Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Aiming for the foot

I'm (just about) old enough to remember a pre-UE time when a flight from London to, say, Barcelona on even the crummiest airline (Dan-Air) cost a tidy sum that most of us didn't have. Travelling across...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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Matthew tree

Nine million bicycles

In February of this year, Muriel Casals, a 70 year old cultural activist, anti-Franco resister and MP in the current Catalan parliament, was knocked down and killed by a cyclist in Barcelona. Last month...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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Matthew tree

Is it official?

Last month, an initial draft of a proposed Catalan constitution (for a future independent Catalan Republic) was released to the public. Consisting of 149 articles drawn up by a team of 17 people, including...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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Sworn in

Last month the Barcelonan night club Bikini received a visit from Frank Turner, who is usually described in his native UK as a folk singer, though his music is about as close to folk as the oeuvre of Chuck...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

All shook up

The author of 'Clockwork Orange', Anthony Burgess, famously described Shakespeare on live TV as 'something of a bore'. And the author of 'Tropic of Cancer', Henry Miller, wrote in a letter to his friend...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Carles H

In the first two months of this year, quite a lot of well-known people in the performing arts died before their time (or at least before the average Western life expectancy of 80): Black, Alan Rickman,...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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Matthew tree

The twist

Last month, in a wantonly hip comparison, the Financial Times used two popular political drama series - Denmark's 'Borgen' and America's (though originally Britain's) 'House of Cards' - to explain the...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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Matthew tree

The magic touch

Most people don't like Mondays. One US health site, Prevention.com, even has a section called '12 Ways To Hate Mondays Less' which is full of cute tips like 'check out a yoga class' or 'start your day...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree. mtree@cataloniatoday.cat/

Plain speaking

Catalonia is divided into 42 cantons, called 'comarques', their boundaries originally determined by how far medieval farmers were prepared to travel to the local capital on market day; over the years,...