So here we go again, rolling out the Christmas stuff.
Last year, you may recall, I got my act together enough to write a post about the caganer, and very popular and well-received it was.
For newbies, or those too lazy to click on the old post to refresh their memories, the caganer is one of Catalunya’s quirkiest Christmas traditions: the ‘crapper,’ a small crouching figure complete with mini-turd designed to be included in a Nativity scene. The caganer catalogue is amusingly packed with politicians, world leaders, rock stars and, of course, football players, as well as famous cartoon characters.
So what’s new at caganer.com this year? Barack Obama is now enshrined on the banner of the home page, but the new ones are not particularly good likenesses: Shakira and Piqué, an unrecognisably chubby Mick Jagger, Victor Valdés, Sara Palin, Prince William (really?), a very wistful (or constipated) Rubalcaba, and ‘caganera Princesa Middleton’ (sic).
There is also a host of oficis (professions) including airline pilot, architect, firefighter and surgeon. The funniest is the informàtic who, in addition to dropping his load, appears to be peeing into – or having sex with – his laptop. (Out of curiosity, I clicked on the Union Jack for the English translation: computer scientist. Hmm, sorry, this one is definitely a geek.)
I still find the Dalai Lama, issued last year, unrivalled for his charm. And you?