A couple of days ago, the FT reported that the new euro notes that will begin to be introduced next May will feature “a hologram and watermark of Europa, the Phoenician noblewoman who gave the continent its name. In Greek myth, she was abducted by Zeus disguised as a bull who wanted to seduce her”. Mario Draghi, the head of the ECB, is quoted as saying: “Is there any better figure than Europa to serve as the new face of Europe?”
Europa’s story is essentially that of Pasiphaë – the divine copulation of a bull with an anthropomorphised moon – though the latter’s zoophilia is however more clearly expressed. Do we really want to be Europeans? Wouldn’t being Helians make us happier and more productive on those cold autumn mornings?
- Turk’s head
Scapegoat in Catalan is cap de turc, in Spanish cabeza de turco. I haven’t got the OED, but Hector Zimmerman says
Dean Takahashi has a lovely little piece on Charles Walton, the man ultimately behind the technology being used at Baja Beach
- Why Spain needs text books
Its teachers are raging butterflies, says a 16th century music publishing entrepreneur.
- Use of both ceceo and seseo by individual speakers without register distinction
Noted the other day in the speech of a couple of elderly working class immigrants from Cádiz in the Poblenou district
- Early Basque / stars of colour
Given the interesting record of Basque philology, I wouldn’t be surprised if the early Basque fragments found at Iruña-Veleia (near Vitoria-Gasteiz)