Black Friday sales in the centre of Girona.  ICONNA/ GLÒRIA SÁNCHEZ
tribune. Brett Hetherington

Are the best things in life no longer free?

Just last month we witnessed the latest craze to arrive from the USA. Without any doubt, the Black Friday sales will now become an annual event and will almost certainly grow in intensity each year. If...

random thoughts. terry parris

Bringing back the past

I'm a firm believer in the importance of living in the present moment, resisting thoughts of the past, and the yearning to know the future; the children's eternal 'què farem ara?'Nevertheless, the past,...

Tribune. Edgar Illas
Professor of Catalan culture and literature at the University of Indiana

Shakespeare in the supermarket

In Indiana every Saturday morning, my son and I go shopping while my wife stays at home doing housework. At nine, we go to the farmer's market to buy lettuce, chard, potatoes, onions and bread. After that,...

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marcela topor

A year of politics and corruption

Looking back through the archives, you realise that 2014 was not just any year. Firstly, major historic events took place. Europe saw the rise of national self-determination movements in Scotland and Catalonia....

. Lluís Romero

The edifying truths of independence

We live at the end of the line; the power line. It is strung from old poles through pine woods, above a barranc crowded with dry cane, down into another far deeper ravine and out again. Winter can mean...

. Lluís Romero

Barça and the beautiful game

Given the fact that from the beginning of November I started hosting a football chat show on Punt d'Avui TV, this may be an appropriate time to discuss how the beautiful game is seen here compared to other...

. Lluís Romero
Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Warming up

When waiting in London's Gatwick airport for the plane home, I never know what to bring back with me, seeing as how all English products can now be found in Catalonia (except fudge). I usually end up buying...

marcela topor. mtopor@cataloniatoday.cat

The project to turn English into Catalonia's third language continues

The situation of English today is not the same as 10 years ago. Even if the socio-linguistic objective of establishing a third language in Catalonia has not yet been fulfilled, there has nevertheless been...

random thoughts. terry parris

Motor cyclists from Romania

You have to be very valiant to ride a motor bike if you have cerebral palsy. This was the conclusion I reached when two men arrived at my house this morning and rang my bell. My cleaning lady and friend...

tribune. NEIL STOKES

Voting in the 21st century

I have a confession to make. No, it's not what you think. In fact, it's worse: I did not vote in the November 9 participative process. In my defence, it would be better to express it as I still haven't...