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On irony & lies 17 February 2011
Act 1 - An academician, Francisco Rico, writes an article in El Pais, criticising aspects of new anti-smoking legislation. He ends the piece "And I have smoked just one cigarette in my whole life". Immediate... more
Fashion Notes 11 February 2011
Observed in the carpark of Barcelona's mainline station, Estació de Sants ... I particularly liked the semi-shorn dreadlocks: made her look like a radicalised sea-urchin. I recognised the Sita Murt... more
The 3D Tag Cloud 7 February 2011
Presentation on screen can be merely decorative, or it can reveal and/or manipulate the nature of the ideas presented. Thinking along these lines, how could 3D presentation help to communicate meaning... more
Tag cloud chat 4 February 2011
Social networks are the crest of the internet wave at the moment. They're even being credited with revolutions - literal ones like Tunisia, not just metaphorical. Personally, I've never really felt... more
On FIZZ 29 January 2011
Getting the English B website launched last week was one of those Big Moments that turn out to be ... er ... rather small. The world, of course, did not actually stop turning, and there was not a stunned... more
Image & language 29 December 2010
We've just had local government elections here in Catalonia. The campaign itself is restricted by law to a two-week period, but even before then we were being subjected to a deluge of political propaganda... more
Castellers in the air 16 November 2010
UNESCO has just announced that the catalan tradition of castellers has been added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (check out the UNESCO announcement here). If you've... more
Graffitti 27 October 2010
I live in Sitges, a charming, elegant resort near Barcelona, but for administrative purposes due to a kink in local government frontiers, I am registered in St Pere de Ribes, the town next door. St... more
On knacks and tranquillos 11 September 2010
On the beach ... just enough breeze to take the oven out of the heat ... there's three boys playing with a surf board (or is it 'bodyboard' - broad and sort of ovoid?). They sling the board across the... more