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Today there are important elections in Catalonia.

Imposed by the government in Madrid following their controversial application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, the elections to the regional parliament round off a turbulent 4 months for the would-be republic.

With one party leader in jail in Madrid, another in exile in Brussels and increasingly damaging, divisive rhetoric characterising the campaign, the Christmas spirit is very much noticeable by its absence in Catalan politics today.

So for today’s Countdown to Christmas installment, I have decided to try to inject a little bit of upbeat Christmas cheer with Obeses and Regala Petons (“Give Kisses”).

Passi el que passi a les urnes d’avui, tothom ha de recordre que mentre només hi ha una Catalunya, és ple de persones qui pensen de maneres diferents -i qui tenen diferents prioritats. Tothom ha de respectar els resultats -independentistes i constitucionalistes- i treballar per millorar el país per a tots.

Des d’Anglaterra, Bon Nadal a tothom i visca Catalunya!

The lyrics roughly translate* as follows:

Give, give kisses.
Give, give kisses,
wrap them in your lips
and accompany them with chocolates.

There are a thousand ways,
all fascinating:
there are some more crude and elegant,
there are some which seem magic or tragic,
there are some more subtle, or restless,
aesthetic and poetic.

There is the big diva kiss,
with a little saliva.
The beautiful kiss of love with great fervour
and the famous movie kiss.
There is the kiss like the one your grandma gives for Christmas,
and the one you give to me is heavenly.

Give kisses, give kisses,
because it is Christmas and they are rampant,
all the passions.

Give, give kisses.
Give, give kisses,
wrap them in your lips
and accompany them with chocolates.

There are all types,
it’s marvellous:
Some are simpler and some pompous,
there are some which are like plastic, they are very disgusting,
there are some very sensible, self-assured,
beautiful, liquifying.

The dense aunt’s kiss
will leave the face clean.
And there is a dangerous one very luxurious:
the feared cannibal kiss.
The lipstick kiss is the most enchanting
and yours will take me to paradise!

Give kisses, give kisses,
because it is Christmas and they are rampant,
all the passions.

More, more, fill the streets.
More, more, fill the streets.
We cannot live without them!

* Roughly translated by me, so apologies for any errors!

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