Opinion

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Root and branch

I have just been tended to by a tree surgeon. Yes, me, not our olives.It was a significant relief, a comprehensive sensory hour very well-spent (again) up the hill in the village.Well, I needed it: Sinusitis...

THE LAST WORD

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...

BLURRED lives

Without barely noticing it, we are routinely doing two things (or even more) at the same time. I don’t mean having the TV on in our houses, as Juan Goytisolo called it, “Spanishing on” in the background...

Unionist fraud in 2017 vote?

The contest between Catalan and Spanish institutions has been unequal, as any observer may grasp. Not without a certain amount of cynicism, some argue that any central state is entitled to use all means...

random thoughts

The Silence of the lambs

Dear reader, have you contemplated the expression ’the silence of the lambs’ and wondered what it meant? For me, it means ’a state of unknowing’.In April sunshine, under a clear blue sky, the little...

Long-term resident

THE DEVIL’S DETAILS

I confess that I found last-month’s world-circulated photograph of half an elected Catalan government, two civic leaders and the Speaker of the Catalan parliament lined up in Spain’s Supreme Court...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

DO OR DIE

Joe and Michael, two wise and wonderfully enthusiastic retired entomologists from the University of Illinois, came to our Priorat farm twelve years ago. They set traps in four remote places on the Serra...

from the editor

Europe’s – and Catalonia’s – sad history of exile

Exile has sadly been a frequent part of Europe’s history. For economic, religious and, above all, political reasons, many people have had to leave their homes and seek refuge in safe countries. It is...

BREXIT BLUES

My wife and I are just a few weeks away from being what amounts to illegals in a country (in fact, an entire continent) where we have lived for the last 4,600 days.Both of us having a British parent has...

THE RECOGNITION OF THE CATALAN REPUBLIC

Spain has launched a trial against independence leaders in which monstrous penalties of up to 25 years in prison are requested for events that several European courts consider were not even crimes. Indeed,...