Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by Maarten » Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:05 am

UPDATED September 7

Here's the list for the name tags.
Info between (brackets) and RED is missing, please send me the missing info!

To make the name tags even more special, I've gone through with an idea of mine that I was thinking about for some time now. But ideas cost money... (well, actually converting ideas into reality is what costs money). To cover for the costs for this "extra", I would ask you all to pay 2 EUR when you collect your name tag in Barcelona. That way I'm not making any profit of this, just making sure I have some money left for the "for future use" thing Jarkko is talking about...

For the ones who have not yet confirmed their presence at the lunch on the 21st: please let me know as soon as possible, because we need exact figures for the restaurant! (only the people with
(unconfirmed for lunch) next to their names!)

01 "LiverpoolKen" - Ken Forsyth - Liverpool, UK
02 "Willy" - Willy Lageveen - Zevenaar, The Netherlands
03 "Wybe" - Wybe Lageveen - Zevenaar, The Netherlands
04 "Andrea" - Andrea Schwarzwaelder Dolfino - Verona, Italy / Berlin, Germany
05 "Andrea"s husband - Marco Dolfino - Verona, Italy / Berlin, Germany
06 “ForYourSmile”’s friend - Mari Paz - Madrid, Spain
07 “ForYourSmile”’s friend - Josep Llobera - Barcelona, Spain
08 "ForYourSmile" - Toni Molist - Barcelona, Spain
09 "Chema" - Chema Vela - Barcelona, Spain
10 “Travelingladiesman” - Joe Costello - Galway, Ireland
11 (no forumname?) - Joe's friend (name) - (city), Ireland
12 "Daveeliver" - Dave Everatt - Liverpool, UK
13 "Joe Way" - Joe Way - McFarland, Wisconsin, USA
14 “Joe Way”s wife - Anne Way - McFarland, Wisconsin, USA
15 (no forumname) - Meritxell Cardelus – Andorra la Vella, Andorra
16 (no forumname) - Rosa Pujol – Andorra la Vella, Andorra
17 "Jorcx" - Jordi Calmet Xartó - Barcelona, Spain
18 "Jarkko" - Jarkko Arjatsalo - Espoo, Finland
19 "Jarkko"'s wife - Eija Arjatsalo - Espoo, Finland
20 (no forumname) - Sinikka Hiljanen - Helsinki, Finland
21 "Henning" - Henning Franz - Haiger, Germany
22 "Maarten" - Maarten Massa - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
23 Someone from Spain
24 "Confetti" - Jacqui Roberts - Lisburn, Northern Ireland
25 "Confetti"'s husband - John Roberts - Lisburn, Northern Ireland
26 "Margaret" - Margaret Humphries - Chester, UK
27 "Vlastik" - Vlasta Podebradska - Prague, The Czech Republic
28 "Lortigosa" - Luisa Ortigosa - Barcelona, Spain
29 "Judy" - Judy Remy - Chartres, France
30 "Judy"'s daughter - Elisabeth Remy - Paris, France
31 "Friscogrl" - Marsha White - San Francisco, California, USA
32 "Friscogrl"'s partner - Sarah Wells - San Francisco, California, USA
33 "MaryB"'s husband - George Buczkowski - Columbus, Ohio USA
34 "MaryB" - Mary Buczkowski - Columbus, Ohio USA
35 "Crystal" - Christel Weller - Berlin, Germany
36 "Crystal"'s husband - Kalle Holländer - Berlin, Germany
37 "Bill's Bar" - Tony Curran - Dublin, Ireland
38 "Bill's Bar"'s friend - Terry Murray - Birr, Ireland
39 “Anne R” - Anne Riise - Oslo, Norway
