Wikipedia suggests that H’Angus the Monkey (cartoon) may have been voted mayor first time by local gamblers attracted by the high odds against him. Stuart Drummond failed to honour his “free bananas” pledge, but was re-elected.
On this walk.
- Time, a commodity
I always thought that a commodity was an article that could be traded, and that time (99-year lease, delivery in October, they’ve already started rotting) was a major determinant of price. Not so in the Guardian, where Hugh Muir writes of Simon Hughes’ moribund campaign to become London mayor that
The Liberal Democrats need a surge,
- rooftop virgins
Despite the Grimms’ usual fiddling, Rapunzel remains – as Violet Bergen notes in a fine article – a story suffused with powerful Biblical imagery, most of it Old Testament in origin. The New Testament’s most famous virgin usually parades with her head covered, but on the cross-vaulting of the C15th cloisters of the monastery of Sant …
- Sick of people moaning about 1714?
It’s worse in Perpignan, where they’re still going on about 1659.
I hope you all know that Ceuta and Melilla are not the only Spanish enclaves. Despite what the nutter who wrote the badly spelled bits of the Wikipedia thing says, Catalan-language public education is available and public administration is not exclusively monolingual, and the …
- Barrel Moreneta
Thinking about a mannequin to run off the machinery, a Darwinian take on the patroness of Catalonia and her composite stone chimneys came to one’s fetid brain:
Has anyone else noticed the similarity between the Catalan regional patron and her mountains, and a monkey and its barrel organ pipes?
(The stop-motion monkey unharmed by this collage …