Montilla’s bonds: the kind of socialist redistribution I like

I bought myself my wodge of Catalan bonds, which as Barcepundit comments is a pyramid scheme sending good money in pursuit of bad, with the difference that the tab for my gains will ultimately be financed by those without the means to participate. Thanks, poor people, for helping me out this autumn.

Tivoli, Rotherham

Because of the fame of the gardens of the Villa d’Este [at Tivoli] (and of their namesake in Paris), the name has also been applied to other entities: … A stand at the Millmoor stadium in Rotherham.
Photo CC <a href=''>Ingy The Wingy</a>

Revealed: the class of people that uses Google Translate

Accountability is the ostensible reason why this blog is generally about institutions rather than individuals – public and private mass service providers take on liabilities that a lonely blogger as a whole does not. However below this do-gooding sheen lurks cowardice, because the local council is much less likely to come after you with an…

Alboraya Council’s tinker books

The reforms of the Council of Trent led to parishes registering in five books–quinque libri–the baptisms, confirmations, communions, marriages, deaths and excommunications celebrated there. Quinquilleros, hojalateros and other itinerant pot-breakers and -menders were nominally Catholic but frowned on and frequently persecuted by the establishment, so it’s good to see the Ajuntament de Alboraya drawing them…

Pinochet, the last man up?

Apparently he’s made his way along a secret passage from Hell and is lying in wait in the San José mine. BoyNamedSue says the cage will jam in the shaft and Jack Straw will release him.