As you may by now know, I’ve never really got the argument that Cataloonia must be a nation because every single one of its residents identifies with a silly dance or hat or Romance dialect which the culturally and possibly racially inferior residents of neighbouring regions are simply dying to prohibit. So it is with joy and some relief that I can reveal conclusive evidence differentiating Barcelona from other mafia dens like Marbella or Valencia. For although in quantitative terms they may all be more or less equally corrupt, in Barcelona embezzlement is conducted in such a refined fashion that prison terms for those involved would simply constitute yet another case of sour grapes on the part of the culturally and quite probably racially inferior residents of neighbouring regions. Someone called Xavier writes:
A suggestion for the judges investigating the commissions charged by [Pujol stooge] Macià Alavedra during a life dedicated to public service: search the companies which acquired at respectable prices pictures from his wife, Doris Malfeito. Amongst the generous purchasers: Alfonso Escámez, José María Amusátegui, Lluís Pascual Estevill…
Un suggeriment pels senyors jutges que investiguin les comissions cobrades per Macià Alavedra al llarg d’una vida dedicada al servei públic: que registrin les empreses que han adquirit a preus respectables els quadres de la seva senyora esposa, Doris Malfeito. Entre els generosos compradors, Alfonso Escámez, José María Amusátegui, Lluís Pascual Estevill…
Our Doris has been selling indifferent paintings to wealthy men without any prior known interest in art for some years, recounts Rafael del Barco Carreras, who did several years for corrupt construction deals in a cell he believes he should have shared with Pascual Maragall. Ah! la vie d’artiste!
It is of course well known that Joan Clos was made ambassador to Istanbul because of his excellent knowledge of Turkish, and not because of any skeletons in his forum. And, obviously, all other individuals mentioned here are innocent until a court can be found that will prove them guilty. Which may take some time.
Other news: kalebeul helps you get laid. What a glorious day!
- Eastern Black Sea Tour, Tunisia
TravelShop Turkey‘s bus doesn’t actually take you to Istanbul or Tunis, but love those krazy keywords (and of course even Trabzon
- Entertaining video of prostitutes and thieves on the Rambla
By Ramon Vila & Marta Cuatrecasas
- Les pervertis de Santander
Archaic French erotic pulp, plugging Cantabria’s gaping literary hole?
- How to write reggaeton
A fine template, but we prefer metapoetry.
- Translation bidding systems
Re Céline’s post here attacking bidding systems on translation sites: I’m sure cranky old Mr Smith would be delighted to see