Latest Minorca Stories

2008-07-26 18:00:22

THE scrawled, hand-written sign in English in the window of the downtown restaurant reads: "Closed today... for no reason." Christina, my local guide, completely unfazed by this unexpected hiccup, says with a knowing smile: "Not to worry, I bet they have gone fishing." Unlike its high-flying neighbours, life in Menorca, the second largest of the Balearic Islands, moves at a pace that makes raising an eyebrow seem a chore. We are in the capital Mahon, a shimmering noon day sun shimmers...

Latest Minorca Reference Libraries

2014-07-02 08:19:50

The Orpington is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in England by William Cook, who bred Langshans, Minorcas, and Plymoth Rock chickens to create a hybrid. When he first showed the breed, he chose a black individual to hide the soot from the city streets of London. It was introduced to America in in 1895 at a show in New York, after which time it became extremely popular. The Orpington varies in weight depending upon the sex and type, with standard type roosters reaching a...

2014-06-30 08:24:07

The Minorca is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in Spain and is related to the Castilian black and white-faced black Spanish chickens. It is recognized by the American Poultry Association under the Mediterranean Class and is the largest of this group, with roosters reaching a weight of nine pounds and hens reaching a weight of about seven pounds. This breed is known for its white ear patches and large combs, as well as its black color, although there is a rare white variation...

Menorquin horse
2014-06-19 12:48:01

The Menorquin or Cavall Menorqui is a breed of horse native to the island of Menorca in the Balearic Islands. Its origin is not exactly known, but a few theories have been suggested. Research has been done concerning the Menorquin. Some reveal a link between it and Arab breeds, while others suggest it came from a Berber bloodline. Some believe the horse was imported to Menorca by King James I of Aragon, but the government of the Balearic Islands state that the Menorquin originated from a...

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Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'