At 6pm today (GMT+2), Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is to appear before the Catalan Parliament to discuss the 1st October referendum. The police have already shut off the park the Parliament building is in and nearby streets. Speculation as to what he’ll say is rife. Will the president brought in to office with promises of … Continue reading Catalan Dispatches: Independence Day?
So, that happened. Voting, violence, but what's the verdict? Verdict's not quite the word I want but it begins with 'v' so works stylistically. Whatever. Below are, from my perspective as a Brit working yesterday in a Catalan newsroom, the 3 main things to take away from the 1st October referendum. NOTE: I do not … Continue reading This Catalan Referendum: What We Learned
Today, 1st October 2017, the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia is holding a referendum on independence. Well, trying to. They are having to work around Spanish blocks on the voter roll, ballot boxes being confiscated, police charging people queuing to vote. And it's a bit drizzly. It was already a tense situation. Both sides say … Continue reading This Catalan Referendum
I’m a Brit living in Spain and working as a translator for a Catalan newspaper – we have an English section where we post articles of interest to an international readership. So this was how I experienced the attacks on the 17th August: as a local resident working in a local newspaper. It was my ninth day on the job.
The Short Version At the end of something... In the end, ... The Details In the end is a set phrase that means "eventually". It normally shows the result of a long period of time, or careful thought. In the end, we arrived at midnight. [After a long journey, or maybe you'd had a problem … Continue reading In the end/At the end (Common English mistakes)
For Stevie (https://twitter.com/StevieFinegan), even if dedicating blog posts isn’t a thing. I enjoy writing. There, I’ve said it. I don’t really like admitting it, but I do enjoy writing in the broadest sense: blogs, jokes, songs, computer code. I just never share the things I write with more than about two people, and often not … Continue reading Why I Don’t Create
Early on, when studying English, you learn the word "the news". It then seems logical that one story would be "a new". Unfortunately, we can't say that. Here's why. First, we need to know what a mass noun is. What's the difference between "a chair", "a word" and "a sand"? Well, we know what "a … Continue reading Some English Advice: Mass Nouns
As of 3rd September, 2014, my knowledge of Terrassa was tabula rasa. Yeah, doesn't really work, I know. Almost does. Close enough to be disappointing that it doesn't. What I mean is that, as of the 3rd September last year, I'd never heard of it. On the 14th September, I moved here. 11 days. Well, … Continue reading Terrassa: Beautiful Isn’t The Word
I don't know if you've been following my blog. Well, I do know, I can see my statistics. But if you had been following my blog, you'd have seen there was very little to follow. I certainly couldn't be accused of posting regularly. This is my excuses why, disguised as an anecdote. My first "Oh … Continue reading Oh Sugar Part 2: Oh, Sugar…
There were elections today in Spain. I was still reeling from the shock of the UK's exit poll when the campaigns started here. This has got me thinking of the last time Catalonia headed to the polls; not, that time, for local town hall elections, but for the much-hyped independence referendum, sorry, "participatory process". Six … Continue reading #9N – So, Catalonia Voted