Opinion

tribune. Oriol Martínez Alòs-Moner

Key economic factors in a key year

At this stage of the process, with the Catalan government pushing for a binding independence referendum this year and Madrid without any intention of letting it happen, it could be worth elaborating on...

viewpoint. brett hetherington

The Trump show

There is really only one news story over the last months: the start of Donald Trump's regime.Before the end of last year I said on Matthew Tree's TV discussion programme that one of the main reasons Trump...

random thoughts. terry parris

A mind for words

I love quotations. You have only to say the word 'March' to me, and I hear this from my childhood: 'March brings breezes loud and shrill, / Stirs the dancing daffodil.'Well, I shall discount the breezes...

from the editor

Punk, Europe, Sherlock and Shakespeare

This month's main feature focuses on the punk movement, whose legacy is still alive 40 years on. We take a look at what punk meant as a cultural phenomenon, from its birth in 1976, through the experience...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Dressing up

Not long ago I found myself in close proximity to SpongeBob SquarePants and a 6-foot crayon engaged in a fistfight with seven jockeys (the ones that ride horses). I don't for one minute expect Catalan...

Long-term resident

One February morning

Demonstrations – and God knows, I've been on a few – tend to leave me, once they're over, in a state of post-coital sadness, without the perk of there having been any sex (and much less an orgasm)....

viewpoint. brett hetherington

Squatting in Vilafranca del Penedès

If global warming is likely to be the biggest problem facing society in the coming years, it will certainly be competing with housing as an issue of great public concern. While the situation is probably...

random thoughts. terry parris

Looking for small miracles in 2017

Thomas Tusser, the poet, said in the 16th century: 'At Christmas play, and make good cheer,/ For Christmas comes but once a year.'But Tusser was English and here we 'play and have good cheer' from before...

tribune. Pere Miret

A better welfare state in the Republic

In December, the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), done by the OECD in 2015, were made public. The tests are taken every three years by 15-year-old pupils near the end...

gallery. martin capdevila

Black History Month, in Catalonia

If we want others to pay attention to our culture, we must make the effort to understand theirs