Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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i NEED A MOBILE MECHANIC

There are over 2,200 cyberattacks a day, computer security company Norton estimates, which means there is a cyberattack somewhere on the internet about every 40 seconds. With cyberattacks on the rise,...

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Fighting the good fight

US World War II veteran Major Dick Winters is widely attributed with the quote: “Wars do not make men great, but they do bring out the greatness in good men.” Even if you’re lucky enough not to have...

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JUMPING through hoops

One of the most important events of Barcelona’s year returned on February 28, when the Catalan capital welcomed back the Mobile World Congress (MWC). Until March 3, Barcelona again became the centre...

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Carnival is Not for me

If there’s a festival I don’t get along with, it’s carnival. Before you call me a stick-in-the-mud, the main reason I don’t like the festival known here as Carnestoltes is due to a traumatic experience...

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mea maxima culpa

It’s hard to know what to do about the climate emergency. Whenever it comes up I feel under pressure to do something about it. I must say that dealing with what could be the single most urgent existential...

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The FRACTURE of the United States

In an unusual handover, held in the absence of the outgoing president and under threat of armed assault on the main government buildings of different states in the country, Joe Biden took office as the...

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Sound of silence

It’s early morning as I sit to write this and outside my window a tractor engine has been chugging away for about 15 minutes. The grape harvest is in full swing and so there’s plenty of activity where...

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The shirt off my back

The signs of summer are unmistakable. Swallows cavort outside my office window as they hunt flying insects trying to find a way into my house and feast on my blood. The neighbour’s kids make a racket...

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Behind the statistics

The quote about a single death being a tragedy, while a million deaths is a statistic is attributed to the dictator Joseph Stalin, and given that the former Soviet leader was responsible for taking the...