Whoah!

123 comments. Over 1200 unique visitors, and well over 4500 “hits” if one uses the language of the SEO expert who is trying to sell you something. In 48 hours. This isn’t bad. All because of one comment about Gallego. Thank you Axe Grinder, you’re a lovely bloke. Also an idiot, but in the end it all worked out OK.

The adwords revenue has almost paid for half a days hotel in Galicia already. I’m loving Galicia, in case you wonder. Lovely people. Except when they’re calling me “fascist”.

My next act will be to defend bullfighting. That should get the Brits going.

After that? Haven’t decided. Probably calling “Catalan” a version of Arabic and all Catalans “Moors”*. With the adwords revenue I can pay for a week in Barcelona.

Meanwhile, this false moustache itches. But tomorrow it’s a Juan Luis Guerra concert and I’m off to try to enjoy it. If Galicia TV don’t find me first.

Later on, I may well tell you all about my mariscadas and the world fair and the trips through Galicia and the general fun. Later on.

*(That, in case you didn’t realise, was a joke and in NO WAY reflects my beliefs. Catalan is a proper language, etc, etc).

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9 Replies to “Whoah!”

  1. Dende logo o guiri este é subnormal profundo… como tivera a sorte de verte por aquí ainda íbamos ter ti mas eu un par de palabriñas… vamos que nin os cartos de toda unha vida do adsense de google che iban paga-los dentes novos…

    E ainda por riba con recochineo… puto guiri subnormal

  2. Great to see that someone of your limited intellect is still able to make some financial gain from publishing nonsense — however, I wouldn’t try making a career out of it as you’ll probably eventually find the money you make from Google adclicks won’t even cover your medical bills.

    BTW, it’s interesting to see that your comments were not only rubbished by Galician speakers, many of whom are likely nationalists, but also, the complete opposite: Spanish speakers and the variant of Spanish nationalist that use your post to have a dig at the British for ruling Gilbraltar. Clearly, your ignorant comments have offended Spaniards in general, not just Galicians. You’ll have to start hoping that those adclicks will mount up to allow you to move out of your Almerian polytunnel and back to Britain.

  3. Of course – if Spain ever gets Gibraltar (losing Melilla amd Ceuta rather obviously in the process) then:
    1. English will become another national language of Spain and…
    2. Gibraltar will be after independence. Supported, of course, by the Basques, Catalans and umm, Galegos!

  4. Thanks Axe. Don’t worry, the family fortune more then covers the cost of the occasional Gitano bodyguard. The adwords clicks are purely beer money.

    PS – I’m loving Galicia, wonderful place. How’s Cornwall? Burnt down any more English holiday homes yet?

  5. Well that’s funny. I’d need a pretty good rocket launcher, a good aim (given the closest I’ve been is Devon) and a very good motive first.

    I hope you try the Estrella Galicia or 1906 — far nicer than that Alcazar or Cruzcampo they drink down in Andalucia as a “refresco”.

  6. Admin is not ashamed of showing his ignorance with every new comment:

    “What poetry are you talking about? Galician Portuguese was just an organisedd version of vulgur latin. Nothing much to do with modern Fala, which I’m on about.”

    Galician-Portuguese lyrics were written in a perfectly consistent Galician language, not very different from modern Portuguese and perfectly understandable in any Galician-speaking country. Any schoolchild knows that.

    Galician language is, as English, a hybrid. Galician is a hybrid between Galaic, the ancient Celtic language spoken in Gallaecia before the Roman’s invasions, and Latin. Therefore, it started to hybridise ca. the Ist century of our era. It is believed that, around VIII-IXth centuries it was already a consistent and mature language. It is also believed that it was between the IXth and the XIIth centuries were the highest quality Galician lyric was produced (however, nothing is conserved). The earliest text that have been found date from the XIIth century and, from there on, it is already considered a decandence period (yet, very prolific).

    English started to exist in the XIIIth century, when the English kind decided to break ties with the French crown and declared English the official language of the Kingdom. At that time, the aristocracy only spoke a version of French and the illiterate lower classes more or less contaminated Germanic dialects. When the French-speaking elites started to “restore” the English language, it did not exist. At that time 300000 French words entered in English (to add to the thousands of French words that already contaminated the Germanic dialects during the three centuries of Norman rule). Of course, at that time you cannot consider yet English language as being a mature and consistent language (that takes time).

    In summary, one century before English language had even started to exist, Galician language (yes, not vulgar latin, you can easily verify this: http://www.agal-gz.org/modules.php?name=Biblio), has already reached excellence in lyrics. Furthermore, it has already being a proper language for at least four centuries (earlier than Castilian). In fact, during a long time Castilian kings were educated in Galicia in Galician language (the most famous being the Castilian King Alfonso X el Sabio, who wrote in Galician language the well-known Cantigas de Santa Maria).

    Of course, Galician language has evolved and so it has done Portuguese language (in Portugal, Brazil, etc.), but not enough to be considered today as different languages.

  7. Hey buddy! You closed that so visited gallego thread!
    Now that I had decided to give you another chance to show your true colours!
    Come on, buddy, open it, I promise that if you don’t like the next question I will change it for another of your liking!

  8. Gaelic, eh? Older than Latin? Wonderful poems of which nothing has been preserved? How handy. The very same arguments can be used to justify the prehistoric existence of any European language. You’ll be telling me it predates IndoEuropean next. Funny how after a hundred years of hard work by the politicians and linguists of the RAG they still haven’t managed to consolidate the three main threads of Gallego, causing such differences in spelling, grammar and contextual use across the region. You might find this interesting: http://colindavies.blogspot.com/2008/08/if-youre-researching-national-and-local.html

    It’s irrelevant what it was like 1000 years ago. That language is now Portuguese. It is also a fact that Alfonso X, while he spoke Gallego, conducted day to day affairs of his realm in the linga franca of the era.

    What we are concerned about is modern day Gallego, and I explained my position here (http://www.davidjackson.info/2008/eh-galician-thats-not-a-language.htm#comment-273). Please read before commenting.

    Why the devil do you keep bringing English up? What’s that got to do with Gallego? How do you link the two? The fact that Galician-Portuguese was in common use before modern day English (which spelling and pronunciation wise only dates to the late 18th early 19th century) hardly illuminates the subject.

    You nationalists keep trying to twist facts and truths to fit your own interpretation of events, despite the fact that you can’t even be bothered to live in the place. You do yourself no good and by your constant irrelevant screaming every time somebody tries to open a discussion you actually damage the whole issue of regional autonomy. You inability to have an adult conversation does not endear your good self to me personally. And frankly, I’m bored stiff of the whole subject. I have no intention of debating with a pimply youth whose first comments on the matter were proFranco rantings and racial insults.

    The same goes for Mancunian Matt whose rantings about Tibet, while admirable in the right context, and occasionally poetical in nature, lack the intellectual thrust necessary for me to divert my attention his way.

    It strikes me that all of you are incredible envious of the Basques, who may or may not have a small right to feel that their native culture has been trampled on by the Castilians. You ignore the fact that Galicia joined the union of Christian Kings quite happily, and by the fact that you have one great grandfather who came from Galicia feel that it entitles you to claim “citizenship” of that lovely part of Spain.