Maria Dolors Borràs, Needlework teacher.
) Maria Dolors' family had lived in the Poble Sec district
for some time. Her father had been born in an old farmhouse located
where the municipal swimming pools now stand. His family earned its
living from a quarry, also owned by them, located in Montjuïc.
Her grandfather on her mother's side worked as a shipbuilder. His
name was Pickering. "We reckon he was an English sailor who must
have settled in Barceloneta", says Maria Dolors.
on the other hand, was a wealthy neighbourhood still under construction
in 1973. Maria Dolors and her husband bought their flat for 2.5 million
pesetas, just before the first property boom. At that time, after
nightfall, the very idea of going down to the street made her uneasy.
Joan Múrria, owner of Queviures Múrria.
) The progression from candles and chick peas to more exquisite
and expensive food was more than a case of intuition. It was the nineteen-seventies.
It was clear to Joan Múrria that grocery shops would have to
undergo a change just as those in Paris and London were then undergoing.
And assuming it as a personal challenge, he began modernising the
business which now, on the threshold of the year 2000, is a veritable
institution. Queviures Múrria now features as a must for tourists
in all guidebooks to the city. It even has its own web page.
Imma Planas Mateu, amateur theatre actress.
She cannot even remember the first time she appeared on stage. She
must have been six or seven years old, or maybe eight. She used to
accompany her mother to the theatre and when she saw her acting, she
wanted to be up there acting beside her. As a child, she played all
possible roles in the theatre in the lively, working class area which
Sant Andreu was then and still is now. Among the parts she plated
were a street urchin, a shepherd, an angel and Saint Michael.
Planas was captivated by the stage. "It has magic, a feeling
which you either like or dislike. "I like the chance of being
a person I would like to have been, or the opposite, a person I would
never have wanted to resemble." (