40 “Anne R”’s husband - Knut Myrvang - Oslo, Norway
41 “Anne R”’s friend - Solveig Struksnes - Gjovik, Norway
42 (no forumname) - Shiloh Noone – Cape Town, South Africa
43 (no forumname) - Noelene Noone – Cape Town, South Africa
44 "Päivi from Finland" - Päivi Piha - Raisio, Finland
45 "Juhana” – Juhana Piha - Turku, Finland
46 Cohen’s Spanish biographer - Alberto Manzano - Barcelona, Spain
47 "Mollydog" - Mary Aaftink - Ottawa, Canada
48 "Paul Zagreb" - Paul Stubbs - Zagreb, Croatia / Liverpool, UK
49 "Vicomte" - Malcolm Kinzett - Dinan, France
50 "Vicomte"'s wife - Tina Kinzett - Dinan, France
51 Aloevera - Paula McCann - Dublin, Ireland
52 “ChelseaHotel” - Tom Bogno – City of Stavanger, Norway
53 (no forumname) - Elisabeth Stromstad – City of Stavanger, Norway
54 A lady from Germany
55 "ForYourSmile”'s wife - Maria C. López - Barcelona, Spain
56 "John J" - John Jackson - Southport, UK
57 "John J"'s wife - Jean Jackson - Southport, UK
58 "Mamcglynn09" – Mary-Ann McGlynn - Drogheda, Ireland
59 Someone from Barcelona, Spain
60 “PanCogito” – Roman Luszpak - Denver, Colorado, USA
61 "ScottM" - Scott MacMillan - Marlow, UK
62 "ScottM"'s wife - Helen MacMillan - Marlow, UK
63 "ColinD" - Colin Dodwell - Suffolk, UK
64 "ColinD"'s wife - Meriel Dodwell - Suffolk, UK
65 "Birdonawire" - Eric Stapleton - Dublin/Westmeath, Ireland
66 "Tinkie" - Astrid Corbisier - Brussels, Belgium
67 "Tinkie"'s husband – Orlando Fachada - Lisbon, Portugal
68 "Caren" - Caren Gutschmidt-Kloss - Berlin, Germany / London, UK
69 "Basecamp" - Hans Kloss - Berlin, Germany / London, UK
70 (no forumname) – Barbara Mayer - Bonn, Germany
71 "Actually" - Nicole P - Erfurt, Germany
72 "Suemerlyn" – Sue Farebrother - London, UK
73 “Meijer” - Miriam Meijer - Nijmegen, The Netherlands
74 “Kees” - Kees Boeijen - Nijmegen, The Netherlands
75 ""Ispellit" - Kerstin E - Hamburg, Germany
76 (no forumname) - Paul Hoogerwerf – Zoersel, Belgium
77 (no forumname) - Jolyanne Luchtmeijer – Zoersel, Belgium
78 "IrishMar" - Marie Nolan - Dublin, Ireland
79 "IrishAl" - Albert Noonan - Dublin, Ireland
80 "Tigrib" – Birgit Ress - Berlin, Germany
81 “Tigrib”’s friend - Anja Devenish – Berlin, Germany / London, UK
82 "Conny" - Conny Volk - Darmstadt, Germany
83 "Tinderella" - Bernadine Lynham - Dublin, Ireland
84 “Paola2” – Paola Pigozzi – Reggio Emilia, Italy
85 "Ingrid" - Ingrid Van Daele - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
86 “Ingrid”’s sister - Els Van Daele - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
87 “Ingrid”’s mother - Suzette Heyrman - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
88 “Edorosenblum” – Edo Rosenblum – Haifa, Israel (unconfirmed for lunch)
89 “Edorosenblum”’s friend – Amit Granot – Haifa, Israel (unconfirmed for lunch)
90 “Dolores N” – Dolores N. – Leun, Germany
91 “Womanfromaroom” – Ann-Kristin Aschenbrenner – Münster, Germany
92 “Amrei” - Amrei Christensen – Århus, Denmark
93 (no forumname) – Liesbeth van Ruth – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
94 (no forumname) - Fenna Akerboom – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
95 (no forumname) - Anja van der Bos – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
