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Barcelona city hall bans badges that portray city’s seedier side | World news | The Guardian

September 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The badges they don't want you to buy

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.

But the latest souvenir is a set of lapel badges and fridge magnets deemed so subversive by the city hall that they have been banned from municipal museum shops.

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.

via Barcelona city hall bans badges that portray city’s seedier side | World news | The Guardian.

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

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Barcelona’s whistleblower

July 15, 2011 1 comment
Sagrada Família

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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.

via The lone woman waging war on Barcelona’s pickpockets | World news | The Guardian.

Strange Random Whistle Quote:

Whistle While You Work.” – Walt Disney (American motion-picture Producer, pioneer of animated cartoon films. 1901-1966)

 

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What price fame?

June 1, 2011 1 comment

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”
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/shooting

the word they were probably looking for is SHOOT, which is defined, among other things, as:

Noun. […]
6. A session in which something is photographed, filmed, or videotaped

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So if someone approaches you in a shopping centre for a shooting opportunity, just decline politely!

Strange Random Shopping Centre Quote:
We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls. – Bill Bryson

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Tickets and 41º: the Adrià brothers’ Barcelona tapas and cocktail bars – video | Life and style | guardian.co.uk

Ferran and Albert Adrià, the culinary masters of El Bulli, ‘perform’ the superstar restaurant’s cocktails at Tickets paired with a greatest hits collection of food: parmesan ice cream, Iberian ham ‘airbag-uette’, mango leaves with marigold, yoghurt pistachulines and steamed brioche with mozzarella.

Strange Random Food Quote:
Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people. – Elizabeth Berry

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Neues Museum, Berlin, MiesArch Prize 2011

April 12, 2011 4 comments

The Prize is an initiative of the European Commission organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe. The principal objectives are to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new concepts and technologies. The Prize also sets out to promote the profession by encouraging architects working throughout the entire European Union and by supporting young architects as they set off on their careers. […] The Prize consists of 60.000 € and the Special Mention consists of 20.000 € with both receiving a sculpture that evokes the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of Barcelona – the symbol for this Prize: excellence and innovation in conceptual and constructive terms.

The Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island was designed by Friedrich August Stüler and built between 1841 and 1859. Extensive bombing during the Second World War left the building in ruins, with entire sections missing completely and others severely damaged. Few attempts at repair were made after the war, and the structure was left exposed to nature. In 1997, David Chipperfield Architects – with Julian Harrap – won the international competition for the rebuilding of the Neues Museum.

MiesArch website

Strange Random Architecture Quote:

Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together. – Mies van der Rohe

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How to cook perfect patatas bravas | Life and style

March 31, 2011 4 comments
A plate of patatas bravas.

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As part of their series on New Europe and in particular, Spanish Life and Culture, this article analyses the iconic dish of patatas bravas, in the search for the perfect recipe. Try them at home or make your own variety!

I’ve never really got patatas bravas. Spuds in tomato sauce will never set my world on fire like crisp calamares fritos, or delicious morsels of morcilla, yet they’re as inevitable an order in tapas bars as egg fried rice in a Chinese; just when you think you’ve got away with it, someone in the party always chips in – if you’ll pardon the pun. Upon cross-examination, the guilty party will cite the superlative bravas they once enjoyed in a particular little bar in Logrono, or the incredibly clever interpretation of the dish in some Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona, blithely ignoring the fact that we’re about 900 miles from either of those places on this particular evening.

via How to cook perfect patatas bravas | Life and style | The Guardian.

Strange Random Cooking Quote:

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him of the entire weekend. – Zenna Schaffer

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Vayable – get the local travel experience (or offer your own)

Find unique experiences.Vayable.com is a new site (in beta, of course, aren’t they always?) that offers unique travel experiences in many countries, whether artistic, adventurous, rural, or for social good. So for example you can go walking or biking with a native guide in Paris, New Orleans or Cologne, see gorillas in Uganda, go fishing with the Tui Laucala (the King of Laucala district) in Fiji or for the ultimate pampering experience (IMHO), you can have a professional photoshoot (3-4 hours) in “Paradise”, also known as the north shore of Kauai. No money? No problem – why not offer a personalized tour of your own city for a modest price?

Anyone for a skiing tour of Barcelona? Only €100 …

Strange Random Tourism Quote:

I would like to spend my whole life traveling, if I could borrow another life to spend at home.- William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist.

 

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