Opinion

THE LAST WORD

mea maxima culpa

It’s hard to know what to do about the climate emergency. Whenever it comes up I feel under pressure to do something about it. I must say that dealing with what could be the single most urgent existential...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

THE SLAP

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Long-term resident

A EURO FOR THE GUY

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HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Zero hope

I stare at the forest dominating my home. I breathe good air. I think of the trees and plants that are so much the face of Catalonia. I cannot see the coastal refineries around which so much life revolves,...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Point missed

Due to a condition I have had since childhood, I go to the hospital every eight weeks for a specialised treatment. I have therefore built up a relationship with the nurse who administers the treatment,...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

EQUALS on this Earth

Who says you get to decide anything about me? Do you know me? If I do you no harm, live my life peacefully, who says you get to target me with your intolerance, insults, violence?The question “What is...

Long-term resident

Broken it

Every few months, as any hypothetical regular readers of this column might know, the need is felt to blow off some heavily pressurised steam about Brexit, that event built on an illegally funded campaign...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Phile or phobe?

I speak Catalan, my wife was Catalan and my son is Catalan. I have made Catalonia my home. I have lived well here, and I am grateful for that, although I feel that the relationship is a balanced one, as...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Shining EXAMPLE

There is more than one way to see the light.Nightly, without fail, one of us trails through the olive grove, a Cyclops with feeble head torch, to give the pony her last feed and a loving pat. The valley...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Clear as mud

I often think a huge gulf must exist between the thought processes I follow and those of my native co-residents of Catalonia, which is where much of the content of this column has come from over the years,...