Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Old Grand-Dad

Last month, Figueres - suitably enough for a town which is home to the Dalí Theatre Museum - hosted a festival called Ingràvid ('Weightless') aimed at promoting contemporary art that is both accessible...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree. /

Garden concert

In my salad days I couldn't stand the sound of Bob Dylan, what with his wailing voice and whining harmonica and labyrinthine lyrics. Equally irritating was the hyperbolic assumption of just about everyone...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Being civil

Hearsay has it that some readers of this magazine have complained to the management that it dwells in unnecessary depth on the issue of Catalan independence. So, specially for those grousers, here is yet...

Long-term resident
Matthew tree

The elect

God only knows how many UK general elections I sat through with my father, who loved them, even though he had spent most of his life voting Labour in a mainly Conservative constituency and had therefore...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

White elephant, black hole

Last month a report made by the Foundation for the Study of Applied Economics (FEDEA, in its Spanish acronym) revealed that Spain's high-speed rail system (patriotically called the Alta Velocidad Española:...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Booked up

April has rolled around again, and with it comes the equally recurrent Sant Jordi's Day (the 23rd) on which people all over Catalonia give red roses and books to those they love, be it platonically, through...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Like a trooper

Language teachers tend to shy away from the fact that probably the hardest part of perfecting any foreign tongue is knowing how to eff and blind in it. For example, in Catalan, it's not enough to know...

.
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Wintertime

Not long before the end of 2014, a Belgian acquaintance of mine died of a heart attack, aged 52, in his native Flanders. I say 'acquaintance', because we were never friends, but neither were we ever enemies....

. LLUÍS ROMERO
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Hit it

Three, maybe four, years ago, a friend gave me – or lent me, I can't remember – a book of stories ('Haunted', 2005) by Chuck Palahniuk. I didn't touch the thing, put off as I was by some unexciting...