked up about the other newsworthy angle on the ruling Catalan socialists (PSC) and their enthusiasm for carparks: that the winning tender was from a virtual company formed just in time to have its tender accepted by the PSC. (The paper in which this report by David Céspedes appeared, El Diari de Girona, contains some good stuff. Unfortunately it seems to have shut out Google and has one of the worst archive search functions I’ve seen for a long time.)
- Novels, blogs, democracy
Eulàlia Petit@Barcelonetes is right about exhibitions at Barcelona’s CCCB–too much curation, not enough content. She says a variety of interesting things about the current one, West by East (which actually deals with “Muslim” representations of “the West”), and quotes the Iranian writer, Sorour Kasmaï. Kasmaï says that for her the novel is what defines the West, displaying …
- Language education obligations
To underpin their advertising pitch many webmasters use simple devices to fake the number of visitors on their site and the number of click-thrus to other sites. Nationalist crazy Francesc Ferrer’s approach is simpler: every page on his blog says it has been visited 10 times. Yesterday’s entry recounts the prosecution of some kids from La …
- Kalebeul’s 5% bookstore
Yet another scheme to get poor slowly.
- Phlogging a dead house
Here‘s a good bunch of Pontevedra photos by Colin Davies chronicling the frenzied destruction of those not-particularly-interesting buildings that nevertheless make Spain look the way it looks. If your dwelling is in a pre-1850 zone, then the chance is that things will stay more or less the way they are, but most everything from the …