Although Spanish playing fields are not the 2m-deep clay solution of their English cousins, I’m still a bit surprised that Zapatero thinks he’s going to win votes with an education policy featuring less religion and more physical education. A reduction in religion has got to be welcome in a country in which religious education still consists largely of Roman Catholic indoctrination, and in which the established church exercises a large measure of indirect control over how other subjects are taught. But couldn’t they come up with anything except kid-on-kid violence to replace it?
Joan over in John Chappell’s 2004/02/04 02:35 comments section is getting annoyed about people using the word Spanish instead of Castilian.
- Hsieh Ch’ing kao on Spain and Portugal
From the The Hai-Lu (1783-1797), as quoted on this page on this excellent site, again via TdiT: Portugal (called Ta-hsi-yang, or Pu-luchi-shih
- Revisionist history of 17th century Mediterranean trade
Molly Greene describes the complex anarchy that existed between the collapse of the Mediterranean powers and the entry of northern fleets.
- Freudian false friend hamstrings Spanish government’s City presentation
An amusing and presumably unintended glimpse of the Spanish economic pushmi-pullyu–are structural reforms for real or merely for foreigners?–is to be
- Interrogation of a French freemason by the Spanish Inquisition
I’ve always thought of freemasonry in Spain as being roughly analogous to free black Christian sects in British colonies: providing a