Disastrous weather in Barcelona

The papers are running their usual “worst weather ever” stories, but 163 years ago here massive floods signalled an end to a period of abnormal cold–snow lay on the land around town–and a Norwegian brig was lost in storms at the mouth of the Llobregat.

Depressing failed online book purchase

16/9: I purchase El Ășltimo pirata del Mediterraneo from this gent on Abebooks for 17 quid, shipping speed 3-7 business days. 20/9: Book apparently sent via Correos, ETA 27/9. (That’s 16 business days after the order, but why be pedantic?) 6/11: Still no book or notification, and bookseller has had nothing returned by Correos. (You…