It turns out that an occasional commenter here has a blog of his own, From Catalonia to Caledonia, in which, from a Catalan nationalist perspective, he whinges about the Spanish, the English, ungrateful immigrants and stuff. However, his family turns out to contain the odd
cockatoo cuckoo too:
My parents are just another example of this. Destitute in Andalucia, they emigrated to Barcelona when there were early teenagers and met a few years later. My mum has adapted to Catalonia pretty well, and regularly votes for IC-V or ERC, and is fully aware of the issues. She speaks Catalan and regularly listens to Catalan radio or TV. My dad however is from the Troglodytes tribe and votes for the Spanish nationalists of the PP, even though he flirted with CiU in the â€˜90s. After over 50 years in Catalonia, he hardly understands Catalan, let alone speak the language. You can bet there are rather interesting discussions about politics at my parents. They don’t last too long though as inevitably someone storms off the living room sooner or later. I vote ERC and my brother Ciudadanos or PSOE, I am not too sure.
I have suffered similar torments. I had believed for ages that one of the Jones ancestors was a fine upstanding liberal republican with rather strange religious views and so was unsurprised to find this bit on the radical newspaper, Baner, in Matthew Cragoe, Culture, Politics, and National Identity in Wales 1832-1886:
The rhetoric of Welsh electoral combat changed as Baner’s influence made itself felt. Two speeches delivered by the radical Simon Jones of Bala can be used to illustrate the point. In August 1859, when Baner had only just been founded, the 53-year-old Jones stood up at a meeting of the Merioneth Reform Society and claimed its members were the descendants of seventeenth-century Puritans–‘Pym, Hamden, Owen, Bunyan, Penn, Morgan Llywd, and Walter Cradoc’, and the followers of the ‘apostles of the eighteenth century–John Wesley, George Whitfield, Howell Harris, and Lewis Rees’. These were the men in whose name Jones called his fellows to action.
All well and good, but Cragoe continues:
Nine years later, with Baner well established and Gohebydd’s commemoration campaigns for Rowlands and Llywelyn, not to mention his exposes of scandals such as Soar Chapel, fresh in mind, Jones’s dramatis personae had changed dramatically. He began by asking a meeting in Dolwyddelen whether they were ‘worthy descendants of Llywelyn, our last prince’, and continued: ‘Mr Charles of Bala, Mr Rowlands of Llangeitho, Mr Jones of Llangan, Mr John Elias, Mr Williams of Wern, Mr Jones of Talysarn, Mr Jones of Treborth, were watching from the battlements of heaven, to see how they acted (great applause).’ Although less than ten years separated these two speeches, conceptually they occupied two different eras in Welsh political thought. The former was made at a time when Welsh radicals still identified with a wider British culture of radicalism, and thus took for their heroes men whose contribution–political or religious–had been made on that stage, and whose exploits were equally celebrated by radicals in England.
Funny things, families.
- sagrada família finished!
Sez Christina Foerch in Lebanon’s Daily Star: Gaudi became obsessed with the church and concentrated all his energy on it. In 1926,
- Family album
The best photos I’ve ever taken.
- Can I coup my horse here?
PP senator Carlos Benet has said that Pavía entered Congress on a horse (during the 1874 coup), Tejero with a pistol
- A DEAD MAN’S JOKE
ECCENTRIC INSTRUCTIONS IN A WILL
- Witch trials
One of the principal flaws in the Vatican’s claims that the Inquisition was not really all that bad is the supposition