What to do if, despite not living in an evil Anglo-Saxon country, one has little or no access to social benefits is a conundrum that has so far proved beyond the minds of well-paid government advisers. Now gypsy clans living on the old midden just north of Granada appear to have found an answer: a court in Granada is currently batch-processing 1700 people who paid a grand to companies in exchange for employment contracts which then entitled them to unemployment pay which would have presumably ended up being financed by European structural funds aka Germany had the scheme been allowed to continue. So it’s difficult to understand why it wasn’t.
Despite ethnicity lying at the heart of the problem, El país somehow manages to omit mentioning the G word. This must be particularly hurtful to Valencian president Camps’ buddy, Serafín Castellano, who is also accused of stealing around €7 million, but who, although probably equally unapologetic, probably has better accommodation for his horses than a ground floor council flat.
Thanks to El Ciruco for the Granada link and for another one, which contains a most interesting photo of a ready-to-roast coon, but whose music features may for all I know have been designed to get me into the old “gypsies are Spain’s niggers and Camarón is James Brown” bar brawl. No way: the Cataloonies always win that one. Here though is a marvellous song about dependency by this gent. Maybe someone can tell me who wrote it.
- Spain’s self-employed
Destined to save the nation? More numerous than thought? Someone explain, please.
- “Among the first thing one notices, when looking at the contract price arrays, is that the distant months seem to trade at the same price as the nearby, at least in the same crop year”
One of the things that shocked me about the primitive exchange I came across in Binéfar four years ago was that, 300 years after the Japanese started using forward contracts for rice and 150 years after the spread of rail communications through the American West laid the basis for futures trading on the Chicago exchange, here …
- Physically impossible entry
My impression is that the Chinese are ahead, but it seems hard to criticise them for this: huge efforts have been made over the past decade to make a previously sternly monolingual country more accessible to foreigners; the effort is laudable and the meaning …
- Early 20th century photographs of European gypsies
Arthur Thesleff seems to have burnt most film further east, but there’s a nice snap of some early Andalusians.