'Ofèlia ofegada': sculpture by Francisco López Hernández in els Jardins de la Vil·la Amèlia in Sarrià. 'Ofèlia ofegada' translates from the Catalan as Ophelia drowned.
I wasn’t sure about John Grant at first, but I’m definitely a convert now. ‘Glacier’ from ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ is particularly fine. “This pain, It is a glacier moving through you, And carving out deep valleys, And creating spectacular landscapes.” Wonderful lyrics (Spotify required.)
Spectacular views of Barcelona from Turó de la Rovira, also known as els Búnkers del Carmel. The walk down through Parc del Guinardó is well worth it too. For more information on the history of Turó de la Rovira, visit http://bit.ly/1cf99eB
Daniel Norgren is a new name to me, but definitely one to investigate further. ‘Black Vultures’ was one of the highlights of his performance at BARTS last night (Spotify required.)
The Tallest Man on Earth was fantastic at BARTS last night: good venue, great sound, a packed crowd and all his big songs. He certainly lived up to his reputation as a charismatic performer, and with a lesser musician it might have been almost too showy, but his skills as a guitarist are exemplary. When he changed the last line of the ‘King of Spain’ to the ‘King of Catalonia’, what a reaction! A truly energising experience, and the support act, Daniel Norgren, was really good too.
Essential listening these days… despite the lavish orchestrations, this album has a very dark edge (Spotify required.)
View from the top of Jardines del Turó del Putget overlooking Barcelona – perfect for a Sunday afternoon walk. From there, it’s just 40-minutes to Parc de la Creueta del Coll with its sculpture by Eduardo Chillida. It’s up and down all the way though, and tough on the knees.
|—||Antonio Muñoz Molina… From ‘Sepharad’, one of the best books I’ve read. Not the easiest read perhaps, but it’s an enthralling and moving journey through different times, places and characters. The vivid descriptions of Spain and Spanish culture are wonderful, and the way he depicts how everything is connected, even unknowingly, but also coincidental is enlightening. Exile and death, hope and dreams; the scope of his vision is stunning. One day I hope to be able to read it in the original Spanish.|