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
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.
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
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
Like the UK, people in Catalonia were able to start complaining very early about how early the Christmas season starts. Only a couple of days into November, my favourite Catalan chain restaurant was being draped in artificial greenery, baubles and lights with instrumental carols joining their normal classical playlist. It’s easy to blithely assume (read: … Continue reading Poopy Log: A Very Catalan Christmas
Well, it’s not really the Catalonia question. It’s the two Catalonia questions: Do you think Catalonia should be a state? If so, do you think that state should be independent? Today, Sunday 9th November 2014, the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia is heading to the polls for a referendum on independence from the rest of … Continue reading The Catalonia Question
On Sunday 9th November 2014, the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia will head to the polls for a referendum on independence from the rest of Spain. Not a referendum, sorry, a consultation. No, it’s been cancelled. Oh wait, it’s on again, but only kind of? No… I’ll post again later today explaining the current status … Continue reading Catalonia: A (Really Short) History
I’ve been woken up by planes landing before – the horribly stiff neck from napping upright in a chair, the loss of blood pressure until you see the bump was definitely the plane landing safely – but it still makes me jump every time. Actually, one time I really jumped. Flying to Paris it was … Continue reading Welcome to Spain