The oldest surname in the world

Ramón J Sender’s La tesis de Nancy is the account of an affair between strawman and strawwoman, in which Curro, Work, a part-gypsy ingénu-cynic from the Seville town of Alcalá de Guadaira “who devotes himself to the resale of bullfight tickets in the summer and to wine-tasting for the rest of the year” leaves Dutch…

Cab drivers show porn films

My dentist in Holland used to lower a telly over the chair and you could watch all manner of goings on, but this level of customer care is apparently considered offensive in Mexico, of all places.

Nostradamus and the Spanish Civil War

If we take it as axiomatic that books with blue and pink covers are published by nutters, then McClaine Lee’s book will contain few surprises. However, a bit of Nostra-madness does no harm, surely.

Newt Gingrich: what a pillock

If ‘bilingualism poses “long-term dangers to the fabric of our nation”‘ (via Unze Toal), then less national fabric might be just what the USA needs. Never did like all those flags. (I was talking to this gentleman the other day about this kind of stuff. His mum speaks one language, his dad another, they communicate…

Founded by Hercules

Alphabetical list (via GBS unless otherwise indicated), and with no particular attention paid to the Greek vs Lybian business, to the Roman/West Mediterranean cult, or to anything else for that matter: “ABDERA, ab-dé’-ra, a maritime city in Thrace” (Beeton’s Classical Dictionary) Alesia, an ancient town of the Man« dubii in Gallia Lugdunensis, said to have…