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Hello, dear friends of @catalanvoices. I’m Estanislau Fons i Solé, @estanislaufons since April 2010. I was born 50 years ago in Clariana de Cardener, a small village close to the very center of Catalonia, at Solsonès county. I grew up in an isolated country house, surrounded by pine tree woods and next to Cardener river, a small tributary to Llobregat river. A livestok farm of pigs and cattle, a family orchard and the agricultural activities around the year made up my days until I went to the university. Rural traditions as picking mushrooms in the forests, choose and cut our own Christmas tree, slaughter one or two pigs a year, and grow our own vegetables in the orchard shaped my childhood.

During those days I studied in Solsona, a small city (9000 inhabitants today) at both primary and secondary schools. Solsona is an amazing city, with a beautiful old town where city walls are clearly limiting a dense net of narrow streets, with nice stone buildings. It is famous for its massive, thrilling and somehow crazy Carnival, really worth visiting. Capital of Solsonès county, an extense and low-populated area where you can enjoy loneliness, great landscapes and the feeling of the wild, and practice lots of outdoor sports, from running and cycling to skiing.

I studied agricultural engineering in Lleida, the one and only big (or middle, depending on what you compare to) city inland of Catalonia, and since then I work at @ETSEA_UdL teaching Food Engineering, at @UdL_info. I also devote part of my time within a big research group on postharvest of fresh fruits, where my speciality is postharvest engineering, specially refrigeration systems and controlled atmosphere storage. Lleida has been my place for the last 30+ years; a city cast at a human scale, with an amazing old church and castle up a hill presiding the old town, and crossed by river Segre, which provides water for the extense fruit orchards that fill the plains surrounding the town. As a once newcomer to Lleida, I can’t get used to the winter fog that fully covers the city for weeks every year, and I am not very fond of eating “caragols a la llauna”, grilled snails, a dish that drives mad most of my fellows in the neighborhood.

In the past, I lead a few cooperation programs with Bosnia and Herzegovina universities from 1997 to 2003, and since 2003 to 2011 I spend some years in the political business, being for 4.5 years CEO at AGAUR, the Catalan agency for university and research grants. After that, I was also for two years head of presidency at Diputació de Lleida, a 2nd level local administration devoted to help municipalities in their current affairs. In that period I wrote a novel, “Canicula”, a story of love and death, sex and violence, located in Lleida and involving its peoples and institutions.

I am quite active on Twitter @estanislaufons, and on Facebook too. No time for other social media. I love reading science books and I feel deeply involved in the struggle for rational thinking and combatting pseudoscience. Lately I amb contributing an article on Science once a month, in the Sunday supplement of the local newspaper Segre.

But my best moments belong to my children Nil (17) and Martina (11), and my life mate Marta, plus an extense family spread all over.

During this week as @catalanvoices curator I will tweet about whatever I feel worth commenting with you.

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I’m Krzysztof Charamsa. I live in Catalonia since one year with my Catalan partner Eduard. I was born in Poland and I’m a gay Catholic priest. I have studied philosophy, theology and bioetics in Poland, Switzerland and Italy. I have worked for 12 years in the Congregation for the doctrine of the faith in Vatican, the former Inquisition. I was the second secretary of the Theologican International Commission. I have teached theology in two pontifical universities: Gregorian and Regina apostolorum in Rome. During that time I have published several books and articles. All that time has been important for me to understand Catholic Church’s homophobia and mature my own dignity as a Catholic gay man, and find the courage to come out. I came out on 3rd October 2015 before the Synod about family as my protest for Catholic discrimination of LGBTIQ persons.

Recently I have published my novel with autobiographical elements “La prima prietra” (Rizzoli, Milano 2016) -The first stone-. The book has been published in Portuguese and other translations in other languages are coming soon.

After liberation of ecclesial homophobia, I have become writer and speaker, activist and thinker in favor of human/person rights, specially LGBTIQ and feminist.

I am on Twitter (@KOCharamsa), Facebook (www.facebook.com/k.charamsa), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/krzysztof-charamsa-702388bb). I invite you to visit my homepage: www.kcharamsa.com, where you can find my books, my articles and inteviews, my blog and the way to contact with me.

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Greetings to all followers of the Catalan Voices, this week will discuss about challenges, culture and sport.

