After the decision of the Bread and Butter organisers to stop its Barcelona twice-yearly events earlier this year, today the 080 Barcelona Fashion fair opens its third edition (article in Catalan), focusing particularly on Catalan designers but with the presence of various international designers as well. 080 has become the main style event in the city (following the closure of the Passarela Gaudi some years ago), but local authorities aren't convinced that it has had the success it could have. As a result, this edition inaugurates a cash prize (€20,000) for the best collection.
A 78-year-old man has been given a prison sentence of eight months for driving the wrong way down the A-2 through the Tunel del Bruc for four kilometres - he has also had his licence suspended for two years. The incident happened on March 5th, around midday, after the driver stopped his car and rejoined the two-lane road driving the wrong way down the fast lane; when he was eventually stopped by the Mossos d'Esquadra, the man was unable to explain how he had come to be driving on the wrong side of the road, causing around 50 vehicles to have to get out of his way.
A Barcelona bar owner has been found guilty of noise pollution (article in Castilian) in her Ciutat Vella locale and sentenced to five and a half years in prison. The woman, identified as M.C. who owned the Donegal pub which was closed down by the council in 2006, has been handed what is the harshest punishment to date in Spain for this type of misdemeanour. She was found guilty of running a live music venue without the appropriate authorisations and allowing music to be played at 10 times the legally permitted level (30 decibels). As well as the prison sentence, the woman must pay a fine and compensation to the three neighbours who made official complaints about the noise.