There have not been wanting theorists who have recognised in the apparently constant opposition of the north and south a kind of natural law, by which both are destined to be regulated, and to which the whole of history may be made to bear witness… [Celts, Gaul, Rome, Greece]
This interpenetration of the south and north–this yielding of the more civilised to the barbarian power–is to be historically regarded as having been appointed for the interest of humanity. It was needed that the fresh vitality of the northmen should, like new sap, circulate through the old and enfeebled empires; while in modern Europe the continued struggle of physical and intellectual energy ended in the better culture of both worlds. Conquerors and conquered–the civilised and the barbarians–alike melted down into one and the same people, and rose to a far superior civilisation, uniting the free and intelligent thinker of the north with the artistic and impassioned superstitionist of the south.
Writers who are disposed to the fullest recognition of the law at which we have above hinted, remark, that both in Asia and in Europe there alike exist both a northern and a southern world. The fields of Lombardy answer to the tropical plains of India; the Alps to the Himalayas; and the plateau of Bavaria to those of Tibet.
I refer you to a post somewhere on cycling to Budapest using a map of the Home Counties.
- al-qaeda & al-andalus
A number of people I spoke to yesterday were firmly convinced that Mr Aznar had himself planted the bombs, and that
- Tripe to north of me, tripe to south of me
Hay órganos que no andan sobre ruedas sino a patas, y son buenos e interesantes.
- Catalan and north-eastern Jaén speech
Iberian linguistics is even more complex than I had thought.
- A walk from Petersfield over the South Downs to Bishop’s Waltham
From the banks of the Rother (almost) via Stroud, Ramsdean, the source of the Meon (just about), Frogmore, East Meon, Old
- The economic vice, Elena Salgado, has traveled to London to soothe investor sentiment
Yep, but it‘s free, courtesy of Google Translate, and still substantially better than the work of many professional translators. It’s also