Llorens off ice

Ian Llorens–who is only slightly mad, and there’s nothing wrong with that–is back. Here to celebrate is a photo of the front of the excellent Picó Lloréns family coffee and sticky things chain store in Albacete:

Hoards of Catalan and Valencian merchants are to be found throughout provincial Spain, helping provide a more sensible explanation for the presence of Catalanisms in Spanish literature than the conspiracy theory involving a secret army of pyromaniacs burning original Catalan texts that seems to be preferred by paranoid dope-fiends in Arenys de Mar. If Catalans were Spain’s original Pakis, their reputation for meanness was not as widespread as stay-at-home nationalist historians would sometimes have us believe: in beer bars una catalana is generally a bit of toast with LOTS of food on top of it.

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