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Offline starstruck5

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Support for Laia Martin
« on: July 05, 2012, 06:12:38 PM »
In the thread 'Extremet Laws' I highlighted the fact that this girl faces 7 years in jail -just for practising her piano.

Here is a video of her in action -a quite spirited performance -I can't help think though that she is not at her best for some reason?  She has my wholehearted sympathy and support anyway.

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Offline Bob

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Re: Support for Laia Martin
«Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 11:54:27 PM »
Duh...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2011/12/24/spain-piano-practice-prison.html

Prison time for practicing?  Torturing the neighbors enough to warrant some time in jail? Or being banned from practicing in the future? 
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Offline candlelightpiano

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Re: Support for Laia Martin
«Reply #2 on: July 06, 2012, 11:36:26 PM »
Poor girl!  There's something completely f****d up about a system that would even consider imprisoning a person for practicing piano!  I guess we know where to find their musicians - behind bars!!  High time they had a Bill of Rights!  I think piano playing would come under Freedom of Speech and it doesn't look like they have that in Spain or the UK (referring to the article on the boy in the UK who isn't allowed to practice because a neighbor has complained about him). 

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Re: Support for Laia Martin
«Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 11:44:31 PM »
 "No musician, however serious, practised eight hours a day, she said"

That's a lie

Did she get sentenced or anything?  What was her punishment?!

But for real though, like I said in the other post, I would ruin that girls life for suing me.  Are you freaking kidding me?!  I would hire a hitman on her or make her listen to schoenberg every day for the rest of her life.  What a douchebag...


But I guess this could only happen in Canada  ::)
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Offline sueyin

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Re: Support for Laia Martin
«Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012, 03:47:27 AM »
Is this for real?  This is like one of those crazy, weird, you cannot believe what you're reading type  "news" in the National Enquirer!  I feel sorry for her and sad.  If this is real, Spain sounds like a country gone nuts!

I live in an apartment.  There are many apartments above, below and beside ours and I used to practice for hours and hours, especially before my exams and no one ever complained.  In fact, this year when I quit practicing for more than three months, our neighbors were telling me they missed hearing me play the piano even though I used to practice nothing but the same boring pieces all year long and lots of boring scales and stuff.  I never thought how lucky I was but now after reading this story, I actually feel lucky.  Well, I feel lucky I don't live in Spain!  I live in Malaysia.  At least, they don't think about putting people in jail for playing piano in my country.

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Re: Support for Laia Martin
«Reply #5 on: July 08, 2012, 04:30:24 PM »
This is so sad... Instead of encouraging young musicians to practice as much as they can they put them in jail? I might be conservative, but that makes no sense to me. I completely agree with rachmaninoff_forever. If such a thing happened to me, I would make sure the person suffers. The fair punishment would be Riehm's Toccata Orpheus. Poor girl. I am so glad I don't have any neighbors.
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Re: Support for Laia Martin
«Reply #6 on: August 09, 2012, 03:07:48 AM »
I thought they dropped the bull because a lawyer explained the law is for punishing actual crime?
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Re: Support for Laia Martin
«Reply #7 on: August 09, 2012, 06:10:39 AM »
But I guess this could only happen in Canada  ::)


What happened in Canada?  According to the linked report, the event in question occurred in Spain. 
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