Alto standing

Standing first shows up in the CREA corpus in 1976 in its normal Spanish usage (apartamentos de elevado standing, later appearances typically alto standing). I think its application to real estate is a phoney Anglicism–the first couple of pages of usage in English@Google all appear to be by Western Romance dialect speakers–so I’m very slightly…

Porter slaughter

For residents of Barcelona’s old town an affair way up in Sarrià or Sant Gervasi is probably the best way of surviving the summer. Ensure beforehand that your new friend’s flat is high in a modern block overlooking gardens, and you can enjoy coffee and parrots (barbecued, if you’re lucky) on the balcony before drifting…