The EU says that you have to take animal carcasses found in the high mountains down to the bottom, truck them half-way across Spain to an abattoir to make sure they’re really dead, and then, to stop the vultures starving to death, you are allowed to bring them all the way back and leave them in special Brussels-approved feeding stations. This is completely absurd in terms of both public health and the economics of hillfarming, and so, like the ridiculous prohibition on slaughtering your own stock and forest-loads of other stupid EU mandates, it is widely ignored in Spain. It’s wonderfully liberating to find random dismembered carcasses like the above within a few hundred metres of villages. Not reporting them is probably the only way we’re going to stop the vultures taking to Big Macs.
- Spanish vultures snacking in Holland
The crazy European regulation making it illegal to leave carcasses in the high mountains has led to reports of starving vultures
- Bicing accepts principle of parallel universes
Perhaps not, but they’ve removed from my records the journey that yesterday they were going to charge me 280€ for.
- London’s River Lea and Waltham Forest in Drayton’s 1622 Poly-Olbion
Now you see ’em, now you don’t.
- Killer novel plot
And other pub news.
- Turkish delight
I’ve already posted Catalan translations of selections from Gerard Monnink (who travelled with Toon Damhuis) and Jan Cremer Senior; Harry Jutten