Matthew Tree

Matthew Tree

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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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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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
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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,...

. LLUÍS ROMERO
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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...

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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
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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...

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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
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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
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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...