Opinion

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THE UNREAl DEAL

Brexit has had the hallmark of silliness upon it as soon as illegally funded campaigns, barefaced lies and digital targeting by the now disgraced Facebook-rummaging company Cambridge Analytica cajoled...

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A troubled genius

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Christ in a cracker

When you get to a certain age (in my case, mine) Christmas stops being a string of childhood memories replete with the excitement of guessing what’s in the presents under the tree that’s appeared in...

THE LAST WORD

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...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Lynx

When it comes home again for good (it may still be absent but remains deep in the DNA of this wild, wonderful country) I will rejoice.When, not if.The lynx, such a scarce, stunning creature, is emblematic...

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Which language?

It’s that time of year where families re-adapt to the old routine after the school holidays. However, as we all know, this year will be different. After the challenges of most of 2020 to date, at least...

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A king for a king

The former King of Spain Juan Carlos I has turned out to be curiously partial to republics, having recently done a runner either to the Dominican one, according to journalists there; or to the Portuguese...

from the editor

Holidays in times of coronavirus

Tourism has always been one of Catalonia’s economic engines. Its weight represents more than 12 per cent of Catalan GDP, while in the EU as a whole, the figure does not reach 4 per cent. Right now, however,...

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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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Reclaim your heritage

In line with my vow to write only positive words in this column henceforth, this month’s reflections attempt to continue with the theme of positive consequences emerging from the current crisis. Clearly,...