I’ve become quite good at avoiding Cataloony catechists, Polish Catholics, Himalayan salt fiends, and other deadly boring fetichists of the non-existent, but got caught out the other night.
There are no surprises in such conversations, but I’m still always amused at the horror elicited in the former by the commonsense declaration that I’d never go into a shop with a flag on it, such symbols for me being a clear indication that the vendor can’t compete on quality or price.
This Australian premium vs inhouse milk research would surely replicate almost exactly here, and the temptation, as with, for example, the various “Italian” olive oil scandals, to sell generic product (retail: €0.50-0.55/l) at premium rates (€0.85-0.95/l) must be rather monstrous.
However, judging by the space allocated to supposedly
regional national milk on supermarket shelves there are still plenty of well-off jingoist scoundrels and chauvinist fools willing to pay almost twice as much, even if the cows do actually get up at 4 in the morning to salute the flag and sing rousing songs in Southern Occitan about trampling their Castilian sisters.
Cataloony culture is a generally unconscious echo of the Una, Grande y Libre mediocrities of a very long time ago, almost as long as Quevedo, who at least could write:
Miré los muros de la patria mía,
si un tiempo fuertes ya desmoronados
de la carrera de la edad cansados
por quien caduca ya su valentía.
Salíme al campo: vi que el sol bebía
los arroyos del hielo desatados,
y del monte quejosos los ganados
que con sombras hurtó su luz al día.
Entré en mi casa: vi que amancillada
de anciana habitación era despojos,
mi báculo más corvo y menos fuerte.
Vencida de la edad sentí mi espada,
y no hallé cosa en que poner los ojos
que no fuese recuerdo de la muerte.
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- In the highest heavens trombones sound
On earth things are not quite so fine.
- Oh, dear, what can the matter be
Tearing myself away from the Catalan parliament debate on whether Superman is right-wing, news from Tarragona of Manoli Silva Martí, who
- Within the rose
After the Friday night show I was talking to several empresarial gents about taking something along similar lines into districts and
- Adding value to Spanish olive oil
Charles Butler is doing some really interesting work down in Jaén. Check out the interview he did with an enterprising manufacturer