Members of the Audiencia Nacional, Spanish National Tribunal, are going to do a check of the works being done for the construction of the high-speed AVE train link in the vicinity of the Sagrada Familia (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The move comes in response to a case brought by the Patronat de la Sagrada Familia, which is concerned about the effects that building the railway line close to the Barcelona landmark could have on its structure. It is an unusual decision for the judges to make a personal inspection in this way, and highlights the importance with which the project is viewed.
A survey into the cultural habits of Spaniards has found that the favourite pastimes here are music, cinema and reading, while a large majority claim not to be interested in either theatre or dance and three-quarters haven't been to a library for over a year (article in Catalan, Avui). The research, carried out by the Centre de Investigaciones Sociologicas, also discovered that 39.4 percent of those who took part said they never or almost never read, while those who said they read daily or almost daily, was just 20 percent.
Barcelona city council has announced that it is willing to provide resources to enable the opening of the renovated Las Arenas bullring (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Work on the Plaça Espanya site has been held up for the best part of this year so far (link to Metropolitan article) due to financial issues, but Metrovacsa, the new owner of the bullring, says that it is confident that it will soon find a solution to the difficulties. While the council doesn't want to extend the amount of space given over to commercial usage in the centre, it has said that it will help out by allowing the car park and offices, both in a more advanced state of construction, to open in the near future by the granting of temporary licences. In this way, Metrovacsa can begin to make money on the project which in turn should help with the completion of the overall development.
Also in the news: Benicassim festival kicks off (El Periodico); Pickpockets disguise themselves as tourists (La Vanguardia); Political parties rated fifth in list of problems faced by Spaniards (Avui)