2015/11/24

By the face

Jordi Pujol Ferrusola has apparently been paying Liberty Seguros an average of €45 per annum per car to insure a Mercedes Benz 230 SL Pagoda, a Porsche 911 S 2.7 turbo coupé, a Lotus Elan and a Ferrari F40. Crónica Global:

Un informe de la UDEF revela que a Jordi Pujol Ferrusola las pólizas de seguro de cuatro de los coches de lujo de su propiedad le salían by the face, o casi.

I don't know that expression in English, and the Urban Dictionary entry is neither impressive nor useful in this instance. I think they've just translated the Spanish "por la cara", meaning "as a result of his family connections", into English to impress what they perhaps privately consider to be a rather un-global readership. Any other readings?

2015/11/06

Comparatives: Spain vs Yugoslavia

Montenegro's population is only a tenth of that of Catalonia's, but Critilo's conclusion over at ¿Hay derecho? - that the political sovereignty of (new) state(let)s is posited on monetary and economic sovereignty - still deserves a wider audience than the translation suggests.

(On the other hand, Candide, who brings considerable knowledge of the Balkans to bear on Iberian problems, appears to be thoroughly fluent in the English, German, Spanish and Catalan which he uses at this end of the continent, but his voice has not been heard.)

2015/11/03

As Pontes' clitoris festival

La Voz de Galicia, the oldest Google source for the story, says that the council of Puentes de García Rodríguez posted the work of Google Translate on its website, but I can't find a screengrab.

As if all those mistranslated greens weren't bad enough, the town's illiterate English Wikipedia entry tells us that:

The town principal sector is the coal power plant and the coalpit run by Endesa. The power plant is the largest in Spain, and its chimney, with 356 meters of height, is the higher construction in the country and the second largest tower in Europe. Besides the municipality has numerous wind farms. The town has three industrial parks.

Only a towering clitoris festival, or claims thereof, can save such a dreadful place.