Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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A king for a king

The former King of Spain Juan Carlos I has turned out to be curiously partial to republics, having recently done a runner either to the Dominican one, according to journalists there; or to the Portuguese...

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Lurkers

Those of us just old enough to remember Dick Van Dyke doing his excruciating imitation of an English accent in ’Mary Poppins’ (1964) might also just remember the coup d’état which took place in...

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Ringing in the new

Last month Maria Branyas, the oldest woman in Catalonia and indeed in the whole of Spain, and possibly in the whole of Europe, hit the virtual headlines when she survived a coronavirus infection at age...

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strangest things

Two uniquely unusual events that took place in Spain and Catalonia just a few weeks ago raised not a squeak out of the English language media. No surprises there. Event One took place on the last day of...

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The Queen’s speech

Despite the British government’s crowing about Brexit having happened, it hasn’t: the documents signed on ’Brexit Day’ – February 1st, 2020 – simply marked the start of the final Brexit negotiations...

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Days of yore

In 1914, when my maternal grandmother was a teenager, Britain ruled over 412 million people, who lived on almost one quarter of the world’s surface. In 1969, when I was twelve and she was in her sixties,...

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The Roaring Twenties

1920 saw the births of the novelist Joan Perucho and the socialist leader Josep Pallach in Catalonia, of filmmaker Federico Fellini in Italy, the writer Charles Bukowski in America, along with the actors...

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Dear Lloyd

AN OPEN LETTER TO LLOYD MILEN, BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL FOR CATALONIA, ARAGON AND ANDORRA.

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Lies, damned lies

When the October 14th sentencing of Catalonia’s political prisoners was reported in England, my 92 year old aunt - who normally has as much contact with Catalonia as I do with the waters of the Limpopo...