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….

Little Homage to Fariha

Today I gave a little presentation to my class peers in order to rehearsal for the presentation’s exam. Yesterday it was The Women’s Day, so I would like to dedicate my presentation to a woman, whose name is Fariha and, through her, I’d like to pay a little homage to all oppressed women in the…

The Oscars 2017

This time, in the speaking corner we commented the Oscars, wich awards were publicized in the ceremony held 2 days ago. We had a lot of ‘raw material’ to discuss due to the historical mistake committed when presenters, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, wrongly named La La Land as the Best Picture instead of Moonlight….

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,…