Des von Bladet links to the story of Anna and Ulf Ström, who have cycled all the way from sunny Sweden to snappy Spain and say that poor Spanish road-planning has sometimes forced them to cycle on motorways. Contractors are actually obliged to build service roads along at least one side of motorways if there are no other alternatives. However, it’s often unclear which side the service road occupies, and parts of it may be lacking, particularly in mountains or where stuff like poor drainage of the main road leads to it being washed away. In open country it’s often more interesting to strike out on promising looking dirt tracks, using the sun or a compass to stay roughly on course.
- How many votes did it take to elect your councillor in the 2011 Catalan municipals?
The answer’s somewhere between 11 and 5,016. Time to merge small ayuntamientos?
- Social netrics
Kaleboel figures for insignificant reasons in an academic paper by Fernando Tricas-García and Juan Julián Merelo-Guervós. The Spanish-speaking Blogosphere: Towards the Powerlaw? (PDF) introduces a spider-based tool developed by the authors, the Blogómetro, and includes the following interesting comment:
- Barcelona-Cadiz, part 1
Brief report on carnival, goat à l’africaine, and a night out with the Belarussian putimafia.
- Business Over Tapas
I’ve just received my first copy of Business Over Tapas, a weekly bulletin from Lenox Napier, and I’d warmly recommend it to the rest of you. It combines sourced summaries of recent press in English, Spanish, German, and whatever else I have missed, with original reporting and analysis from Lenox (some tasters here), the economist …