Forum auction not to include mayor Clos

Price estimates had dropped so rapidly following recent news that the accountants figured it would be cheaper just to keep him locked up in the town hall until the next elections. 11,000 lots are up for sale–mostly office attributes–but I’m going to be bidding for the Flatiron Building, in which I plan to house my…

Blogs broken down by age, sex and other useful variables

In tribute to this noble undertaking, here a select list of blogs written in English by would-be Spaniards currently resident in the Cambrillish Empire who were bitten this morning on the calf by a tiger mosquito and are wearing a pink fluorescent wig to soothe the pain: Kaleboel You can’t expect me to keep that…

Svend Aage Bek and the Catalan lollipop mafia

Go over to John Pawlenko’s Barcablog and read this story of how, it seems, Chupa Chups think they can poo all over foreign entrepreneurs (like they attempted to poo all over the Spanish taxman) and get away with it. Why has no Catalan journalist covered this? Because they wouldn’t dream of biting the hand that…

Playing with fire

The Times of India writes of the late Raja Ramanna that he had the capacity to design a nuclear bomb with one hand and play Bach, Beethoven and Lizst with the other. Given that most of us need at least two hands in order to pursue either hobby, the survival of this planet in the…

Chomsky, anyone?

I hope that Europeans realise that it really only is absence that makes their hearts grow so strangely fond of Noam Chomsky, and that they don’t take up Eric Bakovic’s suggestion and deprive the Empire of a major source of export revenues. I first bumped into Chomsky when an ambitious professor thought it would be…

Wrong schlong

Someone claiming to be in LeMeaux has mailed to refute M’s suggestion that our mayor, Joan Clos, had made some kind of artificial addition to his beloved Hampton Wick. So what the hell’s wrong with him then?

Boar-hunting on the quiet

Quake and quiver, countryfolk, for Sicilian gentlemen will shortly be beating Berkshire’s bushy byways for the Great British Truffle Harvest of 2004; the principal threats to Catalonia’s black diamonds, on the other hand, are Alzheimer’s–forests seem very big when you’re with an 85-year old who can’t remember where the buggers are–and wild boar. Wild boar…

Efficient use of PR budget

André Hazes, the notable (but not notably abstemious–he famously lit up in the no-smoking cinema in which his life-film was being premiered) Dutch singer, died yesterday morning. RIP, one would think, but the Dutch music industry is smart–and tacky–enough not to miss a fiscal-friendly moment like this: Enschede a/ Zee has scanned the condolence ad…

Al-Qaeda’s debt to the American music industry

From Popbitch: Abu al-Zarqawi is the mastermind behind this week’s gruesome hostage beheadings in Iraq. By filming himself doing the beheadings and then selling the resulting snuff movies as DVDs all over the Middle East, al-Zarqawi has turned himself into radical Islam’s hottest celebrity. What nobody has pointed out is how influenced by hip hop…

“Breaks Slammed on Railway Privatization”

Right headline, wrong story from Deutsche Welle: what the DB Vorstand really wanted to communicate is that German rail privatisation will proceed according to plan, and that under a new CEO, one Kurtis Blow, trains will be marketed to a wider public by using them at night for 70s-style hiphop parties.