A new book claims that the Castilian spoken by the explorer Christopher Columbus was full of errors because his maternal language was actually Catalan (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The book, entitled The DNA of his writings, is the work of Professor Estelle Irizarry at Georgetown University in the US. This theory about the nationality of Columbus isn’t new, but is here substantiated by the detailed research carried out by Professor Irizarry, who is an expert in linguistics. She claims that the mistakes that Columbus made in Castilian demonstrate that he was actually used to speaking the Catalan of the period.
Barcelona will host the final of the Davis Cup for the second time in December, at a cost of more than €2 million (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The tennis final will be played between Spain and the Czech Republic between December 4th and 6th at the Palau Sant Jordi. The city council’s sports delegate, Pere Alcover, said that they hoped to recover some €1.2 million from ticket sales from the various tennis matches. In the days leading up to the main event, there will be different public initiatives organised around Barcelona including temporary courts for mini-tennis, and a Davis Cup for local tennis clubs. The mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, said yesterday that hosting the event would see Barcelona’s sporting year end on a high note, following events like the Tour de France, Global Sport Forum and return of the Red Bull Race. The last time the Davis Cup final was held here was in 2000 when Spain beat Australia.
Also in the news: Barcelona mayor gives motivational speech to council workers (Avui); Pieces from Montjuïc military museum start to be transferred to places of origin (El Periodico); Generalitat blocked from taking greater role in managing Barcelona airport (Avui)