News from El Punt Avui

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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...


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....


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...


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...

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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...



My wife, my partner, my love, Maggie Whitman, is a fifth generation farmer. For the past twenty years, after a career in classical music, she has been a pagesa, most of them as a member of a sustaining...

All doom and gloom

The presenter of El Punt Avui TV’s The Week in Football, Barney Griffiths, reviews how Catalonia’s leading football clubs ended the most unusual of seasons

Between heaven and earth

Cadí-Moixeró is a mountain barrier formed by the Serra del Cadí range on the west side and the Serra del Moixeró on the east. They are connected by the Tancalaporta pass and extend for more than 30...

The dead bee that stings

Juan Marsé, who died aged 87 on July 18, was widely considered Spain’s finest contemporary novelist. His great subject was the defeated Barcelona of his 1940s childhood. “No post-war ever had a better poet,” wrote Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.

Jane Austen’s universe

The English novelist Jane Austen died at the age of 41, leaving her last work, Sanditon, unfinished. More than 200 years have passed and this little known story by the author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense...