recently retired from area public libraries, were given a second life as a
glowing river that flowed through the square and into a nearby street. On the
final day of the installation, onlookers were invited to take the books home."
interesting new form of direct actioncame to town recently.
in Vilafranca an unemployed woman named Marian Fernández was fined 90 Euros for unlawfully taking 241
Euros worth of “essentials” from a Maxi Dia supermarket.
there as part of a group called ‘PAH’ - people affected by mortgage problems
who went there to make a statement about not being able to afford life’s’
Ms Fernández, a mother of three children
and having no present income, had apparently presented a credit card with a zero
balance at the checkout.
This action follows from a similar act last
month by JuanManuel Sánchez Gordillo, a mayor in Andalucia who also stole food but with the
plan of passing it on to others who could not afford to buy their own.
[Hughes at his New York City Loft, 1996 David Corio/Redferns]
A very readable article (from the The Global Mail,
an excellent new website) about that extremely rare creature - an
Australian intellectual, who amongst many other things wrote an
excellent book on Barcelona long before it was a fashionable city to