Opinion

Long-term resident

Silly old coups

Who – if they’re as long in the tooth as myself, or longer – doesn’t remember the 1981 attempted coup d’état that once took place in the Kingdom of Spain? On February 23rd, at 2.30pm, six buses...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Empty threats

Marxem!” (We’re leaving!) “Ja esta, anem cap a casa de l’avia!” (That’s it, we’re going to grandma’s house!) “S’ha acabat!” (It’s over!) ”Ja no hi ha més!” (That’s it, no...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Root and branch

I have just been tended to by a tree surgeon. Yes, me, not our olives.It was a significant relief, a comprehensive sensory hour very well-spent (again) up the hill in the village.Well, I needed it: Sinusitis...

THE LAST WORD

Universal suffrage?

There are plenty of frustrating things about being a foreign resident, but the one that still smarts after so many years is not being able to vote. I’ve now lived in Catalonia longer than I did in my...

BLURRED lives

Without barely noticing it, we are routinely doing two things (or even more) at the same time. I don’t mean having the TV on in our houses, as Juan Goytisolo called it, “Spanishing on” in the background...

Unionist fraud in 2017 vote?

The contest between Catalan and Spanish institutions has been unequal, as any observer may grasp. Not without a certain amount of cynicism, some argue that any central state is entitled to use all means...

random thoughts

The Silence of the lambs

Dear reader, have you contemplated the expression ’the silence of the lambs’ and wondered what it meant? For me, it means ’a state of unknowing’.In April sunshine, under a clear blue sky, the little...

Long-term resident

THE DEVIL’S DETAILS

I confess that I found last-month’s world-circulated photograph of half an elected Catalan government, two civic leaders and the Speaker of the Catalan parliament lined up in Spain’s Supreme Court...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

DO OR DIE

Joe and Michael, two wise and wonderfully enthusiastic retired entomologists from the University of Illinois, came to our Priorat farm twelve years ago. They set traps in four remote places on the Serra...

from the editor

Europe’s – and Catalonia’s – sad history of exile

Exile has sadly been a frequent part of Europe’s history. For economic, religious and, above all, political reasons, many people have had to leave their homes and seek refuge in safe countries. It is...