Articles in ‘Briefs’February 19th, 2010
The traditional beach bars (chiringuitos) are facing closure this summer if the plans of the environment ministry go ahead. “We have been here on the sand ever since tourism reached Malaga in the 1950s,” Servando Cidoncha, who runs a bar on the Costa del Sol beach at Guadalmar, told the ABC newspaper. “If they take us inland we will stop being a chiringuito and become just another restaurant. The English and Germans come to us attracted by a sense of tradition. Moving us would destroy that.” Read in The Guardian
One of Spain’s most enduring historical mysteries is close to being solved as experts decipher and translate more than 10,000 Arabic inscriptions adorning the walls of the Alhambra palace in Granada. Read in the Guardian
The longest word in Spanish, if we ignore scientific compounds and medical words, is probably
anticonstitucionalmente, with its 23 letters, though it was removed from the RAE in 2005.
Translates as unconstitutional in English.
Electroencefalografista is the current dictionary and also has 23 letters, but is too medical for my liking.
Simon has this great post about calçots on his blog:
“Eating calçots is unique to Catalonia, in fact it’s even more specific, belonging to the Camp de Tarragona. Although the ‘capital’ of the calçotada is the small town of Valls, which even has a D.O. (Denominació d’origen) for calçots, the trend, or craze perhaps, for eating them has spread far and wide. ”
Eating well or badly is a question of culture. Eating or not eating is a question of money.
(Comer bien o comer mal es una cuestión cultural. Comer o no comer es una cuestión de dinero)
Manual Vázquez Montalbán
I believe the longest name for a town or village in Spain is Villarcayo de Merindad de Castilla la Vieja.