Catalonia Today

THE LAST WORD

NOWHERE TO GO

The negative effects of the pandemic are many and serious. Apart from the thousands who have died or become ill, others have lost earnings or jobs, while entire sectors have been blighted. Meanwhile, the...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Watershed

I have stood many times on the red rock by the river, deep in the winter shadows. The sun never touches the base of this Priorat valley during the shortest days of the year. It can be unnervingly quiet...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

POWER to the people

The Irish satirist Jonathan Swift penned Gulliver’s Travels in 1726, that is, almost 300 years ago. Many people know only the first two parts - Gulliver’s voyages to Lilliput, where he is a giant among...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

David and Goliath

David is looking you full in the eye. Do not look away.You know me a little by now. I am, fundamentally, just like you. I love my family beyond words. I need and appreciate community. Living a loving,...

Long-term resident

Hell’s kitchen

As I write, scandal after scandal is bubbling its way up out of the darker conduits of the Spanish state, revealing a network of corruption, dirty tricks, coercion, blackmail, and illegal funding that...

THE LAST WORD

Sophie’s CHOICE

I wouldn’t bother. They’re all as bad as each other.” This was the sage advice given to me by my Nan in 1987 after I wondered out loud who I should vote for in my first ever UK general election....

THE LAST WORD

TRY before you buy

The media is great at showing us interesting people we will never meet, fascinating places we might never visit, or surprising experiences we would never imagine doing. You watch a documentary on scuba...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Fluency versus accuracy

In my work as a language and communication coach I endeavour to help my clients understand the difference between speed and fluency as communicators, and the need to monitor the former when we speak so...

Long-term resident

Universal WHINGE

There are days when the personal and the political mesh in a way that can only be described as immensely depressing. Days when I get tired of living in a state which locks people in jail cells for 22 hours...