From Stuart Christie’s immensely entertaining General Franco made me a ‘terrorist’:
Two of my fellow inmates were in [Carabanchel] for what were to me unusual bullfight-related incidents… One was an eccentric Gallego who had been sentenced to six years for recidivism in interrupting bullfights. His particular modus operandi was to vault into the ring at ‘the moment of truth’ brandishing his Galician bagpipes like an espada, push the matador to one side and confront the bull – just as the former (or the latter) was about to make his kill – blasting away on the pipes and playing the banned Galician national anthem for all he was worth.
Even considering that this may be the nth case of peripheral nationalist ben trovato, one question is bothering me: did he wear underpants?
- Attempt to kill Franco
There’s a brief reference this morning in the Guardian to how, back in 1964, Stuart Christie tried to blow up Franco.
- El Barça, Franco’s favourite team?
There is no statistical evidence for claims that the Franco government worked for Real Madrid and against Barça.
- Another distinguished amateur trombonist
I’ve been on planet Mars, writing some arrangements and checking out the deeper side of big band theory, so I’ve only
- How many penguins can you fit in the Generalitat de Cataloonia’s London embassy?
The Emperor Wu says that small office space is fetching around €650/mÂ² pa on Fleet Street at the moment, so €37,200
- Langston Hughes in Spain
Idealism vs realism as a Stalinist hack copes with the Italian bombing of Barcelona but struggles to explain why Moorish peasants