In the face of falling customer numbers, it seems that some of the prostitutes who work on the Rambla are turning to pickpocketing tourists as an alternative way to make money (article in Castilian, El Periodico). A newspaper report today suggests that such robberies are becoming more commonplace, and security cameras have captured images of an attempted pickpocketing showing that prostitutes are using tactics already the norm amongst rateros on the popular Barcelona street, where tourists regularly find themselves targeted by thieves.
FC Barcelona is reported to have signed the Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Inter de Milán for €45 million, while the Italian club will also receive the Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o and possibly the Belarus player Alexander Hleb (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia).The story was being reported on Catalunya Radio this morning and is yet to have the formal agreement of all those involved, but it seems that the negotiations have been going on for the past few days. If Ibrahimovic does come to Barça, he will be the most expensive player that the club has ever bought.
The city council of Barcelona has said that it wants visitors to the neighbourhood of Gràcia to make less noise because they are disturbing residents (article in Catalan, Avui). Specifically, what the council is aiming for is that people talk quieter when they are having a drink or a meal outdoors in one of the squares of Gràcia, but the general aim is that visitors and residents can have a more cordial relationship. A campaign will run through August, with the slogan 'A Gràcia, abaixa el volum' (In Gràcia, lower the volume). In the summer months, neighbours are disturbed more by people enjoying al fresco eating and drinking because many of them keep their windows open in an attempt to keep cool.
Also in the news: Woman dies of swine flu in Mallorca (Avui); Spanish teachers amongst best-paid in Europe (La Vanguardia)