2017 was a busy old year for Catalonia, a year which saw it a fixture of the world stage, from the August terrorist attacks to the crescendoing independence saga. It was so busy I'm not going to try and summarise or evaluate it unless you're offering me a book deal. Instead, here are your cheat … Continue reading New Year, New Government, New Country? – Catalan Dispatches
Today, Thursday 21st December, Catalonia is going to the polls. Again. This time, they're going to vote for a new Catalan Parliament. For the background, check out my last blog, here. There I promised something more forward looking. The thing is, it's very messy. Like, you won't believe how messy. I mean, there's something messy … Continue reading The Catalan Dispatches: Confused?
45,000 people. A demo with 45,000 people. That sounds quite a lot, but, let's be honest, it's not for Catalonia. The thing is, this wasn't in the streets of Catalonia, but in the streets of Brussels. Thousands of Catalans headed to a city 800 miles/1300 km away this week to protest for the release of … Continue reading Catalan Dispatches: Half-time
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