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17 mayo 2012 4 17 /05 /mayo /2012 10:55


 

I was confused before starting to put black and white an idea on what is art for me. I looked it up in the Internet to see an official definition.

Mr Google and Mrs Wikipedia, better the last one, think that art is generally understood as any activity or product made by human beings with aesthetic or communicative purpose through which  people can express ideas, emotions of a general view of the world and all this with the means of plastic arts, lingüístic, sound, a mixture of them and many others

And Wikipedia goes on and on about the origins of this latin word.

I like writing and this is what I do for a living. My writing is journalistic, not literary and I don’t consider it any kind of art maybe because I do it professionally. Nevertheless I write to communicate and I try to do it as nicely and attractively possible for  the readers. For, is that art, no it isn’t.

But let us think for a while and be respectful to artists. If painters paint or draw to express their ideas or to communicate and they sell their works of art is that still art?. Yes no doubt it is. So, am I an artist?.The answer is no, no way.

Who is an artist then.

I remember taking my daughter as a child to a Miro exhibition and as she was contemplating one of the pictures she looked very worried and tugging at my sleeve she said: Mom, mom, he has gone off the lines. In her child perception Miró was a bad pupil because at school they were asked to draw inside the lines. I suppose at the beginning of the learning process, in this case at school, one has to follow the rules and when you more or less master them you can start art.

As I try to put the preceding ideas on the paper I realize that I’m going nowhere and I’m not clarifying anything.

I’ll leave it as it is. Art is everything, even the way or the movement caused by a leaf falling off from a branch. If you don’t beleive it let’s go to the beginning of the cinema, the illusion of motion. Cinema is often called the seventh art and their most acclamed inventors were scientists willing to show a phenomenom or action.

 

                                       

 

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8 mayo 2012 2 08 /05 /mayo /2012 12:50

                             

 

Yesterday I watched a major international sport competition, the Champion’s League football match between Barça and Chelsea. In their pursuit of excellence Barça lost the match. I’m saying pursuit of excellence because of the way Barça plays.


The Catalan team is not aggressive at all and I believe they lost the game because they didn’t attack as much as the experts say it has to be done in such sporting events.

Barça lost the match because Chelsea scored in the last few minutes when the Catalan  players were paralysed waiting for the instructions of the referee and neglected the protection of their goal. Chelsea took great advantage of the situation and scored.


I wonder in what cases pursuit of excellence justifies being aggressive, at least a little bit. For sure in football games it should be. This is what I heard in the interviews made to supporters and the opinions of sport journalists. They said Barça should be much more aggressive than it currently is.


This having been said let us point out that life is not a football match. We don’t have to win or lose. At least this is my own opinion, what I think at this very moment of my life.


On the other hand I would like to stress and always making reference to that football match that  Barça’s international defeat this time was followed by a much more meaningful loss with Real Madrid winning a match to the always considered Catalan National team in their own territory, in Barcelona.


Taking into consideration the present social and economic situation of Catalonia and the rest of Spain as well as the growing conflict of the Catalans with the State because of the assets owed, the only good news we had for the time being were Barça’s pursuit of excellence in the constant victories of the team. Will this attitude be changed after the latest sporting events and the resignation of their coach.


It remains to be seen.

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21 abril 2012 6 21 /04 /abril /2012 13:24

 

My boots are made for walking, my boots are made for walking, these  boots are made for walking.


Who was it, who sang to the boots. I found out afterwards, it was Nancy Sinatra, oops....


 

In any case she was alright. That is what I thought the other day from my seat at the Cercanías train (local train)

 

going to Passeig de Gràcia, in Barcelona, and this is the case of my old navy blue boots, the ones I was wearing.


 

They are much more than three years old, actually I don’t remember what year I bought them,

 

gosh,  they have walked a lot and they never abandoned me, they're still comfy.

 

We walked together long hours in Toronto, these boots took me to the heat of

 

Egypt and led me to the posh London Reform Club.


                              Long life to my old navy blue boots, you’re made for walking.

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15 abril 2012 7 15 /04 /abril /2012 19:27

 

 

Three months after having left Toronto I find myself today at home making my English homework.


Sorry dears but it is boring.

 

I joined last term of the year an Advanced class at British Council in Barcelona.

 

Teacher is alright. He is an Irishman, sometimes difficult to understand but this is the threat I don’t worry for.

 

But believe me,  the class in general is boring.

 

We’re some fifteen people, none of them overpassing the thirties, if so.


Actually my course colleagues might have the same interest I have, to get an official well appreciated qualification, the

 

Advanced Level of the British Council, but they are posh Spanish youngsters.

 

I say posh, please excuse me If I'm offending someone, because of the prize one has to pay for some twenty classes

 

in all, some twenty discounting Easter holidays and other days that I might not been able to go. I had to pay 700 Euros.

 

An amazing lot.


