Martin Kirby

Martin Kirby

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Flashes of brilliance

There were deliciously dodgy moments, large helpings of pluck and - startlingly - some blinding brilliance, until the storm suddenly broke and nigh on a thousand people scattered in all directions.The...

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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...

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BILL WOULD LOVE THIS

I need the beautiful game. More so now than ever. As I write this, on May 13th, I am somewhat exhausted having just watched Levante justifiably end Barça’s unbeaten run. But there is still so much still...

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TIME TO DEFINE ME

I am, in a fundamental way, powerless. As a British passport holder who has resided in Catalonia for more than 15 years I have no electoral rights anywhere, save choosing my Priorat village council. The...

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TUSHA

April is my life-change month.I married my partner Maggie on Sant Jordi, 25 years ago this year. Words will never sum up how significant and profoundly emotional the day of roses and books is to me for...

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GOODBYE NOELA

I am a damn fool. I should have recorded her words. Noela, the mother of one of our dearest friends, has died. She is a case in point, one uncomfortably close to home, of why we simply must find a way.Widow...

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Clean up Catalonia TODAY

We weaved down the mountain roads to the sea today, on a mission, four adults and one nine-year-old girl. I can barely type this because my hands are still so cold; almost as cold as my spirits. But I...

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WHAT I WISH FOR

I stand in my usual spot, beneath where the blue tit sings. The almost white branches of the walnut tree are leafless and I can see the little bird. It is my upbeat dawn rhythm. I am on my way to our old...

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MARTIN KIRBY

The Pong Papers

The only thing wrong with the Paradise Papers – the pongy revelations of (quelle surprise) nauseating greed by some morally bankrupt, tax-dodging mega-mega rich – is the name.Paradise, fundamentally,...