On why bullfighting shouldnt’t have been stopped (in this way…)

So, it’s been a week since the controversial law was passed by the Catalunya autonomous government (generalitat), and the worst of the hysteria has died down. No, wait, it hasn’t. Still going strong. It’s even made Spain forget about the World Cup win. I thought it best to have a look at the law myself. Of course, it’s in Catalan, which I don’t speak, but anyone fluent in speaking Castellano with a French accent, and Continue reading On why bullfighting shouldnt’t have been stopped (in this way…)

Catalunya bans bullfighting

Catalunya has taken a further step away from Spanish identity with todays decision in the local Parliament (Generalitat) to ban bullfighting. 68 regional MP’s voted YES to the motion, with 55 against and 9 abstentions. The law will come into force in 2012 and ban all organised bullfights. The law came into being after a popular motion was carried by animal rights groups to the Generalitat, after they gathered sufficient voters signatures (180,000) to force Continue reading Catalunya bans bullfighting

Catalan parliament used Castellano-Catalan interpreter in official negotiations

A Catalan-Castellano interpreter was paid for by the Parliament (the Junta of Catalunya) during recent trade discussions with a diputation from Nicaragua. The interpreter did bugger all but sit there, “but needed to be there in case a question in Catalan was asked”. I was going to say something nasty about these fringe languages, but remembering the Galician fiasco thought I’d better keep my mouth shut. Must be fun to be able to spend somebody Continue reading Catalan parliament used Castellano-Catalan interpreter in official negotiations

Ministry of what, now?

Trevor from Kalebaul points our attention to a sharpeyed Catalan who seems to have spotted that the (Catalan) logo of the Ministry of Work & Immigration seems to have been mistranslated. Should be Treball, apparently. If you’re stuck with translating Catalan phrases use http://www.apertium.org. Carles Miró, who first spotted this, would also like to tell his 75 year old friend why it’s called “Work and Immigration” – are only immigrants allowed to work? Or are Continue reading Ministry of what, now?