La La Land

Although I don’t enjoy musicals specially, I found ‘La La Land’ a very good film. Moreover Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling perform masterfully the two main characters and they show that they can sing and dance as well than act. On one hand, the plot is the typical romantic story in which boy meets girl…

Does social networking give rise to a new society?

One of the conclusions we stated while talking about social networks was that the internet use is bringing about different ways of social interaction and deep changes in our society. Surely, in the future it will be consider the biggest revolution in human history, probably more important than the wheel invention or the space conquest….

Sylvia’s mother

To illustrate recent women murders committed by their partners the radio station chose ‘Sylvias’s mother’ by Dr Hook & The Medicine Show. Although I always thought that this pretty song, a hit in 1972, was about a desperate boyfriend trying to rebuilt the relationship with his beloved Sylvia, today I discovered another possible meaning: a…

Philomel Cottage by Agatha Christie

In my youth I used to devour crime novels by Agatha Christie but I never read any of her short stories. Consequently when we were told to read ‘Philomel Cottage’ for the literary corner I thought it was a good suggestion. ‘Philomel Cottage’ is easy to read, amusing and amazing. The queen of crime literature…

Corny presents and good debates on St. Valentine’s Day

In the speaking corner, today’s debate was about relationships and couples. Fortunately, we didn’t talk about silly romanticism and corny red hearths that today had appeared everywhere. Although we didn’t get any conclusion, we shared points of view on different topics. Do relationships last forever? Should infidelity be forgiven? Are we monogamous by nature? Men…

The Time of My Life

On the radio I heard that tonigth the musical ‘Dirty Dancing’ will be shown for the first time in Barcelona. To illustrate the piece of news they play back ‘The Time of My Life” by Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley. I was driving at that moment, and putting the sound as loud as I could,…

City on Fire

Last summer I had planned to read the first novel by Garth Risk Hallberg, a young writer aged 38 who was an authentic reveal in 2015. In United States ‘City on Fire’ got rave reviews and I decided to read it in English but the fact is that the 927 pages book were still waiting…

Paterson, could ordinary life be raw material for poetry?

Some very good reviews about ‘Paterson’ generated great expectations on me, but I found the film a bit boring and inconsequential. Although the movie is not exactly bad, it gives the impression that something is missing in its plot. During 113 minutes the only relevant fact is a dog eating Paterson’s note book. Paterson is…

Discovering René Magritte

Today our speaking corner was focused on the Belgian painter, René Magritte (1898-1967). We analysed several paintings, all of them amazing and challenging. By his oeuvre, this leading figure of European’s surrealism and magic realism plays with pre-established perceptions of reality. He was a thought-provoker and depicted ordinary objects and sceneries in an unusual context….

Come hell or high water – Deep Purple

Sorting out the meaning of ‘Come hell or high water’ I found this old live album by Deep Purple, recorder in October 1994. From its 9 songs, I chose ‘Highway Star’. Wow, those times! DEEP PURPLE – Highway Star Nobody gonna take my car I’m gonna race it to the ground Nobody gonna beat my…

Hell or high water

I could define this awesome film as a modern social western. The plot is simple and striking: two brothers, Tanner and Toby Howard, decide to rob the same Bank that is urging them to cancel a mortgage. They want to keep their mother’s property and, for that, they make a plan: to pay Texas Midlands…

Is bilingualism a problem in Catalonia?

This time the speaking corner’s subject was bilingualism. The question was if we thought that foreign students or multinational companies would consider the use of Catalan a disadvantage for settling in Catalonia. All attendants had a positive point of view towards bilingualism and most of them had examples in their own families, where people use…