Opinion

Long-term resident

IS NOTHING SACRED?

There are three hoary old chestnuts that never fail to get rolled out in the weeks before Christmas, about the same time as the torrons and pannetoni – typical Yuletide foods - are stacked up in industrial...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

MAKES ME WONDER

We made our way slowly north through the steep Priorat valleys adorned with crimson and amber leaves - that year end enchantment of patchwork vineyards, almond and hazel groves and cherry orchards flaming...

THE LAST WORD

mea maxima culpa

It’s hard to know what to do about the climate emergency. Whenever it comes up I feel under pressure to do something about it. I must say that dealing with what could be the single most urgent existential...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

THE SLAP

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Long-term resident

A EURO FOR THE GUY

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HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Zero hope

I stare at the forest dominating my home. I breathe good air. I think of the trees and plants that are so much the face of Catalonia. I cannot see the coastal refineries around which so much life revolves,...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Point missed

Due to a condition I have had since childhood, I go to the hospital every eight weeks for a specialised treatment. I have therefore built up a relationship with the nurse who administers the treatment,...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

EQUALS on this Earth

Who says you get to decide anything about me? Do you know me? If I do you no harm, live my life peacefully, who says you get to target me with your intolerance, insults, violence?The question “What is...

Long-term resident

Broken it

Every few months, as any hypothetical regular readers of this column might know, the need is felt to blow off some heavily pressurised steam about Brexit, that event built on an illegally funded campaign...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Phile or phobe?

I speak Catalan, my wife was Catalan and my son is Catalan. I have made Catalonia my home. I have lived well here, and I am grateful for that, although I feel that the relationship is a balanced one, as...