Go check out Nick Lloyd’s revived blog at Iberian Nature, which I’ll syndicate just as soon as I get back to normal living. I can confirm the white stork story–I’ve never seen as many, anywhere, as in the last two weeks on the road. One of the interesting things going on at the moment is the extent to which other bird species are giving up migrating south for winter and hanging around in a much warmer Spain. The pine processionary moth caterpillars also came out four weeks early in a lot of areas this year and got squashed, as usual.
Check also incoming links from the comments section of the Pepys Diary project (but please tell me, someone, whether I’m right or wrong) and from Dennis Hollingsworth, who I think lives around these parts, although I can’t figure where or in what capacity.
- Significance of Spanish playing cards explained
From William Pulleyn’s The Etymological Compendium, Or, Portfolio of Origins and Inventions (1830), via Google Book Search: It is generally believed, that
- Anchovy alert
Speaking as a trombonist, I wonder whether the lack of anchovies in the Bay of Biscay, noted by Nick Lloyd, isn’t
- Bollocks in 16th century Spanish writing
Where arse turns up regularly in jokes, proverbs and stories, bollocks–cojones–in CORDE’s version of sixteenth century Spain seem to be confined
- Spanish blondes
Perhaps an early comment on what to newcomers may appear a genetic peculiarity of the Iberians, whereby fairness affects a far
- Assaulted by a pine processionary caterpillar!
With chunks of Dioscorides and Andrés Laguna, including the wonderful story of what happened when an impotent bridegroom and a constipated