96 (no forumname) - Linda Huizinga – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
97 "PanCogito"’s sister - Barbara Jepsen - Aars, Denmark
98 “Stargazer61” – Monika Butcher – Tenterden, UK
99 "efc" – Rob – UK
100 “Mippie” – Dorte Ægidiussen Kristiansen - Århus, Denmark
101 “Mippie”’s daughter – Anna Ægidiussen Kristiansen – Århus, Denmark
102 “Lortigosa”’s husband - Oscar Neiras - Barcelona, Spain
103 “Jorcx”’s friend – Lluís Tintoré – Barcelona, Spain
104 “Oblivion” – Ute Egle – Kassel, Germany
105 “Jacinta” – Jacinta Ryan – Cork, Ireland
106 “Cohenadmirer” – David Powell – Wirral, UK
107 “Francy” – Françoise Devreux – Rhode Saint Genèse, Belgium
108 “Francy”’s son – Thom Vanderdeelen – Rhode Saint Genèse, Belgium
109 “Francy”’s daughter – Aline Vanderdeelen – Rhode Saint Genèse, Belgium
110 “Surrender” – Jarmila Haze – Purmerend, The Netherlands
111 “Surrender”’s husband – Peter Haze – Purmerend, The Netherlands
112 “OllyMcGrath” – Olly McGrath – Athlone, Ireland (unconfirmed for lunch)
113 “Happygirl” – Gisela – Dublin, Ireland
114 “Heike” – Heike Weizenkorn – Cologne, Germany
115 “Zodkavombie” – V.C. – Buckinghamshire, UK
116 “Zodkavombie”’s sister – V. – Colombes, France
117 “Frelander” – Frank – Drogheda, Ireland
118 “Frelander”’s wife – Frances – Drogheda, Ireland
119 “Bruce Schmaltz” – Bruce Schmaltz – Beiseker, Alberta, Canada
120 “Bruce Schmaltz”’s wife – Monique Schmaltz – Beiseker, Alberta, Canada
121 “Miacometjl” – Loretta McDonagh – Westport, Ireland
122 “Miacometjl”’s husband – John McDonagh – Westport, Ireland
123 “Raywebster” – Ray Webster – Rothley, UK
124 “Raywebster”’s partner – Patricia Sharman – Rothley, UK
125 “Ciaran” – Ciarán Dorr – Manchester, UK
126 “Ciaran”’s friend – Irina Kotovas – Manchester, UK
127 “Rock Chick” – Karen Edlin – London, UK
128 “Rock Chick”’s partner – Alan Grisbrook – London, UK
129 “Mabeanie1” – Wendy Marshall – Warwickshire, UK
130 Someone from the UK
131 “Daka” – Seán Hunt – Toledo, Spain
132 “Daka”’s partner – Silvia Moreno – Madrid, Spain
133 “Harald” – Harald Weinrauch – Munich, Germany
134 ‘Segelregina” – Regina Bartsch – Munich, Germany
135 “Trish” – Trish O’Connell – Dublin, Ireland
136 “Trish”’s friend – Maria O’Reilly – Dublin, Ireland
137 “Somewhat_nifty” – Ruth Stimson – London, UK
138 “Burningviolin” – A.P. – Cork, Ireland
139 “Beatriz Salles” – Bea Salles – Barcelona, Spain
140 “Lizzyke” – Liesbeth Feys – Antwerp, Belgium
141 “Lizzyke”’s friend – Filip Vermeylen – Antwerp, Belgium
142 “Mckennyg” – Gerry McKenny – Navan, Ireland
143 “Mckennyg”’s brother – Padraig McKenny – Ardee, Ireland
144 (no forumname) – Daniel Rodríguez – Barcelona, Spain
145 “Holydove” – Rachel Beldock – New York City, USA
146 “Celtictyde” – Robert Tyde – Stamford, USA
147 “Louise W E” – Louise Wren – Woking, Surrey, UK
148 “Russel Harvey” – Russel Harvey – Brighton, UK
149 “Russel Harvey”’s daughter – Billie Harvey-Munro – Brighton, UK
150 “Nod” – Nod – Gorey, Ireland
151 “Nod”’s wife – Mrs. Nod – Gorey, Ireland
152 “Marjan” – Marjan Faddegon – Leidschendam, The Netherlands
153 “Hawaiiphil” – Phil Burgess – London, UK

