Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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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...

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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...