Although the Pujol clan’s little problems are being leaked via the those parts of the Spanish-language media not on its payroll, you all finally have reason to learn Catalan: follow the consternation of some of the Plain People as they realise that when CiU told them to look up at the flag, it was merely in order to steal their wallet; observe the madness of others, still unable to acknowledge that the photographer’s birdie was a ruse, not a flyer; place bets on who’s going to get hurt when it all goes wrong this autumn. You won’t have had so much fun since the day your dog Rover got run over.
I feel pretty sure now that either everyone will go to jail – including zombies like Felipe González and José María Aznar (the Pujols were paying off the FAES, right?) – or no one will. But while that great and predictable drama plays out, there’s a wealth of great micro-scripting to keep even people like us interested and entertained.
The nerds seem to have established that both Pasqual Maragall (3%) and Josep Carod Rovira (5%) were correct, but check the linguistic meat: one of the devices of Jordi Pujol and Marta Ferrusola’s eldest is a holding called Active Translation SL, whose business is said to be:
Operaciones Sobre Inmuebles en General. Compraventa; Administracion y Explotacion de Valores Mobiliarios Con o Sin Contizacion en Mercados Secundarios Oficiales. Realizacion de Estudios y Prospecciones de Mercado
Now, you and I’ll be thinking that rich dimwit Jordi’s got hold of a false friend of trasllat/translat/traslat in Catalan, but not at all. Translation can mean (OED):
A transfer of property; spec. alteration of a bequest by transferring the legacy to another person
Now we’ll complain that that may well be so, but that he’s deliberately pulling the wool over our eyes. The natural assumption from its name is that the agency will have been engaged in rendering the dreary meanderings of Ausiàs March into Macedonian, because that meaning emerged in the 14th century (along with the use of the word to describe removals of live bishops and dead saints), and is dominant, while his meaning first appears in the late 16th and is unknown even to fucking galactic genii like ourselves.
But that’s just us envying his superior intelligence and education. And envy, according to Rome, is still a deadly sin, whereas I think monstrous embezzlement may be excused if it is found to serve noble human ends, such as the purchase of flags, and birdies, thus maintaining Chinese manufacturing’s grasp on the Yankee throat.
Sometimes I wonder about the commission assigned to devise the post-Francoist constitution. Simply from its composition it was evident that its proposals would favour a state dominated by regional barons, but as well as discussing the division of turf, did they also discuss who was to get how much?
- Enemies of the Spanish nation
Your nominations, please.
- Atheistic religion
The Francesc Pujols Nuevo Pascual thing last night was entertaining, not least for its distinctly sect-ish atmosphere. Mr Pujols’ disciples, you
- 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
- Discovered: Cataloonia’s true fet diferencial
It’s not what you steal, it’s the way that you steal it.
- How to commit a political crime in Catalonia
Amid Catalan witches in Murcian pantomime and calls in Catalan tabloid Avui for the killing of anti-Catalanists, here at Nihil Obstat