Catalonia Today

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Pagesos

My wife, my partner, my love, Maggie Whitman, is a fifth generation farmer. For the past twenty years, after a career in classical music, she has been a pagesa, most of them as a member of a sustaining...

All doom and gloom

The presenter of El Punt Avui TV’s The Week in Football, Barney Griffiths, reviews how Catalonia’s leading football clubs ended the most unusual of seasons

Between heaven and earth

Cadí-Moixeró is a mountain barrier formed by the Serra del Cadí range on the west side and the Serra del Moixeró on the east. They are connected by the Tancalaporta pass and extend for more than 30...

The dead bee that stings

Juan Marsé, who died aged 87 on July 18, was widely considered Spain’s finest contemporary novelist. His great subject was the defeated Barcelona of his 1940s childhood. “No post-war ever had a better poet,” wrote Manuel Vázquez Montalbán.

Jane Austen’s universe

The English novelist Jane Austen died at the age of 41, leaving her last work, Sanditon, unfinished. More than 200 years have passed and this little known story by the author of Pride and Prejudice, Sense...

“Living too together?”

Back in mid-July, after more than four months, I (reluctantly) set foot in the city of Barcelona. I also made the mistake of driving in the centre, having wisely used public transport in the past.I love...

Not only possible, but also necessary

There are still those who maintain that the independence of Catalonia from Spain is not possible. However, the independence of Catalonia is not only possible from an economic, legal and political point...

Women’s balancing act

The pandemic has made it clear that women still carry the main burdens in the family

The world goes back to school

On September 14, face-to-face classes return to schools amid government assurances that classrooms are safe and families’ fears that they will become a hotbed of contagion for children. This will be no normal, or easy, school year