Catalonia Today

Lockdown loaded

The decision to send at least four million “non-essential” workers back to their jobs on April 13 strikes me as an extreme mistake. A dangerous one. This was a Spanish government move and was opposed...


Spain spends a lot of money on international campaigns to make it believe that it is a consolidated democracy. However, it is increasingly resembling a dictatorship. In the elections to the Parliament...

Long-term resident

Live performance

Every day, Monday to Sunday, we clap at 8pm sharp. In our case, from the terrace of a sixth floor flat in the northern Barcelonan district of Nou Barris. Our applause is dedicated to the health workers...

Núria Graham

“In Ireland I’m looking for ANSWERS I can’t find here”

The Vic-born singer, guitarist and composer acknowledges her Irish roots in her new album ’Marjorie’

Doubts over season’s end

The presenter of El Punt Avui TV’s The Week in Football, Barney Griffiths, takes a look at how the Spanish football authorities have reacted to the health crisis and the top Catalan clubs’ latest games

Remembering Pau Casals

The first Catalan name I ever (knowingly) heard was that of Pau Casals. I was around eight years old and listening to a Monty Python comedy record.An English mock-commentator’s voice introduced “The...

Way of the BULLY

In 1997, Liberians chose a new president. A multinational peace force had just occupied the country to bring a murderous civil war to an end and hold an election. The main contenders were Charles Taylor,...

random thoughts

A special keyring

Oh to be in England, now that April’s there”. I suppose that when Robert Browning wrote those words in Italy, he was thinking of all the signs of spring: nightingales singing, daffodils dancing, unfurling...


But on the bright side

Let me say I’m aware of the contradiction in writing about taking a break from the issue of coronavirus in a column about the pandemic, and which aims to direct you to an article in the magazine that...