Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

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Matthew tree

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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Matthew tree

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...

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Matthew tree

Out of the mouths of babes

Until I saw my children for the first time (14 years ago and counting) I had taken it as given that nothing was sacred, but at that moment had to correct myself on the spot: children are unmistakably sacred,...

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First sight

Nowadays, the word 'Catalonia' no longer provokes a frown of bewilderment on most foreigners' faces, the way it used to, say, half a decade ago; on the contrary, for reasons that are close to obvious,...

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Hawking

On the 23rd of the month (Sant Jordi's Day) the streets and squares of towns and villages all over Catalonia - Barcelona very much included - will once again be chock full of stalls selling books for which...

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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)....

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The model

Last month the magazines The Economist and Politico Europe each published pieces which claimed that Catalonia would become a political nightmare for Europe in 2017, on the grounds that the Catalan independence...

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Belarus and Ukraine today

It would have been natural, given that I've just travelled to these two relatively unvisited countries, to write a travel piece about them. About the safe streets of Minsk, for instance (the poshest of...