I suspect their algorithm is rather crude, and the seasons are rather vague along the Barcelona coast, but these are meant to emerge in spring (typically late January here), not late November. “The pine processionary caterpillar is a pest whose northward spread in France is being fostered by climate change. INRA researchers in Orleans are seeking to understand the conditions which favour this colonisation and propose a predictive model based on a global warming scenario of +3°C. The caterpillar populations which crossed the River Loire in the early 1990s should continue to spread naturally and will reach Paris in 2025.” Unfortunately you can’t eat them.
- Assaulted by a pine processionary caterpillar!
With chunks of Dioscorides and Andrés Laguna, including the wonderful story of what happened when an impotent bridegroom and a constipated friar involuntarily swapped medicines.
- Swallows and seasons in Spanish and English versions of the proverb
Emanuel del Mar, Nuevo guía para la conversacion, en español é inglés (1839, via GBS):
Una golondrina no hace verano. One swallow does not make spring.
Both spring and summer are used in both languages, but you’d kind of expect northward migration to take swallows to Spain in spring and then England in summer. Perhaps we don’t …
The Guardian lists a bunch of furrin terms used in football, including panna, used in Holland to refer to the nutmeg and, apparently, especially in Surinamese Dutch. It would be interesting to know where it came from. The only remotely related word I can find in SIL’s brilliant Suriname languages site is the Carib pena, which means …
- Barcelona riot suspects modeling for new inhouse police video game?
Plus my memoir of the Great General Strike of November 14 2012.