Lee uses modern cameras for a series set in the crumbling Torre del Gobernador in Alella, just up the coast from Barcelona, one of a considerable number of great houses deserted as Barcelona’s industrial base has collapsed over the past couple of decades.
Alex meanwhile uses a pinhole camera to portray still functioning parts of the urban area, including El Siglo in Sant Cugat (not Barcelona), whose Casa Amparito dining hall is an obvious future venue for the barrel organ show.
I’m rather into decadence, so I’m happy to note that many of the expensive projects born of the boom are already showing pleasing signs of deterioration – the courts may never catch up, but it is common knowledge that a substantial proportion of the funds allocated to them ended up serving rather different ends.
And I think things are only going to get better for lovers of descension and putrefaction – here’s a chart showing the remorseless decline of Catalonia vis-à-vis Madrid since the end of the dictatorship, caused basically by the Catalan oligarchy’s determination to increase its share of the regional economic cake whatever the resultant cost to that cake’s size:
- Homeless Chinese in Barcelona
Plus, how to acquire a country house for next to nothing.
- Two serious IT/system problems at Bicing
They screw up, you pay.
- John Gay’s Fable 40: The Two Monkeys
They are shocked by their reception on attending Southwark fair: Men laugh at apes, they men contemn; / For what are
- Porter slaughter
For residents of Barcelona’s old town an affair way up in Sarrià or Sant Gervasi is probably the best way of
- Quantitative analysis by language of Barcelona publications in British Library Integrated Catalogue
The Catalan government continues to claim that public use of Catalan was prohibited during the dictatorship, but everyone sensible now agrees