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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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HEADING FOR THE HILLS

The quiet saviours

This keeps happening. I am at a loss to know why... The most recent, received this week - Are you the same Martin Kirby who wrote Arterial Embolization for Primary Postpartum Haemorrhage in the 2009 Journal...

Long-term resident

IS NOTHING SACRED?

There are three hoary old chestnuts that never fail to get rolled out in the weeks before Christmas, about the same time as the torrons and pannetoni – typical Yuletide foods - are stacked up in industrial...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

MAKES ME WONDER

We made our way slowly north through the steep Priorat valleys adorned with crimson and amber leaves - that year end enchantment of patchwork vineyards, almond and hazel groves and cherry orchards flaming...

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mea maxima culpa

It’s hard to know what to do about the climate emergency. Whenever it comes up I feel under pressure to do something about it. I must say that dealing with what could be the single most urgent existential...