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Old 2nd November 2010, 11:03 AM   #61
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Old 2nd November 2010, 02:01 PM   #62
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rodillo de amasar = rolling pin

cuchara de madera = wooden spoon

together used to make masa = pastry

In England we have an expression to "receive the wooden spoon" for the team that comes last in a competition - especially in the 6 nations competition in Rugby Union [England, Scotland, Ireland Wales, France and Italy] Every team wants to win but noone wants the insult of receiving the wooden spoon.

Is there a similar saying in Spain and why isn't Spain part of the 6 Nations competition?
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Old 3rd November 2010, 04:25 PM   #63
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In Spain, the last in a competition is sometimes called "Farolillo rojo", specially in cycling and specially in that famous big competition in France. I heard somewhere that it comes from the red lights at the end of a train.
It isn't insulting as the wooden spoon, specially if you consider that finishing a Grand Tour (even as the last one) is somewhat of a triumph, as many competitors can't reach the last stage.

If we were part of the 6 nations rugby thingy we would quickly become the nation with most victories... of the wooden spoon thing.
Rugby in Spain is mainly amateur, I suppose they don't invite our team because it's years behind any of the competitors.
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Old 4th November 2010, 02:31 AM   #64
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Ummmm....what's the story behind the spoon?
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Old 4th November 2010, 02:10 PM   #65
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Ummmm....what's the story behind the spoon?
And while he lives, he wields the boasted prize
Whose value all can feel, the weak, the wise;
Displays in triumph his distinguish'd boon,
The solid honours of the Wooden Spoon

I believe Cambridge University long long time ago. Apparently it was given to the student with the worst degree so I guess as pobrecitohablador says at least he got one and didn't drop out

Pa’ mí cualquier hombre que cruce la línea en Les champs Elysees es un héroe

Creo que hayan habido la idea que ‘Los pumas’ (Argentina) pueda jugar Rugby en España y participar en ‘The seven nations’. Muchos jugadores de Los Pumas ganan sus salarios en Europa así no sería un problema de la distancia.

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Old 4th November 2010, 04:57 PM   #66
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posts about Spanish phrase for "wooden spoon" very interesting and the posts too about rugby. I am no expert, but had thought the celtic and basque areas of Spain and France had a rugby tradition - certainly more so than Italy.

Indeed I had an English friend who spent time teaching in San Sebastian and also played rugby there.

apologies for being off message Uriel so will add:

olla de cocimiento lento = slow cooker
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