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THE MOST VIOLENT TOWN

In a police report recently published by El Mundo newspaper, the Guardia Civil attributed some 315 acts of violence between September and November last year to pro-independence supporters. The town where...

THIS BOY’S LIFE

It’s a great relief to read something as authentic as this memoir of Tobias Wolff’s childhood.In 2018, when (even for adults) predictable superhero and action movies are dominating the western world’s...

WHO HARMS THE CATALAN ECONOMY?

The Spanish government, not content with intervening and stifling the finances of the Catalan Administration, claims with its enormous propaganda machinery that the Catalan independence process has damaged...

random thoughts

Thank goodness April is here!

Normally, in other years, I’ve only to hear the word ’April’ and thoughts of Spring immediately arise: golden daffodils, nesting birds, lambs making incredible leaps of joy, and so on. However, this...

Long-term resident

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

In the ‘Eighties, when I was in my twenties, like many others I listened to a lot of punk rock, starting with the Sex Pistols’ scream of ‘God save the Queen/And the Fascist regime’, through to...

THE LAST WORD

SANT JORDI V ST GEORGE

As you can see from Joe Hogan’s excellent article on the origins of Saint George on pages 24 and 25, the religious figure famous for saving princesses from dragons is revered all over the world. For...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Hospitals and health

Given recent events in my life, it seems only natural to write about health this month. In fact, as I have had an auto-immune disease since adolescence, I have extensive experience of hospitals, doctors...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

TUSHA

April is my life-change month.I married my partner Maggie on Sant Jordi, 25 years ago this year. Words will never sum up how significant and profoundly emotional the day of roses and books is to me for...

from the editor

Celebrating Catalonia’s sporting talent

In a country that is home to one of the best football clubs in the world, there is still room for excellence in other sports, even if they might not be as popular among the general public. In fact, Catalan...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

GOODBYE NOELA

I am a damn fool. I should have recorded her words. Noela, the mother of one of our dearest friends, has died. She is a case in point, one uncomfortably close to home, of why we simply must find a way.Widow...