Opinion

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,...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

OUT OF THE BLUE

A true story for 5 to 105-year olds, to take us away from the exhausting human race for a vital moment.Once upon a time there was a very sad fruit.It was a very pretty and unusual fruit in the shape of...

Long-term resident

CYCLES

It’s becoming increasingly hard to second-guess the near future of Catalonia (this autumn promises to be especially turbulent, what with a massive demonstration on September 11th to call for the establishment...

Cap Roig

Stars in the Gardens

The Cap Roig festival is one of the country’s top summer music events and this year’s edition includes a total of 28 performances from some dozen top international artists, another dozen Spanish musical...

WORK, MONEY, MACHINES

My twin brother is a poet. Usually when I tell my adult English students this they ask me how he is able to survive economically.They are always surprised when I say that Australia has an unemployment...

INDEPENDENCE AND SOLIDARITY

The vast majority of the Spanish media have for years been carrying out an enormous campaign of misinformation and lies with regard to the historical, political and economic reality of Catalonia. Therefore,...

random thoughts

giving thanks for July beauty

Dear reader, I hope you don’t mind if I play a little word-game with you? No? Then close your eyes, and say the word ’July’, and wait. What comes into your mind? For me, it is the words of the poet...

Long-term resident

SUMMER OF TRUMP

This summer, whether you be hiking in mountainous areas, lolling about in a sea or visiting the foreign capital of your choice, one thing is certain: you’ll be hearing about Donald Trump. He has never...

THE LAST WORD

WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER PLANS?

A question I’ve heard a lot recently is “What are your plans for the summer?” I assume people are interested to know and are not just finding out when I won’t be at home so they can rob my house....

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

GOING DOWN THE PUB

I’ll be spending some time visiting friends and family in England this summer. It’s something we’ve done consistently over the years, allowing us to also escape the Mediterranean heat. We’ll be...