The figures:
152 participants for the various meetups, dinner,...
117 people have confirmed their attendance at the lunch
32 from the list won't be at the lunch
3 have not yet confirmed their presence at the lunch - PLEASE DO THIS NOW !


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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by sturgess66 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:56 pm

Airline using Leonard's Barcelona concert for PR. :lol: :lol: ... legend.htm
Cheap flights to Barcelona to catch songwriting legend

Sep 8 2009

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Those with cheap flights to Barcelona this month could enjoy the songs and compositions of one the world's most celebrated writers.

Following a 15-year hiatus, Leonard Cohen has returned to the stage and as part of his latest global tour will be performing at the city's Palau Sant Jordi on September 21st.

The singer-songwriter has been around for over 40 years, having launched his debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen in 1967, following this up two years later with Songs From a Room.

Other tracks which may form part of the performer's set list include folk classics like Suzanne and Bird on a Wire, while arguably his most famous track Hallelujah could also feature.

This song was covered by the late Jeff Buckley for his 1994 album Grace and hit the UK number one slot in 2008 when performed by X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke.

In addition, Hallelujah was also used in a key scene from this year's blockbuster movie Watchmen, an adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel.

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by pressi » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:41 pm

Hi I'm Andrea from Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) I will be in Barcelona for the concert. I'm arrriving mid afternoon on the 21st, would like to join you all at sala vivaldi for a coffe, book presentation etc.. ok? thank you

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by jorcx » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:23 pm

Hello Andrea, it's Ok, you can come on Monday after the lunch and join us through the afternoon. The entrance is free and you can buy any drink you like at the Sala Vivaldi... Best regards,
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by pressi » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:56 pm

Ok, see you there!
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by ForYourSmile » Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:18 pm

Monday, September 21…
16:30 Book presentation by Alberto Manzano
Alberto Manzano is a very important expert of Cohen's work, maybe unknown for most of those attending the celebrations.

I don’t want to repeat what was said on "News" section of this forum for the announcement of his new book and the publication this month of an article. Just for remember, he has published twelve books related to Leonard Cohen, he's Spanish translator, biographer, interviewer and author of articles, photographs, etc…

Many of us began to understand the lyrics that accompanied the deep, mysterious and beautiful Cohen’s music in 1978 with the help of one book of translations by Alberto Manzano and for years we have enjoyed a privileged approach to the work of Cohen. Therefore it is our great honour his presence at these events.

Alberto Manzano will sign his new Spanish book "Palabras, poemas y recuerdos de Leonard Cohen" (Leonard Cohen's words, poems and memories) and the double CD & DVD “Acording to Leonard Cohen” from the tribute tours of 2006 and 2007 which he was the promoter.

John Cale participated in the concerts but not on the album.

From left: Adam Cohen, Alberto Manzano, Anjani Thomas. Photo © Eija Arjatsalo

Lorca and Adam with Leonard on Hydra. Photo © Alberto Manzano
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by ForYourSmile » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:22 pm

From Sala Vivaldi to Palau Sant Jordi

The walk from Sala Vivaldi to Palau Sant Jordi is about two kilometres and it can be done in half an hour. It is uphill, but there are a series of escalators that were installed for the 1992 Olympics to provide a pleasant and massive access to the area called Olympic Ring, where Palau Sant Jordi is located. It was a great success, although not recommended for people with reduced mobility.

Leaving the Vivaldi (Llançà Street) we must go towards Espanya Square, with its monumental fountain at the center (Josep Maria Jujol, Gaudí’s collaborator,1928).

Barcelona turned its back on what is now Espanya square. In one of its doors, Creu Coberta, stood a scaffold and on top of Montjuïc Mountain a castle and a prison were built, from where the rebel Barcelona was bombarded. Even today a debate exists about the use of this castle which the military don't want to end up yielding to the city. There's a good view from up there.

Near Espanya square there was a slaughterhouse, today is the Parc Joan Miró with its sculpture Dona i Ocell.
From the square we see a bullring, Arenas (1900), where torture of animals was a spectacle. Taking advantage of the façade, a shopping centre will be built. This project, by Richard Rogers, has now some funding difficulties.

The name of the square remains, otherwise such cruelty is gone. The city took this place for the 1929 World Expo. Most of the buildings we see are from this time, designed by Puig i Cadafalch. Another Expo, in 1888, transformed the area of Ciutadella Park. In fact, Ciutadella means fortress. It was built after flattening a neighbourhood in order to repress the Catalans shortly after losing sovereignty in 1714. There is the Parliament of Catalonia.

At the square we must go to the Venetian Towers that provide access to Maria Cristina Avenue. You can see the Palau Nacional on top, we'll go in that direction. The surrounding buildings house some of the many trade fairs and congresses that take place during the year.
Arriving at Marqués de Comillas Avenue, we face Montjuich's Magic Fountain, we'll go this way. But if we turn to our right we go to Casaramona, one of the most interesting modernist buildings by Puig i Cadafalch. Its visit is recommended. It was a former textile factory, and now it contains:

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Opening times: Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am to 10pm

Cultural activities centre sponsored by a financial institution. Admission is free. Cafeteria inside. Permanent collection of contemporary art and temporary exhibitions. These days we see the fauvism artist Maurice de Vlaminck, in my opinion there are better post-impressionist painters.

