Thursday, 10 November 2011
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Prima, alle 19:00 ore, un bel gruppo di studenti di tutti i livelli siamo andati al Centre de La Caixa a vedere il film ‘La Prima Cosa Bella’, del regista livornese
Paolo Virzì. Questo film è stato scelto come candidato italiano all'Oscar 2011 per il miglior film straniero.
Grazie a tutti per la vostra partecipazione e agli ex-studenti che siete anche venuti, sia al cinema che alla cena.
Alla prossima volta!
Ecco algune fotografie della cena. Belle, vero? ;-)
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Saturday, 15 October 2011
The reaction to the Times article and the British-owed www.robbedinbarcelona.com has been mixed. Many of the comments which respond to the report on the El Periodico website are very critical. They retort that London has its problems with crime as well, as the shocking looting this summer demonstrates. British tourists often behave very badly too, they say; getting excessively drunk, behaving aggressively and disturbing the peace. What's more, the company which owns the Times, Rupert Murdoch's News International, has just been the centre of the phone-hacking scandal.
Although all of the points above are undoubtedly true, there's no doubt that in some parts of the Catalan capital, street crime is out of control. It's no excuse to say that other cities have similar problems and it isn't just British people who are unhappy about the situation - many Catalans feel the politicians, police force and judicial system need to do more. Tourists (and foreign residents who look like them) are very frequently the victims of these crimes, so maybe foreigners make more noise about the issue for this reason.
A policeman based in the Raval told me last year that the vast majority of the crimes committed in that area were carried about by 50-80 professional thieves. Unfortunately, he said that although these delinquents are frequently caught and arrested, they are almost never convicted because tourists won't return to Barcelona to appear as witnesses in their court cases, and even when convicted they only have to pay a fine or serve a short period in detention.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Come and play with other students and teachers. There will be prizes for the winning team!
This video of his speech to graduating students at Stanford University in 2005 is interesting for two reasons: it's a good example of his remarkable communication skills and it also has some fascinating anecdotes from his own extraordinary life.