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)
A lone woman armed with a whistle and enormous courage has set herself the task of defending unsuspecting tourists from the pickpockets who plague Barcelona. Eliana Guerrero became so incensed by the way groups of thieves were able to freely roam the city’s underground network that she now patrols the metro on her own. She gives loud blasts on her whistle whenever she sees the thieves, who operate mostly in a dozen city centre stations including the Sagrada Familia and Placa Catalunya, and hands out flyers warning about the criminals.
Strange Random Whistle Quote:
- Where to backpack with 2 weeks to get from Barcelona to Istanbul? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Whistleblowers now have The Whistleblower’s Handbook, from the National Whistleblowers Center (allthingsreform.org)
- Our full day in Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain (travelpod.com)
- Bye Bye Barcelona – French Riviera – Cote d’Azur, France (travelpod.com)
- Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain (travelpod.com)
- “Social unrest in Plaça Catalunya (Barcelona) today” and related posts (tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com)
- From Bordeaux to Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain (travelpod.com)
- Sagrada Familia and how to avoid going to hell! – Barcelona, Spain (travelpod.com)
This advertisement has been on several very large banners around the Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre here in Barcelona for the past few weeks. It offers people the chance to take part in a competition and win modelling prizes. Which is great, despite the fact that yours truly will not be taking part for humanitarian reasons.
Unfortunately, the people that wrote the copy may wish they had consulted their dictionaries first of all.
Whereas a SHOOTING is:
Noun 1. shooting – the act of firing a projectile; “his shooting was slow but accurate”
2. shooting – killing someone by gunfire; “when the shooting stopped there were three dead bodies”
the word they were probably looking for is SHOOT, which is defined, among other things, as:
6. A session in which something is photographed, filmed, or videotaped
So if someone approaches you in a shopping centre for a shooting opportunity, just decline politely!
- Investors’ appetite for shopping centres grows (independent.co.uk)
- Store giants battle to be best online mall (news.theage.com.au)
Finally, some good news about the economy
The average cost of a wedding in Spain has fallen to 14,390 €, down some 12.7% on what was spent in 2010. Generally the price range is between 8,000 € and 20,000 €. A survey from the FUCI, Federation of Independent Consumers and Users, chose a wedding with a reception for 100 guests in 30 different cities across the country and found that Madrid is the most expensive place to get married with an average cost of 17,550 €, followed by 17,000 € in Cataluña and 16,000 € in Valencia.
Strange Random Wedding Quote:
Look down, you gods,
And on this couple drop a blessed crown!
- Cutting Wedding Costs With a Little Help From Your Friends (dailyfinance.com)
- Cheapflights.co.uk’s Essential Guide to Planning a Wedding Abroad (prnewswire.com)
- Our Wedding Is a Contest (mysanfranciscobudgetwedding.wordpress.com)
- How The Royal Wedding Equates to Commoner Matrimony (visualeconomics.com)
Strange Random Chair Quote:
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. – Henry David Thoreau
- The Glass Architecture of Mies Van Der Rohe (bookstove.com)
- Dream Home : Scholl Residence by Studio B Architects (chictip.com)
- Silver Screen: On Tron: Legacy Set, How Midcentury Design Doth Glow (curbed.com)
- Michael DeJong: The Human Stain on “Sustainism” (huffingtonpost.com)
- Stocking Stuffers for Classic Design Enthusiasts (apartmenttherapy.com)