La Vanguardia‘s front page lead this morning is the revelation that – far from being the spontaneous result of an evening down the pub – Samsung’s decision to shift operations to Slovakia was considered in advance and that the negotiations were conducted in secret! Honorary MBAs all round for the journalists responsible for exposing this terrible deceit.
- Buffalo Bill, first vendor of palomitas/popcorn in Spain?
La Vanguardia in 1889 re Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Barcelona:
A la puerta del hipódromo vimos vendedores de caña dulce y en el interior unos vendedores ambulantes ofrecían otro dulce preparado con granos de maíz y miel.
Honey-coated popcorn was already part of Cody’s commercial package in New York five years before, and La Vanguardia’s programme …
- Bank of Spain introduces inflation-proof €500 banknotes
As private banker to dozens of Andalusian officials I have been responsible for maintaining the padded mattress sector in work this year. Before the summer a client called to complain that inflation threatened to render worthless the not particularly hard-earned stash of 500s he maintains under one of my beds. But there is more woof than wolf …
- Fines for “incorrect” language use
As we go into recession the governments of two mini-“nations”, one with a state, the other with considerable autonomy, both worse afflicted by the downturn than might reasonably have been expected 20 years ago, have, within days of one another, rediscovered vaguely Biblical and distinctly 1930s strategies to disguise their failures of economic management: blame …
- Penal reform