Opinion

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...

BREXIT BLUES

My wife and I are just a few weeks away from being what amounts to illegals in a country (in fact, an entire continent) where we have lived for the last 4,600 days.Both of us having a British parent has...

THE RECOGNITION OF THE CATALAN REPUBLIC

Spain has launched a trial against independence leaders in which monstrous penalties of up to 25 years in prison are requested for events that several European courts consider were not even crimes. Indeed,...

random thoughts

A home is more than just a house

I’m going to begin this article with a question: What is the difference between a house and a home?I think we have all experienced situations, at some time or other, that would provide the answer, such...

from the editor

The most significant trial in Catalonia’s history

This month sees the beginning of the most significant criminal trial in Catalonia’s history, which takes Catalan, Spanish and European politics into a new stage. Our main feature, A country on trial,...

THE LAST WORD

COURTROOM CARNIVAL

February is carnival month, the time of year that is all about spectacle and people on the streets, a time when it is okay to make a noise and draw attention to yourself. So, the ideal month for the trial...

random thoughts

Postcard moments

February brings the snow,Makes our feet and fingers glow.’Well, I’ve just been out but there was no snow, although threatened, and since I forgot my gloves, my fingers are certainly not glowing, they’re...

Long-term resident

YEAR OF THE KANGAROO

This month will see the start of what must be some of the oddest judicial proceedings in what used to be called the free world. Nine political prisoners will be put on trial together, some of them for...