Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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Playing at Punditry

I’m one of those football fans who likes the game, and in fact still plays, but only keeps a cursory eye on fixtures, results and signings. However, that changes when it comes to those peak moments in...

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Universal suffrage?

There are plenty of frustrating things about being a foreign resident, but the one that still smarts after so many years is not being able to vote. I’ve now lived in Catalonia longer than I did in my...

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COURTROOM CARNIVAL

February is carnival month, the time of year that is all about spectacle and people on the streets, a time when it is okay to make a noise and draw attention to yourself. So, the ideal month for the trial...

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE?

The sort of society we live in means that concepts like ’democracy’ and ’people power’ are almost untouchable principles. If a majority of the people want something, it seems as if it doesn’t...

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“A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENED”

It was a year that, like all years, a lot of things happened in.” Thus wrote the great Carrie Fisher in The Princess Diarist, her hilarious and revealing memoir of what it was like making the Star Wars...

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History in the making

Although history is happening all around us all the time, it’s not often we realise it. We are naturally caught up in our day-to-day existences, and we can feel we have no choice but to leave a lot of...

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Studying outside the box

I only recently found out that the term ’nini’, used to refer to a young person who neither studies nor works (Ni estudia Ni treballa), is ’neet’ (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) in...

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WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER PLANS?

A question I’ve heard a lot recently is “What are your plans for the summer?” I assume people are interested to know and are not just finding out when I won’t be at home so they can rob my house....