Cultural magazine


It’s a bit late, but better late than never!

A new cultural magazine for Lleida covering (we hope) a niche in the market. 32 pages to be published quarterly, although we are thinking of fattening it up to 40 pages for the next edition.
We hope to show that there has always been, is and will be culture outside Barcelona, and that it’s good.

If you can’t get hold of a copy (or would like to contribute or feature), drop me a line.

Graffiti (3)

Graffiti Res Non Verba
Here is the art. What else would you expect on the shutter of an art gallery?

Carrer Maragall 17, Lleida


Graffiti (2)

Graffiti Santa Creu
This is more like it. Patterns and bright, cheerful colours to break up the monotony.

Carrer Maragall 11, Lleida


Graffiti (1)

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No images here, just tagging and stenciling. The difference in aesthetics could not be clearer.
The white expanse of the hairdressers’ shutter has been broken up; the car-park door, defaced.

Carrer Maragall 15, Lleida


Foragers at dawn

A family of ‘giants’ foraging in the pre-dawn light.
The same square as ‘Mother & Child - Plaça Blas Infante, Lleida.

Mother & Child

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Well, use your imagination!
These are ‘statues’ in Plaça Blas Infante, Lleida. The square, designed by Mamen Domingo and Ernest Ferré, features these Torres de las Palabras (towers of (the) words) which represent the eight cities of Andalucia. They are particularly photogenic if the backdrop is moody.

Here is another ‘statue’ (with a magpie on top).

Stop! Reflect.

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I’ve had a really busy weekend (no posts - but now I’m back). And, despite not stopping all weekend, I have had time to reflect.
I was helped by all the drummers who attended the Planeta Bateria weekend, especially by Isabel Romeo and her Taiko drumming.
Take five minutes out of your day to think, reflect, meditate or practice ‘mindfulness’. You may be surprised by what you see if you stop and take a look from the ‘outside’.

Invisible (2)

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No, not invisible, but transparent, although that doesn’t mean it won’t disappear if we don’t look after it and use it sparingly.
Much of the south and east of England is in drought and has a hosepipe ban in place (it doesn’t rain as much as people think - only as often). Some people in Wales are looking at selling water to their neighbour, although their own situation isn’t much better.
It’s easy to forget the problems we had in 2008 when Barcelona tried to get its hands on the river Segre. If Barcelona does build EuroVegas then they’ll be back.

Here is a web page about water use in Europe. Here is the Facebook page to stop the extraction of water from the river Segre.