Werner Georg Patel

I told you that was his name. (I fear some people are taking the site seriously, although Big Fat Hairy Dave probably isn’t among them–check his profile.)

Reading this evening…

Flemish jurisprudence dealing with relationships between potato coops and their tax-mitigating members. One new expression: tegensprekelijk debat, from the French débat contradictoire of réunion contradictoire, meaning basically (and slightly bizarrely to my mind) a meeting or hearing at which several or all parties are present. Due to some aspect of legal history with which I…

Cow

There are times when I, too, feel hairachy. (If GenCat.net really “is an example of a radical redefinition of the e-Government portal concept, the first real implementation of Web 2.0 philosophy in Public Administration, fully backed by an explicit policy-driven political strategy focused on a personalized and integrated citizen-centric approach”, how come a centric citizen…

Freedom for bears = danger for men

The French and Spanish central government have been rounding up hairy, barrel-chested men in Sitges and Barcelona and letting them loose in the Pyrenees, and local social conservatives are unchuffed. (While thus misled, I found this interesting definition of ours in this glossary: Au XIXe siècle, surnom donné au patron d’une imprimerie. Ce dernier, juridiquement…

Sugar daddies

Struggling with weariness and reading bits of Ricardo Palma’s Tradiciones peruanas (1883). There was no sugar cane in Peru at the time of its conquest, he writes, and the first plantations were not established until 1570. The first Peruvian refiner suffered from the abundance and cheapness of Mexican sugar until he hit upon the smart…