Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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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...

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I wanna be Anarchy

I missed punk by just a couple of years, and I've regretted it ever since. Born in 1967, I was 10 when I saw my first punk - spiked dyed hair, painted leather jacket, tight tartan trousers criss-crossed...

On the grammar of DNA

Why is Catalonia so big in biomedicine?It's out of proportion with the size of the country. This in part is due to the long tradition of business, but also to the long tradition in medicine. There have...

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Power to the people?

Is populism good or bad? Despite its largely negative overtones, it must have something going for it to attract increasingly large numbers of voters all over Europe and the world. While today's populist...

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Let's think with our heads instead of our stomachs

Whatever your ethnicity or the language you speak, whether left, right, tall or stupid, there is one thing we all share: the need to eat. Food is a vital resource only edged off top spot by water. You...

On the road to recovery

What is the Graduate School of Economics?The GSE was founded 10 years ago. It was a joint project between the UAB and Pompeu Fabra and two research centres, CSIC and CREI. These were already collaborating...

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A very good year, or was it?

When I look back and ask myself if it has been a good year or not, I don't know what to think. The only thing I'm sure of when I think back over the past 12 months is how quickly it went. But that probably...