Opinion

THE LAST WORD

History in the making

Although history is happening all around us all the time, it’s not often we realise it. We are naturally caught up in our day-to-day existences, and we can feel we have no choice but to leave a lot of...

Long-term resident

ALIVE

On September 20th, 2017, Spanish Civil Guards raided the Catalan Ministry of the Economy, searching for material related to the independence referendum scheduled for October 1st. A spontaneous demonstration...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

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...

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,...