>> Monday, 28 March 2011
This weekend we ate calçots (barbecued onions) for the second time this year, which is unusual, because the whole calçotada is a gastronomic feast. In addition, the sauce recipe and the way they are cooked are quite laborious. As a blogger friend asked me about calçots, I made a short report. Calçots are a variety of spring onion, soft and not too bulbous.
They should get black, completely burned on the outside. Afterwards some meat is cooked on the coals. Calçots are left wrapped in newspaper for about an hour and are served on tiles.
>> Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Our old cat! It lives like a dandy at my grandmother's house. Mèu is what Catalan cats say instead of meow.
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>> Monday, 21 March 2011
Image source: Quad Royal.
One of my favourite poets, Jordi Pàmias, wrote a poem for the webpage Dia Mundial de la Poesia to commemorate Poetry Day (21st March). Below you can read the translation of that poem, I hope you like it and have a great Poetry Day.
Like the almost forgotten
galloping of fairground horses,
today, in our homes, the enchantment
of a brave new world seduces us:
the blurred whirling of the image.
But night knocks at the door,
and silence summons
the words we have lost —
like a handful of grey pebbles
at the bottom of the river,
in freezing fog.
Like a slow tide they ebb back,
far-off cradle-songs, echoes
of elegies, murmurings...
Pierced by nostalgia, the poet falls silent.
And glimpses, behind closed eyes,
the blind enigma
of a time of dream and frenzy,
that spins more swiftly
than the fairground horses.
Seduced by technology's enchantment,
man's sad pride
But words do not die.
A candle in the night, poetry
is shared wisdom
against forgetting. And pure grace
of a full grown art: precision and play.
Translation: Anna Crowe
>> Thursday, 17 March 2011
☻SILVER. "The test"
>> Saturday, 12 March 2011
Map of cyber-censorship.
Launched by Reporters Without Borders in 2008, World Day Against Cyber-Censorship (on 12 March 2011) is intended to rally everyone in support of a single Internet without restrictions and accessible to all.
Source: World Day Against Cyber-Censorship's webpage. You can take a look at that page to know why countries such as Australia, France, or Turkey have been added to the Countries Under Surveillance list, and to remember the Internet Enemies list, in which are included the countries marked with dark purple on the map.
>> Tuesday, 8 March 2011
and strong poetry.
Very few stop
to listen to these voices
speak a new language
born many centuries ago.MONTSERRAT ABELLÓ (Tarragona, 1918)
(Included in Dins l'esfera del temps) Link to the original version
>> Sunday, 6 March 2011
I know: the title of this post could be applied to my entire supposedly literary blog. I haven't reviewed a book in ages.
But it reffers to the photo, actually. This photo is included in a book I've been working on the last few days. It will come with a DVD with a short film and some good songs especially composed for its story. It also includes wonderful drawings. There will be a great presentation too, with some performances, a lot of guests, more good songs, actors, professors, speeches... The author told me he is aware that everything surrounding the book is better than the book itself. In fact is just a tiny novella. Apparently, even its characters are getting confused among the hype and can't find the book anymore! At least that's what I thought when seeing the photo above (which, on the other hand, was taken near my home and I find lovely). Anyway, I tried to reassure the author that he was doing a great job and I promised him I would join the book promotion. So... how do you like the photo?