Opinion

. LLUÍS ROMERO
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

Nice to meet you

A kiss on the cheek? Left or right? Two kisses, one on either cheek? Three? How many cheeks have we got? A kiss on the lips? Really? No kisses, but a handshake? A bow? What angle? Greeting someone new...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

Don't be afraid of the dark

Before bed I go outside with the dogs, look up at Venus, Jupiter and the constellations and count my lucky stars. I mean, my circadian rhythms are as good as they can be for a 56 year old with a bladder...

gallery. terry parris
Writer

Waiting

When I think of March, a favourite song of mine, one of Donovan's, wells up within, and I feel impelled to sing it!'Rain has showered far her drip/ Splash, and trickle running,/ Plant has flowered in the...

Airport workers protesting against planned privatisation of AENA.  ARCHIVE
Tribune
brett hetherington. bretthetherington.net

Why go the public way? (Part two)

When I was much younger my mother used to tell me that one day if I ever needed a pay raise I should just go and ask my boss for one. In the 1950's when she was at work, before having my brothers and I,...

from the editor
marcela topor

Politics to set the pace of change in 2015

The election agreement between CiU and ERC, together with civil bodies such as ANC and Òmnium, will without any doubt set the pace of the political agenda in the coming months.In the plebiscite election...

Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn - My Fair Lady
THE LAST WORD

From 'guttersnipe' to lady

My 11-year old son was genuinely at a loss when I suggested watching the “girl's film”, My Fair Lady. Almost three hours later, however, he was still there on the sofa, mouth slightly open, absorbing...

Coixet's film stars Juliette Binoche and Gabriel Byrne.
film

Coixet chosen to open Berlinale 2015

The latest project from Catalan film director, Isabel Coixet, will open this year's edition of the Berlin film festival on February 5. Her film, Nadie quiere la noche , is an adventure movie set in the...

. ORIOL DURAN
THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE
BARNEY GRIFFITHS

All sweetness and no light

This Christmas I took my son to the UK to see his English family, which involves a car trip from my mum's place in Manchester down to my dad's near Reading. It's a journey I used to hate as a child, seven...

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HEADING FOR THE HILLS
MARTIN KIRBY

Think low-tech (it's key to our future too)

It's really comforting to believe we can innovate ourselves out of the path of the environmental and economic hurricane looming in the conscience. That seems to be the big hope.Is it yours?In the face...

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Long-term resident
Matthew tree

Wintertime

Not long before the end of 2014, a Belgian acquaintance of mine died of a heart attack, aged 52, in his native Flanders. I say 'acquaintance', because we were never friends, but neither were we ever enemies....