Opinion

Long-term resident

Time after time

Last month The Times of London published an editorial about the results of the Spanish general election, in which it described Vox as an ’ultra-nationalist party’ and Ciutadans as a fake centrist party...

Is the European Union mutating?

As an expression of the will of the majority of the Catalan people to be free of centuries of colonial oppression in Spain and to build a new democratic and social state on October 27, 2017, the Catalan...

The moment Britain changed

Who do you think said these words three days after the 2016 UK Brexit referendum, in an attempt to explain the result?“Waves of migration and globalised culture washed among us, eroding our sense of...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Servus!

I recently took advantage of a group of English friends spending a UK Bank Holiday weekend in Munich to return to the country I called home for two and a half years many moons ago. In fact, I lived in...

random thoughts

Food for the soul

What an amazing amount of advice we are given these days about what food we should or should not eat. There are the different major food groups – carbohydrates, fats and proteins – with limits on how...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Lament

The landowner surveyed the corner of the terrain to which he had long staked a claim. It was large. It rose steadily, enough to ache his legs and make him wise to its value. It was rich. There was a patch...

Long-term resident

Will

This month I’d thought of writing (again) about the trial of the Catalan political prisoners, but as this has now been reduced to an endless chorus of policemen whose pre-prepared statements about the...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Don’t get me started

With elections just gone, my natural instinct this month would have been to use this column to bemoan the fact that I can’t vote here despite having been a resident and taxpayer for over 20 years, but...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Sometimes numb

Well, yes, I am convinced there are more than two.There is the real world. The scent of pine. Seasons. Foot and hoof prints. Bricks and mortar. Heartburn. Birdsong and butterfly wings. Thunder. The circle...

WOMEN I admire

It took the love of an extraordinary woman for me to start becoming aware. Aware of the huge continuous struggle and achievements of women in a world that makes it all so much harder than it usually is...