Opinion

Long-term resident

SUMMER OF TRUMP

This summer, whether you be hiking in mountainous areas, lolling about in a sea or visiting the foreign capital of your choice, one thing is certain: you’ll be hearing about Donald Trump. He has never...

THE LAST WORD

WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER PLANS?

A question I’ve heard a lot recently is “What are your plans for the summer?” I assume people are interested to know and are not just finding out when I won’t be at home so they can rob my house....

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

GOING DOWN THE PUB

I’ll be spending some time visiting friends and family in England this summer. It’s something we’ve done consistently over the years, allowing us to also escape the Mediterranean heat. We’ll be...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

DO YOU SEE YELLOW OR RED?

The copious, contentious colour yellow, Mr Sánchez. What does it mean to you? Do you see red?Vehement members of the parliamentary opposition in Catalonia persist in making a point of doing so. They and...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

BILL WOULD LOVE THIS

I need the beautiful game. More so now than ever. As I write this, on May 13th, I am somewhat exhausted having just watched Levante justifiably end Barça’s unbeaten run. But there is still so much still...

Long-term resident

KILLING FRANCO

Literary awards, from the Nobel on down, can be erratic to say the least. One year they give it to a work of genius (or to the genius in person); the next, to a book or an author that everybody will have...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

The travails of workmen

This week we had the joy of a visit from someone whose job description in English would be that of plumber, given that his work entails fixing household water installations, although the following observations...

Are megacities the publiC LABORATORIES of the 21st century?

We often think of 21st century megacities as built-up, dehumanised environments with digital technology controlling the urban systems and even the inhabitants. Yet that is not necessarily the case. Look...

from the editor

Tips for a healthy lifestyle

We are what we eat, goes the old saying, and it looks as if we are more aware of this now than ever before. The internet alone gives us more information about healthy lifestyles and changing trends than...

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...