Thursday, August 25, 2005

Somewhere up near Ourense, a town council has been taken to task for financing its Folk Festival and 5-a-side soccer tournament via donations from local brothels. An interesting wrinkle is that the town’s mayor is a lady. Or a woman, at least.

A page or two after reading this, I plunged into the small ads. Or not-so-small in some cases. For the C d E and the Night and Day continue to wage their Whore Wars via large and ever more explicit advertisements. The former now calls itself The Queen of Vigo and is tarting up its ads with ‘Fotos Reales’ of, well, its tarts. The latter, not to be outdone, labels itself The Queen of All Europe and boasts of having Claudia Schiffer’s double on its books. Both establishments offer ‘Professional Streepers’. Astonishing.

In a report of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the machine was said to be flying at ‘50-60 pies’ [50-60 feet] above the ground. This, I think, is the first time I’ve come across a non-metric measurement in Spain and am left wondering whether there’s a particular reason for not expressing the height in metres.

And while all my Spanish readers are pondering this, I shall take the opportunity to ask my friend Fernando in Ferrol why the streets of nearby Brión will be ‘running with British blood’ this coming weekend. And why people will be racing around dressed as Brits ‘smelling of sulphur, with 2 horns in the front and a tail behind’. I doubt that it has anything to do with Gibraltar but you never know.

I see even the Spanish press thought that Everton’s second goal against Villareal last night was perfectly legitimate. If my satellite receiver hadn’t given up the ghost just 10 minutes before kick-off, I might have been able to form my own opinion.

1 comment:

Portorosa said...

Dear Colin, the so called Brion Battle took place in 1800, and it was a British attempt of conquering the town (already an important military place). They anchored in front of Doniños beach and went ashore, but they were repelled by the local military garrison and the people from the surrounding villages. This is something more or less historical, and can be seriously verified; but the time has, of course, given a mythical air to it all (you know, Brion heroes and that sort of things).
Anyone interested in knowing a little bit more can read these web pages (I'm afraid I haven't found anything in English), or just search in Google 'Batalla de Brión':

http://www.asocne.org/prog_brion_2005.html [for the timetable of this year edition]

http://www.abc.es/abc/pg050819/prensa/noticias/Galicia/Galicia/200508/19/NAC-GAL-179.asp [it's in Galician, but you can see that the English casualties are going to be honoured]

http://todoababor.webcindario.com/articulos/brion.htm [a really good and complete historical explanation]

As for the ‘smelling of sulphur, with 2 horns in the front and a tail behind’, I think it's an exageration of the journalist. I've sometimes seen the fake battle, and I found it quite fair (although, obviously, British troops are defeated...), and pretty interesting and amusing.

Colin, please read the third of the web pages above, for it's a very clear one.
It's my pleasure to help you in any way.

Cheers.