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The business (basically a CRM database) passed into better hands in 2012. These materials remain here for cannibalisation and amusement.

The baldie meanwhile has found pastures new: as a singing organ-grinder for your event in the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands or Spain! Town and country walking and study tours in Barcelona and the Western Med
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    • Language All our guides are native English speakers and speak the local language fluently.
    • Knowledge Our local and subject knowledge is profound and up-to-date.
    • Interactivity See someone interesting? We'll interpret. Tired/full of energy? We can adapt the programme.
    • Individuality We don't do herd tourism. No silly flags. No headsets.
    • Responsibility Unlike most "green" tour businesses, we only use public transport--cheaper and generally more interesting.

Barcelona tours - Death of an anarchist



On Saturday March 10 1923, anarcho-syndicalist leader Salvador “Sugarboy” Seguí­ met for a drink opposite the university with radical Catalanist lawyer Lluí­s Companys in order to discuss work being carried out on one of the latter’s properties in town. He left and with a friend headed down the Rambla and then right for a stroll through Barcelona’s Sin City, the brothels of the Raval. Minutes later he was dead, shot down by gunmen sent by Barcelona industrialists.


This walk takes you along the route followed by Sugarboy and introduces you to important people and locations in the district where, between WWI and the Spanish Civil War, Parisian libertarianism met vicious Chicago-style gangsterism. You’ll meet up with bombings, shootings, brothels, anarchists, feminists, prisons, barracks, factories, burned-out churches, working class socio-cultural associations, as well as what’s left of the district’s emblematic bars and music halls.


Grade easy
Base Barcelona (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)
Location tags Barcelona, Barcelonès, Barrio Chino, Catalonia, Catalunya, Cataluña, Raval,
Theme tags architecture, art, gastronomy, history, literature,
Your guide(s) Mr Baldie
Walking distance 2.90 km / 1.8 miles
Walking time 1.74 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 0 hr
Default meeting time 18:00. This is designed to produce an optimal result from a number of factors, including sleep-in time, access to food, and exposure to sun.
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 2.00 hr


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  1. [...] other day I did a libertarian Raval tour with a particularly dangerous Californian sociologist, and we got onto Orwell’s apparent [...]

  2. [...] Our entrance is barred by a little man with a beret and a moustache: –You know this isn’t a bar? –Of course! –No problem then, I’ll get the landlady. Later, in conversation with the landlady: –Aren’t you worried by the EU ban on making your own vermouth? –If this isn’t a bar then why the fuck would we be making our own vermouth? (On this walk) [...]

  3. [...] about those who buy the Glorious Medieval Past, but also those who believe copycat silliness like the Glorious Anarchist Past or the Glorious Second Republic - does it make any sense to get [...]

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