News from El Punt Avui

Lluís Agustí
professor at the UB’s faculty of information and audiovisual media

Readings on the phone against the pandemic

THE POWER OF READING “Nine months after offering his voice, he still reads over the phone, but now only on Sundays”

Michael Berenguer
PHYSIOTHERAPIST

“Locking down with the elderly at the home was the right thing”

FLOWERING EMPATHY “Confining ourselves has helped us to put ourselves in the shoes of other colleagues”

Mertixell Riba
ICU NURSE

“We were overwhelmed and didn’t even have enough material”

THE HARDEST THING “You take the hand of someone you barely know to try to make up for the lack of their family, even though that is irreplaceable”

Laia Turon
PHYSIOTHERAPIST

“I cried a lot and I’m afraid all this will come back, but I would do it again”

ON WAKING UP “They asked why their relatives were not coming. How do you tell them that there’s a global pandemic and that everyone is at home?”

The year of the pandemic

Last year a life-changing pandemic spread around the world. Here, people from all walks of life recount their personal Covid stories

THE LAST WORD

War of words

In December, Spain’s high court in Catalonia, the TSJC, ruled that 25% of classes in Catalan schools must be in Spanish, a decision many see as an attack on the Catalan language. Also in December, the...

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,...