Opinion

Cap Roig

Stars in the Gardens

The Cap Roig festival is one of the country’s top summer music events and this year’s edition includes a total of 28 performances from some dozen top international artists, another dozen Spanish musical...

WORK, MONEY, MACHINES

My twin brother is a poet. Usually when I tell my adult English students this they ask me how he is able to survive economically.They are always surprised when I say that Australia has an unemployment...

INDEPENDENCE AND SOLIDARITY

The vast majority of the Spanish media have for years been carrying out an enormous campaign of misinformation and lies with regard to the historical, political and economic reality of Catalonia. Therefore,...

random thoughts

giving thanks for July beauty

Dear reader, I hope you don’t mind if I play a little word-game with you? No? Then close your eyes, and say the word ’July’, and wait. What comes into your mind? For me, it is the words of the poet...

Long-term resident

SUMMER OF TRUMP

This summer, whether you be hiking in mountainous areas, lolling about in a sea or visiting the foreign capital of your choice, one thing is certain: you’ll be hearing about Donald Trump. He has never...

THE LAST WORD

WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER PLANS?

A question I’ve heard a lot recently is “What are your plans for the summer?” I assume people are interested to know and are not just finding out when I won’t be at home so they can rob my house....

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

GOING DOWN THE PUB

I’ll be spending some time visiting friends and family in England this summer. It’s something we’ve done consistently over the years, allowing us to also escape the Mediterranean heat. We’ll be...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

DO YOU SEE YELLOW OR RED?

The copious, contentious colour yellow, Mr Sánchez. What does it mean to you? Do you see red?Vehement members of the parliamentary opposition in Catalonia persist in making a point of doing so. They and...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

BILL WOULD LOVE THIS

I need the beautiful game. More so now than ever. As I write this, on May 13th, I am somewhat exhausted having just watched Levante justifiably end Barça’s unbeaten run. But there is still so much still...

Long-term resident

KILLING FRANCO

Literary awards, from the Nobel on down, can be erratic to say the least. One year they give it to a work of genius (or to the genius in person); the next, to a book or an author that everybody will have...