A gringo, a Spaniard and a Mexican…

This ties into Hugo Chávez’ use of the race card in the runup to Halloween (“Halloween is a gringo custom, [and] the use of terror is particularly typical of gringo culture. Terrorism, creating fear among other peoples, creating fear among one’s own people”) and, slightly less convincingly, into the codpiece post. I guess people never…

Damn Chinese

As a sideline (no mainline yet) I write musical arrangements, principally for big band and for choir. Problem: piracy. Tonight trade war looms with China (I’ll probably have a curry instead): a reliable source tells me that a Shanghai choir is using my version of ET Mensah’s Tea samba.

Feet-scuffing in the Fifth Republic

‘“They were good kids coming back from a football game. Their criminal record was almost completely clean,” said Kolan, a black 22-year-old who was part of a foursome, all of North African origin, scuffing their feet in the estate entrance.‘

Catalonia is a dog

Zapatero says that Catalonia isn’t a nation but that he’s going to impose award it a national identity. I guess this makes it the group equivalent of beings that have a personal identity but are not people: God, androids, dogs.

Poisoning pigeons

There’s a bunch of mad old guys in the neighbourhood who come out and feed the pigeons, which then crap all over benches, bicycles and toddlers. One of the locals has discovered how to make them stop. He puts a handful of salt in his pocket, lies in wait till he sees them emptying their…

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 dug up the still-effective Ordenanza de Policía Urbana y Gobierno de la Villa. Some rules: Shoeshines should wear uniform. Spittoons should be present in all lodging houses. Chickens, turkeys and other barnyard animals are…

Languages and clouds

(Sad hippy post.) Everyone gets prizes here, and they’ve given sociolinguist Irene Lozano one for lamenting in Lenguas en guerra (Languages at war), as reported in ABC, that languages are used for political ends, when their purpose is to serve and human communication and knowledge. Languages don’t take notice of borders, because borders hinder and…

October stats

Webalizer says that daily averages last month were 1977 individual visits and 7987 page views, which is a record. The top 10 search strings haven’t changed much: unipeak, indonesian porn, abramovich yacht, gitanas, skinheads, pelorus, madrid masters models, pelorus yacht, tranny, troll. Lesson: humans don’t change but their numbers increase.