Opinion

THE LAST WORD

FINDING A WAY WITH WORDS

I have kids still in school and so I inevitably compare their educational experience with my own. Obviously, given that I went to school in another country and in another century, there are not many points...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Is that what you MEAN?

On 15 April a headline caught my eye in one of the local Catalan newspapers, and it did so for a reason that has become of increasing interest to me in recent times: ambiguity. What does this quote say...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

TIME TO DEFINE ME

I am, in a fundamental way, powerless. As a British passport holder who has resided in Catalonia for more than 15 years I have no electoral rights anywhere, save choosing my Priorat village council. The...

Long-term resident

SPECIAL EXPORT

Franco once famously said (in a meeting with foreign journalists towards the end of the Civil War) that ’Catalonia has been one of the fundamental causes of our uprising’. A ’cause’ he would deal...

Letters to the editor.

Linguistic discriminationI am a German woman who learnt Catalan when I was living in Germany and visiting Catalonia. A year and a half ago I came to live here. My children have learnt Catalan thanks to...

random thoughts

THE MOST VIOLENT TOWN

In a police report recently published by El Mundo newspaper, the Guardia Civil attributed some 315 acts of violence between September and November last year to pro-independence supporters. The town where...

THIS BOY’S LIFE

It’s a great relief to read something as authentic as this memoir of Tobias Wolff’s childhood.In 2018, when (even for adults) predictable superhero and action movies are dominating the western world’s...

WHO HARMS THE CATALAN ECONOMY?

The Spanish government, not content with intervening and stifling the finances of the Catalan Administration, claims with its enormous propaganda machinery that the Catalan independence process has damaged...

random thoughts

Thank goodness April is here!

Normally, in other years, I’ve only to hear the word ’April’ and thoughts of Spring immediately arise: golden daffodils, nesting birds, lambs making incredible leaps of joy, and so on. However, this...

Long-term resident

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

In the ‘Eighties, when I was in my twenties, like many others I listened to a lot of punk rock, starting with the Sex Pistols’ scream of ‘God save the Queen/And the Fascist regime’, through to...