Revenge is best served cold
John Heelan writes: Reading Christopher Jones piece about Christ being cheese and later reviewing my research notes from some fieldwork in Granada brought to mind a particular instance in a bar of that city. Drinking there one night with a friend's father, a true "andalu' de granáa" , he was well into his late 70s and a well-known local patissier. He invited me to taste a sweetmeat that I had not seen before. It was flat, biscuit-like in shape and texture, surmounted in the centre by half a glacé cherry placed cut-side down. It was delicious! I asked what it was called. My companion replied, with a twinkle in his eye, "un Requeté". As a Carlist expert and supporter, Chris, you might not appreciate an old granadino's joy in continuing to take personal revenge, some 70 years later, on the red-bereted Carlist militia that did so much damage in Granada in the Civil War.
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November 20, 2004