“Mr. T. was struck with the number of lunaticks confined in the several provinces of Spain. In
In the other interior provinces no mention is made of this malady.” The Ancient Kingdom of Aragon has more nutters than the rest of Spain put together, which sounds about right.
(Review of Joseph Townsend, A journey through Spain, in the years 1786 and 1787 in The gentleman’s magazine. I wonder what happened to Townsend’s attempt to demonstrate the Mosaic account of the Flood by travelling from Barcelona to Switzerland.)
- Political animals
Elections are still taken too seriously in Spain and Spain is still too monocultural for there to have arisen a tradition
- Would you be arrested in Spain if you called for the (re)introduction of the death penalty for corrupt politicians?
Not that I’d dream of doing any such thing.
- The Tory Scumbank
How to fund Jeremy Corbyn’s “people’s QE” without killing off the Bank of England and destroying the British economy.
- Persian military band music
The eighteenth century would have sounded rather different if composers had employed Persian instead of Turkish music: Xenophon and others report: “In
- Notes on Franfurk
German sausages commonly arouse Spanish bar owners to orthographical orgasm, but this is perhaps the most beautiful, and at first sight