Opinion

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...

Long-term resident

GROUNDHOG

Not long after the Catalans lost the War of Spanish Succession in 1714, a Castilian functionary called José Patiño reported that the losers ’spoke and wrote only in Catalan, without making much use...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

THE WORLD’S BEST CITY

Areport in a British broadsheet at the end of April provided further proof, if it were needed, of what a wonderful city Catalonia’s capital is. Barcelona claimed top spot in the largest independent destination...

THE LAST WORD

i NEED A MOBILE MECHANIC

There are over 2,200 cyberattacks a day, computer security company Norton estimates, which means there is a cyberattack somewhere on the internet about every 40 seconds. With cyberattacks on the rise,...

Long-term resident

CRUELTY AND THE BEAST

In last month’s issue, Martin Kirby mentioned a book called ‘The Ravine’, a history of the massacres at the Babyn Yar ravine (now inside Kyiv’s city limits) during World War II, where the Germans...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

A TELLING VICTORY

It is a communication paradigm to match Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. I cannot believe I just wrote that, but I have to come to accept it. Humble pie. I still loathe it in so many ways,...

Long-term resident

THE BEAUTIFUL CITY

On the road from Kyiv’s airport to the heart of the city, which I visited in 2016, I first saw thick snow-covered forest stretching for uncountable kilometres on both sides, then glimpses of the enormously...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

LA MEMORIA

We walk past small ledges chiselled into a swell of red sandstone almost every day. Deep in the valley there is a narrow divide where the track runs between two dusty, ruby walls of sedimentary rock sculptured...