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Postcard from: The place beyond the pines

In the late 18th century a small group of remarkable friends met at a house outside Birmingham, got blind drunk and applied themselves to the problems of the age. Between the writers, intellectuals, scientists and industrialists they discovered oxygen, harnessed steam power, pioneered the theory of evolution and launched the Industrial Revolution. Then they staggered home following the light of each full moon. They were the Lunar Society.

Taking their lead from that impressive circle, in a 12th century house in Valldaura, a group of experts, professors, makers and philosophers are asking themselves how science and technology can serve society.

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REVIEW: COLMADO, BARCELONA

Although the name may translate to “grocery store,” you won’t find bread and butter basics at Colmado.  (That is unless wooden watches, fish-shaped handbags and ukuleles made from candy boxes are your staples). Rest of article published in Shopikon – featuring the world’s unique boutiques. http://www.shopikon.com/s/barcelona/colmado COLMADO C/Brosoli 5 Neighborhood Born Phone +34 931 722 966 Website colmadoshop.tumblr.com Hours Mon-Sat […]

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The World’s Greatest Dancer: Ángel Corella

He’s danced for the Queen and Presidents of America. Yes, that’s Presidents, plural – and now he’s added the Institute of the Arts Barcelona to his resume.

As the American Ballet Theatre’s award-winning Spanish star who once got a fifteen-minute standing ovation for his ‘Swan Lake’ , Ángel built his company Barcelona Ballet in a country with no history of classical ballet. Now internationally famed for his stellar dancing and multiple pirouettes (twenty-four, but who’s counting?), it’s the dancer’s unusually charismatic personality that provokes awe-filled gushes of “He’s so nice!”

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MODERNISM, MEDIEVALISM AND MICHELIN STAR MEET UPON THE MED

MERCER HOTEL, BARCELONA It transpires that behind the spires of Barcelona Cathedral and the Catalan capital’s Roman walls stands a hotel with stones older than those of the attention-grabbing basilica – but the Mercer’s attitude is anything but ancient. Listed as a historical monument owing to the gorgeous 1st century walls integrated in its architecture, it was designed by […]

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SKYE COFFEE CO.

As featured in Miniguide – Sept 2014. http://miniguide.es/drink/skye-coffee-co/ Back in 1972 this Citroën H Van never predicted it would grow up to be a space age café residing in a warehouse providing coffee to those in the know in Poblenou. This is Skye Coffee co., the future of Barcelona’s coffee scene from forward-thinking designer Skye Maunsell. […]

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COMBO

As featured in Miniguide – Sept 2014. http://miniguide.es/events/combo/ By now you’ll have heard of global community EatWith, the food-loving enthusiasts throwing doors open to supper clubs with culinary twists. Combo is the latest of their experimental projects and the idea is simple: chefs combine in an unusual setting and serve a course each. Bourgeois bohemian, yet unpretentious, July’s […]

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REVIEW: EL RECIBIDOR, BARCELONA

Photographs and text published in Shopikon – featuring the world’s unique boutiques.  http://www.shopikon.com/s/barcelona/el-recibidor Pinball tournaments, costume competitions, vermouth and the most original vintage furniture in northern Spain. That’s what happened when two ad agency art directors and a “mad vintage guy” came together to realize their shared love of retro in 2013. Partly inspired by the […]

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INTRODUCING THE GOLDAPPLE GINTONIC – designed by Barcelona’s top mixologist

 “Gin does not agree with me.” “Yes I do.” – Gin Joao designed the Goldapple Gintonic at 11am. Extracted from my 5-page feature about Barcelona’s gintonic scene in Let’s Go inflight magazine, Dec 2013. Every day should start like this. Joao ‘Cocktailpedia’ Eusebio is serious about gin. As one of Barcelona’s top mixologists, he has trained some of […]

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