Apparently there is a multi-ethnic casa de barrets (hat-house, from the number hanging there) at the top of the John Lennon Musical Garden–there hasn’t been any music there since people used to pop outside the city walls to have a crap:
Here’s the pricelist:
- Argentines: 80€
- Blacks: 30/60€
- Catalans: 50€
- Romanians: 30€
- Columbians: ?
- Ecuadorians: 25€
- Pigs, bitches, cocksuckers, whores in general, etc: unspecified.
Maybe Colin Davies will be able to tell me if these are typical–he seems to have studied the subject in some detail.
Older advertising is more surreptitious. A subtle hint on Gerona cathedral reminds us that the Roman Catholic Church is nothing less than that Great Whore of Babylon:
A nice pair of
knockers acorns on the same edifice:
Finally, lest we forget whose fault it is, Carrer de les Polles, Prick Street:
Gerona is actually remarkably boring. It would be quite a feat to ir romera y volver ramera, to go a pilgrim and return a whore.
[The DRAE says that ramera comes from ramo, which may well be true, although I can’t imagine why, unless it. In my own etymological dreamworld, the source would be the Dutch raam, window, as in raamprostitutie.]
- FollowTheBaldie.com walk pictures
Over at señorita Charlotte’s place, with a brilliant review, at least if you speak Dutch, which ends “Trevor is THE man to take you along and have you experience all the ins & outs of real Catalan (country) life.” If only I dared to write that kind of thing :-)
- Cinderella’s slippers: glass, squirrel or amber?
Mark Liberman wonders whether Cinderella slipped two dead squirrels round her tootsy-toes that night, while Chris Waigl does not. I think glass is a reasonable interpretation, although it may not have been the material used.
DH Green (Language and History in the Early Germanic World) notes that both Pliny and Tacitus used glaesum/glesum to refer to amber, …
- Capnolagnia and liberty in Russia
I don’t think author and diplomat Juan Valera (“Good should always be in fashion”) will mind me revealing his smoking fetish, now he’s been dead 100 years. Here‘s a quick tranny of an 1850 letter from Russia:
On May 8th, Russian style, I left Saint Petersburg for Moscow on the noon train, accompanied by a German-speaking
- The Lord Mayor of London’s giantess
Both white and black men prohibited from ambulant advertising.