If you are immune to the narcissim of small differences and accept the notion that Valencian is a dialect of Catalan, then you should have no major problem with the idea that Catalan is a dialect of the tongue of the Orcs, or troubadours as they prefer to be called – the two are mutually comprehensible. (If you disagree with this chronology, then you may perhaps enjoy Miguel Cuyás y Devesa’s theory that Arab > Catalan > the southern French dialects.)
Radio Occitania is like the Catalan state media without the budget (more like 300€ than 300 million – a sensible subsidy cap for any public broadcaster), without the smugness that comes of such overspend, with virtually no political bullshit, with Volk-ism that is not an obsessive messianic cult, and almost entirely devoid of the degenerative brain disease known as football.
OK, there’s lots of really bad music, but the Romance quota mentality will be there long after the demise of the last cockroach.
One of the current discussions is the looming reduction in French regional officialdom by Manuel Valls, the first powerful French politician ever who doesn’t appear to have been acquired in a joke and fancy dress shop, but if you don’t spend it in the first place then they can’t take it off you.
I know, I know: I can fuck off and live in Ariège. That’s not actually such a bad idea, but is it true that the local burgers barbecued and ate the pony they “gave” to Tony Blair after he & famille went and ate ice cream there one summer in the late 20th century?
- road opera
Not only (as Margaret Marks notes) has the BBC started using trucker instead of lorry-driver or patient with chronic back pain
- Folquet de Marseilles
An excerpt in The Gentleman’s Magazine in 1835, translated by the excellent Louisa Stuart Costello, for whom the gents very sensibly
- Catalan hunter-king meets Hungarian stag-princess
A Catalan/Southern Occitan folksong about a Hungarian princess appears to borrow Hungary’s foundational myth.
- Mechanical musical instrument invented for the 1851 London Great Exhibition by Henry Mayhew
He also coined “flaxen Saxon.” With other absurdities.
- Obscure Spanish footie team told to get rid of Cross of St George on alternative kit
Apparently it might incite violence. Particularly, one suspects, if the directors of the taxpayer-funded Permanent Seminar on International Migration and Foreigners