Kaleboel is one (1) today, which means you’re going to start seeing signs of maturity on-this-day items from 2003 in the right hand column of individual posts. I started it for three reasons: To learn Catalan. At the beginning posts took me ages, but I can now read and write with reasonable facility, although I’m…

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Maartje Draak (1907-1995) was a brilliant Celtologist who is remembered principally for having laid bare the debt of the courtly romance to folklore. Draak is Dutch for “dragon”, and she is said on occasion to have begun lectures with the words: “My name is Draak and I deal with fairytales.”