Those of you who share my support for the struggle against illegitimate power and privilege will have been delighted by the defeat last week in single combat of that decadent Spanish aristocrat, Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo, by a humble English poultry farmer, Tim Henman. (As you know, hidalgo (“nobleman”) is but a concertina arrangement of hijo…


It’s not very long, but just try saying it. (Found in the Dutch section of this page while updating this page. It refers to the apprentice of the guy who makes the keyholes for the locks on the collars of greyhounds. Or whatever: I’m not an expert in Dutch canine bondage products.)

Disappointed Iraqis slam America, part 5876

Says Marwan Issam from his computer games stall in a centre of Sunni terrorism: We have things now we didn’t have before, like the internet, mobile phones and satellite television but the quality is not as good as we expected. And we still don’t have enough electricity. Damn, sounds like Iraq’s caught up with Spain.

Fascist massacre in Barcelona

The French section of is brilliant. It’s where you publish stories that reveal even more of the *real* truth than Indymob can take. For example, the neoliberal press claims that Sant Joan, the local midsummer night feast, passed off without trouble. Wrong! Fist informs us that A concert took place in the self-managed park…

The Bible came from Catalonia

Following the post on evidence in Barcelona of the relationship between Saddam and Alkiedoodah, I have had several interesting conversations with The Right Reverend Dom Gelul. His work (and I paraphrase the jacket of a book by Kamal Salibi): reveals startling linguistic evidence which controversially suggests that Judaism originated not in Palestine but in Catalonia.While…

Penal reform

Writes Vince Stankay of Florida in response to news of increased penalties for drunk drivers in Slovakia: People must be taught that they will pay the penalty for not being responsible for their actions. That seems to me a worthwhile principle, although I am not sure how it would be applied.

Municipal doping

Usually when the Olympics come to town there’s a big clean-up, during which junkies with little muscles get kicked out to make way for junkies with big muscles. That’s what happened in Barcelona in 92, but from this op-ed piece by Costas Iordanidis in Kathimerini it sounds like the Greek government is not having it…

Fishing talk

A new study, Fish intake during pregnancy in relation to offspring’s early cognitive development, shows that women who ate fish regularly during pregnancy had children with better language and communication skills by the age of 18 months. Interesting, then, that fishermen seem to be such silent ghits: communicative fisherman 0 uncommunicative fisherman 0 talkative fisherman…

Red carpets for Bush

The cultural naivety of Irish political atavism is evident in this placard. NO RED CARPET FOR KILLER BUSH, it says. Smart opponents would have tried to change the meaning of the red from whatever it originally was to reflect the blood which they would have us believe Bush is spilling needlessly.

Mi venga la muerte de Spagna

Yesterday I received a letter from Holland whose relevance was diminished somewhat by its having been stored for four weeks en route, presumably here in Barcelona. Correos, the Spanish post service, is one of the many relics of a culture that Francis Bacon described four centuries ago: [T]rue dispatch is a rich thing. For time…