Crossing the street:

Mies van der Rohe
German Pavilion from the 1929 Expo, a key work of the Modern Movement. Curious contrast with the buildings of his time.

Recovering the centre of the avenue:

Montjuïch's Magic Fountain
We have already talked about this topic on page 16. Spectacular.
Opening times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9pm to 11:15pm.

We continue walking up. The last leg of escalators is on the right side, we must go on to reach the Olympic Ring. Here you will find a free public parking; it's a good place to leave your car if you arrived early and a good way to go back at the end of the concert.

In the centre, if you have time:

Palau Nacional, Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya MNAC. National Palace – National Art Museum of Catalonia.


Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: from 10am to 7pm; Sunday: from 10am to 2:30pm. Closed on Mondays.
The façade is now under reconstruction. A pleasant terrace cafe, comfortable chairs (if not taken), very nice sights and a lot of tourists (we can not complain, we are all tourists).

In the Museum there's an extraordinary permanent collection, organized into four areas: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance & Baroque and Modern Art. There are also temporary exhibitions. Now we can see the photographic work of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, too sad photos for me.

In Barcelona city there is slight Romanesque, Gothic was built over. But Catalonia is rich in Romanesque architecture, especially Catalunya Vella (the old Catalonia in the north). The painting Romanesque collection of this museum is very important.

The funniest area to visit is the modernist, with some Picasso, Dali and Gaudi pieces, but in this case the best works are paintings by Fortuny, Casas, Rusiñol and Llimona’s sculptures.

Ramon Casas i Pere Romeu en un tàndem:
Café and restaurant inside.

Anella Olímpica - Olympic Ring
It was the centre of Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games. Its main elements are: the Olympic Stadium, Telecommunications Tower, Picornell swimming pools, Palau Sant Jordi and INEFC.

Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys - Olympic Stadium
It was built for the Expo 1929 and remodelled for 1992 Summer Olympics. It has been home of football team RCD Español until the last season. Among many uses, it was the paddock of the Formula One Montjuïc Racing circuit (1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975), a beautiful track and a challenge for the drivers, but too dangerous.

Piscines Bernat Picornell
Three swimming pools: one indoor, one outdoor and the other one for diving. It was built originally in 1970 and rebuilt in 1992.

Montjuich Telecommunications Tower (Torre Telefónica)
Designed by Santiago Calatraba 1992

Palau Sant Jordi St. George Palace
Designed by Arata Isozaki and inaugurated in 1990. The seating capacity is 17,000 for sporting events and 20,000 for musical events. The dome was built on ground and raised by hydraulic systems for ten days.

Montjuïch Mountain has many other significant places:

Fundació Joan Miró, modern art. The building was designed by Josep Lluís Sert, 1975.

Teatre Grec, Greek Theatre, outdoor auditorium that gives name to a summer festival. Romantic gardens near, la font del Gat (Cat fountain), cafeteria and restaurant.

Pueblo Español, Spanish Village, from 1928. It's a sample of Spanish architecture. Crafts, restaurants (catering) and discos. Everything is fake, great success among tourists.

Ciutat del Teatre, Theatre City, home of the Teatre Lliure company, theatre halls and theatre school.

Palau Municipal d'Esports de Barcelona, Sports Municipal Palace. Cohen played there in 1980, 1988 and 1993. Now adapted for musical shows, has changed its name to Barcelona Teatre Musical.

In addition: the Ethnological and Archaeological Museums, garden Joan Brossa (formerly amusement park), Historic Botanical Garden (unique collection of cactus), Botanical Garden of Barcelona (Mediterranean flora), many other sports facilities such as horse riding, a cemetery facing the Mediterranean (modernism and eclecticism), a aerial tramway to the castle and...

In Miramar, a terrace facing the sea, there is another aerial tramway, built in 1928. It transports us over the harbour to the Sant Sebastià tower in la Barceloneta, an old fisherman's quarter with popular ambient and popular restaurants near the beach. Following the beach we go to the Olympic village. All this is already far from Montjuïch.

