Opinion

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Whose flaw is that again?

Regular readers will be aware that I do not address the weightier issues of the world in this column, but rather strive to provide light-hearted reflections on what it’s like being a foreigner who has...

Long-term resident

THE WAY THEY WERE

For the last couple of years I’ve been working on a book about the father I never knew, that is to say, the one who existed before I was born and also during the three years or so when I was too little...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Don’t stop the music

I recently went with a friend to talk to the owner of a music café in Barcelona about whether we could play there so that our friends and family could come along and enjoy some live music performed by...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

UKRAINE’S BLOOD LANDS

Our Catalan farmhouse creaked in the wind like a galleon on the high seas as I climbed the wooden stairs into the cold loft. I was searching through old files for a cutting from 1991. The topic was the...

THE LAST WORD

JUMPING through hoops

One of the most important events of Barcelona’s year returned on February 28, when the Catalan capital welcomed back the Mobile World Congress (MWC). Until March 3, Barcelona again became the centre...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Spain is different

Over the past twenty plus years I have translated and revised academic articles for publication in international journals and papers for academic conferences. And I have done so successfully, with a very...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

The moment

I am an animal. The shiver between the shoulder blades crawls up my neck. The pound of my heart echoes in my ears and resonates down to my fingertips as I stop to haul in air. The going is getting tricky,...

Long-term resident

Visible man

A spectre is haunting Spain - that of a 70 year old man whose mask, dark glasses and perennial beret would make him look a bit like Claude Rains in the 1933 production of ‘The Invisible Man’, if he...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Eskerrik asko

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Long-term resident

It’s that man again

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