This is a 15-minute job, so I hope the Generalitat-hating faithful will forgive me for not discovering German subsidy figures for 2010, when the Generalitat may have contributed 350 million to its absurd remake of Birth of a Nation. I enjoyed some of the footwork in the announcement – the Spanish league is dying and its rights are enormously overpriced, so this was a marvellous way of getting shot of it and being able to blame the previous administration.
For me this is a story not of the unfair treatment being handed out to an ahem cost-conscious Spanish regional government but of how incredibly backward much of Germany is, with statism and inertia that would have made Honecker blush concealed by extraordinarily successful private sector entrepreurs. It can’t be long till we choke with laughter as we recall when Frankfurt – Hicksville am Rhein – believed it was going to run Europe, and Europe was going to run the world. Superb country cooking beyond the bounds, though.
- Fake story about a fake passport
The headline belongs to Josu at Malaprensa, who has the marvellous story of how Guus Hiddink’s comment in Bild that it
- Will the trampoline mayor bounce back?
Tremp’s a curious backwater: greyscale your photos of the main street, thronged with nationalist-separatist flags, and it looks like small-town Nazi
- Guardian prints any old bollocks about Catalonia
There’s a terrible piece by James Sturcke in the Guardian today on the statute of autonomy. It repeats various stale myths
- Ash cloud already in Asia, says the Spanish press
Malaprensa has from JMNoticias a stupendous English-Spanish cockup. Reuters put out a story in English explaining that the chaos caused in
- More evidence of increasing popularity of Spanish in Europe
And a quick trawl of Spanish collections of phonetic equivalents, the closest many of the natives get to learning a foreign