Upper-class judges in London safeguarding access to their new, cheap servant class and to their Tuscan holiday homes and in Madrid trying to frustrate publication of information about footballers’ tax evasion: surely the new right and the old left can forget their differences on this one. Ahem.
- Did Woody Allen plagiarise Vicky Cristina Barcelona?
Alexis de Vilar says the film copies his 1987 novel Goodbye, Barcelona. Manel Haro points out that the book was not, as Alexis claims, registered with the Ministry of Culture (to indicate publication) in 1987, but in October 2008, a month after the film was released here. Alexis claims inter alia to have survived an assassination attempt by …
- Telefónica woes
My hosting provider is blaming yesterday’s down on Telefónica fooking oop the DNS. Conversation the other week with shop assistant employed by Movistar, the Telefónica mobile subsidiary:
– Hello, I want to change this phone from Vodaphone to Movistar, keeping the number and using pre-pay.
– OK, let me take your details and you can
- London songs
I’ve lived in London on three occasions: first in poverty and fear in squats on Upper Street and Stamford Hill, then in somewhat improved circumstances as a merchant banker, and now as a translator and grinder. These songs and my act reflect bits of that experience.
- Ethnic dress codes
On Saturday, while I was being chewed by a sheepdog with an intestinal disorder, that notorious socialist Catalan republican separatist (I think that’s the correct sequence), Francesc Ferrer, was watching the Spanish royal wedding. Our Francesc takes life seriously – his writing leads one to suspect that he, too, was once bitten by a dog …