Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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Saving lives can be quick, easy and very gratifying

I have a bit of a confession to make. Don’t worry, it’s nothing gross or embarrassing. It is as simple as this: I have to admit that I have never given blood in this country. Giving blood was something...

Making a difference in India

Where did it all start?This adventure started in 2004. I was a fan of humanitarian work and wanted to have the experience of volunteering, so I went to Calcutta and became a volunteer for the Mission of...

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They said they would vote, and vote they surely did

Votarém (we will vote) was a common chant heard in the run-up to the independence referendum. When October 1 finally came around, Catalan voters made good on their promise. Despite a violent crackdown...

Crime between two worlds

How are you finding living in Britain?For me it is a very positive experience because I’m a writer, so I work at home, I live in Oxford, which is a very cosmopolitan place where people from abroad are...

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The currency of knowledge

A few years ago, I somehow came into a bit of extra cash. Obviously, being me, my first thought was to blow it all a new motorbike. Yet, it seems that, finally, a little bit of maturity must have crept...

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Support your local festival

Summer is the most important time of year for Catalonia. Last year, more than two million people visited the country in July alone. The weather, the beaches, the food, the landmarks, the landscape, the...

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Everything on our doorstep

When I arrived in Catalonia in 1990, my stay in the country was supposed to be short. It was also supposed to be just the first stop in a world tour that would satiate the curiosity of youth and turn me...

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What do you want to be?

When people ask me what I do, I find it hard to come up with a one-word answer. Journalist? Editor? Translator? None of these terms fully describe my duties at Catalonia Today, although a little bit of...

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Knowledge and community

£April 23 is one of Catalonia's most popular annual festivals, and it is not hard to see why. At once a national celebration, it is also largely takes place outdoors and is also an event that welcomes...