Interesting news here that the German state of Rheinland-Pfalz/Rhineland-Palatinate has recognised the Sinti and Roma as a national minority and committed itself to promote and protect their language and culture, particularly in education. Meanwhile, in Spain racial stigmatisation of a type not seen in Britain since the 60s remains acceptable, and not just in the ravings of football coaches. The following cartoon was published today in El Mundo, Spain’s most liberal daily. Farruquito, a gypsy dancer who has just been found guilty of killing a pedestrian while driving like a complete arsehole, is telling the press that he’s very happy with the result (16 months jail, which in this mysterious country means 0 months) and that they’re going to throw a barbecue up in the hills to celebrate (11 forest rangers were recently killed by an out-of-control wilderness barbecue):
Catalan regional telly, TV3, is a fascist fiefdom whose only quality product is syndicated football. Here’s a kiddies programme teaching them
- Berlusconi and the new (Roman) falange
Mr Clarke blogging at It’s Probably The Pox, My Son links to a typical bit of mendacity, or gross ignorance if
- Heidegger and Beckenbauer
I’ll be visiting Jan van Bakel’s site again shortly to quote from his extraordinary collection of letters written by Flemish soldiers
- Germanic monkey puzzles
Some of the recent obituaries of super-poet Willem Wilmink (1936-2003) managed to avoid mentioning his writings in Twents, despite the fact
- El Barça, Franco’s favourite team?
There is no statistical evidence for claims that the Franco government worked for Real Madrid and against Barça.