MARTIN KIRBY. / www.mothersgarden.org

Love betters what is best

April 23rd. You are going to do it, of course you are: Romanticism manifest in a book or a rose. We are all aware of the Sant Jordi bond with Shakespeare and Cervantes, but there is a link to another writer...

Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Booked up

April has rolled around again, and with it comes the equally recurrent Sant Jordi's Day (the 23rd) on which people all over Catalonia give red roses and books to those they love, be it platonically, through...

Espen Klouman-Høiner and Anna Friel.
els bastards

The return of the Telemark heroes

The Second World War gave rise to numerous wartime anecdotes. One of the most celebrated is what took place in Vermok, in the Norwegian region of Telemark. It was here that the allies carried out a series...

gallery. terry parris
Writer / tparris@cataloniatoday.cat

Pondering the rhythmic impulse in nature

An Ayurvedic Sutra says “Imagine you move in rhythm with the impulse of a conscious universe”. On my morning walk with Tilly the dog I translated this into an everyday meaning to wonder if I walked...

Relationships with English-speakers raises the issue of how to handle multilingual kids  A. SALAMÉ
tribune. Francesca Walls
PhD student at Universitat de Barcelona/

Boy meets girl in Barcelona...

So many of us English-speakers become enchanted by this little corner of the Earth – I can't think why – and perhaps after a weekend break, a language course or a business trip to these sunny climes...

tribune. Quim Torra

Catalan Weekend

It is on the last weekend of June. The challenge is formidable and success far from assured. But can you imagine Barcelona on June 27 full of foreigners who want to know what is happening in Catalonia?...

tribune. lluís verbon

Catalan business and independence

At this crucial time for Catalonia, Catalan businesses are one of the groups that will have to decide between sticking with Spain or opting for an independent Catalan state. Whether they side with the...

from the editor
marcela topor. mtopor@cataloniatoday.cat

Championing Catalonia abroad

Just a few months before the decisive elections on September 27, the Catalan government has announced a project to expand its international presence with plans to open 50 official delegations around the...


How about a top-up?

When you've seen one, you've seen them all. That is the ungenerous thought that often creeps into my mind on those occasions when I've found myself being led around a winery. Visiting a wine grower in...

Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Like a trooper

Language teachers tend to shy away from the fact that probably the hardest part of perfecting any foreign tongue is knowing how to eff and blind in it. For example, in Catalan, it's not enough to know...