Catalonia Today

THE LAST WORD

“Preposterous arrogance”

It’s good to talk, they say, but there’s no arguing with some people. Talking is generally seen as the best solution to conflict, whether between individuals, organisations or even countries. We only...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Happy to help, sir

So there I was, wandering down Passeig de Gràcia with a friend for the first time in who knows how long, minding my own business as the sun peeked cautiously though the clouds, promising to turn this...

Long-term resident

Blood and guts in NO SCHOOL

Crime fiction – which is enjoying a huge boom during the pandemic - has never meant much to me, perhaps because I’ve spent around 45 years researching the Holocaust and other 20th century genocides....

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Who needs EXPERTS?

Six years ago I was emerging slowly from the fog and anxiety of the darkest of drug trips. A cocktail of morphine and other mind-boggling medications had my brain doing loop the loop, cartwheels and the...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Moving forward

Before I launch into this month’s column, perhaps it’s worth reiterating why I decided to call it The cultural tightrope when I first started writing it many years ago. Knowing that I was going to...

THE LAST WORD

Who are you looking at?

I’ve never been much of a fighter, and I’m certainly less so now at my age, but I reckon I could have taken Franco. Mano a mano, I don’t think he would have stood a chance against me. Pau Gasol is...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Les Terres ALTES

Eyes and minds turn to the far north-east of Europe, to the rugged land beyond Hadrian’s Wall.We as a family are already there, deep into the glens, the roots and the clans of the Stewarts, Wilsons and...

Long-term resident

Death of the salesmen

Once upon a time (well, 2005) a group of Catalan intellectuals – most of them university professors - together with the odd Spaniard put their names to a ‘Manifesto In Favour of a New Political Party...

“The King abdicates”

If the monarchy is not a conventional institution, is the monarch entitled to conventional behaviour, like marrying for love as opposed to marrying for duty or “professional” arrangements? Can he lose...