Opinion

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

DO YOU SEE YELLOW OR RED?

The copious, contentious colour yellow, Mr Sánchez. What does it mean to you? Do you see red?Vehement members of the parliamentary opposition in Catalonia persist in making a point of doing so. They and...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

BILL WOULD LOVE THIS

I need the beautiful game. More so now than ever. As I write this, on May 13th, I am somewhat exhausted having just watched Levante justifiably end Barça’s unbeaten run. But there is still so much still...

Long-term resident

KILLING FRANCO

Literary awards, from the Nobel on down, can be erratic to say the least. One year they give it to a work of genius (or to the genius in person); the next, to a book or an author that everybody will have...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

The travails of workmen

This week we had the joy of a visit from someone whose job description in English would be that of plumber, given that his work entails fixing household water installations, although the following observations...

Are megacities the publiC LABORATORIES of the 21st century?

We often think of 21st century megacities as built-up, dehumanised environments with digital technology controlling the urban systems and even the inhabitants. Yet that is not necessarily the case. Look...

from the editor

Tips for a healthy lifestyle

We are what we eat, goes the old saying, and it looks as if we are more aware of this now than ever before. The internet alone gives us more information about healthy lifestyles and changing trends than...

THE LAST WORD

FINDING A WAY WITH WORDS

I have kids still in school and so I inevitably compare their educational experience with my own. Obviously, given that I went to school in another country and in another century, there are not many points...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Is that what you MEAN?

On 15 April a headline caught my eye in one of the local Catalan newspapers, and it did so for a reason that has become of increasing interest to me in recent times: ambiguity. What does this quote say...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

TIME TO DEFINE ME

I am, in a fundamental way, powerless. As a British passport holder who has resided in Catalonia for more than 15 years I have no electoral rights anywhere, save choosing my Priorat village council. The...

Long-term resident

SPECIAL EXPORT

Franco once famously said (in a meeting with foreign journalists towards the end of the Civil War) that ’Catalonia has been one of the fundamental causes of our uprising’. A ’cause’ he would deal...