Opinion

DEMOCRATIC SHAME

Just over a year ago, the Catalan Republic was proclaimed on October 27. The proclamation was valid according to international law, being made by the majority of a democratically elected parliament after...

random thoughts

Getting ready for the big day

December is different for everyone. Some people begin lamenting the lights going on in the towns three weeks before the 25th. Yet, others rejoice. So much today is divided, whether it is politics, referendums,...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

AFTER THE FEAST IS OVER

It’s that time of year again, when the whole family get together in one place and try and get along for a whole or most of a day. At least, that’s the cultural tradition in both my adopted and native...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

MARTA’S TABLE

We have spent days helping to clear the little farmhouse on the hill. Chattels and wares have been draining from it for days, one car-load at a time, the parting painfully long.It has been a lighthouse,...

Long-term resident

IN THE PEN

The Catalan writer and broadcaster Àngel Casas has just brought out a collection of anti-Christmas poems, which I haven’t yet read but which I imagine echo the complaints about this annual festival...

from the editor

Making the most of the autumn season

October was generous with rain and that’s good news for mushroom hunters: humidity means lots of mushrooms in November. Mushroom hunting is one of the most popular pastimes, and mycologists agree this...

THE LAST WORD

View from the outside

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THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

In with the new

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HEADING FOR THE HILLS

BEACONS OF LIGHT

There are two great houses in our small town. In one I am never lost for words, in the other I struggle to find them. They stand tall, side by side on the lip of the old quarter, heightened by the drop...

Long-term resident

PRICK UP HIS EARS

Foreigners giving even just a cursory glance at Spanish politics will know that in June of this year, the right-wing Popular Party (PP) was ousted from power thanks to a vote of no confidence tabled by...