Anyway I joined and I’ll finish but nothing to do with the three months I joined Toronto’ s Ryerson University. I miss all

 

my colleagues there even tough their faces are beginning to fade.


I’m not going to get sad. I’ll go on here but it’s boring. I could not join the Escuela Official de Idiomas where the course 

 

is much cheaper but it was to late in the year when I arrived in Barcelona. Maybe next year, who knows now


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28 enero 2012 6 28 /01 /enero /2012 23:07

Scotland has oil, we haven’t, Scotland will have a referenda on independence, we will not

   Scotland has oil, we haven’t, Scotland will have a referenda on independence, we will not

 

   I’m happy for Scotland and the Scottish people.  Alex  Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, promised a referendum on the independence of the country and they are going to have it. It seems that it will be hold on 25th January 2014, birthday day of Robert Burns, the Scottish national poet. The question they will ask is not clear yet. David Cameron does not have the same idea for it as the Scottish have.

  I wonder when Catalonia will have a referendum like that, we are far away from it. Even though the idea arises every now and then but referenda in Spain is a banned matter. Only a matter or question of State. And we don’t have oil. Believe me or not, this is an important point. The 80% of the North Sea oil is Scotish. Yet we don’t have a Catalan Premier League. Scottish do.

   Four million people live and work in Scotland and Salmond want to ask the vote of young people aged 16 and 17. Why not if an Scottish of this age can marry,  join the Army and pay taxes.

   Scottish Premier makes his point saying that the referendum will be hold not because he thinks that Scotland is better than any other country, just because “we are as god as others”, he says.

  One of the interesting proposals already announced for the alleged new country is a Scotland free of nuclear weapons. For the time being they have Trident  submarines.

  So good luck people from the Loch Ness and the Scottish tild, I still remember when I married in Brussels that one of the guests came for the occasion with this knee-length garment with pleats.

  Please Mr. Salmond prepare a good referenda, if you can skip  10 Downing Street and remember that Quebec lost it in 1995 for a little percentatge, 49,42% of the votes said yes.


 


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21 enero 2012 6 21 /01 /enero /2012 21:46

 

MARTA GRAHAM SAID THAT MOVEMENT NEVER LIES, "IT IS A BAROMETER THAT EXPLAINS SOUL CONDITION"

 

I came back to the good weather, leaving behind many degrees below zero. Yet  I left as well some people that I will have in my heart. Bye bye Daniel, bye bye Christian, bye bye Radin and many others, hope to see you again at some point, I really miss you all.

A sort of Indian Summer welcomed me. I have been walking in the beach with Trufa. Trufa is my doggie, she missed me as well, my daughter is happy to have me back, so are some of the friends I'm seeing tomorrow Sunday, at least I hope so.

After all Christmas festivities that here last a lot, till the 6th January, the Holy Kings, and having been eating a lot, routine is here again. I'm trying to get back to work as soon as possible, we will see because it seems they don't want me to work till summertime. 

Routine could be a good thing and I have choosen it because I said no to Margarita's proposal of going to Tahiland. She is there in a nice beach. I couldn't afford it in many terms, in money and in energy. The possibility of going forward, beyond the border to Burma, rang me a bell because I've been admiring and following "The Lady", she is now sixty-six I think and maybe she will be next President of the country after defeating the militaries next April. I'll keep an eye to it.

Meanwhile, here I am. Nuriainbarcelona. I was in Toronto as a mature student. I'm in Barcelona as a citizen, as a worker, as a journalist, as a mother, as a doggie owner, as, as, as, as...

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8 diciembre 2011 4 08 /12 /diciembre /2011 20:38

 

 

   When I decided to work part-time the main question was if it would result in a decline in my career. The answer was clear for me. Maybe it would be considered a decline on the terms of our competitive society, only welcoming people who are hurrying in the morning to take public transport or drive in a jam-packed road to arrive on time at the workplace.   Yet, for me, more hours of sleep is a privilege I can afford now not working the long hours I used to.

   Even if I'm getting less money I have gained in spare time, a concept that cannot be quantified in Dollars or Euros. I'm now richer. Time is gold and every hour is a treasure I get. Moreover I am richer in sleep.

   But, generally, these days, we are increasingly sleep-deprived and women even more so. Single working women and working moms don't have a minute for themselves. More sleep is out of their reach. So was it to me years ago.

   I learnt the lesson and now I get as much sleep as I can. Time is gold and sleep is healthy and relaxing. You lose consciouness, slow down various functions of the mind and recover from the effects of daily activity.

   With a good sleep your mind appears to be clearer, unclouded.

   I already knew how important sleep is in our lifes. When I was working long hours with the perspective ahead of making my job part-time, peers kept on asking me what I would do when I had more time. My answer was: "sleep as much as I can, with no alarm-clock".

   And this is what I have been doing.

