Opinion

Long-term resident

Dear Lloyd

AN OPEN LETTER TO LLOYD MILEN, BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL FOR CATALONIA, ARAGON AND ANDORRA.

Generation Precarious

I saw the best minds of my generation” being dog-walkers or asking ’Would you like fries with that?’”This may well be the sentiment of plenty of young people under the age of 30 across the developed...

RACE TO THE CORE

Confirmed: China is now, in real terms, the world’s single largest economy, having overtaken the US in 2013 and the EU in 2016 – and keeps growing at an annual 6-7% rate, while developed countries...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Seascape

Thirty years ago I was on an express train. It was November 10th and I was about to have a front row view of history, just as I sense is happening to me now.The Hanover to Munich service was on schedule,...

random thoughts

What you see is what you get

There’s a saying, “What you see is what you get”, but do we always see correctly?We’ve had rats in our house recently; one or even two woodland rats, and they are very big! Our house is in a beautiful...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Watershed

Dear A,Good to hear from you in the UK. We are alright, thank you, and glad to hear you are too. The comment about the prevalent political problems affecting us is, indeed, pertinent. We are distressed.We...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Of course, sir

Tourism is booming in Barcelona, despite three notable factors: one, the terrorist attacks of just two years ago; two, the so-called “tourism-phobia” that has gripped the city in recent years and seen...

Long-term resident

Lies, damned lies

When the October 14th sentencing of Catalonia’s political prisoners was reported in England, my 92 year old aunt - who normally has as much contact with Catalonia as I do with the waters of the Limpopo...

Long-term resident

Theatre of cruelty

Every Catalan knows we’re in for a rough ride in October. There’ll be the anniversary of the October 1st 2017 referendum, in which large numbers of peaceful voters were punched and battered by Spanish...

’Natsukashi’

This morning, with the dying of this summer and noticing the shortening of the hours of light in the evening, I remembered that exactly two decades ago I went with my new wife to live in the city of Kyoto,...