David de Ugarte writes that “Al-Qaeda is the first distributed armed organisation that is open and based on open-access technology, ideology and gear.” The rest is debatable, but the word “first” is wrong. What about all those networks of early-warning hill-top beacons in Scandinavia 1000 years ago, used to rouse people with home-made weapons and shared ideology to fight intruders? (The genesis of the phrase “where’s the beacon” is to complex to explain here.)
- Some advice for mayor Clos
For reasons that are unclear to me, the burlesque leader who ruled Dublin during carnival used to be known as Mayor
- Hos in Spain
On cultivating our garden.
- Unnacompanied into the woods?
The other day someone gave me the (impeccable) English translation of Gabriel Tortella’s classic El desarrollo de la España contemporánea. Historia
Race to the bottom.
- Chino de los mandados = errand boy
Chinese because of his servility and/or size, or a genuine Indiana Jonesian Short Round? From Bogota, and perhaps relatively recent, but here