Independent.co.uk–British people like to drink too much and would rather complete a crossword than have sex, according to a book published in Spain. Alberto Letona somewhat helpfully seeks to dispel the idea that Brits are hooligans who get blind-drunk in Spanish resorts by replacing them with a few dubious stereotypes of his own. The author of Sons and Daughters of Great Britain describes the populace of Britain as stingy and liking alcohol too much –according to The Times.
Brits also have trouble with intimacy, allegedly. It is a “trait” that has long been lampooned in home-grown classic sitcoms such as Fawlty Towers, in which hotel owners Basil and Sybil do not even share the same bed. The long-standing class system also gets a good dressing-down as he criticises the way British people seek to keep up appearances or hide their real intentions with niceties. The former journalist, who is married to a British teacher and had lived in St Andrews and London, writes: “Middle-class people are more given to hypocrisy.”
BBC Trending tells the story of a Spanish political satirist who some say crossed the country’s red lines – and who even ended up summoned to a criminal court because of a sketch.
BBC.com, Reporting: Anne-Marie Tomchak, Video journalists: Alvaro A. Ricciardelli and Gabriela Torres–Last week, at the same time as millions rallied online in support of pointed French satire using #JeSuisCharlie, south of the border in Spain #YoconFacu (I am with Facu) was trending last week in support of the satirist Facu Diaz. He has been accused of mocking victims of terrorism in an online video sketch, which uses the iconography of the Basque armed organisation ETA.
Kyle Becker writes for IJReview.com–If you’ve never heard this one before, you’ve really been missing out. It’s been a joke on the Internet since around 1996, but numerous websites have posted up as “actual” radio transmission of an exchange between the U.S. Navy and the Spanish Coast Guard. Here’s how it goes: