The choreography of black African women, Maghrebi men, and dead-drunk (thus ungendered) English tourists is exquisite, as is the denunciation of vice by La Vanguardia, which makes a considerable proportion of what is left of its income from advertising for brothels, individual girls and chatlines. Ironic, too, the support expressed for the various police forces involved, when various officers are under investigation for commissions received from the sex trade and the zone filmed is just down from the entrance to the local police station.
Ex-Vanguardia stalwart Manuel Trallero is covering the paper’s conversion from its traditional Catholic monarchism to atheist republicanism (eg in this profile of Jordi Juan) as subscriptions and advertising die and regional state support remains firm. Public interest is so low that we are told elsewhere that it may be about to start publishing in Catalan. He who pays the piper calls the tune. Good video, though, although Mr T also notes that this is not exactly the first time that the death of the Rambla has been proclaimed.
[Just in: Barcelona Metropolitan has relaunched its website, apparently at some considerable cost … but still hasn’t implemented feeds. ¡Duh!]
- Catalonia Today: light, bland, should do fine
No, not Catalonia Today the magazine, nor Catalonia Today the Generalitat PR splurge, but the English-language daily to be launched on
A friend out walking in the Aragonese pre-Pyrenees the other day came across an old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere
- Discovered: Cataloonia’s true fet diferencial
It’s not what you steal, it’s the way that you steal it.
- Barcelona anarchist bought Chelsea flat with proceeds of 1936 war crimes
I haven’t seen Entre el roig i el negre (“Between red and black”) yet, but hope to soon. It’s the diary,
- Spanish airport traffic trends
Variation in air traffic numbers throws interesting light on Spain’s problems as it plunges into recession.