Martin Kirby

Martin Kirby

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Clean up Catalonia TODAY

We weaved down the mountain roads to the sea today, on a mission, four adults and one nine-year-old girl. I can barely type this because my hands are still so cold; almost as cold as my spirits. But I...

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WHAT I WISH FOR

I stand in my usual spot, beneath where the blue tit sings. The almost white branches of the walnut tree are leafless and I can see the little bird. It is my upbeat dawn rhythm. I am on my way to our old...

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MARTIN KIRBY

The Pong Papers

The only thing wrong with the Paradise Papers – the pongy revelations of (quelle surprise) nauseating greed by some morally bankrupt, tax-dodging mega-mega rich – is the name.Paradise, fundamentally,...

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MARTIN KIRBY

This house still stands

There was, in a flash, electricity and fear in the air. The bully storm crashed into our tight valley and started flailing. The first lightning bolt took out our modem, phone, one computer, our water heating...

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MARTIN KIRBY

My Catalonia an indelible day

Wheresoever you find yourself right now, whichever side of the fence/the vote, I want you to hug/dance with/smile at/ be happy with somebody. Preferably someone of the contrary view.As a Catalan Brit very...

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MARTIN KIRBY

Barefoot truth

Taking off my shoes really helps. I slow down. The dawn path to the pony corral to feed La Petita becomes an exercise in grounding. It is never pain-free, but that is fleeting. I feel, see, appreciate...

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MARTIN KIRBY

An age of chaos

I have been battling to square the circle for a year now. The insanity that was Brexit depressed me so deeply, and this was subsequently compounded by the coronation of Trump. What was going on?Something...

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MARTIN KIRBY

Stop right now

It is something extra special, isn’t it, this smart, wired world when you are available 24/7 and absolutely everything and everyone is available to you?No. With increasing frequency it is anything but.When...

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Homage to the Priorat

One Catalan jewel among the many, my home comarca of the Priorat, is a prism of rainbow light right now that arches through time and across the globe.I have spent a quarter of my reasonably long life within...