My name is Marc Prat Garcia (@marcprat22 in social networks) and I am athlete since I was very young. When I learned cycling, I was sure that this would be my sport. This illusion was how I met Trial. I got titles such as Spanish Champion, European Champion and World Champion (Visit my website for more information https://marcprat22.wordpress.com ).

After competing for many years, I decided to leave the competition in order to finish my university studies. I am currently graduate in Communication and Cultural Master in Communication and Cultural Studies by UDG. This studies give me another view about the society, the culture, and the world in general.

My latest work at the University was to relate my studies of communication with the sport that I love, Trial. I created a documentary called The Story of a challenge (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6BOdHTBIZo) . This documentary is a story of overcoming and a personal history how I made a dream come true, drive my bike on an emblematic place, more than 25 meters high, the railing of the Besalú bridge. The documentary exposes how I prepared myself and what I had to do to achieve this challenge.

After the success of the first challenge, I got other personal goals such as crossing over the battlements of the Besalú Tower Bridge, or cross the wall of Girona with my bike (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDlTHQl1KAY ). All challenges had repercussion in Spanish and Catalan media such as: La Vanguardia, El Punt Avui, Diari de Girona, Girona Notícies, Antena 3, TV3 and several local televisions. (http://www.diaridegirona.cat/girona/2016/11/25/bescanoni-marc-prat-passeja-ara/816302.html )

In the future I have in my mind to continue beating me and continue diffusing sport, territory and culture. Especially emblematic places in Catalonia for its nature, culture…

This week the Catalan Voices discuss about the minority sport, sport linked to a territory, spectacular places in Catalonia and some other surprises.

I invite everybody to follow me on social networks like @marcprat22.

Come on!

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Hello Twitter Community! I am delighted to be your @CatalanVoices Curator for this week. I plan to make the most of this experience sharing what I know about Catalonia, The World’s Greatest Place.

I’m a Chicago born man-of-many-hats. At 25 years of age I quit my job as a mountain guide and therapist in the USA, sold everything I owned except my dog, my mountaineering and snowboarding gear. I bought a 1972  Volkswagen camper van with the intention of living in it and spending one winter snowboarding every day in Whistler, Canada.

A series of almost divine circumstances took me, however, to find love, passion, business and adventure in a foreign land; to what I declare to be The World’s Greatest Place, Catalonia.

Since then, I forged my life and family in this spectacular territory of Spain. I have spent these 20 years enjoying my life living in the Val d’Aran of the Pyrenees and spending a lot of time in the Costa Brava and Barcelona. I have always been in awe of Catalonia. Its mountains, sea, cities, culture, architecture, history, language, sports, food and people cease to amaze me.

I am Video StoryTeller at www.KeithKirwen.com where experience, firsthand, the services, products and tourist options of my clients (businesses and communities) and create video stories from my perspective for their promotion.

At this moment most of my energy and passion is being employed in my next Big Video Story called, The World’s Greatest Place, Catalonia (www.theworldsgreatestplace.com) @twgpcatalonia

I co-own and operate a small travel agency called www.PyreneesExperience.com specialized in bringing the World to the Val d’Aran, my home.

I also own a successful language school and translation business. Need a translation?!

Hobbies: Travelling, Public Speaking / Speaker in Events, Theater, Trail Running, Hiking, Skiing, Snowboarding, Good Food, Family and my Dogs.

 

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Hi there!

My name is Dani Pagès ( @pages_dani ).  I´m from Besalú (Girona) a little medieval town in northern Catalonia. I´m the half part of the electronic music DJs and producers Capo & Comes.

My passion is the music. When I was a child I started to study music theory, piano, jazz music, etc… and afterwards I became interested in electronic music production. I´m a part of the House Music DJs and producers Capo & Comes ( @BittoBitRadio ) since 2009 when I joined forces with Eloi Comes from Banyoles. We have a production studio in Banyoles and I also have a little home studio in Besalú ( @Aj_Besalu )

We have more than two hundred releases in some of the strongest and recognized worldwide House music labels like Jango Music, Hotfingers Records, Matinée Music, etc. Some of our works have been played and supported by top DJs like Chuckie, David Vendetta, UMEK, Tocadisco, Bob Sinclar, etc…

Some of our tracks were into the top bestsellers and chart lists of digital stores like iTunes, Beatport, Traxsource, DJTunes, Junodownload, Trackitdown, etc.

