Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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The FRACTURE of the United States

In an unusual handover, held in the absence of the outgoing president and under threat of armed assault on the main government buildings of different states in the country, Joe Biden took office as the...

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Sound of silence

It’s early morning as I sit to write this and outside my window a tractor engine has been chugging away for about 15 minutes. The grape harvest is in full swing and so there’s plenty of activity where...

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The shirt off my back

The signs of summer are unmistakable. Swallows cavort outside my office window as they hunt flying insects trying to find a way into my house and feast on my blood. The neighbour’s kids make a racket...

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Behind the statistics

The quote about a single death being a tragedy, while a million deaths is a statistic is attributed to the dictator Joseph Stalin, and given that the former Soviet leader was responsible for taking the...

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Crime and PUNISHMENT

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The golden oldies

Looking through this month’s guide to some of the music festivals and cultural events taking place in Catalonia this summer (pages 20-35), I got to thinking about the 27 Club. That is that group of artists...

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Playing at Punditry

I’m one of those football fans who likes the game, and in fact still plays, but only keeps a cursory eye on fixtures, results and signings. However, that changes when it comes to those peak moments in...

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Universal suffrage?

There are plenty of frustrating things about being a foreign resident, but the one that still smarts after so many years is not being able to vote. I’ve now lived in Catalonia longer than I did in my...

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COURTROOM CARNIVAL

February is carnival month, the time of year that is all about spectacle and people on the streets, a time when it is okay to make a noise and draw attention to yourself. So, the ideal month for the trial...