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MISCELLANEOUS
Citizens

HALF A LIFE DEVOTED TO THE CARMEL DISTRICT.
Custodia Moreno Rivero (58 years old)
Custodia has been living in the Carmel district for 54 years now and she has no wish to leave the place. Her parents moved from Andalusia to Barcelona in 1947. She was but four years old at the time. Then her family was the victim of a swindle unfortunately typical of those years : someone sold them an apartment that did not exist. So they had to move into some relatives' house until they could build their own shack. They did it the way things were done - and many dwelling places were built - in the postwar period : using their hands and working at night-time with homemade bricks, building the walls and covering them with a layer of lime before sunrise. This way, if the police happened to ask questions about the works, they could always say that they had limited themselves to giving the walls a fresh coat of paint. (...)

"IN THIS LIFE, I'VE DONE ALL KINDS OF THINGS FOR A LIVING, EXCEPT WH....".
Elvira Farreras i Valentí (88 years old)
"Putget" is one of those neighbourhoods that, notwithstanding its proximity to a ring road and the noise resulting from heavy traffic, surprisingly strike you as a haven of peace. The flowers and the birds and the residents moving about on their bicycles with a relaxed look all concur to shape a landscape of a quite unusual kind within the city of Barcelone. Today, Elvira Farreras is possibly the resident with the greatest seniority in the neighbourhood. In effect, that lively old lady has been living in "Putget" for 87 years now. In 1914, when Elvira was but one year old, her family closed the apartment they were living in on carrer Petritxol and moved to their "Putget" summerhouse. Like so many other well-off families of Barcelona's bourgeoisie, they had chosen to escape from the polluted atmosphere of Barcelona's old downtown quarters at the time when the city was starting to build its new "Eixample" district. (...)

33 YEARS WITH THE SANT ANTONI NEIGHBOURS' ASSOCIATION.
Joan Isart López (63 years old)
Joan Isart's trajectory kept him away from Barcelona for many years. Even though he was born in Barcelona, his parents' sudden death obliged him to move to his uncle's house in Esparreguera. He was but six years old then and, at a point when he was just beginning to master his mother-tongue - Spanish -, he found himself living in a place where they did not understand him. "What is this kid saying now! I don't understand him.", his aunt would exclaim in Catalan every time he opened his mouth. However, the city child eventually adjusted to his new environment. He learned everything he needed to know about agricultural work but he was still nursing ambitions of a different kind. Joan aspired to an education and he strove to get it. In the morning, from seven o'clock on, he worked as a lathe operator at Manufacturas Sedó; he went back home around two in the afternoon and, until seven in the evening, he did his share of the household chores such as looking after the kitchen garden. Later, from seven till half past nine in the evening, he attended lessons at the "Escola d'Arts i Oficis" (Arts and Crafts School) in Olesa. (...)