Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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...

Long-term resident

THE WAY WE ARE

The case of the four imprisoned Catalan politicians and civic leaders is, slowly but surely, garnering more international attention. Last month, lawyers working out of London, Barcelona and Paris - including...

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PORRIDGE

Every weekend, the Catalan journalist Txell Bonet catches a high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid (a three-hour journey) together with her nine-month-old son. From the station, a friend or a taxi drives...

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PATRÍCIA

It was no coincidence that Patrícia Gabancho and I met at a meeting of an organisation called Veu Pròpia (’Our Own Voice’) founded by a group of people who were non-native Catalan speakers who believed...

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Dragon’s den

Most of us here in Catalonia, our pro-independence politicians included, never expected a semi-legal referendum (it was legal in Catalonia, but ’suspended’, not illegalised, by Spain’s constitutional...

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Barefaced

The October 1st campaign of police brutality against civilians who were passively blocking access to polling stations around Catalonia, including women over 75 and children under 12 (there were 1.066 people...

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Catch as catch can

We could talk about the ins and outs of the legal status of the Catalan referendum - which will or will not have taken place at the start of this month – until we’re blue in the face or the cows come...

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Camping

Now that the Catalan (and Valencian) beach season is once again rolling into oblivion many people seem to have forgotten (if they ever knew) that back in the busy days of late June, a delegation of North...

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Matthew tree

Groundhog years

As it has been 18 years since I haven’t been allowed to vote in Britain, and as I have no intention of moving back there (alive or dead) I tend not to follow the country’s pre-election debates. But...