It now seems that Iceland has defaulted, apparently believing Russia will be foolish enough to attempt to protect what’s left of its cod against ETA trawlers from Bilbao. Spain is not going down that road, at least not yet, but one of the more-quoted papers on the subject (De Paoli, Hoggarth & Saporta, Cost of sovereign debt) informs us that it did so thirteen times between 1500 and 1900. I rather liked this Punch item on steps towards a more united Europe, dated September 1 1860:
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SPAIN, put up by France and Austria, as a candidate for admission to the United European, has been blackballed by England, who declines to associate with an Uncertificated Insolvent. Spain is so frantic that she is half inclined to pay her debts, but will probably think twice over so rash an act.
The Dutch haven’t got any genuine armed forces, so they’re sending in the bailiffs to repossess office furniture from the Dutch Icesave, which has also done a runner.
- Dutch in Korea
I’d like to see Guus Hiddink take over England asap, but then I was supporting Mark Oaten (go on, get me one for my birthday!) to run the Lib Dems until he started chasing the England job, leaving Boris Johnson as the LDs’ only potentially electable leader.
- “Vs” in Spanish
Sometimes it seems to mean something like “presents/hosts”: in “javi garcia roche VS Juanito Lee y Carlitos ‘el salsero'”, Juanito and Carlitos are in the container of death, and Javi is Chatarras Palace and is, I …
- Fighting bull
“The noble deputies, desirous of extending the delight, the joy and the happiness occasioned by the birth of said princess, organised a bullfight”
- Time for people to start loving the grocer’s apostrophe
The match was all about soft power, of which I can’t find a history. I mean, it’s not like it started with Joe Nye in 1990. Any suggestions?
(You know I’m thinking about the good generally done to the international image of the Savoy/Italy by …