Leavers Wither

Leavers Wither

It’s late October and in Barcelona it feels as if the days are impatient to leave the summer behind.   Short-sleeved evenings are a fading memory as the chaotic and febrile atmosphere of the constitutional crisis in Spain casts a deepening shadow upon daily life.  The...

Why does constitutional chaos follow me?

It’s sad to see attitudes and opinions in Catalunya becoming as polarised as they’ve been in the United Kingdom since the EU Referendum. In reality, these differences have existed for a long time but recent events have brought them out onto the streets. And now...

Article 155 and the Catalan Question

Bereft by the news from Catalunya. I may lose friends for saying this but I think the unilateral declaration of independence is truly regrettable. When all is said and done, the separatist movement simply doesn’t have a legitimate majority or legal authority for...
You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want. It’s both a truism and the title of a song by The Rolling Stones, whom I was fortunate to see live in concert in Barcelona last week.  What’s there to say about Mick Jagger and his colleagues that hasn’t already been said?  With a...