Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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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...

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2015's unfinished business

At my age it's hard to remember what you had for breakfast, never mind what happened 12 months ago. That's why I love a review of the year, to jog the memory and bring myself up to date. So, I hope you...

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Who needs Netflix?

If you read our report on the long-awaited arrival of Netflix in this country, on pages 36 and 37 (if not, go back and do so; I'll wait for you here), you may well be excited at finally getting to share...

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Not one to miss out on

So, finally the moment of truth is almost upon us. Soon the long-awaited September 27 elections will be here and voters in Catalonia will get a (sort of) chance to decide the future of the country. Naturally,...