Thanks to MM (with a little help from BB) for news of the English musician who used to play bugle calls on his rifle using a mouthpiece inserted into the barrel. The photograph recalls the following Spanish joke:
Two hippies from Gracia are shrooming in the woods when they find a shotgun.
“Hey man, get that,” says the one.
“Yeah man,” says the other, “but what is it?”
They pick it up and examine it carefully.
“Dude, I’ve got it,” says the first hippie. “It’s a really cool pair of binoculars for looking at the stars. See, it totally kills the ambient light!”
And he holds it up to the sky with one barrel either side of his nose.
“What can you see?” asks the other.
“Nothing, man, it’s all dark. Will you see if there’s a switch to turn it on.”
The other finds the switch, turns it on, and the explosion blows his friend’s head apart.
“Dammit man,” he says, “take that look off your face–I’m scared too.”
- Pause + Antonio Fuentes anecdote
An expedition to examine the remains of Moorish castles and drink village wine on the Albacete-Jaén borders means that things will
- Casasús and the curse of the French
It sounds like Josep Maria Casasús, alleged ombudsman for La Vanguardia, is going around telling folks that I’m an American secret
Huge numbers yesterday on this walk, on some very quiet meadows at between 400 and 600m. First Gonepteryx rhamni, our Brimstone: Next
- The Sultan’s organ, and other stuff
There’s a good organ miscellania page here. The Sultan and I anecdote was one of the few useful pieces of information
- Turk’s head
Scapegoat in Catalan is cap de turc, in Spanish cabeza de turco. I haven’t got the OED, but Hector Zimmerman says