The most honest blue skies I know from these parts are to be found in the Matisse’s Collioure paintings. The Canon A70 I picked up last summer encourages me to commit a crime often detectable in the photos of other recent immigrants: reducing the light and deepening strategic blues and browns, particularly when the high summer sun bleaches the colours. This creates a richer, more sensual palette which leads to great jealousy in colder climes but which isn’t terribly honest. I’ve tried to be slightly fairer in the slightly rejigged ex-funfair below, but there’s a pre-monkey .psd file (1MB) for anyone who feels like improving on it:
- Alternative etymology of “blah”
Here’s one: blah (n.) “idle, meaningless talk,” 1918, probably echoic; the adj. meaning “bland, dull” is from 1919, perhaps infl. by
- Plastered? Stone wall covering in Spanish vernacular architecture
Andoni Alonso, Inaki Arzoz, and Nicanor Ursua don’t provide sources for any of their often startling claims in this piece on
- The fretting nun’s secret
- Mugger mugged (2)
There’s a piece on Barcelona pickpockets by Laura Nicolás over at Avui (MT English here–don’t worry, they’re not actually stealing postmen).
- The metro to Nou Barris
Pictures of houses and a Derbi.