According to Save the Children, Catalunya has come third in a list of communities to receive the most complaints about the poor condition of its parks after Madrid and Andalusia (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The charity launched an initiative that allows parents through the website, www.queremosjugar.es denounce the lack of play spaces or those that are of a poor standard. In the few months since its launch, they have received 933 complaints. Amongst the parks in Barcelona that has come under criticism are the Can Fabra or Creueta del Coll.
A company has launched night-tours to explain the legends of Barcelona. Itinera Plus has started tours that follow the Gòtic Barcelona màgica (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Emma Fernández, an art historian walks around the old part of the city and tells of the many historical tales and legends of the area, with the aim to help teach the history of Barcelona to the people who live here. Of the many stops on the tour the cathedral proves to be a source of endless legends - Fernandez explains that medieval witches used to fly over the city and throw rocks and shout obscenities every time they passed the cathedral. "To frighten them and prevent frightened parishioners, the church decided to place control bells in the highest part of the church." She goes on to tell the story of a small house in the Place de la Rei - The house of the Hangman.
Also in the news: Experts debate the introduction of age restrictions for bull runs (La Vanguardia) Barcelona competes to gain the title of 'best gay destination in the world' (El Periodico)