A new one for me, and one that may not be particularly good news to those who purchased €700M of Catalan debt last week. Accounting rules are designed among other things to avoid the use of off-balance-sheet vehicles to give a false picture of an institution’s financials. The auditors in this case say that the Generalitat has €1.5B of hidden debt, accumulated on the acquisition of considerable quantities of town centre real estate via what Black calls “a lease for a term of years with a right to prolong indefinitely; practically equivalent to an alienation.” So the technique is pure Enron, although the damage at this stage sounds rather less dramatic. However, I know bugger all about this, so maybe Rab at From Catalonia to Caledonia will tell us what it all means. And while we’re on the tricky issue of politicians and palaces, maybe too we’ll one day get to the bottom of the alleged relationship between property puffers Cushman & Wakefield and the Barcelona authorities.
- Fashion retailer GURU on Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona announces: SALE (sael) (nuon; plular sales)
Guess which of the following didn’t make it into the budget: Retail space on Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona: €2,000m² per annum (Cushman
- Translators & interpreters demo
Pictures here of a demonstration yesterday by translators and interpreters against crook Joan Fernando Valls Fusté. Catalan translator Tina Vallès posts
- Quién soy, quién somos
Catalañol for qui sóc, qui som.
- Barcelona debt
“Clos!” mutters a wealthy neighbour every time it rains, confident that doom is imminent for Barcelona’s dentally salient mayor. In fact
- The green of the louse/Lo verde del piojo
An etymological hop from kite-flying with Juan Marsé back to Concha Piquer’s greatest hit.