The end of an anonymous piece entitled “The English and Christmas” found in the bilingual Spanish-Catalan Christmas 1949 issue of Colegio Condal’s school mag, Condal (more here):
The evening is devoted to innocent games in which young and old participate, one of which is called “snap dragon” and consists of fishing walnuts out of a dish of burning brandy with one’s fingertips and a lot of fun [raisins are usually preferred, for obvious reasons]. The Christmas pantomime, organised by the household’s younger members, features Robin Good and his companion Mad Marian. At last! The moment eagerly awaited every year, a ritual ceremony in which chaste kisses are exchanged under the mistletoe suspended from the ceiling of the lobby or lounge.
- Death and the part-time trombonist
In the course of a piece on the French economic wonder, the lifestyle des intermittents du spectacle, and (anti-)Americanism, Adam Gopnik writes that when “the country and its joys can be shut down by part-time trombonists …, something is wrong, or at least ridiculous.” Mr Gopnik underestimates the threat posed to global security by trombonists. In …
- Saint George and the Catalan marionette
Let’s have a Tozer Street!
- Moreno’s master’s: polysemy, polydon’t
Jesús Fernández-Villaverde y Luis Garicano at Hay Derecho had a look last year at the CV of Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, Rajoy’s excellent choice of candidate for the Andalusian elections, and were puzzled by what they found:
Empecemos por el MBA. Si su título de grado es de 2010-2011, su Master en Dirección y Administración de
- Beard rage
Thanks to the DG for this Mirror item:A DRIVER who tried to run down a pedestrian he thought was terror chief Osama bin Laden has been given a three-month suspended jail sentence. He jumped a red light and sped down a pedestrian street as he chased the bearded shopper. He only failed to hit