Opinion

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Reasonable expectations

I was recently having a chat with an acquaintance from another country who mentioned she was in a parents’ Whatsapp group for her child’s school and at the beginning the Catalan parents had made a...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Living with Bubo

You know that queasy feeling that you are being watched? Of course you do.But I’m not talking about deep State or online data capture. This is about the unnerving sense that non casual, uncomfortably...

Long-term resident

Long-term resident

In his 2018 Kessel Diary the Catalan film director Albert Serra describes an argument he had in that Westphalian town with some film students who were helping him on a large scale film project there. They...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

LEAVING HOME

I sit here bereft. Maggie, my partner, is equally rudderless and raw. Our son, our second child, seven months old when we moved to Catalonia in January 2001, flew to Amsterdam today to settle into his...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

Not just the HEAT

You have to contend with more than just the heat if, like me, you are condemned to spend your entire summer at home in the Catalan capital. Living in a residential area of central Barcelona, I know that...

Who wants independence?

Cui bono? (“Who benefits?”) is a question Cicero posed two millennia ago to get a court to acquit one of his clients. It is always a wise question to ask: the world becomes more intelligible when we...

random thoughts

The art of anticipation

In July I wrote about ’anticipation of something which may have a surprising result, an opening that could lead to something magnificent’.And now, in September, another connected random thought has...

Long-term resident

MONEY for old rope

One unusual piece of local news that doesn’t seem to have made it into the foreign media is the gift that the parties which currently hold sway in Andalusia have decided to make to Valencia and Catalonia:...

Who are the ENGLISH?

This summer while we on the continent of Europe are enjoying doing whatever we can afford to do under the Mediterranean sun, we should all spare a thought for the English and their other Brit cousins.They...

Madrid’s colonial attitude

Not a few foreigners are puzzled by the Catalans relentless independence movement. In fact, visiting Catalonia, with Barcelona at its forefront, offers glimpses of a wealthy colourful western region. Furthermore,...