The souvenirs on offer in Barcelona’s gift shops range from tasteful reminders of local artists and architects such as Picasso, Gaudí or Miró to tacky, wide-brimmed Mexican sombreros and posters of footballers such as Lionel Messi.
The badges depict local scenes that are familiar to both city residents and visitors. They show bag-snatchers, prostitutes, street alcohol vendors and, in a reference to the brutality with which recent demonstrations have been treated, the local riot police.
Compare and contrast with this item from the City Council website and news feed – City Council launches proceedings against the Museu d’Història’s bookshop for selling badges that promote anti-social behaviour – how shocking!
Strange Random Prohibition Quote:
Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth. – Will Rogers
- Barcelona’s whistleblower (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
- Muxu of Barcelona Launch City Cycle Wear Collection (prweb.com)
- Uncomfortable overnight train – Barcelona, Spain (travelpod.com)
- World Trade Center Spotlight: Barcelona, Spain (worldtradedaily.com)