Opinion

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

KALEIDOSCOPE

We call them the Mother’s Garden creatives. Mother’s Garden is the name of this little farm that sits on the fringe of the farmland butting up to forested crags of the Serra de Llaberia. The creatives...

random thoughts

Anticipation and opportunity

My random thoughts for July arrive in analogies, that is, comparisons between things that have similar features, often used to help explain a principle or an idea. The idea in this case is that, for me,...

Long-term resident

Time after time

Last month The Times of London published an editorial about the results of the Spanish general election, in which it described Vox as an ’ultra-nationalist party’ and Ciutadans as a fake centrist party...

Is the European Union mutating?

As an expression of the will of the majority of the Catalan people to be free of centuries of colonial oppression in Spain and to build a new democratic and social state on October 27, 2017, the Catalan...

The moment Britain changed

Who do you think said these words three days after the 2016 UK Brexit referendum, in an attempt to explain the result?“Waves of migration and globalised culture washed among us, eroding our sense of...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Servus!

I recently took advantage of a group of English friends spending a UK Bank Holiday weekend in Munich to return to the country I called home for two and a half years many moons ago. In fact, I lived in...

random thoughts

Food for the soul

What an amazing amount of advice we are given these days about what food we should or should not eat. There are the different major food groups – carbohydrates, fats and proteins – with limits on how...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Lament

The landowner surveyed the corner of the terrain to which he had long staked a claim. It was large. It rose steadily, enough to ache his legs and make him wise to its value. It was rich. There was a patch...

Long-term resident

Will

This month I’d thought of writing (again) about the trial of the Catalan political prisoners, but as this has now been reduced to an endless chorus of policemen whose pre-prepared statements about the...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Don’t get me started

With elections just gone, my natural instinct this month would have been to use this column to bemoan the fact that I can’t vote here despite having been a resident and taxpayer for over 20 years, but...