Opinion

random thoughts

What you see is what you get

There’s a saying, “What you see is what you get”, but do we always see correctly?We’ve had rats in our house recently; one or even two woodland rats, and they are very big! Our house is in a beautiful...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Watershed

Dear A,Good to hear from you in the UK. We are alright, thank you, and glad to hear you are too. The comment about the prevalent political problems affecting us is, indeed, pertinent. We are distressed.We...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Of course, sir

Tourism is booming in Barcelona, despite three notable factors: one, the terrorist attacks of just two years ago; two, the so-called “tourism-phobia” that has gripped the city in recent years and seen...

Long-term resident

Lies, damned lies

When the October 14th sentencing of Catalonia’s political prisoners was reported in England, my 92 year old aunt - who normally has as much contact with Catalonia as I do with the waters of the Limpopo...

Long-term resident

Theatre of cruelty

Every Catalan knows we’re in for a rough ride in October. There’ll be the anniversary of the October 1st 2017 referendum, in which large numbers of peaceful voters were punched and battered by Spanish...

’Natsukashi’

This morning, with the dying of this summer and noticing the shortening of the hours of light in the evening, I remembered that exactly two decades ago I went with my new wife to live in the city of Kyoto,...

A Singing revolution in Catalonia?

With a population just below that of Barcelona, at around 1.5m inhabitants, Estonia is one of the EU’s less inhabited countries. Furthermore, together with its two southern Baltic neighbours, Lithuania...

random thoughts

Language

The British Prime Minister has said repeatedly that he’d “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask for a delay in the deadline for leaving Europe. Of course, he’s speaking about Brexit. And now that...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Reasonable expectations

I was recently having a chat with an acquaintance from another country who mentioned she was in a parents’ Whatsapp group for her child’s school and at the beginning the Catalan parents had made a...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Living with Bubo

You know that queasy feeling that you are being watched? Of course you do.But I’m not talking about deep State or online data capture. This is about the unnerving sense that non casual, uncomfortably...