Opinion

Captured

I’m the only foreigner in the Catalan government,” Italian, Francesca Bria used to sometimes say when introducing herself to a public audience. In the two years leading up to the pandemic, her team’s...

Solidarity, but with whom?

More than three years ago the Parliament of Catalonia proclaimed independence. The Catalan Republic embodies values valid for universal progress. And it was another attempt to resolve the national conflict...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Heartache

I appreciate the way some Catalan friends possess, in their succinct English, the gift of getting to the nub of a matter.“If your body is making a noise,” says our doctor Marta, glad of the opportunity...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Virtually social

In the spirit of positivity that I vowed to maintain for this column since 2020 started so atrociously, I will endeavour to give parents a little comfort regarding their concerns over their offsprings’...

Long-term resident

THE UNREAl DEAL

Brexit has had the hallmark of silliness upon it as soon as illegally funded campaigns, barefaced lies and digital targeting by the now disgraced Facebook-rummaging company Cambridge Analytica cajoled...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

A troubled genius

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Long-term resident

Christ in a cracker

When you get to a certain age (in my case, mine) Christmas stops being a string of childhood memories replete with the excitement of guessing what’s in the presents under the tree that’s appeared in...

THE LAST WORD

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...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Lynx

When it comes home again for good (it may still be absent but remains deep in the DNA of this wild, wonderful country) I will rejoice.When, not if.The lynx, such a scarce, stunning creature, is emblematic...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Which language?

It’s that time of year where families re-adapt to the old routine after the school holidays. However, as we all know, this year will be different. After the challenges of most of 2020 to date, at least...