Opinion

Long-term resident

THE WAY WE ARE

The case of the four imprisoned Catalan politicians and civic leaders is, slowly but surely, garnering more international attention. Last month, lawyers working out of London, Barcelona and Paris - including...

THE LAST WORD

THE UNSUNG HEROES OF SPORT

Ever seen Sepak Takraw? What about elephant polo? Or even roller hockey, for that matter? They are all sports (the first is a type of hands-free volleyball played in southeast Asia, while the second is...

A VERY PERSONAL REASON

If you are a regular reader of this column you might remember several articles I’ve written in support of the public health system over the past few years.This month I have an interest that is particularly...

random thoughts

Stillness in a moving world

I don’t know if, when you read this, the snow will still be falling and piling up as it was last month, in February. I think it might be very possible, even though March is usually dominated by thoughts...

THE LAST WORD

MYTHS IN THE MAKING

Every country comes up with myths about itself. It is an unavoidable element of forging a national identity, even if the actual truth may be quite different. In fact, as everyone knows, it is the blend...

Long-term resident

PORRIDGE

Every weekend, the Catalan journalist Txell Bonet catches a high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid (a three-hour journey) together with her nine-month-old son. From the station, a friend or a taxi drives...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO HISTORY

We decided to have a change of atmosphere over the Christmas holidays in an attempt to escape the toxic environment created by the despicable implementation of Article 155 in this part of the world. As...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Clean up Catalonia TODAY

We weaved down the mountain roads to the sea today, on a mission, four adults and one nine-year-old girl. I can barely type this because my hands are still so cold; almost as cold as my spirits. But I...

from the editor

Challenges for the new year

In our main feature, Visions of the coming year, different specialists analyse some of the challenges for the new year in Catalonia and across the globe, in the fields of business, education, tourism,...

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GOD. BLOGGERER

I call myself an atheist because god has not been proven to any clear degree, but like other people I can enjoy certain things that are called “the spiritual”.I think the biggest mystery is to do with...