Opinion

The Illusion of Singular Greatness

Once again, Great Britain has become the focus of attention for much of the global press and once again the world has looked on in shock. In 2016, Europeans across the continent could not believe that...

WEIGHTLESS

What is wrong with this scene?Excited children playing together in a Barcelona street, their parents standing nearby watching, chatting, smiling.Of course, only a few months ago, there was everything natural,...

How the pandemic is MAGNIFYING Spain’s failures

The coronavirus pandemic has shocked the world as few events in recent times have done, let alone the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The world economy has effectively been brought to a halt, with supply-chains...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Taking stock

I’m not religious, so the idea of some form of heaven and hell do not normally enter my vocabulary, but two years of what seem like purgatory have led me to take a decision about this column: from now...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Keeping quiet

I dig in the garden with my partner. At dusk we wander the farm. Sometimes we talk. We ache with age and labour, but we press on, gladly. We have a lot to do, much to plant and a great many things to abstain...

Long-term resident

Ringing in the new

Last month Maria Branyas, the oldest woman in Catalonia and indeed in the whole of Spain, and possibly in the whole of Europe, hit the virtual headlines when she survived a coronavirus infection at age...

from the editor

Adapting to life after coronavirus

In just a few weeks, much of society has had to adopt living and working habits that it has resisted for decades. Today, a large number of families and friends interact only by video calls, and a good...

THE LAST WORD

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...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

A bit cheeky

For this month’s column I’m going to set aside my hitherto shunning of all things Coronavirus and address an issue taken from a recent newspaper article, which was entitled: “Children and roguish...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Sweet emotions of the soul

What on Earth do we make of this time?Tragedies mount. Isolation bites. Bravery and selfless service by a minority pound the consciences of the majority.We are denied contact, more aware than ever now...