Catalonia Today

Laia Turon
PHYSIOTHERAPIST

“I cried a lot and I’m afraid all this will come back, but I would do it again”

ON WAKING UP “They asked why their relatives were not coming. How do you tell them that there’s a global pandemic and that everyone is at home?”

The year of the pandemic

Last year a life-changing pandemic spread around the world. Here, people from all walks of life recount their personal Covid stories

THE LAST WORD

War of words

In December, Spain’s high court in Catalonia, the TSJC, ruled that 25% of classes in Catalan schools must be in Spanish, a decision many see as an attack on the Catalan language. Also in December, the...

THE LAST WORD

NOWHERE TO GO

The negative effects of the pandemic are many and serious. Apart from the thousands who have died or become ill, others have lost earnings or jobs, while entire sectors have been blighted. Meanwhile, the...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

Watershed

I have stood many times on the red rock by the river, deep in the winter shadows. The sun never touches the base of this Priorat valley during the shortest days of the year. It can be unnervingly quiet...

THE CULTURAL TIGHTROPE

POWER to the people

The Irish satirist Jonathan Swift penned Gulliver’s Travels in 1726, that is, almost 300 years ago. Many people know only the first two parts - Gulliver’s voyages to Lilliput, where he is a giant among...

HEADING FOR THE HILLS

David and Goliath

David is looking you full in the eye. Do not look away.You know me a little by now. I am, fundamentally, just like you. I love my family beyond words. I need and appreciate community. Living a loving,...

Long-term resident

Hell’s kitchen

As I write, scandal after scandal is bubbling its way up out of the darker conduits of the Spanish state, revealing a network of corruption, dirty tricks, coercion, blackmail, and illegal funding that...

THE LAST WORD

Sophie’s CHOICE

I wouldn’t bother. They’re all as bad as each other.” This was the sage advice given to me by my Nan in 1987 after I wondered out loud who I should vote for in my first ever UK general election....