Opinion

Long-term resident

Will

This month I’d thought of writing (again) about the trial of the Catalan political prisoners, but as this has now been reduced to an endless chorus of policemen whose pre-prepared statements about the...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Don’t get me started

With elections just gone, my natural instinct this month would have been to use this column to bemoan the fact that I can’t vote here despite having been a resident and taxpayer for over 20 years, but...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Sometimes numb

Well, yes, I am convinced there are more than two.There is the real world. The scent of pine. Seasons. Foot and hoof prints. Bricks and mortar. Heartburn. Birdsong and butterfly wings. Thunder. The circle...

WOMEN I admire

It took the love of an extraordinary woman for me to start becoming aware. Aware of the huge continuous struggle and achievements of women in a world that makes it all so much harder than it usually is...

random thoughts

The world white with May

I think, dear Reader, that by now you know that I love quotations. Two recently have kept recurring in my mind. The first is Tennyson’s ’Blow trumpets, the world is white with May’. Pondering this,...

THE LAST WORD

Playing at Punditry

I’m one of those football fans who likes the game, and in fact still plays, but only keeps a cursory eye on fixtures, results and signings. However, that changes when it comes to those peak moments in...

Geography and the Catalan conflict

In the early 21st century, several popular authors espoused the view that today’s unprecedentedly cheap and fast communications would act as a global equaliser, allowing companies located anywhere in...

Long-term resident

Silly old coups

Who – if they’re as long in the tooth as myself, or longer – doesn’t remember the 1981 attempted coup d’état that once took place in the Kingdom of Spain? On February 23rd, at 2.30pm, six buses...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Empty threats

Marxem!” (We’re leaving!) “Ja esta, anem cap a casa de l’avia!” (That’s it, we’re going to grandma’s house!) “S’ha acabat!” (It’s over!) ”Ja no hi ha més!” (That’s it, no...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Root and branch

I have just been tended to by a tree surgeon. Yes, me, not our olives.It was a significant relief, a comprehensive sensory hour very well-spent (again) up the hill in the village.Well, I needed it: Sinusitis...