Fart thee not

Mr B has been struck through and through by gastric flu. Let that be a lesson.


Great Lord Bus SL, from Cerdanyola del Vallès. Great lords may travel by palanquin, phaeton or Pullman, as well as on occasion by tumbril, but they don’t do buses, even when visiting casinos.

Chinese government attacks on Marxists.org

Apart from principle, there are practical reasons to object strongly to attempts by the Chinese government (via BB) to damage and destroy Marxists.org: it’s a brilliant, unique resource, the examination of the often weird premises, analysis and conclusions of whose content helps one begin to understand how great portions of the world, including China, got…


Why the curious reluctance (n = 0 at post time) to give the pillagers of the Napoli their correct name? The Spanish word is raquero, which the DRAE says comes from raque, which it describes as the “act of gathering objects lost on the coasts through shipwreck or cargo spillage.” Etymology suggested is Gothic rakan,…

Live trombone news

Seven year itch has kicked in: I’m playing funk trombone at Harlem Jazz Club February 1 and 8 (extra date: March 1), assuming I remember how the damn thing works. If you come and say hello I will graciously allow you to purchase me a beer ;-)


So this will be left at that.

Moroccan mosque regs

It’s not just Spain that is cracking down on the re-dedication of buildings as temples and unregulated preaching. [ I’ve been in a few mosques in Holland and in Barcelona (once, beer in hand, with a couple of Bangladeshis, to the concern of some of the faithful), and on aesthetic grounds as well as out…

Swift one

Bowman Ales have got their feeds working now, so if they just enable comments people will be able to read posts and write wonderful things about them without shifting from their, ahem, WiFi-enabled bench.


Molins de Rei boasts a demolition business called Flatter Grup. This morning they were flattering® a rather nice turn-of-the-previous-century house on the Paseo de Gracia.