This morning we went looking for gypsies and birds at the northern end of Collserola. When it suddenly started looking like it was going to rain very heavily–it subsequently did–we came down off the hills, overtaking old men carrying mushrooms and the occasional deckchair, and did a quick improvised tour of bars (Chuck Norris on Telecinco), strange people (the missing bit of skull must have been gunshot), and the Hole Clos Built (one guy tried to sell us whatever was left of his flat on Conca de Tremp, one of the streets affected), finishing up at a lunch room near Parc Güell.
One of the nicest bits on the way is Clota district, a bunch of single-storey, ± centenarian houses with large, functional gardens and wells. Underpopulated by the overaged, it has little in the way of government services, presumably because the planners want to replace it with architecture more closely resembling our mayor’s impeccable dentition. This is a good zone, and Bar La Clota at Capcir/Capsir 15 is worth a visit. Sometimes they put tables outside so you can admire the view.
- Madrilenian municipal ordinance dating from 1948/07/16
Mayors all over the country are trying to find ways of combating a perceived deterioration in public behaviour. Adolfina García has
- FollowTheBaldie.com review
I’m terrible at collecting testimonials, but here, with permission, is an extract from a thoughtful longer piece by a Chicago woman
- The number 73
I did a little customised walk for some people this morning, taking in planned and unplanned (ie gypsy shanty and troglodyte)
- Novel explanation for presence of volcanoes and river gold in the Pyrenees
James Howell, Epistolae Ho-Elianae: Familiar Letters, Domestic and Forren (1688, on GBS): There is a Tradition, that there were divers Mines of
- More iconoclasm in the Catalan pre-Pyrenees
Re yesterday’s post on the Santa Majestat in Caldes de Montbui, here’s some anti-Catholic propaganda from the time of George Borrow,