Monday, August 24, 2009

A Lidl mistake


The Catalans are a proud people.

Like the Welsh they have their own language (above)

Unlike the Welsh they don't provide translations.



Catalunya is not part of Spain just like Wales is not part of England.

Like Wales they have their own flag.


The four red stripes were allegedly made by the bloody battle stained fingers of Wilfred the Hairy - Count of Barcelona in the ninth century.

This is the Spanish flag.



Catalans have a donkey (burro).



Spain has its bull.

This is a popular car sticker in Catalunya.



The Catalans hate the Spanish as much as the Welsh hate the English.

So you wouldn't refer to 'English Wales' and decorate it with the Union flag would you?

I saw this in Lidl's window this afternoon.


I bet it will really give the Catalans the twmpathau.
KAZ

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32 Comments:

Blogger Malc said...

Too many peppers and not enough olives for my liking.

6:56 pm  
Blogger Malc said...

As for English Wales - haven't you been to Barmouth in August?

6:58 pm  
Blogger xl said...

hehe. Which £3 wine will go best with a £1.19 veggie pizza two-pack?

7:24 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Now that Ryanair isn't flying to Spain from Manchester any more, I assume Wales will become your holiday destination of choice?

7:45 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Do Catalans watch donkey fighting, then?

Children are plants in Wales, aren't they?

8:18 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

the Welsh hate the English?

9:10 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

You shopped near Lidl? I always saw you as a Netto lady.

9:13 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Malc:
I like lots of both - but I bet you don't get much buffalo mozzarella for that price.

Malc:
No - is it anything like Prestatyn?

xl:
How observant - I hadn't noticed you got 2!
It makes the wine look expensive.

Dave:
Wales - impossible.
I don't speak the language.

Geoff:
The Catalans love their burros - and they don't allow bull fighting either.
Ah yes - I remember being confused by that when I saw school crossings in North Wales.

View:
Have you ever watched England play football on TV in a Welsh pub?
You stay silent and motionless if you value your life.

Madame:
(tries to stay unmoved by accusations of extreme cheapskate behaviour) .... I was actually on the bus when I saw this.
ASDA is cheap enough for me.

9:26 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

Barcelona is one of my favorite cities and your right they are very proud to Catalans.
It's fuuny you mention the donkey as one of the first Spanish phrases I learnt was " mi burro esta mucho rapido" I must point out this is not that useful, as I do not in fact have a donkey.

9:27 pm  
Blogger Clippy Mat said...

tell the Welsh to get to the back of the queue. There's plenty others that hated us first.
;-)

1:03 am  
Blogger MJ said...

I clicked on the ad but it didn't give me "many more fantastic offers" like it said it would.

6:21 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Kerrie:
Every gal should have a rapido donkey. Much more useful than a squirrel.

Hi Cllippy Mat - welcome to KAZ.
Yes - we aren't very popular are we?
It used to be the bowler hats and the Empire and now it's the football hooligans.

MJ:
Sorry. If you don't have Lidl in Canada - here's what you're missing

9:18 am  
Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

I clicked on Lidl 'Fantastic Fashion'....?
Sx

12:50 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

Every Lidl helps.

I love the story of the woman who won a "trolley dash" in Lidl and came out with £4.75 worth of stuff.

1:17 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

We English, being ignorant at the best of times, would have an excuse for such a faux pas.... but Lidl are "European" so should know better. Maybe they should have a sticker of a bull mounting a donkey?

5:36 pm  
Blogger dh said...

Wilfred the Hairy indeed. The Spanish only had two fingers but they were big thick ones.

6:49 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Scarlet:
And I bet you weren't disappointed.
Leggings for £2.99!
What more could a gal want?

Rog:
I found that a Lidl bit amusing.
Did you hear it from Dale Winton?

Steve:
Yes you are quite right.
A German friend told me (with disdain) that Lidl are Austrian (which might explain it) but I'm not sure whether that is true.

dh:
Hairy Wilfred definitely had 4 bloody ones.
Wilfred only got Barcelona because he curried faour with Charles the Bald.
A bit like Russell Brand cosying up to Yul Brunner.

