Controversy in antibiotics’ use

During long years we have been told that antibiotic’s treatments must be followed strictly until the very end – usually 8 or more days – in spite of the fact that we would feel better. Doctors and scientists supported this idea and almost made feel us guilty when we forgot to take our pills. It…

Image and social manipulation

Physical appearance is really overvalued nowadays. It has almost become a social dictatorship mainly for women. We should be young and slim for ever in order to get a job and to reach success personally and professionally. On the one hand, this highly demanding society is producing a lot of young girls suffering from eating…

Ethics in advertising

Advertising is always a controversial issue and everybody has their own opinion. Even though there are fans who like ads’ music, slogans or design, advertisements are spreading out stereotypes and principles. On the one hand it seems that everything is permitted in order to attract consumers and sell products, however some images or slogans could…

Lady Macbeth

The breathtaking landscapes in rural England are as shadowy and disturbing as Katherine, the film’s main character. Based on ‘The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’, a novel by Nicolai Leskov written in 1865, the film fantastically portrays the dark story of a young wife secluded in a farm with her obnoxious husband and father in law….

Mingling at the Station

This week I attended the ‘Friday Language Exchange’ that takes place every Friday at the Estació de França in Barcelona. I enjoyed very much the experience with two of my English class peers. I found that this is a very good initiative that gives the opportunity to mingle and practice languages with native people. We met…

The Lahti File

I had read ‘The Lahti File’ by Richard MacAndrew for the Literary Corner that took place last Friday. This detective novel was easy to read because his main character, Ian Munro, is the typical secret agent sorting out where villains are and chasing after them. In this occasion Munro’s adventure was located in Finland and…

What is art?

Is art just an expression? Should art be meaningful to the viewer? A piece of art must be beautiful? What is beauty? A piece of art should be understandable? A piece of art could be compared with another one? Artists could be compared? Ancient art has more worth than the modern one or the contemporary…

Has a non-religious society a lack of moral values?

After Easter, the speaking corner’s topic was religion. We started by answering the question if in a non-religious society there is a lack of moral values. All answers were very personal and different but all we agreed in considering that States and Governments should be non-confessional because faith and religion belong to the private life…

The Waters of Eternal Youth

The crime writer Donna Leon offers us her 25th novel of Comissario Brunetti’s series. In this occasion, the Venetian inspector is investigating, by request of a friend of Brunetti’s mother-in-law, the case of a teenage girl who was thrown into the canal fifteen years ago and suffered irreparable brain damage. Despite the request of the…

Revisiting the MNAC in English

Today I revisited the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and I asked for an audio guide in English. It was a different way to admire again my favourite artists and their masterpieces. Despite the MNAC Romanesque collection is impressive, in this occasion I concentrate in the works I like most: Modernist paintings and sculptures. After…

Moonlight

Such a wonderful film ‘Moonlight’ is! I found it great and an authentic masterpiece despite my reluctance to see Oscar awarded films. Very often Oscars go to commercial films with no interest. Moreover, I had been told that it had a very slow pace and the story was thought. However, in this case my preconceptions…

Are there situacions in that terrorism is the only answer?

After watching the first minutes of the TED Talk video ‘Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist’ we had a discussion about terrorism. In fact, a very difficult issue because it’s a matter of feelings in witch is very complicated to remain objective and cerebral. The experience of Manwar Ali is amazing and touching….