Franco/Catalan

Dinosaurs are out of their tombs once again over here, with someone calling himself Adam repeating one particularly hoary myth. The truth is that Franco didn’t ban Catalan but, by removing it from institutional use, reduced it to the status of Breton in France, Welsh in the UK, Low Saxon in Holland etc etc in…

The Arab religion

When I occasionally read La Vanguardia, there’s always something in it’s foreign news coverage that cracks me up, even when it’s not plagiarised, falsified, or illiterate. Today it’s Tomás Alcoverro (beware pop-up hell), the paper’s Beirut correspondent, oft-flayed here, who sums up an article on the anti-Syrian protests thus: “Tripoli has always maintained its Arab…

Another enchanted girl

Iberian folklore has produced various enchanted girls, including the daughter of the king of Hungary. Here‘s another, on a lovely site.

Agua : buey = vino : rey

Just as it is difficult to understand how politicians can be so negligent or corrupt as to dig tunnels into which their voters’ flats then tumble, so it is hard to accept that Barcelona’s water utility can get away with building extravagant towers when their product is still undrinkable. I woke up last night and,…