Opinion

Long-term resident

MONEY for old rope

One unusual piece of local news that doesn’t seem to have made it into the foreign media is the gift that the parties which currently hold sway in Andalusia have decided to make to Valencia and Catalonia:...

Who are the ENGLISH?

This summer while we on the continent of Europe are enjoying doing whatever we can afford to do under the Mediterranean sun, we should all spare a thought for the English and their other Brit cousins.They...

Madrid’s colonial attitude

Not a few foreigners are puzzled by the Catalans relentless independence movement. In fact, visiting Catalonia, with Barcelona at its forefront, offers glimpses of a wealthy colourful western region. Furthermore,...

THE LAST WORD

The golden oldies

Looking through this month’s guide to some of the music festivals and cultural events taking place in Catalonia this summer (pages 20-35), I got to thinking about the 27 Club. That is that group of artists...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

DOING IT FOR THE KIDS

I went for a wander on my own for Sant Joan this year. I don’t normally go out on June 23 due to my aversion to what I deem to be unnecessary loud noise and my general intolerance of mischief, these...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

KALEIDOSCOPE

We call them the Mother’s Garden creatives. Mother’s Garden is the name of this little farm that sits on the fringe of the farmland butting up to forested crags of the Serra de Llaberia. The creatives...

random thoughts

Anticipation and opportunity

My random thoughts for July arrive in analogies, that is, comparisons between things that have similar features, often used to help explain a principle or an idea. The idea in this case is that, for me,...

Long-term resident

Time after time

Last month The Times of London published an editorial about the results of the Spanish general election, in which it described Vox as an ’ultra-nationalist party’ and Ciutadans as a fake centrist party...

Is the European Union mutating?

As an expression of the will of the majority of the Catalan people to be free of centuries of colonial oppression in Spain and to build a new democratic and social state on October 27, 2017, the Catalan...

The moment Britain changed

Who do you think said these words three days after the 2016 UK Brexit referendum, in an attempt to explain the result?“Waves of migration and globalised culture washed among us, eroding our sense of...