Usually when the Olympics come to town there’s a big clean-up, during which junkies with little muscles get kicked out to make way for junkies with big muscles. That’s what happened in Barcelona in 92, but from this op-ed piece by Costas Iordanidis in Kathimerini it sounds like the Greek government is not having it all its own way:
Socialist ministers have for years used repulsive rhetoric to show their ostensible interest in improving the conditions for low-income groups and building a more humanitarian society. They only ended up deconstructing social cohesion and creating a ghetto for the first time in the last 50 years.
None of the reformist ministers suffered a crisis of conscience, the way Kaklamanis did as he met with drug addicts at the steps of his ministry: “You are a zero, Mr Minister. This happens at at your ministry and you think you are a minister,” Kaklamanis said to himself.
Good stuff, although it should be noted that Barcelona made some kind of a profit, something Athens is unlikely to achieve.
- Turtles and festivals of peace
Barcelona’s Forum will resort to anything now to get anyone, anywhere to take an interest, so yesterday a bunch of children
- Annals of curious municipal arithmetic, part whatever
Just because you take EU funds to renovate historical monuments doesn’t mean you have to open them to the public thereafter.
- Summer nights when the beer’s run out
Here’s a photo from the opening of the Barcelona Forum’s big youth jamboree: Yep, lots of flags and statist rhetoric (hello, nineteenth
- sagrada família finished!
Sez Christina Foerch in Lebanon’s Daily Star: Gaudi became obsessed with the church and concentrated all his energy on it. In 1926,
- Rab’s family
It turns out that an occasional commenter here has a blog of his own, From Catalonia to Caledonia, in which, from