Opinion

Long-term resident

Days of yore

In 1914, when my maternal grandmother was a teenager, Britain ruled over 412 million people, who lived on almost one quarter of the world’s surface. In 1969, when I was twelve and she was in her sixties,...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Catalans and Cowboys

The question may not be asked, but the puzzlement is often etched on faces – why did we choose to live here in The Priorat, a thousand miles from all we knew?It has a great deal to do with cowboys.On...

Animal FEELINGS

Can horses feel shame? Do deer grieve for their dead? Why do roosters deceive hens?What about humpback whales that act as if they’re grateful, adulterous magpies or pigs that have learnt their own names?These...

State power and CATALANOPHOBIA

Complex phenomena are more straightforward in their infancy, and social institutions are better understood through examples from the past. For instance, how is elite rule enforced? Thucydides, the Athenian...

random thoughts

Year of the Selfie

The past 12 months might go down in history as a ’selfie’ year; Selfie with a capital ’S’. We take endless photographs of ourselves, our faces, our bodies, our food and our clothes and send them...

THE LAST WORD

Crime and PUNISHMENT

Text del art d’en Neil

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Rhythm

How I need the rhythm. From listening to my heart, literally finger on pulse when my head begins to bully, to the familiarities, smiles and constancy of Priorat community and nature.I find such comfort...

Long-term resident

The Roaring Twenties

1920 saw the births of the novelist Joan Perucho and the socialist leader Josep Pallach in Catalonia, of filmmaker Federico Fellini in Italy, the writer Charles Bukowski in America, along with the actors...

Long-term resident

Dear Lloyd

AN OPEN LETTER TO LLOYD MILEN, BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL FOR CATALONIA, ARAGON AND ANDORRA.

Generation Precarious

I saw the best minds of my generation” being dog-walkers or asking ’Would you like fries with that?’”This may well be the sentiment of plenty of young people under the age of 30 across the developed...