Like a DJs we played in a lot of events around Europe, in Spain, Holland, UK,etc. In october of 2016 we have been official artists into the biggest club music event in the world, the Amsterdam Dance Event. Last summer we were playing at the best world beach club Bora Bora Ibiza into the Jango Music residency.

I´m A&R (Artist & Research) of the uderground electronic label Bit to Bit Records ( @BittoBitRadio ) a label focused in support of new talented underground music artists.

Capo & Comes are responsables of the monthly House Music podcast Bit to Bit Radio Show broadcasted in 48 radiostations in 18 countries around the world.

During this week as @catalanvoices curator I´ll share with you my daily work into the #HouseMusic production and my  town #Besalú daily life. Hope you can interest and you follow me during this days!

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I’m Tim Parfitt and I have been living in Sitges, Barcelona, since 2007. I combine that with regular trips back to the UK for various meetings.

I have worked in the media (mainly in magazine publishing) since 1978. I worked for Condé Nast in London for 10 years (they publish Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour, House & Garden, Interiors, Condé Nast Traveller, among many other titles). I was then sent by Condé Nast to Madrid in 1988 to ‘help out’ on the launch of Vogue España for 6 weeks. I stayed for 9 years and became the ‘Consejero Delegado & Editor’ of Ediciones Condé Nast, also launching GQ España, among other titles. It was a very interesting time to be in Spain. We printed the magazines in Catalonia, and so I was frequently in Barcelona – and I was lucky to attend several events during the 1992 Olympics. My first book, ‘A Load of Bull: An Englishman’s Adventures in Madrid’, relates that time of my life. It was also published in Spanish by Almuzara under the title, ‘Mucho Toro – las tribulaciones de un ingles en la movida’. All the reviews and other information can be found on my blog link here: http://timothyparfitt.com/blog/category/books/

After a period back in London, I returned to work in Barcelona in 2007, as Director General of Prisma Publicaciones, which at the time was jointly owned by Grupo Godó and Grupo Planeta. We published a number of newsstand titles (including Lonely Planet, Interiores, Historia y Vida, Psychologies, Grazia and even Spanish Playboy) – as well as a number of supplements for La Vanguardia newspaper. I left the group at the end of 2012.

In the past 4 years, I have been working on a number of media & entertainment projects, both in Spain and the UK. I have also recently completed a crime-thriller novel entitled ‘The Barcelona Connection’ (shortly to be announced), which is the first in a trilogy. The first book is in advanced development as a TV series, being set up as a UK-Spain co-production, of which I am also an Executive Producer.

During this week as @catalanvoices curator, I might tweet several things about the comedy scene in Barcelona – especially as I am seeing (and interviewing) Eddie Izzard performing in Spanish in Barcelona on Tues 22 Nov. I am also participating as a judge in the Barcelona International Comedy Festival on 24 & 26 Nov (http://www.barcelonacomedyfestival.com). Comedy is a subject close to my heart. During 2013, for some crazy reason I performed stand-up myself in Barcelona, Madrid, London & New York, culminating in four ‘shows’ of 45 minutes each at the Edinburgh Fringe. I kept a blog about it all (link: http://timothyparfitt.com/blog/2013/09/26/standing-up-17-edinburgh-barcelona/). It was a great experience, but not something I’d necessarily repeat!

I am on Twitter (@TJParfitt), Instagram (@TJParfitt) on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tjparfitt), Linked in (https://www.linkedin.com/wvmx/profile?trk=hp-identity-wvmp)

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My name is Maria Dolors Ruiz. I am family physician, acupuncturist and e-Health consultant. I work at a primary healthcare centre located in Terrassa and I have a private medical office where I practice acupuncture.

I firmly believe that technology is one of the keys to improve our healthcare systems, so I studied a master degree on telemedicine and I have worked in several projects around it.

I love swimming and I swim for @MastersCNS.

My Twitter account is @DraDRuiz . You can also find me on Instagram.

During this week as @catalanvoices curator I will tweet about #primaryhealthcare, #telemedicine, #acupuncture, #swimming and so on. I’d like to share with you about my interests and how is my daily life like a doctor in Catalunya.

See you all on @CatalanVoices!