Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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Finding a place of refuge

Before I go on to earn your contempt as a bleeding-heart liberal and a social justice warrior who puts political correctness before common sense, let me start by saying I don't think we should let just...

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Bringing the kids on board

We all know how important learning English is today in places like Catalonia. If you want to get anywhere in today's world you need English to do so. Business, education, leisure, travel, the internet,...

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CATchat podcast: it's about Catalonia, not cats!

The modern world is all about the flow of information and communication exchanged over the internet and, more often than not, for free. As a result, in the past few years we have seen a proliferation of...

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A look at the art scene

What is Fundació Gaspar?Fundació Gaspar is an NGO that aims to promote contemporary art in Barcelona. We want to fill a gap and complement the other art institutions by bringing relevant international...

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Sport for all

Sport for All” is a much-used slogan for public awareness campaigns to encourage people to get more active and do some exercise, but it's not as easy as that. “Lose weight”, “Stop smoking” “Eat...

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The 'problem' with ageing

Very few people look forward to getting old, and the reasons are so obvious that there is little point in listing them here. Entire societies can age, too, and ours is doing just that every day that passes....

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The spoils of war

The Catalans are famous for their national celebration of the worst defeat in the country's history. Yet, there was something so momentous about the fall of Barcelona in September 1714 that to allow it...

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Go with the flow

Most of my memories from school are best forgotten, but one thing I remember learning is that the Earth has a lot of water. Yet on this veritable water world only 2.5% is fresh water, the rest, the trillions...

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What's the point of history?

The other day, my son, who was struggling with his homework, asked me: “What's the point of history?” I would have liked another question, but felt I had to have a stab at an answer. I told him that...