The machinery being used to build tunnels under Barcelona for the AVE fast train is preparing to start work close to Gaudí's La Pedrera building (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The tunnel-boring machine, called Barcino, is making its way along Provença street and on Tuesday crossed Pau Claris to arrive some 50 metres from the famous Modernista building that is on the corner of Provença with Passeig de Gràcia. La Pedrera is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of Barcelona's main landmarks. A team of experts will be checking the teeth of the machinery up to Sunday so that next week work can start on the second-most important part of the tunnelling process (following that of the Sagrada Familia), with the works expected to cross Passeig de Gràcia within a few days of the operation beginning. Since the Barcino machine crossed the Bruc junction on February 8th, the speed of the tunnelling has been the fastest of all the work so far, with a rate of covering 42 metres per day.
The Catalan public television channels are no longer viewable in the Valencian Community (read article in Catalan here, Avui). TV3, 33, news channel 3/24 and the children's and young person's channel Super3-3XL stopped broadcasting in the region last night at 9.45 when the entity that owns the mechanisms for broadcasting the signal for the channels decided to end the transmissions. Acció Cultural del País Valencià (ACPV) was motivated to take this action by the threat of large fines from the Valencian Partido Popular government headed by Francisco Camps. A sense of dejection was felt at TV3 as a result of the move, when they realised that the Valencian Generalitat had closed all possible routes to allow for the broadcast of the Catalan channels in the area, thanks to the exorbitant fines that it said it would impose. ACPV didn't want to make an official statement on the matter yesterday, but its board held a meeting last night to analyse the situation and has called a press conference for this morning that will be attended by representatives from all the local political parties.
Sant Celoni, the town where the chef Santi Santamaria was born, will hold an official day of mourning today for the chef who died of a heart attack on Wednesday in Singapore (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Today at midday, the body of Santamaria will be laid out in the local Ateneu, enabling locals and others to pay their last respects; a short civil funeral service will take place at 5 o'clock in the afternoon before his remains are transferred to Granollers for cremation. The body of the chef is due to arrive this morning at El Prat airport accompanied by his daughter Regina, who runs the Santi restaurant in Singapore. Yesterday images were shown on television, recorded shortly before the chef collapsed, where Santamaria compared the kitchen to the heart.