I’m still researching the new Filth walk, which I hope to market multilingually in conjunction with another blogger. One of the things I’ve been looking at is the profusion of illegal, self-built housing, lacking in all basic services, which exists on old factory terrains and in other uninviting places. I met a bunch of Moroccans the other day who have constructed themselves a series small dwellings using building rubble and have dug down and put in a pipe to the water company’s main. On top they’ve built a small communal wash-house which provides hot showers to the block, although the gypsies along the way–similarly deprived–will apparently have no part of it. One of the cool things about these people is their lack of the sense of despair that afflicts the many young people here who see no way of ever being able to afford a place of their own. (PS: a rural squatter camp was noted here.)
- Habemus poppadum
As the people of Africa prepare to give thanks for the life of the misogynistic, homophobic, hissing zombie who saved them from AIDS, some of Calle Carmen’s sharpest minds are said to have spent last night in a Punjabi curry house, planning to raid the remains, pope them in the popmobile, and give the man …
- More thrilling Barcelona police action
In the communal hallway two Moroccans are hard at work extracting objects of value from a rucksack–they’ve got a mobile, cash, documents. I go into the flat, phone the generic emergency number, 112, and clock-watch.
A woman picks up and says hallo like she just woke up.
–Hello, I say, there are two thieves in …
- Squats demolished c/ Amor, Horta
One of Barcelona’s last patches of pre-war farms, small factories and cottages is under assault from planners.
- For sale, the church of St Paul at Montmany
Buy the scene of the miserable fate of the rector in Els sots feréstecs!