• Uncertainty in Spain

    • December 22, 2015

    Spain has entered unknown political territory after Sunday’s general election and there are no clear outcomes. The prospect of weeks’ of tough coalition negotiations will make for an uncertain Christmas and New Year. It will be some time before we have a clear idea of the lay of the land ahead. What does this all

  • Are the humanities dead?

    • December 16, 2015

    This opinion piece will deliver a resounding ‘no’ to the question posed in the title.  If the humanities are dead, then humanity is dead, intellectually, spiritually and emotionally, as the humanities feed those feelings, perceptions and concepts which make us distinctly human. Did I invent the title?  The answer is again ‘no’.  I have only

  • Confronting unthinkable horror

    • December 12, 2015

    There is no way to comprehend the horror of the events at Boschetti’s Steps earlier this year, laid bare in harrowing detail during an inquest this week. Such mind-numbing tragedy is rare anywhere in the world, let alone here in this peaceful, closely-knit community that prides itself on being a safe place in which to

  • Spain 40 years after Franco

    • December 4, 2015

    Forty years ago on November 23 1975, a granite slab weighing more than a ton and a half sealed off the embalmed body of the chief protagonist of nearly half a century of Spanish history. General Franco, “Caudillo by the grace of God”, as his coins proclaimed, Generalissimo of the armed forces, head of state