Opinion

THE LAST WORD

PART OF THE PROCESS

According to the organisers of last year’s September 11 pro-independence march in Barcelona, some 400,000 people turned out on the streets of the capital to celebrate Catalonia’s national day and demand...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

PARADISE FOUND

Regular readers will know that I’ve lived here in Catalonia for some time. Not as long as some others who contribute to this magazine, but pretty long, nevertheless. Twenty-seven years, in fact, or half...

Long-term resident

FEELING THE HEAT

For decades, our eyes and ears have been brought up to think of summer as a season in which anything romantic and/or exciting might happen. In the film ‘Summertime’ (1955), a lonely Katherine Hepburn...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

THE FIERY TRUTH

The thirsty fledgling blackbird sitting on my water bucket finally plucks up the courage to fly, just in the nick of time as the two farm cats home in on it. It instinctively heads from the shade of the...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

THE GOOD AND THE VILE

Pride and anguish, determination and despair. The people of our village sweated under a cloudless sky cleaning up the mess, the dire human detritus, left by mindless arses. It was a typical rural community...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

YOU CAN’T DO THAT HERE

Sometimes it feels like I’m not making a great deal of progress in my attempts to affect change in my adopted society with my sage, engaging and witty remarks in this column. One might even think Catalans...

Long-term resident

Touristdipity

After two years of touristic drought, Barcelona is once again flooded with summer holidaymakers. Tourism was, originally, a phenomenon created by the chinless wonders of the English middle classes in the...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Won’t mingle?

1 In this month’s column I’m going to address the concept of “mingling”. And the reason for this is I don’t find a satisfactory equivalent in Catalan or Spanish. And the reason for that is, it’s...

THE LAST WORD

HOW (NOT) TO GET ALONG

When your kids are small, you often find yourself discussing parenting with others in a similar predicament. As is my wont (or great failing as many would describe it), I always tried to inject a bit of...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

WORDS OF LOVE

With so many words and deeds of hate and violence in the world it was so good to hear words of love. Paraules d’amor floated on the warm Asian evening air, sowing timeless sweetness and affection, the...