Saturday, September 01, 2012


No sooner do I mention humanist funerals than someone in a BBC podcast tells of a wife who compiled and showed a film of the happiest moments of her husband's life. In the unlikely event any of my friends are reading this, please ensure my daughters know this is exactly the sort of thing I was talking about yesterday. I want to go out on a bed of laughter, not flames. Well, laughter first, flames second.

The Spanish fresco fiasco is still fresh in our memories and here's something to keep it there – a suggestion that both the original and the 'restored' Ecce Homos are preserved and displayed side by side. Which surely has to be right.

Well, today was our last fiesta of the year – the Feira Franca, or Medieval Fair. Blessed with excellent weather – sun and 28 degrees – this was a huge success. Frankly, I was astonished by how much effort had been put into it throughout the old quarter and way, way beyond. And by how many people entered into the spirit of it, usually in costume.

They don't do justice to it but here are a few fotos of the event:-

Virtually the first costume I came upon - a medieval Arab.




Nice to see the local Somali community involved.



Seriously knightly . . .



Just one of hundreds of tables  . . .



Kids' games in Plaza de España.


Not quite sure what . . .


Musicians in cages . . .



One of the few bits of green not covered with tents and tables.



Three be-leathered ladies strutting their stuff for the TV camera . . . 



Metal escort for the cask of wine . . . 


Kids in cages . . .


Yet another table . . .


Finally . . . A truly delightful trio, next to a very proud father.


Finally . . . A salutary tale for those who like a bit of karaoke.

7 comments:

Azra said...

Those are some great photos. However, for someone living on the outside, it seems like all Spaniards ever do is get dressed up and have parties ;P Where do I sign up?

Colin said...

I have inscribed you in the book of future residents!

Anonymous said...

Hi Colin,

Found this for you. Interesting what it has to say about collective amnesia...coincides with your utterances on the issue....although from a slightly different angle, I presume. Should be an interesting read for someone who worked for "Imperial" Chemical Industries.

Moscow

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/owen-jones-hague-is-wrong-we-must-own-up-to-our-brutal-colonial-past-8101370.html

Colin said...

@Moscow.
Can't argue with any of that. Interesting, not not important, that Spain didn't get a mention as a European trend-setter.

British kids know little, if anything, about the empire. And what they do know is that it was evil, racist, etc. It's the adults who now nothing at all.

Colin said...

Sorry, 'know'

Anonymous said...

Colin,

Oh, Spain should always get a mention.........

As a spaniard I feel there is little to feel proud of when it comes to history.

I still think the idea that the empire was overall a force for good is well imbedded amongst many in Britain. Otherwise, how can one explain the Niall Ferguson phenomena? Can you imagine someone in Spain writing similar things? I don't.

Not sure Colin, but I don't buy your view that in Britain people have quasi subconscieously worked their way through some imperialist anonymous self-healing progamme and come squeaky clean out from the other side. I rather agree with the article that Britons have hidden all thoughts about the empire in the back of the memory drawer in the safe assumption that all others (spaniards, the French, the Belgians, the Japs) were much much worse. And many, even those most highly educated (Oxbridge) young peopel I often met, believe that Britain did a lot of good or mostly good and a bit of bad but not as bad as the Germans, Portuguese, Russians or Turks - and hey even the Yanks put the foot in in Vietnam and Guatemala.

It is nice to live under the umbrella provided by such a wonderful self-image.

Colin said...

@
"in Britain people have quasi subconscieously worked theiAnon:r way through some imperialist anonymous self-healing progamme and come squeaky clean out from the other side."

I don't contend this. My major point is that most kids and adults in Britain now nothing about the empire, good or bad.

Nor do I contend that the net balance was positive. But it is/was a balance and it behoves people to identify both the bad and the good.

As for Imperial Chemical Industries, no one ever called it this. It was always 'ICI'. I imagine quite a few employees didn't know what the first I stood.

Of course, it would be ridiculous to taint ICI or Imperial Airways with the sins of empire simply because of the nominal coincidence.

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