 

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8 noviembre 2011 2 08 /11 /noviembre /2011 17:43

 YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD ABOUT HER AD BELIEVE ME IS WORTH IT FOR MANY THINGS. SHE IS KNOWN AS THE FEMININE NELSON MANDELA BUT SHE IS MORE THAN THAT, SHE IS A LADY, A LADY OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS STRUGGLE.

   AUNG SAN SUU KYI IS A BURMESE ACTIVIST FOR DEMOCRACY, ONE OF THE MOST CHERISHED HUMAN RIGHTS. SHE HAS SPENT MORE THAN A DECADE UNDER HOUSE ARREST AND HAS GONE O HUNGER STRIKES TO PROTEST AGAINST MILITARY RULE IN BURMA.

   ONE YEAR AGO, ON 13TH. NOVEMBER 2010, SHE WALKED FREE AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS ARREST IN HER RANGOON FAMILY HOUSE.

   IN THE 1990 GENERAL ELECTION, WHILE SHE WAS DETAINED UNDER HOUSE ARREST, HER NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY PARTY WON 59% OF THE NATIONAAL VOTES AND 81% OF THE SEATS IN PARLIAMENT. NEVERTHELESS, THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT DIDN'T ACCEPT THE RESULT AND GAVE HER THE OPTION OG GOING BACK TO THE U.K. WHERE, PREVIOUSLY IN EXILE, SHE STUDIED, MARRIED AND HAD TWO SONS. YET, SHE CHOSE TO STAY IN HER NATIVE COUNTRY FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY, EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS DEPRIVED OF HER OWN FREEDOM.

   AUNG SAN SUU KYI WAS AWARDED THE NOBEL PRIZE IN 1991 WHILE JAILED AND SHE SACRIFIED HER FAMILY LIFE IN HER PURSUIT OF DEMOCRACY.

   WHEN HER HUSBAND, ACADEMIC MICHAEL ARIS, AN OXFORD PROFESSOR, WAS DYING OF CANCER, THE BURMESE MILITARY JUNTA DENIED HIM ENTRY TO SEE HIS WIFE FOR THE LAST TIME.

   FOR ALL OF THESE EXCEPTIONAL DEMOSTRATIONS OF COURAGE AND DEDICATION, FRENCH FILMAKER LUC BESSON MADE A MOVIE, THE LADY, DEDICATED TO SAN SUU, AND BY CALLING HER "THE LADY" HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THIS ICON OF DEMOCRACY.

   I SAW THE LADY ON 13TH SEPTEMBER AT TORONTO'S FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF) AND I WAS DEEPLY IMPRESSED. I KNEW ABOUT SAN SUU BUT I HAD NOT LEARNT BEFORE ABOUT HER FAMILY LIFE AND BESSON EXPLAINED IT TO ME IN A VERY EASY-GOING WAY.

   "THE LADY" WAS PLAYED AND PORTRAYED BY A MALAYSIAN-BORN ACTRESS, MICHELLE YEOH. BECAUSE SUU KYI WAS VERY SLENDER, YEOH HAD TO LOSE WEIGHT TO PLAY THE ROLE AND LEARN TO SPEAK BURMESE TO DELIVER A SPEECH IN KYI'S MOTHER-TONGUE. SHE PLAYED THE CHARACTER MAGNIFICIENTLY AND CONVINCINGLY.

   THE ACTRESS AND THE FILMMAKER WERE TURNED AWAY BY AUTHORITIES WHEN TRYING TO ENTER BURMA AND SO THE FILM WAS MADE IN THAILAND.

   FOR BESSON, AN IMPORTANT MOTIVATION FOR MAKING THE FILM WAS TO PUBLICIZE SUU KYI'S PLIGHT AND REMIND AUDIENCES THAT REAL DEMOCRACY IS STILL A LONG WAY OFF.

   ALL PEOPLE HAVE RESPONSABILITY FOR UPHOLDING AND ENSURING HUMAN RIGHTS REGARDELESS OF BORDERS, HUMAN RIGHTS ARE ALL OF OUR RIGHTS. NON INTERFERENCE IS ACTUALLY HARMFUL AND DAMAGING. THE WORST KIND OF INTERFERENCE.

 

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21 septiembre 2011 3 21 /09 /septiembre /2011 22:14

 

 

 Could this sentence start my Journal, I think not. Even though I have experienced the main philosophy of the quote I often don't want to think or to review my recent past, so let's begin with another famous sentence: "Today is the first day of the rest of my life".

     And I start from a different point of view that gives me the fact of being far away from my home place, in  Toronto, with few friends. And what am I doing here I keep on asking myself and my inner voice keeps on repeating: Núria, you're improving your English, that's all, you're getting back to the old days but with a fresh attitude forged by your experiences in life.

 

                                                        Toronto, Wednesday 21st. Sept. 2011

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