2009/12/29

Barcelona Council, fan of the heavy metal umlaut?

The council's Christmas greetings--some of which include Spanish, the city's common language--wish passersby "Fröhe Weihnachten" instead of "Frohe Weihnachten". Regional president José Montilla's kids go to the German School in Barcelona, so presumably they didn't get to proofread.

2009/12/05

String quartet featuring "Katie Wikinson (he violates), Nicholas Holland (hoop)"

El Espíritu del Sur is a specialist music promotor which doesn't know the English names for common musical instruments and doesn't think it's worth paying someone to find out. And so we may enjoy gems like viola (es) -> he violates (en):

BALANESCU QUARTET.
The project that we propose is " Quartet Programme" in that Alexander Balanescu takes part (violin), James Shenton (violin), Katie Wikinson (he violates), Nicholas Holland (hoop). The Balanescu quartet to developed a repertoire of high quality for many years, including original music of Alexander Balanescu and collaborations with classic and nonclassic composers like Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Kraftwerk and David Byrne.

Is pig ignorance the true spirit of the south?