My dearest, most walked part of Barcelona is the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral (with its chaotic cloister), Plaça del Rei, down to 2.000 years to Barcino at the Museum d'Historia de la Ciutat, Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, hidden and protected inside the building of the Centre Excursionista de Catalunya (excursionist association) are the four columns of the Temple of Augustus (Paradis Street 10). Sant Jaume Square, seat of the poor politic power of Catalonia, with the Palau de la Generalitat de Cataluya, the presidential palace (gothic) and the Casa de la Ciutat, the City Hall, the Jewish Quarter, old bookshops... Around Les Rambles and the Plaça Real. Crossing Via Laietana is Argenteria street and the beautiful gothic church Santa Maria del Mar, the Fossar de les Moreres in tribute to the death defending the city in 1714, Montcada street, the Borne district, the Ciutadella park, the elegant Passeig de Gracia and the modernist buildings, the humble school designed by Gaudí under the monstrous Sagrada Familia... I can not write a complete guide. I wish you enjoy my city, much happiness and all the best.

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by friscogrl » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:43 pm

Hi ForYourSmile, thanks for all the information of the sights we will see on our way to the concert. This excursion alone seems like a walking tour of important sights to see while in Barcelona. Plus it is nice to hear about your thoughts on the Gothic quarter because that is where we are staying. I have talked to quite a few people who have been to Barcelona and they all seemed to have loved it. I am looking forward to visiting your lovely city!

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by ispellit » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:49 pm

Thank you, ForYourSmile, for providing all this interesting information ! :-)
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by MaryB » Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:26 pm


I really appreciate the time and effort you have put into detailing all the wonders of your city. This provides me with an invaluable insiders view of all the places not to miss while touring Barcelona. Thank you for all this information which I will print out and will bring with me so I make sure to take in as many of the places as possible which you have recommended.

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by surrender » Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:56 pm

Hallo friends,
just wondering - is anybody staying, as I am, in the Sant Agusti hotel? The Onyx Liceo hotel is also at a very short distance.
Jorcx and ForYourSmile, thanks for all your great work and the insider information, it is highly appreciated.
Although I usually tend to avoid big cities, Barcelona has been tempting me (admirer of Miro and Gaudi) for years. I feel very lucky that 's just Barcelona where we can celebrate and listen to Leonard.
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by MaryB » Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:45 pm

jorcx wrote: Monday, September 21
13:00 Opening doors and accreditation
13:30 Lunch "Leonard Cohen 75th birthday"
15:30 Birthday cake and Toast
16:00 Coffees Etc.

(Bar Service not included in the Menu price from now on)

PRICE OF THE LUNCH: 30 euros - including the Menu, Birthday Cake, Glass of Cava (Catalan Champagne), and also the Name Tag.
(Jorcx, Toni, Chema, Luisa, Meritxell, et al...)[/color]
Forgive my ignorance, but when it says 'Bar Service not included in the Menu price from now on', does this mean that during the lunch, drinks are free?

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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by efc » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:39 am

It looks as though Barca v At Madrid is now confirmed for Saturday 19th September at 22.00.
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by ForYourSmile » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:53 pm

It is a pleasure to take part in this.

The weather changed suddenly :neutral: , it rained a lot and is quite cold for this time. It seems as if summer had ended, as holidays. We hope that the warm weather will get back to welcome you 8) .

Mary, in the lunch, drinks are included (free): red wine, water, refreshments & beers. I suppose that within the reasonable consumption. We wanted to say that any personal request must paid individually. We have a right price.

Rob, much better Barça on Saturday. In 1988 Cohen was concerned about a Barça's basketball game that coincided with his gig. You know, here Barça is a huge institution. :D

See you soon, toni
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Re: Barcelona Celebration 20 and 21-09-2009

Post by daveeliver » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:44 am

So much information and help from the Spanish team....thanks.
A few further hints from this week's Observer.
30. Best place to eat: Tapas
Cal Pep, Barcelona

"Cal Pep does completely amazing tapas. It has a brilliant atmosphere, and the bar is presided over by the owner, Pep, himself. Order the langoustines with onions, chickpeas, spinach and bacon, and fried seafood."

Plaça de les Olles 8, Barcelona, 0034 93 31 07 961,
Best place to eat: Fried potatoes
Bomba Bar Cova Fumada, Barcelona

"It's an ancient place, with a marble bar on which they note down what you've had with chalk. Father and son run the bar, while the grandmother and mother look after the stove. Go for the bomba, crushed potato balls with minced meat, bread-crumbed and deep-fried with a spicy sauce."

No 56 Carrer del Baluard, Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain, 0034 93 221 4061
Looking forward to the weekend, seeing Barcelona (city and football team) and everyone at the meetups.
Look after yourself and (each)others. All the best Dave ♫♫♫
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