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22 de març 2011

Barcelona: Innovative and Creative Business (Financial Times)


If you want to download the full report in PDF format, click here.

Art and industry make for a gaudy mix. Victor Mallet examines how creative and design businesses are coping in the wake of the financial crisis
Automotive: From car door panels to hybrid batteries. Globalisation has forced traditional manufacturers to explore new avenues, says Miles Johnson
Biotechnology: Hub faces intense competition. Lack of local leader and funding raise questions, writes Miles Johnson
Sport: The goal is success without the debt. Miles Johnson looks at the financial challenges of running the city’s football team
La Caixa: Lender weathers storm. Bank remains a dominant financial power in the city, says Victor Mallet
Graffiti: Vandalism or oppressed street art?. Stubborn street artists now find they have little choice, given the hostile reception in the streets, writes Pascale Davies
Entrepreneurs talk: City vibrant despite economic stagnation. Victor Mallet meets some of the region’s movers and shakers
Alcohol: Spanish taste for premium gin gives duo a profit tonic. High-quality mixers go down well with consumers of tasty tipples, as market grows, says Victor Mallet
Trade fairs: Conferences provide €2.5bn boost to city. Private management helps city-owned Fira cope with tough economic times, says Miles Johnson
Publishing: A literary hub built on rich history and skills. Ángel Gurria-Quintana examines the city’s role as a publishing centre
Fashion retailing: Local textile tradition has gone global
Ferran Adrià: Reinventing the gourmet
Architecture: A well constructed city by design
Uncontained passion and sensible wisdom

8 de març 2011

Barcelona, Catalonia. A view from the inside. A book by Matthew Tree

Soon to be published by Cookwood Press in digital and print editions, Barcelona, Catalonia is a collection of Matthew Tree's incisive essays and live video presentations about life, language, and politics in Catalonia, as told through the eyes of a Catalan-speaking Englishman, or an English-speaking Catalan, depending on your vantage point, and his.

Matthew's honesty and keen observations combined with his sharp wit and mastery of language (two languages!) give the reader a unique and compelling vision of Catalonia, rarely uncovered by the casual visitor, as he discusses what he promises is the next new state in Europe and its relationship with the state it currently belongs to. But Matthew does not limit himself to the purely political; he also gives us an insider's view of real life in Barcelona, from doctor's visits to shopping trips, through to finding one's own voice in another culture and language.

If you'd like a review copy or for us to notify you when Barcelona, Catalonia is available for purchase, just send a note to info@cookwood.com.