Opinion

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Cash? Really?

I was recently forced to interact with an estate agency here in Barcelona, something I try and avoid as much as possible, due to my natural aversion to money-grabbing parasites. Is that a bit harsh? Maybe,...

random thoughts

Sudden gold

There’s a poem called ’In a Young Time’ by Gerard Benson that I particularly like. It was published as part of ’Poems on the Underground’, by ’Transport for London’ to inspire the passengers:“In...

The great human paella

Walk around any medium sized town in this part of the world and you will see something different.Compared to say, Britain or the USA, here on the average wall in public places there is a lot of space that...

Obstacles to a solution

The no confidence vote that made Socialist leader, Pedro Sánchez, president of the Spanish government has created expectations of progress in the Catalonia-Spain conflict. Yet, readers should know that...

random thoughts

An unwelcome visitor

On BBC television there is a programme where a well-known person tells a fantastic tale, and the others have to decide if it is true or false. I wonder, dear reader, what you think about something that...

THE LAST WORD

Studying outside the box

I only recently found out that the term ’nini’, used to refer to a young person who neither studies nor works (Ni estudia Ni treballa), is ’neet’ (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) in...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

STUCK IN THE PAST

It’s a common phenomenon as we age: we look back on our childhoods with rose-tinted glasses, pining for a youth our memories endow with an unrealistically positive hue. If you’re a Britalan like me,...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

OUT OF THE BLUE

A true story for 5 to 105-year olds, to take us away from the exhausting human race for a vital moment.Once upon a time there was a very sad fruit.It was a very pretty and unusual fruit in the shape of...

Long-term resident

CYCLES

It’s becoming increasingly hard to second-guess the near future of Catalonia (this autumn promises to be especially turbulent, what with a massive demonstration on September 11th to call for the establishment...

Cap Roig

Stars in the Gardens

The Cap Roig festival is one of the country’s top summer music events and this year’s edition includes a total of 28 performances from some dozen top international artists, another dozen Spanish musical...