9:11 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

I am relieved by your explanation. I look to you as an example of excellence to which I can only aspire. The best thing to buy in Lidl is their celeriac. M. DeFarge swears by it for our winter soups.

9:44 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Madame:
Ah celeriac - or 'knob celery' as it's known in some parts.
I love to imagine M. De Farge concentrating for hours over a hot stove to produce delicious, nourishing soup for his one true love.
(sighs)

10:01 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

I'll stick with the Basques thanks. They're almost as incomprehensible as me, as is there language

Xanxablezejekygs.

10:18 pm  
Blogger Donn said...

Well done. You seem to have a strong grasp of the political burro-meter but choo ave some Splaining to do?

On my Map O' dee Worl' Mssrs McNally & Rand neglect to list Catland, or whatever, as a Real Place..
like Real Madrid for instance!

Unfortunately neither place is listed on Wikipedia so I can't say if Catland should be invaded by US Troops? Prolly smarten' them up eh?

What do you mean Wales is not a part of Yyyngggglyyyynnnnnd?

6:23 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Yes, I would refer to English Wales and decorate it with the Union Flag....now that you've given me the idea. Just to annoy the Welsh.

I'm not sure you've done Catalunya many favours comparing them to Wales, Kaz.

I've been to Catalunya once where Mrs.LDNP had her pockets picked and we nearly got mugged but still I liked it and would gladly go back. I've been to Wales many times (indeed was married there) and the worse thing that's ever happened to me there (apart from it always raining) is not getting served in a pub (for being English).....I would gladly not ever go back again.

I like the donkey/bull car sticker, Welsh nationalists could do with a bit of humour like that.

9:12 am  
Blogger Emerson Marks said...

Poor old Lidl. Easy mistake to make that. Where are Lidl from anywhere? Germany?

12:34 pm  
Blogger Morton Shadow said...

The Welsh are ever so kind translating for us aren't they. Don't know where we'd be without the following:

Ambuwlans - ambulance
Toiled papa - toilet paper
Iysbitil - Hospital

;)


xxx
Mort

1:05 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Garfer:
Ooo - I bet you look gorgeous in a basque.
That word is made up.
Catalan has lots of Xs.
Just substitute ch.
e.g. Xocolata and Xampu.

Donn:
I see you resemble Catalunyaand Wales in that you have your own langwidge - Coppenese?
There's no oil in Catland - just a few fish.
So nothing here for the hawkish nations.

NiC:
I think Barcelona has cleaned up its act a bit in the last few years.
I'm glad you confirmed my view of Welsh hospitality for the English.
Remind me never to get married there.

Emerson:
I was reprimanded by some German friends for saying that Lidl was German.
"Lidle is AUSTRIAN" they replied emphatically and rather angrily.
However (according to Wikipedia) they were wrong.

Morton:
I feel so sorry for the toiled papa - trying to put food on the family's table I suppose.

5:02 pm  
Blogger Wend's Place said...

I am just imagining a fight between a dragon and a lion, there must be movie about this surely?!

3:28 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Wend:
My money's on the dragon - fantasy isn't restrained by rules and gravity.

7:54 pm  
Blogger Moannie said...

I was in Barcelona during Franco's regime, very restrictive. No wonder they still consider themselves apart.

11:58 am  
Blogger Alix said...

LOVE the sticker! It's never a party until someone is getting screwed, right?

Just popped over to congratulate you on your POTD mention from David McMahon.

4:02 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Moannie:
Just found you and Alix down here.
Yes - I've read about the Franco years. It is still significant in the region even with the younger people.

Alix:
The Catalans love to be outrageous.

12:06 pm  
Anonymous MartinC said...

Kaz - why wouldn't the Welsh use the Union Flag? It is the flag of the whole United Kingdom, which includes Wales, and not just of England.

6:28 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Martin:
Just found you here.
You are right - but I suspect many Welsh would prefer to stick the red lion on their car.

3:26 pm  

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