Posts Tagged ‘Humour’


Posted on November 15th, 2012 by by Valerie

Yo, rata

Our Russian asistenta’s Spanish is – how shall I put it? – a bit incomprehensible, but we manage just fine.  Every Friday she lets herself in at 7 am and starts in the sala de estar – the opposite end to where we’re all asleep. One Friday I forgot to tell her that the following […]

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Posted on October 22nd, 2011 by by Theresa

Muffled prawns, please: the best Spanish menu ever.

Oh, how we laughed. It’d been a long time since any of us had browsed such an inscrutable menu.  We worked out most of the items, though we did have a problem with ‘black poplars’ (the bilingual among you, start racking your brains …). I won’t spoil your fun. Here is a sample of the […]

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Posted on June 8th, 2011 by by admin

Garlic Moments: Lost in Translation

Rosie Reay of Jesús (Tortosa) shares her hilariously surreal British passport renewal experience. Don’t you just love it every time you need to renew your documents in Spain? This saga has been running (should I say dawdling) along two channels. Since December we have been endeavouring to renew my mother’s passport. Under the EU you […]

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Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by by admin

With A Rose Between Her Teeth

And now for something completely different. We are delighted to announce that one of Valerie’s funniest stories, With A Rose Between Her Teeth, was selected for inclusion in the Writers Abroad Short Story Anthology 2010. This is a fictional take on the British in Spain, most definitely in the Garlic spirit, written with Valerie’s hallmark humour […]

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Posted on November 17th, 2010 by by Theresa

Make mine an eel and snail frying pan

Back in the 18th century near a lake in Albufera, a Valencian peasant with a strong Andaluz accent (come on, anything’s possible) was out shooting when he caught a nice juicy rabbit. His wife wasn’t feeling too well, so when he got home he skinned and de-gutted the animal and had a quick nose around […]

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