The restraint of Spanish nationalists in the face of Catalan nationalist provocation post-defeat has been quite impressive. I recall an incident years ago in a village in Albacete Province, evenly divided between Barça and Madrid. The one lost to the other, one man walked down the middle of the street past the front door of another whistling inoffensively, and the latter calmly shot the former dead and presented himself to the Guardia Civil.
Sangakarra is a great cricketer and a lovely man, but you may not want to think too deeply about his theory of sport and national conciliation.
- El Barça, Franco’s favourite team?
There is no statistical evidence for claims that the Franco government worked for Real Madrid and against Barça.
- An(other) Irish Flashman
For all the current aping by Catalan hypernationalist Josep Lluís Carod-Rovira of Gerry Adams’ sniper chic, and the corresponding romanticisation of
- Ahistorical Albacete
Unlike Carlos, I’m actually rather fond of Albacete, and not just because its ugliness is on a smaller scale than Birmingham’s.
- Abycine, pretty good really
The static parts of the site for the excellent Albacete International Film Festival are all OK, and the bits for 2010
- Franco’s Catalans
There’s so much dreadful journalism in Catalonia that it’s a great relief to read Xavier Rius, head hontxo over at e-noticies.com.