Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable.
- Christopher Howse: A Pilgrim in Spain.
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Life in Spain:-
- The annual Pamplona bull runs have begun. Interesting to see the TV channels interviewing the medics immediately after them, to get all the gory details of the injuries received. Very Spanish.
- Here's the estimable Don Quijones addressing one of the more important issues of the moment - Will the Spanish state and Cataluña push each other into a financial abyss? Surely not
We're tempted in the West to think it's a very long time since we saw attitudes we now associate with places east of us, especially where Islam dominates. The underlined bit in this fascinating tale from Townsend suggests otherwise:- Not far from the city of Seville is a building, now verging to decay, near to which I often passed, without asking for what it was designed but, one evening, walking with the gentleman to whom I had been recommended by count Florida Blanca, struck with its form, I desired him to tell me what to what purpose it had been put. At first he seeme to pay no attention; but, upon my repeating the question, I received an evasive answer, such as tended only to awaken my curiosity, and to make me more urgent with him for information. At last he told me, that this strange kind of edifice is called 'el quemadero'; but begged that I would never disclose to any one, from whom I had received my information. The name was sufficient, together with the form, without further inquiries, to explain the horrid use to which it had been too often put. I urged him no further on the subject and, without lots of time, hastened from a spot which my imagination painted all in flames. The next day, however, I returned with one of the judges, who, as such, could venture to be more communicative. In answer to my questions, he informed me, that the 'quemadero' was so called from the verb 'quemar', to burn, served the purpose of a scaffold for burning heretics ; and that, about four years before, a woman had suffered on it, by a sentence of the inquisition, to which he had given his sanction. From him, and from others, I obtained the following particulars. This woman was a 'beata', professing one of the three vows imposed on nuns, of which, poverty and obedience are the regular companions; yet that vow she broke. In the accusation she was charged with having corrupted her confessor; who, poor man as the less culpable of the two, was merely banished. Had this been her first offence, it had been punished with less distinguished severity; but, not satisfied with having been guilty of sacrilege in one instance, she went on corrupting the priesthood and, either from passion or from vanity, extended daily, over the servants of the altar, the dominion of her charms; till, either by pride, or by remorse of confidence, she lost her understanding; and foolishly imagined that she was acting under a divine authority. Some say that she vindicated her conducy upon the principle that both parties were free from obligation; but others, and more justly, say, that she pretended to have been an angel. This being a crime within the cognizance of the inquisitors, she was brought to trial, was convicted, and was burnt.
Nutters Corner: Is there no limit to the madness of these people?:-
- Televangelist Frank Amedia reveals that God had given Trump the gift of 'breaker anointing.' That means he can break up anything he wants. Including North Korea. Trump tweets because he gets bored with nonconsequential things, part of his God-given gift of 'discernment.' He receives downloads that now he’s beginning to understand come from God.
- Another televangelist, the ineffable Jim Bakker, agreed and added that the president’s volatile Twitter presence is all part of the gift of wisdom that God had told him he gave Trump.
Here's a modern take on a famous wartime cartoon, from today's Times:-
And here's the orginal, from David Low: